Jordan Johnston

Jordan Johnston

New Mexico

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Jordan Johnston

Jordan Johnston wrote a review of on February 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second pair of these. Great all around mountain shoes. I wear them anytime tennis shoes are too little and boots are overkill, such as mountain biking or Hiking on trails. I love them for early season fair weather outings. With that said, these are not replacements for a good pair of hiking boots by any means because of the lack of ankle support. They are quite tough though. My only complaint and reason for only 4 stars is that they fit slightly loose if you have skinny feet like mine. So any major hikes in them will cause some blisters. Still great shoes from a great company.

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Jordan Johnston wrote a review of on February 25, 2014

5 5

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

I bought this jacket a few months ago and my initial impressions are great. I own the past years model that comes in black and apparently has a slightly different cut than the current model. I haven't had a chance to put this through many mountain situations but I am sure it will perform great.
I purchased the jacket used and the previous owner had it for about a year. The jacket had some minor holes from use but they were easily fixed with some patches. Would consider this a downside but the holes are very small and do not continue to rip because of the fabric and the insulation does not come out easily.
The jacket fits great. I have a medium and it fits me very well. (6'1",160lbs) It is slightly loose fitting but I wouldn't want it any tighter. My favorite aspect of the jacket it the weight, it comes in at around 10 oz and packs down to the size of 2 soda cans. It would be easy to forget I was wearing it. It is super soft and feels great against the skin. I find myself wearing this piece all the time around campus just because it is so comfortable.
Bottom line: If you want an insulation piece that almost feels invisible and that you can wear as an everyday piece, this is the one. Bomber jacket.

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Jordan Johnston wrote a review of on February 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am pretty rough on gear and I expect it to stand up to whatever I throw at it, this bag does the job. I bought this bag to use during the summer while we were on fire assignments. I wanted a bag that was lightweight and that I could stuff in my gear bag and still have room for everything else I have to carry on a 14 day assignment. It lived up to my expectations and more. I bought a STS e-vent stuff sack to store it in and it squeezes it down to a nice 8x8" package. It kept me comfortable in anywhere from 40 to 15 degree nights and thats really all I can ask for. I usually just slept in shorts, socks and a merino beanie.
Once, we had just gotten off of a 18 hr shift and went to bed down in the middle of the day. I threw the bag down under some aspens and never had to worry about the durability due to the thicker material on the bottom. I woke up to an unexpected mountain squall and the bag got wet but it dried very quickly and never lost any loft in the down. Really can't ask for anything more in a bag in this price range. I am a Big Agnes fan for life.

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Jordan Johnston wrote a review of on June 28, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall a great pad. For the price you're not going to get anything this light and this functional. Its bulky, but you can strap this thing anywhere and it's tougher than most. Like others have said, I use it for sitting around camp as much as I do sleeping on it. On the downside, its not the most comfortable pad, but it's a lot better than sleeping on the ground. My only other gripe is that its a pain to get into the pad sleeve on my BA lost ranger. If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg and still have a very functional pad, this is for you.

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Jordan Johnston wrote a review of on March 23, 2013

5 5

Don't waste anymore money on synthetic baselayers. Merino wool is where its at. I had been wearing a UA coldgear mock shirt as a baselayer, it was heavy, always rode up and smelled like hell after a long hike. This stoic merino shirt is the bomb, its light, enough to keep you warm on cool days (~50F with wind today) but light enough to wear alone on warmer days to keep cool. layered under a windproof shell, it might be all you need. its lightweight and perfect for my kind of hiking and running. I'm 6'and 150lbs and the medium fits well.
Bottom line: toss your synthetics, pick up this merino, you wont regret it.

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