Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen

Employee

Park City,Wasatch, Slot Canyons,Trout Streams, Crags, Boulders

Jonathan Nielsen's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Jonathan Nielsen's Bio

I work for Backcountry...I know, I'm lucky

Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on September 21, 2016

5 5

I have long been on the search for "the mountain biking short". For me, the Kitsbow. Haskell fits the bill. The material and construction ooze thoughtfulness of design and superior materials. The shorts are surprising thick and heavy in a substantial way while maintaining stretch. They hit right at my knee (6'0") while standing and slide up above the knee while riding. The fit is fantastic and very modern. The legs taper ever so slightly without looking like skinny shorts for a clean trim look. I wish my casual cotton shorts fit this well. I operate under the buy fewer more quality items and use them until they are completely worn out. These are the only mtb shorts inown

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on September 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this bag for my wife because she generally runs cold and there are few things worse than sleeping cold when camping. Marmot makes the best bags in my opinion and the Ouray Women's bag is no exception. The pillowy down keeps her very warm and is treated with DWR to combat moisture so the down will loft and continue to deliver warmth in more humid/wet environments. The small details really matter on a great sleeping bag. The draft collar system in this bag is one of the best that I have seen. If you don't know what a draft collar is, it is the small barrier in the bag around your upper chest/neck that keeps cold air from entering the bag via creating a barrier. The draft collar in this bag is well placed, has a cinch and perhaps most importantly is not noticeable when cinched down to allow for comfortable sleep. Unless you are an ultra-light style backpacker you will not notice the extra weight (ounces) or size in terms of packability. There are bags that are ounces lighter and may pack slightly smaller, but this bag is a top-of-the-line alternative for 97% of the camping population.

I could not recommend this bag more highly

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on September 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: xs

My wife loves the Basin and Range tanks in this same material, so she was excited to try this shirt. The shirt has slits on the sides that come up high, about waist height. Although she was not interested in that feature, she likes how soft this material is and the looser fit and long length of this shirt.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own multiple Black Diamond ReVolt headlamps and I could not be happier. I especially like the feature to be able to charge via USB which is useful for car applications as I will charge up the headlamp while driving to trips. The fact that the headlamp comes with both rechargeable and lithium disposable batteries is a plus. The total hours of light of up to 300 with lithium ion batteries is crazy.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The Rhone brand is favorite of mine. I really like these joggers based on the modern fit (think tapered without being restrictive) and quality french terry material. This pant is a traditional french terry vs. the Rhone method pant which is a brushed fleece resulting in a smoother finish on the outside with traditional fleece on the inside against the skin. Both pants are great so it comes down to your personal preference.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I am a fan of the Rhone brand as it delivers quality athletic and casual clothing that fits wells and looks great. The method pant is no exception. The method pant is a brushed fleece on the outside (think smooth finish) and a more traditional fleece feel on the inside. I would call the fit modern resulting in a sleek pair of sweat pants. The other Rhone sweat pant, the Yama Terry, is a more traditional sweatpant with a terry finish (think raw cotton) with the same modern fit.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I own multiple Park Dusseau shirts and I am a big fan of the brand. All of the products are well thought through and high quality. I own the both the traditional workshirt and this lightweight cotton version. I honest prefer the lightweight version for the summer months as the material is, wait for it, lighterweight. The vents in the arms are great general airflow and especially cycling and are designed to be relatively unnoticeable so it doesn't look like you are wearing the equivalent of a fishing shirt at the office. Fit is slim without being overly so - I am 6'0" and 180lbs and the Medium is perfect for me.

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

At long last Patagonia added a zip front wader and I could not be more pleased. I am a long time Patagonia Rio Gallegos wader owner using my last pair over four years across the entire western US. The key feature upgrade is the zip front entry which is makes putting on and removing waders far easier and makes mid-fishing bio breaks much more convenient. If the sun comes out and temps rise you can either open up the front zip for more airflow or you loosen the should straps and drop the torso section to your belly button area to easily convert these waders into effective wading pants.
The second major feature is the fleece lined hand warming pockets in the front of the waders. You don't know how fantastic a feature this is until you have it and I can't imagine going back to no pockets. The ability to take the edge off of your cold hands while fishing makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
Patagonia also updated the styling of the waders in a few major ways. Colors shifted from taupe (graiege) and olive to a clear two-tone light gray and dark gray. This results in a much cleaner look. They have also shifted branding to the Fitz Roy Trout logo which I believe is one of the single coolest marks in the outdoor space. Its clean and gets a clear message across and I love that I can wear it like a badge.
On the "areas for improvement front" I would recommend some kind of attachment station on the front of the wader for retractors and potentially a small velcro or foam station for attaching flys. Otherwise these waders are expertly designed.

Overall, I could not be happier with this wader and I am proud to continue to wear Patagonia products. I sent in my old pair of Rio Gallegos waders to Patagonia to be fully repaired so I now have a pair of guest waders for visitors rather than tossing more in landfills. I had personally patched many holes from crossing barbwire fences (one day I will learn) and general wear in my old waders but always ended up mildly damp from pinhole/weeping leaks. Patagonia is good enough to fully inflate my waders and get them back to proper working order.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have an admitted backpack problem in that I am constantly on the lookout for for the perfect combination of of form, function and quality. My search concluded with the Topo Design Klettersack. The quality is absolutely top notch across all materials. The zippers are especially nice - all you have to do is run the zipper across the top pocket to feel the quality. The retro mountaineer styling represent the modern outdoorsman vibe that is at home from Boulder to New York. The side cinches help keep everything in place both internally and externally (think water bottle). I could not recommend this backpack more highly.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

High quality leader that get the job done. These flouro leaders are more transparent in the water; however, are a bit more prone to sink (vs. the Powerflex leader). I typically use the flouro leaders for nymphing/subsurface and the Powerflex leaders for fishing on top with dries. If the water is super clear and slow I will occasionally use flouro for fishing on top, but you must dress your fly more often to ensure appropriate presentation

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 8, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own many Simms products and I love most of them. These nippers are not representative of Simms quality and design. My experience mirrors the myriad reviews you see here. The spring isn't great rendering the nippers constantly stuck in the closed position which is highly annoying. I would look elsewhere for better constructed pair of nippers.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been on the hunt for a high quality, modern polo with limited logoing that does not feel like a golf shirt. This shirt meets all of these criteria. I own multiple Parker Dusseau shirts and I have been please with the quality of all of the pieces. An added benefit of this shirt is the merino wool fabric which breaths really well and is comfortable to wear. The fit is on the slimmer side which I prefer.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on August 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If you are looking for a quality t-shirt that is well made and logo light, please look no further. The cotton is soft and the fit is good: slim, but not too slim. The only logoing is on the side hem near the bottom of the shirt which is a nice touch that is subtle. I own this shirt in multiple colors

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on July 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I bought these for my wife who is new to fly fishing and who loves fishing and also wants to feel feminine as opposed to wearing MC Hammer pants made from a trash bag. She is very slender and the XS waders were perfect. The silhouette was flattering (as waders can possible be) while providing all the range of motion she craved. The fleece lined handwarmers are a great touch and she was instantly commenting how useful they to take the edge off after taking your hands out of the cold river. The booties fit wonderfully and the merino lining is a nice touch for warmth and comfort. Overall, she loves wearing these waders and feels great in them. More couples fly fishing trips as a result of this purchase.

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