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Jason Nugent

Jason Nugent

Eastern Canada, Travelling everywhere I can

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Jason's Passions

Backpacking
Hiking
Mountain Biking

Jason's Bio

The long open road, the twisting singletrack strewn with rock. I love it all. Epic double centuries, long multi-day mountain bike rides, and multi-day hikes in the beautiful coastal hills of Eastern Canada. My living is in front of a computer screen which can't be helped. Not owning a car puts me outside every day, even on the nasty-masty wet weather ones we have. Vegan cooking, reading, and down time with great coffee rounds out the corners.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on April 13, 2010

5 5

I love these shoes. Being Vegan, finding footwear that is both animal friendly and comfortable is often a challenge. Montrail has taken care of my running and hiking needs, but often times you just want a comfortable pair of shoes to lounge around in. These fit the bill. I went a half size larger than I normally wear. The organic cotton is quite soft, and the sole is grippy and is so far wearing well. It IS a tire after all. I figure it will keep tread for longer than the rest of the shoe will last.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on April 5, 2010

4 5

I've long been a fan of IceBreaker and picked this up on Steep and Cheap. It is made in China, and while it does fit and feel pretty good, there is a noticeable difference between it and the older IceBreaker gear I own. The stitching on this is a little rougher, and it isn't as well fitted in the waist as my other stuff. Still great at a discount, but perhaps not quite worth the full price.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on April 4, 2010

5 5

I have about ten pair of these now. I wear them for both warm weather hiking, and also for cycling. They completely lack smell even after a day in a pair of boots or cycling shoes, and provide quite a bit of support for my arches. With literally hundreds of miles on them, they are showing no signs of holes in the heel or foot-ball area. Two thumbs up.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on April 4, 2010

5 5

First off, I can't believe I scored this jacket for $30 on Steep and Cheap. Incredible deal. It blocks wind exceptionally well, and I have worn it in torrential rain for up to an hour without anything soaking through. My only complaint is that it does not have a hood, but that's not what this jacket is for. If I really need a hood, I will pull out my Precip from my pack and put it on over this. A chest pocket would have also been nice, too, but I don't miss it. The under arm pit zips do a great job.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on April 3, 2010

4 5

This is an excellent stove. As others have mentioned, it is quite loud, but with a screen it can boil water very quickly. It is also reasonably light, although I have an MSR Dragonfly for my super light hikes.

there is a top deflector piece that just sort of "sits" on top of the stove. It is easy to remove, and easy to lose. the stove will not light correctly without it so be sure to hang onto it.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on April 1, 2010

3 5

I picked up this shirt at a deep discount here on BC, and it's comfortable enough for lounging around the house in the summer. It is not an athletic cut, by any means. Normally, small Arc gear fits me quite comfortably, mostly in a form fitting way. If this shirt was available in an XS size, I probably would have bought that instead. The fabric is quite soft, but it doesn't wick or breathe as well as my merino gear.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on March 31, 2010

4 5

These pants are incredibly tough. I walk and hike a lot, to the point where my other hiking pants have holes worn right through the inside cuffs at the bottom of my pant legs, from friction. Not with these. They can be a little stiff out of the wash, and I need to find a thinner belt to wear with them because the hip strap from my pack chafes a bit, but the are super. Very warm in the winter, and do an excellent job at blocking wind. With a pair of long underwear, I've worn these outside for a few hours at a time in temperatures to -20.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on March 31, 2010

Highly recommended
4 5

This pack is my go-to pack for weekend trips, especially when I have to carry a lot of cooking gear. It has many pockets, and fits great. The suspension system curves away from your back leaving a space between your back and the pack to allow air to circulate, making it great for high humidity environments. I am subtracting one star because I think all packs should have an integrated rain cover. I also have the Osprey rain cover which works well, but my Deuter Futura pack has one built in. It's a simple thing.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on March 30, 2010

4 5

love this hat! My go-to travel hat. Only complaint is that the brim is a bit floppy when it gets wet, but that's not really the point of it. keeps the sun out of your eyes, and the heat off of your head.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on March 30, 2010

4 5

This is my daily pack for my commute to work. The built-in rain cover is a fantastic feature, and I even use the inner hydration sleeve to stash my 15" Macbook pro. After almost a year of daily use, the only sign of any wear is a small hole in the bottom of the inner pack pocket where the frame has worn a hole. Not a big deal. I can cram enough gear in this pack to do me for two or three weeks when I travel, and that includes a lot of photo gear.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on March 30, 2010

5 5

I wore this to Morocco and other parts of North Africa and was comfortable with it, even in 50C weather. The shirt breathes incredibly well, isn't itchy, and keeps the sun off of your arms, which is especially nice when even SPF50 isn't going to help you prevent a nasty sunburn. Recommended.

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Jason Nugent wrote a review of on April 24, 2008

5 5

I bought a pair of these, sight unseen, for a trip to the UK. I literally received them, unboxed them, and boarded my flight. With no break in, I was walking between 20 and 35 miles a day in all sorts of terrain (from urban settings to rocky hiking trails) with a 30 lb pack on my back. Two weeks later, not a single blister, and my feet are very comfy. Highly recommended. Just make sure you order a half a size larger than you normally wear.

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