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James Ronnow

James Ronnow

Gearhead

James Ronnow's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

James Ronnow's Bio


I love to skate, snowboard, and ride my bike. Born and raised in Utah. Grew up in St. George spending a lot of time in the desert hills and in Zion National Park. My home mountain is Brian Head, just north of Cedar City.

Skate Setup - Deathwish deck , Independent Trucks, Heavy Wheels and Hardware, Toy Machine Bearings

Snow Setup - LibTech Skate Banana Deck, Rome 390 Boss Bindings, ThirtyTwo Lashed Boots

Bike Setup - Trek Soho S

James Ronnow

James Ronnowwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using the Atmos AG 65 all season and over all I really am happy with it. A few quick details on how I have been using it. A total of 5 trips been from 8 to 12 miles per trip, usually one night, pack weight was 35 lbs on the low side and one trip around 50 lbs. The harness and compression system provide for a very comfortable, stable ride on the trail.
Here are some specifics I think other shoppers should be aware of.

Pros:
I had been back packing with a Gregory Forester and the difference in on trail comfort is hard explain. The Anti-Gravity suspension is with out question the most comfortable suspension system I have hiked with. The mesh back panel is cool and provides a great cushion under load. For me, comfort with the harness and suspension system made up about 95% of my decision when I was making a decision
The over all build quality is excellent, as expected. Premium materials and construction result in pack that should last for years
There are plenty of storage pockets and gear attachments close at hand allowing for excellent organization when packing
Trekking pole attachments are really well designed and the shock cord tie outs hold the poles in place securely
Large mesh pocket on the front is great for stashing maps, binoculars, rain gear, etc.
Cons:

The zippered pockets on the hip belt are tricky to close, once zipped fully open it requires 2 hands to close. One hand to pull the zipper and the opposite hand to hold the end of the zipper to create the needed tension.
The mesh pockets on either side are large and have openings on both the tops and sides, however they are really difficult to use while wearing the pack. I use these to hold external water in Platypus 1 litter SoftBottle's. Usually I have to have one of my kids stuff them back in until the SoftBottle is about half full, then I can wiggle it in myself.
The bottom of the pack itself curves up and away from the hip belt creating an rounded bottom. When you take the pack off, you have to lean it against something with the suspension system facing away from whatever you are leaning it against in order for the pack to stand upright. Not a big deal if you are just taking a break on the trail, but not great when you are in camp and are getting in and out of the pack.
As I mentioned above the comfort and fit of the harness and suspension system was far and away the most important decision factor for me, and this pack is at the top of the heap, no question about it.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on May 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far love the bag. This is first BA sleeping bag I have had, and thus, the first experience with the integrated pad sleeve. If you do allot of backpacking, and haven't tried the BA system, do yourself a favor and check it out. Love it. So the bag itself is great, really warm, in fact unless its but puckering cold it's probably to warm for many campers. Also, make sure if you use it in weather that cold use an insulated pad. The fill from the bottom has been moved to the top which gives it a very nice heft and feel, cozy you might say. All in all very happy with the construction, and performance through a couple of uses and man do I love that sleeve, did I say that already?

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you don't have the EG2's then you are not using the best goggles on the market. These lenses are great at keeping the largest view possible and the clearest as well. Get the low light yellow lens for clear sight in bad weather or at night.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Continental is the only company I use when it comes to the rubber on my bike. These tubes last and are easy to repair should you get a puncture. I highly recommend these tubes.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using the Gator Hardshell and the Gatorskin (http://www.backcountry.com/continental-ultra-gatorskin-road-tire#wall-solicitations) on my bike for roughly 2 years now and it is the best combination for a single speed commuter set up. Easy to put on and they last. I have this on my fixed gear trek and so I skid regularly on it. They last for so long even under the abuse of skidding. Great gear allows you the confidence to not have to think about it while using it. I never worry that these are going to fail on me and that makes for great rides.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this tire on my front and the Gator Hardshell (http://www.backcountry.com/continental-gator-hardshell-road-tire) on the back of my bike for roughly 2 years now and it is the best combination for a single speed commuter set up. Easy to put on and they last. Great gear allows you the confidence to not have to think about it while using it. I never worry that these are going to fail on me and that makes for great rides.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on August 24, 2013

5 5

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

I bought these about 3 months ago as my first pair of climbing shoes. The velcro straps are awesome for climbing at a gym as they can slip on and off easily. I am a size 13 and that is the size that I ordered and they were a little tight at the beginning but stretched out perfectly. They won't stretch as much as a leather upper will, but they do stretch. I have seen and looked at a bunch of different climbing shoes and I found that the C4 rubber is the best in my opinion and I will be sticking with 5.10 for my shoes. Been climbing at a gym about 3 - 5 times a week in these shoes since I got them and they are holding up fantastically, but again, that is in a gym so they don't get beat up as much and I am not a very advanced climber so I don't put as much stress on them as a more advanced climber might.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on March 4, 2013

5 5

I have had the OR Axcess for a little over a month now and so far it has preformed flawlessly. Gore-Tex is the best water proof fabric around, however even Gore-Tex can't breath fastest enough to keep up with heavy or strenuous work. That's where the Axcess ventilation system comes it. Most alpin jackets untilize "pit-zips" which in my opion are completely usless as the natural movement of your arms while skiing or snowbaording almost always covers them entirely. The forward facing vents on the Axcess jacket allow air circulation much, much better than traditional "pit zip" style vents. While I was hauling my kids and gear from my truck, to the rental shop, to the ticket windwo to the rope tow I had the vents open all the way and was extremely comfortable and dry inside the coat. It was awesome.

Another other well thought out feature of this jacket is the placement of the insulation. Rather that take up space and add weight by insulating the jacket entirely, OR has placed the Primaloft insutlation on the arms, back and under arms leaving the chest un-insulatied. The cuffs with the thumb drive are large enough to make pulling them down over your gloves or mittens, easy while you have one already on, and strap down tight. When using the thumb drive, I found that there was no restriction in the movement of the coat, for example when I leaned over to adjust my boot, as I feared there would be and I have found that I prefer this to other systems that are swen into the inside of the sleve. The hood is large enough for a helmet, but easy enough to cinch down over just my hat. And last but not least, that built in balicalva is really, really handy.

All in all it is a great jacket. I would recomend it to anyone.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

You can't go wrong with these shoes. Great feel, great fit, and they just look sick. True to size as I have 13's and they fit great. Kind of thin on the top part of the toe, but that is the only thing that I can complain about. Had the same pair for about 2 years now and the bottom sole is holding up great still and all the seams are staying together still. I haven't skated in these much, not a fan of the way they feel on my board, so this adds the how long they have lasted.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I hate riding in big, bulky gloves, thats why I ride everyday of the year in these gloves. Great grippy palm and can be used with a smart phone. By no means are these a warm glove, down to 30 maybe. I wear a pair of Pow Gloves liners underneath everyday and my hands still get cold in about 15 F and lower. Perfect gloves on warm sunny days with no liners. The grippy palm will start to peel a little bit but that is expected.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I love these goggles. The best vision out of any goggle I have tried on. You will need a bigger head for these to fit better. The smaller faces will feel like there is a bit of goggle sag, for those peeps check the EG2.5. These lenses are great in terms of durability. I have a pair from a couple years back and I have a few tiny scratches. There has been several times where I have thought to my self after I hit a branch or something like that only to find it didn't actually scratch.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on March 2, 2013

5 5

I am coming to the end of my second season with these boots and I couldn't be happier. Still have great fit and haven't seemed to pack out much like other boots. Laces are still intact, sole is still in great condition, and the inner lacing system is holding up very well, even with the finer cord. I wear a 13 shoe and a 13 in these boots, although they do seem to have a little wider toe box in the foot print. They are a little tight in the 390 Boss Bindings but that could just be because I have giant feet. I will continue to buy 32 boots as long as I ride. These boots are fairly soft but still stiff enough to feel comfortable when doing the bigger, steeper, lines.

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James Ronnowwrote a review of on March 2, 2013

Headphones to Ride With
5 5

I have been wearing the Icon 1's for years while riding because the just seemed to work. The Icon 2's I found were not very good at staying on my head while riding like the Icons 1's did. These Icon 3's are a perfect headphone for riding. A little bit tighter clamping force keeps them on your head even better, but some people might not like the tightness, so keep that in mind. The head band its self is much stronger and more durable giving you more confidence that these won't break in half when you eat it. A stickier rubber underneath keeps well on beanies, but I have noticed a bit of slip on my baseball hat. The new Mic 1 in the head phone seems to work great. I can use it with gloves on from the outside of my hood, so I don't have to unwrap everything. I know that the first batch of these had problems with the button not working in colder weather, but they have since fixed that. Great sound quality as well. The best over the ear headphones to ride with.

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