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Jonathan

Jonathan

Yosemite/Bishop/High Sierras/M.D.I.Acadia/Wanderer

Jonathan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Jonathan's Bio

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
--John Muir--

Instagram #JONATHAN_HOGUE8
Currently, I'm dedicated to establishing new routes/problems in Maine. I'm a West coast transplant living the dream in the East, so to speak.

As a project and route setter I value all things climbing and creative. Life is one big celebration!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on March 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is kind of a throw back concept with the color and style... I have one of the older one's and have been using it for three years now without any complaints.

I use loose chalk and a chalk ball and it fits both in it nicely without causing too much of a space issue. There is still enough room for my big man hands while climbing etc...

Great product for what is intended. The quality is amazing and spacious! (Inner fleece is a nice touch)

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Jonathanwrote a review of on March 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I've had mine for over a year and the belt does what's intended. It stays tight, looks cool (as pictured), and could possibly be used to save you in a pinch. (webbing back up?)

Cool product!

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Jonathanposted an image about on March 20, 2015

Nexxo OR Shaman?

There are worse scenarios in the world, but I can't figure out which shoe I love more; the Nexxo or the Shaman?

They're both great shoes!

The Nexxo's take awhile to break in so I'm still battling that process. I've had the Shaman's over a year and they're still rockin' routes and projects! (Indoors and Out)

*See Pic-Project Setting and Climbing!

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Jonathanposted an image about on February 17, 2015

ROUTE SETTING

As I've mentioned before these sneakers are sticky enough to climb in... Yesterday while setting I found they were super comfortable while jugging and swinging around the climbing wall as well.

Surprisingly they have held up to the abuse I put shoes through!

I'm very happy with these kicks. Highly recommend!

*Pic-Route Setting in one of the better, more comfortable approach shoes I have owned.

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Jonathanposted an image about on January 21, 2015

After a couple years of use.............

I've been using the "FreeWire" quickdraw for a few years now and have used other competing draws and honestly, these are still pretty sweet. The main thing is their PRICE. They are so cheap comparatively its a no brain-er.

That being said, I wanted to mention a couple things...

These DO NOT feature rubber bands on both sides that function to keep the quickdraw in place like many others do.

This function is made so draws do not become "cross weighted" and therefore non-functional in a fall, whether short or pee your pants HUGE.

Because these do not have double rubber bands I took personalization duct tape and lightly taped the opposing side of the quickdraw on the dog-bone where there isn't a rubber band. This has solved all my problems!

No longer do I look down at my draw after a heinous run-out pitch only to see the quickdraw is sideways and dangerous making me want to cry.

PROBLEM: Draws get crooked while climbing, even if placing them "directionally."

SOLUTION: A small piece of colorful tape allows you to personalize quickdraws while also keeping them in place to keep them from "cross-loading" in a fall whilst climbing. Also, you can easily see under the tape to check dog-bone for unsafe deterioration.

Thank you!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

SUPER bargain-'biner!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been a LONG time fan of Petzl's "Attache" series of lockers, namely the Attache 3-D, Attache, and their "William" carabiners.

That was until I was introduced to this bad-boy!

Not only is the Positron a fraction of the price of Petzl's lockers, but I'm a firm believer it feels better while clipping, belaying, and setting up anchors as well. Thus, this may be my new favorite!

It is REALLY small, which is perfect for simple anchors and belaying where you don't need the extra space or weight. That's probably my favorite feature is its small size.

It doesn't have the bright RED markings on it to remind a belayer to check if the lock is engaged either and I find this useful because then YOU ALWAYS have a tendency to make sure regardless of how it appears. This is a great feature IMO. It keeps climbers conscious of their actions rather than creating a lazy shortcut.

All in all a great locker. I'm sold on these little guys!

*Pic-The "Positron" from Black Diamond is pictured in the middle of both the "Attache 3-D" on the left, and the normal yellow "Attache" on the right.*

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Jonathanwrote a review of on January 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small

My favorite bouldering shoe besides the Nexxo from Evolv is definitely the Shaman. My fiance and I feel the same way about the women's Shaman; these shoes are amazing out of the box!

Why sacrifice performance for comfort?

With the Shamans you don't have too! Not only are they super comfortable but durable and precise as well. The unique lacing system allows you to tighten down for ultimate performance as well, making this the winner of many gear guides and editor choice awards.

Best female shoe on the market for aggressive climbers! Period.

The woman is an 8.5-9 womens street shoe normally, and she needed a 9 in these. So size up accordingly. Thank you!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on January 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Metolius project board is awesome!

On the Metolius website you can find a hang-board workout for everything; from the beginner climber struggling with a pull up, to a professional athlete, Metolius has you covered with ease.

I started hang-board routines on this a month ago and instantly started seeing results. The project board is easy to mount, sturdy and dependable. It's a fun and fast way to bring your climbing to the next level and I would venture to say the hang-board is stylish as well, thus being a nice addition to home walls or simply a nice way to work out within a door frame of your apartment. Easy!

In ten minutes every other day, my contact strength has doubled and I'm getting better at advancing hang-board routines as well. To stave off injury and progress, there's no other way that is as effective in my opinion. For the size and price, if you take climbing seriously, get one!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on January 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My fiance got me the Alto for X-Mas and oh my goodness, how they've delivered again...

At first I was like, "there is no reason to buy the most expensive crash pad on the market simply because it says 'Petzl' on it. How good can it be?"

However, after using it for awhile now my tune has changed backcountry.com folks. This thing comes with some amazing features never before imagined by other companies and the experience shines through.

Firstly, the strap is extremely rugged and versatile. You can carry it like a backpack, or a messenger bag for quick moving outside. We all know how frustrating it can be to pack EVERYTHING up only because you need to move a dozen feet to another problem, and this is the solution to that problem. (Pardon the pun!) The strap also functions as a way to turn this into a comfy love seat while resting between sends!

Also, the foam is the thickest I've felt. Period. It's SUPER durable and yet soft on huge falls. This thing is going to last a lifetime, and please keep in mind the lady and I/friends, climb HARD!

The sizing is slightly bigger than the Metolius "Session," crash pads, though far more durable and sturdy overall. I would liken it to the Metolius "Boss Hog," but its so much better you should try one for yourself and feel the difference!

All in all, this is the nicest crash pad I've ever owned and in my opinion, they have cornered the market. It's worth the extra money for all these sick features.

Another phenomenal feature is that you can tuck the backpack straps into the pad because of their new zippered flap system, an idea that is both original and GENIUS IMO.

With other competitive pads that doesn't exist. Instead you pack your shoes, chalk, tape, guidebook, and lunch inside, which eventually causes the foam to get flimsy and soft. They solved that problem too, as the new zippered flap system doesn't cause the foam to bunch unnecessarily. This will keep the pad firm for years to come!

THIS GETS AN Easy 5 of 5 stars!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on January 18, 2015

5 5

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

Between the mens prAna Axiom jeans, the Brion stretch pant, and these, the Bronson's, I feel set for life.

I rarely stray within a brand and doing so can be dangerous, especially with prAna!

The Theorem jeans were WAY too tight and because I'm not a scrony little hipster boy, I couldn't wear them. I don't know about you, but I prefer being able to move up a route/problem, without feeling like my nuts are in a vice grip, if ya know what I mean?!?!

These are awesome. They look super stylish and are comfortable whether climbing, cragging, dining, or setting out on backcountry adventures. They are around the same fit as the Axiom I would say, though slightly on the smaller side.

For example, I wear a 34/34 in these, and a 32/34 in the Axiom, so the waste is tighter on the Bronson IMO.

Great pants... I'll be getting another pair soon! The green color is awesome and true to what's pictured. (Cargo Green)

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Jonathanwrote a review of on January 18, 2015

5 5

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

The fiance first tried the Evolv Cruzer shoe, but the sizing was not right for her- 8.5 being too small and a 9 being too big.

She found the Splice shoe after lots of research and decided to give them a try based on their looks and a reasonable price..
The 8.5 was a perfect fit right off the bat and as soon as she put them on she wouldn't stop talking about how comfortable they were! The traction on the shoe has been great so far (she hasn't had a chance to test them at any of our local crags) but, through ice and snow they have been great. The shoes are not as lite weight as the Evolv Cruzer, but are very close. In her opinion the comfort of the shoe makes up for the little amount of extra weight they carry.

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Jonathanwrote a review of on January 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

FACT:
Evolv Cruzer is made from 100% recycled materials.

Fact:
This approach shoe is the lightest weight on the market. This is especially helpful on long multi-pitch routes when carrying gear is an issue; just ask the man himself, Peter Croft!

Fact:
These are made completely of VEGAN materials. While I'm not a vegan, this is an awesome ideology to support and sustain in our communities! Kudos EVOLV!

FACT:
You can edge, heel hook, smear, and climb in these almost like a moderate climbing shoe.

FACT:
They have a radical style; think Ninja meets hippie hipster hell.

FACT:
They are surprisingly durable for a canvas shoe. The seams are strong and they take a serious beating. You'd be surprised what you can get away with in these shoes. Even in a recent winter storm my feet stayed warm and toasty, no leakage whatsoever!

FACT:
The colors are awesome and true to what's pictured on the internet.

The only thing that is troublesome when buying these shoes is the sizing, otherwise I would say these are about my favorite approach shoe on the market. I'm a mens 10.5-11 (US), and the 11 was tight enough to cause concern at first. The heel is low low low, so you could size up a half size and be alright. Words of warning-when in doubt size UP UP UP!

(My fiance hated these shoes because the heel was so low and she thought they were too flimsy. She went with a Patagonia "loafer" styled approach shoe because sizing was hard to get right.)

In my opinion these are great approach shoes, despite sizing issues. Now I'm going to beat them up and I'll post more later after I jam my foot into moderate cracks, etc...

4 of 5 stars because of Evolv's continued sizing issues.

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