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

js1924119's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing

js1924119'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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js1924119posted an image about on February 10, 2015

i/o vs. i/os vs. oakley a-frame

havent taken these out on the hill yet so cannot give a complete review but i can tell u this. first, lens change is super easy. second, they nest perfectly into a smith maze helmet. third, they are undeniably bigger than the i/os, and slightly bigger than the a-frame, and imho they provide a little wider field of view than the a-frame.

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js1924119wrote a review of on February 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Gave these the ultimate test...fishing for steelies on the Salmon river in upstate NY in January. -10 degrees when we got out of the car, a high of +3 on the day, water temp at freezing levels (plenty of shelf ice, to give you an idea of the water temp). First, the cuffs on these gloves are air tight against your wrist. I didn't dunk my wrist but if you were to do so, i dont think any water would get in. Second, these are neoprene. So If you are competent enough to land and unhook a fish without completely dunking your hands in the water (which, if you are buying these gloves to fish in the middle of the winter, it is unlikely that you are a novice...) then you will have no problem keeping your hands dry. Regarding feel, as I said in my other review, nothing will be as good as bare hands but out of the numerous gloves i've used (Orvis, LLB, Redington, Kast - and i know some ppl love the Kast gloves) I found these to be the best. Let's be honest, if you are fishing in weather that require these, it is unlikely that you are casting dries or making delicate presentations. You are likely fishing at least a 6wt rod, probably a weighted fly and/or some splitty, and maybe even a sink tip line. So you probably don't have to 'feel' the line like you would if you're fishing on top. The only thing i would note about neoprene gloves (and this is not indigenous to this particular gloves) is that once they get sweaty/condensation inside, it ain't coming out until the insides dry out. Moral of the story, dont put them on until right before you need them. Wearing them in the car, while ur getting dressed etc, you will build up some sweat and start off with cold hands. Do yourself a favor, get dressed with cold hands, then put these on.

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js1924119wrote a review of on January 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

i grew up wearing oakleys but got a pair of I/OS for the lady and she absolutely loves them. the fit great, nest perfectly with smith helmets, and changing the lenses is super easy (under 1 minute). The fact that they give u an extra lens is a huge bonus. Only thing i would say, is check the I/OS vs the I/O vs the I/OX for sizing.

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js1924119wrote a review of on January 27, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First, I have only used this pack commuting/around town so I can't comment on it's performance in the woods. Here's what I can tell u:

Pros:
it's fairly big, certianly big enough for daily commuting and def big enough for a weekend trip (i would suspect it would be fine for an overnight hike but i haven't used it for that yet)
lots of pockets to organize your stuff. i pocket for a laptop/ipad, one for clothes/gear, one small one on top for odds and ends, and a medium sized pocket on the front (with the compression strap on it). Here is what i usually do: laptop pocket has an ipad, maybe a magazine and some papers, main pocket has a pair of shoes, 2 days worst of clothes. top pocket has an ipod, sunglasses, etc. bottom pocket has my chargers, toiletries etc. you can easily get away with a weekend's worth of stuff in this thing

Cons:
*relativley* heavy for a daypack. I used the word relatively with emphasis. This is not a heavy pack. But when u compare it to packs of similar size from competitive brands (osprey, gregory) this is on the heavier end
Somehow i put 2 holes in the bottom of mine (fixed it with a gore-tex repair patch). Not saying this is entirely the packs' fault, but i've only had it a few months, and more importantly, i use it in the relatively bening conditions of daily commuting. On the other hand, i've had an osprey talon which has gone all over the world with me, fished/skied/hiked in some brutal conditions, and I haven't had a problem.

Bottom line, for the price, u can prob do better, but if u can grab it on sale, it's not the worst of the bunch. I just can't bring myself to give it more than 3 stars bc i dont think its deserving

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js1924119wrote a review of on November 9, 2014

5 5

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

Great versatile jacket. Can be used from around town to hiking to layering for skiing to makeshift pillow at camp to makeshift blanket when ur stuck in an airport lol. Great warmth to weight ratio, this thing packs the heat given it's size/thickness. Fits nicely under a hard shell (I have put it under my sidewinder ), and packs into its own pocket. I also have the nano puff, this arc jacket is def more form fitting and trim cut than the nano. Order your usual size. Highly recommend, esp if u can grab it on sale.

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js1924119wrote a review of on November 9, 2014

4 5

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

Full disclosure, I gave these a test run but it was not very cold. Temp was about 40s, water about the same. So chilly yes, but not overly cold. Will revert with a more detailed review after steelhead season but here's what I got so far....
They are form fitting neoprene gloves with a near air tight wrist guard. They are top notch quality per Simms standard, and it would take quite a bit for ur hands to get cold in these (by winter fishing standards). They are not as good as using bare fingers but no glove will be. From the few pairs that I have used, I would say these are better than an verge in terms of being able to actually fish and maneuver ur line with these on. I would recommend them based on what I've seen so far, but again will have to review further at a later time. 4 stars for now

Shout out to bc gearhead Matt pizza. If you're not using a gearhead u need to get on board. Matt's service is great and he's a fly fisherman so use him as a resource

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js1924119wrote a review of on November 9, 2014

5 5

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

Nothing that hasn't been said already. They are comfortable, smooth on the skin, pack well, dry quickly, resist odor. What more could u ask for from a pair of underoos. Traveled thru Brazil for 10 days and used 2 pairs... Wear one, wash one. Have used them for hiking, camping, working out, fishing, hunting....everything u could think of. Fantastic, esp if u can grab em on sale

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js1924119wrote a review of on November 9, 2014

5 5

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

They are very similar to the nike pro combat compression boxers. They are tight without being restricting, stay in place, dry quickly, and they are pretty warm actually. U can use these for everything from work to working out to hiking etc. highly recommended

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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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