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JP L.

JP L.

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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.

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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.

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

Sturdy Stuff Sack
5 5

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

When you want to stuff stuff into stuff Id recommend this stuff sack. But, seriously, its a little heavier than some ultra lightweight competitors, but stronger/thicker materials than others as well. I like the exterior zipper pocket and feeling secure about the ripstop walls and stitching when you really crank down on the compression straps. The picture below is my 15 degree Big Agnes down sleeping bag rolled up WITH Therm-a-Rest style inflatable pad inside the medium size sack. Sorry I couldnt find any of my Nalgene bottles, but hopefully the Pringles give you perspective. I fully expect this sack to last for years.

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

4 5

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

I really like this pack. Medium fits me well at 6' tall. If you're going on a multi day hike or always over prepare like me, its a great idea to get this 65L instead of the 55L. I do wish it had a few more loops on the outside to strap additional stuff, but otherwise great pack.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

4 5

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

I've gone through my share of different synthetic fabric shirts trying to find the perfect workout shirt. This is not it. It still, however, does its job well. Its a little bit thin but does has good breathability and comfortable fit. Its sized like a standard Hanes white t-shirt.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

4 5

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

Overall, I enjoy this shirt for running or heavy duty athletic activities. The fabric is a thin honeycomb polyester knit which makes it very breathable and quick to dry, but also leaves it feeling a little bit itchy when worn dry against the skin. For a long run, or a day at the water park with the family when you're bound to get wet when you're not expecting it it works well. For a casual hike, lifting at the gym, or wearing around town I much prefer The North Face Reaxion. The XL fits pretty much like a standard white Hanes XL tee after you wash it..

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

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

As many others have said, these are great for almost any sweating activity. The fabric is a perfect weight. Its thin enough to breathe easily, but thick enough not to become see through if you really sweat in a light colored one. It feels like a thick silk or super soft cotton which makes it comfortable for around town as well. Its much more comfortable but SLIGHTLY less breathable than The North Face Voltage. I enjoy that the fit is more like a t-shirt than a muscle shirt. You can order your normal cotton t-shirt size and be good to go.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

3 5

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

I was a little dissapointed because this belt was more flimsy than I expected. After wearing it a bit, the metal eyelits will pull and misshape the webbed part of the belt. Overall, it does its job holding your pants up. Fits true to size, L/XL isn't going larger than 40 inches.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

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

I usually like Nixon's leather belts but picked one of these up to try out. I ended up ordering 2 more. These things are great. The belt fabric itself is nice and thick. Probably twice the thickness of the webbed belts I usually find. Also, the buckle lock works well and has never popped open on me. The only thing that could improve this belt (for the price) is allowing the buckle to be flipped over so it could be reversible and dual color. Does run a little large. I bet the M/L size could fit up to 44" waists.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 8, 2015

5 5

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

Ive tried loads of other briefs mostly for working out and running, but for the price none are better than these. They are a little thicker than other brands of merino boxer briefs but i personally dont like mine to feel too thin and silky. Unlike many of the Under Armour products they also have a fly opening. The magic of merino wool cant be understated. Somehow keeps you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and odor free unlike any other fabric Ive ever tried. Every time I wear a pair of these out, I buy two more. They run a tad large in the waist and length.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 8, 2015

4 5

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

Overall, I have really enjoyed these shorts. The cut and fabric make them better for running/cross training. They aren't cut or weighted like basketball shorts. The fabric is lightweight and cool, but almost too lightweight because the high-vis yellow pair I ordered I returned because you could easily see my underwear through it. I kept and love my black/island blue pair however. 5* if they got the sheer colors under control.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 8, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I was hoping to use these for the gym or other related workout activities, but the cut and hem of these make them feel like cutoff sweatpants. I didn't like that at all. They weren't heavy like sweats but they were bulgy through the thigh and bottom hem was raggity.

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JP L.wrote a review of on July 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I tried on quite a few pairs of board shorts and liked these best. The waist fits about 1" larger than others I tried (Billabong, Quicksilver, RCVA) so I ended up reordering 1 size down, but they are also a little looser through the thighs and longer than many others out there. If you like the fit of shorts had 5 years ago, you will like these. Personally I'm not a fan of the super tight, shorter, board shorts that seem to be the fad right now. The fabric is medium thickness and dries quickly. 5* if these bad boys had side pockets.

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