Josh Good

Josh Good

Unalaska Island, AK

Josh Good's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Josh Good's Bio

I'm a teacher in the Aleutian Islands, loving life. I do my best to ski the snow we get, but my real passion is kayaking. I've been paddling since I was a tike in PA. Moving to Alaska introduced me to sea kayaking in some of the (arguably) most beautiful places in the world. After spending several winters enduring Fairbanks' Arctic Chill, and a few summers paddling Prince William Sound, I got engaged, moved to this Awesome rock of an island, got married, and began dealing with the pre-teens that are my students. The kids can't believe the weather and difficulties my wife, dogs, friends, and I all endure to do what we love. I can't begin to imagine the influence and ideas I've created in their minds, but it's definitely for the better!
If you visit Unalaska, look me up, and we'll go for a paddle.

Josh Good

Josh Good posted an image about on December 15, 2014

Full side zip

The zip starts at the top and works its way down.. So no bending over and struggling to get the zip started at your ankles. A velcro tab at the waist (inside and out), and one on the outside at the cuff keeps the zip where it needs to be.
Kind of a poor pic for it, but you can see the different materials on the knee and seat.

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Josh Good posted an image about on December 15, 2014

Hood Adjustments

The Hood on this jacket is huge. 4 adjustment points: the two on the front (shown on the right of the picture from both outside and inside) which adjust around your face, one in the back that adjusts up over your ears to the front of the hood, and another in the back that vertically adjusts the hood. Pretty awesome, and super adjustable. But be sure to adjust it all before you're out.. the back ones are next to impossible with gloves, and are even a pain with bare fingers. The front aren't so bad..

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Josh Good posted an image about on December 15, 2014

Insulating Layer

Here is the Super Compressor under Mountain Hardwear's Alchemy Jacket. It has been an awesome insulation layer, helping to bolster the warmth during a cold, windy, and rainy job.. Notice the hood peeking out.. No beanie needed on this day- the hood is extra puffy and has plenty of room to fit over your helmet, but also adjusts to fit over just your dome.

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Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on December 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Thanks to Backcountry.com and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Alchemy Jacket for the backcountry.com community.

I’ve had this jacket for about a month and worn it for everything: snowy, windy, and rainy hikes; cold days sea kayaking, a wet and windy day of driveway mechanic-ing, and the dreaded Aleutian Island Recess Duty.

First, my only issue with the Alchemy Jacket: No pit-zips. The pockets, which are placed pretty high to be out of the way of a pack’s hip belt or your climbing harness, are mesh lined(even the chest pocket), so when open, they add a little ventilation, but not the head dumping power of pit zips.

Now that that is out of the way, this jacket is awesome. MH really pulled out all the stops on this one. The softshell material is super tough, but at the same time has the softness you’d expect from a softshell. The material allows very little stretch, but is cut perfectly for backcountry activities. I’m usually on the cusp between a Large and an XL, and the large fits great- plenty of room for a puffy underneath. The arms are long (with angled cuffs), the tail is long, the hood is huge, the collar is high, and the shoulders allow movement.

Looking at the inside of the jacket, all the seams are taped, and everything is lined with thin fleece that slides nicely over your puffy. To help seal in the heat and seal out everything else, the hood is outfitted with some prime adjustments. Despite its hugeness (it’d probably fit a motorcycle helmet) the hood cinches down no problem over a beanie or baseball cap. The cuffs are equipped with long Velcro tabs to strap em tight and the waist of the jacket is also adjustable.

On a more superficial note, the color of this jacket (I got the State Orange) is rad! Pretty true to the pic, and sweet indeed! I’ve been compared to a bouy and have been told, “at least they’ll find your body!”

The Alchemy is a super well thought out, well designed, and well-built jacket ready to take it to the limit!

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Josh Good wrote a review of on December 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

A big Thanks to Backcountry.com and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Super Compressor Hooded Jacket for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

I’ve had this jacket for about a month now, and I’ve worn it almost daily. We get some pretty wet and cold weather out here, and when paired with a shell, this jacket fits the bill and does exactly what I need- it provides serious insulation in wet and damp conditions. On dry days, it does great on its own. Looks good around town, but is super functional. It’s been a toasty layer for cold weather hiking, icy kayaking, and wet and windy recess duty. I’ve got the shark color which is definitely gray- not black as pictured on the website. The sizing on it is a bit odd; I’m usually on the cusp between a large and an x-large, but I found that the medium fits me just right. While the large might provide me a bit more room, I think that it would have had too much extra material to use as a layering piece. While the medium is a bit more fitting on me, it still leaves plenty of room for movement. Like most puffys, this jacket can be stuffed into the chest pocket for easy pack-ability.

One of the highlights of the Super Compressor is the cuffs. The elastic band is set back in the sleeve so that there is a layer of insulation reaching the wrist. A pretty stellar design point- Good on ya MH. To go along with the highlights, the hood on this jacket is outstanding. Huge, warm, and easily adjustable.

The single oddity that stuck out for me was the hood “strings.” They just kind of dangle and don’t really have a home. They’re easy to adjust, but hang around like upside down antennae.

The amount of warmth packed into this piece is perfect. Like Goldilocks’ porage, just right and it’s all thanks to MH’s Dry Q. Elite synthetic fill trapping tons of air in the layer.

All in all, it’s a quality built jacket that leaves very little to be desired. The Super Compressor has become my go-to puffy.

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Josh Good wrote a review of on December 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Thanks to Backcountry.com and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Compressors for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

My need for these pants is a bit unconventional, but they have performed flawlessly and have worked out better than any system I’ve used in the past. I do a lot of cold water diving- water temps are hovering between 36F and 38F- and these have become my under-drysuit-layer. In the past I’ve worn layers of fleece which left plenty to be desired. Now I head to our gear locker with my bottom half clad in gym shorts and these Compressor pants.

I’m 6’1” with 36 waist and 32 inseam. I usually have issues in the thigh and butt area: tight in the thighs and big in the butt, but the large fit with no problem. They’re super roomy (not baggy) and have a little extra length. There’s plenty of room if I wanted to layer under the pants, but at the same time they fit nicely inside a pair of shell bibs or my drysuit.

The Compressors are reinforced in all the right places. Cuffs, Knees, Butt, and adjustment tabs on the waist all are a tougher; not ski edge or crampon proof, but they’re definitely more abrasion resistant. The waist is super adjustable with tabs on each hip and a drawstring in the front. One big perk, unlike your favorite sweats, these babies have a zip fly! On the zip note, the full length zips along the side are stout enough to be functional and jam-free, but don’t cramp style by digging into legs.

The synthetic fill (Thermal Q. Elite, they call it) is ideal for the dampness associated with diving- keep insulating even when damp/wet. The puff to the pants is preemo: not too much, not too thin. The outer layer is slippery enough to allow the puff to smooth itself out, thus avoiding poorly placed bunching.

Bottom line: High Quality Pants. The folks at MH really put a serious level of thought into the design of these which pays off by way of form, function, and a stout helping of heat each time they’re donned.

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Josh Good wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks a ton to Backcountry.com and Xsories for picking me to review XSories U-Shot for the backcountry.com community!

Selfies aren’t really my style. One for mom every now and then, but as a general rule I usually use a timer/remote with the camera set up somewhere.. The sweet think about XSories’ U-shot is that it is way more than a selfie stick!

First off, don’t forget the mount if you’re using it for your GoPro (http://www.backcountry.com/gopro-tripod-mounts), but this thing is camera ready otherwise- it just screws into the standard tripod mount. The U-shot comes with a lanyard (it’s a bit small if you’ve got gloves on), and also comes with a caribiner and an attachment that can be screwed into the bottom of the handle. This little gem has been the unexpected highlight of the U-shot for me. The threads at the bottom of the handle are the same size as your standard tripod mount. If you remove the carabineer and screw, you can pair the U-shot with your favorite tripod! No more pictures yup your nose! I’ve screwed the U-shot to the top of a bendy tri-pod to give it extra height, providing a way better picture than one that was only a few inches off the ground all while keeping your setup super easy, small, and lightweight. Also, the little screw attachment can be screwed into your GoPro mount providing a pretty Skookum clip set up.

Now, back to the intended purposes of the U-shot. It extends with a quick un-twist, and locks with a quick re-twist. When locking in place, I’ve found it works best if you’re not impersonating The Hulk, it doesn’t take much, and when overdone, it can be difficult to un-twist. The ball head allows you to set your photo machine at premium angles for photo and video prowess (the lock can be tricky, but once the learning curve is straightened, it’s no issue at all) and with a flick of the lock, youre all set and ready to snap away.

Fitting perfectly in my Small Capxule case, this rad little piece provides more options that advertised!

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Josh Good wrote a review of on November 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks a ton to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review XSories XS Sneaker Power Bank for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

A super cool take on a normally lame looking tool. This power pack is definitely a tool, and not tool as in a lame-gaping-fool kind of tool, but as in a tool that is there and ready to get the job done: with the authority of a hammer, the finesse of a phillips screwdriver, and precise fitting abilities of an adjustable crescent wrench. Heck, for the technologically and powered utility dependent, this baby is comparable to a leathermen or other tool in your survival pack.

This power pack is packed full of power. Amps, volts, watts, and whatever mAh and Wh represent, mean very little to me (28 oz of hammer, 8lb splitting maul, I can relate to numbers with those units), but what does mean a lot to me for this type of doohickey, is that it charges fast, and the power it holds goes a long way. From dead empty, the XS Sneak was fully charged and ready to go (as shown by the blinky lights) in just under 2 hours through my computer’s USB connection. The power within was enough to fully charge an empty pentax point and shoot camera, along with my phone which was almost empty. The camera took just over 2 hours, and the phone was good to go in about an hour and a half. Pretty handy to have around- no wall outlet needed.

Allow me to point out that the sneaker power bank comes with a pretty outstanding and utilitarian cord. With a USB at one end, the flat 5/8 inch wide white cord leads 3’ 4’’ to the other end with a multi-use plug. There is an old style iPhone/iPod connector, or pull and unhinge the plug to find the smaller plug used to charge the power pack. So this plug can be used both ways- charge your device, or charge your power pack from a USB outlet. Pretty sweet and super versatile.

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Josh Good

Josh Good wrote a review of on November 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A big Thanks goes out to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review XSories Small Capxule Soft Case for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

This case is rad and just what I needed. I use my GoPro most often for SCUBA adventures and I’m not as careful as I should be with it. We dive almost exclusively from the road, so everything goes in the back of the truck or the jeep. We have weight belts, tanks, and other heavy gear, and two 100+ lb dogs that all ride within inches of the GoPro. Before the Capxule, my camera lived in the toe of my fin that was not occupied by my mask (it made more than a few early exits from this spot), but now I’ve got an obvious, perfectly shaped, bright colored (mine is orange), and protective spot for my camera.

The zipper splits the case in half. The top half has a super roomy pouch- this is where I keep my floaty backdoor, cables, extra mounts, and both a wall charger and a Power Bank. The bottom half is filled dense closed-cell foam and has two pretty specific cut outs- one for the GoPro and housing, and one for the XSories U-Shot Monochrome. There is also a rectangle area cut out for whatever else you may need. A small panel with a bungee grid across it is Velcro-ed in place, and in this spot I’ve placed two spare batteries and the remote. If I want to leave the extra batteries at home, I place my XS Sneaker Power Bank into this spot (it fits perfectly) and put the remote into the top pouch.

The case itself is pretty stout. By no means would it be able to be run over by a truck, but it definitely offers a pretty high level of protection for your goods. It’s not a waterproof case, but will definitely keep the finer points of your electronics dry in the rain, but if you’re looking to drop your case into the river or run it over with said truck look more towards something like XSories’ Black Box (http://www.backcountry.com/xsories-black-box-2.0?skid=XSR0008-BK-ONESIZ&rec=new)

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