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Jim Therrien

Jim Therrien

Park City, UT. Northern, VT. Lewiston, ME

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James's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Camping
Snowboarding
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Paddling
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

James's Bio

I love fun. If there is a possiblity for fun, I will try it. Traveling is fun, and I try to do it as much as possible.
I was born and raised in Maine. I went to school in the NEK, Vermont and got a degree in ski resort management. Interned at Deer Valley. Lived a short stint in Hawaii, and surfed my life away until moving back to Park City.

Jim Therrien

Jim Therrien wrote a review of on March 25, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I'm a pretty big fan of Black Diamond gear, and I thought their first winter outer wear attempt was pretty decent. But boy they missed the mark on their first spring/summer line... I'm an average guy, maybe even a little smaller, 5'8" 150 lbs, and I had to wear a large to even get this shirt on! I'm never a large. And even with it on and buttoned up, crossing my arms made the back seams feel like they were going to burst. Also, like Mark commented before me, the sleeves are really short... Who did you take your measurements from BD??

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

Best rope bag out there!
5 5

I can't believe I never reviewed this bag...I've had it for about 2 years now and it's one of the best rock climbing purchases I've made. When I ordered it there was only green in stock, and once I got it, many of my friends wanted it but it was out of stock. So I think I might have bought the last one in Backcountry's inventory, and it's never come back since... I wonder if Metolius stopped making it? That would be a shame. First and foremost, the backpack straps are the best thing any company can put on a rope bag like this. I can put my 70m rope, 14 draws, climbing shoes, flip flops and a harness in this bag, cinch it up and its a reasonably small package that I can toss on my back for longer approaches. And it still has extra room if I need it. The built in tarp is a great size and the rope pocket is awesome, makes for quick and easy clean up if you have to leave the wall in a hurry.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

3 5

I wouldn't say that this would be the right bag to take on a South American back packing adventure, or to use as gear bags in the Himalayans. But its a great duffle for stuffing loads of gear, clothes, or whatever into for storage or organizing purposes. That's not to say that they wouldn't probably hold up to some abuse or weather, cause I'm sure it could. I just don't think this particular bag would be my pick to sit strapped to the top of a Land Cruiser in the Amazon for weeks. But it has been perfect for moving to a new house, organizing camping gear for off-road trips and storing gear in my closet.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

3 5

Unfortunately my hands are between the medium and the small... The fingers fit great in the small, but the palm, and the especially the placement of the gel padding, was better in the medium. I went with the small figuring a nice snug fit was better than a loose glove with excess material in the fingers. I just wish the gel was more helpful.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was using the more expensive Icebreakers version of this thin wool "hat" for a little while, and I figured I would give the Stoic one a try. My reasons for purchase was that my Giro ski helmet let too much cold air in, even with the vents closed, and my Prett ski helmet is a touch on the roomy side.
The Stoic hat is a thin two layer, mixed material piece, compared to the one layer 92% merino Icebreaker unit. This Stoic one makes for a better (yet still goofy looking) stand alone beanie or thicker liner. Whereas the Icebreaker, I feel, is too thin but makes an excellent liner. Both hats fit great on my small to medium sized head. I think the shape of the Stoic one made it a little more loose compared to the Icebreaker. So in the end, I kept the Stoic beanie because it was just thick enough to take up the room in one helmet and warm enough to take the chill out of the other.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

The fit and shape of this little guy certainly makes for a near perfect helmet liner. I didn't notice any movement of the hat under my ski helmet, heck I hardly noticed it at all, due to its just-right thickness, though you will notice you're no longer cold on the coldest days.
I have to admit though, I switched to the Stoic merino comp to take up more space in my new ski helmet... But I still find the Icebreaker to be the better fitting liner.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on February 7, 2013

4 5

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

First of all, the picture on here must be of the mitt before it's treated. The actual thing looks well loved and broken in. They certainly applied a generous amount of snoseal to them, and it's has been working great, with the exception of the excess wax is coming off on everything... These mitts are also very warm with out being very bulky at all.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on December 18, 2012

4 5

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

I think I like it. I just took it out today, figuring with all this new snow it would be a great test run. The sizing is a little strange, though this seems to be usual with me and stoic. I have the small, I'm 5'8" 150 lbs, the sleeve lengths are great, but the legs are a little long. The suspenders did help a bit with that issue, which was nice. It's not very roomy in the girth department though, which is saying something since i'm only 150 lbs... i may size up to the medium, though i fear the legs will be far too long. My only other issue is that the gaiters are not very tight. As in, they don't hold tight around any of my boots ( snowboard, ski, sorels) kind of very annoying when post-holing in deep snow. I've never had that problem with any ski pant before. And one other small thing, the only leg pocket on the suit is a little weird. It only has one small piece of velcro as a closure, which actually works well since it has a small awkward opening, but its just a strange not super secure pocket...

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on August 28, 2012

4 5

Picked up the 55L for a 2 1/2 day river trip. Stuffed one bigger sleeping bag, two inflatible sleeping pads, a two person tent (with fly) a change of clothes for one person and a few odds and ends into it and it was just about maxed out (and rightfully so). I didn't feel very confident about its waterproofness when I rolled it up, luckily it didn't have to float down the river on its own, but it did have a wet car ride home. The yellow color is neat, but instantly get dirty. It feels fairly durable, but i've used burlier. We'll see how it goes

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on July 19, 2012

5 5

As soon as put these shades on my face, I knew I found the one. Most frames I like are too big for me, but I've just sucked it up and used them anyway. These however, these are perfection. The rubber pads are awesome for active uses and they are great looking frames for casual use as well. I tend to use one pair of glasses for everything, and these are made for just that. It's a dream come true.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on July 19, 2012

4 5

I tried these on in all the frame colors available from backcounty. The frosteez are some of the best looking frames I've seen in awhile. However, the lens are lighter tinted than I like... The size also fits my smaller face which is nice since I feel that at lot of the stylish glasses are too big for me. I wanted the glossy black ones which were not available, so I'm waiting it out.

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Jim Therrien wrote a review of on July 6, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these for the protective rubber pad under the cam, which has a very strong smell... These are very light-weight (not that its necessary) but the load rating is not very "bomber". They are adequate for strapping the paddle board to the roof, but the NRS cam straps are much more heavy duty if that's important to you.

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