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?

Jeremy Stoshick

Jeremy Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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 Stoshick wrote 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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Jeremy Stoshick wrote a review of on March 9, 2010

5 5

Best ice screws I have had the opportunity to use - tried Petzl, older BD's, Grivel, and Camp - nothing compares to these screws. Sharp, start easy, and seem pretty durable - I wish they were cheaper, but I guess in reality they are priced fairly.

I have 9 screws of various sizes - good purchase where I have had no buyers remorse and it has brought many smiles to my face.

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