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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

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 May 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I already take a Nalgene on most hikes, so this allows me to easily carry the dog bowl on walks/hikes where I don't want to bring a pack along. The bowl stays nicely suctioned to the bottom of the bottle and its narrow profile means less water is wasted and it's easier for the pup to drink out of than those big collapsible dog bowls (try drinking from a dinner plate instead of a cup... you'll see what I mean). It's also worth noting that the bowl stays cleaner attached to the bottle and free of dirt, and I never find myself halfway thru a hike realizing I left it at home - it's always right there on the bottle (My dog is thrilled that he no longer has to drink from the palm of my hand!)

These are also perfect to leave attached to a full Nalgene in the car for a backup/emergency puppy water supply.

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John Langerwrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used several different methods of making my dog more visible in the dark... reflective collars, headlamps, gas station clip lights... nothing compares to these. This is the brightest dog light out there. Period. All of my friends use these lights for their pups as well. Using different colors, we can easily identify which dog is getting into mischief at the edge of the campsite. With regular use you can expect to get about one season before the battery goes dead. Not too bad for the price. The batteries are replaceable, and are a fairly common watch-type I'm always able to find in my local grocery store.

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John Langerwrote a review of on March 8, 2017

5 5

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

Bought this as a "comfy weekend hoodie", and have been extremely pleased with it. The fit is nice, the materials are quality, and the sweatshirt is warm without feeling "heavy". Five stars all around.

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John Langerwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So everyone, including goal zero, is claiming this is only a 150 lumen light... but it just feels so much brighter. They've really dialed in the lens/amplification. No light goes to waste. For it's size (fits in the palm of my hand), weight and runtime, there's nothing that compares. In flashlight mode, the little ring up top snaps securely to the body, and in lantern mode, multiple LED's light up the sides in a downward facing arc. My only gripe is that the USB port is not better protected when it's in the "stowed" position. Not a big deal, but I can see it becoming an issue if I drop it in the desert dirt a few times. Since this is version 1.0, we'll let it slide...

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John Langerwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

5 5

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

After a few days of break-in time, I'm ready to report that these boots have so far lived up to my expectations. As my first pair of Tecnica's, I have a few size/fit notes: I have a high volume foot, and went with a roomy 102 last previously, which had me concerned these would be too tight in the wrong places. At a 99 last, the fit feels much more dialed than my old boots and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of adjustment these boots offer through the turn buckles. The only slight pressure point was near the top of my foot, and I was able to compensate for this by adjusting the 2nd buckle out a few turns. The flex was also a concern, as I've never been in a boot this "soft", however I think they are a great compromise between performance and comfort, especially as I go skiing into my 30's. These are exceedingly comfortable to walk in with the ski/walk mode, and are the quality you would expect for the price point. My only gripe is the heel and toe pads, which are already looking a bit chewed up after a few days of use... but to be fair, I did get stuck on the outskirts of the overflow lot twice last weekend, so these boots have seen above-average parking lot use.

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John Langerwrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

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

I've been using the Osprey Atmos 65 for several years now, but always found myself coming up short on space for certain 3-4 day trips that required extra room. Enter the Xenith 75: the perfect amount of space without sacrificing any comfort. The classic Osprey features are all there, but the organization and accessibility of this pack make it my new favorite. I may even retire the 65 and use this one exclusively!

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