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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsen

Employee

Park City,Wasatch, Slot Canyons,Trout Streams, Crags, Boulders

Jonathan Nielsen's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Jonathan Nielsen's Bio

I work for Backcountry...I know, I'm lucky

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on April 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I own many Patagonia t-shirts and the slim fit tees continue to be my favorite. The fit is fantastic and the organic cotton is the the correct weight, not too heavy nor too light. Get one before everyone on your street is wearing them and its too late.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on April 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really like this board short. The inseam hits about 1.5"-2" above the knee which is the perfect mix of stylishly short without making anyone around you too uncomfortable. The material is quite techy for a board short. It is coated which really beads water which leads to incredibly fast drying. More so than traditional nylon shorts in my experience.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought this as a gift for my brother who is not super outdoorsy, but wanted a simple piece to keep him warm that is low profile and practical. This fits the bill. It is low profile for a down vest, not to puffy while still warm, and fits really well. He likes his items fit very trim and a Medium on him (see sizing below) was really trim in the torso and still fit. He is very tall and very skinny with large shoulders.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

ThirtyTwo ultralights are my absolute favorite Snowboard boots. I believe they are the best combination of low weight, reasonable volume and stiffness on the market. Of those three dimensions, I prioritize weight. Once I began riding lighter boots (always ThirtyTwo Ultralights) seven years ago I have been unable to go back to anything else and my first pair lasted five seasons. I like this newer model better for a few reasons. They are far easier to put on and pull off than the former model. This is the result of a more responsive inner lining system that creates more entry space and cinches down even hard than the previous version so you can really crank up the ankle and shin support. Second, I mostly like the speed lacing system. It is super easy to use and very convenient overall; however, It doesn't quite get as tight as the traditional BOA system. This is slightly less relevant because the inner liner can be snugged up so tightly, but it is a little disappointing. If you are looking for a light, stiff boot look no further.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on March 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I highly recommend compression in general to decrease muscle fatigue during performance and as an aid to recovery. I typically use these tights when skiing and snowboard and they make a marked difference. This is the thermal version which as a very, very thin fleece lining. On all but the warmest Spring days, I wear these and throw a lightweight merino layer on top or I would be cold (and I typically run warm). I have worn just these tights as a baselayer on really warm days in and backcountry situations. They are tights so the fit is very snug by design.

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Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a big fan of Smith Vantage helmets and this is my second one. Smith helmets fit me perfectly and are highly functional without an features that don't make sense. The venting system is fantastic for warmer days with two separate setting to allow you to appropriately regulate heat. Further, the venting switch is easy to use with the helmet on and easy to use with your gloves on making adjustments a snap. I typically use Smith googles which pair perfectly from a fit perspective with all Smith helmets. There is no forehead gap between the top of your googles and the top of the helmet. Finally, the adjustment system is simple and easy to use allowing you to really dial in the fit tighter or looser. When thinking about a helmet think about the value of your brain. I finally retired my old helmet after three years to ensure I was adequately protected and to upgrade to the MIPs technology which better uses rotational protection to ensure your head stays in one piece during falls

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently purchased the Arc'Teryx Fission Gore Tex glove as I was looking for something a bit lighter than the Marmot Guide Glove I had been using for the past four years. So far, this glove has delivered as expected. Most importantly, this glove has been completely waterproof which for me is the most important aspect of any glove, especially a Gore-Tex glove at this price point. I have used this glove for an entire season, many times in backcountry situations whether high dexterity and breathability are . The construction is lighter than my previous Marmot gloves (which were also Gore-Tex) and I believe the design to be superior. Specifically, having only elastic around the wrists eliminates and extra strap and declutters the overall system. Also, the forearm cinch straps and the removeable wrist leash allow you to have bulk and straps that can get caught on bindings or trees hanging off of your arms. The soft shell face is fantastic and the leather palms provide superior grip. I would highly recommend these gloves.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is my second Patagonia synthetic insulation vest. I recently lost, much to my dismay, my beloved ten year old micro puff (discontinued style) vest. My Patagonia vest was the single most used piece of outerwear in my wadrobe. I wore it to work in San Francisco, on countless fly fishing trips all over the west and snowboarding trips. Despite my emotional connection to my old vest the nano puff version is better in my opinion. Namely, it has a trimmer fit and overall lower profile. Anecdotally, it has a bit less insulation than my old vest which makes it even more versatile as a mid layer for those warmer winter days when my Arc Teryx Atom LT is too much and it makes it more practical for fly fishing on summer mornings that end up heating way and result in the vest being stashed in a pack at 11AM. For Patagonia, the fit here is trim which I also like and differs from some of their more boxy generous cut jackets (I see you down sweater and I still don't like your fit). Overall, I couldn't recommend this piece more highly.

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Jonathan Nielsen

Jonathan Nielsenwrote a review of on February 18, 2017

5 5

We always have Nikwax on hand to keep our gear in good shape. It is great for kid gear that needs to be washed often and helps keep it water repellent. Worth having around to care for your gear instead of ruining the quality with standard detergents.

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