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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Crystal Mountain, WA

Reid Pitman's Passions

Snowboarding
Running
Climbing
Skiing

Reid Pitman's Bio

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I've been filling my life with extremes as long as I've known.
Once a addict\alcoholic to a endurance biking, backcountry snowboarder.
I live\work at a ski area year round, I also ski\ride year round on the glaciers of the PNWSplitboarding changed how I look at summer time. Skiing is just something to pass the time til powder days. Shoulder seasons I can be found riding single tracks and bike parks or scrambling up mountains and pebble wrestling. I don't like water unless its frozen, hot weather, things with engines, romantic comedies...

Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on March 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

At first I figured this would be a nice mid layer to use while backcountry snowboarding. The wool in the fabric and Euro fit was what I was after. Features like thumb loops and close fitting hood was what sold me.
I found I wear it all the time now, it looks good enough to be worn into town without looking like I'm in baselayers yet. While its warm enough I use it to hike in with a light baselayer underneath and slap a shell on for the way down.
My favorite fleece\midlayer or whatever you want to call it.
The large fits longer but slender for tall athletic builds. Some might think its tight in forearm but its perfect for me!

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on March 21, 2017

Warm and dry
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

With a lot of insulation and goretex topped off with a loose "freeride" fit, this was the jacket I'd been looking for. Cold days riding lifts are no problem.
Nice features that Norrona is known for, wrist gaiters, powder skirt that snaps to the Lofoten pants, goggle wipe in the chest pocket and ski helmet compatible hood.
The fit is nice and long without being very bulky in the body.
I'm a taller athletic build and the Large fit me perfectly.
The jacket is warmer than I thought and hiking in is sweaty.
I'd like to have some ventilation either in the arm pit or via a mesh backed pocket. That would make the piece perfect!

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on March 3, 2017

Good materials, poor design
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

There are some merits for these pants to work great for some for climbing and mountaineering. The quality of the fabric is top notch and features are what we are looking for in a backcountry ski\snowboard and mountaineering shell pant.
But who were they made to fit? I'm a solid 34x34 and OR Large in every pant I've had, so I bought these online.
They don't fit around my alpine boots or any snowboard boot. But did around my AT boot but getting to the buckles and power strap required unzipping the cuff. The avlanche beacon pocket sits very high when crouching (tightening boots or tucking knees) the beacon will smash into my hip. The clip is good for keys though.
The waist is tight, the legs are tight and the crotch is cut high. Anyone with muscular legs will have a problem.
Its subtle but important that the fly zipper is tiny and difficult to use wearing gloves, its the only zipper you're guaranteed to use and hardest to grab.
Can OR just make the Vangaurd Bib or the old Access pant with a bib please? Please stop trying to reinvent the wheel every 3 years.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my goto Uphill glove. The backing breaths nicely while the leather palm and fingers are perfect for some detail task you might have to remove a larger glove for. The leather works with touch screen smartphones too!
The fit is tight!!! For my next pair, I'm sizing up.
Why the bad rating? Well, my 3rd pair and they rip in the same spot, single stitching along the elastic cuff to the palm isn't enough! The rip doesn't effect the function of the glove until its all the way around the wrist. I'm bummed this 2nd generation of the glove has the same problem, its the only defect. Perhaps sizing up will stop this for me since its only when I pull them on through the narrow cuff.

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I picked up this jacket to replace a totally shot Vahalla jacket.
The features were alright, close to what is needed for a solid backcountry skiing softshell. Although the inside pocket was way to small to fit skins. I was hoping for the same size as every other "shove it" style pocket OR has. The Transcendant\superlayer\Choas\Havoc\Inertia all were perfect size for skins. The Linchpin could maybe fit some 90mm skins but not 115mm or my splitboard skins.

But whom ever OR used to size this jacket is... unusual.
Every OR Large fits me the way it should. This fit like a medium. The arms too short, chest tight and short in the center so my baselayers hung out the bottom.
I wish OR could just make the same jackets for years instead of changing them every 3 years. I was very disappointed in this piece. The XL fit me like a very boxy large. Not well enough to warrant keeping.

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Well designed and just enough features for the perfect midlayer jacket. The side panel and under arm are very breathable and keep some air flowing. Fit is spot on with OR's large. The hood is low profile and fits under the collar of a shell jacket just fine.
A little too breathable to wear as a stand alone jacket in the mountains but layered over a wind shirt (the Transition hoody!) its perfect for dry cool days in the backcountry.
I love that the pocket design makes a "stuff it" pocket on the inside, just too bad its too small for climbing skins.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a snowboarder, I like to ski pow and maybe ski backwards from time to time. All the skis I own are fat twin tips.
Then I demod the E100, This thing rips!!! Its a hardpack crusher, that doesn't throw you into the next turn like other carving skis. The fat waist lets the ski go over anything without jumping to the next turn. But you've gotta be on top of it or this ski will be skiing you!
Great for laying down hard carves but crushes off piste too. Its heavy and bust crud and holds an edge. So it can hook up, be on top of it. Its not a great ski for tired legs.
Solid quiver ski or could be an everyday driver for folks that like the feel of a carving ski but want to take a powder lap or 2.
Very stiff and powerful!

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

Favorite "all mountain" ski
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been looking for that perfect balance of "go anywhere, do anything" style ski. After hitting up several large demo events and testing out 20+ different skis I found the Whitedot Director to be that one ski to do it all ok.
Its not the best carving ski with its 20M sidecut, but it will carve!
It won't float like my 130mm waisted powder skis, but it will float.
I'd say they won't hit jumps, spin and ski backwards like my park ski, but they do. Better than my crappy park ski.
They like to jump, they'll hold an edge on ice and charge off piste.
I had great days in 8" of PNW fluff on these and still made it feel deep!
Sizing, I'm 6'2", 190lbs. Advanced skier in the PNW and I have the 181cm. I'd taken out the 191 and felt much less playful but very powerful. Size up for a GS turning floating charger, or down for a great all rounder.
This ski is replacing some Lib Tech Freerides and some Rossignol Soul7 to give ya an idea of the style.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Head to ankle coverage in one pice of gear!!
Fit, I'm a tall skinny build 6'2" 180ish. Longer arms and legs. Large fits perfectly! Little roomy around the middle while close fitting around the leg, arms and shoulders. The hood fits under climbing and ski helmets
This is my 2nd ninja suit, I love the function of it. For an extra baselayer or as a stand alone it keeps the chill off. Some days I'll throw it on over a next to skin baselayer for aerobic tours also just so I don't have to wash it...
I haven't used the zipper bathroom access but I'm glad it's there!
The only con I have is that the synthetic material will get a funk much faster than the Merino version.
Good for skiing/snowboarding, backcountry touring, Alpine climbing and overnights in cold weather
Other uses: Last minute Halloween costume. Taking down an organized crime syndicate without giving away your identity

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