Jonathan

Jonathan

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

Jonathan's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
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.

Jonathan

Jonathan wrote a review of on December 7, 2014

4 5

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

the same way I like my women....

Wait, is that right?!

Okay, so these are amazing gloves. Though more expensive than work gloves you would find at a hardware store, they are also more reliable and super comfortable.

I appreciate the quality. The seams are strong and the leather is super durable. These work well in many lights. We use them while belaying/climbing and I'm positive they would work as ski gloves as well. Add a liner and they would be even cozier.

Great buy and product from Marmot!

They do run small though so size up one full size. I ordered the XL and they're perfect.

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Jonathan wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

So cherry sweet....
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my new hat. It looks good ALL THE TIME, it never takes a break. Even with climbing chalk dabs all over it, it still performs.

You think, "Man, it's just a hat, how good could it be?"

Then you try one and it's like cherry pie at X-mas!

*Picture of me sporting the 'trucker' hat while competition route/problem setting for a certain gym in the East. Woot!*

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Jonathan wrote a review of on November 28, 2014

Supportive and WARM!
5 5

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

Not only are these amazingly supportive for the knees, calves, thighs, and buttocks, but they keep you toasty warm as well. I haven't found a better running tight that is as versatile as these. Simply look at the reviews and it's clear these tights are a cut above the rest...

While others were on their couches eating thanksgiving leftovers and getting fat, we did our first annual half marathon in 20 degree temps with snow on all sides. We're not crazy, merely dedicated!

Nothing says happy thanksgiving like a 20k in the freezing cold eh?!

Highly recommend these to serious runners. They keep the pain down to a minimum with maximum support!

5 of 5!

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Jonathan wrote a review of on November 23, 2014

Her favorite pants, mostly...
4 5

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

We got a pair of these for the little lady and she loves them for multiple purposes. She climbs in them, sits around the house, wears them to work, and I think they're absolutely adorable on her!

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Size is true to fit but she warns that they are low rise, but stretch extremely well.

*See Pic! haha!

Great product from a leader in the industry. Thanks B.C. and pRana.

4 of 5 because her butt shows sometimes because of them being "low rise" pants.

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Jonathan wrote a review of on November 23, 2014

Safety for your melon.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had mine a few years now and it's still working well. The white color is fading slightly, but I threw a few stickers on it from my favorite climbing companies and it's lively again.

;o)

I have dreadlocks and so it's always been hard finding a helmet that fits well. The one size fits all system is great, though I use a small beanie underneath (especially while winter climbing), and it helps keep the helmet perfectly snug.

I really appreciate the headlamp tags as well. A headlamp can easily strap on top and due to this feature it stays in place without impeding movement whatsoever.

It's lightweight and as far as helmets are concerned, I find this relatively fashionable. I think Petzl could use some cooler colors, but otherwise its a fantastic piece of gear.

(Pitch 1-South Bubble M.D.I.)

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Jonathan posted an image about on November 19, 2014

2nd Pair in Black...

My girlfriend loves these enough to see a bargain and ordered another pair in black, after having fallen in love with the grey pair.

They stay in place while running, a feature not many competitors can boast. While not normally a fan of Stoic products (its like the IKEA of outdoor gear), these have been great. Perhaps a diamond in the rough?!?!

Great product from a company that normally falls apart. 4 of 5 stars remain after a lot of use!

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Jonathan posted an image about on November 19, 2014

Great for winter running as well...

I wanted to try out my Icebreaker beanie in a different medium and so I chose to sport this piece of gear on an 8 mile winter run this morning. I'm stoked!

This things breathes extremely well and didn't get too warm, nor did it bunch up at all. It was 30 degrees out there today and I have zero complaints about this product.

It's proven itself as a multi-use tool against the elements. Great product from Icebreaker. The color is a bright blue and true to what's pictured on the website, so the color schemes are trustworthy if you have any reservations about ordering online.

Also, the sizes fit my girlfriend and I snugly without being uncomfortable, so there's truth in the one size fits all description.

Thanks all!


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Jonathan wrote a review of on November 19, 2014

For the lady friend!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased this helmet in Brown for the lady and she loves it. We have dreadlocks and so it's hard finding a helmet that will fit tight enough to make it safe while climbing, not to mention being comfortable.

This helmet is perfect. She uses an Icebreaker beanie underneath to keep warm during colder months and took it for the first test drive in Rumney this past weekend. I dropped a quickdraw while leading and although it didn't hit her, we were glad she had it on none the less. (My bad, I know)

Better safe than sorry!

Great helmet, cool style, and decent price make this a winner.

5 of 5 from BD and BC!

Thank you!

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Jonathan wrote a review of on November 18, 2014

Not too shabby...
4 5

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

For the price this jacket delivers warmth. I wasn't thrilled originally because the outer isn't as bomb proof as I would normally like, but for under $200 you can't expect it to be the best jacket in the world.

That being said, I used mine while camping and climbing in Rumney this past weekend and it performed better than I originally expected. It kept me SUPER warm in even the most severe temps. It was 10-15 degrees on average and I had no complaints.

The only problem I foresee is in heavy rains or wetter snow it may not be as water repellant as I would like, but again, there is around a $300 dollar price difference between Gore Tex and Hyvent, so I'm happy paying less for a jacket that still does a great job.

4 of 5 stars due to the outer not being as waterproof as I'd like. Otherwise, great product from The North Face. Oh, and GREAT colors! (Now if only we could have Gore Tex for this price!)

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(Pic-In the far right corner at camp before climbing, starting a fire)

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Jonathan posted an image about on November 18, 2014

Rappelling off a route...

I wore this while winter sport climbing in Rumney, New Hampshire, this past weekend. IT WAS FREEZING COLD the whole trip, but this Merino kept me dry and warm while climbing.

I worry about its durability while climbing over-time, but so far it's performing VERY well. Please keep in mind this product is NOT intended for climbing, but is faring better than expected by FAR!

I LOVE MINE and HIGHLY recommend it to everyone looking for a solid mid-layer!

(Pic-Rappelling off the Kennel Wall after a cold lead in early winter 2014)

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