Jonathan

Jonathan

Yosemite/Bishop/M.D.I./Wanderer!

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Jonathan's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Bouldering
Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing

Jonathan's Bio

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.

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Jonathan posted an image about on July 5, 2014

Side by side comparison

I wanted a side by side comparison of the Nexxo and Shaman for consumers, along with some personal feedback from someone whose used them with initial impressions.

The Nexxo has far less materials than the Shaman. They are slightly more narrow fitting than the Shaman as well, and therefore less bulky overall. The toe box is less dramatic with the Nexxo and thus, they fit tighter than the Shaman.

I wear a U.S. mens 11 in the Shaman AND Nexxo.

The Shaman is more comfortable out of the box. I find myself taking off the Nexxo during rests while bouldering and could have easily sized up to an 11.5, as John Stewart mentioned in his posts below. However, I feel this may cause a "squishy" shoe after the initial breaking in period occurs. (I like my shoes TIGHT!)

The Nexxo is more aggressive than the Shaman as well. The toe is more pointed because of the lesser "toe box" and narrow fit. I recommend intermediate to experienced climbers only for this shoe, as the newly and more aggressively formed shoe may hurt a less seasoned foot.

This shoes shape and style is similar to that of Five.Ten's Team Shoe, though these are more responsive while providing more rubber and mid-sole for overall support. These feature the "love bump" introduced in the Shaman and are therefore more powerful and durable in my opinion.

In summation, THIS IS A GREAT SHOE!

The rubber is sticky as hell and I have come to expect this from Evolv.

I highly recommended these for the serious climbers out there.

Thank you backcountry.com and Evolv for getting these out so soon!

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Jonathan wrote a review of on June 28, 2014

These are awesome jug sets!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great addition to any climbing wall.

I ordered the mini jug set with the Mega hold 60 pack and a set of macro holds by Metolius. Do yourself a favor and order these from backcountry.com.

Great value and necessary holds for any climbing wall!

PIC-Blue holds in photo. (5 come in this set but I also ordered the mega hold set as well so it came with a couple of these as well, hence the reason there are extras in this photograpph.)

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Jonathan wrote a review of on June 28, 2014

Great addition to Mega Sets...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got a set of the cobblestones with my Metolius Mega Hold 60 set and it was the perfect addition for my home climbing wall...

The cobblestones are big enough to match on and set starting holds, though one of them is less dramatic as the other in regards to shape and takes some serious technique to hold on overhangs.

Great addition to any climbing wall and they are backed by backcountry.com and Metolius so you know the quality is tip top!

Don't settle for the other guys out there in the climbing hold market and spend a little extra for Metolius holds through backcountry.com. You'll like that you did. I've used other companies and they don't stand by their products and their customer service is lacking as well.

Have fun!

*PIC-Large green cobblestones top left in pic next to blue mini jug set by Metolius and backcountry.com

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Jonathan posted a video about on June 27, 2014

Great video showing all holds before they are mounted on the home bouldering/training wall.

Enjoy and take it from us, this is worth the slightly extra cost than other holds on the market. They come with customer service, warranties, and a name you can trust!!!

I've used other companies in the past and they really let me down when it came to crappy holds and even worse customer service.

Get the best-buy from Metolius/backcountry.com!!!

(The video isn't self produced. I found it on YouTube. At the end it recommends purchasing from Amazon and this I DO NOT RECOMMEND because it doesn't come with backcountry.com's lower rates and customer service. Do yourself a favor and order from backcountry.)

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Jonathan wrote a review of on June 27, 2014

Perfect for smaller home walls....
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These mega packs come with a variety of holds in a variety of colors.

One thing I was particularly happy about was the fact Metolius includes holds that come in similar colors and styles so one can set problems color coded, thus no tape is necessary.

I also purchased the Macro holds from Metolius in green cobblestone and the mini roof jug sets in blue; it was perfect for my training cycle at home.

I recommend purchasing a couple additional sets of macro holds and mini jugs for variety, but otherwise this is a great place to start.

Great product and Metolius and backcountry stand by their products-do yourself a favor and pay a little extra for these holds that come equipped with hardware, holds you'll find in nearly EVERY gym across the country, and customer service you can't beat from both the manufacturer and backcountry alike.

See pics below of my home climbing wall and these holds+ the additional holds I ordered with the mega pack set. EPIC!

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Jonathan wrote a review of on June 21, 2014

I recently switched shoe brands...
5 5

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

I recently switched climbing shoe brands after years of loyal dedication to La Sportiva. The only reason for the switch was in finding a new brand of shoe and a style that fits my radically changing climbers toe/hammer toe, so I can be even more aggressive whilst climbing. (Ugliest feet in the world I assure you)

These were my go to shoe for years. I highly recommend them for anyone trying to make the step into a more aggressive down turned shoe, as these are pretty darn comfortable.

The pic was taken after Bishop, CA, at Lost Rocks California...

Project finished: Black Beards Delite, V6

10.5-11 street shoe, Testerossa 9.5 without too much trouble.

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Jonathan wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This shirt is comfortable and durable.

I bought one a year ago in grey with a blue logo and its still rocking. No holes or anything...

So... I bought another one! This time with the dark blue logo and deep blue material. These are awesome and it allows you to represent the best company in the business!

Thank you BackCountry!

Love it!

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