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John Oscadal

John Oscadal

, Employee

Park City, UT

John Oscadal's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Hiking & Camping

John Oscadal's Bio

East coast transplant turned Park City local.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Great bib for the backcountry or the resort. Love the beacon pocket on the chest - no more need for the beacon strap/harness. Inside/outside leg vents ensure exceptional breathability on the way up. The lengthy zip on the left side makes getting these on/off easy and quick. With two front pockets, a thigh pocket, two chest pockets, and a back pocket, you have plenty of storage. The Cordura on the knees and bottoms of the pants increase the durability of the pant and prevent wear & tear. This is a shell pant so you will want to layer if you run cold or just for ease of comfort.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on January 23, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was exceptionally pleased with their performance after the first handful of uses. However, the more I use them, the less hyped on them I've become. They do great skinning up groomers and when breaking trail. Transition to a worked-in skin track with any loose snow on top of the track and you'll start to slip. Expected a whole lot more grip from a product with Grip in the name. Would most likely not purchase again.

Perfect for slick, steep skin tracks. Not so ideal for less steep, smooth skin tracks or skinning up the groomers at the resort. That said, if you buy the Grip skins, the expectation should be that they'll be quite grippy and not glide so much. The plastic tip didn't perfectly align with the skin itself, so the cut was slightly awkward, however, this has not negatively affected their performance. So far, very pleased with their performance and durability.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on January 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Don't be fooled, this is not an insulated base later good for chilly days at the resort. They are however fantastic for a day of touring (especially if you run warm on the way up). Great fit and cut, lightweight and breathable, and wick moisture well on the way up.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on January 23, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Comfortable, lightweight, with a solid range of motion for walking uphill. Realizing this is a full-on touring boot, I realize its' 120 flex will not be nearly as stiff as a traditional 120 flex, but I was hoping for a slightly stiffer shell. The boot itself is also a bit short in stature, but it has skied well in-bounds and out. The ability to cook the shell and the liner creates an impeccable fit. This boot does feature a narrow last, though it will expand when heated up. However, if you have a wider foot, this is probably not the boot for you.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on January 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased this saw prior to taking my Avy 2 course. Though I've only used it a handful of times so far, it has proven worthy of five stars. The measurement marks make it easy to cut 30x30 columns for compression tests. The teeth are sharp and sturdy, cutting through snow and ice with ease. I'm sure you could cut some kindling for a fire if necessary but probably wouldn't do so unless necessary. While the sheath seems a little on the cheap side, overall, you can't go wrong with this saw. Sturdy, reliable, and worth the investment.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on January 23, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Though I've only used them two or three times, so far I'm a fan. As one of the reviews mentioned below, the plastic tip doesn't necessarily align perfectly with the skin, so the cut may be slightly awkward, but that hasn't affected performance thus far. These did slip a bit on the steeper skin tracks where there was a bit of fresh snow over top, however, that aside, they did their job and got me uphill. For this reason, I might suggest the Universal, but this is still a great skin that'll have you gliding to the top of the track.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on November 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

A relatively new addition to the current stockpile of layering pieces, the Wolverine Cirque Insulated Vest has been a go-to for early morning tours and not-so-frigid days on the hill. Perfect for the ascent, it breathes well, wicks moisture so you're not dripping in sweat once you reach the top, and the hood is perfect for blocking the wind/elements. At 5'8" and roughly 165 lbs, the medium fits perfectly. Though I'd prefer another couple inches of length, it falls just below the belt line for a solid, not bulky fit. The material is lightweight, breathable, and dries quickly. A solid choice to say the least.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

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

Though I've yet to enjoy these on a deep day, they handled variable conditions with ease. Ripping around the resort, cruising groomers, and ungroomed terrain, they held their own no matter where they were taken. The 108 rolled edge to edge surprisingly well without issue. Armada created a quiver-killer with this ski. Worries of added weight on the skin up are not a concern, yet they're stiff enough to handle hard-charging descents. Excited to get many more days on these this season.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on November 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The title says it all. Easy to install and the side access is great for mid-ride sips. The ability to flip the holder to accommodate left or right-side access is great as well. Light and durable...thus far. Would highly recommend if you're looking for a simple, affordable, side-access water bottle cage for your bike.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 42

Tried Chacos and they just didn't fit right, so while these may not stand up to the elements like Chacos will, they are still comfortable, capable, and look great. I'm a 9.0/9.5 in Vans and I went with the 42 and they fit great. I've worn them in the desert, post rides, etc. and they've held up great.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Face it, there will always be a time that you need a Hawaiin shirt, but you don't have one. So do yourself a favor, pick one up, and be prepared. The fit is true to size, the print is perfect for any party scenario, and well, it's just plain awesome.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

4 5

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

Historically I opted for the air mattress to give myself a little more lift off the ground, however, after some cold nights at higher elevation, the air mattress kept deflating just enough to result in discomfort and back pain. Gave this a try and after the first couple nights, it exceeded my expectations. The ability to add a little more air is great and the foam topper provides great comfort. Might recommend the Mondoking 3D if you are looking for a thicker pad, but so far, this has done great. I went with the XL as I preferred a bit more width.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

4 5

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

Perfect for a weekend in the desert or a trip to the city. The separate, internal pocket is great for wet gear, dirty laundry, shoes, or whatever it is you want to keep separate from the rest of your clothes/gear. The internal zip pockets are great for toiletries, cables, and other small items. The stash pocket on the outside is also great for items you need to access quickly. Love the backpack straps, which allow you to treat this duffel as a pack, which is ideal when using this for travel. Only used once, and wasn't as stoked on the black marks all over the bag after a single flight, but they seemed to rub off fairly easily for the most part. Bought the 60L, but could easily get away with the 40L for shorter weekend trips. Prefer the 60L for camping or trips that require you to bring more gear.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on September 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Fits great, feels great, looks great. Perfect layering piece on cool mornings or a standalone shirt to wear to the office or around town. Personal preference - wash on cold and lay flat to dry to prevent the shirt from shrinking or stretching out. Also, this is definitely a 3/4 length sleeve, not a long sleeve. Purchased under that assumption and was wrong, but still a great shirt.

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John Oscadalwrote a review of on July 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The four-way stretch allows ease of movement and the laser cut holes mean excellent breathability on long uphill grinds. The pockets could be a bit deeper but fit your phone perfectly, and the zippers ensure it won't go anywhere. The quick-dry material means they won't soak up sweat on hot days and dry quickly when it gets a bit wet out there. The ratchet closure is a bit unnecessary, but I dig it no less. And the elastic waistband means no bunching and discomfort. Long and short...it's a great short.

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