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John Langer

John Langer

The mountains are my home.

John Langer's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

John Langer's Bio

My first love is the outdoors. When I'm not at the Backcountry.com offices, I'm up hiking, skiing, camping fishing or climbing in the mountains. I may have been mistaken for a Sasquatch once or twice... Utah has been my basecamp for over a year now, and before that I resided in Bozeman, Montana (the last best place).

John Langer

John Langerwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this jacket to replace an old bomber from another brand that was my favorite coat for several years. The decision to switch brands this time around was based on a few factors, but mainly I just loved the look and feel of this jacket. The material has a bit of the "waxed canvas" feel, without being as stiff and heavy. The hood that zips into the collar is nice for rainy days, though it can make the collar puff out and look odd if the hood isn't rolled up carefully. This jacket has a great tailored fit, but doesn't feel too narrow through the chest (I'm a 42R chest and 34 waist). All in all I've been happy with it so far.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x30

I've used these mostly for casualwear/light hiking. The fit is pretty unique; straight legged but not too narrow through the thigh. The articulated seams give the pant a lot of flexibility without the baggy jean look. I've also been very impressed with the durability of the fabric so far.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Size Purchased: 12

These boots exude quality. I've worn them several times over the past month, and get compliments on them everywhere I go. The fit is fairly true width wise, but they feel slightly long in the heel. These fit me perfectly in a 12 but still run slightly large compared to other shoes i typically wear in that size. The price is high, yes, but this leather resole-able boot is well worth it. Treat your feet and buy a pair.

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John Langerwrote a review of on November 20, 2014

Comfort Made In The USA!
5 5

Loki loves his new dog bed from West Paw Design! There is plenty of loft (made from over 80 recycled plastic bottles) and according to the tag, the entire bed is machine washable. It comes in 2 pieces, the bottom/bumper section and the inner pillow. The fact that this bed is made in the USA (Bozeman, MT where I used to live) is just an added bonus. My coworker, Eric, is even talking about buying one for his cat!

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wasn't expecting to use this fire ring very much - but it has become a staple of every car camping trip, tailgate bbq, and yard party throughout the summer. It packs down fairly small & sets up easily. It has a fully adjustable flame, uses far less fuel than I had expected, and provides heat instantly in the mornings or on rainy days when starting a campfire used to be a pain. This fire pit has easily been the best camp gear purchase I've made this summer in terms of making my life easier.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this wallet for a few months now. This thing has quality written all over it. The lining of the Tobacco color is a red plaid flannel print that really ads to the overall look of the wallet. From the materials to the stitching, this thing is exactly what I was looking for.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the price, this bag is perfect. I use it mostly to haul climbing gear to the gym. It fits 2 harnesses, 3 pairs of climbing shoes, and my chalk bag with ample room to spare. The side pocket works for keys/phone/wallet etc... but it's a pretty tight fit trying to get a pair of shoes in it. All in all, I'm happy with this bag.

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John Langerwrote a review of on March 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this speaker planning to only use it for camping/grilling, but i've been using it nearly every day around the house too. The sound quality is actually really good for the size. No issues so far, and the speakerphone functionality is perfect.

Added plus: All Siri voice recognition functionality works (iphone 5), including the music commands. This means when i'm outside with the speaker and my phone is charging inside, I still have complete music control via voice command. I'm guessing that it will work with other voice command phones, but so far I've only tried it with the iPhone 5.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

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

I bought this cord to use for a bear hang. We lifted 4 packs over and over for 3 days and this cord took the abuse like a champ. Still looks brand new and it is amazingly strong for a 6mm cord.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 18, 2013

4 5

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

The map itself is high quality, durable, and easy to read. Some of the mileage and campsite locations (some campsites were on opposite sides of the trail and 1/4 mile from the points listed on the map) need to be updated however. The GPS and trail sign markers did not match the mileage listed between way points on the map. Not a huge deal, but a little annoying nonetheless.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 18, 2013

5 5

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

This case exceeded my expectations. While backpacking, this case was dropped, covered in dirt, and soaked by rain, yet the phone remained intact. I didn't work up the guts to fully submerge the case with the phone inside, but I tested the case before I put the phone in it by submerging it (empty) in a 5 gallon bucket of water for 3 hours. It was completely dry when I took it out. This is a pricey little case, but well worth it if you want to take your iPhone into the backcountry.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's taken me awhile to hop on the buff train, but now that I have there's no going back. This thing is extremely versatile. Need a headband to keep the hair out of your face? Buff. Need to keep the bugs from swarming your neck on the river? Buff. Need to keep the wind from turning your cheeks to ice? Buff. The list goes on and on. Hell, this thing even works as a sweat rag when you're pitting out at the crag!

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

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

I've used this tarp a few times now, so far it has been incredible. It's durable, light in weight, packs down small, and keeps me dry. The only thing I can't figure out is how it does all of this for so much less $$ than the other tarps out there...

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

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

I've always just used plastic garbage bags to pack out my trash... usually leading to unpleasant odors and leakage making their way into my pack. This thing takes care of both of those issues. There are ample attachment points to secure it to your pack or hang it out of reach of curious animals.

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John Langerwrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

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

As the name suggests, this thing compresses down nice and small, but for backpacking it also works great as a stuff sack to keep your gear organized. Very minimal, but there is a pocket inside for a hydration bladder and a spacious zippered top pouch. Rolls up to the diameter of a tall boy and maybe a little bit longer. Weighs next to nothing.

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