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Jason Fox

Jason Fox

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

Jason Fox's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

Jason Fox'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

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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 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 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 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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Jason Fox wrote a review of on September 2, 2010

5 5

I have been using this multi-tool for the past 16 months. I have the V-Cutter model and was fortunate enough to pick it up from SAC for a steal. The components of the tool are very useful, the V-Cutter is great for cutting paracord, plastic and webbing. The steel has held up very well, even in the damp forests of the Northwest where I primarily adventure. The tool can be dis-assembled for cleaning with a 1/4 inch driver and I utilize this to clean out sand and gunk before applying oil or lube. I own several SOG knives and have always been impressed. I never leave for the trails or backcountry without this tool.

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on September 2, 2010

Much improved over Z/2 Unaweep Pro
5 5

Most people know that Chaco designs great footwear, though, the Z/2 Unaweeps are above and beyond "great" footwear. I recently got these in a swap for a pair of older Unaweep pros which had the sole wear through. I mean completely through, one day I kicked them off and Wow! the strap was visible and the sole was partially gone. Luckily, I was in SLC visiting my girlfriend and dropped in the Warehouse to get an exchange. The next day, we headed South to the Grand Step, outside of Boulder, UT for an extended camping, hiking and backpacking adventure. These performed amazingly on the windstone and sandstone in the region. The footbed is comfortable and the sole has an updated, more technical and durable tread pattern. Through water, wind, Sun, snow and sand these carried me everywhere. I wear them everyday, it feels like, and could not be more pleased. Highly recommend! Just be wary, sand will get in the sandal at the straps and make it near impossible to adjust easily, as well as chew apart the straps due to the abrasiveness of sand. Just turn them over, pull the straps side to side and empty out the sand. Then pull the straps to all different configurations so the remaining sand falls out. This and some Nikwak Sandal Wash should keep your Chacos going strong for miles.

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on August 18, 2010

Ruffwear Excels Again
5 5

Argo is a 55 pound Bernese/Husky Mix. She is almost 3 years old and accompanies me on nearly every adventure, from mountains in the Cascades, rivers in the Ozarks and canyons in Southern Utah. She can take on any terrain and now with the Cloud Chaser Shell, I know almost any weather as well. I have several products from Ruffwear already (Float Coat and Palisades Pack) so I figured she would need a Medium - her measurements are 30" girth and 22" length - and the Medium fits just right. A bit snug on her front legs, but not enough to bother her and the length is perfect. It is a bit too long for my male dog of similar size, as it extends over his hips and he will pee on it if I don't pull it up when he has to go. The YKK locking zipper that pulls front to rear seems sturdy and the underlying flap will keep you from zipping up your dog's fur. The color is nice and the reflective tape works well, can actually be seen at night or dusk, which is certainly a great feature. The DuPont teflon is performing well, though with only a few uses I can't attest to the continued durability of the shell. though as with my other Ruffwear gear it will likely hold up through many rough days and fun adventures.

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on February 1, 2010

5 5

These Sanuks wear much better than my old Kerouacs, which after nearly 2 years of regular abuse were finally wasted by my dog. These Sanuks are much better as they do not have an over sized sole(as Sidewalk Surfers do) which was breaking down at the front from impacts with sidewalk breaks, stairs and the like. The laces and construction are an improvement on just slip-ons like the sidewalk surfers. Also, is it bit narrower in the toe and heel than sidewalk surfers. Bottom Line + Comfortable, Well-Made & Damn Cool

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on January 20, 2010

5 5

Nicely constructed pad, foam padding is right thickness and seems durable enough to survive through years of tough usage. The Aerogel insert provides great insulation, used in Missouri a few weeks back when the low was -4 F and was fine in my 20 F Sierra Designs down bag. The following night was a little warmer and I used my old Thermarest for an hour, not surprisingly became quite cold and went back to this pad so I could get some sleep. This is certainly a great alpine pad, it is lightweight, leak-proof and insulates very well. My long bag (6'6") hangs off a little but not a real issue so far. Taking this into the Cascades during the next few weeks, more to come concerning continued performance.

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on September 29, 2009

Nice. But no "naturally non-stick"
4 5

I have thoroughly tested these pots and their lids/sauce pans extensively. Do not try to fry an egg in the lids, non-stick does not exist. However, the set is very light and works fine for what I need on trails, usually water boiling, stews, tea, etc. And the egg was a purposeful attempt to put "naturally no stick" to the test. Great set, compact and easy to clean.

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Jason Fox wrote a review of on May 27, 2009

5 5

This jacket is lightweight and stores very easily in my daypack. I have used it while running, biking, dog walking and hiking and so far am stoked with its performance and design. The air vents are large and provide ample ventilation under all the above conditions. I am 6 ft. and 173 lbs. I have the large and it fits great with enough room for a shell underneath if necessary or even a very lightly loaded daypack in unexpected downpours. When the rain falls I excitedly rush outdoors to enjoy the abandoned trails from inside this beauty.

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