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Jason Johns

Des Moines, IA

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Jason Johns

Jason Johnswrote a review of on May 26, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 240 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I needed a really light shell for chilly early morning and/or rainy runs. The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Hooded Jacket fits the bill. It is so light, I can barely tell I'm wearing it.

It is "water resistant" so it will handle light drizzle well enough but probably not the biblical downpour I ended up in on my first outing with it.

Things to note: it seemed to run a little big. The XL was way to big for me and the L seems to fit just right. Also, the material is...shiny. I didn't get the black because I thought it would look like I was wearing a black garbage bag.

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Jason Johnswrote a review of on March 8, 2016

5 5

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

First off, these are well crafted leather boots..meaning they have to be broken in. To do so, I kept them at the office along with a pair of wool hiking socks. I wore them around the office all day for about a week until they fit like a glove. Now I pretty much wear them everyday.

These boots look great, especially after you break them in and clean and oil them a few times. They're also really comfortable once broken in. Also the Vibram lug soles are super grippy for these upper midwest winters.


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Jason Johnswrote a review of on March 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I grabbed this jacket to keep in my backpack for the unpredictable temps that invariably accompany Des Moines in later-winter/early-spring (literally 70 and sunny on Saturday and 22 and snow on Monday)

The Patagonia Down Shirt is super light, well made, and plenty warm for temps down to the mid-30's.

My only beef (which is only due to the amazing quantity and quality of bacon and beer in Des Moines) is that it is built to fit really athletic climbers. It is broad in the shoulders and a little snug near the waist so it is a little snug around my artfully crafted beer belly.

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Jason Johnswrote a review of on November 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 245 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I got my first Mountain Hardware Microchill Fleece a couple years ago, and it has been a constant companion traveling for work every week through the 2014 Polar Vortex in Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Connecticut. I wore it several times a week as a mid layer (over a shirt and under a 550 fill down jacket) and was never too uncomfortable.

After wearing it for pretty much a year nonstop it has begun to show some wear - it still looks fine for camping or hiking but not great for town...so I've ordered a couple more.

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Jason Johnswrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've taken this bad boy everywhere from office cookouts to a week at the lake, to a music festival in 100 degree temps and it's always kept my beverages nice and cold. Its tough as nails and it is a great conversation starter.

I've heard people complain about the design: that it is hard to open, or heavy or the opening is small. Yeah, those are all why you can keep ice for days. If you want something light and easy to open grab a $10 one from your local big box. Rest assured that as you use this cooler, it will soften up and get a little more flexible.

Pro Tip: Do yourself a service and follow Yeti's directions. Start with a cool bag, don't toss out the cold water and throw in some rock salt. I swear I ended up with frozen bottles of water after I threw in some rock salt and let them sit over night.

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Jason Johns

Jason Johnswrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 245 lbs
Size Purchased: 40

These are my go to shorts for summer. They are extremely lightweight, dry quickly and look great right out of my duffel bag. The zip pocket on the right leg is great for stowing keys or a cell phone or energy bar. They fit true to size, but they tend to stretch as you wear them, so, make sure you wear a belt.

The only thing I don't love about these shorts is the back pockets. They fasten with a small piece of hook & loop tape and it doesn't feel very secure to me. I just end up using the leg pocket to stow anything I'd be worried about falling out.

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