Caleb J

Caleb J

Current stomp - Utah

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Caleb's Passions

Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Caleb's Bio

Along with about everyone else I know here at backcountry, I'm a transplant to Utah.

I grew up in Michigan, and headed out west in search for greener pastures. Note: Utah is not green, nor does it have abundant bodies of water. Don't be fooled, it's a desert.

However, I did find a clean city, a mountain range in my backyard, and some awesome adventures.

I'm a climber, skier, outdoor enthusiast, student, brother, off the wall person who enjoys a good time.

Hit me up if you wanna chat: ext. 4235.

Caleb J

Caleb J wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Straight from the lady's mouth:

I was given this base-layer for Christmas and it instantly became my favorite, cutting most of my other base-layer tops out of their weekly rotation spots. The fit is tight but the fabric is so soft and lightweight that I don?t feel constricted. I wear it skiing and the length and merino wool keep my feeling super warm even on the coldest days. Love the fit, love the color (Light Jade/ Dark Jade) and I can easily see myself using this top for hiking in the spring and summer.

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Caleb J wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these for the lady friend over the holidays. Here's what she has to say:

I was a little hesitant about these pants at first because the fabric feels so thin but after the first time I wore them I felt silly for ever doubting them. I wear them skiing and they work perfectly under my snow pants, keeping my legs warm while allowing them to breath. I even wear them as leggings on cold days when I don?t feel like wearing real pants. Overall I am very satisfied, I couldn?t ask for more, especially at this price.

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Caleb J wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a pole, actually, it's a pair of poles. That's right, you get 2!

We skiers use them to fend off the evil spirits, defend the innocent, and make yard sales look that much more intense.

Enjoy your turns, and don't break the bank.

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Caleb J wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a WARM glove without adding the excess bulk of an extremely insulated glove...Here's what I got:

Warm - Yes
Warm Enough - No (it was single digits)
Dexterity - Yes (after break in)
Bulky - No

Out of the box impressions were SNUG, but after some warming up, and a brief break-in, they were primed and ready. Warm glove that would work well in the 20-40 degree F range(any warmer and your hands might turn to prunes), and have a great low profile design that won't get in your way.

I'm not sure if what I'm looking for exists without an electric heating system....

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Caleb J wrote a review of on January 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't have an exact weight, but it's light, real light...like insulated with clouds light.

It doesn't have the compressibility of a down piece, but it does it's job by keeping that core nice and toasty.

Lightweight base layer, Patagonia R1, this vest, and a shell kept me warm and dry in the negative temps a few weeks ago. It was 2 F at the car...

5'9" 150lbs - Size M

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Caleb J wrote a review of on December 5, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carries everything I need on a long day tour or a short hike out of the resorts. Easy carry system for the skis, fleece-lined goggle pocket, avi gear fits snugly in external pocket, and I have room for extras. I love the pockets on the waist belt for snacks/ accessories on the hike.

I'm 5'9" and use the S/M

It also creates insta-Pow. Not sure how BD pulled that off, but when you wear it, you ski pow.

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Caleb J wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This ski kills it everyday. Pow, chop, groomed, you name it, this ski will get you down the mountain in awesomeness.

Now, this is not a straight-lining big mountain ski. Nor is it a East coast boiler plate trencher. This is a playful, buttery ski that will turn your resort into a playground on any day.

So, unless you are skiing ice, or 2+ feet of pow, this ski is more fun than riding a t-rex on a go-cart.

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Caleb J wrote a review of on May 30, 2012

4 5

First Off, I like Bass in my music, and these definitely provide it. But not at a level that cancels out all other music on the headphones; just enough to make my Dubstep sound like it should. The headphones start to fade on some of the really highs and really lows, but for $90, they are worth it.

Out of the box they feel like some real components; no plastic in sight. My only downfall is after wearing them for an extended period of time, say...1hour, they start to really press on my head. Maybe there's a break-in period...

Overall: Solid headphones, good sound (not considered noise cancelling, but they pretty much are), just a little too tight out of the box.

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Caleb J wrote a review of on May 23, 2012

4 5

First Off, I like Bass in my music, and these definitely provide it. But not at a level that cancels out all other music on the headphones; just enough to make my Dubstep sound like it should. The headphones start to fade on some of the really highs and really lows, but for $90, they are worth it.

Out of the box they feel like some real components; no plastic in sight. My only downfall is after wearing them for an extended period of time, say...1hour, they start to really press on my head. Maybe there's a break-in period...

Overall: Solid headphones, good sound (not considered noise cancelling, but they pretty much are), just a little too tight out of the box.

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Caleb J wrote a review of on April 21, 2012

4 5

I needed a new midweight layer, and decided to check out some of Stoic's line. I've worn this mostly as a layer while skiing over a next to skin, and haven't noticed really anything; I guess that's good. The fit I felt was a little longer than I was interested in, and it's not the softest merino I've ever worn, but that's easily forgotten. We'll see what kind of abuse it can take when I start climbing with it.

Overall, it's a decent midweight layer that looks like you're wearing an enlarged Crown Royale bag...if you choose purple.

Edit: I'm 5'9" 150lbs, and the Medium fits me perfectly (as in slightly loose). Enjoi!

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