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JD Bowman

North of the Range. Shadows of the Wasatch.

JD Bowman's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping

JD Bowman's Bio

We go where eagles dare.

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JD Bowmanwrote a review of on December 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I've got to admit, this is probably the most expensive article of clothing that I've ever purchased. I'd been wearing Carhartt duct cloth jackets and heavy Levi denim jackets for the last ten or so winters and decided it was finally time to upgrade. My number one intent for buying a new winter coat was to get something that would last - through any circumstance - for several years to come. I tried on all of Fjallraven's winter coats and decided on this one. The fit is tapered, but not too snug, the down interior provides exceptional warmth, and the G1000 exterior is tough and has the ability to be waxed. It's cut a little long - it covers down to the upper quarter of my thighs, and the hood is large and warm. This jacket is bad ass! Bite the bullet, pay the $$$, and never regret the money spent.

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JD Bowmanwrote a review of on October 30, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this beanie in hopes of getting a bit more warmth and comfort out of the merino that I wasn't getting in the acrylic blend I'd been wearing for the last couple of winters. My initial impression was that the beanie fit a little tight - to be expected though, I've got a size 7 1/2 size hat size - and the coverage was a little less than what I was hoping for. Nonetheless, I gave it a go. After only a handful of wears I noticed the stitching began to frey and unravel. Worked through Filson to get a replacement. Hoping the second try will render better results.

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JD Bowmanwrote a review of on October 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: US 36/EU 52

I scored my first pair of Fjallraven's at Sierra Trading Post a couple of years ago and, after countless days and miles, decided to pull the trigger on a new pair to prolong their life a bit more. I tried several styles on before choosing the Barents Pros, and like these best because of their fit, one color style (the Vidas and Kebs multi colorations didn't look great) and their durability. Since purchasing them, I've worn them everyday and really enjoy how well they stand up to everything I throw at them; however my two gripes with the pair I bought are that the longs are really long - I'm 6'4 and all limbs and still have to roll up the bottoms about 2 inches to keep from walking on them - and there's no back pocket. Sure they make up for the lack with four different thigh pockets to fit everything from your phone to a map, but I can't tell you how many times I've reach back for my wallet, noticed it isn't there, panicked for a moment, then realized I don't have a pocket at all. Other than that, the double knee features hold up as well as my Carhartts and I have plenty of room to move around in them comfortably.

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JD Bowmanwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I decided to upgrade my mat after getting several years of use out of my old one, and was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank and that would keep me steadily in place while I attempted some of the more difficult vinyasa poses. After weighing many of the reviews on Backcountry, Manduka's, and several other sites, I decided to give the eKO a run. So here goes:

Initially, does it smell bad? Yes, yes it does. Out of the package there is a strong smell of new rubber and an odor that reminded me of an old Alaska canery that I drove by last year; but, as per the instructions on the wrapping, I hung it up outside in the shade for a couple of hours, and the smell was pretty much gone.
As for the grip on this mat, it still has its weaknesses when it comes to keeping me in place. I'm 6'4, and 215 lbs., so the expectation that this mat would cement me in place throughout the entire practice was not what I had in mind when I purchased it, but I was hoping for a little more stability than I've experienced thus far when I start to get the heat of an active practice working. My hands and feet still tend to slide while in simple poses, causing me to have to readjust instead of pushing for a deeper stretch.
It is heavier than most mats I've worked with, but, hey, it's rubber, 5mm, and meant for use at the gym.

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JD Bowmanwrote a review of on March 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This jacket is one of the best investments that I have made within the last 5 years. Its fit is a tad tighter and tailored, yet it isn't too slim. I can wear a medium weighted flannel beneath it, fully zipped, and not feel as if it is going to tear the seams. I use this for everything from hiking, to Crossfit, or even just hanging out around the house. The sleeves run long - I have a 6'7" wing span, and they run down to the upper 1/3 of my hand - so this could be a red flag to folks who do not enjoy having baggy sleeves. All in all, this jacket is incredible. Well done Backcountry.com!

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