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James Cooper

James Cooper

Red River Gorge KY, to Joshua Tree CA and all points in between.

James Cooper's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing

James Cooper's Bio

A seasoned outdoorsman who's always looking for friends to share the next adventure.

James Cooper

James Cooper wrote a review of on August 26, 2012

4 5

This pack has been my hydration buddy on some long runs, and holds enough liquid to keep me in the game for 2+ hours. It's comfortable to wear, but you do have to cinch it down a bit to keep it from flopping around. I've found the bottles easy to access while jogging, and the accesssory pocket is just big enough to hold your smart phone as it records the trip. The mesh pocket does a nice job of holding the smaller bottle in place, and after multiple uses, I have had no issues with the bottle trying to escape. Highly recommended.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on August 26, 2012

Run or hike
4 5

A breathable shirt that works well as a stand alone for mild weather jogging or hiking. Provides great sun cover, the low zipper adds good ventilation when needed and the thumb holes are durable without chafing or cutting off circulation. Size L fits my 6' 2" height comfortably. Function and comfort, I plan on getting another.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on August 26, 2012

My new "Go to" hat
4 5

Patagonia's Beach Bucket hat is comfortable and functional. I used this hat for a full August day of 14er climbing in Colorado. 10 hours of sun exposure, the flaps stayed up (cowboy look) in the morning and flaps came down for late morning to evening cover. I used no sunscreen and the result... Only a mild sunburn approximately one inch high around my shirt collar, front to back, where the hat did not provide full time shade. Otherwise, everything from the lower neck up was unscathed. The drawstring in the down position does a good job of holding the hat in place during windy conditions. It seemed to breathe well, with the headband not very sweaty after the 10+ mile hike. The hat also gave good cover from the rain. This is my new pick when enjoying the out of doors.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on August 26, 2012

3 5

A good pair of shorts that are a bit snug in the waist and thigh area. The size 34 accomodates my athletic build with comfort, but I had hoped for these shorts to be more forgiving while high stepping on the wall. Still, I wear them frequently around town. Deep front and rear pockets (four pockets total) are a bit tight due to the fit, L leg zipper pocket big enough to carry a smart phone and wallet with ease, deep accessory pockets on R leg (not pictured). Not bad for a SAC deal.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on May 31, 2011

Set and forget
4 5

Lightweight, tough and securely holding stakes that are easy to set and easy to pull up. The MSR Groundhogs held my four season tent down in 30+ mph winds with gusts to 40+ mph. The cord attached to each stake adds security as you can girth hitch em to tent lines, so there is less worry your tent will blow away while you search for adventure.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on May 31, 2011

Legs sore no more
5 5

Run, hike, showshoe, workout, even yoga... A multi use performer, these tights have made twelve mile hikes feel like four, and four mile runs feel like one. Great sweat wicking ability and breathability. They do like to sag a bit, so keep the drawstring taught and no zipper means you will have to hike em down to do your business. Size L for my 34-34 lower torso fits perfectly, and I found they are not too revealing in the crotchal reagion. Get a pair or two if you know your legs will be working hard.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on May 31, 2011

New Fav!
5 5

What a jacket. Lightweight, very water resistant, very wind resistant (20-30 mph), great fit, asolutely dig the orange color, no cons whatsoever. After roughly twenty-four combined hours of hiking in dry conditions, light rains and moderate snows, the water still beads, and the pits smell like the outdoors. Size L fits 6' 2" 205lb frame perfectly with great range of motion. Makes me sad I have so many other great fleece and lightweight jackets, cause now they are going to sit in the closet as backups. I'm sure they will get over it...

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James Cooper wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

Functional, but apparently flimsy
3 5

I write this review with my girlfriend stating the following: "This jacket is very functional, very warm in cold temps, soft against the skin and has a great range of motion for multiple activities, including hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, ice climbing, and wandering about town. During ice climbing, the jacket never soaked up water and stayed dry. The downsides to the jacket, the stitching is coming apart on multiple sites around the exterior of the arms, and the interior wrist cuffs show excessive wear and tear. The jacket has seen only four months of moderate use, and the stitching problem was noticed after only the first month. Perhaps this is just a defective coat, with others not experiencing the same issues." We plan on sending it back for a new one, anyone else experiencing similar issues, please comment or review.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on April 25, 2011

So many activities
5 5

No longer must I carry my 15" laptop in a duffel bag. This laptop bag has compartments for everything with multiple options on how to stow your gear. It easily holds three large size books with a laptop, power supply and mouse, and there is still room for a few other odds & ends. The padded laptop compartment keeps my small investment safe from bumps while the top flap secures nicely and covers everything up. The padded shoulder strap feels comfortable, even with the bag fully loaded, and does not cut into my neck on short jaunts. Very happy with the product.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on April 13, 2011

Good all around climbing shoe
4 5

Four years of use from multi pitch climbs to the plastic crag (indoor) my Spires are holding strong with no re-sole. The Spires make a good all around climbing shoe that smears and edges nicely, but is not overly aggressive in both function and fit. I wear em on easy routes or when I just want to goof around. Size 11 wraps my US size 12 foot comfortably without the "Hammer Toe" effect. I recommend these to any level of climber.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on April 11, 2011

Lightweight
5 5

Over the past year, this rope has taken on sport, trad, and ice climbing in stride. Lots of positive comments heard from friends with gear envy at the crags, especially about the duodess feature, and the lightweight feel that is easy on the hands (soft). The 9.5mm diameter glides nicely through belay devices and works knots with ease. Smaller diameter rope also means less fatigue on the hike to the climb and more space in your pack. Overall, a great quality rope.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

Kick some Ice
5 5

These crampons are a great match with the La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX mountain boots, and are an awesome tool for those whose footwear lacks a front welt. These fit my size 12 boots with plenty of room to spare. Easy to step into and put on, they are quick to adjust if you want to share with a friend. The anti balling plates work very well when moving between ice climbs and most importantly, these crampons kick very nicely into the ice.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on February 9, 2011

Hands stayed warm
4 5

These mittens grip trekking poles, ice tools and snow shovels nicely. The wool liner is soft enough that it does not chafe after two full days of use. The liners did get a bit damp after a full day of ice climbing, but it was not uncomfortable, and my hands stayed warm in low 20 deg temps with windchills in the single digits. The "Talon Finger" design is a bit funky, but I found it easy to tie simple knots with or without the mitten shell on. The nose wipe works great, and didn't leave my nose chafed after multiple uses. The gauntlet shells offer a nice double drawsting system that tightens the mittens at your wrist and further up your forearm, keeping out the elements. However, there is no elastic in the liners, and this allows them to shift around if you are not using the shells. They must run a bit small, as the size XL fits my size L hands perfectly. Overall, four stars for a great multi use mitten.

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James Cooper wrote a review of on January 4, 2011

Good substitute
4 5

A recent trip out west almost turned sour when I realized I had left my shell at home. With a chance of rain and winds in our hike/climb forecast, my only choice was to find and purchase a new shell. I chose the Precip for a few reasons: 1) My Precip pants have proven themselves in modeate to heavy rains and 2) a lightweight, inexpensive shell with pitzips was a must. XL fits my 6' 2" height great and the jacket completely covered my size L Mountain Hardware Monkey Man fleece, keeping the heat in during moderate winds and 30 deg temps. The 13" open length pitzips vent nicely, and the jacket shrugged off a light rain, as I knew it would. Jacket hood covers my climbing helmet with ease, and I found no abnormal issues after wearing it with a large backpack. Overall, Marmots Precip jacket makes it a good lightweight pick or backup shell.

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