An aspiring mountain guide that thats been a gear nerd since my first year working at Crystal Mountain ski area. I've been hand selected to be an equipment tester for multiple outdoor brands and retailers.
My major passions are Splitboarding, Ski Mountaineering, Cycling (road and mountain), Rock climbing and Trail running.
Currently I work as a chef and part time mountain bike guide.
Crank Brothers Mallet Enduro Mountain Bike Pedals
Awesome pedal for PNW
I was attracted to the large platform and ability to clear mud faster. These have met and exceeded my expectations. They're easy to click into and can be used as a platform through techy sections. The cleats really lock you in, I used to overpower SPD pedals. And can be swapped to give more or less float on the release.
Arc'teryx Proton AR Hooded Insulated Jacket
Very warm and breathable
The thicker of the 3 Proton jackets, it has the same highly durable face fabric as the LT & FL. While being much warmer. It's a great stand alone jacket for ski touring in dry weather and climbing in the cold. Trim athletic fit goes under a shell or climbing harness very well.
Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device
Not for me
I've used all manner of belay device from the Mammut Smart, mega-jul, OVO, and ATC. I finally got the Grigri and can say I don't like it for most of my climbing applications. They jam up on ropes over 9.8 and even 9.2 if the climber is fast. I found the lowering slow or too fast. These are neat for cragging, top-rope as it's easy to swap the device and safe. Although I often use a fatter (10-10.2mm) rope for that application. Seems heavy and too single purpose to take into the Alpine.