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Jes Ford

Jes Ford

Salt Lake City, UT

Jes Ford's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing
Skiing
Yoga
Surfing
Running
Climbing
Paddling
Biking
Snowshoeing

Jes Ford's Bio

Alaskan snowboarder who has lived all over the western US and Canada, exploring mountains and shredding pow. Currently located in Salt Lake City.

Jes Ford

Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

This is Jes' husband, she got me these in matured blue. Nice deep blue with some fading that isn't extreme at all. These are pretty relaxed through the thigh so there is no restriction, without being noticeably baggy. Then down to a pretty normal lower leg. Soft denim and good enough stretch where they aren't restrictive at all but still feel like durable jeans rather than stretch pants.

However be aware that they size this model very big. I usually get 34's, and these are way bigger than any other pants I've tried in 34. The 33 was like a bigger 34, and I ended up with a 32. So regardless I'd go down an inch of your normal size, and if you normally get your pants to be comfortable at the waist and/or don't want these to be baggy, consider going down 2 inches.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is Jes' husband, she got me these in the stretch dry finish. This color is a raw denim, be aware of that, so they are very stiff when new. It took a week before they were not restrictive, and after another week they are quite comfortable and I don't think about it when wearing them. I imagine they will become very nice after much more wear and eventually washes. After some wear the stretch becomes more apparent.

They are a little big compared to the listed waist size, but I stayed with my normal sizing as they are tighter through the thigh and legs, even though I'd rather the waist be a bit smaller. If you have bigger legs then these are likely the slim fit style you want. Also since they are very stiff at the beginning, and I don't know if they will shrink much after the first wash, I didn't want to size down. Volcom does good detailing on their pants and these seem like they will last a long time.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the minimal frameless look, and the sweet stealth all-black Knight Rider color way that I bought. I'm not 100% sold on the need for changing your lenses to be this easy... the first time I wore them I accidentally flipped the lever with my hand and the lenses popped off on one side. But it hasn't happened again so far. I was nervous about the fact that the lenses don't really seem attached at all except for on the sides where the levers are, and was worried about snow spraying in through the cracks, but when they are on your face I don't think they can flex far enough for that to be an actual problem. I'm a female with a smaller face, and I think these are on the large side for me. They just barely fit with my helmet, but do give me a bit of a goggle-sag.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before getting this board I was riding an earlier men's Never Summer Proto Type 2. Its hard to find stiff poppy all around charging boards for women, with a twin shape. I ride switch a lot, so in order to get a board that fits my riding style, I often go with a guy's board, even though that means its a little too wide for my lady feet. I was so stoked that Never Summer started making a women's version of this board, and it has not let me down. It carves groomers, stomps jump landings, and pops onto jibs with confidence. If you like to charge everything on the mountain and ride switch, I highly recommend this board.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My husband and I recently decided that our backpacking air mattresses are just fine for backpacking, but for car camping we wanted to step it up a notch. And we did. This Exped Megamat Duo is pretty pricey, so we tried some other options first... all of them were comfortable, but didn't come close to the comfort of the Exped Megamat. We decided if we're getting a mat specifically for car camping, we might as well go all out. So we returned the others and went with this one. I honestly think this mat is more comfortable than most beds I've slept on. The little hand pump it comes with works great, and you only have to top it off with a little air after its been sitting out self-inflating for awhile. My only concern is not being able to get out of the tent in the morning.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I love Kavu, and wanted to love this shirt. The green colors are great, and I like the half-way button down. The shirt is very large and loose, which is OK, but more extreme than I expected. Unfortunately, I just washed it for the first time (following the instructions) and some of the stitching on the front pocket is already coming apart. Pretty bummed, but I've had great luck with everything else I've bought from Kavu.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are the best cut I have ever found for women's snowboard pants. I love them! I like my pants baggy. With the way women's pants are usually shaped, it means they basically end up being way too long and the dimensions are just off. The cut of the Volcom Iron Pants, with kinda a long crotch, makes them fit baggy, while not being too oversized. They are not very technical, but are perfect resort pants!

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm really picky about the shape and size of my helmets. I think different brands really vary in the overall eggheadedness they give you. But I'm determined to protect my noggin, so I tried a bunch of helmets before settling on this one. I really like the shape and look of it. Its not too round, and has very subtle "angles" which you can see from the shadows in the product image. It fits my head really well, and is fairly light (not as lightweight as some Smith helmets I tried, but pretty good). They work great with headphone inserts (I'm using the Smith Outdoor Tech Wired Audio Chips), and they have a little hole for the audio cord to easy plug in though without taking them apart. The only downside is that the venting isn't very customizable, so you can't adjust how much airflow you are getting.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you snowboard or cross-country ski you'll need these attachments for the World Cup Ski Vise. If you do both of those activities like me, then you are psyched that you only have to get one set of attachments for waxing both of those sets of equipment. They snap on to the vice in one direction for supporting the snowboard, then they snap on in the other direction to support along the length of the cross country skis. In that latter setting they kinda swivel a bit lengthwise to match the camber of the ski. Sweet!

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most bars are something you eat because they are easy to pack and take with you. But I mean, if you had the option, you'd probably go for a sandwich or something. Pro Bars are a whole different ball game. I'd eat these at home if I didn't feel judged. Never had a flavor I didn't like. Anything with PB or chocolate is obviously a good choice, but the fruity ones are excellent as well.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the Katana's. I'm a long time rocker of Rome Bindings, having had several of them in the past that would NEVER break. Seriously, bindings always break down eventually... right? I've gotten several hundred days on each of my last two pairs of Rome bindings, just waiting for something to snap, and they refused. I mean after all that riding they looked pretty haggard, but they still worked great. Anyway, I decided to step up and get some new bindings anyway, and settled on the Katanas. First impression: so lightweight! And fully customizable, which is key, so I can get the highbacks canted and rotated, and all my angles dialed. For my skinny ankles, they even have some pretty unique strap settings, so I can crank down on the ratchets all the way. They come with two different foot beds, and I'm trying out the angled footbeds to start. I've never rode angled footbeds, but initial impression is that they work great and probably relieve some stress on the knees. Highly recommend these bindings!

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This sweater has some great details, like the wooden buttons, drawcords, and the patterns on the back, sleeves, and on one side of the neck. I love the asymmetry of it. Its very soft and warm, but can be a little itchy, as others have mentioned. I wear a tank top or t-shirt underneath and its fine for me.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I get compliments on this sweater every time I wear it. It is simple, but also unique with the asymmetric cut. The neckline is just wide enough to be quite flattering, and the cotton fabric is really soft. I bought the Nocturnal Red, but then liked it so much I also bought the Winter Combo. The photos make it look like the two shades of the Winter Combo are strongly contrasting, but I think in person the differences are more subtle. This is my favorite every day sweater.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 20, 2018

4 5

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

I always have at least one pair of Vans slip-ons in my closet. I love the classic checkers, but this last time I went for solid black. Great simple easy shoes. Like most Vans they are comfy but not super supportive, so lately I've been sizing up and using some dr scholls inserts for my high arches.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on March 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The stretch really does make a difference, way more than I expected. The belt itself is super stretchy but your pants limit it so it really works perfect and makes your pants feel more like sweatpants. It's really nice to have a super light low profile buckle, it doesn't dig in ever. It's a little tricky to adjust the length in the buckle since the belt fabric is firmly through the buckle, but that's actually a good thing because you adjust it once and it never slips. There is no noticeable wear to the fabric or plastic buckle after several months use, this is a winner.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on February 26, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is Jes' husband, she got me this shirt in a medium which is my normal size. The material is very soft and lightweight, quite comfortable. However the fit is a bit strange for me. It is extremely wide in the shoulders and torso, but still a normal/athletic fit other than that. I would need my shoulders to each be about 1" wider for the cut to fit as it is meant, but it's not like I'm swimming in the shirt or the arms. It's just a bit...off. But still very comfortable material, and since it's meant to be a nice light athletic layer I'm keeping it. If you have wide shoulders then I guess it'd be 5 stars, but since I never really have this issue and this is strange that's why I really reduced it.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on February 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is what I need to clean up edges after I have smoothed them out with a diamond stone. I use it as a final step after cleaning edges. If you just want the least amount of tools to fix some problems/maintenance then I would recommend a small diamond stone over this, as it can be more aggressive, but the gummy stone is a great last stage of edge clean up. I wouldn't want to use it to take off a bad burr from a ding on its own, but that's not why I got it.

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Jes Fordwrote a review of on January 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's a very simple helmet and it's lightweight because of that, if it fits your head then it's perfect.

This is Jes' husband, she got me the Maze to replace my many seasons old Smith Vantage that is past its prime. The fact that I went from Smith's high end Vantage to the lower price bracket Maze and am extremely happy, shows how good this helmet is.

The Maze is super light. The internal elastic fitting is simple, it snaps into notches inside the helmet to adjust the size. Set it once and forget it. I did have issues the first day with the plastic/elastic parts rubbing the back of my neck, it was fine when I tried it at home but after hours on the hill it hurt. You can adjust the height of the internal sizing with snaps at the back of the helmet, it was kind of hidden but after snapping the setting up a notch it's now super comfortable. So definitely try some different adjustments until it fits very snugly, and this helmet becomes very unnoticeable on your head.

With minimal looking venting there's actually a lot of airflow. There are just cloth parts inside the helmet that you can fold out of the way, so it's not as easy as the Vantage to adjust airflow. The airflow is actually more than I expected, I haven't used this helmet on an extremely cold/windy day yet but in that situation I may actually try to cover the inside of the front vents with electrical tape to minimize air flow to my head. That is my only complaint, that the venting can't be blocked off fully and that the helmet needs to be taken off to fold the cloth over or away from the vents.

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