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John Langer

John Langer

, Gearhead

The mountains are my home.

John Langer's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing
Running

John Langer's Bio

My first love is the outdoors. When I'm not at the Backcountry.com offices, I'm up hiking, skiing, camping fishing or climbing in the mountains. I may have been mistaken for a Sasquatch once or twice... Utah has been my basecamp for over a year now, and before that I resided in Bozeman, Montana (the last best place).

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John Langer

John Langerwrote a review of on July 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs

I purchased these several months ago and just completed my first marathon in them. The stability greatly reduced the frequency of IT band issues on long runs, and the tread/weight made them perfect for running on everything from packed gravel trails to pavement. I've put 179 miles on them according to Strava, and they are barely showing tread wear. I will definitely be replacing these with another pair when they eventually wear out.

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John Langerwrote a review of on March 25, 2019

Perfect Jacket For Windy Days
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 195 lbs

This is our go-to spring/early summer jacket - whether it's windy or lightly raining, this jacket provides amazing protection. The fit is perfect, and the material is the high quality you would expect for a jacket in this price point. UPF 30 sun protection was a must living in the southwest. I'm extremely happy with this purchase.

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John Langerwrote a review of on March 22, 2019

Worth It
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 195 lbs

After dealing with the shortcomings of our older stroller/carseat system, we decided to spring for the double jogging stroller - and believe me, it's a game changer. We've been using it for a few months now, and love the smoothness of the ride, how easily adjustable it is, and looking to the future - how versatile it is with a toddler and optional infant carseat bar attachment. PROS: smooth ride, fantastic warranty (not that we expect to need it), hand brake (makes a HUGE difference going downhill) and micro adjustment capability on the front wheel in lockout mode (no more pulling right or left). There was basically zero assembly required, and as with all expensive baby purchases, it gave me peace of mind to know that I should be able to easily resell this down the road when the kids outgrow it - Thule strollers and trailers hold their value well (another reason we chose this brand over other options)

One last thing to note is that the stroller is very large even when folded up. You can remove the wheels which helps a bit, but it takes up the entire back of our Forester. It's a great option for runs around town, especially those that may stray off pavement, but it's not ideal for travel. Overall, it's a fantastic stroller and very well engineered.

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John Langerwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 195 lbs

I was conflicted on whether or not I should buy this shoe after reading some of the reviews. It's definitely not the most comfy wide shoe ever - but it's meant for running, not casual wear, so it shouldn't fit like an over sized moccasin. After a month of running in it, I'm pleased with the performance. I had run in the standard speedcross in the past, and wanted to try a wide since that shoe fit way too tight on the sides of my foot. This shoe in a wide is much better, and I'll probably buy another when it eventually wears out.

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John Langerwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

5 5

I gave this to my dad as a gift. He's all about the classic wool blankets and was looking for something along these lines. The quality is exactly up to the level you'd expect from an established brand like Woolrich. The blanket is made in the USA, is super warm, and the perfect size for reading on the couch or taking a nap.

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John Langerwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

Lots of room to grow
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for my daughter - at this point mainly for sledding - and I was surprised at the amount of adjustment you can make in the headband. She's not even two yet, and they were able to be adjusted down to her size, yet will easily fit her when she's 5-6. Always nice to find a piece of kids' gear with some room to grow.

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John Langerwrote a review of on December 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been thrilled with these so far. They allow for dexterity and touch screen precision without sacrificing comfort and warmth on chilly days. They've proven very durable following some falls/stabilizing on unforgiving trails. Well worth the money!

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John Langerwrote a review of on November 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've never had a dedicated cold-weather running pant, but I've been extremely pleased with these. The fit is snug where you want it to be, with flexibility where you need it. There are two deep pockets (able to fit an iphone+ easily) and zippers at the bottom of the legs allow for an easy on/off.

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John Langerwrote a review of on November 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 2' 0"
Weight: 24 lbs

These boots are just fantastic. I'm extremely impressed with the materials and construction. They are insulated with 60G Thinsulate, have heavy cushioned insoles and are waterproof. - they look just like a miniature adult boot. From the tread to the velcro enclosure, you can tell every detail of this boot makes it worth the price. Definitely size up at least one size though - my daughter wears a size 5 in every other shoe and we needed a 6 in these boots.

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John Langerwrote a review of on November 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 2' 0"
Weight: 24 lbs

I've been disappointed with the quality of some $20+ beanies in the past, but this was not one of them. The material is very high end feeling, the beanie has some heft to it that makes it just *feel* warm, and it fits my daughter perfectly. There's plenty of stretch to this hat as well - it fits my toddler as well as it fits a 6 year old. If you're looking for one quality hat that will last many years, this is it.

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John Langerwrote a review of on November 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 2' 0"
Weight: 24 lbs

It can be tough to tell online which snowsuit will be the warmest for your little one - but I'm pretty sure this is it. It's heavily insulated without being too bulky. Kiddo is 14 months old going into fall so we got the size 18mo (12-18mo) hoping to at least get a full winter of use out of it (we definitely will). There's plenty of room to grow, and I wouldn't be surprised if she's able to wear this next fall too.

Other call-outs: the elastic loops at the feet are a lifesaver in keeping the legs from riding up out of her boots. The details and quality are well worth the price - I especially appreciate the reinforced knees and bottom, and the fact that the hood is removable. This is a very versatile piece of outerwear.

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John Langerwrote a review of on October 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 2' 0"
Weight: 24 lbs
Size Purchased: 12-18 mo

This hoodie might be one of the most well-constructed pieces of baby clothing I've come across. It fits my daughter perfectly, and the quality is outstanding. It's been through probably 30 washes now after several fall outdoor excursions - yet it still looks brand new.

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