jbm_13

jbm_13

Love the rockies of Colorado...New Mexico is pretty cool also

jbm_13's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking

jbm_13's Bio

I'm a Texan...just throwin that out there. If you are a native Coloradan and work at one of the various ski resorts or nearby brewpubs, you automatically hate me and I understand. You also have to understand that if all Texans were banned from your great state you probably would find yourself out of a job...capische?

Anyway, love skiing fresh powder..suck at boarding so I no longer scoot down the mountain on my butt. Also love hiking/kayaking/trout fishing in the summer. In my own state, I also like to fish and hunt (deer, quail, turkey) even though I'm an urban dweller and drive a Tacoma that sees nothing but pavement most of the year.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on February 8, 2011

4 5

I can't believe everyone giving this a full 5 stars and more than one reviewer saying it's "technical" or has "technical features". First and foremost this thing is for mostly casual wear. Of course it has Scandinavian styling flourishes along with nice metal zipper pulls...but the "thumbloops" (simple fabric thumbcatches on the inside of the cuffs) aren't really a technical feature so much as something that you MUST use if wearing this under another jacket. The reason is that there are no real cuffs..and the material actually flares a bit at the wrists. Overall I have to give it 4 stars just for style, but the fleece material is very thin and only suitable for mildly cool days. Oh, and before I forget...this particular jacket isn't one size too small like many European brands, so feel free to get your normal size.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on October 27, 2009

5 5

First of all, a disclaimer: I have the hooded version which BC doesn't sell or I would have bought it here. Having said that, the jacket I have is essentially the same except for the hood. Say what you will about TNF products, but the fit and finish of this jacket holds up to any of the more expensive brands out there. I have many pieces of outdoor wear in a variety of exotic high-tech fabrics....the "Apex climate block" of the Bionic is similar to the more expensive Polartec Powershield as far as wind resistance, water resistance and breathability. Where it beats Polartec is in looks....Apex Climate block does not wrinkle as badly as Powershield when stuffed in a suitcase or duffle bag. Feature-wise there is nothing remarkable about the Bionic...but sometimes simplicity is better, and it does the job of providing a durable weather resistant medium warmth softshell for outdoor pursuits. My first test was a football game where the temp was in the low 40's and a 5-10mph wind....with just a long sleeve t-shirt underneath I was fine. Next was a bow hunting trip with temps in the upper 30's-low 40's with a 10-15mph wind and again I was fine with an icebreaker baselayer underneath. When a product meets or exceeds expectations...5 stars is a must.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on May 30, 2009

5 5

Soft, low profile and light weight. I can't stand hats that tower above my head or are stiff...this Patagonia hat is neither of those things. The Khaki color goes with just about anything, and this is one of those hats you can just throw on any time you don't feel like combing your hair.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on April 30, 2009

4 5

This was actually my first Arc'teryx piece..I got it a while back as a gift from an ex-girlfriend. First of all, I have a pullover from Eddie Bauer that is similar...so similar in fact that I thought they may have been made at the same factory. I started doing a close inspection of the two pieces and several things stood out in favor of the Arc' pullover. First thing was where they were made...Canada for the Arc and Macau for the EB. Next thing was the inside of the collar on the Arc was lined with a superfine fleece material while the EB wasn't lined at all...and the seams inside the sleeves of the Arc were flat and barely visible while the EB had prominent seams with a few loose threads. My point is that Arc'teryx items are more expensive for a reason...you just have to decide if the reason is worth the extra $$ to you. Personally, all of my Arc'Teryx gear seems like it will last more than one season of outdooring...I can't say that for everything else.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on April 20, 2009

5 5

The old saying "you get what you pay for" isn't always true, but in this case it is. Sure you can buy a similar jacket for less that will perform the same function...but it likely won't have the same attention to detail (perfect stitching, nice zippers) and unmistakeable style of an Arc jacket. If you get the Gamma AR in your normal size it will be close fitting and have a tailored look which is awesome...if you plan on layering anything more than a base/sweater underneath you should size up. I found size M to be perfect for me (6'1 170) in sleeve length, but borderline short at the waist... it is a climbing jacket after all. If you must stick your hands in your jacket pockets, you should get a different style..the pockets on the Gamma AR are made to be accessible with a pack strap/climbing harness, but they do zip down far enough to be handwarmers as well. (but a little high) Overall, an outstanding jacket for it's intended purpose...my Marmot Maxima (similar style) has now been given to my brother. Just be aware that the colors shown in the pics are off (as usual for BC) and the "Teak" is darker brown than it appears but still very sharp looking.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on February 27, 2009

5 5

The Stormur jacket completes my ever growing winter outdoor clothing collection for this year..and what a way to end things! First of all, this is NOT your typical hooded fleece jacket. The smooth face Polartec windpro on the outer surface will do a great job of blocking all but the strongest/coldest wind, while the high loft (similar to the MHW monkey man) on the inside feels absolutely awesome. At first I wasn't sure about the metal snaps on the cuffs in place of velcro..but snapped up it cinches around my wrist just about right and will probably last longer than velcro. The chest pocket is smaller and more shallow than it should be..but I rarely use those things anyway. The style of the jacket is terrific..I usually wear medium but got this in large because of European sizing (I'm 6'0 165lbs) and the L fits great and still allows plenty of room for layers underneath. The hood also is lined with the silky soft high loft and is easy to cinch down around your head without block vision..and has a "brim" that is reinforce with nylon on the back to retain it's shape. If you're looking for a hooded fleece that is different than what everyone else is wearing (66 degrees is hard to find and expensive when you do) then this is it. However, even though quality of materials is high, and styling is second to none..I wouldn't have given it 5 stars if I had paid the normal sale price, but I snagged one on SAC and it is more than comparable to anything else in the same price range. Keep in mind that this is more of standalone, warm outer layer jacket than something you would use for layering...with that in mind the price doesn't seem too bad. Highly recommended if you are looking for a stylish yet functional..and really warm fleece. Another quick note..the "blue gray" shown in the pic is not too far off from what it really looks like. The "green" in the pic doesn't really look green to me...but that's not a bad thing.:)

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on February 17, 2009

5 5

Arc'Teryx outerwear has become trendy in recent years, but they haven't gone the way of TNF...what I mean is that all of their clothing that I have owned/tried on is still very technical and high quality and not just for fashion. This shirt is no exception and will work great for the reasons I bought it. (spring/fall biking and hiking) Construction and materials are first rate and the medium fits like it was tailored for me. What you can't really see in the pics is the small zip pocket right above the left side hem...perfect for keys, credit card or anything else small. Since I knew the purpose of this shirt,(it is NOT a jacket or heavyweight pullover)and wasn't disappointed with any of the details.. I have to give this 5 stars. A little pricey for what it is, but this is a piece that will last years.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on January 9, 2009

4 5

First let me start by saying that softshell jackets aren't made for standing around in a howling snowstorm. Many reviewers miss the point of softshells by saying they "aren't warm enough" even though they are just made to keep you reasonably dry and wind protected and not much more.

The Marmot Maxima is a very close fitting jacket...I'm 6'1 170 and ordered a medium and there isn't much room for layers underneath but I'm ok with that. These kinds of softshells were meant for aerobic activities in mildly cold weather and this one fits the bill perfectly. The fit is snug (beer bellies size up or look elsewhere) without being restricting and breathability seems to be good when I put a few miles on my mountain bike yesterday. I haven't tested the water repellency but I expect it will hold up to brief periods of snow/light rain.

Quality of materials and construction appear to be high. I have products from MHW, TNF, Rossignol and Arc'Teryx and this Marmot either meets or exceeds the quality of those makers. Zippers are tight but work smoothly, the inner microfleece lining doesn't insulate much but feels really good nonetheless. The cinch cord around the hem is pretty much useless since the jacket is snug as-is but may be useful if you get a size up for layering. The cut and styling are really great....the "mahogany" is a little darker and more maroon/brownish that it appears in the pics. I love the color though and have gotten compliments already.

The one con...and the reason I only gave 4 stars, is the lack of pitzips. Maybe they aren't really needed if the shell fabric is breathable enough, but still should have been included considering the asking price.

Bottom line is that this is a great addition to your winter wardrobe even if it isn't an all conditions jacket. It does do it's intended job very well...and looks really sharp doing it.

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on December 18, 2008

4 5

This hoodie has good style and decent warmth, but even though the sleeves are appropriately long it feels too short in the waist. I'm 6'1 170lbs and ordered a medium which I usually get in outerwear..but when I raise my arms you can see my shirt underneath this hoodie. Overall a nice hoodie but a little expensive for what it is..

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jbm_13 wrote a review of on December 18, 2008

4 5

I bought this a gift for my nephew so I won't be wearing it myself. Of couse, since we generally wear the same size I tried it on and it seemed to fit very well (I'm 6'1 170 ordered medium) and not too large like some Columbia outerwear tends to be. It is a lightweight fleece so it won't be blocking the wind, but it will work for sunny/windless ski or hiking days with just a baselayer underneath. Construction seems good and the price can't be beaten for what you're getting...just don't expect the features/attention to detail of an Arc'teryx or Cloudveil.

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