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JeffJ

JeffJ

Utah

JeffJ's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

JeffJ's Bio

I love canyoneering, hiking, camping and exploring old mines.

JeffJ

JeffJwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

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5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this on several road trips now and it has proven absolutely perfect. I purposely chose the Roadie because I wanted something for short weekender trips to Moab and other S. Utah locations. Every trip, I filled it up with ice and when I get home there is still TONS of ice left with only about a 1/2 inch of water on the bottom.

I would entirely recommend getting this if you want a small cooler that is great for a few days for a few people. The Roadie is heavy for a smaller style cooler but it makes everything stay sooo much colder than one of those coolers you can buy for $20. It is an investment and people know it so make sure you lock it, keep it secret and keep it safe.

The picture I attached is before I loaded it with ice of course. So you can see that it is plenty big for a few drinks, condiments, some deli meat and other things.

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JeffJwrote a review of on March 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the regular size pad and when I lay on top of it my arms fall of the sides - so I may need to upgrade to a wider pad since it is kind of annoying. The pad packs down very small and it is very light too. It is a pretty decent sleeping pad. I'm a side sleeper when I camp and this offered enough width so that I'm not hitting the ground. I have yet to use this in really cold weather so I can't confirm how the insulation truly works but I never felt any cold air seeping up from the pad. This isn't my favorite sleeping pad I own but for the price you can't go wrong! Comfortable. Very light. Compacts Small. But not wide enough.

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JeffJwrote a review of on March 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had the "women's" of this version for 4 years (even though I'm a man) and it has been great. I needed a little more flotation and length so I bought the 25" mens and the extra width and slight amount of weight is unnoticeable. They are very durable despite the lightweight design. I'm not walking on pure rocks with it, but I've taken them through plenty of sticks and occasional dirt. Binding system is fast and even more improved from my previous version.

These are the best snowshoes available because of the amount of traction you get along the entire frame (not just the crampon underfoot). The elevators (or heel lifts) are intuitive and easy to flip up and down with a trekking pole. I also love the add on tails. I thought these were a gimmick at first but they have definitely come in handy most trips when the snow is deep powder or punch slush. Its nice to add a bunch of flotation immediately and continue on your way. I've seen all other snowshoes in action and if you're going up steep slopes these are the ones that can't be beat.

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JeffJwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These pants were waaaaaayy baggy before I washed them once. I bought the large size and was tempted to return them for a medium because they were a little big but I figured I should just wash and dry them and that they would fit me better - and they did! Now, they fit perfect on me. They are very warm and comfortable and I would recommend them if you are looking for some great pajama or lounging fleece pants.

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JeffJwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I got Jam/Night color and I was pleasantly surprised when it looked better in person than it does in the picture up top. The shirt really does look great and it fits good except for the sleeves are tighter than usual making them hard to roll up when the weather is warmer. Other than that, this shirt is a solid 5 stars

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JeffJwrote a review of on March 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own several Fenix lights and have yet to be disappointed by any of them. This entire light is heavy and solid construction and it was easy to get the battery compartment open to put in the included batteries (maybe some models don't have the included batteries but my light unit absolutely had two AA included).

As far as the light modes go, I love how I can have very low light and VERY bright light for when I need it. The red light is also cool too but I have yet to use it in a practical way. I recommend getting a few for camping or emergency purposes.

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JeffJwrote a review of on February 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just bought another one of these Mammut shirts since my old one was finally getting tattered after 6 years of use. I love the fit of this tshirt since it isn't too big nor too tight on me - the large size fits me best. I've always liked Mammut clothing and I probably will get two more of these shirts in different colors since I like them so much.

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JeffJwrote a review of on February 24, 2016

5 5

My sister wanted a warm hat to wear all winter so I tried to find a hat with a good amount of fleece lining on the inside - this hat does the job! I bought the Dark Atomic color which is a really nice dark turquoise color too. My sister loves it so it's a win win! Win for her because this hat keeps her head warm and win for me because I'm an amazing brother ;-)

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JeffJwrote a review of on January 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm probably an advanced to expert skier. 6' 180 lbs. I made the jump from a 2006 Rossignol B2 ski (182 length, 113, 76,103 mm) to the exp 100 ski this year (182 length). After one ride, I know I like this new pair more. The feel was different for sure. I found that in order to find the edge like I was used to, I had to put my weight more forward. Where as my old B2s let me be lazy and keep my weight back and still get an edge. Since I know that sitting in the back, doesn't help me, I like the fact that I noticed this right away. This ski encourages me to fix that bad tendency I have.

Outside of that, I feel more confident in these skis. It was near a perfect day, so that might have something to do with my favorable review. However, I still think these skis handled much more solidly than what I'm used to. For the person who likes to demo skis and find the perfect fit, my review won't be that helpful. But for the lazy shopper like me, this upgrade was definitely worth the cost.

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JeffJwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this set last year and have used it on 20+ camp outs and other adventures. It has performed better than expected and it still looks very good too.

I love how the cups stack within themselves - this has been very helpful when friends have forgotten their mess kits and I always have an extra to give out. Everything fits together nicely and the quality is outstanding - none of the pots or cups feel like they are flimsy.

The pot and pan work excellent for making omelets, chili, soups, boiling water and everything is so easy to clean too. My one suggestion would be to not use the plastic lid when you are using the fry pan. I did and mine started to melt because it was too close to the hot flame. Just stick with lower heat if you do this or just use the lid on the pot.

I can't recommend the Pinnacle set enough. Buy it!

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JeffJwrote a review of on January 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this duffel bag while I was working in Alaska. It is large enough to hold everything but more importantly, it's easy to transport with the shoulder straps. I don't use it for climbing but I do use it extensively for travelling and other adventures.

For me, it makes a great car camping bag. I can throw all my gear in it without worrying about if it's all going to fit or not. Plus it looks really cool and the fabric has this waxy treatment to add some light water resistance to it too. It isn't fully waterproof by any means but it still holds off very light moisture.

I am very pleased with it and plan to buy another one soon!

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JeffJwrote a review of on January 30, 2015

One Of The Best Shells Available
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Ouch! This jacket is expensive! But worth it! I debated with myself for literally an entire year before I bought this jacket. Why? Because I was looking for an incredible waterproof/windproof jacket that would provide protection from the Alaskan weather, has a removable powder skirt, looks amazing and fits great.

I looked at all the other "power" brands such as Arc'teryx, Patagonia, Norrona, Marmot and others and found comparable gore-tex jackets that were very nice but there is just something about the craftsmanship of the Nordwand that never made me second guess my decision to buy it. The welded seams are above top-notch, helmet compatible hoody, pit zips, multiple pockets, large wrists with adjustable velcro so you can comfortably wear any size gloves - this jacket is incredible. Even the outside on the shoulders there are little rubber marks to keep your backpack from moving all over the place while wearing it (see my attached picture).

I bought the orange color and it is sweet! I get compliments all the time from random people. But looks aside, it is truly a versatile jacket that I take everywhere. It is light enough to pack in my backpack yet it is strong enough to handle pouring rain and even abrasions.

I've worn this jacket in the hard Alaskan rain and snow while hiking up to a ridge in Denali National Park and all I had underneath for insulation was a light fleece sweater. The Nordwand performed flawlessly, keeping me nice and dry on the inside.

There is of course a downside to having such a brightly colored jacket. The dirt shows easier and stays longer. This can be somewhat avoided if you use a gore-tex specific wash to keep the waterproofing and make your jacket look great again. Sadly, even with all the washing and cleaning I have done, there are a few very light dirt stains that I cannot get rid of, but again, this is due to my jacket being bright orange.

Hands down, this is my favorite jacket. If you are looking for a superior performing jacket then look no further.

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JeffJwrote a review of on January 28, 2015

Hotter than a hot pocket!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this jacket when temperatures where hovering just above 0 in my city. I was expecting this jacket to keep me plenty warm during freezing temperatures but I had no idea that it would keep me super warm - this jacket is hot! (not literally, but it will make you wish you had an air conditioner on the inside). I bought the Cyan color and I was afraid it would be too bright but I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't blinded by how blue it was when I opened the package.

There is noticeably more insulation around the pockets to keep your hands warm which I surely appreciate since I usually forget my gloves. There is even a small stash which you can pack the jacket down in for easy transport or packing.

The one downside (I didn't think it was too bad to make this a 4 star review instead of a 5 star review) is that the jacket's fabric is somewhat loud and crinkly. But this downside is easily overlooked and almost forgotten as you walk around town in deathly cold temperatures and everyone else is freezing.

The Eigerjoch jacket is my go-to jacket when it's very cold. It looks amazing and the fit is great too. The price is high but if you can justify the price then you can't go wrong.

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JeffJwrote a review of on January 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I was introduced to canyoneering 7 years ago, I bought a few of these Rocklock biners to use for our trip down Keyhole and Mystery Canyon in Zion. Fast forward to 2015, I have bought many more of these for our adventures. I use these for rappelling, belaying and even ascending. Just as in mentioned in the many reviews here, the Rocklock is a solid performer and the price makes these even better.

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JeffJwrote a review of on January 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let's be honest. I bought this jacket more for its looks than I did for its soft shell applications because man does it look good! That being said, it does shield you from cooler temperatures and light rain. I don't wear this on colder days because it isn't very thick and doesn't provide much insulation but that is why I usually bring another layer just in case. Overall, this is a very basic jacket and does the job well of keeping light rain/snow off of you while you stay warm.

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JeffJwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this ascender (both the left and right) after using the Petzl version for several years. The Petzl ascenders are nice but I like the Black Diamond ascenders just a little bit more because, just as is mentioned in other reviews here, you can use your index finger to open up the cam. Another great feature is that the handles are bigger - this helps a ton when I am wearing thicker gloves. Yes, there are a lot of moving parts on these puppies but I have never had a problem with anything jamming up. Overall I am very happy with my BD ascenders and I would fully recommend them!

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