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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 #bananajuicebox

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.

Life is one big celebration... Get outside and live it!

Jonathan

Jonathanwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

Had mine for years now...
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This harness has been great while "learning the ropes," so to speak. It's simply time I graduate to a better harness, so I bought the "Aquila," thanks to some helpful advice from the peeps at backcountry.com!
(THANKS GEOFF CONNER and TEAM!!!)

I simply out climbed the "Adjama" but that isn't to say it's a terrible harness. Anything but terrible in fact.

The sizing at Petzl is sporadic, however, so buyers beware. I highly recommend speaking to a gear expert like Geoff before ordering due to this fact. For example, I wore a Large in the Aquila and after losing some weight (approximately 50 lbs), it became saggy and bulky when climbing with a full rack or draws. But the Petzl Aquila in large is nice and snug, so you see there's some draft when it comes to differing styles from Petzl harnesses. Pay attention to waistline because it changes from each model to the next, so even as a Petzl user one can't trust judgment to experience alone...

I love the blue on white color scheme in recent years. Mine was all neon blue in the older model Adjama from a few years ago. The colors they choose at Petzl are ALL very "eye catching" to say the least...

My Adjama also shows very little signs of wear after so much use over the years. I climb a quite a bit; a few times a week at least and it held up, so that should give you an idea of the quality product that Petzl produces and longevity. Basically, the money is well spent for high quality harnesses IMO.

If you're wanting a mid-level harness to get you started the right way, this is it! Solid product that will hold up to abuse from a new user. Petzl is the best brand on the market when it comes to harnesses, IMO.

I'll miss it sometimes. Actually, I probably won't miss it because my new Aquila is AMAZING!!!!!!! If you're looking for a high end model then look to the Hirundos and Aquila!

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Great product!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

Not a favorite shirt of mine by far...
2 5

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

I typically support The North Face as I believe they're a company that stands by their products and manufactures top rated gear for long days at the crag, running, mountaineering and so forth. However, this specific shirt is not one of my favorites.

The flash dry technology doesn't work very well. In fact, it stays damp for long periods of time, picks up a heavy amount of lint during use and after washing and overall is not a product I would recommend. It's just too bad because its a rather expensive product, as are most of TNF's pieces of clothing, etc.

The shirt has stretched a ton after only a few uses and is now rather baggy and uncomfortable, something I despise in a t-shirt because I want it to remain form fitting for as long as possible. I don't think that's too much to ask, is it?

The shirt pictured is a different color but the same model. Perhaps I got a bad batch but I doubt it. I don't recommend this shirt to anyone unless you don't plan on leaving the house. Any athletic use and it falls short I'm afraid.

Thank you. I'm simply being honest here.

*Pic-Even tough leaders need to be cautious sometimes; top roping an especially terrifying 5.8 R/X rated trad route is the kittens mittens in this case.*

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Jonathanwrote a review of on July 16, 2015

Perfect for long distances...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These boast a 5 inch inseam as suggested by the website and I love them for running long distances... I've run several marathons in them and have been impressed every time. They don't chaff and allow for comfortable running through and through.

They are lightweight and dry quickly, part of the flash-dry technology The North Face offers in this style of product. Awesome shorts! Stoked!

Now, its time for a run...

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Jonathanwrote a review of on July 16, 2015

Cool top!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs

The North Face redesigned these running tops with microfiber armpit and inner arm channels that allow the user to breath freely while exercising. It is lofty and light, making it the perfect running top.

The material doesn't cause chaffing around the nipples and I've been very happy with this top. Paired with the matching North Face shorts and you have an unbeatable combo!

Picture-taking 3rd place in a recent marathon!

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Jonathanposted an image about on June 26, 2015

Sending...

The problem pictured is a feet dependent V6. The idea is to dyno from a terrible left hand "pinch-crimp" sort of hold that's very low percentage. While the feet aren't terrible they are opposing, making the security of the shoes of the utmost importance. Its definitely a feet dependent move and I fully trust my Evolv's not to budge...

The shoes are impressive. They rarely slip while setting up to huck for the lip; a precariously dynamic move on the toes edge. With this kind of technicality and variability in a project, I always reach for my Luchador's because they're simply the most versatile shoe I've worn. The top out is a scary mantle with a heel hook well off the deck, another reason I love tying into these new bad-ass shoes from Evolv.

Highly recommend trying these! And what do you have to lose? With companies like backcountry and Evolv who stand by their gear, its satisfaction guaranteed, a decent warranty, or a replacement product/return. Bam!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on June 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

Evolv just sent my Luchador lace and I'm thoroughly impressed immediately out of the box. I projected an over hanging problem that tops out on technical slab and the shoes performed AMAZINGLY well for both mediums. They heel hook well, are super comfortable and amazing for precise edging. I love them!

They are slightly less aggressive than the Shaman. They are Evolv's version of the "Muira" or "Anasazi." The reviews are true. And contrary to most peoples opinions I actually find them quite stylish; ugly as hell but stylish if you want to "pop," whilst climbing...

Great shoe, try them and you won't be disappointed!

For sport and trad climbing I can only imagine they'll be great as well... The tongue is super padded for cracks and quite unique to the Evolv line.

I wear an 11 in all Evolv shoes. (Shaman, Nexxo, Astroman & Luchador) My street shoe is size US Men's 11 as well. Size accordingly.

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Jonathanwrote a review of on May 31, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs

I LOVE EVOLV PRODUCTS!

However, this shoe did not work for me...

I used them several times both inside and out and the hot spots simply wouldn't cease reeking havoc on my feet. Specifically the heel of the shoe. Evolv put a padded liner in the shoe that is supposed to aid in protecting the achilles heel, but I found this "feature" to be uncomfortable and awkward. The spot creates friction where the heel rests on stitching, eventually leading to sore spots, blisters, etc.

Also, the flat foot and flat arch was extremely uncomfortable as well. I sized correctly as I only climb in Evolv shoes. I wear an 11 in Shaman, Luchador, AND the Nexxo. These weren't for me!

True to size and color for Evolv as seen on B.C. website.

Thank you!

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Jonathanwrote a review of on April 16, 2015

Not bad for the price...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As others have mentioned this is a long tool but I don't see that as a bad trait. The fact is its longer profile makes cleaning "over-cammed" active pro, as well as passive pro that's "walked" deep into cracks, easier to manage. By far!

Over-all this is a stunning little tool for around $10.00. You can't really even buy crappy fast food for that price, so why not skip the burger and add this to your harness eh?!

Great purchase! Midnight black in color as pictured and according to all specs mentioned.

(Pic-The lady safely back on the ground after cleaning a pitch)

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Jonathanwrote a review of on April 16, 2015

MMMMMMazing!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are lightweight and we haven't had any problems with them getting stuck thus far...

They are highly recommended by nearly all the gear heads and I concur, these are the best nuts on the market.


As others have mentioned they are color coded for easy identification.

While they are a little more expensive than the competition the extra money is well spent. Why you ask?

They are easy to identify, easy to place, easy to clean, bomb proof and lightweight.

Well done DMM!

Thank you!

(Pic-Racking up for another cold weather send here in the East!)

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Jonathanposted an image about on April 4, 2015

Multiple uses and still kicking!

I'm still loving this jacket. As others have stated previously, this is the perfect mid layer or work horse for high energy activities, as it breathes well and ventilates freely. Great product!

Grab it while they're on sale!

Pic-Staying as warm as possible before a frigid cold weather send; trad-climbing in Acadia National Park.

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Jonathanwrote a review of on April 3, 2015

My oldest and favorite T's!!!
5 5

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

I have so many of these T-Shirts!

They are UBER comfortable and I thoroughly enjoy repping the goat label everywhere I go, especially while shredding the gnar and climbing traditional routes all day long. It's a t-shirt that is sturdy and dependable while also breathing well, not to mention they hold their shape for a long long long time.

(I've had my oldest goat label t for over two years now and you can see it in the picture; obviously its still holding up!)

Highly recommend to EVERYONE!

Thank you backcountry for providing such amazing products time and time again. I'll continue to buy them, just as soon as I can ruin one that is.

Cheers!

I'm 6'2"-6'3" and 185 lbs and the large fits perfectly.

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Jonathanwrote a review of on April 3, 2015

Stick like glue!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These little buggers are the perfect addition to my C4s. A mix of master cams and C4s is the perfect rack in my opinion. They are super light and are exactly what the doctor ordered when the other cams won't quite fit safely. Not to mention, the larger one's have that handy little safety marking so one doesn't place cams with the lopes tipped too far out!

LOVE THEM!

THANK YOU BC!

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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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