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Jonathan Drews

Boise, ID

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Biking
Hiking & Camping

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Year round bicycle commuter.

Jonathan Drews

Jonathan Drewswrote a review of on August 20, 2018

Outstanding gloves.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Hestra Army Leather gloves are very well made. As to the complaints about them not having enough insulation, that is true. Please bear in mind that the thicker the insulation, the less less flexibility you have in the fingers.
The solution is to buy thin glove liners. Glove liners will definitely add warmth without too much loss in prehensile ability.
I used these gloves, with glove liners, in 0 degree Fahrenheit weather while working 10 hour shifts. I was inspecting oil and gas drill pipe. The gloves allow sufficient dexterity to manipulate large calipers and tape measures. A picture of me coming inside on a -15 degree F day. I have taken off my Gore-Tex shell

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Jonathan Drewswrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great sleeping pad. These foam/pneumatic pads are better than a bed. I use my Thermarest pads as a replacement for a bed. Sounds crazy? Let me tell you a little story.
I used to live in Colorado, near the foothills of the Rocky mountains. One very cold January high winds blew the power lines down. I had no heat for 36 hours. My conventional mattress and box springs had no insulation to withstand the cold. My apartment temperature plunged to 50° F. I switched to Foam sleeping pads. I slept warmer and more comfortably than on some $600.00 "sleep system. I used a Thermarest trail lite with a Z-fold pad for years and it worked great. I decided to upgrade to this Thermarest pad.
Don't waste your money on an expensive conventional bed. Get one of these pads and save a ton of money.

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Jonathan Drewswrote a review of on October 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Patagonia base layer is very well made. The fabric is a good fine weave. The flatlocked seams do not grin. These fit true to size. While this product is more expensive than what you would get in Big Box sporting stores, it is much better made.

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Jonathan Drewswrote a review of on December 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I use this Essence shell just about everyday for my bicycle commute. I find it to be well made. It is sufficiently breathable that it doesn't hold in a lot of perspiration. It is way better than the Carhart coat I wore when doing strenuous cycling. The lining is a crepe fabric which does help to eliminate the clammy feel that can occour after perspiring profusely. It certainly is water tight. I am of the opinion that the layers you wear under your breathable shell have a big effect on moisture retention. I always wear a hydrophobic base layer and then a wool sweater. The final layer is the breathable membrane shell. My opinion, don't ever wear cotton as a layer. The Backcountry gear techs probably are more knoweledgable than me. I worked outdoors, in Wyoming winters (-10 Deg F) inspecting drill pipe. The combination that worked for me was breathable shell + wool sweater + under armour base layer.

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