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Jon

Jon

Boston

Jon's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Hiking & Camping

Jon's Bio

I'm an outdoor enthusiast with a software engineering problem. I love anything that let's me go fast or push my limits including biking, running, snowboarding, and soccer.

Jon

Jonwrote a review of on July 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

32" waist, medium

I wear a medium in these, and don't need to tighten the adjusters at all. I come from a road background, and prefer a trimmer fit. The pockets are great, the construction is excellent, and the fit is spot-on for me. I pair them with Pearl Izumi Liner Bibs for mountain biking, and basic compression shorts for my 5m commute to work.

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Jonwrote a review of on July 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

5'10" 40" chest, 32" waist, medium

I don't know who's designing Backcountry's new line of apparel, but they are crushing it. I have a pair of their Empire bike shorts, a Goat t-shirt, and two of these and couldn't be happier. The fit, fabric, and construction has been excellent on everything. My favorite jacket is an Immersion Bonded Wool that I've had since 2014, so I believe in their quality.

The medium in these reminds me of large Solomon t-shirts, or medium slim-fit Patagonia. This is hard to beat for 30$, and I'd definitely consider picking up more.

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Jonwrote a review of on May 11, 2019

Slick little pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Large Rocky Mountain Altitude, DPX2 shock

Fits well, and holds a small Lezyne alloy drive, CO2 + inflator, tubeless tackle kit, Topeak Hexus X multitool, Leatherman Freestyle, tire patches, spare link + valve core, and dog poop bags. I wasn't a huge fan of the straps, so I replaced them with 9" Voile Nano's. One of the interior pockets seems to be upside down so stuff slides out of it. Besides those two gripes, it's been great.

Definitely put some 3M protection under it, otherwise it will rub your frame.

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Jonwrote a review of on February 26, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs

Brannock device: 11

I have a pair of Dude Moc's and have tried other Sorel boots on in the store, but hadn't seen these in stock anywhere local so I took the chance and ordered an 11, 11.5 and 12. Unfortunately these were all way too small. Sorel's variability in sizing is truly astounding as an 11 in their Madson Moc Toe was too large. Their boots look great, but best of luck trying to figure out what size to buy.

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Jonwrote a review of on January 10, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs

I'm an 11 on a Brannock, with D width, and these were huge on me even with thick socks. I tried a 10.5, which ended up being way to small.

I really wished these fit my feet because they look great, the construction seems solid, and they're very lightweight.

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Jonwrote a review of on January 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Size: Large
I have an 8" finger length, with a 9" circumference. Hestra sizing puts me in a 10.

The sizing and construction are fantastic. My fingers just graze the ends without being squished and the thumb construction allows you to grab something firmly without jamming. The leather is supple, while the Pertex feels tough. I have no concerns about long-term durability on these.

I'm using these for bike commuting, and the warmth/dexterity combo is perfect. It's been in the 20's, and as long as I'm putting in a little effort, my hands stay warm, even with the wind. While they are on the bulky side, I still have enough dexterity to operate my Ultegra brifters, zippers, lights, and helmet clip.

The only reasons I'm not giving 5 stars are there are no leashes for snowboarding, and the membrane is in the liner, which means if you remove them, the shells won't be waterproof.

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Jonwrote a review of on January 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bike commute year-round and these have been perfect. Like John V. said below, they will fog up a little when you stop, but clear completely once you start moving. The lenses are easy to change, with well thought out color options. I'm using the AC Red right now for winter/fall commuting and the color is perfect. It's just enough to cut the glare in the morning, but lets enough light through that I can still wear them at dusk. The optical clarity is just as good as my Oakley's, for half the price.

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Jonwrote a review of on January 27, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

8" length, 9" wide, bought a 10

I've been struggling to find gloves I liked for a while, so I decided to throw money at the problem with Hestra. I wanted something reasonably warm, with good dexterity that I could use for biking to work, snowboarding, shoveling, etc. I tried on the regular heli in store and the fit was great, but I needed something actually waterproof. The pair I received were huge, easily an inch of extra room in the middle and ring fingers. I tried on a different size 10 in a store today, and they were too small in the thumb. At this price point, I expected more.

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Jonwrote a review of on December 12, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

9" circumference, 8" length, bought a large

I bought these for shoveling snow, walking the dog, running errands, or biking a few miles to work; a true winter work-horse. I thought the gore-tex membrane, moderate insulation (OR site says 266g/m2 back of hand plus fleece palm), short cuffs, and lower-profile design would be great. Unfortunately, they screwed up the most important aspect: fit. When I tried them on inside, they were fine, so I cut the tags and went on my way. However, after using them for a couple days, I realized the fingers were too short when gripping something; especially the thumb/pointer. It's most noticeable riding a bike because the bar pushes the fabric between the thumb and pointer back into the palm, but I get a similar feeling holding a ski pole or shovel.

I will say the pull-on loop is awesome and wish other companies had it. I'm keeping these only because I can't return them.

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Jonwrote a review of on December 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

40" chest, 32" waist

I bought this primarily as a cycling layer, but have used it casually a number of times as well. I bought this and the regular ferrosi, but ended up keeping this for a few reasons: trimmer fit, more durable fabric, and better chest pockets.

The fit is trim but not tight, and has enough room for an R1 or other similar fleeces. If you want to layer something heavier like a down puffy, sizing up might be smart. The fabric blocks a reasonable amount of wind, but nothing compared to a hardshell or windstopper. I wanted something super breathable because I do run hot, and I can always add another layer. It's been in the 30's and my go-to is this plus a 200wt wool shirt for the ride into work. My favorite part is the double chest pockets with the mesh backing. They're super helpful for venting when it warms up in the afternoon and really were the feature that made me keep this instead of the regular ferrosi.

Given the chance, I'd change two things: the hood and cuffs. I prefer an under-helmet hood for jackets like these because they don't catch nearly as much wind when they're down. I would also like simple non-velco cuffs like the regular version. Both those are minor details, so still an awesome jacket.

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Jonwrote a review of on December 3, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

40" chest, 32" waist

I wear a medium in almost everything Patagonia, including the notoriously trim R1, so I bought a medium in this without thinking about it. Unfortunately, it was way too tight in the chest and shoulders, so I returned that, then ordered a large. The large was way too big, and significantly longer than the medium, so back it goes.

The fabric wasn't anything special, but I did love the Big Sur Blue color.

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Jonwrote a review of on July 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Aussie Mix, 47 lbs, Small

I had a Front Range harness for 9 months or so before the chest strap started falling apart. The fit on that was so-so, while this is right on the money. He's got a more slender build than the typical aussie. If your dog is on the edge, you might find this fits better than the Front Range.

I love that the chest strap length is adjustable so you can give him a little more space behind the legs. There's no front clip, so this is better for dogs that don't pull a ton. The back handle is pretty convenient for picking him up over obstacles or when you need some extra control.

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Jonwrote a review of on June 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

40" chest, 32" waist

I bought this right before a 10-day trip to Italy, and I was super impressed with it. The fit is spot-on, it dries super fast, doesn't smell terrible after a couple wears, looks better than a t, and the vents on the back actually work to let the wind in. This is everything you need for a do-it-all shirt.

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Jonwrote a review of on June 29, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

40" chest, 32" waist

I tried a blue medium on at the local REI and liked it, but they didn't have my go-to red so I ordered from here per usual. Unfortunately the one that came was way too big; almost like a mislabeled large. I figured it was a mistake, so I ordered another along with a medium Summit Ferrosi. The second regular Ferrosi was better, but I preferred the Summit fit, so I ended up keeping that.

I think if the regular Ferrosi was a trim fit, I would have kept it because I loved the fabric, simple cuffs, and under-helmet hood. I've had good luck with OR in the past, so hopefully the sizing issue was a one-off.

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Jonwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

If you're between sizes, go down. I wear a 32/33 depending on brand, and the 32 is excellent. I have 24.5" quads, and these are trim, but not tight. Length-wise they hit just above my knee.

These are extremely comfortable with lots of stretch. I also have two pairs of Mission Ridge pants, so I'm clearly a big fan of this fabric.

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