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Jeremy Stoshick

Jeremy Stoshick

Gunks, Adirondacks, Catskills, Northeastern PA.

Jeremy Stoshick's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Jeremy Stoshick's Bio

Always searching for that next adventure - you know, the kind where you are just about to burst with anticipation?

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on August 11, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent wets out whenever I have encountered more than drizzle. It isn't durable which is to be expected, nor is it easy to set up. It does handle the wind ok. I spoke with a BD Rep and he says "not for use places like Chamonix..." But how about high & dry Montana? Or any other high desert for that matter when the cloudbursts last all of 5 mins? I found this tent to be one of my worst purchases because it wets out at the hint of dew or drizzle - and for a high price tag. I would highly recommend looking elsewhere (maybe the MH?) unless you have a very specific alpine purpose in mind and an unlimited checkbook.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on January 31, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

First time using this pack almost every single buckle broke - almost like they were too hard from the cold and became brittle? Easy use and a very light load.

Pack is built nicely otherwise with some useful features without being overbuilt. Sending back as my confidence is lost - and I don't feel like rebuilding all the buckles on a brand new pack..

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on January 31, 2013

3 5

Purchased this jacket with the expectations of using it as a versatile mid-layer for cold weather ice climbing - what attracted me to this piece is the high zip up - I really like having a warm neck. What I found was that this thing is super baggy and becomes more so with time - I am 5'10'' and weigh 160. It is also dress length - I understand you want it to fit under your harness but there is too much that just bunches up. Also, the thumb holes are a bit small & bulky rendering them worthless when trying to use them with a glove - I experienced pain every time I used them climbing. Thank goodness for the BC return - sending this piece of expensive goodness back to the gods.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on December 10, 2011

4 5

Got this to compare with TNF Phophet 40 - ended up keeping this one even though it is heavier as it seemed to fit more (and is 3 liters smaller) but due to shape, it was easier to pack more into. I wish the pack weighed a little less - I can see how this could easily be accomplished by slimming down on some of the huge nylon webbing. Nonetheless, a great pack with some pretty cool and useful features.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on November 13, 2011

3 5

Really wanted to love these shoes but they did not fit my feet - they are super cool looking and definitely worth a try. Very good for edging and light climbing - fit true to size. They simply did not fit my foot and I could not use - I do have the boot Alpine Trainer lites - just like these but a high top and gortex - very nice. If you like their looks, try them. If they fit your feet, you will get lots of use out of them - very well built.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on November 13, 2011

3 5

The lace loops on my pair wore our pre-maturely - I was pretty easy on these shoes and did not get a whole lot of wear before the lace loop decided it had enough and needed to retire. Seems like it is a pretty common issue on these otherwise bomber pair of shoes - and there is no way to fix it... I would not buy another pair of these until the issue with lace loop is remedied. (The lace cord, where it normally attaches through a hole in the shoe is attached it a little loop of nylon webbing like material - there is just too much friction on the nylon to nylon with no reinforcements like the others on the shoe has, that it just rubs right though.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on April 18, 2011

4 5

The woodbine color I ordered is more green than it is the yellow my computer displays. The jacket's sleeves are a bit long and the zippers are cold against your arms on the interior. I ordered a large to accommodate for layers under it and give myself some room to move, but I am swimming in it. I am 5'10 / 180lbs.

I also noticed that the full zippers on the side tend to come unzipped rather easily with a little movement - this is not exactly a great design as you have to stop and re-zip them.

Overall, for the money, I think there are many better jackets out there but if the styling does it for you, you just found yourself a pretty lite duty softshell that is pretty stretchy.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on April 9, 2011

3 5

I purchased these gloves to use for ice climbing - what I found is that they are too bulky to place a screw with in just about every position. I thought that the built in curve as TNF claims would be the ticket - it just did not work for me.

The gloves were good for top roping and keeping your hands dry and somewhat warm. I found that they were also difficult to dry out after a day's use. You can't pull the liner out (its not a removable liner) which is a good thing as it would come out as soon as your hands are a bit damp, but I found these gloves to hold moisture more than most. The leather soaked up water more than I would have liked to see as well.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on April 9, 2011

4 5

I did not experience any issues with the zippers as other users did. The fit of the pants for me personally did not work - the waist was simply to big (I bought them a little big for room) and when you try to cinch the belt down, the waist material bunches up and falls below the belt. Terribly uncomfortable and looks awful. If you size them right and they fit - great pair of pants. I wish I could get my hands on a pair of mediums...

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on April 9, 2011

3 5

I bought these shoes with the intention of using them for some easy slab climbing and maybe some easy grades - what I found out though is that the rubber simply does not hold up to repeated use. Understandably these are NOT running or general purpose shoes, but I have one trip up the trap dike and maybe 2 hikes and mine are trashed. I would expect a bit more from a $125 shoe.

They did climb half way decent when new - they stretched out quite a bit to the point that I needed to be wearing a heavy sock to be able to dial them in. Another annoying item was how high the heal rise was - if these had a lower heal rise they would be SO MUCH more stable in general. This huge rise made it so you could only edge with the very front of the shoe. I get more edging performance out of minimalist shoes. Style wise - they were a super cool look.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on April 9, 2011

3 5

But I could not due to it's poor zipper design. I had a terrible time getting the zipper started and experienced so much frustration that I decided to just stop using it. Thanks to BC's policy, I sent it back. It is very warm and cozy - not light weight but definitely a jacket you are glad you have with you on a cold day.

Bottom line - if your good with zippers, then maybe this is the jacket for you.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on May 25, 2010

5 5

I guess there are other options out there for more $$$ that give a bit better performance - some of them noted... And nothing against those jackets as I own some of them and can vouch, but for the price point this is an awesome jacket. Sizing is a bit larger then average even when accommodating for layers - but this is a good thing so just keep in mind when ordering.

Very warm for a belay jacket and just as functional. No complaints - one of my best friends on a cold and some times wet day. I would and have recommended this jacket to friends - and YES, they are all still my friends and provide feedback they are happy with their purchases.

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Jeremy Stoshickwrote a review of on March 9, 2010

4 5

I got this as a gift - the removable ice screw holder was cool until I got some flutes, now it just sits there. Other then that, I really haven't had much use for this - I am not really sure who would. I found it hard to fit my BD tools b/c of the bend, the pack is bulky but I can see that it would protect your gear.. I use a separate crampon bag, so this is unneeded for that. Overall, just haven't found much use - there is always next season. I plan to stow my gear in this for the summer to keep the dust off although.

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