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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.

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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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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

These are great all-around t-shirts. I have worn them from everything to undershirts for work to running to skiing. They have a nice trim fit that sits close to the bottom to make it easy for layering, but without being too constricting. It is trim fit, not 'next to skin' fit or compression fit. It definitely has that soft synthetic feel (like UA or Nike workout shirts), which helps them dry quickly. Would recommend for everything from everyday use to any outdoor activity. Lastly- they pack up super small, esp if you roll them the way Patagonia does when u buy them. 5f 10in, 165lbs and the medium is perfect. I classified as 'true to size'

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John S.wrote a review of on August 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This review only applies to the 'hard' coolers as I am not familiar with the Hopper or Tank. There is nothing worse than having warm beer...i mean spoiled food... when you've driven 12 hours of highway, 3 hours of logging roads, and are 100 miles from the nearest store. Well, that's what happened to half our group last year. Do u know why? Because they didn't have a Yeti

There's no point in mincing words; these coolers are designed to keep ice for a long, long, long time. The longest I have used this cooler was 8 days. Filled it up with ice/food/drinks etc, at the end of day 8 everything was perfectly cold just like day 1. U have to take the necessary steps to get there (just like you would any cooler) - more on that below. The Rotomold construction on these things makes these coolers bombproof. We have used them fishing, camping, hunting, bbq at home, and anything and everything inbetween. If you are uncertain about the durability, check out their website videos of the grizzly and the 500lb man. We have put coldcuts, water, beer, whiskey, raw meat, fish, butchered game in these coolers and have never had any problems. We have filet fish on top, stood on top of it to fish, thrown it in and out of trucks, cleaned birds on it, and skinned game on it. Its just as effective as a table, chair, filet station as it is a cooler.

Sizing: we have the 75 and the 45. The 75 will do, and has done, a week for 6 guys, depending on what you pack). I'm talking half the cooler was meat, the other beers and water(gets replenished as you drink). The 45 is perfect for 'around the house' or for a boat. Used a 45 for 3 days in 90 degree heat, it was baking outside, and it kept water and coldcuts in good shape.

There are some steps you need to take to get the maximum cold retention out of ANY cooler, and this will specifically help with the Yeti line. Of utmost importance, dont leave your cooler in the sun at 100 degrees and expect it to be cold when u open it. Start with a cold cooler. Get it out of the sun. Put in in the garage, basement, behind the house...wherever the sun wont hit it. And put a few bags of ice in it to cool it down before you take it on the road. Better yet, use block ice, it melts slower. Bringing to my next point: use block ice if possible. Keep your cooler closed. Every time you open it, make sure it is securely tightened so ambient air doesn't sneak in. Keep the melted water in the cooler!! most people dumb it out. that space gets filled by air, which guess what, melts the ice. Leave the water in, put all your drinks on the bottom, put your food on top, and you will be good. This is a lengthy review and sounds like a sales pitch but i hope it helps someone in the future. These coolers are top notch. Yes they are expensive. Yes the competitors are on the same price point. But you will have a Yeti for the next 15 years. Or you can buy one coleman a year for the next 15 years....

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John S.wrote a review of on July 24, 2015

5 5

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

was hesitant to get one, but after having used it, i will not fish without it. light, comfortable UV protection for your face, neck, and head, and does so without making you hot. Like the review below, not only does it keep the sun off, u can wear it when its cold and it will add some heat. Great for keeping wind, mosquitoes, and just about everything off your face. dip it in the water to wash it/cool it down and you are good to. Great piece of gear that can be used in a variety of situations, weighs nothing, and sun protection....what else could u want

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John S.wrote a review of on July 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All around good multi-tool for camp or just as good at home. Has the tools for just about every small/medium task you need, except cleaning big game. Have used to clean fish and birds and its worked, though that's not really the intent of this product. Serated knife is great for rope, needlenose pliers are indestructible. This piece served priceless on a 4guy/8day fishing trip in the backwoods.

minus 1 star for no corkscrew.

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John S.wrote a review of on July 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I prefer to wet wade vs wearing waders when i can. Used these for 3 days on Slough creek, pebble creek, and cache/lamar in the NE corner of YNP. Very comfortable and easy to wade in. Added a pair of neoprene booties for a little extra warmth and they were good into water that was mid-40s. If u really wanted to go ultralight, u could hike in these and save the weight of regular shoes, however i would only recommend doing this to very benign walks as they certainly lack the support of real shoes. But for fine gravel/sand/small rock rivers, and boats for that matter, these are great. Dont think they would do so well on freestone rivers, or rivers known for their rock snot.

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John S.wrote a review of on July 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Put a5WF on a brand new hatch reel and and older z-axis. The line flies out of the guides. It's among on of the fastest lines i've used. Fishing from a boat, light breeze, we were throwing 50ft shots into the bank with ease. Yes its on the expensive end, but your only buying a new line every few years or so. Rio has really emerged as one of the top line/tippet brands. Would recommend to any fly fisherman

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John S.wrote a review of on July 24, 2015

5 5

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

*I personally have not used this product*.......but i fished with a guide for 3 days who used it every day and swore by it. In it he kept 2 giant fly boxes (if u have fished with a guide u know what i mean), guide sized tippet spools, all the extras (splitty, bobbers, hemostat etc), water, and some snacks. The outside has a few loops for your rod if you are hiking. The bag is waterproof with waterproof zippers and will hold up just fine to general fishing/boating use. Zippers appeared easy to use. FWIW, the guide has beaten the crap out of this thing, and it was still waterproof and functioning just fine.


I'm giving it 5 stars based on the guide's feedback and what i saw while fishing with him. Again, i did not use/wear this personally but i dont think that should detract from the review. I put 'true to size' but i can't say for sure. I know its somewhat adjustable, the guide i fished with was probably 5'7 and 150lbs soaking wet and he didn't have any problems.

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John S.wrote a review of on July 24, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

Put these through the wringer on the Bighorn where it was 90+ degrees with blinding sun every day. They are fantastic. Clarity is among the best i've used (incl Oakley, Suncloud, Costa).

Polarized lenses were great for overall fishing, sight nymphing in particular, in addition to the general overall reduction in glare. Literally wore these for 14, 15 hours a day...very comfortable u forget they are even on your face.

Tough...u know how gear gets beat down on an 8 day fishing trip w 4 dudes. These survived being thrown, dropped, sunscreened, bug sprayed, rained on for a bit, and just about everything in between, and they still look brand new. One time i forgot they were on top of my hat brim, took my hat off, and the glasses fell lens first onto concrete. Not a scratch on the lens.

Comes with a hard case so u would need to get some sort of cleaning cloth in addition (spudz works well).

I have a small face and these fit perfectly both with and without a hat. Generally, any other sized sunglasses would be huge and uncomfortable. If u have a smaller head/face, try these out.

I used to be an Oakley guy, but last year got the smith i/o googles for skiing, loved those, and now have moved to the precept from the flak jackets for fishing. Try these, u wont be disappointed.

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John S.wrote 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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