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jblackhawk

Mammoth Lakes, CA

jblackhawk's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Climbing
Snowshoeing

jblackhawk's Bio

Snowboarding. The Mountains. Fresh snow. Preferably by helicopter.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on August 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is very versatile.

Extremely light weight and absolutely no structure. Takes a little getting used to but now I use it all the time. Mostly day hikes / day climbs. Love that there are external tool loops and that my water bladder fits into the compartment where the foam back support is.

I wouldn't load it up too heavy though. I've gotten it to a point where the weight wasn't ideal for the little amount of support it provides.

Folds right down into it's own top pocket so it's great to throw into a larger overnight pack for a summit day or day hike while out in the backcountry.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on August 15, 2015

Love these pants
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 130 lbs

I am a big fan of Nike workout gear and despite these being pricier than what I would normally wear to work out in, I knew I needed to have them. The color, pattern and fit are awesome.

They are super comfy and I can use them for hiking rather than going to the gym. Might be a nice base layer for my snowboard pants so they can come our for apres ski.

The fit is true to size for the brand.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on August 15, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 130 lbs

The minute I opened the box, I loved these boots. Super comfy and very stylish (because that also matters to me). The first couple of shorter hikes with a light or no pack were fine and no break in period needed.
Unfortunately, the more use they get and on longer, steeper, rocky terrain...they just are not the best choice at all. My feet are tired after 12 miles and there is just not enough support or cushioning for a duration like that. I couldn't imagine wearing them with a heavy pack. It's to the point that I just wear my Montrail Masochists for these longer day hikes instead to keep my feet happy. In addition, these have horrible grip on rocks and can't trust that my foot won't slip because it has many times, which puzzles me with the Vibram sole and all. If you happen to come across a snowfield on a hike that wouldn't require you wearing mountaineering boots, this has absolutely no grip whatsoever....like in a very scary way.

With that being said, for light day hikes and low mileage - these are nice. If you log more miles in variable terrain then I would just suggest getting a different pair that is geared more for that pursuit. Suffice it to say, I am shopping for a new hiking boot.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on March 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a pretty good addition to my sleep set. Sleep is a sore subject for me when camping but this little guy gave me just enough support and comfort to not even cross my mind. I guess if I slept well and didn't even think about the pillow then it did its job? Compresses decently down and is super light.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on March 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is excellent tasting. Natural flavor and none of that weird fake chemical icky taste. Have had this both hot and cold and really like it both ways. I think it was very helpful for rehydration and recovery from a recent multi-day high altitude alpine ascent. Will continue to use.

I even mixed some into my oatmeal today at home just to see. Might not be the best application but i felt like I had a lot more energy after eating it. Plus the flavor was a great addition. :)

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on March 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I love this jacket. It is so hot. Like in sharp looking. I have the black color.

This one has been used so much this season as both a mid-layer under shells for snowboarding, as an outer layer for warmer cross country skiing, out and about on the town.... It is a really classy looking yet highly functional jacket.

The fit is ideal, with longer sleeves and on the slim side. Polartech stretch on the side panels helps to regulate heat so you are not over-toasted. Thumb holes are perfect length so they aren't digging into your hand. Good amount of pockets and the collar is slightly higher than normal to help keep your neck warm. Seems to be withstanding heavy use so a high quality yet very good looking jacket.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on March 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is a solid piece to include in your wardrobe. So versatile, I wear it hiking when it's cooler out, as a mid-layer under a shell for winter activities, at home for coziness and on and on.
It does an excellent job of regulating body warmth and provides great wind resistance. I find that it does it's job as a great mid-layer and provides a lot of warmth when a down mid-layer is just too much yet it's not a super thick piece. I have worn this so many times and in all sorts of terrain and temps and the thing still looks brand new.

The fit is great, hits lower hip and the sleeves are long enough to keep me extra happy. I have the nighthawk color. Oh and the balaclava inset is awesome for when you want to be a ninja.

Definitely recommend this item.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on March 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 128 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I really love this hoody so much that I am contemplating getting a second one in another color but since I tend to wear black and grey, I don't have an alternative option. I wear this on hikes in summer before I start working up a sweat. I wear it to the gym. I wear it around town. It wicks moisture so well and despite it being lightweight, it provides a decent amount of warmth. Plus it's cozy and I really like that the sleeves and torso are on the longer side. I've used it a lot and it has held up perfectly. No wear, no fading. The material is stretchy but not clingy at all. Super flattering.

Docked a star because unfortunately the combo of the fabric type and it being black tend to pick up a lot of lint or pet hair. Not terrible but for someone quasi OCD like me, it can really be tormenting at times. The other colors probably won't have this problem.

I'd definitely recommend this!

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

Love it.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Slid around on wet snow all day practicing self arresting. Not a sign of wetness or abrasion on this jacket. It held up so well and all that I had to show for it was a pretty picture and a little dirt. Extremely light, a must to layer accordingly but provides excellent wind and water protection. The color is awesome as well.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

5 5

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

These were simple to pair with my La Sportiva Nepal boots. Snug, perfect match, easy to put on and super stable footing. Haven't tested them on super advanced terrain yet but can't wait. So far so good.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on December 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Recently received these and have worn them out a few times so far. The first day was a long one and these boots were so comfortable and at the end of the day I didn't have any hotspots or sore areas....literally no break in needed. Digging into snow and climbing slopes, no issue of cold feet or dampness. I find them super solid yet comfy. I sized up to allow for a second layer which also really helped to obliterate any toe smashing yet still a perfect fit in the heel. Practicing self arrests all day and frolicking around in crampons...my feet were in heaven. My shoulders, well that's another story.

Can't wait to keep testing them out.

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jblackhawkwrote a review of on November 9, 2014

5 5

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

Comparing this to a very old pair (5+ years) of Montrails that I loved, these are beyond comfortable. Technology caught up. Great fit in the heel and soft padding underfoot. No break in time needed for me at all, running around all day in these with no complaints. One thing is that as compared to the older model, I feel the tread is different and not as grippy on slicker surfaces. Not enough wet conditions for me to be 100% on that though. Really a great shoe.

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