Jim Holland

Jim Holland

The Wasatch

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Jim's Passions

Camping
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering
Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing

Jim's Bio

I'm from Vermont, I do what I want.
Actually, I relocated to the Wasatch of Utah in 1995 because it snows A LOT out here. I can't sit still for long and am generally up for any adventure involving mountaineering, tele skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kite surfing. The best weekends involve all of the above!

Jim Holland

Jim Holland wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I mostly shared my thoughts in a comment below. I've been skinning and booting up with these boots for a while. I think the designers did a great job. I've found them to be comfortable, reasonably warm, absurdly light (like climbing with a trail running shoe) but also remarkably supportive in ski mode. They ski really well. When skinning up I've found that you don't need as high of a climbing bar - in walk mode these stratos evos articulate unlike any AT or tele boot I've ever owned. I think these boots are unbelievable.

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Jim Holland wrote a review of on March 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used this Platypus gravity filter on a 3 day backpacking trip recently. I am done pumping water through my MSR filter! This set up is awesome. Scoop the bag in the river, hang it on a tree, go set up your tent and come back to a big bag of filtered water! In my opinion this is the best backpacking water filter on the market.

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Jim Holland wrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Organic cotton - this Patagonia button down shirt is really soft and comfortable. It fits well - not too tight in the shoulders as contemporary cut button downs often are. I like the extra button on the sleeve (so you can go looser or tighter on your wrist). Nice small, discrete collar (lots of shirts nowadays seem to come with Dracula collars which I'm not especially into).

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Jim Holland wrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just got this Arc'teryx button down shirt. Love it. The material is really soft but feels durable. Haven't washed it yet but I'd guess that this will not wrinkle. An althletic fit, comfortable on my shoulders (lots of contemporary cut shirts are tight in the arm pits and I feel like I'm going to bust a seam if I bend over and stretch in an airplane - not the case with this arc'teryx button down).

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Jim Holland wrote a review of on January 18, 2012

5 5

I love the fit of this stoic down jacket. Especially like the cuffs at the ends of the sleeves. Good design choice there. This jacket is so light weight and compressible that you can just keep it in the bottom of your pack and when you need it, it's there. I've also worn it under a shell as a final base layer on cold days.

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Jim Holland wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

These native polarized sunglasses are great for all forms of recreating. The lens is far enough from your face that it doesn't fog up easily. They wrap around a bit farther than the comparable smith sunglasses (ie less sun coming in around the sides). These sunglasses are light and they stay on your face well (like if you're skiing, playing tennis, whatever).

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Jim Holland wrote a review of on December 12, 2011

5 5

I got a pair of S7s when they first came out. I think that Rossignol has (wisely) kept the shape the same. I used to get a new pair of skis every year but I don't see anything better out there. These skis are SO much fun on a powder day. They have the perfect amount of rocker and the wide tip floats nicely. I love to just point 'em and open it up. Oh yea, and despite the shape, believe it or not they actually ski reasonably well on groomers (but who needs groomers!).

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