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Josh Good

Josh Good

Unalaska Island, AK

Josh Good's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Josh Good's Bio

I'm a teacher in the Aleutian Islands, loving life. I do my best to ski the snow we get, but my real passion is kayaking. I've been paddling since I was a tike in PA. Moving to Alaska introduced me to sea kayaking in some of the (arguably) most beautiful places in the world. After spending several winters enduring Fairbanks' Arctic Chill, and a few summers paddling Prince William Sound, I got engaged, moved to this Awesome rock of an island, got married, and began dealing with the pre-teens that are my students. The kids can't believe the weather and difficulties my wife, dogs, friends, and I all endure to do what we love. I can't begin to imagine the influence and ideas I've created in their minds, but it's definitely for the better!
If you visit Unalaska, look me up, and we'll go for a paddle.

Josh Good

Josh Goodposted an image about on February 10, 2015

Everyday

I'm working towards paddling 300+ days this year, and this jacket has been my go-to. Even after spending repeated days being drenched by salty spray and pelted by wind driven rain, the material is still keeping my dry as a bone. The only wetness i'm getting is from face shots dripping down my chin- zippers are super water proof as well. I've got plenty of room in the shoulders for unrestricted movement. And after almost 3 months of solid use, the only spot showing wear is just under the hood between the shoulders- it's starting to pill from where my PFD rests in the middle of my upper back.

This jacket continues to be outstanding.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on January 19, 2015

4 5

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

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Ortovox for hand-selecting me to review this jacket for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

Filling puffies with wool. Pretty cool idea, and sustainable too. Not to mention the ability of wool to stay virtually funk-less even after some high output use. The wool filling definitely feels different to the touch, but when wearing the jacket, it sits just like your average puffy. For its weight and its thickness, this jacket provides exactly the level of warmth you’d expect. The level of breathability, again, is just as you’d expect with any puffy- it keeps you toasty and allows the moisture out. And if you’re too warm with the jacket on, it’s not going to take up much space in your pack, this thing is super compressible and weighs in at just 12oz.

As far as sizing goes- make sure to size up. Ortovox being a European company runs small. I am usually on the border of Large and X-large, and the X-large in this jacket fits just right with not much extra room. Another thing that comes along with being European is that the zipper is backwards- a bit odd and frustrating at first, but no big deal once you’re used to it.

I’ve got the jacket in Black with bright green on the inside (I think they call it “Happy Green”). The black is super shiny, and seems almost reflective! It’s reversible, so I can wear it with the green side out, but the drawback is no pocket access. Back to superficial-ness, my zipper is white, and while I like the seemingly random color combos (check out some of Ortovox’s other stuff for more rad color combos), the white zipper is super dirty, especially right along my belly where it rubs on everything.

I’m really liking this jacket, but concerned about the longevity. No doubts about the quality or insulation, but the shell is super thin and I’m not the most careful person.. Also, the price seems a bit steep, but it is almost on par with other top-end lightweight synthetic puffies.

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Josh Goodposted an image about on December 15, 2014

Hood Adjustments

The Hood on this jacket is huge. 4 adjustment points: the two on the front (shown on the right of the picture from both outside and inside) which adjust around your face, one in the back that adjusts up over your ears to the front of the hood, and another in the back that vertically adjusts the hood. Pretty awesome, and super adjustable. But be sure to adjust it all before you're out.. the back ones are next to impossible with gloves, and are even a pain with bare fingers. The front aren't so bad..

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Josh Goodposted an image about on December 15, 2014

Insulating Layer

Here is the Super Compressor under Mountain Hardwear's Alchemy Jacket. It has been an awesome insulation layer, helping to bolster the warmth during a cold, windy, and rainy job.. Notice the hood peeking out.. No beanie needed on this day- the hood is extra puffy and has plenty of room to fit over your helmet, but also adjusts to fit over just your dome.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on December 12, 2014

5 5

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

Thanks to Backcountry.com and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Alchemy Jacket for the backcountry.com community.

I’ve had this jacket for about a month and worn it for everything: snowy, windy, and rainy hikes; cold days sea kayaking, a wet and windy day of driveway mechanic-ing, and the dreaded Aleutian Island Recess Duty.

First, my only issue with the Alchemy Jacket: No pit-zips. The pockets, which are placed pretty high to be out of the way of a pack’s hip belt or your climbing harness, are mesh lined(even the chest pocket), so when open, they add a little ventilation, but not the head dumping power of pit zips.

Now that that is out of the way, this jacket is awesome. MH really pulled out all the stops on this one. The softshell material is super tough, but at the same time has the softness you’d expect from a softshell. The material allows very little stretch, but is cut perfectly for backcountry activities. I’m usually on the cusp between a Large and an XL, and the large fits great- plenty of room for a puffy underneath. The arms are long (with angled cuffs), the tail is long, the hood is huge, the collar is high, and the shoulders allow movement.

Looking at the inside of the jacket, all the seams are taped, and everything is lined with thin fleece that slides nicely over your puffy. To help seal in the heat and seal out everything else, the hood is outfitted with some prime adjustments. Despite its hugeness (it’d probably fit a motorcycle helmet) the hood cinches down no problem over a beanie or baseball cap. The cuffs are equipped with long Velcro tabs to strap em tight and the waist of the jacket is also adjustable.

On a more superficial note, the color of this jacket (I got the State Orange) is rad! Pretty true to the pic, and sweet indeed! I’ve been compared to a bouy and have been told, “at least they’ll find your body!”

The Alchemy is a super well thought out, well designed, and well-built jacket ready to take it to the limit!

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

5 5

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

A big Thanks to Backcountry.com and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Super Compressor Hooded Jacket for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

I’ve had this jacket for about a month now, and I’ve worn it almost daily. We get some pretty wet and cold weather out here, and when paired with a shell, this jacket fits the bill and does exactly what I need- it provides serious insulation in wet and damp conditions. On dry days, it does great on its own. Looks good around town, but is super functional. It’s been a toasty layer for cold weather hiking, icy kayaking, and wet and windy recess duty. I’ve got the shark color which is definitely gray- not black as pictured on the website. The sizing on it is a bit odd; I’m usually on the cusp between a large and an x-large, but I found that the medium fits me just right. While the large might provide me a bit more room, I think that it would have had too much extra material to use as a layering piece. While the medium is a bit more fitting on me, it still leaves plenty of room for movement. Like most puffys, this jacket can be stuffed into the chest pocket for easy pack-ability.

One of the highlights of the Super Compressor is the cuffs. The elastic band is set back in the sleeve so that there is a layer of insulation reaching the wrist. A pretty stellar design point- Good on ya MH. To go along with the highlights, the hood on this jacket is outstanding. Huge, warm, and easily adjustable.

The single oddity that stuck out for me was the hood “strings.” They just kind of dangle and don’t really have a home. They’re easy to adjust, but hang around like upside down antennae.

The amount of warmth packed into this piece is perfect. Like Goldilocks’ porage, just right and it’s all thanks to MH’s Dry Q. Elite synthetic fill trapping tons of air in the layer.

All in all, it’s a quality built jacket that leaves very little to be desired. The Super Compressor has become my go-to puffy.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

5 5

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

Thanks to Backcountry.com and Mountain Hardwear for choosing me to review the Compressors for the benefit of the backcountry.com community.

My need for these pants is a bit unconventional, but they have performed flawlessly and have worked out better than any system I’ve used in the past. I do a lot of cold water diving- water temps are hovering between 36F and 38F- and these have become my under-drysuit-layer. In the past I’ve worn layers of fleece which left plenty to be desired. Now I head to our gear locker with my bottom half clad in gym shorts and these Compressor pants.

I’m 6’1” with 36 waist and 32 inseam. I usually have issues in the thigh and butt area: tight in the thighs and big in the butt, but the large fit with no problem. They’re super roomy (not baggy) and have a little extra length. There’s plenty of room if I wanted to layer under the pants, but at the same time they fit nicely inside a pair of shell bibs or my drysuit.

The Compressors are reinforced in all the right places. Cuffs, Knees, Butt, and adjustment tabs on the waist all are a tougher; not ski edge or crampon proof, but they’re definitely more abrasion resistant. The waist is super adjustable with tabs on each hip and a drawstring in the front. One big perk, unlike your favorite sweats, these babies have a zip fly! On the zip note, the full length zips along the side are stout enough to be functional and jam-free, but don’t cramp style by digging into legs.

The synthetic fill (Thermal Q. Elite, they call it) is ideal for the dampness associated with diving- keep insulating even when damp/wet. The puff to the pants is preemo: not too much, not too thin. The outer layer is slippery enough to allow the puff to smooth itself out, thus avoiding poorly placed bunching.

Bottom line: High Quality Pants. The folks at MH really put a serious level of thought into the design of these which pays off by way of form, function, and a stout helping of heat each time they’re donned.

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Josh Goodwrote a review of on November 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks a ton to Backcountry.com and Xsories for picking me to review XSories U-Shot for the backcountry.com community!

Selfies aren’t really my style. One for mom every now and then, but as a general rule I usually use a timer/remote with the camera set up somewhere.. The sweet think about XSories’ U-shot is that it is way more than a selfie stick!

First off, don’t forget the mount if you’re using it for your GoPro (http://www.backcountry.com/gopro-tripod-mounts), but this thing is camera ready otherwise- it just screws into the standard tripod mount. The U-shot comes with a lanyard (it’s a bit small if you’ve got gloves on), and also comes with a caribiner and an attachment that can be screwed into the bottom of the handle. This little gem has been the unexpected highlight of the U-shot for me. The threads at the bottom of the handle are the same size as your standard tripod mount. If you remove the carabineer and screw, you can pair the U-shot with your favorite tripod! No more pictures yup your nose! I’ve screwed the U-shot to the top of a bendy tri-pod to give it extra height, providing a way better picture than one that was only a few inches off the ground all while keeping your setup super easy, small, and lightweight. Also, the little screw attachment can be screwed into your GoPro mount providing a pretty Skookum clip set up.

Now, back to the intended purposes of the U-shot. It extends with a quick un-twist, and locks with a quick re-twist. When locking in place, I’ve found it works best if you’re not impersonating The Hulk, it doesn’t take much, and when overdone, it can be difficult to un-twist. The ball head allows you to set your photo machine at premium angles for photo and video prowess (the lock can be tricky, but once the learning curve is straightened, it’s no issue at all) and with a flick of the lock, youre all set and ready to snap away.

Fitting perfectly in my Small Capxule case, this rad little piece provides more options that advertised!

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