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Johnathan 's Passions

Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Trail Running
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering

Johnathan 's Bio

Higher pursuits on the trail

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Johnathan Rambo

Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Take it from me, I am a serious trail runner. Peak season I am putting in 80-100 miles a week on trail in the Rocky mountains. I have been a seriously loyal Inov 8 fan for over a decade now. The problem is any time I deviate from Inov 8 I end up being horribly disappointed. Keeping in mind all individuals are exactly that, Individuals, I am going to tell you a little bit about the best Inov 8 shoe I have used to date. The Trailroc 235 is a unique shoe in that it is a 0 drop minimal shoe, but still provides calcaneus and lower tarsal protection. As a mountain runner, the most frustrating thing is bruised feet. Sometimes it lays me out for weeks. The 235 has a strong sole without the weight that does not let the jagged protrusions focalize on one point of the foot. I find that this shoe distributes any pressure throughout the bottom plate and alleviates these potential injuries that leave you saying "how the hell did that happen." The tread is very aggressive on this shoe. I use it from late spring on through the early- late fall depending on the snow situation. These access in slick conditions in slush and snow and will grip well on there own. I have never needed screws or other mechanisms for grip with these. The tread will grip to rock, loose fell, gravel and dirt like a boss! I can climb all day in these on my toes and the sole just does not break down. Descending the package provides stability and flex that lets me sprint the chutes as fast as my legs can handle. Again that sole protects your feet so no worries what I land on. The uppers have a breathable mesh that will keep your feet well vented. The lacing is nice and tight across the tarsals giving you security. The toe kick is minimal, but provides ample toe protection. So again take it from me, if your an Inov 8 fan or just trying them out, this shoe is a minimal package that gives you the protection of a burly hiking shoe.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

3 5

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

So lets be honest, I tried this out and unfortunately I am going to say it, these are really not necessary. With Norrona pants in mind, the fact of the matter is that their pants waist systems are bomb, and they stay up fine on there own. Most materials Norrona constructs with have a flex to the material. The velcro waist system will without a doubt keep your pants up fine. On to the suspenders... well they work as they should. They will hold them pants up during a cataclysmic event. They are very universal along the Svalbard line making them a multitasker. They are styling for the backcountry. I really like the design, as they do not cause friction in places you don't want friction. I just find the idea redundant with the velcro system in place. All in all, I like the product, and think its cool and maybe not a terrible idea as a back up if you need one.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Am using a pair of these in the fitz stripe: willow herb green. Mostly just use them for around the house in the hot tub, but here is what I have to say. The shorts come above my knee (which I love, I dislike capris that are called shorts). The cut of the shorts are not too baggy, but have a little room for moving around. The tie system is a traditional laced system so they are easy to get in and out of. There is a side pocket high up on the right leg with a zippered enclosure. This pocket will easily fit a wallet keys phone and stuff like that. Very convenient when running errands at the store or if you are holding on to some keys at the beach. The pocket boasts a key loop on the inside so your don't have an untimely loss of keys at sea. Lets be real here, the colors available are pretty cool too. The simplistic design makes these a throw back that will never go out of style. I got mine in a 32 and usually wear size 32. I am 5'10" 165 lbs for reference. Would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a suit, board short or water farer for the summer months.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So this last winter in CO, we had a few weeks where the mercury dropped. I do a lot of winter ascents mostly skinning, mixed in with some technical. These gloves have saved my digits a few times on a few of these days when we had temps down to -35. I usually don't let weather dictate what activities I am going to do for the day. Being from Minnesota and Wisconsin, you learn to dress for the weather. So these gloves became my closest and dearest companion during extreme winter weather. The gloves have a removable fingered liner, which is soft and roomy enough to get my hands in and out easily during clothing changes and transitions. The fill around the glove is the warmest I have ever worn. Not once did my fingers get cold even during the long (standstill) pauses. That is saying a lot for someone who has digital circulation problems. I got these in an XL, and would suggest sizing up from your normal size, because they will give you more R factor bang for your buck. You create more heat when your hands are not constricted so would not go tight on these. The pertex can become water logged with lots of snow exposure, so keep in mind they are not waterproof, but in conditions that are cold enough to warrant their use, believe me my friend that is unlikely and the least of your worries. The palm material is strong and durable so they are not as weak as the back of the hands. The material in this glove is thick, but you can still palm some poles and swing some tools with no problems. All in all this is one of the best altitude mitts I have ever tried and would highly suggest giving them a try.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not sure about the weak wood, but have been riding these for about 3 months now. What I like is they really have some pop off kickers, drop ins, park runs and anything else I can think to jump off of. They turn like a dream and maneuver in some of the tight trees and chutes better than most skis I have been on. I feel like these ski really short, and when on the 185s I feel like I am on 170s. As far as chopping through the crud, corn, groomers and pow, listen to Dan Brown below he is right, this ski does do it all.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote an answer about on May 20, 2014

I believe this i pretty universal with most of Norrona bottom products that have the universal belt system. I just tried it with my lofoten bibs and it works with the bib system zipped out, but not really designed for that. I think it is one of those things where it will work, but not intended to do so. These suspenders do work great with the svalbard pants, if your interested in purchasing a pair.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never used Thule products before buying this several months ago. I was looking around at cargo boxes and Yakima seemed to only offer options that spanned the entire roof. Then I stumbled onto this box by Thule that still gives me ample bar space to have more functions. What I like about this box is it is super easy to install like most boxes these days. It will universally fit all crossbar systems. The newer composite material is a lot lighter than many other models out there. Without strapping skis and snowboards down I can literally fit close to 6 sets of fat skis up top. The cap is easy to maneuver in all weather conditions. It is not a one season and done type of product. I can use this for all seasons and most activities I am heavily engaged in. The box makes zero noise up top. The boxes integrity stays intact no leaking. And hey I threw a goat on it so it is that much more awesome. This was one of the best purchases I have made in 2014 and am sure this one is going to last me years to come!

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

4 5

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

The more backcountry.com brand products I try the more I am digging their stuff. Quality build for a little travel pack. The build seems pretty bomb so far. The backpack straps are cool, the only thing I don't like about them is the spacing. I should start by saying I got this in a medium. The top and bottom spacing are the same so when you wear it and tighten it down, the back awkwardly presses into the small of your back. The straps are pretty strong and again the materials of this duffel are top notch for as light as it is. The one thing that had me perplexed was the little taps at the ends of both of the ends above the handles and next to the zipper line. They seemed odd so I called BC up and they told me it was to hold the zipper open when loading and unloading. I tried them out since and have to say pretty useless. aside from these observations Love this pack and great for a carryon or a quick ditty heading to the trail.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

5 5

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

Have you been carrying around a man purse in your back pocket? When you pull your wallet out do you have problems closing it? Well if you are anything like George Costanza, this could be the solution for you. I just picked this one up, and have to say, pretty cool stuff. The case is pretty burly and the design is very simple. The pressed Norrona logo is pretty awesome too. This will hold up to 4 cards with ease. Depending on card width I have fit up to 6 cards in the case and it still clamps shut with no problem. As far as wear and durability, I have not had it long enough to see if the material will hold up, but from my limited use, again it is pretty burly. The only problem I could foresee with this holder is the clip that holds the holder closed may loosen with time. I think that might be a quick fix though. The simple hinges are so simple they really can't break on you. All in all this is a pretty cool accessory from norrona. It has definitely limited the junk I carry around most of the time. I would say if your a lady, this might be the solution for you if you want to go light on a night on the town too.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

5 5

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

Just picked another pair of these up this season, and just as impressed as always. The quality is unparalleled. The craftsmanship is detailed. The technology in the waist adjustment system as always is awesome. They are incredibly light. They dry fast as any board short. The material for a synergistic material allows them to be dynamic for all of your activities. I really like the length of these, they come down just to my mid patella so I don't get that annoying rubbing at the top of my calf. The only issue I have with these is the sizing. This is really no fault to Norrona, it is difficult enough to tailor to the masses and I just happen to fall in between. I am what I would consider a true medium. I have an actual waist size of 32.75-33 depending on the season. The smalls in this come up to a 32.7 which is much to tight for comfort for me. The mediums maybe slightly too large, but the waist velcro adjustment makes it possible for these to fit ok. If you have a waist of my size or near it, I am going to suggest sizing up. if you are a 32-32.5 I am going to say you are on the cusp, and if you don't plan on tucking anything in, try going with the small. If you think you will tuck something in then definitely go up. Sorry you larges out there, I just don't know beyond my scope of size.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on May 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a pretty badass hat from Backcountry.com. In working with snapback, this hat is the epitome of a flat brim and BC style with an awesome embroidered goat. The brim itself is everything you want in a flat brim; stiff, great shape and the size does not dominate the paneling. The paneling itself is pretty soft, but holds a form as it should. The sizing on this one in my opinion is probably best suited for medium to small sized heads (larger on the small head spectrum), but I might be wrong and if your on the smaller of the large spectrum, it might work for you. My new fav for the season, thanks again Backcountry.com

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