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Jon

Jon

Boston

Jon's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking
Running

Jon's Bio

I'm an outdoor enthusiast with a software engineering problem. I love anything that let's me go fast or push my limits including biking, running, snowboarding, and soccer.

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Jonwrote a review of on July 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've worn these 5 times for distances between 25 and 85 miles, with good results. The torso and shoulder straps are just right for me with a 33" waist. The mesh is nice and keeps me from overheating as long as I zip down the jersey a bit. The legs are a bit tighter than I would have originally liked, but I've gotten used to it and actually prefer it as it helps support the quads on longer rides. The chamois is thin, but comfortable and hasn't been as issue. I have a Fizik Arione CX saddle for reference. The one reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that the legs are a little shorter than I'd like. If PI added another inch or so to the legs I'd be happy.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a small crash a couple weeks ago with a helmet I'd been using for way too long, and since I've been bike commuting every day along with some longer weekend rides, I decided to splurge a little. This helmet is really light, and the Roc Loc adjustment is awesome. If you've got a little extra cash, this is a solid choice provided you have a "Giro" head.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

40.5" chest, 33" waist. I got this to replace an old North Face McKinley that's seen better days. I've worn the ROM maybe 10 times, and it's been great. I wear a 34 dress shirt, and the sleeves stop right above my thumbs. It's not lined at all which gives it a wider temp range. Spring and fall in Boston usually means lots of wind and large temperature swings and this has kept me warm without overheating. It looks good with a polo or button-down on the way to the office, and has enough room for a fleece underneath at night. I'll probably wear it bike commuting in the winter and for some spring skiing next year.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 4, 2015

2 5

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

I've been running in the Saucony Mirage series for years, and typically run 25-40 miles a week depending on what I'm training for. The Mirage used to be a slightly more cushioned version of the Kinvara, but that changed in the 4's. These are no longer for neutral runners, and are more for a mild to moderate overpronator.

In addition to the change in pronation, I've also noticed some durability issues with the upper which I didn't see with the 2/3s. I switched to the new Zealot for my daily training, but can't comment on them yet since I've only put about 30 miles on them.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I needed something to wear for the morning winter bike commute, but I didn't want tights. Fortunately I found these before we had any major storms in Boston. As a bonus, they also work really well as running pants, and kept me warm during the negative wind chills. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for multi-use winter pants.

These are on the tighter side of fitted pants, so if you want something loose, I'd size up.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 2, 2015

3 5

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

I'm a big fan of Dakine bags, and have been using an EQ duffel for years with no signs of wear, so I didn't think twice about getting this one for a trip to Snowbird with the lady. This bag is well padded, and definitely built to last.

We brought a 157cm board, 155cm skis, poles, and two pairs of boots. I don't remember her boot size, but I wear a 10.5 and we put a pair in each pocket. At this point we were right on the 50lb limit, so I couldn't add anything else without forking over a fortune in overweight fees. If weight wasn't a concern, we could have both put jackets, pants, baselayers, gloves, poles, goggles, and running gear for those cross training days. While it has room for everything, you'll end up with lots of wasted space because of the weight. If I had to do it again, I'd buy the low roller for the hardgoods, and supplement with carry-ons for everything else.

If you have status or a credit card that ups the weight limit, this would be a killer bag, otherwise go with something lighter.

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Jonwrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up late last season from Whiskey Militia in Tagline Blue with Black/HI Persimmon lenses. I came from using a pair of Crowbars and have to say these have a better field of vision due to a larger lens. Having light/dark lenses is great as it allows you to adjust for conditions as dusk rolls in.

It comes with a padded case which is a nice touch. 5 stars because of two lenses/case/and not paying anywhere near full price.

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Jonwrote a review of on December 13, 2014

4 5

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

5'10", 40.5" chest. Size: L

I've got three of these that I use for a mix of running, workout out, bike commuting, and casual. They wick moisture well, dry quickly, and have a silky feeling to them. They're a tad bit long for my taste, but for the price, they're tough to beat. They tend to show up on Steep&Cheap all the time, so wait for a sale and stock up.

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Jonwrote a review of on November 13, 2014

4 5

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

When the temps climb and humidity skyrockets, you'll be glad you're running in one of these. I trained throughout the summer and loved them. They wick moisture, dry quickly, and fit well. A large fits me (5'10", 40.5" chest, 33" waist) without being overly snug or flapping in the wind.

If it resisted snagging on branches better, it'd get 5 stars.

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Jonwrote a review of on November 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Are you a cyclist? Do you like a squeaky clean chain and smoother shifting? If so, buy one of these bad boys.

Lean your bike against the wall, or in a work stand if you're a rich fancy pants, fill up the reservoir with whatever household degreaser you have, and pedal backwards, keeping the chain centered with the crank chainring. Combine this with a cassette brush, and you've got a solid transmission cleaning system that will keep you running smooth between full overhauls.

Giving it 4 stars because if you don't keep the chain centered on the crank chainring, you'll drop the chain or bind it up in the derailleur.

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Jonwrote a review of on November 13, 2014

2 5

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

I used these commuting for a week in the 35-55 temp range, with limited success. The softshell on these covers the back of the hand, but the space between the fingers is a breathable membrane, which lets in too much cold air. My hands eventually warmed up, but it took squishing my fingers together and some aggressive pedaling for that to happen. For temps above 50, they're fine, but that's essentially where I stop wearing full-finger gloves anyway.

If you're charging hard, these might work, but a commuter moving with traffic probably won't generate the necessary heat to make them valuable. The PI Thermal Conductive gloves are far superior, for almost half the cost, and they come in obnoxious yellow for added visibility.

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Jonwrote a review of on November 7, 2014

5 5

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

33" waist, size M
25-40 miles/week on a mix of trails and road

These are awesome. I'm 5'10" and the 7" inseam means these hit a couple inches above the knee which is ideal for the after run lunch. The zipper pocket is large enough for my car key, a credit card, and a couple gu's. I tried storing additional gu's in the other pockets, but they fell out, so they've been demoted to storing wrappers.

These dry incredibly fast, and don't seem to snag on branches. They're a bit pricey, but are definitely worth it.

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Jonwrote a review of on November 7, 2014

5 5

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

Over the past few years, I've replaced all my cotton socks with these. They lightly cushioned, wick moisture like a champ, and don't smell like a dumpster after a few hours on the trails. They're also really durable, as I haven't had to get rid of any pairs, even after a couple years of use. I'll be buying these for as long as I can find them.

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Jonwrote a question about on November 7, 2014

Would these be warmer than the PRO softshell lite? I recently purchased the PRO ones, and the softshell only covers the tops of the fingers, and not between them. When I'm riding hard, it's ok because I generate enough body heat. However, the morning commute is colder as the pace is slower and have to stop frequently.

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Jonwrote a review of on November 7, 2014

5 5

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

5'10", 40" chest, 33" waist, medium is great

I was looking for an everyday sweater than I can wear to work and around town. It's a fairly thin sweater, but it's warm enough that I'm comfortable in the standard indoor fall/winter temp that people keep their houses/offices at. It seems to hold up well in the wash, but air dry to prevent shrinking (never know with cotton/wool). If these go on sale again, I'd definitely pick up another.

Update: I've worn this multiple times and put it through the wash. Doesn't seem to shrink as long as you air dry. If there's one thing I'd improve is make the ribbing more elastic and about a half inch longer as some of my t-shirts show. Still 5 stars though

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Jonwrote a review of on June 4, 2014

3 5

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

I'm usually an 11.5 or 12 depending on the brand, so went with the XL.

For the first month, they were unbearable, but I stuck with them because I've heard good things. Coming from a pair of Reef Arch 1's, these are definitely narrower. Even though I've been wearing these off an on for a while, they still rub under the straps if I wear them for more than an hour or so.

3 stars for build quality and price.I'll try sizing up if I see them in a store, but until then, I'm heading back to Reef.

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