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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen

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 November 24, 2014

5 5

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

After a lot of consideration among style focused winter jackets I went with this one and I am glad I did. I am 6'0" and 185 lbs and the M fits well. It is a big medium due to the down, but the slightly oversized fit goes with the style and is not over the top (I typically like tailored/slim fit clothing). Also, this jacket is very warm as it is packed with down fill (550). The materials are top notch and befitting of the Woolrich style. Lastly, I love the style. The blaze orange interior and camo lined hood are really nice touches. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on October 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I am 6'0" 180lbs with a 40/40 long suit size and the medium absolutely drowned me on all fronts: arms a bit too long, shoulders and chest very roomy. Granted, I preferred slim fitting/tailored items and I get the sense this parka is meant to allow layering. Overall, I really wanted to like the parka, but the fit just didn't work for me. Quality and style were top notch and I wish it had fit

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on May 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have put about 12 miles on these shoes and I wanted to share my initial impressions. First, don't be afraid of the weight and volume. These shoes are as light as any running shoe I have worn and the volume is not noticeable after about 15 minuntes. The broad base has help me improve my overall strike profile, but that is also a function of moving to a 4mm drop (this shoe) from a 10mm drop Asics Kayano.
The shoe fits true to size - I typically wear a 10.5 or 11 and it really is a function of width. I have really wide feet, especially in the forefoot area so I went with the 11 and it fits well.

The shoes come with a quick lace system as well as traditional laces and both function well.

I have run on both asphalt and rocky root-filled trails and the grip is sufficient for both.

I will check in later after about 100 miles of use for a more thorough review

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on May 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did an unhealthy amount of research on hitch mount bike racks and I ultimately decided to splurge on the Fulltilt 4. I am glad I did. It came down to the Fulltilt and the Swingdaddy which basically means ease of installation vs. the ability to access the trunk/hatch with the bikes on the car respectively. I am very glad I went with the Fulltilt as it can be installed/uninstalled in about 20 seconds. Another benefit vs. the Swingdaddy and other accessories is the the built in lock which saves the cash for an extra accessory, but more importantly it is built in and nicely stows. I would highly recommend the tubetopper accessory or equivalent for any non straight top tube bikes (most aren't).
This rack is worth every penny

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on May 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pillow is one of my favorite items. The memory foam and air combo is dreamy after a long day. It is not the most compact item in the word, but it is worth the space and weight as it is the best camp pillow I have experience and it is far better than the
"puffy jacket pillow" I have suffered through

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my third year on this board -that in and of itself should tell you how I feel about it. I have the 161.5 HP and I use it in nearly all conditions but for the park (I don't typically venture in there). The board handles really well on hardpack and in icy conditions due to the magnetraction and traditional camber from your feet to the tips. The rocker in between the feet is just enough to keep your nose up in powder and to spare you back leg a slow death in the deep stuff. The HP version is nice and light - I pair it with Union Atlas bindings and 32 Ultralight boots to keep the set-up as light as possible.

I love this board in all conditions, especially powder and sidecountry

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden these bindings for most of the current season and I am a big fan. I upgraded fro the Union Contact and I am happy I did. The Atlas is a bit lighter and lower volume so the entire setup feels nice and compact. The binding is nice and stiff and the ratchets are superior to those on my old contacts (about three years old). I have a size 11 boot and went with the XL which fits my boots nearly perfectly. The multiple foot bed options allow me to really dial-in the coverage on my toes to enable a responsive toe-side edge.

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on January 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great belt that is infinitely adjustable given the friction-based nature of the system. Belt is relatively narrow such that it fits through my hiking pants belt loop as well as jeans without looking inappropriately skinny. The Fitz Roy logo color is amazing

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These buffs are extremely lightweight and breathable. In fact, I wear them over my face while doing aerobic activities and I don't feel as though my breathing is impeded one bit. I primarily use Buffs for UV protection while fly fishing and as a really light neck gaiter while skiing. I would note that Buffs are not warm for skiing, but they will keep the wind directly off your face and keep the snow out of your mouth when in deep powder.

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The nano puff is a phenomenally versatile jacket. The synthetic insulation is super light and will continue to keep you warm if it gets damp. This is a layering piece in cold weather (say less than 40 deg F) or a stand alone jacket in the fall or spring.
My only complaint is that the fit is a bit boxy. All Patagonia down;synthetic jackets tend toward the boxy side.

I am 6 ft 180 lbs with a 33 in waist and wear a 42R suit and the waist on this jacket and the shoulders are a bit square, albeit not terribly so. I really prefer a more tapered fit. My dad also owns this jacket in an XL and he is 6ft 2in and 220 lbs and the jacket fits him perfectly, but he has a bit of a stomach to fill out the waist of the jacket

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great binding for kids. This my second set of these bindings and they are easy to use and to install. The first set of bindings is now four years old and still work perfectly. I have these bindings mounted on Dynastar 68cm and 90cm skis and the brake was wide enough for both.

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on March 25, 2012

5 5

I am a big fan of this bag. I dragged it around Europe for two weeks and it held up like a champ on trains, planes and automobiles. The lower gear pocket was large enough for my snowboard boots and a bunch of dirty base layers. This was key as the bottom compartment is completely segregated from the main compartment so my nicer clothes stay clean and dry and away from the stank of used gear. The handle is retractable and feels really sturdy. The wheels are high quality, roll really nicely and quietly. There is a side pouch that runs the entire length of the bag that was useful for storing a pack for day trips. There are plenty of pockets on the outer portion of the lid allowing me to keep a down jacket and a few other essentials readily accessible The compression straps are adjustable to to cinch down just the top of the bag or they will reach and attach across the top and down the side of the bag for compression of the large side pocket I mentioned earlier. Overall, a great bag that I would recommend without reservation

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on March 25, 2012

5 5

I have owned the Five Ten SAR shoe for about a year now and I have taken them down approximately 15 canyons. These shoes are absolutely essential for technical canyoneering because of the stealth rubber soles which have unbelievable grip in both dry and wet conditions. Whether rigging a rap station or downclimbing, these shoes provide stability in precarious situations.

I have used both the SAR and the Canyoneer 2 and many folks are unclear with respect to the differences. The SAR has a steel toe which is both good and bad. On the con side, the steel toe adds weight and does not allow you to jam your toe in smaller spaces while stemming or climbing. On the plus side, the steel toe has saved me bruises numerous times on falls or when walking in rivers with limited visibility below. The rubber and grip is effectively the same between the two models.

I typically wear a size 10.5 or 11 shoe and I went with the 11 in the SARs. I have wide feet and the 11s provided me with a bit more room on that front when I wear my 3mm neoprene socks with a merino sock underneath. Five mm neo socks would be a tight fit, but that is more about the width of my foot as opposed to toe room.

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Jonathan Nielsen wrote a review of on March 25, 2012

5 5

I have owned the Five Ten SAR shoe for about a year now and I have taken them down approximately 15 canyons. These shoes are absolutely essential for technical canyoneering because of the stealth rubber soles which have unbelievable grip in both dry and wet conditions. Whether rigging a rap station or downclimbing, these shoes provide stability in precarious situations.

I have used both the SAR and the Canyoneer 2 and many folks are unclear with respect to the differences. The SAR has a steel toe which is both good and bad. On the con side, the steel toe adds weight and does not allow you to jam your toe in smaller spaces while stemming or climbing. On the plus side, the steel toe has saved me bruises numerous times on falls or when walking in rivers with limited visibility below. The rubber and grip is effectively the same between the two models.

I typically wear a size 10.5 or 11 shoe and I went with the 11 in the SARs. I have wide feet and the 11s provided me with a bit more room on that front when I wear my 3mm neoprene socks with a merino sock underneath. Five mm neo socks would be a tight fit, but that is more about the width of my foot as opposed to toe room.

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