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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 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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js1924119wrote 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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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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