Jason Fox

Jason Fox

Spend my time in the Cascade, Rocky and Ozark Mountains.

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Jason's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Mountaineering
Bouldering

Jason's Bio

Love the wilderness. Am a full-time student at University of Wilderness. Am always backpacking or day-hiking with the dogs. On flatwater with them when weather allows. Boulder, climb, fish, explore, travel, experience

Jason Fox

Jason Fox wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

We have had two float coats since summer '10 for our hounds (55 lb Bernese/Husky mix, 50 lb boxer mix: both wear mediums that fit great) and could not have spent the money any better. These coats keep their heads above the water through light rapids, keep them buoyant after long hours in lakes and definitely work well as sleeping pads too! The handles are nice and are robust, I have hauled both them into the canoe or raft many times and never doubted the handle would hold. The yellow color is visible in the water or land when the wander too far. A must have for any pack that heads for the water as the days lengthen!

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Jason Fox wrote an answer about on March 14, 2011

This pack may be a bit small for multiple day stretches between re-supply points. At only 2800 cu/in it may be difficult to pack what you need. If you are a super minimalist or are sharing the load with a partner it could work. I have never done the AT, but go out in the Cascades for 5-7 days and pack my Mystery Ranch Grizzly, over 5000 cu/in but I'm usually alone and don't ofter re-supply. My advice, get it, take it out for a long weekend and analyze the facts after that. If you need a bigger pack, BC will gladly exchange this one for another.

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Jason Fox wrote an answer about on March 10, 2011

Well, I have worn this shirt and the similar item from Patagonia in the heat and humidity of the Ozarks (can be stifling), they are light and breathe well. You can feel the effects of evaporative cooling when you finally make it to a hilltop or clearing and the breeze cools your whole body. So go for it. These are so light and pack so small a few tucked away may be great for the equatorial regions. Oh, and the Ozark mosquitoes have no problem working their proboscis right through the polyester.

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Jason Fox wrote an answer about on February 10, 2011

There may not be a certificate, however Laken ensures all it's water bottles are BPA-Free, check out their website to get a bit more info about it:
http://www.lakenusa.com/home/bisphenol-a/bpa-free-explained/

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on December 11, 2010

5 5

This jacket is really nice. The fit is athletic, not baggy or bulky. I got a L and am 6' 175 lbs. In the past few days I have worn it on cold weather (20F, 5F wind chill) run/walks with my dogs with a light merino base, breathes well, didn't overheat and steam up. Zippers are all snag free and pockets smartly positioned. Elastic internal cuffs are snug but not restricting. Can stuff into loaf of bread sized ball using hood. Am able to wear my GoLite L Paclite Shell over the BTU for superior protection from moisture. Really like the PVC free seams, weight to warmth, solvent-free lamination. Really wish the hood wasn't fulltime. 5 stars for construction, materials, versatility and price.

However, some clarification on the materials, the Backcountry.com and SD sites list the shell fabric as Tropozone Green 2.5L. Though, the tag on the jacket differs stating the fabric has the 8,000 g/m²/24 hrs breathability attributed to TG 2.5L and the 10,000 mm waterproofness of the Tropozone 2L. Either way, it's a minor thing, loof further into it on SD's Fabric technology page:
http://www.sierradesigns.com/t-MensTechnology.aspx

Further reviews to come - skiing in Utah, ice skating in Wisconsin and some snow-shoe time in the Oregon Cascades over the next few weeks.

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Jason Fox wrote an answer about on December 5, 2010

Well, that is unfortunate, I cannot overstate how difficult it is to get that smell out of fabrics. My sister's cat p'd on a bag of mine two years back and after washing, rinsing and multiple other treatments it still reeked. Gave it to a friend while back, still feel bad for that pack. Try Nikwax products and check out http://www.cat-urine.net/

Sorry!

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on November 23, 2010

5 5

I bought these last winter. After a whole season in them and beginning another, I have to report these gloves are bombproof. I have worn them while chopping wood in 0 Degree (F) windy, bone-chilling weather in the Midwest, while hiking/scrambling glaciated peaks in the Oregon Cascades (Three Sisters Wilderness) and while skiing Mt Hood in the warmer, wet spring conditions. They have never failed to be everything I demand of them, mainly warm and waterproof. The leather on the thumb is soft enough it will not rip apart your nose and the leather on the palm is durable enough for all season use (chopping wood, skiing, etc). If you spend many cold days and frigid nights outdoors in the winter, save your digits with this glove.

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Jason Fox wrote a question about on November 16, 2010

Hey there,
Thinking of getting these for my girlfriend, she is an expert skier and always in the mountains around Park City and NE Utah. We just got two more dogs and are going to be doing a lot of easy to moderate hiking with them this winter. She would likely get the 25 inch, as we may have daypacks or go out over-night sometime. Anyways, what is the best advice you've got on these Tubbs or any other model you think may be best for the powder and cliffs in the Wasatch and Uintas?
Thanks!

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Jason Fox wrote a question about on November 10, 2010

Hey there,
I'm wondering if this pack has compatible water bladders that store internally, similar to the Ruffwear palisades II pack?

I have been using 2 of the RWs for about 18 months and need to replace one of them that was returned a while back.

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on November 5, 2010

5 5

I bought this for car camping and float trips, when weight and size are not an issue. It has performed fine for over 2 years! No leaks for being laid on gravel bars and pine boughs. Lomg enough for me, at 6 foot tall. Easy choice for those in the market for a reliable mid-weight 3 season pad. Not a choice for backpacking, I go with my POE Hyper High MTN Pad.

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on November 4, 2010

Great for Humans & Hounds
5 5

I began using this bowl for myself, I loved it's compactness, weight and versatility. It is easily cleaned and holds enough food for a full meal. Over time, i have been buying more for myself and my dogs, who accompany me on many backcountry adventures. For the dogs's food and water this bowl this is excellent. Here my dog, Cassady, has drank all the water and is moving onto dinner. I have since replaced the conventional bowl with an X-Bowl. great gear item for backpackers, dog owners and anyone who values their outdoor meals

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