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Jared Downs

Jared Downs

Gearhead

White Mountains (NH) - Little Cottonwood Canyon (UT)

Jared Downs's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing

Jared Downs's Bio

East coast born and raised, but in the fall of 2013 I packed up my Ford Focus and drove west.

It was time to break away from that bland office life I constantly found myself in. I was in need of some time with the outdoors finding powder, going for hikes and building up some climbing skills.
If you've got questions that need answering or details that need examining, give me a call. I'll do everything I can to help you get the right gear.

Instagram Handle: @jared.downs

If you see any of my product reviews and they're garments, here are my measurements to give you some context:

Height: 6'0" (Just under)
Weight: 185ish LBs
Wing Span: 6'3"ish
Chest: 43"
Waist 32-33"
Inseam: 31" ish

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

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Jared Downswrote a review of on April 14, 2017

A League of It's Own
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite crampons for ice climbing. I've got a pair of BD Cyborg Pro's and a pair of Blade Runners and use the Cyborg Pro's solely as a loaner pair now.

Mono Point:
I'm a big fan of the mono point on these. When I kick ice I don't get as much ice fracturing off in chunks as when I kick ice with the cyborg pros when set up as dual points. I primarily climb with these as a mono point.

Engaging Next Set of Points:
This is where the feeling of security comes in when you drop your heels in these and engage the two sets of points behind the main mono point. This means I've got 5 potential points of contacts compared to 3 or 4 on other crampons or my Cyborg Pro's.

Sizing:
Adjusting the sizing on these is pretty easy. On my last trip we headed to Ouray for a week and letting a buddy or my lady borrow them for the day wasn't a hassle with a massive amount of work to adjust the size. It was super easy to adjust the length of the crampons and nice that the heel piece and linking bar are one piece, so the crampon doesn't fall apart when fiddling around with sizing.

Size 1: Eur 37-46
Size 2: Eur 40-49

Boots:
I've got a pair of Scarpa Alien's that these work well with, I use them with my Arc'teryx Acrux boots, an old pair of Lowa Latok's. These work well with any boot.

I'm a huge fan of these crampons, feel free to drop me an email if you've got any questions!

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Jared Downswrote a review of on April 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We'd gone through a bunch of lights from Amazon trying to see what would work for our dog but this one is winning on the longevity front.

All the others have ended up broken and not working after a few days. This one has lasted a fair amount of time.

The only thing that I don't love about the light is the plastic hook. I wish it were metal because each time I take the light off our dogs collar, it feels like I'm going to break the light. Other than that, its a nice little cost effective light that holds up pretty well.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on April 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I woke up one day, realized that I was being a total gumby and didn't have all the tools I needed in one spot for those desperate moments when stuff breaks out on the trail. So I picked up this tool and while I was down in Moab riding about 2 days after getting the tool, my rear derailleur broke and I was super thankful I had this tool.

One of the things that stood out on this tool were that it had a chain tool built in and then the allen wrenches were also removable (aside from the ones for your pedals). I ended up using the chain tool the very first time and was so happy to have had it with me when i fixed my derailleur back at camp.

The only tools on it I haven't used yet are the torque heads or the saw, but I'm sure there will be a day where I'll need those.

Over all, this tool is pretty compact, doesn't have a bunch of random junk that I don't need. It's well built and not flimsy or cheap feeling.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on April 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These aren't what I'd call the best pedals but the best pedals will also run you another $100 on top of this price. So for the price they're pretty decent unless you want to drop the same on some plastic pedals.

I used these all last year on my Santa Cruz Bronson and they worked nicely but definitely felt a little on the heavy side.

There was a little wiggle in the left pedal after a few months of riding which was able to be adjusted when i took the axel out of the pedal. But if I had a ton more play then there wouldn't have been much i could have done. It looked like it was largely due to the bushing.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on April 4, 2017

Solid Pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my gf's pack and its the Del Dia version but when we were up in Idaho biking around a ton, we found out that it fits our pup perfectly. So now we carry the pack on us for when the dog gets tired on hikes, ski tours, bike rides, etc. Once she's tired, we pack her in there and shes happy to relax and enjoy the ride.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on March 27, 2017

4 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Here's some comments from my gf on this shirt:


Great for climbing, yoga, or going out, I love this top. I have struggled in the past with Prana on fit. In tops I find that I need to go up a size to ensure the top is long enough and not completely skin tight, which is my preference.
If you're tall I suggest sizing up just to make sure your torso is covered.

Her specs:
5'9''
130lbs
Shirts: sometimes a small, sometimes a medium
Waist: 26"

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Jared Downswrote a review of on March 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Here's some comments from my gf on this bra:

The Barely Bra has been one of the better bras I have owned. I am small chested, so I don't have to worry about needing a lot of support. I have worn this bra running, biking, to the gym, and practicing yoga. Honestly, I wear it under casual clothes as well because it's so comfortable. The cutout detail is really cute and can add to an outfit if it happens to stick out as opposed to other bras that just look too sporty. I currently own two and definitely plan on getting more.

Her specs:
5'9''
130lbs
Shirts: sometimes a small, sometimes a medium
Waist: 26"

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Jared Downswrote a review of on March 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Here's some comments from my gf on this shirt:

Great, timeless tank. I own this top in several colors because it fits so well and can be dressed up or down. The cut is fitted and flowy, not baggy. I love the high neck.

Her specs:
5'9''
130lbs
Shirts: sometimes a small, sometimes a medium
Waist: 26"

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Jared Downswrote a review of on March 27, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Here's some comments from my gf on these pants:

Love this pant! I never thought I'd find a pant of this style that would fit my long legs, but these do! I ordered both a small and medium (for length) and ended up sticking to the small as the medium was really baggy on me. I love the light, airy feel of these pants along with the UPF50 protection.

Her specs:
5'9''
130lbs
Shirts: sometimes a small, sometimes a medium
Waist: 26"
Pants: Size 4 / Small

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Jared Downswrote a review of on March 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Here's some comments from my gf on this shirt:

This shirt is so versatile! The material is soft and lightweight which is really desirable for both workouts and casual wear. I've worn this shirt mountain biking, to yoga, and to work. Really flattering fit which is fitted but loose. I am 5'9 and this shirt is long enough to cover my entire torso but not so long that it could be classified as a tunic - the perfect length in my opinion.

Her specs:
5'9''
130lbs
Shirts: sometimes a small, sometimes a medium
Waist: 26"

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Jared Downswrote a review of on March 22, 2017

Typical ME Quality
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've got more items from Mountain Equipment than I can count.

These pants paired with the Tupilak Jacket are the same thing as an Arc'teryx Alpha SV set up but for less.

I'm a 33" waist and wear a Medium across the board in Mountain Equipment apparel. The fit on these is great and I love the simplicity of them. No crazy/unneeded features.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on March 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is some really great tape, probably the best kind of tape. It does what tape does and works real well. Easy to tear a strip off, make some tape gloves, isn't expensive, not too sticky, but also not crap.

It's a wonderful tape.

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