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Jon

Jon

Boston

Jon's Passions

Snowboarding
Biking
Running
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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.

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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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Jonwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this after biking to work on warm/hot days. The small works well for me, but I keep my hair short (#2 buzzer) so you may need to size up. It dries quickly, doesn't stink after a couple uses, and packs down really small for the ride.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

40" chest, 32" waist

I wore this once on a test-run.

I love the fabric; super light, sheds a drizzle, and breathes really well. However, I'm not sold on some of the fit decisions. The chest and arms are great; trim but not tight. The sleeve length could be longer and I wish they used thumb holes instead of the Arcteryx-style wrist closures. I'm used to wearing light gloves, then using thumb holes or balling up my hands and pulling the sleeves down when it gets too cold, which I can't really do with this. I'm not a fan of the hem either. It's not long enough to cover my butt, so the stretchy part rides up and gives me this goofy-looking mushroom top. I'd really like to see this in a full-zip, with thumb holes, and a longer center back length.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a 1 year-old Aussie mix, and this is awesome for fetch. It's about the size and weight of a baseball, so you can really chuck it, and it has a little bit of whistle when thrown. The odd shape makes for some interesting bounces on hard surfaces, and it's large enough not to fit under the couch which I like.

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Jonwrote a review of on April 7, 2017

5 5

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

11.5 shoe, L

I got a pair of these for free from a trail race last year, and I loved them enough to buy two more pairs. They're super comfy, don't stink, and the 1/4 length is great for cycling and trail running.

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Jonwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs

It's light, reflective, keeps my ears warm, and the sweat out of my eyes. I wear a medium Giro road helmet and the fit on this is good, not great. There's a heavier-duty elastic band in the middle that pinches my ears unless I position it just right, which is annoying, but not a deal-breaker. If you're looking for a headband/helmet-liner, or if you have a big dome, the half-buff might be a better option (I have both).

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Jonwrote a review of on March 24, 2017

4 5

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

40" chest, 32" waist

I love the material; reasonably warm, and super comfortable. I like the cut in the sleeves, chest, and neck, but wish the waist was trimmer. I did get this on sale, so I took it to my tailor with all the money I saved. Not surprisingly, first thing she said was "That's a nice shirt."

I don't think I'd pay full price for regular fit, but if OR made one just like it in slim, I'd buy them all.

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Jonwrote a review of on March 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

I originally bought a pair of grey ones in a Toad&Co store last year, and liked them enough that I just got another pair in the honey brown. The fabric is wonderfully stretchy and soft, and looks a little cleaner than your standard jeans.

I usually wear a 33" waist, but found the 32" to be a better fit; doesn't require a belt, but not overly tight. I also normally wear a 30" inseam, but decided that was a touch too short, so I got the 32" and had a tailor take off an inch.

I have 24.5" quads, and these are perfect. I tried on some of their slim-fit pants, and they felt too restrictive. If you have muscular legs, regular fit is the way to go.

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Jonwrote a review of on March 15, 2017

4 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

My old rain shell bit the dust after a few years of heavy use, so I decided I wanted to upgrade a little. I needed something to check these boxes:
1. Trim enough to fit a button-down or light fleece and not much else.
2. Packable enough that I won't think twice about bringing it when I travel.
3. Durable enough not to get trashed by backpack straps.
4. Breathable enough that I won't feel like I'm in a sauna when bike commuting.

After searching around and getting a recommendation from Leta, I decided on the Axiom. It's trim enough to look good with just a t-shirt, but has enough room for my Atom LT if needed. It's packable enough to fit in a medium Eagle Creek cube with a base layer or my wife's rain coat without having to force it. I've used it 6 times and the durability seems to be fine. Based on the other reviews, I have nothing to worry about there. Breathability is activity dependent as always, but this jacket surprised me. I can wear it up to 50 while biking before I start sweating like crazy and actually felt chilly standing around at 60 when the wind was blowing, which is very similar to my running jacket which isn't waterproof and has lots of ventilation holes.

I know it would add some weight, but I'd still like to see pit zips for when I'm super active (bike commuting). The hem isn't tight enough for me to return it, but a little more room would be nice.

My biggest regret is that when I stopped to help someone change a flat, I casually laid my jacket on my bike, and got some grease on the hood. Totally goofed on that one..

Since I'm sure you'll read this Leta, how would you compare this to the Realm? I didn't know about it until I already bought this and put some grease on it.

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Jonwrote a review of on March 9, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

39.5-40" chest, S/M

I ordered the S/M and M/L in this, plus the M/L Salomon ADV Skin 5, and ended up keeping the S/M Duro which says a lot because hydration vests are Salomon's wheelhouse. If you don't want to watch the sizing video, 34-40 is S/M, and 39-45 is M/L. I'm right in the middle, but opted for the smaller size because a vest like this should be snug.

The Good:
I really like the overall design and materials. The squishy mesh inner doesn't chafe at all, and you could probably go shirtless. The pocket selection is solid and the compression straps on the back keep everything locked-down. I run with my dog, so I carry his leash in the big pocket, poop bags in one kangaroo pocket, and a 1/2 cup measuring cup for him to drink out of in the other, plus my phone, buff, and a gel in the front with room to spare. The main reasons I kept the Duro are the excellent bladder integration (easy removal/refilling) and the stiff plastic strips on the front for the straps. They provide the perfect amount of structure and prevent one side of the vest from being higher than the other. Seriously. So nice having everything lined up without having to think about it.

The Bad:
Fit is subjective, but I think Osprey could do a better job here. Only offering two sizes in a running vest seems crazy. Ultimate Direction has 3, Salomon has 4 in their Advanced line, and a whopping 5 in the S-lab. If Osprey added two more sizes, they could ditch the side compression, extend the rear kangaroo and front mesh pockets, and really dial in the fit. Check out the Salomon vest for what I mean.

Update: This is unusable for me in warm, humid environments. The heavy nylon is great for keeping a drizzle out or adding some extra core warmth, but it kills the breathability. I ended up soaking everything I was wearing on multiple occasions and had to switch to a waist belt because I couldn't afford blisters while training for a 50k.

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Jonwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

18.5" torso, S/M

I got a 34L M/L for Christmas, which is what I originally wanted. After using that for a couple weeks, it seemed too big, so I had a pack fitting done and ended up sizing down to the S/M. After two more weeks, I decided the 34L version was just too big, so here I am with the 26L.

I love the pocket selection, kickstand, and ventilated back-panel. The zippered side pocket is too small for my phone, but it holds a tube, hex set, and a couple levers just fine. I found the zippered tablet pocket holds my larger-than-normal pump without affecting the laptop at all. I keep my coffee inside the main compartment and use the stretchy pocket for keys and building pass.

I hate the stretchy load-lifters. Some people like them, but I found they bounce when going over bumps and amplify the side-to-side motion when pedaling off the saddle (think climbing a hill where your body naturally goes side-to-side a little). I also really wish they had a hip belt with pockets like most of their other technical packs. It would be a great spot for keys/building pass and wouldn't dig into my side like the current one. I may end up removing it because it's fairly uncomfortable.

I spent a couple weeks debating whether to pick up a Manta 28 because the suspension is so good, but ended up with the Radial because I carry a laptop everyday. I can't decide if I've made the right choice though...

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