Joshua Barnes

Joshua Barnes

Winter: Snowbird, Deer Vally, Jackson Hole, Targhee. Summer: Uintas, Salmon, Yellowstone, Tetons

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Joshua's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Paddling
Yoga
Alpine Skiing

Joshua's Bio

Idaho born, I spent my growing-up years in the Teton Range, the River of No Return Wilderness, and the ID/MT continental divide.

Now, I play in the Wasatch and the Uintas trying to figure out the exact perfect place for sunsets. In the winter, I ski and snowshoe in the canyons (and occasionally in downtown SLC when it really dumps & I need Chinese food).

Joshua Barnes

Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on December 16, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Warm enough for casual days. They've got a good look ... hobo chic. I have pretty big hands and they fit perfectly. These aren't super hot so they're perfect for winter driving and casual wear. Finger-free means you can use your phone without having to de-glove.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

5 5

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

This was my first pair of merino underwear so I can't give a great comparison to other Icebreaker underwear or those from other brands. What I can say is that I love these things.

When these come up in my underwear rotation, my brain does a fist pump. These things are crazy comfortable. I won't buy cotton underwear anymore. Definitely worth the extra $$.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

3 5

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

I got these to fill the weather gap between my summer shoes and my Sorel winter boots. They're warm/water-resistant/good on ice/really comfortable.

Here are the two biggest things though:

1: These shoes look amazing. I get compliments every day. People, relax. I know these shoes look good. You can quit stopping me in the grocery store to let me know.

2: Like some other folks have said, the sole started splitting at the heel after I wore them three or four times. Maybe a problem with the adhesive or something.

They look so good and are so comfortable that I'll just gorilla glue these suckers and keep trucking. I'd be down to pick up a new pair next season if TNF fixes the sole separation issue.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on October 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Grabbed a couple of these to have as extras for when I go camping with my nephews. They're fully functional, basic headlamps just shrunk down a bit.

They have a screw closure (so little 'uns can't open these up and try to eat the batteries), but other than that they're pretty similar to a grown up model. With the adjustable headband, an adult could probably even use it in a pinch.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up for backpacking since it's pretty lightweight and can hook me up with my morning caffeine fix, but it's turned into an every day go-to. Hot water+coffee+ enough time for me to get down to my car and start driving. I have the freshest-pressest coffee ever, and I don't have to clean the coffee machine when I get home.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

i was nervous about the hard backing adding weight, but it really wasn't noticeable, and it made it so easy to slide the reservoir into my pack's sleeve. Hauling the reservoir from the stream to filter water and refill was a lot easier thanks to the handle and hard backing, definitely an upgrade from trying to carry my pump filter in one hand and balance a floppy reservoir in the other.

The magnetic valve was pretty awesome too. No clipping or sliding, just get it close and it hooks on.

Favorite reservoir I've used in a while.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The dimmer is awesome because you get precise control over how much lighting you want.

It took me a hot minute to understand how to cycle through all the different options, but once had it dialed it was pretty easy.

I'll stick with the Spot for a while and might even upgrade to the USB-charged version.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on June 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes definitely get noticed. The leather feels good and looks like the quality leather it is. I've been wearing them sans socks, and they haven't gotten stinky thanks to the antimicrobial treatment. The cork footbed is cush.

I liked these so much I bought a pair for my dad for father's day
These really look like insanely stylish shoes, but underneath the looks, these things are crazy comfortable.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on May 3, 2013

5 5

I bought this bottle because I wanted a glass bottle, but I really didn't want to deal with a bottle that would break easily. I was convinced when a coworker accidentally dropped hers while walking past my desk. I braced for the spray of glass shards and water, but the bottle's rubber bumpers protected it, and it was just fine.

It's obviously not indestructible, but if you want glass, and you don't want to worry about your bottle being easily breakable, this is a winner.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on February 25, 2013

4 5

I wanted something comfortable for hanging out at home or casual hangouts, and this hoodie fit the bill. The fleece is really soft inside, and you can tell by the feel that it's really well made. I ran the hoodie through the drier so it wouldn't be quite so baggy, and I shrunk the sleeves a bit shorter than I wanted so be careful if you're going to machine dry this hoodie--it will shrink a bit. Also, the neck and hood are snug around my neck so it really holds in warmth. Perfect for chilly mornings, but maybe too warm for inside if the heat is turned up past 68.

All in all, it's just what I needed for chilly,chill times when comfort is key.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So, I like a pack that is feature-rich, and this pack is loaded with handy organizational spots and comfort features. It's light, but it's focus really isn't on being ultra-light. If you don't mind packing a few extra oz in order to to have a lot of features, this is a win.

I also was a little bit worried about the squeaking issues from the auto-adjust hinged support systems, but I haven't heard a peep yet. If it does start making noise, I'm just going to hit it with a little silicone-based lubricant.

I like the lid/fannypack combo. I thought I would hate it because I generally try to stay away from fanny packs. But, the lid pack is more of sachel with a single strap. It's handy for afternoon walks.

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Joshua Barnes wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

5 5

I usually wear gloves, but wanted to try these mittens because I liked the graphics.

They kept my hands fairly warm. When I've worn then the temperature dropped to around zero, i needed a knit liner underneath them. I really dig the way they look. The white suede palms get dirty pretty easy so if you're doing a lot of grabs or the park gets muddy you might to watch where you put your hands.

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