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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 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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JP Rambowrote a review of on November 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No thrills here. This glove is a stripped down laborer's glove with added insulation for some warmth and padding. The elastic band keeps the gloves nice and snug. The grip will wear with time but the pigskin is tough and durable. An extra dwr treatment or two from time to time will definitely extend the life of the glove. Waterproof or even resistant not so much, but that's not what these gloves are about. One of my go toos on the groomer from high teens and up.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on November 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had a Never summer for quite some time. I recently upgraded for above 0 bag and decided to go with the same one. The warmth is a no brainer, it is 650 down... I am not sure about the zipper issue below, but like any bag you have to be conscientious not to overlap materials. The design is rock solid with a little extra room to tossing and turning. the length in the regular is solid if your under 6'0". Materials are plush and the build is proven. Like Dan Be below said, not much has changed in the last decade, and there has been no reason for it to. This is definitely one of the best bags for the price.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on November 15, 2014

5 5

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

So here goes again... This is my 4th or 5th year in the Lofoten jacket and bibs from Norrona. The series has really dialed in fit, design, function and quality build. The media pocket (inside breast pocket), has a small slit to accommodate headphone wiring. The pocket is small however, and will definitely not accommodate an iPhone 5 with a life proof case. I wish this pocket was built into the outside left napoleon pocket to access without having to open the whole jacket up, but maybe in the future. The other major update is the color schemes. With all of their jackets and bibs, all colors in the season are compatible with one another (the zippers accessorize with all bibs). The napoleon pockets are the same as last year and function well with a harness (for those ski mountaineers out there). The pit zips are gargantuan, allowing for awesome venting. There are no hand pockets in this jacket, so you have to use your pits zips to access other layer pockets or the napoleon pockets. The left napoleon pocket also boasts a cleaning cloth on a leash for goggles. the hand cuffs have gaiters with thumb loops that are not removable. The gaiters are a soft elastin material with a lot of flex. The wrist cuffs elongate over the hand to tuck well into a glove. For sizing, I am 5'10 165lbs and a 33 inch waist. This jacket fits me perfect in the medium. The sleeve length and the body allows for a few base layers. With several layers I still have the ability to still make dynamic movements. The interior waist has a built in powder skirt. The skirt has 4 snap buttons (2 on the front and 2 on the back), in order for the jacket to snap into the bibs in the lofoten line. The skirt also has a silicone strip that grips to the corresponding bibs. All in all this is one of the best-built jackets on the market. You will not regret your purchase.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on November 15, 2014

5 5

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

First of all, this is my 4th -5th year in this Lofoten line of bibs and jacket. The bibs are almost identical to last years, but a few modifications from years past. 1st, the bibs front pockets are external (meaning they pouch out, instead of flush with the gortex material and pouching into the leg). This does a couple of things. It gives you more room for storage on the thigh pockets and makes for a more comfortable ride. 2nd the bibs colors (zippers and bibs) are coordinated with any of the jackets in the series, so all colors get along. This pricing has gone up considerably from years past these bibs use to go for 550 or there abouts in the past. Now on to the specifics. The YKK zippers are bomb, and super durable. They are going to last seasons. The waterproof seams are going to wear over time, but they will give you a few years to get your moneys worth depending on how much use they get (remember they have a 5 year warranty). The bibs themselves have a loose fit (considering you bought the right size for you). The fit allows for plenty of dynamic movement and allows you room to breath. Obviously the GTX pro shell gives you 9 billion pores/ square inch to stop unwanted condensation and heat. Now these bibs will allow for a harness and it seats really nice for those ski mountaineers like myself! On to the fit... Well I am 5'10" 165lbs with a 33 inch waist and 32 inch inseam. I have worn these and continue to wear them in the medium, which gives me great length and coverage. I have extra room in the waist for layering (usually a mid layer and an extra mid layer when temps dip). I would say I have an extra 2.5-3 inches around. The bibs are adjustable and my height fits the shoulder straps with room to go up and down. I would say if your 5'11"-6'0" you may be pushing it and large might be for you. Aside from that you will not find a better built bib on the market. The sizing and cut is perfection. Questions, please ask...

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JP Rambowrote a review of on November 15, 2014

5 5

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

The greatest thing about this sock is they are 100% wool. Darn tough does not use any of those hybrid materials, they stick to what works best. Wool by design does not collapse when it gets wet, so it will keep you warm even when completely saturated. Being merino wool it they won't itch or scratch. They will keep you warm and skinning all day. Aside from their function, this sock is pretty dope and has a great design. I would say these run true to size, I wear 10.5-11 and these fit great in a large.

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JP Rambowrote a review of on November 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Patagonia continues to use the same cut on these jean as they have for the last 5 years. Some updates in the last few years is the button fly is gone. I think they made this change about 2 years ago. The other big change is the front pockets are much shallower than they have been in years past. The back pockets still have the depth and are essentially the same size as last years. I heard some complaints about these being made in a much darker denim blue than last year, but I compared them with my regular fits from 2011 and they are almost identical and of course you have to account for wear and fading. Now for sizing this pant is built for guys who have bigger thighs. So for those of you out there that have been packing and running in the mountains for years and developed big quads, this is going to be the jean for you. I have a 33 inch waist most of the time and a 32 inch inseam. These jeans run big. I comfortably fit in a size 31 with an inch and a half to spare to breath. The 32 inch inseam has just a little bit more length for total coverage (no high watering). Other than fit, the quality of the organic material and the build of these pants are going to last you a long time, if you take care of them.

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