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John Martin

Salt Lake City

John Martin's Bio

Just moved to SLC after living in Asia for the last three years. Originally from south Florida, I enjoy being outdoors, especially now that I no longer live in the heat and humidity. Im a skateboarder first and climber second, though Im climbing more than I skate these days.

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John Martinwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

4 5

Took this on a recent backpacking trip to the grand and was very happy with it's performance. I hung this on my pack and even with some cloud coverage, it charged enough to put out some decent light. I never had a full day of good sun to give it the best charge, but if I was happy with what I got, I'd only be happier with more. These also pack flat and are easily hung. Im looking forward to taking them on longer trips

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John Martinwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

3 5

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

I was excited for how big this pillow was for how small it packed. However, after 3 nights of restless sleep, I decided to give up on it. I found that the design of the triangular compartments created too much of a dip in the middle of the pillow, causing my neck to crank back too far for back sleeping. It was a little better for side sleeping but even that and playing around with different air levels, I couldn't get comfortable.

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John Martinwrote a review of on August 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've never spent any money on sunglasses, always taking what was free or found. But after finally getting tired of the amount of light coming in from above and below my typical RayBan knock offs and having to remove my glasses so I could see where my nuts or cams were being placed in the shadows, I bit the bullet and paid for some decent glasses. It was well worth it. The photo chromatic feature is amazing: great for when on climbs where the sun dips behind a cloud for a bit or you climb into a shaded section and don't need to remove them to continue on. I was skeptical at first with the brown tint, thinking it wouldn't be dark enough, but that's only the case if you're looking right into the sun. Comes with a semi hard and soft case, along with a strap. I didn't give this 5 stars due to the ease the side shades come out. Mine came off during a climb but luckily I was able to retrieve it on the way down.

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John Martinwrote a review of on August 6, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these out of desperation since the pear shaped carabiners were out of stock. I had them on some shoulder slings for a bit and did no like it at all. When you need a quick clip, its difficult to quickly determine which way is up. They currently are holding my nuts which works out much better with the snag free keylock

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John Martinwrote a review of on July 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've been hearing and reading about sun hoodies for a while now and finally decided to try one out. This has been such an upgrade in my clothing in terms of dealing with sun protection and staying cool. After a long day on the wall, I feel far less drained from being baked by the sun and I stay just as cool as i do in a shirt. Definitely recommend.

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John Martinwrote a review of on April 9, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

Bought these for my other half, here are her thoughts
"Pros - love the fit of these pants and how they look on! I really like the blue color (although it is a little scrubs pants blue) as well as the functionality and design of the pocket. Lovvve the cinch bottom! I was expecting them to be lower rise and they were so, no surprises for me there (thanks to other reviewers!)
Cons - my only issue with these pants is that they aren't quite stretchy enough around the thighs. I can get some pretty high feet while climbing in them but I do have to pull them up a little manually to find the largest part of the leg. I really with Patagonia would have sewn a stretchier material in the thigh/crotch part. There is an extra piece there so I would be been amazing if they used a little more stretch for that part. Overall, really love these pants"

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John Martinwrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When you buy the size that fits you and not just what's available, theyare great. I had the singing chock glove before (i think that's what it was called) and they we're good except they increased my hand size too much. These gloves here feel closer to the size you'd get with tape. But being thinner, i wonder how long they will last.

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John Martinwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Bought these for a friend who came out for a ski trip, but had his airline lose his bags with all his gear. He said for the price, they were great. Did not have any fogging issues, were comfortable, and gave good contrast for the weekends conditions

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John Martinwrote a review of on February 5, 2019

5 5

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

Havent used it outside, but have used on my home anchors that i practice different setups and techniques. Moves very smoothly up the rope compared to my ropeman. Also like the catch that holds back the teeth for ease of lowering the device or using it as a pulley

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