John Pitto

John Pitto

Northern California and Southern Oregon. Tahoe, Sierra Nevada Range, Mt. Diablo, Chico, Redwoods, Coastal Mountains, and much more.

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John's Passions

Camping
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing
Swimming

John's Bio

Anything outdoors. I am lucky enough to work and play in the outdoors year round. Everyday truly is an adventure. Camp, fish, ski, hike, cowboying, ranching and more. Work hard...failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up.
www.pittoranches.com

John Pitto

John Pitto wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of the toughest pants of this kind. Without a doubt have put these through the wringer. Have snags that don't tear past the initial rip. They dry quick, clean easy, and are comfortable. The waist band is well done and the side zipper pocket is ideal for extra easy access storage. Have several pair and wear them daily for work. Work or play they hold up. Mountain Hardwear has done a great job with these.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had these in the past. They can be a little difficult to pull on. Pull-up loop too small. Typical boot for me is 11 1/2 to 12 depending on use and manufacture. In the past, on boots, I ordered 11 1/2 and was tight on the toes. This pair, size 12, and with one pair socks, fits just right with a little extra effort to pull on. Have used them in most all conditions...mud, snow, ice, cowsh*t, and more. Would recommend most outdoor use. Enjoy!

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John Pitto wrote a review of on May 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you don't like these boots..then you don't like boots. Full time rancher and adventurer. Work and play in the outdoors 365 days out of the year. Ride horses, 4 wheelers, ship, receive, and process cattle (cowboy work), load and unload livestock trucks, am in mud, water, and cow S*$t daily... not to mention the bulls*@t.
If I am in these boots at years end they deserve "BOOT OF THE YEAR" award.
Love what you do....do what you love.

www.pittoranches.com

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John Pitto wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

2 5

Only had a few weeks but all is well. They fit better than any boot I have had to date. I use them daily for outdoor work. Ride a four wheeler daily in all types of weather. So for they have kept dry and cleaned up easily (mud, water, cow manure, etc). Comfortable on foot, in the saddle or on the quad. I am pretty tough on boots so more will be known by the end of the year.

UPDATE: Still fit well. However, after only 30 days in the field, that is the only positive thing I can say about them. The right side of the right boot has the sole tearing off. The left side of the left boot, up by the toe, has the rubber pulling apart from the boot. The shoe lace on left boot has ripped and the outer layer has pulled away from the core of the lace. I have bought North Face equipment for years and have always been happy with the purchases...I hope this is just a rare flaw. Maybe the gear isn't made for daily outdoor use...just occasional weekend use.
Anyway, I checked the label and unfortunately the are, like most products, made in China. Maybe they should step up the quality control over there or start making them in the U.S.A. I am sending them back today. Hopefully the return policy and/or warranty last longer than the boot.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on March 6, 2012

5 5

So far so good. Bought a couple pair for work (and hopefully some play). They dry quick and are comfortable. Nice pockets. The inside of the waist has a comfortable material and they fit well. I am sure they will perform as well at play as they do at work. Ride a four wheeler at work almost daily and they are still comfortable after a 60-70 mile day on the quad. Enjoy.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on May 23, 2011

4 5

Used it in Southeastern Oregon and Northern California last week. Still cool and snow on the ground. The bag is very comfortable and warm. I am 6'2'' and the long bag works well. The stuff sack works well too. I can't give it 5 stars because I have not tried it down to 0 degree as it is rated. The gear description they give above is pretty accurate. Functional bag.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on May 2, 2011

5 5

Would recommend this item for anyone that travels or works in the outdoors. I pack it daily and use it at least 2-3 times per week. Great way to capture solar power. It charges quickly via the sun, a USB port, or a cigarette lighter. I usually can get two full charges to my G'z One Verizon phone. Definitely worth the money. Compact, durable, water-resistant, etc. Well built.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on March 18, 2011

4 5

I agree with other reviewers...the sizes are larger than you would think. Small does the job for me. The small is durable and easy to travel with. I like to use it for mountain biking,hiking, and Geo-caching. Great product for the money. Only negative was the zip lock. It was a little difficult to get shut quickly. Other than that good map case to purchase.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on March 18, 2011

5 5

This lumbar pack is GREAT! I use it for mountain biking, hiking, skiing, work (ranching in any and all weather), Geo-caching and much more. I am working or adventuring in the outdoors daily and typically, depending on the activity, I carry a first aid kit, binoculars, chap-stick, lighter, matches, portable power (Brunton Restore), cell phone, two way radio (in one of the water holsters), wallet, bug spray, knife, and can strap a light, water resistant shell on the top with the cross top straps. At work or play I need most of those items and with this pack I am able to carry them with comfort and access them with ease.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on March 18, 2011

4 5

Nice lamp. Can compress down a few inches shorter for storage or traveling. The hang loop splits apart to allow easy hanging with durable hooks. Another nice feature is the dimming switch. Allows you to preserve battery life. All in all it is a really nice, durable camp lantern. Easy to pack and easy to use. Best features are the dual, split hanging loops, the dimmer option, and the ability to compress the lantern for travel.

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John Pitto wrote a review of on March 13, 2011

5 5

For several years I used a Black Diamond Spot Headlamp. After years of abuse I reluctantly retired the cracked and scratched Spot. Though, it still works fine I broke down and bought a Storm headlamp. As with the Spot...I was not disappointed.
I am lucky enough to work and play in the outdoors...needless to say the headlamps get a tremendous amount of use. Between work, where we live, and adventuring this headlamp puts in the hours. Light in weight and heavy in durability, this light gets a beating and keeps on shinning.
All terrain, all mountain, all weather....any adventure! or, just reading a book in the bag at night! Enjoy!!!

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