Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell

The Wasatch Mountains

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Jason's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

Jason's Bio

I love to mountain bike, backcountry ski and trail run here in Utah. There's no better place to live year-round!

I own and manage FeedTheHabit.com, which provides gear reviews and information on mountain biking, skiing and outdoor sports products.

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Jason Mitchell

Jason Mitchell wrote a review of on February 13, 2011

5 5

I've tested a lot of helmets over the years and the Vantage is the bee's knees. The split adjustable ventilation is killer. When hiking or walking around, open the vents for maximum air flow. You can close just the front and keep the back vents open or close it completely.

It's lightweight, comfortable, warm and accepts audio options in the zippered earpieces. Another bonus for Fall 2011, the adjustment goes to a Boa system for easy ratcheting and a snug fit on-the-fly.

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Jason Mitchell posted an image about on January 11, 2010

Touring and Powder Tested/Approved

So far after a handful of tours on the Titan's and I'm impressed overall. They are as performant as my alpine boots in every way (lateral stiffness, quickness, comfort, control, flex), yet they still offer solid touring capabilities. There are other boots that walk a tad better, but these are comfortable on long skintracks with more switchbacks than the ascent up to Angel's Landing. Ski/Walk mode is perfect and the forward lean offered by these puts you in just the right position for proper skiing. So far, they've driven my Surface Live Life's with ease in bottomless pow, creamy old pow and crusty crusties. I'll get out on groomers just for fun this week or next to round out the review, but these are great boots.

BTW... I took mine to Surefoot to get the liner's molded and they pack out a TON. So, the stock fit should be pretty snug because once they are molded, they pack out a bit. I also moved the buckles on the upper cuff to better accommodate my skinny legs (an easy task with an allen wrench and 5 min).

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Jason Mitchell posted an image about on December 12, 2009

Best 29er for 2010

This is hands-down the best 29er coming out for 2010. I rode this bike at Interbike and was thoroughly impressed with its overall capabilities. It climbs well and descends with the best of them. If you've been a 29er fence-sitter, this bike will kick your butt off that fence in a jiffy!

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Jason Mitchell wrote a review of on November 24, 2009

Perfect
5 5

A really great, lightweight puffy for insulation or outerwear. This thing feels like you're wearing air, but insulates super-well and feels ultra-comfy. The cut is perfect for layering underneath an athletic-fitting shell or alone as an outer layer.

Can't say enough about the Nano... LOVE it!

I'm 5'11" and 175 lbs... Medium fits me just dandy. Large is too well, large.

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Jason Mitchell wrote a review of on November 24, 2009

2 5

So... I'm a big fan of KEEN products, but this pack is seriously lacking in function. The oversize H2-esque outer cage is awkward-looking and awkward-functioning. Yes, you can stash stuff back there, but if your pack is less than completely-full, it just kind of flops around.

Secondly, the top zippered pocket is not functional at all unless the pack is completely stuffed to the gills as the pocket empties its contents with every zip.

The only cool thing about this pack is the back panel and straps. The thing fits really, really well and is super-comfy to wear. However, hauling your gear is more of a chore than its worth with this pack.

Great suspension design and comfort, but overall, Le Bad Design.

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Jason Mitchell wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

4 5

I really dig this watch... the metrics captured on each workout with the HRM and GPS combo is awesome. An hour mountain bike ride yielded 707 calories burned, 8 miles ridden with 1000 ft. of ascent/descent--great info to know.

I like that with the GPS I can also track my trail running adventures. The new G3 GPS offers solid satellite signal and provides great measurement throughout the workout. I've yet to attach it to my arm, but have found it to work well in my hydration pack and in my back jersey pocket.

It tracks everything you'd want to know about your workouts, but I can't take advantage of the software yet because I'm on a Mac and there's no Mac support at this time (drives me nuts). Aside from that, the watch works great... now to find a friend with a PC.

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Jason Mitchell wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

Great for Backcountry Skiing & Cold-weather Running
5 5

I really, really dig these gloves and find them my "go-to" gloves for any athletic pursuits in the Winter. They are the perfect glove for backcountry skiing with killer dexterity and breathability. They are great for temps down to about 20-degrees, though. I've had some COLD Dawn Patrols where my digits have gotten the frozen hot dog treatment after a downhill lap, but that's asking more than these gloves can handle.

I wear them while climbing, but definitely switch to other gloves on cold mornings for the descent.

They are holding up well after a season+ of abuse. Great gloves!

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Jason Mitchell wrote a question about on October 29, 2009

I've seen some comments about AT-soled boots not releasing well with these binders. Apparently the toe height squishes the soft rubber outsoles causing too much friction and hence, unreliable toe release pattern. Anyone care to elaborate on this?

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Jason Mitchell posted an image about on September 22, 2009

Simple, Cheap... I've got 4 Pair

I slap these between all my different bikes and love them overall. They aren't as lightweight as the eggbeaters, but I like having the small platform and I really like the price. I've had no issues with any of my Candy's... yeah they do get a bit scuffed, but they continue to perform just fine. I took this pic at Interbike yesterday. Got to test out the new SRAM XX component group and it is AMAZING!

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Jason Mitchell wrote a review of on September 22, 2009

3 5

The pack itself is roomy and can haul a ton of stuff. I dig the different zippered compartments and dividers for small stuff, but it does lack a key clip and the back panel isn't so comfortable after a long day of hauling. The side-entry laptop sleeve is convenient, but don't forget to zip it back closed before swinging it over your shoulder... yeowch... Macbooks aren't meant to fly, I'll just leave it at that. It could stand to have a removable waistbelt for weight distribution on long hauls to the airport or around campus.

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