Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50*
Home Page
Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmann

Jackson, WY

Josh Hirschmann's Passions

Yoga
Skiing
Hiking & Camping

Josh Hirschmann's Bio

Originally out of Vermont, I'm your typical east coast ski bum who headed west to chase better snow. I moved to Colorado to attend CU Boulder and after school I moved to my current home of Jackson Hole. While most of my gear expertise is in skiing I love camping, trail running and just about any outdoor activity with my Australian Cattle Dog, Shylah. I hope you find my posts informative, entertaining, and generally goatworthy!

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on September 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before you purchase these, consider what you're using them for. If a majority of your time will be spent on downhill riding without much pedaling, go for a burlier pad. If you're looking for a light, comfortable, minimal pad because you're spending most of your time pedaling it's going to be hard to beat these. I had the previous version (not a real sleeve, had a tightening strap ontop) and really liked them. I absolutely love these... there was no real break in period, I forget they're there when I'm riding. The protection is adequate, again this is the Air series, it's meant to be minimal. You want something burly look at the rest of the POC lineup.

I got the size Medium (I'm 6'3 and 185 lbs) and don't have issues with them sliding down. I do keep the top of the sleeve tucked underneath the bottom of my liners. If comfort is your goal the POC Air should be on a very short list of options to look at.

(2)

 

0 Comments

0 Answers

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on April 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 33

Just picked up a pair in a size 33 and have been using them for a few weeks now. I'm 6'3 180 lbs and normally wear a size 32 or 33.

They're very lightweight, comfortable and stylish shorts. Ideal for casual wear or going for a hike. The only reason I give them 4 stars instead of 5 if that the sizing is off, they are far too wide for a size 33. Honestly it doesn't make much of a difference as always wear a belt with them, just strange for Prana to miss the mark so widely on the size.

Overall still highly recommended for casual and active wear, just size down a bit!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on February 27, 2016

4 5

Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Have been using this jacket through the fall and winter and am happy with my purchase. Got a size Large at 6'3 180 lbs and its a good fit, wouldn't mind it being a little longer but that's true of everything that's not made in a Tall size for me (please MHW, start making tall sizing, pretty please). First off don't expect this to be a technical piece, it's water resistant... not water proof, wind resistant... not wind proof. It's not priced to be a technical piece. I got it as an around town, taking the dog out, doing work around the house jacket that I wouldn't have to worry much about damaging and for that it's darn near perfect. Here's my rundown...

Pros
1. Tough. Most of the time when people see me wearing this jacket they mistake it for a Carhartt, and it has a similar feel. I've worn it for the stereotypical task of cutting down tree's and chopping up firewood, carry logs under my shoulders for hours without any cuts or abrasions to the jacket. It has a pretty rugged construction to it.
2. Warm and comfortable. While it won't hold up for extended periods in true winter weather, it's the perfect piece for chilly fall and spring days. The fleece lining adds a nice comfort factor and has a great feel to it.
3. Style. Obviously this is 100% personal preference, but I really like the look of the jacket and get quite a few compliments on it. I went with the Golden Brown color and it matches the image you see online.

Cons
1. Drawstring. Maybe it's just a problem on mine, but the drawstring cord doesn't hold at all, period, not a bit. I'm a skinny guy and this is the most disappointing part of the jacket for me.
2. Underarm fabric. The fabric under the arms on the sleeves and body of the jacket is like a stretchy hoodie. It's meant to add mobility (maybe if the drawstring would hold in place this could be true) but I think it just takes away from the durability of the jacket. I'd much rather have the same nylon stretch canvas overlay that's on the rest of the jacket. If anything on this jacket is going to tear, it's going to be this side panel fabric.

Overall am I still happy with this jacket. I was looking for something that I could wear casually at a decent price point so I wouldn't worry about damaging more technical pieces. It's not perfect, thus the 4 star rating instead of 5, but if you're looking for a stylish and durable jacket to wear at temps around 30-50 degrees the Ruffner is a great option, especially at sale prices.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on February 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've been using this vest quite a lot through this fall and winter and am very happy with the purchase. At 6'3 and 180 lbs I went with the Medium, I normally go with Large on Mountain Hardware but when not worrying about sleeve length on my gangly arms Medium was the right choice for a slim fit (the only other MHW piece I have in Medium is the Ghost Whisper down jacket). I use it as both a technical layering piece while skiing and a stylish outer layer around town, here's a break down.

Pros
1. Weight to warmth ratio. At 10 oz this is an easily packable lightweight vest. It's not Ghost Whisperer light (which is 5 oz) but that's why it's $100 less expensive. The vest provides just the right amount of warmth, day's that are cold enough to want more insulation I just go with my Ghost Whisperer jacket.
2. Well organized. The hand warmer pockets are well placed with plenty of room, the chest pocket is a welcome addition that you won't find on the Ghost Whisperer vest, and internal drop pockets are also useful.
3. Stylish. I got the underbrush/shark color and love it. It's perfect to wear around town in the fall and spring.

Cons
1. Plume loss. This is the one and only reason I give the vest 4 instead of 5 stars. The down plume loss has not been severe, but I haven't been impressed either. I was hopeful that in exchange for the added weight the fabric would resist plumes sneaking their way out more than it has.

Overall I highly recommend this vest. The plume loss has not been severe enough to upset me, I just think it's the one area that could be improved upon. If you've got the cash and are looking for something strictly for lightweight layering go with the Ghost Whisperer. If you want a technically functional vest that is also stylish and practical around town the Dynotherm is what you're looking for.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on September 30, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First of a big thank you to Filson and Backcountry.com for selecting me to review this product for the benefit of our community! I'll keep my review honest and to the point, so here's a rundown on pros and cons.

Pros
1. BURLYYY! The material on this bag is thick and bombproof. I'm actually confident that if I have grandchildren someday I could pass this duffel onto them. It would take a serious amount of abuse to tear this bag, there are no zippers to worry about, the only part that I could see breaking would be the plastic buckles.
2. Style in simplicity. I really like the classic look of the bag. No frills about it, just a rugged, simple, clean looking product.

Cons

1. Not truly a dry bag. This bag will hold up to any amount of rain or splashing with no worries about keeping items inside safe and dry. However, I did test the possibility of a raft flip (my first thought on this bag was that it would be perfect for river trips) but when holding the bag down on a creek (not fully submerged but upside down with the roll closure securely closed) and it took on a serious amount of water quickly. All clothes inside were thoroughly soaked. It is completely splash proof, but you just can't fully seal the roll top closure.
2. No organization. While I do like simplicity, I do wish there was some kind of way to keep things separated. There is only the one main compartment, no side compartments of any kind inside to keep smaller items together. The shoulder strap is also barebones, no kind of padding for comfort if you're lugging anything heavy. Also the velcro strap that goes over the roll top is not adjustable for different load sizes, it would be great to be able to cinch that down ontop of the closure.

At the end of the day I really do appreciate how well constructed the material on this bag is. However, the roll top closure needs some work to actually consider this a dry bag, which is what I consider the real selling point for this product. If they could fix that issue and add some simple side compartments inside I would give it 5 stars.

(4)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

5 5

I am a huge fan of Ruffwear. From jackets, to packs, to toys they're gear is always durable and well thought out. I have a size small Cloud Chaser for my 45 lb Australian Cattle Dog and it's a perfect fit. We use this jacket skiing or at night camping when temps get low.

My favorite aspects of the this coat are the full body coverage, water/snow proof, and stretchy fabric for a dog on the move. I also have an overcoat that I occasionally put on ontop of the Cloud Chaser on colder ski days, but it's rare that I take her out when it's that cold. It's critical that the Cloud Chaser covers her belly, prevents snow ball from accumulating. Snow never clings to the jacket, it just slides right off and stays dry. She can run full out sprints without any hindrance. It's comfortable enough for her to sleep in when we're camping. Taking it on and off is easy, the zipper is sturdy and reliable. The interior has a soft fabric, and the leg loops work well. I also like the reflective trim to spot her easily at night.

Overall I don't have any complaints with this jacket. It keeps my pup warm and comfortable without slowing her down. Highly recommend this product and Ruffwear in general!

(1)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on August 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Coming in at $300 (or cheaper with promotional offers) the InReach is a must have for anyone who spends time in the backcountry. I use it predominately for skiing, but take it with me for any activity where I'm going to be out of service. While skiing I believe this is as critical a piece of equipment as my avy beacon... it is that important. Knowing that in the event of a crisis I can immediately contact SAR, with my location, and communicate back and forth regarding the severity of an injury and expected time of arrival no matter where I am is... well... a life saver. Fortunately I haven't had to use in a crisis yet, but I know of too many situations where this device could have saved a life. Bottom line, if your going into the backcountry with any kind of risk level (which is inherent in pretty much any backcountry situation) you should have an InReach with you IMOP.

Anyway, onto the features of the product
1. Durability. Thing is waterproof, feels pretty rugged so far which is critical. Excellent battery life.
2. Simplicity. SOS is a quick unlock and push of a button away. There's only a few buttons and screen navigation is very intuitive. Writing texts on the device is quicker and easier than I thought it would be. You can still text and send through your smart phone when it's paired to the InReach as well.
3. Earthmate App. Love it! Download highly detailed maps to your phone before your outing and pair it with the InReach to use it as a GPS (still always bring a physical map and compass with you just in case). I've done some bushwhacking between trails to find a small cabin and found the GPS to be spot on, maps are excellent quality.
4. Plan Options. I use the bare bones "Safety Plan" with an annual subscription that comes in at $12 a month. They have tiered plans where you can choose to use the Freedom rates and only pay monthly (at a slightly higher rate and with an annual fee of $25). The "Safety Plan" offers unlimited SOS (all I really need), 10 texts a month to other contacts, and you have to pay $.10 for tracking points. To see all plan options go to...
http://www.inreachdelorme.com/product-info/subscription-plans.php
5. SAFETY!! Did I already mention this? Let me bring it up again, this thing can save your life or the lives of your backcountry partners!!!

Comparisons
1. The only real competitor to InReach is the SPOT communicator. They both link you to GEOS bunker to be in contact with local SAR, both can send SOS and track your movements. SPOT lets you send a pre-programmed "I'm ok message". Overall the SPOT is a lot better than using nothing but your cell phone, but it falls well short of the InReach for several reasons. InReach shows you a confirmation that your SOS has been sent, with SPOT you can't be sure. With InReach you can communicate back and forth, provide details about your situation that could be critical to the rescue party, and you can hear back about the ETA of the rescue party. Never mind the useful GPS Earthmate app or other features of the InReach that the SPOT doesn't have, it's the devices ability to communicate details back and forth that makes it far superior to a SPOT.
2. The InReach Explorer. The Explorer has all the same features of the SE, but with the ability to use GPS on the device itself. However, you cannot load maps onto the device... your left with a white back screen and your set way points. When you can just pair it to your phone and use highly detailed maps showing trails and elevation I don't see any benefit to using the Explorer as a GPS. I recommend not wasting $80 on the upgrade, the SE has every safety feature you need and you can still use it as GPS with a smartphone.

Overall, what's my main conclusion about the InReach SE... you guessed it... SAFETY FIRST!! I cannot recommend this product enough. It is the best option available on the market today, it is reasonable priced, and you should probably stop thinking about it and buy it.

(2)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on August 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Picked up some of these Ultra Lights to complement the Light Hiker Micro Crews. Just like the Micro Crews, I can't say enough good things about these socks.

I use these for the gym, hiking, or just around town. They breath well, they wick moisture well, they don't carry stink with them. I love the ankle cutout, fits my foot perfectly (using size Large with size 12 shoe). They're very thin and lightweight, perfect for being active on a hot day.

Between these and my hiking Micro Crews I don't wear any other socks anymore. I just love Darn Tough too much. I'm planning to pick up some ski socks this winter and then my feet will likely never see another sock than the inside of Darn Tough Socks again.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on August 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Very few products on Backcountry.com see as much positive feedback as Darn Tough Socks, and that's because they deserve it. Stocked up on some at the start of the summer and it's become the only sock I wear.

They breath well. You can wear them for days without any thought towards the stink factor. They wick moisture and dry quickly. They have a lifetime warranty... think about that... socks with a lifetime warranty... they're that good. If god make a sock, it would be Darn Tough. Also, as a native Vermonter I appreciate that the socks are made in the 802, support US workers instead of overseas.

I have a size 12 shoe and the Large is perfect for me. I can't endorse these socks enough! Thank you Darn Tough!

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on August 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked this table up for car camping. Main reasons I chose it were the price point and adjustable height settings. I have not been disappointing with the purchase at all!

At 6'3 I have to hunch over most tables. The tall bar height setting on this table is such a relief for me and my favorite part of product. It's great to have the option to cook at the tall height, sit down at the dinner table height, or go low for coffee table style. Adjustment is quick and painless. Setup takes two minutes. It folds away and packs into its bag easily. The feet remain stable on uneven ground. It can hold as much weight as you would ever need it to and then some. The removable top makes cleaning an easy process.

I don't have one bad thing to say about the table. I think it's the perfect size, love the easy adjustment factor, comes at a great price point, and I'm confident it will hold up for years to come. Couldn't be happier with the purchase!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Josh Hirschmann

Josh Hirschmannwrote a review of on August 3, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs

First off big thanks to Arcade Belts. They originally sent me the Gaucho Belt to review, but I had issues with the pin falling off and promptly lost it, rendering the belt useless. After seeing my review of the belt Amanda at Arcade not only contacted me to get me a replacement belt, but also contacted their manufacturer to fix the actual program. Really fantastic customer service!! She sent me the Midnighter as a replacement, and I've been using it for about two months now.

The best part of this belt is the comfort factor. More so than any belt I've owned before you can get a secure fit that will still move with you while you're out being active. The stretch of the belt really makes it the most comfortable belt I've ever used. I like the plain black style of the Midnighter as well, can use it in a professional setting or casually around town.

Only have a few minor gripes that keep it from a five star rating. The belt does loosen over the course of the day, and while having the adjustment strap on the inside of the belt keeps a sleek look, it means you have to take the entire belt off to adjust it. Taking the belt off and on is a bit of a pain compared to a normal leather belt (always pass it through your belt loops with the end of the buckle that doesn't have the teeth on it first). Also, if you have a canine companion be aware the belt attracts hair easily.

Overall I'm quite happy with the Midnighter, and am really impressed with Arcade customer service. I recommend this belt those who are looking for comfort and an active fit as a priority in their belt purchase.

(1)

 

0 Comments