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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson

Salt Lake City, UT

Christian Johnson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

Christian Johnson's Bio

I'm an endurance junkie, the longer the better. I mostly just enjoy being outside exploring new places and routes.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on May 15, 2009

2 5

My favorite attribute of the shoe is how light and comfy it felt. My 8.5's weighed in at 11 oz. even. It felt like a running shoe, not a trail shoe, and as a consequence the XT Hawk offered little protection under foot on technical rocky terrain. The forefoot felt close to the ground but the heel was little more elevated than I prefer for trail running. The forefoot of the shoe feels completely disconnected from the mid to rear part of the shoe, and flexed considerably more than I am used to, giving me a blister at the flex point in the arch of both feet. The shoe felt right at home on the pavement that I used to connect to a separate section of trail and would serve someone well that needs a shoe for non-technical trails and occasional road running.
Pros: lightweight, lacing system, nice insoles, toe protection.
Cons: no protection under foot, considerable mid-sole flex.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on May 11, 2009

3 5

I bought this specifically for trail running and being able to track vertical gain. Initially I purchased the Vector for this same purpose but once I realized that I could not view the current logbook (the amount of ascent and descent) that I was recording I returned it for the Altimax, willing to give up the compass feature. I have found after several outings of 3000' to 6500' of vertical that it's been within +/- 100' on known routes.
Cons: I have small wrists and it's a large watch, both in diameter and depth. The stopwatch is a bit quirky. The seconds read on the top line, time of day on the middle line, and hours and mins on the bottom line. The split timer doesn't work like a normal stopwatch, where it starts a new timer, this one just pauses it so you can read the display while it continues to run in the background. Getting to the stopwatch function requires at least two to four pushes of the button (depending on the mode you're in). Starting/stopping the logbook and stopwatch are two separate functions (not a deal breaker, just a pain sometimes if you forget).
Good watch, very accurate in my experience, just a little cumbersome to navigate.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on November 28, 2008

5 5

I avoided flip flops for years, mostly because they were always so uncomfortable. I received these as a gift and the Reefs changed my mind, I love these flippers. I've used the bottle opener in a pinch which works fine, but my favorite aspect is that I hardly notice them on my feet.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on November 28, 2008

4 5

I prefer these socks for cooler trail running conditions or when I want a little extra cushion. They're a little bit thicker than the PhD's so if you need to take up a little extra room in your shoes then they fit the bill. My only complaint has to do with my own foot size. I wear a size 8 to 8.5 which is the divider between Medium and Large. Med feels a bit tight, large has to much extra material.

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Christian Johnson wrote a review of on November 28, 2008

5 5

Two of my favorite flavors come together in a neat little package. I really like ProBars, this is my personal fave. I like to eat these after a workout when I need something quick for recovery. I enjoy them while I'm backpacking, but if I'm doing any type of aerobic activity they're just a bit to heavy to get down.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on November 25, 2008

4 5

I rigged mine up with some cord threaded through holes in the extra plastic on the top and bottom so I can use it as a handheld while running/hiking long distances. I find it is easier to use this when getting water from springs instead of trying to fill my hydration pack bladder. When I'm done with it I just roll it up and stick it in the pack.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on November 25, 2008

3 5

In my trail runners I tried the blues before trying the greens. The green provided a bit more cushion but in the end I switched back to the stock insoles because they took up to much room inside the shoe. They did work great for my ski boots though, where I needed some space taken up. IMO the cost is high for amount of benefit.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on November 25, 2008

3 5

I used these in my Montrail Vitesse and Continental Divide trail running shoes but didn't notice much difference at all. These shoes are already pretty stiff. In the softer Brooks Cascadias I noticed an immediate difference. My feet were not as sore after a trail run, they provided extra protection and of course support. So depending on the shoe they're going in they do exactly what they're supposed to. Dinged it a star for the price.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson wrote a review of on November 25, 2008

5 5

I use the arm skins for riding and running. Unlike other types of lycra arm warmers the defeets are held up on your arms by a tighter stitch at the top instead some type of rubber. After two years of use and multiple washings they are still holding up just as well as the day I go them.

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