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Josh Repman

Josh Repman

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Josh Repman's Passions

Skiing
Climbing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Running

Josh Repman's Bio

Born in the Salt Lake Valley, Raised in the Uinta Mountains.
Live and let live, as long as its outdoors.

Josh Repman

Josh Repmanwrote a review of on September 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've had a handful of pack on my back over the last few years and out of what I've carried, the Kestrel's features surprised me the most. So much thought put into the little details, beyond the weight carry of the pack. More on that later. What impressed me the most is the accessibility of the hip belt pockets. Just with in reach when you need them, but out of the way while you're moving. There's plenty of space for snacks, chapstick, suncreen, pocket knives and even a Go Pro if you wanted.

Back to the way the pack carries the weight of your gear. I took this out for three days doing 21 miles in the desert and about 17 of which was river walking. No easy terrain to say the least. Overall had about 35-40 pounds, add water and you have a standard mix of lightweigh backpacking. After a few hours wading around to avoid boulders and deeper than desired pools of water we would take our breaks and to tell you the truth, after hearing everyone moan about their packs, I had gotten excited because I had no extraneous pains or aches. Anxious to cover ground and see the views, it was easy to put the pack on, get in the zone and cruise.

There's plenty of space internally for extra layers socks and underwear. Meals for four days, stove, cookset and a toiletry bag. The integrated raincover was enough to protect the bag in addition to the tent and camp chair I had attached to the outside.

All in all, very impressed with the bag. Only reason I can't give it five stars is because I don't own it and cannot speak on behalf of it's longevity. If I know Osprey though...No concern there.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on June 29, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've been through my fair share of your run of the mill poly blend hiking pants, and if you're a minimalist like me and don't like having any extra loose hanging fabrics while you're out romping through forest streams or hiking narrow slot canyons. The Abisko Trekking tights do such an awesome job in so many different situations that it's hard to say I have been more content with a pair of bottoms than these.

It's true, the sizing is fairly hard to get right, but if it works I highly recommend them. I generally wear a 31/32 in waist and the mediums fit tight. For me, it's not unreasonably so but can definitely see how it would be for others.

The quick drying nature of the fabric and the high breathability coupled with the key tech designs in the reinforced knees and seat make these tights a must for anyone who likes to shave weight and focuses on distance covered.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on June 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had this pad for about two weeks before I had to return it (gear closet checkout) but overall had some great initial impressions. Took it to a few of the local boulders for the first week and turned the area into a gym. It has good compression, so you're protected from higher falls. And the felt on the side makes for easy cleaning.

It's also really easy to travel with. The waist belt gives the weight a nice distribution, and the wrap around cover is convenient when toting your shoes, chalk, speaker and any number of items along the way.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

Is Your Mountain Ready
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The spirit of Saucer Boy has been revitalized by K2 and the Fatty's. Do you feel like you need to let loose and rip? Do you find yourself wishing to be rid of inhibition? Well you've got no choice once these are on your feet, you can't help but embrace the spirit.

On a serious note, these things are incredible. They hold their edge surprisingly well as long as the binding is adjusted appropriately. Edge to edge is quick for easy maneuverability and the 88 cm makes them fun to mess around on.

Also, they do not fit well in a ski rack and I wouldn't trust it.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on March 23, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Got these for my sister who has been snowboarding a few times and was never really confident being on the set up that she had. She said she instantly felt like she could trust them while she was engaging her turns.

They're responsive, and allow for a ton of control, while still being able to handle the demanding pursuits of the faster and steeper riders.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on March 23, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

This was something I picked out for my sister, who had only been snowboarding a handful of times but was looking for something that was non-restrictive and allowed for plenty of movement while she was clipping/unclipping from her bindings. After the first day, she was blown away by how well it protected against the snow and the wind, without any issue with over heating, or being too cold.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I was so stoked on this shirt I actually bought a second one. The embroidery is very well done, it takes a second for people to realize. The cotton/poly blend is super soft to the touch, and my favorite part is the extra length for those of us with longer torso's

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Smith Lowdown 2 have by far been the best pair of glasses that I've owned. They're lightweight but but to last. I've already dropped them a few times (I know, I know) and have not had any worry that they won't hold up.

I went with the deep ink color and am totally satisfied with the look, and the lens that it comes with. The red mirror Chromapop does an excellent job of defining the contrast in color, and the polarization reduces glare making it perfect for any scenario.

As far as the fit goes, because I know the Lowdown's come in an XL, I by no means have the largest head, but it's big and the frame, bridge and temple of the Lowdown 2 fit me perfect.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this helmet for a few days on the hill so far and I've been most impressed by the sound quality, the battery life, and it's ease of use.

Fortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to test out the SPIN technology, but it's comfortable and I'm confident it has me protected. Innovative product from a very reputable company.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Only got to use these once and am impressed to say the least, but what I like most about the poles is how easily you can get into the strap. While keeping a thumb out if you happen to take a spill, it won't get caught underneath you and cause any unwanted injuries.

Does a great job of warding off tree branches too.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I got these for my brother to use, but when it comes to functionality, the Nordwand pro's are the be all end all. Non-restrictive for any uphill travel, Gore-Tex Pro for ultimate durability and it comes with all the bells and whistles you could as for in a pant.

Definitely has the European sleek look, but it fits true to size,

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I haven't personally used this jacket, but I got it for my brother when we go out skiing. I chose this one, because I am absolutely impressed by this jacket. It's highly functional if you're looking for a breathable, non-restrictive jacket when you're touring, but tough enough to rip through resort trees.

Sizing is accommodating enough for a few layers underneath, I got my brother a large because that's what he wanted, but I think he would have been just fine in a medium, for a more tailored fit.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The main reason I bought these is because of how well constructed they are. Built to last, but as others have mentioned, for colder days, it would be better to get yourself into either the mittens or the three finger. I run hot, but my extremities tend to get cold easily, so when it starts to drop into single digits, my fingers do start to feel it on lifts.

Great all around glove in all other areas, sizing is spot on.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this for my brother on a ski day a few weeks ago. He mentioned that he really liked how well the helmet ventilated and how unobtrusive it felt while he was wearing it. Luckily we didn't have to test out it's true potential, but knowing Sweet Protection, as well as MIPS, it would have done it's job mitigating the impact.

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got to take this out once about a week ago in some pretty inclement weather. Knowing Gore-Tex, I was dry all day, while the jacket did a great job blocking the wind. Pockets, are easily accessible, and the hood fits great over a helmet.

Sizing is pretty spot on. I am 5'11" 170 lbs on a good day and I bought a medium. Has plenty of room inside the jacket for 1-2 good layers, and the upper portion of my bibs.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions
jrepman@backcountry.com
801-523-4066

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Josh Repmanwrote a review of on November 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had this bad boy for a while now and absolutely love it. Very lightweight and sits well around your legs/waist. Plenty of space on the gear loops for my twelve draws , two anchors, PAS, and my ATC.

Haven't taken a whipper on it (thankfully) so I can't speak on what that feels like, but knowing BD that is something they would not have overlooked.

Email meat jrepman@backcoutry.com
or call me at 80 523-406 for any further questions.

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