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JP Rambo

JP Rambo

Pine Junction, Colorado

JP Rambo's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

JP Rambo's Bio

Serving in the military for 6 years I had the opportunity to travel the world. I have stepped foot on all but one continent and have trail ran on some of the most incredible mountain ranges in the world. Now I live in the Front Range and I am using my landscape for epic backcountry accents, and finding bigger and bigger lines to charge. I am always looking for the best possible equipment to get the job done more efficiently and safely. With this in mind, I hope my insight and knowledge will help my community in making better decisions and help drive the industry to develop the absolute best possible products.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the style on these and love the fit. I am someone with a smaller spectrum dome and I can manage in these quite nicely. My friend tried mine on and has a much larger head than mine and he was impressed with the style and fit as well. Long story short, this is going to be a great hat for the masses. The quality of the construction is bomb, and the graphics are unique. This has remnants of the classic trucker style, with fresh new designs. Again I think the two biggest points here are fit and quality. I wear a size 7 hat and find this to work very well.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This tank is a super soft and light. The organic cotton/poly combo breathes fantastically. Because of the poly this tank definitely drys quick when need be. The fit on this one runs a little small I in my opinion so size up 1. If you are into tanks this may be your new fav for this summer!

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well this is a hydration bladder; it's durable and it does not leak. The taste coming out of it is fresh, not like some other bladders out there. I like the bite down design. The size and shape works well with many different bags out there. The attachment holes allows for a lot of different configurations and designs. The hose has plenty of reach and other than that this is an incredibly solid hydration bladder. Would highly recommend if looking for a replacement for a foul tasting bladder or if you need a bladder to start out with. The price point is probably the dopest thing about this bladder as more expensive brands out there don't offer anything better than this package.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Well this has to be one of my new favorite T's. The graphic is very classic and simple. The colors are pretty neutral. The feel of the 50% recycled poly is so plush! This shirt is a slim fit which I don't like my clothes super tight, so I opted to size up from a medium to a large and am very happy I did so. Sizing up did not make this T boxy at all and I am also not wearing a muscle T. The fabrics breathe so nice, and also have some quick drying properties to them. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite Ts for the summer. I got this in the Canton Heather and feel the color is slightly lighter than pictured. The price point right now, well you can't beat it!

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

So I got this a few weeks ago and I have to agree with Tom below, this does run small, however I am going to note I feel T's are being tailored much smaller than they used to. I never wore anything but a medium in the past and in the last few years I can't fit into anything but a large legitimately. On to the Wander Slim... Well first of all this is a slim fitting T. If you use to or regularly order mediums I would say jump into a large (Unless you are showing off your physique jersey shore style). The material is soooo plush. The polyester in this makes this shirt so much softer and breathes so much better than a traditional cotton T. The polyester also helps it dry faster if wet. If you size up this will not have a slim feel to it, but it won't feel boxy either. I got this in the vanilla and it is exactly that, an off white, which gives it a nostalgic feel. Other than that this shirt is quickly becoming one of my faves and gets a lot of attention in a crowd as well. I would highly suggest sizing up from your normal size if you purchase this. I would also suggest adding this to your wardrobe.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I am not going to lie, this is my first flip flop in years! I switched to Chacos back in the early 2000s and never looked back. Recently I had been wanting something easier to slip on and off around the hot tub and just bumming around the house. I have grown accustomed to my chacos and their durability/longevity so I wanted something to be able to last a while. While reading about flip flops I encountered Hurley. I never knew they were owned by NIKE. I picked up a pair of these Phantoms because the NIKE free 4.0 sole intrigued me. Turned out to be a very solid choice. The things i love about this sandal is the super cush EVO foot sole which conforms to the foot while striding. The big reason I stopped using flip flops in the past was the way the toe strap cut into my captain and second in commands connecting tissue. The straps on these are so comfortable and soft that they don't even feel like they are there. I feel they are much lighter than many other straps and non-abbrassive which is a bonus. The NIKE free sole is bomb! they are durable like the running shoes that boast these. They have nice compression when I need it. They grip all terrains so I am not slipping out of these at a moments notice. Other than that the colors are very neutral and good for any type of attire. Sizing is a little large. I usually wear a 10.5 and had to size down to a 10 in these. If you are a half size I would size down the the next whole size. Long story short; these are a big winner, and I am definitely going to keep wearing phantoms for as long as they make these!

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 9, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

So these have a great fit to them and don't stretch like a lot of underwear do. The cut is athletic and allow for freedom of movement without a baggy or an encumbering feeling. The material is soft, but I would not say it is soft like a silk or many micro fleece products out there. These wick away very nicely and do a good job of breathing. Unfortunately on one of the many pairs I own after only 6 months I already have a hole in the backside of a pair so I can not give them much higher than 3 stars due to a lack of longevity. I think it is not too reasonable to expect at least 1 year out of a pair of underwear, especially when I rotate between say 20 different ones. Of course that is just my experience and maybe I received one with defective qualities. I have an actual waist of 33 inches and these fit me in the size small perfectly.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on July 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Starting, I should mention that I have a custom build SB6 C and that this is the first new bike I have ever purchased in my life. Second I should mention that this bike is 1000x more than I would ever need given my ability level and experience. That being said I moved to CO from the land of Duluth, MN and the Chequamagon national forrest. There the 29er hardtail is king (which I rode for the better part of the last decade). Moving from the midwest to the Rockies has definitely opened up facets of cycling; predicated and molded by the terrain around me.
So about the bike... This bike climbs better than my cannondale Flash 29'er carbon 1. Like the reviews say, it shouldn't but it just does. The ability to lock out and the switch technology on this bike allows it to climb faster and more aggressively than any of my older bikes. The 6 inches of travel worried me at first at the prospect of having to make tight turns going uphill on the switchbacks here in CO. Turned out it was not a problem. The torque I am able to generate with the stiffened frame gives me more than enough power in tight sections without sacrificing speed and my own energy. Also with 6 inches of travel I can totally destroy downhill sections. As a matter of fact this bike excels on the down hill (of course right). Even reaching faster speeds on downhill sections than I have ever reached before, this bike just floats over everything (and I can be pretty care free). I literally have never had so much fun on a bike in my life. As an enduro bike this bike definitely has more emphasis built on descending but most of the cycling I do has a lot of climbing to get to where I want to drop in. Right now I am riding with a pair of Eggbeater mallet DH pedals which definitely allow me to climb efficiently with this set up. Other than that I have only been out about a dozen times this year on this bike since I got it 2 weeks ago, so there is more proving to to do on more types of terrain, but for my initial impressions this bike is going to be your favorite all mountain bike!

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JP Rambowrote a review of on June 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Starting, I should mention that I have a custom build SB6 C and that this is the first new bike I have ever purchased in my life. Second I should mention that this bike is 1000x more than I would ever need given my ability level and experience. That being said I moved to CO from the land of Duluth, MN and the Chequamagon national forrest. There the 29er hardtail is king (which I rode for the better part of the last decade). Moving from the midwest to the Rockies has definitely opened up facets of cycling; predicated and molded by the terrain around me.
So about the bike... This bike climbs better than my cannondale Flash 29'er carbon 1. Like the reviews say, it shouldn't but it just does. The ability to lock out and the switch technology on this bike allows it to climb faster and more aggressively than any of my older bikes. The 6 inches of travel worried me at first at the prospect of having to make tight turns going uphill on the switchbacks here in CO. Turned out it was not a problem. The torque I am able to generate with the stiffened frame gives me more than enough power in tight sections without sacrificing speed and my own energy. Also with 6 inches of travel I can totally destroy downhill sections. As a matter of fact this bike excels on the down hill (of course right). Even reaching faster speeds on downhill sections than I have ever reached before, this bike just floats over everything (and I can be pretty care free). I literally have never had so much fun on a bike in my life. As an enduro bike this bike definitely has more emphasis built on descending but most of the cycling I do has a lot of climbing to get to where I want to drop in. Right now I am riding with a pair of Eggbeater mallet DH pedals which definitely allow me to climb efficiently with this set up. Other than that I have only been out about a dozen times this year on this bike since I got it 2 weeks ago, so there is more proving to to do on more types of terrain, but for my initial impressions this bike is going to be your favorite all mountain bike!

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JP Rambowrote a review of on June 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These goggles fit great from small/narrow/wide heads. The goggles themselves are plush and seat nicely on the face creating an amazing seal. The lenses come in a plethora of options including Oakleys prizm technology. The prizm lens is hands down the best lens I have ever used in all conditions. It allows you to see the articulations of all aspects no matter what the light is doing. I have used these in comparison to the Smith IOS and the POC line and there is no comparison to the clarity and the quality of the prizm lens. Other than that, this is another great Oakley goggle that gives you the frameless style with an increased perception of your periphery. I can't imagine you will be disappointed.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on June 15, 2015

Weak sauce
2 5

I wanted to love these gloves. They are really Cush right out of the package and on the ride. The backs breathe and have a flashy but subtle design. I took one small fall and my hand found the ground. In the aftermath I have a pretty good size puncture through the lower lateral Palm. Not impressed with the materials as I have had many other gloves in the past that have taken dozens of falls before a rip/tear/puncture of this magnitude. The gloves also left a blueish residue on my hands. Unfortunately I can't endorse this glove. Sizing runs true to size. I wear a large in most glove and was comfortable in a large.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on December 15, 2014

3 5

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

So here’s the deal, I had a tried these on and the fit is great for a form fitted pant. I am 5’10” 165, 33 inch waist with a 32 inch inseam. I have pretty big legs however, so most form fitted and active fit bottoms are tight. The length was solid on these pants and gave me reasonable coverage. My waist fits these good and I have room to tuck a couple of base layers (medium to light). The fit is definitely tight if you have big legs like me, but the good thing is it is stretch material, so there is plenty of flex. I have used these on the trail a couple of times and they breathe beautifully. I can run in these full-stride on my decent and do not get too much rub in between my thighs on the accent. The pants themselves are super light and are a lightweight outer layer. When I am using these I am comfortable in the 20’s stand alone, but anything below, I would require a base layer, unless I was planning on really moving all day. The pants have 2 hand pockets with a mesh interior. The pockets have zippered enclosures so don’t worry about losing that chap stick and keys. Below the hand pockets there is another zippered compartment for storage that runs toward the back of the thigh. Honestly, I don’t know what these pockets were designed for, but I suppose it is more storage for a bare or something you want to keep on your person. The inside of the waistband has a soft fleece all the way around. The waist encloses with a button. When my button was snapped closed I opened it up to tuck a shirt in and the male portion of the snap came off (meaning the snap was no longer attached to the material). Though there is an integrated belt system on the outside of that this was not suppose to happen. The legs boast a zipper that extends to the top of the calf for making changing an easier process. The inside of the legs has a kick guard meant for protection against crampons. I have yet to dawn crampons with these pants yet, but I am leery about the material on t

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JP Rambowrote a review of on December 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

So this jacket has a lot to offer in a pretty light and compact package. First of all weighing in at 1lb this shell is not the lightest on the market, but some features do make up the difference. The jacket most notably is made of a 3 layer material that works similar to that of Event fabric. Event fabric boasts millions of pores per squared inch where as Gore Tex boast a staggering 9 billion pores per square inch. The jacket includes an adjustable hood with shock cord and adjuster at the back of the head for an easy pull adjustment. The hood also has two accessory shock cord pulls on the left and right side of the top of the zipper. The hood accommodates a common ski helmet and a climbing helmet with no problems. The brim of the hood is fully moldable with a wire strip that runs through the tip of the brim. There are 3 pockets on this jacket: 1 napoleon pocket on the left breast and another 2 hand pockets. The Napoleon pocket does not include a media hole for earphones to connect to an MP3 or a phone. The pocket is big enough to accommodate a Samsung galaxy 4 (I fit my buddies in mine.) The hand pockets are super long and will work well when harnessed up. The inside of the pocket cavities goes all the way from the shoulder to the waist. The material on the pocket cavities is a mesh so these are your vents when you start producing heat. There are not pit zips on these so you are going to need to rely on these pockets for venting. Thought the pockets are long, they are not deep so you might need to have another plan for quick storage on your person. The base of the waist has shock cord pulls on both sides as to allow a custom fit. Now this jacket is a form-fitting jacket, which boasts an active fit. I am 5’10” 165 and I wear this jacket very comfortably in a medium. I would definitely say It runs true to size, but again it is an active fit, not a loose fit shell.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on December 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is a great thermal hoody by Mountain Hardware. This hoody has a few functions that make it a great stand alone or base layer. First of all the hood has an elastic band built into the hood which pulls down around helmets and seat tightly. Oh yeah it also fits over a standard ski helmet, so it should fit over climbing helmets alike. The jacket has two zippered hand pockets with ample space for gloves and extras. Both hand pockets turn into a stuff sack for the jacket, which packs down to approximately 8x5x3. The jacket uses 60g of Thermal Q Elite fill. This down alternative provides ample loft and plenty of warmth. The Nylon material is soft against the skin and the waistband is adjustable with shock cord located on both the left and right side of the waist. This jacket has more of a relaxed fit to it, so those of you looking for a form fit, this is not the jacket for you. I am 5’10 165 lbs and wear a medium in this jacket which fits me perfect. This jacket leaves me room to layer underneath with up to two medium weight layers. This jacket is obviously not a standalone jacket, but I can wear this jacket as a stand alone down to the 30’s pretty comfortably. I personally do not like the cut for a standalone. I myself prefer a form fitting outer layer with exceptions. What I have found myself using this layer for is under my outer shell, like many have said below. While taking winter tail runs this jacket has excelled in part because the Q ELite down alternative does not compress like down does. This means your going to be able to insulate even when it is wet. For that reason it has been a great tool to have in my pack during mountain accents when reaching higher and colder peaks. I really like this jacket as my outer base layer for skiing paired with an un-insulated shell. Though this jacket pumps out heat, it works really well when it is in the single digits to teens.

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