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Scott Jasper

Scott Jasper

Colorado and Wyoming (mostly)

Scott Jasper's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Scott Jasper's Bio

I live in Ames, Iowa and work as a mechanical engineer for Iowa State University.

I love alpine/sub-alpine backpacking and have packed in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, California, Utah, South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa. I've also just gotten into motorcycling and... compact backpacking gear is perfect for motorcycle touring!

I've posted a lot of 5 star gear reviews on backcountry.com. I keep a VERY detailed log of my gear -- every piece of gear/food/clothing has been weighed down to the tenth-of-an-ounce -- and I scrutinize the crap out of this stuff! If I give it 5 stars, I mean it.

Scott Jasper

Scott Jasperwrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been putting off getting proper rain pants for years. Last year, a Wind River Range adventure ended in several days of 32 deg rain and snow... effectively moving the rain pant issue front and center!

On a recent trip to Colorado's Weminuche and Rawah Wilderness areas, I used my Helium pants every day. On the first two days we dealt with rain, snow and SLOPPY trails. The waterproof Pertex Shield+ fabric was indeed waterproof. On clear nights, temps dipped into the 20's and the Heliums held back cold winds around camp.

I usually wear 34" waist with 32 to 33" inseam. My size large Helium pants fit me perfectly.

These pants have ankle zips. I wear size 11 La Spotiva Trango TRK boots and taking pants on/off over boots requires a little patience and persistence. No star deduction for the short zips because they help achieve a crazy low weight (5.9 oz on my scale).

Highly recommended.

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Scott Jasperwrote a review of on October 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Euro 44 / US 11

I'm just back from 40 miles of backpacking in Colorado's Weminuche and Rawah Wilderness areas. The Trango TRK GTX Boots performed flawlessly.

After searching for months to replace my full leather/GTX Merrill Perimeter boots, I finally settled on these La Sportivas. They were the perfect balance of seamless fit, weight and support. I was also intrigued by the boot's combination of GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort bootie combined with La Sportiva's patented TPU Thermo Tech coating. The former is purported (by GORE-TEX) to "combine durable waterproofness and optimized breathability... an ideal solution for the widest range of outdoor activities and changing weather conditions". La Sportiva claims that their TPU Thermo Tech coating on the uppers adds durability while reducing overall weight.

Before heading to the backcountry, I tested these boots on five, or so, humid, 95 deg x 3 mile walks around around Ada Hayden Lake in Ames, Iowa. My feet were warm (did I mention that it was humid and 95 deg F?) but the boots felt great and I my feet had no hot spots nor blisters.

In Colorado, the boots performed even better. On our first two days we had to contend with wet snow on top of saturated, horse-trodden trails (there was no avoiding mud and puddles). My feet stayed completely dry. On another day, the Trango TRK's light weight, support and comfort helped me overcome 6 miles and 2000' of elevation gain in less than 3 hours. My feet were never fatigued after long days on mixed rock/dirt trails and, again, I had no hot spots / blisters.

I'm looking forward to testing these boots on my next adventures. Highly recommended.

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Scott Jasperwrote a review of on March 15, 2015

Warm enough for a spring m'cycle ride!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

That's 5'-7" Katie in a size small Atom LT jacket. We rode my motorcycle to a walk around Ada Hayden Lake in Ames, Iowa and the Atom LT held back the morning's 26 deg wind chill temp. We both think the Atom LT is a great jacket (I've had mine for over 4 years). It's warm and lightweight and just feels great. With its athletic/trim cut, it looks great too. Highly recommended.

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Scott Jasperwrote a review of on March 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I finally bought my first pair of Darn Tough socks. I was tired of my many pairs of "the other brand" merino socks failing prematurely (and having their customer service people whine). These socks - so far - rock! Comfortable, breathable, fit great and look great (I bought the lime variety). In fact, they're so comfortable that, in one stretch, I wore one pair 5 days in a row!

And... on top of all this, these socks have the longest name out there!

Recommended.

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Scott Jasperwrote a review of on March 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I've purchased many pairs of these socks over the last three years and... they - are - the - bomb! In fact, I like 'em better than my many pairs of Smartwool socks (whaaa?!). My 18- and 21-year-old backpacking sons concur. They're comfortable, breathable and long-lasting. And the chocolate brown (former color) and grey color schemes go with most of what I wear.

What more can you want out of a sock?

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Scott Jasperposted an image about on February 8, 2015

Columbia Fieldmaster Battery

I recently went online to check battery specs for this watch and found nothing. I looked through the guide that came with the watch and only found the statement "Battery replacement must be performed by an authorized Columbia service center to retain a valid warranty".

I opened her up and found a Renata 377 button-type battery. Energizer, Eveready and Renata all use the number 377 for this battery. Other battery manufacturer's, like Maxell, Panasonic and Sony have an equivalent battery numbered SR626SW.

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Scott Jasperposted an image about on October 5, 2014

Granite Gear Air Zippsacks Rock!

Attached pic shows a few of my Air Zippsacks (NOT the Air Zippditty Stuffsacks) in Glacier National Park. I've long thought bc.com should carry the former and was pleasantly surprised that they now have the latter. I assume that Granite Gear created the Zippditty to round out the small end of their zippered stuffsack offerings. For example, the largest Zippditty here (146 cu in) is smaller than the smallest Zippsack (280 cu in) (orange zippered stuff in the pic).

I can't speak for Zippditty's, but GG's Air Zippsacks are the bomb! I've purchased about ten of these stuffs over the years - for myself and for others - and they really help keep my gear organized. The Cordura Sil-Nylon, used in both Zippditty and Zippsacks, is uber-lightweight and is slick (making it easy to slide in/out of my top-load pack). This fabric is also semi-translucent making it possible to identify contents.

Recommendation: Ask bc.com to add the GG Air Zippsacks to their site (I did)!

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Scott Jasperposted an image about on October 5, 2014

BD Ultra Distance Trekking Poles Rock!

On a recent trip 'round The North Circle loop in Glacier National Park (7 days x 60 miles), I used my BDULTP's 90% of the time. They were especially useful on ascents / descents / crossing mountain passes. In this pic we're taking a break on a 1500-foot ascent on the highline trail (just below the Continental Divide). Photo by Gary Munkvold.

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Scott Jasperwrote a review of on October 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a couple of years on the bench, my Precip hat made it back to first string. On a recent 8-day / 60-mile trip through Glacier National Park, the Precip barely left my head. Mostly, this hat shielded my eyes from 7+ days of bright skies. It also helped hold up the hood brim of my shell jacket during a morning rain.

The mesh liner helped me maintain a cool head in temps that were 15 deg above normal and the adjustable "hook and loop strap" tailored the fit so that it wouldn't blow off in GNP gusts.

Recommended.

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Scott Jasperwrote a review of on July 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Contrary to previous reviewer, I thought the size of the watch is fine (watch case O.D. = 1-3/4" / see pic). Larger watch faces seem to be the trend lately. The band is thin, but comfortable. The watch itself is very light - a plus for some but, for me, it's missing the "heft" of a quality watch. My only real complaint is that the crown pulls out a little too easily and I occasionally mis-adjust the time by accident.

Final analysis: This watch is a fashion watch, not a serious outdoors watch (and, thus, the Backcountry.com recommended use is "Casual"). A pretty good watch for the (on sale) price.

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