Johnny

Johnny

Ecuador

Johnny's Bio

Currently living in Ecuador and climbing what I can. Lived in Ohio before that. Enjoy camping, backpacking, hiking,canoeing, kayaking, climbing, casual biking. Planning to get some mountaineering experience while in Ecuador.

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Johnny wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a pair in 2006 and wore them almost daily in the warmer seasons. They were really comfortable and I replaced them in mid 2011 because the tread finally wore flat. I bought what visually look identical to my old pair (aside from the tag saying "Made in China" and not the USA), but the new ones rub the sides of my toes raw and just below my ankle. I woke up this morning to find blood all over my feet from wearing them for 12 hours over the weekend. I followed the strap adjustment instructions that came in the box, and I have been trying to adjust the straps as needed with no luck. I've had my current pair for a year, but I can only bare to wear them about 8 hours and then have to wait for the scabs to heal until I can wear them again. Other than the pain, they are great for canoeing and river walking, I just wish I could get back what I once had. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I loved the Chaco brand and look, but I can't see me buying these again. Also, after wearing them for a few months, adjusting the straps becomes impossible. They will not move. I wear a size 14, normal width.

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Johnny wrote a review of on January 29, 2011

Nice for the price
4 5

I've used this tent for one season now. It held up well to moderate wind and rain. It takes about 5 minutes or less to set up with one person or two. 1 minute to take it down. I'm 6'1'' and it is long enough and has plenty of room for 2 people and some gear or a dog. The vestibule is big enough to hold 2 full large packs. It's hard to get to the vestibule zipper when it closed because you have to crawl halfway out of the tent to reach it, and if you don't stay low, you'll have a nice wet, cold back from the morning dew. I also don't like how the zippers are arranged. One is along the bottom, the other along the top arch and side. They come together at the corner, which does not create a completely insect proof zip. I haven't had any problems with bugs, but I also don't bring food into this tent. A ground tarp is a must for this tent. The bottom doesn't feel strong enough to hold up to rocks and roots. I couldn't find a footprint anywhere online so I just cut a piece of visqueen and it works well. I'm happy with this tent for what I spent on it, but I don't expect it to last as long as a similar, more expensive one.

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Johnny wrote a review of on January 4, 2011

5 5

This jacket has lasted me 3 winters now, and the excellent quality hasn't changed. It is very warm, windproof, and water resistant. It's also not as bulky as other down jackets. I would not recommend this coat above freezing temperatures. For me, between 32 and 10 Fahrenheit it is perfect for minimal to no activity, like watching a football game. When I'm hiking up and down hills, it needs to be well below freezing for me to not overheat in this jacket, even with only one layer under it. It worked well for easy downhill skiing. I'm 6'1" 190lbs. and I have XXL size. The price was right for XXL but I could probably wear an XL. My only complaint are the wrist cuffs. They are made of a stretchy, wool-like material which tend to hold snow. I would highly recommend this jacket, especially if you find one that is cheaper than $325.

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Johnny wrote a review of on January 3, 2011

4 5

Comfortable and easy to inflate. Pros: very small and light, about a quarter of the size of my Z-Rest. Cushions rock and roots. Cons: The material is a little noisy when you move on it, and it's also somewhat slippery. A nylon sleeping bag slides easily on this pad. I haven't slept on an incline with this pad yet, but I feel like I'll probably slip to the bottom of my tent during the night. It's great for car camping, sleeping on your friend's floor, and 3-season backpacking.

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Johnny wrote a review of on February 23, 2010

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great boot, only took about 10 miles of hiking to break in. I wear a size 14 but bought a 13 and they fit well. They seem to lose a lot of heat out of the toe. When walking in the snow, I noticed that all of the snow would stick and melt to my toes. It kept them fairly cold. They have great traction. They feel really secure on any surface. I would recommend them, just wear some warm socks too.

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