Jon Klinginsmith

Jon Klinginsmith

Lake Ozark, MO

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Jon Klinginsmith's Passions

Road Running
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Paddling
Kayaking
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Jon Klinginsmith

Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

Great Pants
5 5

These pants are great. I got an Medium and they seem pretty true to size. They fit nicely over my hiking pants and even have a hook to attach them to my shoes ( which was very nice when we were walking through some water), and they also cinch down to get tighter around the ankles. I got these because I am wanting to hike in the mountains and not worry about getting wet. I hiked all day in scattered rain storms and never felt like I was wet underneath them. So far they have proved to be great.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

Great buy!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'd say overall, these pants are good. I was unsure which size to buy at first because I was in between a 10 and an 8, so they were tight at first, but I lost a little more weight and they fit comfortably now. I do have a few problems still. The legs have zippers to zip off the bottom part of the legs and the zippers rub my legs; not to a point of wounds on the legs, but rubbing nonetheless. Also, even though these pants fit comfortably, they snap shut, not button and the snaps tend to come undone. Finally, on a completely superficial level, they look silly rolled up with hiking boots. The pants are durable and made out of a great material. Good pants.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

Surprisingly Comfortable
5 5

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

I got this harness with a little hesitation because I had seen it used by others and it seemed flimsy and thin. I tried it on in a store and it felt better than it looked. We bought the harness and I've used it a few times now. It is very comfortable. I tend to belay for guys much bigger than me and with my old harness it would hurt my inner thighs when I lowered them and heaven forbid they had a hard fall. This harness did not have that problem. At least one fall has happened while belaying, and it did not leave me tender in the nether region. I had to get a small for my waist, but it takes some coaxing to get it over my thighs, but in the end I like it being a bit more snug there.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

Warm and Comfortable
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this fleece to zip into my tri-climate jacket after the fleece that came with it was just a little too thin for very cold weather (original was 100 weight). The jacket is great. I have worn it underneath the waterproof shell and alone, and either way it is warm and comfortable.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

5 5

This is a great tool that allows you to clip in at the end of a route, and feel safe doing it. I was always skeptical about using daisy chaines, because they are only rated for your body weight and not a fall. This PAS solves that problem. I would say the selling feature for this PAS is that each loop is rated for a 22 kN fall and you can easily adjust your distance from the rock. I will be buying another one of these!

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

2 5

In my opinion, these eggs are mediocre at best. It is nice to wake up to a warm meal in the backcountry, but I can not get past the texture and the taste. Freeze dried eggs are about as good as they sound, and lets be honest, they don't sound good. I was impressed with the bacon. Great taste and texture, but that does not out weigh the eggs. Also, make sure you dump out some of the water. I personally am sticking to oatmeal.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

2 5

I agree with Matthew, this meal had no taste. I was really excited about this meal because I love chicken and rice, but I have never been so disappointed. I might as well have been eating warm cardboard. I added some Tonys and pepper which did help, but I still would never buy this meal again. Albeit bland, this meal did fill me up. Nevertheless, there are better Mountain House meals out there.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

Favorite pot!
5 5

This is a great system for multiple hikers. You can boil 1.5 liters within a couple minutes, which can be used for freeze dried food, coffee, tea, and so much more. This system is light, easy to clean, and very compact. I was a little worried about the stability, but so far I have not had a problem. If you are cooking food from scratch, then you need to use oil and keep watch. This pot heats up fast. Overall, I have really been impressed with my system and can't think of a single negative comment.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

4 5

I was really impressed with the quality and taste of the meat and potatoes. The meat was a little bland, but a little seasoning did the trick. The only complaint I had with the meal, was that it was not enough food for my wife and I. In my opinion, I don't believe this meal is worth the money, but it is very nice to eat hot meat in the backcountry.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 31, 2013

filling.
5 5

My wife and I have tried many of the Mountain House food products and this is our favorite, so far. The reason this is our favorite is two fold. First and most importantly, I want something that is light and filling. In my opinion, this is one of the more filling Mountain House meals. Most meals I eat from Mountain House leave me wanting after a 15 mile hike, but this meal fills me right up. Second, taste. This meal has a lot of flavor. Add a little salt and pepper and you are set.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

Quality
4 5

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

I bought this knife, on sale, as a backup knife. I wanted an extra knife in the backcountry, but did not want to break the bank on a backup. The first time I used it I was blown away. I could not believe the quality of a 30 dollar knife. This knife is sharp and seems pretty bomb proof. Although, the blade does dull a little faster than a more expensive knife.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote an answer about on May 30, 2013

I personally use a Baltoro 75L for that distance. The downside to this pack would be the weight. If you are counting ounces, then you could look at the Gregory Z 75L. The Z is a little lighter, but you are sacrificing some features like front loading access and sleeping bag compartment . In my opinion, front load access is a must. Also, I personal like the suspension system on the Baltoro compared to the Z series. Lastly, the Baltoro 65L and 75L both weigh the same, so why not choose the larger pack? I hope this helped. If you have anymore questions please ask.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 30, 2013

Solid and affordable.
5 5

If you are looking for a solid and cheap carabiner, then the rocklock carabiner is your best option. I personally own about ten of these and they are my workhorse. The huge mouth makes this carabiner great for building anchors and belaying, and the quality of the screwgate is top notch. The only sacrifice you will make using this carabiner is weight. This is not the lightest on the market, but great for anyone that top ropes.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote an answer about on May 28, 2013

This jacket is perfect for climbing. The angel-wing construction allows you to lift your arms without raising the jacket. I have climbed in this jacket several times, and I have never been disappointed. If it is colder outside, then just use layers. This jacket is very versatile.

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Jon Klinginsmith wrote a review of on May 16, 2013

Spacious .
4 5

This bag is a gem. The Super Chute holds my 60m rope and gear with room to spare. The bag has a huge thin tarp to help extend the life of your rope, and is also extremely durable. The buckle straps are bomb proof and do a nice job of compressing your rope to a manageable size. My only complaint would be the strap. The strap is very uncomfortable over a period of time. I almost always have my rope bag in my pack, but the few times I have not it has sucked. All in all, this is a great bag that everyone should own.

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