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Johnathan Rambo

Johnathan Rambo

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Johnathan 's Passions

Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Trail Running
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering

Johnathan 's Bio

I always knew when I was younger I wanted to work in the medical field so I would only have to work 3 days a week. So thats what I did. I am an RN so I have 4 days off in a row every week to spend every last second of it in the mountains. Right now I spend most of my time in the Colorado Rockies. Believe me there are no complaints...

Johnathan Rambo

Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on April 9, 2014

5 5

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

I had their first generation Logo Ts and was not impressed, but Norrona has reinvented the wheel with this one. The predecessors neck was large and wide. The material shrank down to absolutely nothing. The sleeves were capped sleeves on a male garment. Now well the material is better built with organic cotton that does not shrink to much. The length is longer than the first years. The neck fits like a normal t with a little rigidity which hold it's form. The colors are just as bomb as always and that's what I expect from Norrona. The capped sleeves still persist, but I got a large so they are longer and not as short as the first gens. As a matter of fact that is the only complaint is the capped sleeves. This Is a female sleeve and has no place on a mans shirt, but it does not bother me as much on this one as in years past. Now I use to buy all of my Ts in a medium , but I sized up with this one to a large and it fits me perfect. In case your wondering I have a 38-40 inch chest which fluctuates with the seasons. I am 5'10" and about 165. The large fits perfect on me so I would suggest sizing up on this one and of course it is organic cotton, so it is going to shrink. Aside from the sleeves I really have no complaints. The Viking on the front is great and this is my new favorite T.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light as a sky racer, more flex than a tele and warm as any boot I have ever owned this one ranks as my all time favorite boot to date. When I first got it I got the liners professionally molded and found that the tongue of the shell was way to rigid. I took it to my boot guy and he was able to heat the shell up and we remolded the actual tongue to it did not push on the top of my foot. Problem solved. I am going to admit, I was not crazy about the liners, so I just replaced them with my BD intuition liners and they work perfect. I have since been out in these over 20 days deep in the backcountry and on some groomer days. I pair these with some Dynafit Beasts on my freeriders managed to make them work with some Marker dukes on my all mountains. I have been on a few hikes up to 12 miles in these chasing lines and these performed amazing. with 60 degrees of flex no rubbing, no blisters and no complaints. The new shell adjustment system easily runs from walk mode to lock mode. The vibram sole is very aggressive and sticks nice on anything but ice. They are completely crampon compatible and I have been running my Grivel Rambos with these no problem. I guess time will tell if these stand the test of time, but they are definitely my boot for the time being. I usually wear a 10.5 to 11 shoe. These I bought in a 29 mondo (which 29 and 29.5 are the same shell size) and I have a little extra room for touring on the toe. They run a little narrow, so not for the wide footed, but will accommodate someone who is neutral well. When buckled down they are stiff and can handle my powder skis with more in the bank. Would highly recommend giving these a shot.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 11, 2014

5 5

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

The Revo harness is a newer addition that Revo brought in the 12/13 year. The Harness offers a smaller frame size for narrower faces. It provides enough coverage for your periphery and the polycarb water lens is not bad at all. I use these guys for my trail runs in the mountains. I would say that a black frame will reduce any glacial and or water glare at the bottom of the frames better than a clear frame but I like the look and thought I would try these out. This is probably my 5th pair of Revo sunglasses and what I like about this brand is the quality of the build and the outstanding optics which makes Revo one of the best optics makers on the market. What I really like about this product in general is the frame fits my face perfectly, and I have a narrow face. The other thing that is great about these shades are the rubber non slip nose. When I am on the trail and sweating it out, I don't have to worry about these slipping down the bridge of my nose. Last but not least, they are lite. They don't have that cheap plastic feel like the Oakley frog skins, but they are just as light.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Was not my favorite to say the least. The brim is sewn awkwardly into the front panel. The brim size is a little to large for the hat all together. It is not a flat brimmed hat but the oversized brim makes it tough for the brim to be formed. I would say this hat sizes large and is for medium to large sized heads. Aside from that, this is my perspective and it did not work for me. I do love the colors though.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I got these and was not terribly impressed, but not because of construction. I think the build was bomb and the quality of the product top notch. The only issue I had was the lens would pop out on some big falls. I think with the M2 update, the 8 magnet system holds them in during a big fall, but backcountry skiing, if you lose the lens you need for the day, you are pretty much screwed. Now I am not saying I have ever lost a lens, but this is just an indicator of action potential. Aside from that I have a narrow face and they fit me well sealing nicely around the corners of my eyes. As far as becoming foggy and moister between the two lenses, well I have not had that experience, maybe a faulty product?

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

So this is the epitome of a flat brim hat. The brim is big and burly. The canvas construction of the paneling is sturdy. This hat will fit medium to small sized heads well and might not be as accommodating to large headed folks out there. The color is spot on with the picture shown above (I got the blue). The detailing of the TNF and the US flag is pretty dope. All in all I love this hat.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

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

I think I just bought my third pair of the I/O line and purchased these in the White frame with the red sensor mirror. I get the same old feel. I have a very narrow face so I do have a hard time finding more expensive goggles to fit my face. Usually the corners of my eyes have exposed air coming through because goggles do not seal. These extinguish that problem all together. These goggles provide a huge plain of view. I get a much greater field of vision and it allows me to use my periphery much more effectively. The lenses come in and out pretty easily, however it is no Anon M2 or M1 (but none on the market are right). What I do not like about these goggles is that the snap is directly on the back of the band and they awkwardly fit through my goggle clip on the back of my helmet. Huge bonus of the strap is it has a silicone rubber strip around the inside which helps keep my goggles up. My last pair of I/0 did not have this and would come down from time to time. This helps keep my goggles in place when I am really bouncing around. So much appreciated SMITHOPTICS. One last note, I use these with a POC receptor backcountry and they fit my helmet very well, no gaper gap! I have used them in the past with a Smith Variant and the fit was solid as well. Right now the price on these is a steal. The only place you will find them cheaper is on Ebay. I hope this helps you guys out.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I think I just bought my third pair of the I/O line and purchased these in the sage Sig. I love the new colors and I get the same old feel. I have a very narrow face so I do have a hard time finding more expensive goggles to fit my face. Usually the corners of my eyes have exposed air coming through because goggles do not seal. These extinguish that problem all together. These goggles provide a huge plain of view. I get a much greater field of vision and it allows me to use my periphery much more effectively. The lenses come in and out pretty easily, however it is no Anon M2 or M1 (but none on the market are right). What I do not like about these goggles is that the snap is directly on the back of the band and they awkwardly fit through my goggle clip on the back of my helmet. Huge bonus of the strap is it has a silicone rubber strip around the inside which helps keep my goggles up. My last pair of I/0 did not have this and would come down from time to time. This helps keep my goggles in place when I am really bouncing around. So much appreciated SMITHOPTICS. The lenses are pretty bomb, the bluebird lens actually works well in various to partly cloudy conditions. The light lens works well in flat light. One last note, I use these with a POC receptor backcountry and they fit my helmet very well, no gaper gap! I have used them in the past with a Smith Variant and the fit was solid as well. Right now the price on these is a steal. The only place you will find them cheaper is on Ebay. I hope this helps you guys out.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

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

I got a pair of these in the medium, and I love them. They keep my legs tight and I can really increase my mileage much quicker than in past years, because it really reduces my fatigue on my mountain runs. For fit, well I am 5'10" 160 and have pretty large thighs for someone my size. I got these in a medium and the waist fits me great, (I have a 33 inch waist actual measurement) but my thighs are pretty tight. I tried on the size Large and the thighs were perfect, but the waist was too loose for my preference. I think this is just something I am going to have to suck up if I want to continue wearing these, because I am not going to be able to make the large work. Aside from that these shorts feel great, they are lite and breathe well. The length on the compression is decent, they don't come anywhere near the knee, which is a huge annoyance to me when wearing compressions. The shorts sewn into the tight on the inner thigh takes time to get used to but all in al they feel good. The compression material does not have as much elasticity to it as many stand alones but that is what they are designed to do. All in all these are going to be my go to ultra shorts for the 14 mountain running season.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This hat looks nice, but not really what I was expecting. Looking at the pictures I was not sure what to expect, but it ended up not being a trucker hat style if your looking for that. The paneling on the front is not really rigid and does not hold an actual shape. The hat is essentially a slouch styled hat. The classic throwback colors are really nice, I wish they made this in one in a trucker style cap. Fit feels much like their Chain ring hat, but I don't have any other methods of comparison, because those are the only ones I have tried from TNF to date. Hope that helps.
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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

New colors and designs, but this is the same old chain ring. TNF stuck with the same build and construction as previous years with this one. This hat also sizes the same. This hat runs just slightly smaller than a traditional hat, but it is adjustable in the back with a snap back. This hat vents well and washes well. I have had these since TNF has been making them and they wash easy in the washer without deforming. I use them on my long trail runs in the mountains. They provide plenty of sun protection and they do not tend to expand and shrink like a lot of hats do with temp changes of your head. The colors don't really fade like non polyesters do. Aside from that this is a cool hat that will keep your head cool in the summer.

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Johnathan Rambo wrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the classic Base Camp duffel with a little twist. Themed for this years winter olympics, TNF have given these bags a new look to represent some of the worlds countries. Aside from that this is the same old Base Camp duffel we all love. The backpack straps make this my go to bag for traveling abroad with gear payloads and or just traveling with my clothes and personables. The webbing is top notch and the material is tough as nails. The bag is not fully waterproof, but is very water resistant with the TPE finish on the top flap and sides. This bag is much more water resistant than Patagonia's products in the black hole series. The black hole has more exposed areas without TPU or TPE finish that leaves it more vulnerable than the base camp. The bottom is a padded with 8400 ballistic nylon which is abrasive resistant (I have never had a puncture or tear). Regarding Zheng's review below, this bag was designed as a gear and equipment hauler by The North Face in the 1990s and earlier predecessors way back in the 80s. The Base Camp is by no means your grandfathers suitcase It was designed to haul heavy loads on expeditions, compartments and pockets might take away from your ability to load gear and this is why TNF has not changed the model in over 20 years. Jimmy Chin uses storage bags to compartmentalize his gear inside his base camp duffels. TNF makes several sizes of base camps and if your load is shifting because you are not filling it up then maybe you need to use a duffel the meets the demands of your load. They come in 25 xs, 42 s, 72 m, 90 L, and an XL in 155 liters. I personally own a 42, 72 and 90L. I find that the 155L when loaded fully even with clothes is just to heavy to pack around so I stick with these three. and find all of these sizes useful. I had the 155L but again when fully loaded with anything other than packing peanuts is just to much weight.

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