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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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js1924119wrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

you already know how great this bag is, so i will just tell you what u can fit in it:

ski trip 1: 2 pairs of ski boots (yes, 2 PAIRS!) 295 technicas and 285 salomons, packed back to back and on top of each other. u can then stuff the sides with anything soft, i put socks, shirts, underwear, pants, etc

ski trip 2: 1 pair of ski boots, a helmet, a boot dryer (dryguy model) and clothes for 3 days (not the jacket though if u had a shell u might be able to sneak it in)

winter fishing trip 1: simms g3 boots, simms waders, enough layers and clothes for 3 days of winter fishing

summer fishing: boots, waders, 4 days of summer fishing clothes, a 6 pack, and a bottle of whiskey

bottome line, u can fit more than u think, yet its small enough to carry on, and its surprisingly comfortable on your back (assuming u pack it correctly)

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js1924119wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

used it for 7 straight days while skiing. i loved it. above a ski jacket you dont notice you have it on, and it fits seemlessly between a jacket and a backpack. one clip to take it on and off, and easy to screw/unscrew the camera with gloves on (so you can watch your last run on the next lift ride up, of course...). very happy i got this instead of using the helmet mount (which is actually incl when u buy the camera)

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js1924119wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am new to GoPro-ing so i was torn between the 4 Silver and the 4 Black. There are literally thousands of reviews and comparisons on the web but here's why I went with the silver: the touch-back LCD screen. This serves 2 purposes: 1, u can actually see what you are filming, and 2, u can scroll thru the menu and setting just like u would any more digital camera or your phone.

The 'touch' backdoor is really great and it is more rugged than it looks (and is supposedly waterproof to 10m). The case is very protective, unless you plan on running the camera over with a truck you wont have to worry about damaging the camera.

paired it with the chesty attachment and it worked great while skiing.

ultimately, this is really easy to set up and use, and it exceeded my expectations when using it on a ski trip. Get a spare battery and take them both fully charged when you leave.

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js1924119wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

5 5

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

tried them on the rossi E88s ( i assume they were the 90mm brakes but i am not 100% certain). for chairlift skiing, they seemed to do a good job. I'm not sure how confident i'd be taking them into some super gnarly terrain but for resort skiers they will do the trick. I'm giving them 5 stars but tbh i didn't put them thru the wringer. But i dont think that should detract from the quality of the binding.

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js1924119wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

have had these on my mantras for a few years now. light yet burly. i know some people are anti-plastic but for the majority of piste skiers these will work great. if you are a true backcountry avalanche dodging skier, you may want something beefier. but for most skiers these will work great. 108mm on the 98mm wide mantras are a good fit

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js1924119wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

skied them in powder and packed powder. On powder, they are great. the 108 and the rockered shovel keeps you afloat, and they are very maneuvable in the soft stuff. not the best on groomers, but these are not meant for lapping groomers. they do chatter a bit on piste, perhaps as expected. I would encourage anybody looking for a true powder ski to give these a try

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js1924119wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

skied these for a few days in switzerland in a varitey of conditions, incl fresh powder, packed powder, hard groomers. I found them to ski very similar to the volkl mantra's, given their similar dimensions and shape. The all-mountain rocker keeps you high enough in the fresh stuff, but the turn radius is short enough to keep enough control on piste. Ultimately, i found them to be like most mid-fat all-mountain skis: they fit the bill for a '1 ski quiver.' aka they are a jack of all trades but not really the masters of anything, and i dont mean that in a negative way since you can take these just about anywhere and get away with it

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js1924119wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

gf picked these up at a midseason sale. they are SUPER light, you will be surprised at how light they are when you pick them up. BUT, they do not chatter. This is thanks to graphene, which is an ubelievabley light and strong form of carbon. FYI, the guys who invented graphene won the noble prize in physics....
anyway back to the skis. easy to turn, all around fun skis that would suit most resort skiers. tip rocker makes it easy to initiate turns. binding are on a track system so u would always chg them out if you wanted. Flat nose is purely aesthetic and has no impact on the perfoemance of the ski.

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js1924119wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

4 5

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

gf says these keep her warm, and she is always cold. she pairs them with any tight baselayers (UA, patagonia capilene etc) and she has been good down to -25 w/ wind. re-enforced in the ankles to prevent abrasion from ski boots.
heads up, white looks great at the start but gets dirty quick.
5-8, 125 and the medium fits perfect

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js1924119wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

4 5

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

got this for casual, around town and work. very warm and comfortable. would not take it into the woods given its not really that packable, but for around town or a day hike, this would be great.
it looks like cotton but its really 100% polyester.
would definitely recommend this fleece.

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js1924119wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 101"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I picked this up on SAC at a great price. i am 5-10 165 and patagonia's slim fit cut fits me perfect in a medium. If it's the regular cut, i typically have to size down to a small. I have one of the older nano puffs (regular cut) which is a small so that's what i used as a barometer for this one, but i should have opted for the medium given the slim fit on this piece.
It is extremely warm, great weight/space ratio. There is alot of down fill in it and i have not had any issues with down leaking out. Packs down ultra small into its own pocket which is great.
As with most pieces like this, u do need to baby the outer shell a little bit but for most people, regular use shouldn't be a problem.
The only thing i wished is that it had adjustable cuffs instead of elastic, but i guess that owuld add some weight and detract from the packability.

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js1924119wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

... in this case because carrying one pair of goggles and an extra lens is much easier than carrying around 2 pairs. I have the black mirror x for sunny days (mirrored lenses, cannot see your eyes from the outside) and the blue lenses for low light days. Visitbility though both of these lenses is great, partially due to the wide frame which gives good peripheral vision. Lens change is incredibly easy, i'm talking 1 min, 2 min tops. Have not had any issues at all with fogging. Also worth noting, Smith goggles really do nest well with Smith helmets. I have these paired with the Maze helmet and it is a perfect integration, no gap whatsoever. These are highly recommended
I would consider my face to be medium sized - i checked out the i/os but they were too small.

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js1924119wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

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

This is a very versatile piece of clothing. I wear this running in moderate weather, hiking, and use it as a 2nd layer skiing. It dries quick, fits well (slim fit/form fitting), and still looks decent enough to wear to the bar if needed. The Merino line is well made and will suit you in a variety of conditions. 5-10 160 and the medium is spot on

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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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