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Jared Downs

Jared Downs

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 August 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a beast of a pack. And I love everything about it but one little detail.

For me backpacking is something I've always tried to do on more the minimal side of things. I was always after keeping my pack weight down and never really interested in a heavy pack. For me a pack that was over 3lbs was always considered too heavy. My hips would get chewed up from the sawing motion of the thin hip belts on the sub-3lb packs I was using. My shoulders would take a beating and my back would hate me. Nothing like using a 45L pack for a 2 night/3 day trip. Or a 25L pack for an overnighter. But I figured if I'm going to need to haul some climbing gear in on a longer approach it'd be worth picking up a pack that was all about comfort and carrying a heavier load well.

I ended up using this on a backpacking trip before getting the chance to haul a heavy load of climbing gear and damn was I impressed and in love. Once I had the pack properly adjusted to me it was mega comfortable and hardly noticeable (compared to other packs I've used). It was nice to get to our destination and not have any sore spots because of an awkward load transfer.

RotoGlide:
So others are saying they're not sold on this feature but haven't used it. But as you're hiking along and your legs and hips are moving and you're crawling over some boulders as you hike up a trail or a downed tree, the RotoGlide helps reduce the pressure points as you move around.

My one Complaint:
The hole for running your hydration hose through isn't really big enough for my MSR hydration hose fittings.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on August 13, 2018

A Nice Burst of Power!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a pretty nifty item for those that need to make sure they've got the ability to power some electronics when they don't have a wall to always plug into.

I've designed & built an electrical system for a van and it gets pretty complicated designing and building out a system that can power devices and charge from a solar panel. This little Sherpa 100 is small but has some pretty awesome features that I think we tend to take for granted. Plus the form factor on this thing is actually pretty small for what you get out of it.

Inverter:
I don't have the inverter yet but plan on picking it up. (Item # GZR000J ) But this thing is super small and an awesome feature to have in the event you've got a 110v plug (standard wall plug).

Charging:
This thing charges pretty quickly and easily. It's basically the same level of effort as charging ones phone. Pretty much just plug it in and check the indicator on the center of the interface and see how much the % of battery level is left.

Light:
The interface has a nice little LED light on it that you can press on to give you a little bit of light to see other parts of the interface if you're in your tent during the middle of the night.

Cable:
This has a nice metal cable at one end that you can use to hang the power pack from if you're in a tent in case your tent floor is wet, etc.

Use:
I personally really like this power pack a lot for how little it weighs (under 2 lbs) for the ability to charge anything you might have. I've used this for charging smart phones and cameras. I think this would be the perfect item for someone that is into photography and wants the ability to power your battery packs for your camera, lights or any other electronics you might have.

I've mainly used this on backpacking trips and to protect the power back, I put it into a waterproof stuff sack while its stored in my backpack or while not in use at the camp site. And then pulled it out once we got to our camping spot to charge up any devices being used.

But I plan on keeping this in my car as part of my emergency kit in the event my vehicle & phone goes dead, or just as a nice-to-have type of item for long road trips.

If you have any questions on this item, feel free to drop me a line and I'd be happy to answer any questions for ya.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on August 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the price, nothing compares. It's short money for the type of shoe you can get. I've previously had a pair of Evolv Addicts that are garbage compared to the Remoras.

I've primarily spent the most time with these shoes at the gym in the sport and bouldering area. These shoes have been the best shoes I've been able to find for crack climbing. But I've also used these for some trad routes and slab routes and they've performed great. They've become my do everything shoes.

Plus the easy on/easy off makes these my go-to shoe at the gym.

To give you an idea of my foot shape, I'd got a slightly wider forefoot and a narrower heel. That is part of why I needed to size up. Most other folks are sizing down about 1/2 to 1 size.

Street Shoe: size 10

Mad Rock Remoras - 10.5 (comfortable amount of toe curl)
Mad Rock Sharks - 10.5 (a big uncomfortable after having on for 5 mins)
TC Pros - 42.5
Katana's- 42.5
Scarpa Origin - 42.5

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Jared Downswrote a review of on August 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had one of these for about 3-4 years and its been an awesome rope.

At 8.9mm, it's a pretty thin rope and moves through an belay device much faster so you'll want to make sure you're pairing this rope with the proper belay device. And for rappels I'm big on having a third hand.

This isn't a rope I use for every climb but one that I use mainly for alpine objectives or climbs where I have a lengthy approach.

One of the big things that I appreciate about this rope is the middle mark. I'm not in love with ropes that have dyed dark (black or blue) middle marks because as a rope gets dirty, it becomes very easy to miss the middle mark when rigging a rappel. The orange Monster Marker is one of the easiest middle marks for me to find on any of my ropes.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on July 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my personal favorite. A great balance of having a long travel bike that climbs super well thanks the the 29er wheels and the XO1 groupset.

My past bikes have been a SC Bronson and a Yeti SB6. I was more interested in the 27.5" but was always curious about how well a 29er would perform. I have zero regrets making the switch. My SB5.5 climbs so much better than my SB6, but I liked my SB6 more than my Bronson. I felt the SB6 climbed better than the Bronson.

The one thing I've noticed that the SB5.5 doesn't do as well as the SB6 I had was cornering. It's a little more sluggish in corners than the SB6, but that is really the only down fall I've found. The benefits of being able to roll over anything, a smoother and more efficient uphill makes it all worth it. Plus I've switched up a couple things in how I handle corners

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Jared Downswrote a review of on July 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I have the low chair and love it but gave this one to a friend as a wedding gift and they've already used it and love the chair. Easy to transport and fun to use at the campsite.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on July 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally have a pair of these when I started climbing and only reason I no longer have that pair is I left them at the gym on day. But I picked up another pair to use at the gym since they're economical.

I figured it'd be worth having an inexpensive gym shoe rather than using a $150+ shoe at the gym.

I wear the La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes in a 43.5 but wear the Tarantulace in a 42. But I wear the Katana's and TC Pro's in a 42.5

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Jared Downswrote a review of on July 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just picked this up and it seems like a pretty cool case. There are some nice features like the extra battery pack, ability to mount the lens and the shutter button. The one thing I wish it had was an on/off switch so I could control when the phone gets the extra battery.

It adds a little weight to the phone but that should also help protect it.

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Jared Downswrote a review of on May 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I swapped an 18T on my Yeti SB5,5 for a 54T and am mega happy with the faster engagement.

This is super easy to install. No tools required if you have a quick release axle.

Just make sure to go easy on the grease. Too much grease is a bad thing. And with the finer teeth on the 54T, too much grease can cause the teeth to wear out faster.

For applying grease, try finding a small/fine paint brush to get an even coating of it in the hard to get to parts.

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