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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.

Jon

Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote 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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Jon wrote a review of on February 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Based on other reviews across the web, these were supposed to be stiff, awesome boots. I'm a freerider and spend most my time charging or winding my way through the trees.

Regular stance: Flow NX2-RS bindings (XL): Size 10.5 boot

Pros: Comfortable; especially my left foot. I had no foot fatigue or pinching, and was able to get the laces/conda tight enough to prevent heel lift. Turn initation was good when combined with my fairly stiff bindings.

Cons: I put a lot of stress on my back boot when cruising through trees because I'm constantly making drastic direction changes. After maybe 10 runs, I kept having tighten up the laces, and it felt like the boot was already loosing some of it's stiffness. Even after retying, I just couldn't get the back boot to my liking. Adding insult to injury, my back lace has started fraying.

I'd give 3.5 if I could because they're comfy and have very little heel lift. Unfortunately, I can't give a full 4 because at $300, I shouldn't notice any loss in stiffness or have a fraying lace after a day of hard riding.

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Jon wrote a review of on February 4, 2014

5 5

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

5'10", 40.5" chest, 33" waist
Size: M

The exterior is somewhat stiff, but not overly rough. The interior is a waffle-like fleece that reminds me of Polartec Power Dry. The whole thing definitely has some stretch to it, which allows you to fit a heavier midlayer if needed while not looking bloated.

I was warm enough in roughly 25 degrees with a dress shirt, and into the teens with a fleece. We had some snow yesterday, and it seemed to hold up just fine. The construction seems solid overall, although I wish they had done a slightly better job hiding the ends of the zippers on the inside.

I've gotten a couple compliments on this and would definitely buy it again.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

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

I needed something besides my standard leather belt to throw in the mix, and this seemed like a good option based on reviews. I tried it out with my snowboarding pants and jeans with no slipping, even after taking a few tumbles.

However, I'm not sure if this is normal, but the belt shipped with a strong chemical smell similar to egg/sulfur water. I got rid of it by soaking in dish soap.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

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

Base: Whispbar Flush
Car: '12 Mazdaspeed3

I have another review of the base bars which covers their installation and attachment installation. Once I got the snow mount attached, it was smooth sailing. I couldn't hear this rack above the standard road noise I get from my snow tires. As for ease of use, it's the same as all the others; open it up, slide in your skis and boards, then lock it up. From what I'm told, you're supposed to put the tips towards the rear of the car with skis.

When all is said and done, the best part is that you can leave the wet skis outside and carry more people and gear inside.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

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

Installed on '12 Mazdaspeed3; fixed-point roof.

Installation took about an hour using nothing more than an allen wrench and a tape measure. I couldn't noticed a difference in noise level with or without the base bars.

This has a rubber gasket that fills a t-slot, which holds attachments to the bars. When you want to put something on the bars; remove the covers, slide out the gaskets, slide in the attachment, then put the gaskets back in using your fingers to get them under the attachment points and needle-nose pliers to pull it through the last couple inches. If you don't install the gasket, the rack will whistle like crazy at anything above 30mph. With the gasket, it didn't make a sound, even with skis and a snowboard.

Definitely worth the investment, and I'll be picking up some bike tray come spring.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

These are probably my best fitting shorts. The fabric is extremely comfortable, and the length is just right. I've had them for several months, and they haven't shown any signs of wear. I may have to pick-up some more reef shorts in the spring because of how well their sizing works for me.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

Sometimes you don't feel like wearing your shiny shoes, and want something more casual without the look of traditional sneakers. These were a great, inexpensive pick-up to mix in with my Johnston&Murphy's.

In terms of fit, they remind me of the Adidas Sambas I used to wear growing up; true-to-size length, but slightly narrow toebox.

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Jon wrote a review of on January 3, 2014

5 5

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

I bought a 200 series a while back, and loved it. Upon seeing new colors, I picked up two of the 150 series. These shirts are great. You can wear them multiple times without having to worry about them smelling funky. I've worn them as a snowboarding baselayer, to work, around town, and on the plane. The chest pocket is perfect for an small ipod and the thumbholes keep it from bunching up when putting on a tighter jacket or sweatshirt. If you're looking for a warm, comfortable shirt, then look no further. Steepandcheap has these on sale quite often.

I'm 5'10", 180lbs, 41" chest, 33" waist and a large fits like a well-tailored dress shirt.

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