Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina

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Adam Johnson's Passions

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Hiking

Adam Johnson's Bio

I'm a hiker, coffee addict, bookophile, and a maker of art. Sort of. I post things here:

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on January 14, 2014

5 5

When I first got this jacket, I thought it seemed a bit too light and delicate, but after having spent a few months of cold weather with it, I can say it's the real deal. The exterior is holding up perfectly and still looks as crisp as ever, and the thing is just plain comfortable. I wear it over a fleece and I simply don't get cold. The stretchy inner pockets are a nice touch, and hood is warm and very adjustable. I'm a big fan of Mammut's designs, and the overall look of this thing doesn't disappoint. Yeah, the zipper can be annoying (I still sometimes have trouble getting it started) but I'll let it slide.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on January 14, 2014

5 5

I love this fleece. The design and fit are excellent, and it feels great. It's slim but not completely form-fitting, and it's super soft. My only real issue is the sleeves - I have fairly short arms so the extra length is occasionally a little annoying for me, but it's not an issue when using the thumb holes. I wear this mostly as a layer under a synthetic jacket, and I'll point out that the exterior's texture is perfectly built to allow movement under layers. I'd highly recommend this if you're looking for a good layering piece. It also makes a great casual hoodie. Go for it.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on January 14, 2014

4 5

Holds better than expected (I rarely ever need to readjust it) and looks nice. I got this to use for hiking but I've started wearing it to work a lot as well. A nice change from a standard leather belt. As for durability, it seems to be holding up nicely (I wouldn't expect any less from Patagonia).

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

5 5

I have more water bottles than I really need, but I get a lot of use out of them. I generally always have a water bottle at my side. I usually drink out of bottles at home instead of glasses/cups. I really like the 27oz. Klean Kanteen as an all-purpose bottle so I figured I'd try the 40oz. as well. The capacity is nice, and it's the great quality stainless you know and expect from Klean Kanteen. The colors are great - vibrant and shiny. KK uses non-toxic paints, if that matters to you. Overall it's a fantastic product, the only reason I don't use it as much as the 27oz. is that it's just bulkier - doesn't fit in many cup-holders, etc. But what do you expect with 40oz.? I mostly use it as a bedside/around-the-house water bottle.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

4 5

I bought this to double my Insulated Kanteen as a travel coffee mug. Here's the thing: it's not leakproof at all. It's a neat design and it's very easy to clean (it snaps apart for cleaning purposes so no bacteria will harbor in the cracks - as something of a germaphobe, I can appreciate this) but this sorta decreases its functionality as a lid. So here's what you do: if you're gonna be commuting, carry the hot liquid with your Kanteen's standard screw-on lid, then when you arrive at your destination and are ready to start sipping, switch the lids out. It may be kind of a hassle, but to be honest, it's really hard to find a decent travel mug that's leakproof anyway.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

5 5

Whether I'm at home, at work, on the trail, or driving, I generally always have a water bottle at my side. I've used a lot of different brands - I like Nalgenes in the backcountry, I dig HydroFlask for thermos-purposes, but when I want a general all-purpose water bottle to carry around, I recommend Klean Kanteen. The lightweight 27oz. is just perfect - it fits in pretty much any cup-holder, it can clip to anything without weighing much, it can fit in pockets, and it's made from superior quality stainless steel. The colored finish is always vibrant, shiny and attractive. And it's a great company to support. Don't hesitate to pick one up.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

3 5

I'll start with the positives. I do really like the material - very comfortable and functional, nice stitching, and seems like a really high quality pair of pants. Very breathable and great for hiking. The legs have button snaps for rolling up - it's a nice feature and it works well - and the waist has a built-in adjustable belt. But what's with the giant legs? I don't know if the sizing of these has changed (the pictures on the website look like a fairly slim fit) but the pair I got are almost cartoonishly baggy. It's a bummer, too; I'd get a lot more use out of these pants if I didn't feel slightly ridiculous wearing them.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on July 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Purchased as a gift for someone (after hearing me rave about HydroFlask). I mostly use the 40oz. but I can only echo what everyone else has said - a great product. Great company, too - they will replace your cap for free if it breaks. I had to take advantage of this service myself (not that they aren't durable, but sometimes accidents happen) and I found their customer service to be very helpful, friendly, and hassle-free.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on June 20, 2013

5 5

Got this bag to use on weekend trips, but have found it's probably a little too big for that. Still though, I'm quite happy with it. Didn't know what to expect from Poler, I was kinda worried they'd be one of those hipster brands with sub-par quality but I'm happy to report that this thing is very rugged and tough. Attractive design and stitching as well. The hidden backpack straps are a really cool feature. All around a terrific duffel, and a brand to watch out for.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

5 5

This is my first Klean Kanteen purchase. I've been getting a lot of use out of this bottle and it's very durable, functional, and easy to clean. Not sure if I prefer this to HydroFlask but it's definitely a worthy replacement. It keeps colds cold and hots hot just as adequately, and I think I like the Kanteen lid a little better (the stainless interior is a plus). Also, I dig the sleek finish. This is a quality product.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

4 5

I can't say much about these that hasn't already been said. The retro cool factor is there, the Oakley lens quality is there, but I can't really say they seem like a hundred-dollar pair of sunglasses. I'd still recommend them if the price doesn't bother you. They're very comfortable and, well, just plain cool. One thing I can add: I have the Polished Rootbeer version, and the frames seem considerably darker in person than they look on the website. Not sure if that applies to all of them, but there ya go.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

4 5

This is a very comfortable pullover. I haven't yet tested it in extreme conditions but I wore it on a late evening hike and was very satisfied with it. Extremely breathable, yet provides the warmth you want. It's super light and can be taken anywhere. Also it just looks really cool. I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of it next fall/winter.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

4 5

Bought these to replace some worn out Nike ACG trail runners. Expected them to just be adequate but was surprised to find they're quite excellent. They're fairly simple shoes, which I appreciate (I'm tired of all the flashy super high-tech-looking hiking shoes out there nowadays) and wearing them is a joy because you barely feel them. I tried them out on a rough, rocky trail and not once did my feet feel any discomfort. In fact, I like these so much I'm considering purchasing the Mid-Sport version as well (If only Merrell would release these in more varied colorways). Also, they're very breathable (which means they let water in easily if you trudge through a lot of watery trail, but the mesh also allows them to dry out quickly). If you're looking for a good simple shoe to hit the trail in, these will satisfy you.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on April 5, 2013

5 5

I've converted from Nalgene to HydroFlask for my everyday work water bottle. The flask's ability to keep water cold is a major plus (something I didn't even think I'd care much about until I started using HydroFlask and the advantage was clear), and the versatility really wins it for me (I can use it for coffee or drink mixes without having to worry about it retaining scents the way Nalgenes do). Also, this thing is a beast. It's almost (just almost) too large to carry around frequently but come on, it's worth it. It holds a lot of water.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

If you're not into the coffee lid, HydroFlask's standard wide-mouth lid also fits this bottle perfectly (for a completely leak-proof seal). HydroFlask offers em on their website for cheap, or you can switcheroo if you already have another wide-mouth HydroFlask. As for the flask itself, it rocks. It keeps my coffee hot for way longer than my Starbucks travel tumbler, for what it's worth. I also use it as a coldwater bottle and it's great for that too.

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Adam Johnson wrote a review of on March 24, 2013

5 5

I've taken this out on long trips and it's such a great thing to have. It does weigh a pound so if you're obsessively shaving packweight it might be a tough call but in my opinion it's easily worth it. Your water will always taste clear and fresh, and it removes all the bad microscopic stuff other filters won't. It's easy to pump, and the flow rate is pleasantly quick. I'm not sure just how compatible it is with different brands of bottles, but a standard trusty 32oz Nalgene screws directly into it. There is also a smaller inner 53mm thread to screw on smaller bottles, and a main "output spout". You can also filter water directly into your CamelBak (or Platypus or what-have-you) by popping off the bite valve of your reservoir's tube and fixing the tube directly over the output spout. There are adapters available from the company's website if you're intent on using some nonstandard sized bottle. Basically, if want the cleanest water possible while backpacking and don't want to deal with chemicals in your water, the First Need is your best option.

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