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John S.

John S.

ADK's, Green's, White's, Rockies

John S.'s Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing

John S.'s Bio

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

John S.

John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

Great jacket for the hunting quiver. solid construction, warm, water repellent (tho it is not a rain jacket), quiet zippers, real-tree AP, fleece lined, and a decent price point compared to sitka, first lite, etc. with a few layers, you're pretty much good for anything mother nature throws at u. wore it with an under armour compression shirt and was warm in 30 degrees, snow, and 40mph gusts. tailored fit, not boxy

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John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the standard/right of passage for any hunter or fisherman. hadn't used mine in a while and was reminded of how great and simple this knife is. dressed 2 deer and a coyote without the need to sharpen. use it for camp chores, cleaning game, cooking, and anything in between. surprised there was no reviews about this knife...it will outlive you.

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John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I usually use the pocket rocket and the microdualist system, but for flat out boiling water/freeze dried meals, this system cannot be beat. Everything fits perfectly so there is little risk of the pot tipping over, it's got a neoprene insulation around it, and it's wicked fast. Lived off it for 5 days, used it for MH and BP meals and boiling water. Not the lightest system on the market but worth the extra weight if ur not hauling it for too long

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John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before the Rambler was produced, i wrote a review saying the Stanley was the best thermos out there. This thing puts the Stanley to shame. The downside is that it's a little big and heavy, but that's the tradeoff with having bomber insulation. Case in point: i boiled water at 5am. At 3pm, it was still too hot to drink. This was in temps ranging from 30-60 thruout the day. It's expensive and Yeti never goes on sale, but if u can bite the bullet, you will not do any better than this. Hunting, fishing, skiing, u name it, this will work

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A great alternative if you don't want to drop the $ on the simms guide boots. These boots are comfortable, have decent traction (add studs), good ankle support, have a good fit, and a solid rand to protect your feet. I bought the guide boots for myself so I am a little biased, but i got these as a gift and after giving them a try I would recommend these to anyone looking for good boots at a good price.

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

as other reviewers have said (and the Simms site also) the spring on this is useless. This is an odd one for Simms, who usually makes quality gear (and that comes along w their prices). At the end of the day, $30 for a nipper is already outrageous, even for Simms especially since they just copied Abel's design. And $30 for a nipper than doesn't work is flat out unacceptable. A rare miss for simms. Save ur $ and get Dr Slick

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack looks relatively small in person, but once you start filling it you realize how much gear this can hold (it had that Patagonia Black Hole-type feeling the first time I packed it). Main compartment is anvil style and comes with internal dividers for organizing your gear. 2 full length side pockets and 2 end pockets, plus 1 dedicated set of loops for a rod and I improvised and use the buckles on the other side. This is what i've fit in it so far, all at once: waders, 4 fly boxes, 2 reels, 2 days worth of clothes including not-the-most-packable hoodie, patagonia nanopuff, bottle of liquor, toiletries, fishing lanyard + extra accessories, snacks. Like I said, it swallows gear without being an obnoxiously large bag. Perfect for long wknds or even longer if you pack light and efficient. Got it as a gift and would definitely recommend.

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

This pack is reminiscent of the osprey atmos/exos/talon line, in that it is a super lightweight aluminum frame pack with a vented back panel. It almost looks like Simms took the Exos 34 and added some fishing specific features, and i love every bit of it. Centralized rod tube. Compression straps that have velcro wraps at the end so your line doesn't get tangled up. Internal pockets inside the main pocket for fly boxes and reels. Outer pocket for leaders/tippet/floatant etc. And best of all (if you need more space) Simms 'catch and release' system with the chest pack. This pack is listed at 30L but it packs much bigger. Combined with the chest pack and you can bring everything including the kitchen sink. Also has a hydration sleeve and hook for your camelback.

I previously used the Osprey Talon 22 as my fishing pack. It served its purpose, but after using the Waypoints there really is no comparison. 4.5* for design and function, 0.5* pending its durability.

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hands down the best thermos out there. Have used for hunting, fishing, camping, skiing. Will keep coffee warm for a longgggg time. Last time was about 6hrs in the 20s and coffee was still good to go. I think they say 8hrs at 32 degrees...

Use the smaller versions for coffee, tea, etc. Use the bigger ones for soup.

Have used REI, LLBean, GSI...this one is the best. The ONLY other 'thermos' I would say compares to this one is the yeti rambler, BUT, the yeti comes with a garbage lid that has a hole in it like a regular Starbucks coffee lid, which is good if you're sitting at a desk but utterly useless in any other situation (and I'm a huge fan of yeti coolers).

Tip- just like anything else used to insulate, you gotta prime this guy. Don't leave it in your truck overnight then fill it when it's ice cold and expect it to keep coffee cold all day. Sleep with it, fill it with hot water first, keep it inside...whatever u gotta do but get the inside warm before u use it

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have skied with this a few times (resort without canister, resort with canister, 'sidecountry') and have deployed the airbag for travel but have *not* used this in a real-life slide. Despite that, I don't see a reason not to give it 5* based on my experience so far.
First, the bag is well designed, with a streamlined shape that fits nicely on your shoulders and somewhat tapers towards the hips, making it a nice snug fit around the waist. If you adjust everything properly, it should fit as an extension of your body, with shifting or sliding form side to side. The shoulder straps are comfortable, the hip belt fits well and is easy to operate with gloves on (tip: adjust the female buckle [right hip] before u head out, then you only have to adjust the male buckle [left hip] with gloves on. One hip belt has a small pocket, which is nice. The belt that goes around your leg and up thru your crotch is also easy to adjust, and fits well over snow pants.
One smart feature is that the bag has built in 'storage' for the extra straps you are not using. For example, the leg straps and ski carry straps can be store into internally built and designated pockets when you are not using them, which is great for not getting snagged on lifts and such.

I know there have been complains about using the ski carry, in that if your zippers meet at the top center of the bag, the bag will peel open with the weight of the skis. As other reviewers have highlighted, this problem is avoidable by having the zippers meet in the bottom rather than the top.

As far as storage, the airbag it on the top and inside, closest to your traps, with the rest of the system below that. The airbag takes up some space, and this would be expected. In the same pocket as the airbag, you would put the canister, which is very easy to attach and has its own designated pocket. Beyond that, there is ample space for: extra layer, extra goggles or lens, nalgene, thermos, and the odds and ends (wallet, sunscreen etc). The front pocket then holds the avy gear, with their own designated pockets.

The only complaint I have (u can't have it all, right?!?!) is that there is no hook to hang a camelback. I suppose this is because that could potentially interfere with the airbag system, BUT the shoulder straps have zippers and holders for a hydration hose. So maybe I need to do a little more digging here....

As far as the airbag goes, it has its own designated pocket. I've deployed the airbag for practice and travel (to empty the canister). It is easy to repack (there are instructions right on the airbag itself).

The bag seems to be high quality and durable. I am very satisfied with what I've used it for so far, but again, I have not deployed it in the field. I hope this review helps iron out some of the details of the construction and features of the bag, if anything...

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I traveled with this but only actually deployed this as practice, but thought I'd share what I found out so far. First, it is very easy to refill, even in a city (scuba shop). 2nd it is very easy to install (did it into the Float 22) with just 2 pairs of pieces to screw together (follow the manual the first time and then it's super easy after that). Deploying the canister and filling the airbag is easy, with a strong pull of the trigger cable.
Travel is easy - deploy the airbag thus emptying the canister, unscrew the top, put the bottle and the valve in a ziplock, and you will be good to go. I took BCAs travel instructions with me to the airport just in case they gave me any issues, but nothing thankfully. Took it from the US to Canada, and again, easy to get refilled (Banff area).

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

It does what it's supposed to do, in a nice tight package. Similar to the marmot Zeus or MHW ghost whisper or Rab microapline, it's a relativley lofty (no marshmallow man here), very warm, highly compressible piece of gear that is great for everything from city life to camping trips to skiing. I have worn this under a gore-Tex pro shell (no insulation in the jacket, just the shell) and it was warm to about 5 degrees. Slimmer fit, packs super small, fits in any backpack as an additional layer, and slightly water resistant. Like most jackets with this type of ripstop material, u do need to be careful with it. 5f 10in 165. If u want it tight, u could sneak into a small. If u want a little room to maneuver, go medium.

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

This piece only has 5 star reviews so that should tell u all u need to know. It is a great addition to anybody's cool/cold gear arsenal. Trim fit without being constricting makes it a great piece to layer with either a t-shirt or a compression shirt underneath. Personally, I wear a piece of cold-gear UA under this, then this, then a shell, and I can ski into very cold conditions. Bonus, u can wear it straight to the bar and meet that sweet spot of warm, comfortable, and casual. I actually own 2 of these and 1 of the full zip jackets and love all of them. 5f 10in and the medium is dialed in

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

This is a warm piece of gear that punches outside of its weight class. Super comfortable, dries quick, will keep you warm into freezing conditions. Have used for running, skiing, winter fishing. Slight tip - if u throw it in the wash (which I know ur not supposed to do w SW stuff), don't machine dry it. Air dry it and lay it flat so when it dries it has the natural fit to it.

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

I use this mainly for 2 things - running in the super cold, and skiing. Used this with the smartwool neckwarmer on top and was warm into literally -25c in Banff. Dries quick, fits comfortably under a helmet. Highly recommended

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