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John's Passions

Road Running
Fly Fishing
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Alpine Skiing

John's Bio

I live in the city and work in an office but I should live out west and work at a ski shop.

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js1924119 wrote a review of on June 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I'm giving this boot 4 stars. The boot appears to be very well constructed and would be a great waterproof hiking/backpacking boot. The sole seems a bit stiffer than most hiking boots, in a good way, and the rest of the boot looks to be top quality.
Unfortunately I never got to use them because they are very narrow in there forefoot. I have average to low volume feet, but these were just to narrow in the front. Maybe sizing up one would help. If u have narrow feet, I think these boots would be great, but unfortunately they did not work for me. I'm still giving it 4 stars because they appear to be top quality.

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js1924119 wrote a review of on June 4, 2014

5 5

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

Fishing specific jacket. Pockets specific for boxes and a few zinger attachments. 3L gore tex keeps u completely dry, and u won't have to worry about an errant cast putting a hole in it. zingers attachments are a nice touch. Fly patch is also a very convenient feature. On par in price with other 3 layer gore tex jackets, tho this one has fishing specific features. Also a warm and wind proof jacket so u can wear it on non rainy but chilly days as well. No reasons not to give it 5 stars. Standard w Simms, runs big. Had to size down one.

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 23, 2014

4 5

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

Following up to my earlier review. These boots have broken in nicely. I would reiterate that these are not your average all leather hikers, these have a little more stiffness to them. If you are just walking ur dog thru the local trail, these are overkill. But for mid to heavy loads and a variety of terrain, these are great boots. They are warm, despite no real insulation, and keep your feet dry. Good grip on the soles. I've classified them as 'true to size' but be aware they are somewhat narrow in width. Some ppl have complained about the durability, but no issues here yet. Nice big toe cap gives u protection, and all metal lacing eyelets are better than the cloth ones which always seem to tear eventually. 4 stars because they do require some work to break em in

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

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

Lightweight, quick drying sun protection. Great shirt to keep ur arms and neck out of the sun. Best feature is the zipper pockets which hold ur fly boxes, camera etc from falling in the river. At $70 this shirt is a steal. What more could u ask for. Like most Simms stuff, runs big. Had to size down to avoid swimming in it

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great tool and every fisherman and fisher woman should have one. They are incredibly easy to use and are the most efficient and fair way to remove a fly. Remember, the fish has just fought for its life so treating it fairly and with care is of utmost importance. As soon as u land ur monster, use this to take the hook out by running it down the tippet, and pop the hook out. Do it while the fish is still in the net (and still in the water please!) and then u can scoop the fish out quickly for ur hero shot. If you are a serious fisherman, please get one of these. Size small for most trout, bass, bigger size for large streamers, steelies, saltwater...

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

U don't need a hundred fly boxes sitting around ur basement, confused about what went where and "oh hey that awesome fly that guy gave me last year, where did I put it?" Get yourself 1 or 2 big boxes, like the giant daddy, grab a 6er and spend a Saturday afternoon organizing ur flies by season and region. Then buy 2 of these boxes. In 1 goes the 'staples' that go w u everywhere- copper johns, Adams, caddis, princes, etc. In box 2 goes the flies u need for that specific trip. 2 boxes, that's all u need to take with you. No longer to walk around looking like u have a 50lb beer gut because u have 8 boxes in ur vest. And always get clear boxes so u can see what ur doing before u even open the box

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great for wet wading if ur wearing sandals or something like the vapor. They do a good job at keeping gravel etc out. They are only 2.5mm tho, so don't expect a ton of warmth if the water is cold. Used them last in pebble creek in ynp, water was about 55 and I was ok, but wouldn't go much lower than that. They come up to just about the bottom of ur calf

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

U will feel invincible in these boots. They are, in my opinion, the best boots on the market. They are the most expensive I have seen at $200, but they are indestructible. The best features about this boot are the lacing system, which keeps them snug like hikers, and the fact that the rubber toe comes all the way and protects all ur toes on the top and the side. Those who have been in the water enough know the frustration of jamming ur toes into rocks. In these u can't even feel it. There is a good shape to the insole, better than I've seen in other brands. Also plenty of ankle support
They are very comfortable for spending all day on the water, tho I would not use them if I were hiking long distances and wet wading. Check out the vapors if that's what ur looking for.

In terms of sizing, Simms says to order 1 size up, but I've found that all Simms stuff runs big so I would recommend ordering ur shoe size. Better yet, if u can afford it order 2 sizes, try them both on (inside!) and see which work better. Don't forget to try em w ur waders or wading socks on.

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

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

Surprised there weren't any reviews on this vest so thought I'd write one. This vest has set the standard for recreational fishing vests. U can pack everything u need for a day on the water in here. Plenty of pockets. In addition to the 6 zipper pockets u see in the pics, there are 4 more on the inside, 2 Napoleon type pockets and 2 long horizontal pockets on the backside of the fly box pockets on the front. The front side of the vest will hold all ur flies, tippets, sunscreen, nippers etc. and there are two pockets on the back to hold a rain jacket, water etc. There is also d-ring to hold ur net. Comfortable to wear all day. This will serve 90% of peoples needs. Don't bother upgrading to the g3 vest, it's overkill unless u send 300 days on the water as a guide. very durable also, I am on my 6th or 7th season and it's still going strong.

Love seeing fly fishing gear on bc!

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js1924119 wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

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

Fit snug, good cushion, high enough that the heel of ur shoe won't dig in, dries quickly, doesn't smell. What else do u need out of outdoors socks. I use them for hiking, warm weather hunting, and fishing. Can prob use them for running too. And yes they have an R and L on the toes...

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js1924119 wrote a review of on February 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I just got these a few days ago, and i will start by saying I haven't put them thru the wringer yet. These are just my initial impressions after having put a few 'break-in' miles on them.

I got these at the recommendation of a friend. I intend to use them for just about everything from deer and bird hunting to hiking to general outdoor use around the house to walking around town.

These boots are definitely stiffer than your typical $120 north face hikers, but are not nearly as stiff as some Lowa or Salewa mountaineering boots I?ve used. I would consider them directly in the middle of a generic hiking boot and a mountaineering boot. I have very average to slightly lower volume/narrower feet, and when i wore these for the first time, they felt a bit narrow. I initially thought I?d waste $230. But after a few break-in miles, they got considerably more comfortable. Initially the arch in the insole was a little much, almost like it needed to be matted down, but after a few walks it seems to have worked itself out. One thing I do like about these boots is the high ankles- they give a ton of support. Another thing, and I know this is nitpicky but I?ve had problems before...all the eyelets are metal, which is great because on the fabric/cloth eyelets, as soon as u scrape one rock it's game over.

Again, the boots have definitely improved in terms of comfort, but I have not given then the hard trail test yet. I hope this initial review is helpful, and I?ll revert back after an upcoming bird hunt. 4 stars until i give it a hard test

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js1924119 wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

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

I will admit, I'm an arcteryx jacket snob. I have a sidewinder from a few years ago, with the stiffer pro shell. Yes it was stiffer but u knew it was bulletproof. I wanted a jacket w some light insulation for skiing and after extensive research, arc and others, I went w this one. It has insulation, but just enough. It's certainly not Michelin man by any means, but it's not just a shell. It's more or less a shell with a nano puff or lightweight synthetic jacket underneath. It really fit the bill for what I was looking for. If u want full on insulation, go w the fission. If u want a shell, get the beta or sidewinder. But if u want a gore tex pro shell w light insulation, this is your jacket. I have worn this in rain, snow, and cold up to minus 25 with an under armor and a Fleece underneath. As typical arc, the jacket is tailored and has accented elbows and well thought out pockets. Recommended, itwill be the last jacket u buy for a long time. Sizing, as I find arc usually runs big, I went down one size. 5'10", 165lbs 40in chest and the small is the right size for me

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js1924119 wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rented demo skis for a week in breck, got these the first day and didn't give them back. These are the best skis of this year. They can handle everything from powder to crude to groomers to ice. I skied them in every condition in breck so I can say that with confidence. They ski much shorter than their length given the rockered tip. I'm 5'10" and skied the 180s no problem. I thought they would be a bit chattery at high speeds but this was not the case. They are not ideal for the deepest of powder days but for anything other than waist deep, these will do the trick

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js1924119 wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

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

There's a reason that ski guides throughout the country wear these. They are warm, very waterproof, and malleable after you break them in a little bit. Have used them in breck with wind chills down to minus 25 and they were still good. Layered with a very thing Sirius liner and it adds even more warmth, tho as expected adding a liner makes it a little harder to move ur fingers. Also the wrist straps r ingenious....how all gloves don't have this by now is beyond me. Highly recommended

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js1924119 wrote a review of on February 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a sidewinder SV (with the offset zipper) and I wanted a jacket with a little insulation but one that would let me layer underneath. This jacket fits the bill perfectly. The jacket has just enough insulation so you can remove one of your underlayers and still stay warm, all without adding weight or bulk. I am extremely satisfied, having used this jacket in rain, snow, and down to single digits. Here's a quick comparison to the Sidewinder SV.

Goretex: both pro shell, but the Modon is much more pliable/manueverable than the Sidewinder. The Sidewinder is def more stiff.

Pockets: very similar in their simplistic design. Most notable, the Modon does not have the napolean pocket on the chest, and only has 1 inside zipper pocket

Sizing: this was an issue for me. I'm 5'10" 165lbs, 40in chest. Typically a medium in everything, but i had to get a small in the Sidewinder cause of its 'relaxed' fit. The modon is an ATHLETIC fit, despite what it says on any website (include Arcteryx website- i contacted them directly, and also there is a Q&A on their website where they acknowledge that the Modon is athletic fit). So i fit perfectly into a medium in this one.

Color: scorch is def bright but not obnoxious. It is brighter than the red Sidewinder but again, not to the point where it's overkill.

All in all, I would highly recommend this jacket for skiing etc, hiking, anything outdoors in the cold. Last note, jacket folds nicely and packs down small.

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js1924119 wrote a review of on February 19, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was lucky enough to try these in just about every condition. For an all mountain ski, i thought this ski was a bit light and fragile. I thought it was more of a powder ski than an all mountain. I was never really comfortable on groomers, thought these skis were hard to turn and thought their lightweight provided less stability and it certainly resulted in a lot of chatter. Having said that, in some fresh stuff, they were pretty good given their rockered tip. The dimensions are very similar to the Volkl Mantra and i would take the Mantra as an all mountain over the Hell and Back. I know the reviews below are very positive so i don't want to turn anybody off to this ski, so would recommend demoing first.

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