Keith Bryan Johnson

Keith Bryan Johnson

Washington, D.C., New York, Virginia

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Keith Bryan's Bio

I basically like to get out and experience everything mother nature throws at me. My upbringing in WA State, developed my appreciation for the outdoors and it's adventures. I've spent six years in Germany and hiked/ backpacked/ cross-country ski-ed/ and volks-marched in several other countries. I still get out to ski, snowboard, hike, and cycle.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote an answer about on February 2, 2009

if you're deciding between these two, the Gamma AR will be much better as a layering piece. You should look at the Hercules, though, which is ideal as a layer, and a medium protection outer softshell.Edit (Jersey Hiker):Keep in mind that an underlayer with a smooth face fabric (hercules, Tau or Rho ar) will slide smoothly under the Scorpion. Regular fleece layers tend to bindPersonally, I would steer clear of any jacket with a wind membrane as an underlayer for a waterproof shell - it's unnecessary and can kill the breathability. In my opinion, the Hercules could be overkill since you already have some insulation on the Scorpion, but if you run cold then maybe that's ok with you. I would go with a more conventional fleece with an open face fabric.I agree 100% with the previous answer. I have the Scorpion and use the Rho with it or Ether Comp jersey.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

5 5

A very appropriate, spring, light weight jacket. The molten red color is very vivid. One thing of note, the mini core vents, in my opinion, are disappropriately placed - they open right on my rib-cage area. It seems as if this is an extention of the handpockets. This 100% nylon jacket, coated w/HyVent DT is strikingly competitive with gore-tex as far as the waterproofing.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote a review of on January 21, 2009

5 5

I used the Hardface gloves during the Inaugural weekend in Washington, D.C., 27 degrees w/ a wind chill factor of 8 degrees, brrrrr! These gloves kept my hands VERY warm. I took them off on several extented ocassions, i.e., pictures, coffee, passes, etc., to the point that I thought my fingers were frostbiten - yikes! I put the Hardfaces back on and instant warmth! with a few finger flexings of course. The size, XL, were a bit ackward but I had no arguble dexterity nor breathabilty issues. Overall a good product with a quality material mix.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

5 5

I just returned from MT Clinton in the Presidential Range area, New Hampshire. I wore the Gamma MX underneath the Alpha SV and just let me say that this combination was very adequate for the conditions (Skiing). The breathabilty was incredibly surprising. If you are interested in this jacket, I think that it it is very noteworthy to investigate. If I had to choose between TNF Sentinel and the Gamma MX, it'll be Arcteryx. At 6'2 and 181 lbs, the LG is a perfect fit for me. I think that the 49 percent polyester, 36 percent nylon, and 15 percent spandex is a winning material mix along with the secondary combination material of 84 percent nylon - 16 percent spandex.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote a review of on January 13, 2009

5 5

Perfect for out & about town, perimeter basecamps, and the perfect softshell for snowshoeing. She wore this in New Hampshire and was absolutely delighted that she brought it along. It was paired with her TNF Citation II. Her only complaint was that it didn't breathe fairly well with this combination and that alone, it was inadequate for that particular climate conditions. Other than that, it's one of her favorite "go-to" gear.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote an answer about on January 12, 2009

I can't help ya with the reviews, but it's 80/20 cotton/poly, so I'm sure it's machine washable. I brought one for my friend, this is an above average sweatshirt - that's hooded. Good quality. Also the "fur" is undetachable - unzippered from the base of the hood's rim and unbuttoned (5) from the collar/hood. I hope this was kinda useful.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote a review of on December 8, 2008

5 5

I recently used/tested this jacket near Farmington, Maine at Flagstaff Lake during the Thanksgiving holiday period - This jacket absolutely rocks!!! The flexibility, the ripstop Gore-Tex, and the warmth, are incredible! It will keep you dry just like an Eider and it will keep you toasty - Thank goodness for the pitzips. There are only two pockets on this jacket, but who needs them when your a thrill-seeker - you don't stand around with your hands in your pocket and you certainly don't need the extra equipment to lug around. I own several name-branded-jackets in which I use for my specific sport or thrill and this one is definitely my new goat for alpine assaults. If you are interested in the Vanquish and have the money to buy, yes it is expensive, GET IT!

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote an answer about on December 2, 2008

Personally, I would go with Arc'Ts Theta AR. The Spyder Leader and/or Pursuit jacket would come next- weighty but very flexible. TNF Mammatus and Arc't Beta AR are closely mirrored and both have and will give you the flexibility when needed doing excursions on the slopes. Depending on your skiing "endurances" - with "regular jaunts", go Spyder. The other three mentioned are equally matched - But I think that TNF Mammatus is a point above. I hope this gives you some type of idea. That's my opinion.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote an answer about on December 2, 2008

With European jackets, usually order a size up. My Norrona is an XL and I generally wear a medium across the board in Arc'T, TNF, MH, Burton, etc. From experience with Norrona, the medium will fit but a L will give you the ample arm-length you want. Also, the cut is close fitting with room for ample layering. I hope this helps.

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Keith Bryan Johnson wrote a review of on October 17, 2008

5 5

This glove is very functional for it's intent. You will have to keep reminding yourself that it's not a medical brace or hardcast. This glove has padding for the complete knuckle-ridge and everywhere else needed. The DRYRIDE waterproofing is really noteworthy and yes, they will keep your hand toasty. On the left-handed glove, there IS a goggle wipe and the thumbs ARE furnished with the nose-wipe material/ the same materials SPYDER and Northface has for this intent. Which every way you move you hand or wrist you will definitely feel secure and your finger dexterity movement is not restricted - awesome! They also remind you of going into combat with it's rugged look.

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