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 June 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got doored on my commuter bike a few months ago which resulted in a few scrapes and bruises along with a bent chainring. I wasn't a huge fan of the stock gearing, so I decided to swap everything out. I'm using a 38t with a 9spd 11-28 cassette. I would have preferred a larger ring, but those don't seem to be available in a 104bcd and I didn't feel like spending a ton of money on a new bottom bracket or crank. I'm a big fan of the 1x commuter, and will likely go with a real 11spd system if I ever trade in my Sirrus Sport.

This is a pretty good site for seeing how your gearing will change: http://www.gear-calculator.com/

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Jonwrote a review of on May 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Size Purchased: Small

I bought these for my wife before a long weekend skiing near the end of last season. She typically runs cold, and never complained while wearing these. She wears a small in both Patagonia and North Face, and she likes how these fit.

One thing she mentioned is they're a little see-through, so be careful wearing them on their own to the bar after a day on the mountain.

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Jonwrote a review of on May 23, 2016

5 5

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

My wife has another roller with ridges that wasn't quite working for me. As others have mentioned, the density on this is great, not too hard, not too soft. I use it mostly for my hamstrings, back, quads, and calves.

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Jonwrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

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

If you bike commute, you're probably using a backpack or panniers. I'd also say you're not riding your carbon fiber baby to work everyday unless you live someplace where the roads are perfect and it never rains. After nodding in agreement, you've also noticed your tires are a bit wider than the average road bike and have discovered the standard 16g CO2 canister leaves them a bit too squishy for your liking.

Congratulations, this pump is perfect for you! It will fit in your pack, you won't really notice the added weight over CO2, and it will inflate your slightly wider tires with ease (I'd recommend Gator Hardshell in 32c if you're looking for a set).

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Jonwrote a review of on May 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

These just came in the mail. The fabric is wonderful; sort of like the Patagonia Tenpenny, but less crinkly. I have short legs (30" inseam), and these come to just about knee length which is fine. My only issue with these is the waist sizing, which is a deal breaker. I typically wear a 33", but these only come in 32/34. The 34 is too big, and I'm afraid the 32 would be too small.

Any chance these or other Basin/Range stuff will ever be made in the odd sizes?

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Jonwrote a review of on December 29, 2015

4 5

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

Waist: 33"
Inseam: 30
Height: 5'10"

I have relatively short legs for my height, so finding running pants that don't bunch like crazy at the bottom can be tough. These go maybe an inch past my ankles, so keep that in mind if you have long legs or like extra length.

Fit: Fitted through the waist and thighs, with a little looser fit from the knees down.

Warmth: I wear shorts until it's freezing out. It hasn't been super cold yet, but I did wear these once when it was about 20 and was fine. I'd go with something warmer if it was below 10, but that doesn't happen too often.

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Jonwrote a review of on December 29, 2015

5 5

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

I had gotten a pair in black a couple years ago, and loved them. I've been leaving those at work since I bike commute, but I've found myself constantly wanting another pair. I went ahead and picked up the grey/black combo, which look great with jeans. Size is true, and if they're anything like my last pair, I'll be using them for a while.

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Jonwrote a review of on December 10, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've got 4 pairs of Salomon trail shorts and a jacket that I love and have been looking for another pair of pants since Under Armour discontinued the ones I like.

The material and overall fit on these is wonderful; soft, stretchy, slim but not tight, and not overly thick to prevent overheating. The only problem is I've got short legs (30" inseam), and these pants come to the middle of my foot. I don't like having fabric bunched above my shoes when I run, so I'll be looking elsewhere.

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Jonwrote a review of on August 15, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

40" chest, 33" waist, 16" neck, 34-35 sleeves.

The construction is great and the blue color is pretty cool. I have a medium ROM jacket that fits me wonderfully. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for this. It fits exactly like a Patagonia R1, which means tight in the forearms and armpits, slightly too snug in the chest, and ok in the waist. Based on the R1, sizing up would give me way too much room in the waist, sleeves that are too long, but not much improvement in the forearms or chest. Also, the description said it's power stretch pro, but the polartec tag attached to it says power dry high efficiency, which makes sense given the feel and overall fit. If you like the R1, you'd probably like this. However, if you have a muscular build and want something to wear over a polo/button down or heavy baselayer, I'd get something else. I love the power dry material, but no one seems to cut it with enough room to wear anything underneath.

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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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