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JP L.

JP L.

, Employee

Salt Lake City, UT

JP L.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

JP L.'s Bio

Im a total gearhead who loves my job. I do a little bit of everything from camping/backpacking to rock climbing to mountain biking in the summer. During the winter though you cant get me off my snowboard.

Please feel free to come hit me and the rest of our chat crew up if you have any questions about this sweet company or our products by clicking "CHAT NOW" from the top right hand side of this page.

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JP L.wrote a review of on December 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

The good and the bad - these things run small. This means that if you want them for flowy, comfortable lounge pants, size up or get a different style. If you want them to layer, the lack of additional bulk and length will be welcome underneath whatever top layer you have. My version purchased about 6 months ago had front zippers.

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JP L.wrote a review of on December 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a little bummed on this light. I've always loved my Petzl products with this light being my first exception. It feels cheap, like something I would give my kids to go camping with, or leave in the glove box in case of emergencies, not a piece of GEAR. Little things are off, like no padding on the back of the light housing for my forehead and a super stiff strap. The controls are nice and simple, and the ability to add the rechargeable battery pack is nice. For the same price though, I much prefer my Black Diamond Storm. It offers a much better package including true water resistance, more light features, and has become my go to headlamp.

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JP L.wrote a review of on December 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This headlamp is awesome. A few other brands make similarly spec'd headlamps on paper, but this definitely the best built one Ive found in the price range. Its sturdy, highly water resistant, and full of features. My only beef is that the button presses needed to switch between modes/lights/brightnesses, etc is a little tricky to learn. Once you get the hang of it though, the thing is awesome.

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JP L.wrote a review of on October 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Everything I have tried from these guys is top notch. I guess you pay for it, but if you want high quality, good fit, winter wear you cant go wrong with Fjallraven. This particular shirt is about as thick as your traditional flannel, but the 100% polyester weave is TIGHT so it feels like a higher quality garment. Its not QUITE as comfortable as cotton, but it might soften up with wear and hopefully will not shrink in the wash. I really love the solid color detail on the inside of the collar and it continues down the button side of the shirt. Also, fit is a tad bigger than the other Fjallraven button ups I own. Not so much that I needed to size down, its just a larger cut overall. My only wish is that it had a little stretch and I could find the Deep Red color in my size.

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JP L.wrote a review of on October 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This shirt is surprisingly thick. It feels almost double as thick as your traditional cheap cotton flannel. The stretch feels really nice too. Makes this guy perfect for activities like chopping wood, shoveling snow, setting up a tent, etc. Quicksilver calls it "modern fit" which based on my experience is somewhere in between slim and regular. My only complaint is in person the colors are a little more muted than in the photo so it doesnt pop quite as much as I was expecting. Ill still keep it and probably really enjoy it.

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JP L.wrote a review of on October 8, 2018

5 5

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

I love Fjallraven stuff and this shirt is no exception. It is very thick and tightly woven. The inside is not very soft, but its a worthwhile trade for the durability. Unfortunately, like all Fjallraven stuff it fits a little small and I might have to send it back. The shirts color and quality is so good though, it almost makes me want to go on a diet just to fit in it...almost.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 23, 2018

2 5

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

The low stars are less reflective on Patagonia and their hats and more on the looks of this "layback" cut. It looked flat and like someone sat on it right out of the packaging. I purchased this for my wife and even on her smaller head, it didn't look cute, just old and worn out. I got the regular fit one for her instead and we both like it much more.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second one of these. I was skeptical at first, but my first belt has not lost its elasticity and the plastic buckle has held up well. I noticed this one is a LITTLE stretchier than my first one but still works great. Unless I'm dressing up, this is the belt I always turn to. Versatile, flexible, and reliable. What else do you need?

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JP L.wrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I usually try to stick to higher end outerwear from ski/snowboard specific brands, but I purchased these for an emergency trip thinking I would only use them for a few days. I was really impressed with their construction. The fabric is the thicker matte fabric I like and the heel reinforcement was thicker than some of my other "more expensive" pants as well. These are more of a loose fit (snowboard style, but not baggy by any means). Nothing beats Gore-Tex, but at more than 1/2 the price of a upper end pant overall I was super impressed. If you run cold, I would recommend getting them in the insulated version instead. In my opinion, these pants will work great for 95% of days anyone is skiing/riding at a resort.

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JP L.wrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I usually try to stick to higher end outerwear from ski/snowboard specific brands, but I purchased these for an emergency trip thinking I would only use them for a few days. I was really impressed with their construction. The fabric is the thicker matte fabric I like and the heel reinforcement was thicker than some of my other "more expensive" pants as well. The insulation is not very heavy, which makes them useful for a variety of weather conditions. These are more of a loose fit (snowboard style, but not baggy by any means). Nothing beats Gore-Tex, but at more than 1/2 the price of a upper end pant overall I was super impressed. These will work great for 95% of days skiing/riding at the resort.

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JP L.wrote a review of on November 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is one of the best non-technical jackets I've used in a while. The waterproofing of Fjallravens G-1000 fabric is top notch and yet you could wear it into the office or around town because it doesn't look like a ski jacket. It has a canvas like look and feel. The fleece lining insulation is about perfect for all around use. Not as warm as a down fill jacket but definitely enough to take the bite out of the air while waiting for the bus or the first 10 minutes in a car until the heater warms up. Zip away hood is preference. I personally like it because this jacket is a Swiss Army knife, but if you're not into that Fjallraven has some jackets with dedicated hoods and no hood at all. I just wish this came in the gray that the non-insulated version does.

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JP L.wrote a review of on October 25, 2017

3 5

I have a few of these pivot utensils to pack in my backpacking cookwear. I like them each because they are very sturdy and compact. The spoon however is really deep. It does have some nice measurements inside of the lip but its uncomfortable for me to fit in my mouth. Great for stirring, bad for eating, say, soup. This also makes it a little tough to pack in an ultralite setup. Handle length cant be beat though.

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JP L.wrote a review of on August 23, 2017

4 5

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

Great idea. Stretchy belt for active lifestyles. The thing that knocked it down to 4 stars for me was the thin plastic buckle. It definitely seems like the Achilles heel of this product. Also, there is practically no way that this belt would fit over a 40 inch waist. I bet it technically would buckle but you're going to loose feeling in your feet fast because of lack of blood circulation. Especially if you're planning on tucking in shirts or using it on bulky pants like skiing/snowboarding dont order one if youre bigger than a size 38.

UPDATE: The buckle has held up well over the past 6 months, so even though it is plastic, it shows no signs of failure so far. The upside is you don't have to take it off when going through airport security.

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JP L.wrote a review of on August 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Paracord has a million uses. This version from Sterling has held up well for me. Sterling makes accessory cords that are force rated if youre looking for something to climb with, but for keeping your food away from bears, securing tarps, attaching things to your pack, etc etc etc, this stuff is great.

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JP L.wrote a review of on August 22, 2017

3 5

At this point, most everyone is familiar with hydration bladders. This newest version of the Crux did improve its ergonomics and bite valve. The valve has increased flow and is especially helpful when the bladder is your sole water source and you need to fill a canteen/flask/cooking pot/whatever. Unfortunately the Crux still has that plastic taste that has existed for years. I was hoping this new version would be different. I didn't want to have to switch brands, but my next bladder will be something different. Everyone wants their water to be refreshing when out on the trail or running your butt off, but I feel like having to swallow this taste makes hydration more of a chore.

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JP L.wrote a review of on August 22, 2017

Great Boots Will Trek Through Anything
5 5

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

My favorite pair of trail runners are made by The North Face, so I decided to give these a try. I recently used them on a very rugged multi day hike. The terrain I was navigating had extreme elevation changes, no marked trails, full of fallen trees and rocks, and a few small streams. I can confidently say you will be hard pressed to find a tougher test for these shoes than what I just put them through last weekend. They performed beautifully.

I enjoyed the lightweight and waterproof uppers that were light enough to not add fatigue for longer distance hikes but still stiff enough to prevent ankle twists and injuries. The weight is something I detest about traditional "hiking boots" and these feel more like tennis shoes in the weight department. These still do have a heavy duty sole however. I couldn't feel any pain, discomfort, or even real pressure from knobby stumps or rocks I trekked over which impressed me. I inspected the soles after my trip fully expecting to find large chunks or gashes and found no signs of wear on the rubber bottoms, and very limited signs of use on the foam sides. I also liked the secure lacing system that has eyes AND hooks towards the top. I preferred the eyes for ankle security (see terrain description above) but if you like the hook system or wanted these loose at the top for more ankle bend you could use them that way as well.

Sizing is just a tad big, but not enough that Id recommend sizing down. I think the extra room is built in purposefully to accommodate a good pair of hiking socks (I 100% recommend merino wool). If you for some reason plan on hiking in thin or no socks you might want to size down 1/2 size.

For leisure hikes with my kids, Ill still put on my trail runners, but I am really glad to have these boots waiting for me whenever I plan a trip into dense forest or otherwise rugged terrain.

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JP L.wrote a review of on August 21, 2017

5 5

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

I always buy and recommend Big Agnes sleeping bags. They are great. Their pad sleeves on the bottom make a huge difference for me because I move a lot when I sleep. With their sleeve, I dont roll off my sleeping pad. This bag is also a little wider than others Ive tried which is great for bigger guys or side sleepers. It packs down to the size of a bag of potato chips and is very light weight. So far I've only used it during the summer months, but judging from my previous bags it will be good well below the 30 degree rating. Just remember don't store down sleeping bags compacted in a stuff sack and it will serve you well for years and years. Big Agnes is also based in Colorado. I've never had to contact them for a personal warranty issue but with the few customers I've helped contact them I've seen Big Agnes take care of their customers immediately and fully.

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