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Justin H.

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Justin H.'s Passions

Biking
Climbing
Snowshoeing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Fly Fishing
Surfing

Justin H.'s Bio

Formerly a park ratting snowboarder, currently evolving into a backcountry pow hunter. Also plays hockey 3 times a week.

Avid backpacker/climber/surfer in the powder off-season. Dabbles in MTB and other various sports.

Justin H.

Justin H.wrote a review of on February 13, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I don't understand how a jacket so thin can insulate so well.

I picked up one of these to replace an aging/stained Patagonia Nano Air and am more than satisfied.

Similar fit, slightly more weight (but less bulk, it's not as "airy" as the nano), and it's waterproof all the same! DWR seems a bit better than the nano. I spilled coffee all over myself and none of it absorbed (cept for into the carpet, oops). It's not goretex, but plenty enough to get the job done if you forget your rain shell on a drizzly day.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on April 6, 2019

4 5

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

Boot runs just a tad large, I'm normally a 9 in ALL brands but I have a quarter-size of play in these which might become an issue down the line. I would suggest dropping that extra half size so you end up with a perfect break-in.

The ergo fit is amazing, super comfy right out the box. These boots are surprisingly stiff for a mid-flex due to how solid the tongue is. And it's so nice to be back on traditional laces. Just say no to BOA!!

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Justin H.wrote a review of on March 4, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Apparently a magnet or something fell out of the tool after 2 days of use - not the first time I've seen this particular Dakine tool fail. Bits don't stay in place anymore which makes any sort of work a PITA. Waste of money.

I'm going to just buy a proper ratcheting driver from HomeDepot instead.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on February 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Not as thick as I would have initially expected for a down jacket, but the trade-off is it breathes really well as a mid-layer. With a proper shell over this, toastiest I've ever been on the slopes short of wearing a 700-fill down. Durable enough, but not sure if I'd feel comfortable brushing up on tree branches or anything.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on September 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used my buddy's 6L bag enough times over the past few years so I ponied up and got the 10L for myself.

I have the katadyn vario dual as well, but when you're cramping up who wants to squat and hand pump water for 10 minutes. The bag also weighs less than the hand pump.

Toss the whole bag in, sling it over your shoulder, and hang it up near your tent. Life is easier that way.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on June 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I wouldn't call this fit "regular" - it's definitely leaning towards an athletic cut. It's a bit difficult to put your sleeves on if you have a long-sleeve on underneath. Sleeve length is perfect- doesn't feel short and comes up just past my wrist and almost to the base of my thumb. If you're used to OR's tighter fit, you'll know what to expect.

But that's exactly what I was looking for. It's not loose so I can use it as a mid-layer in the winter, but also serves as a decent layer to walk around on cool evenings. YKK zippers so you won't be fumbling and getting stuck all the time.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on June 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty comfy so far. Not expecting too much break-in. Went with a Sz10 as I couldn't get my foot into a 9.5 - I normally wear 9.5-10 for street shoes, sz9 for snowboard boots.

Feels similar to the Kronos (sz9.5) since it's not an aggressive downturn, but the edging feels way better for me than the Kronos, especially on the inside of the foot. I have Shamans in a similar sz10, but the Supra doesn't cramp my feet at all. I can probably wear these for 1-2 hours and have minimal fatigue, where I have to take my Shamans off between climbs.

As with all evolv shoes for my particular foot, my heel doesn't seem to fill out on the sides (I have better luck with 5.10s for my heels). But otherwise this shoe is fantastic and exactly what I expected/wanted in a versatile yet comfortable bouldering shoe.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

Been wearing this both indoor/outdoor climbing, and sometimes at work (so I don't have to change for the gym later).

The fit is just perfect for when my quads swell up over the course of a snow season, and the pants are warm enough to wear on a cool day. They're holding up decently despite rolling around in dirt and sliding on sharp rocks on the weekends. Think I might buy a few more pairs now that I think of it. These are seemingly WAY more durable than anything I've gotten from Prana. Bit stiff on the comfort side, but they make up for it in durability.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got two pairs of Bravos for my girl. SPY screwed me over and sent me the wrong lens color despite my order showing happy green spectra and wouldn't send me the right lens color - so I ended up buying a 2nd pair off steep&cheap recently.

These fit both of us well, but I also have two pairs of Dooms since my face is a bit bigger. She's small, 5'1, so the Bravos fit her face really well. (Both of us wear various helmets as well).

I absolutely LOVE the lock steady system. This is coming from someone who has 10+ pairs of goggles of various brands. Being able to hotswap my lens when the weather changes or if I faceplant, is really convenient.

Not sure if I buy into the happy lens thing, but these are a solid upgrade from the old Spy Soldiers.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

1 year later this thing is still in great condition. Just punch it a few times to get the dirt off.

The "couch" feature is amazing - space for two! I can fit 3 in the trunk of my forester, and still cram some stuff on the sides.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

I've had my pair for about a year now, climbing indoors 2-3 times per week, with weekends outdoors. Only had to resole once so far due to my toes wearing out. The velcro still sticks for the most part, as long as I fasten it right the first time it usually won't come off. I've been wearing these the most out of my 3 evolv shoes due to the balance of comfort & performance (laced luchs and shamans are my others).

They didn't stretch much at all, maybe 1/4-1/8 a size. I bought a 9.5 off steep&cheap - my street shoe is also a 9.5 in Adidas/Puma (I can wear 9s but they cramp my toes).

This fit true to street size for me, they're a tad tight, but I can wear them in the gym and only have to take them off for short breaks every hour or so. I could fit in 9s, but wouldn't be able to wear them for more than 10 minutes at a time.

The heel doesn't work so well for me as it digs into my Achilles when I try, but the smearing ability of this shoe is pretty good.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on July 6, 2017

Bombproof but not for long torsos.
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Two snow seasons later.

This jacket was my primary shell in winter of 2016, time spent mostly in Mammoth and Hokkaido. It's a little thick for a tech shell, but that's where it excels. VERY stormproof. Great pockets, but it fell short (literally)due to the 29.5 center back length. It's not a good shell for riding powder - it fits more like a street jacket. I'm off the rack medium - most everything fits me perfectly. This jacket is just too short for my preferences. Even with the pow skirt, if you take a bad tumble, you're getting snow down your pants unless you have a bib on.

The sleeves are a tad long, but that makes it nice on cold days when I don't have gloves on (comes right up to the base of my thumb).

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Justin H.wrote a review of on June 5, 2017

Functional Softie
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have a closet full of soft shells. This one is probably on my top 3 list due to the fit and functionality. It runs a bit light on features, but that's why it excels. Only thing missing is an internal cell phone pocket.

Packs light and great for travel, a great outer shell for those mild winter days, and you can still use it in the spring as a standalone jacket.

The fit is really where this jacket is amazing. Not too baggy, but you can fit a hoodie underneath. I traveled through Tokyo/Hokkaido this winter in both frigid rain and snow, and this was my go-to shell when I wasn't on the slopes. Back in California, this thing was a decent shell on those 40'F snow days, but I wouldn't recommend using this on a cold powder day.

Update: 1+ years later it's still in oddly good shape considering how many times i've washed it.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on October 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oversized is nice, but make sure it fits your face. These are actually just a smidge too big for my (asian) face, but I love them nonetheless.

I literally have at least 10 pairs of goggles, mostly high-end Oakleys or Anons. I wore Spy Soldiers for a while, have a pair of Marshalls, but the Dooms blew me away. I can faceplant and swap my lens in no-time flat, with only 1 hand.

Fits super flush with my POC Receptor Bug helmet, as well as my older RED trace.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on October 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The top 'ring' is built with velcro, so you can twist/adjust the top as you please to be twist shut, open just enough to squeeze your hand in, or wide open bucket-status.

I don't have huge hands - usually medium in snow gloves - and this bag is just right for me. Love it. I'd give it 5 stars if it had a pocket/pouch.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on September 30, 2016

3 5

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

Been wearing RED/ANON helmets for 10+ years.

This is the first time a medium didn't fit me. Ended up giving it to my friend though and it fit her just fine.

I'm usually a 58-59cm fit which puts me on the fence for a lot of sizes (large in Bern, Med in Anon).

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Justin H.wrote a review of on September 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I wouldn't wear this riding. Fits like a street jacket, which is what I was looking for - the center-back length is NOT ideal if you are riding powder. I would NOT recommend this as an active jacket as they are attempting to advertise, unless you size up a full size, and even then it's not ideal due to other issues.

Doesn't breathe that well. When I got slightly damp from a light drizzle, my friends were telling me the jacket smells funny (I couldn't sniff it, maybe it's just me).

Otherwise it's nice and cozy for a night around town.

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Justin H.wrote a review of on September 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs

One of the better balaclavas I've worn. Material is great on powder days, although if you're riding some champagne, you still might choke through the airhole! (who's complaining about that though)

Used it one full season - only gripe is the bit on your nose tends to furl down if you don't pin it with your goggles, which isn't ideal.

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