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John S.

John S.

ADK's, Green's, White's, Rockies

John S.'s Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing
Skiing

John S.'s Bio

I live in the city and work in an office but I should live out west and work at a ski shop.

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John S.wrote a review of on March 20, 2017

5 5

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

Got them before this ski season and have used them about 30 ski days so far. Have found them to be of typical Arcteryx quality and features. Articulated knees, side vents, adjustable waist, waterproof zippers, reinforced ankles.

They are not insulted in the truest sense, ie no primaloft or thinisulate, but have a thin fleece lining on the inside. Paired with a pair of smartwool tights, these we were warm down to 15* and biting wind.

I'd say they run a touch large but I'd assume that's because they are an outer layer and designed to be so. But not as baggy as some TNF Freedom or Patagonia Snowbowl imho

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John S.wrote a question about on March 20, 2017

This is not a question but hopefully some useful information. These boots went on sale everywhere over the last few weeks (including KUIU's hunting friendly version), and it's because Scarpa had a bit of a redesign come to market for these boots. See the links below. FWIW, i tried on the 42 (size 9) in the old version and the new version, and i found the old version to be a little bigger than the newer one. Looks like BC is still showing the old picture - you'll notice on the newer boots some subtle color changes, as well as the lacing system both by the toes and the one across the ankle.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/news.php?id=8602

https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=8703

https://outdoorsmagic.com/news/scarpas-charmoz-boot/

Hope the info is helpful...

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John S.wrote a review of on March 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

for $9, grab yourself a few of these and you won't regret it. Used them for the first time and will use them every time i go skiing from now on. From everything to strapping your skis and poles together for traveling, to strapping them to your pack (BCA Float 8), to storing your skis and poles overnight, to ice axes and everything else, these are priceless. Super durable and wicked easy to use. BD basically makes the same thing in orange

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John S.wrote a review of on March 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

easier turn radius than the 105 would suggest. easy to control both on piste and off. skied them in a variety of conditions. would not use them on after a northeast ice storm, but for generally everything else these would be a good choice. they'd be best in fresh snow obviously but would still work just fine in packed pow or other.

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John S.wrote a review of on March 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got it as a gift and immediately took it on an 8 day ski trip.

Pros: BIG- you can fit everything in here, including ski boots, all your clothes, helmet (I fit 2), avy gear (even an avy backpack if you pack right), all your other misc stuff...everything and the kitchen sink. Boots go under the top portion in the boot-designed pocket, insulate from damage by putting a fleece or something in the outer pocket directly on top of the boot pocket (outside of the bag)
-wheels are super quiet and super smooth (and replaceable). very easy to roll around
-plenty of pockets for organizing your gear however you want (if you dont want to pack your ski boots as mentioned above). would work equally well for any gear heavy trip that's not skiing
-may be ancillary but easy to spot at the airport as opposed to every other black bag (if you get a pattern)

Cons- heavy. The bag itself weighs 11lbs. Add a pair of ski boots and your basic gear and you can get to 25lbs very easily. Also bc its so big, its easy to overpack. So be conscious so u dont get dinged on overweight fees

Would definitely suggest this bag for anybody looking to consolidate all their luggage into one checked bag, anybody looking to ditch a boot bag, and any other gear intensive expedition. Will be using for fly fishing as the weather turns

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John S.wrote a review of on March 20, 2017

5 5

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

Was skeptical on the warmth given how thin these are, but they are plenty warm down to 15* with a pair of snowpants on top. Skied 12 days straight (with 1 wash in between) with the Arcteryx stingray pants on top (no insulation) and was more than warm. Very comfortable against the skin, and perhaps most importantly they don't stink up after days of sweating. For a week long ski trip (or similar) this is the only baselayer you need. Fabric feels identical to the NTS shirts.

Would just add, don't put them on high heat in the dryer, air dry or dry on low in the machine.

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John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

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

Great jacket for the hunting quiver. solid construction, warm, water repellent (tho it is not a rain jacket), quiet zippers, real-tree AP, fleece lined, and a decent price point compared to sitka, first lite, etc. with a few layers, you're pretty much good for anything mother nature throws at u. wore it with an under armour compression shirt and was warm in 30 degrees, snow, and 40mph gusts. tailored fit, not boxy

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John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the standard/right of passage for any hunter or fisherman. hadn't used mine in a while and was reminded of how great and simple this knife is. dressed 2 deer and a coyote without the need to sharpen. use it for camp chores, cleaning game, cooking, and anything in between. surprised there was no reviews about this knife...it will outlive you.

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John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I usually use the pocket rocket and the microdualist system, but for flat out boiling water/freeze dried meals, this system cannot be beat. Everything fits perfectly so there is little risk of the pot tipping over, it's got a neoprene insulation around it, and it's wicked fast. Lived off it for 5 days, used it for MH and BP meals and boiling water. Not the lightest system on the market but worth the extra weight if ur not hauling it for too long

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John S.wrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before the Rambler was produced, i wrote a review saying the Stanley was the best thermos out there. This thing puts the Stanley to shame. The downside is that it's a little big and heavy, but that's the tradeoff with having bomber insulation. Case in point: i boiled water at 5am. At 3pm, it was still too hot to drink. This was in temps ranging from 30-60 thruout the day. It's expensive and Yeti never goes on sale, but if u can bite the bullet, you will not do any better than this. Hunting, fishing, skiing, u name it, this will work

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A great alternative if you don't want to drop the $ on the simms guide boots. These boots are comfortable, have decent traction (add studs), good ankle support, have a good fit, and a solid rand to protect your feet. I bought the guide boots for myself so I am a little biased, but i got these as a gift and after giving them a try I would recommend these to anyone looking for good boots at a good price.

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

as other reviewers have said (and the Simms site also) the spring on this is useless. This is an odd one for Simms, who usually makes quality gear (and that comes along w their prices). At the end of the day, $30 for a nipper is already outrageous, even for Simms especially since they just copied Abel's design. And $30 for a nipper than doesn't work is flat out unacceptable. A rare miss for simms. Save ur $ and get Dr Slick

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack looks relatively small in person, but once you start filling it you realize how much gear this can hold (it had that Patagonia Black Hole-type feeling the first time I packed it). Main compartment is anvil style and comes with internal dividers for organizing your gear. 2 full length side pockets and 2 end pockets, plus 1 dedicated set of loops for a rod and I improvised and use the buckles on the other side. This is what i've fit in it so far, all at once: waders, 4 fly boxes, 2 reels, 2 days worth of clothes including not-the-most-packable hoodie, patagonia nanopuff, bottle of liquor, toiletries, fishing lanyard + extra accessories, snacks. Like I said, it swallows gear without being an obnoxiously large bag. Perfect for long wknds or even longer if you pack light and efficient. Got it as a gift and would definitely recommend.

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John S.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs

This pack is reminiscent of the osprey atmos/exos/talon line, in that it is a super lightweight aluminum frame pack with a vented back panel. It almost looks like Simms took the Exos 34 and added some fishing specific features, and i love every bit of it. Centralized rod tube. Compression straps that have velcro wraps at the end so your line doesn't get tangled up. Internal pockets inside the main pocket for fly boxes and reels. Outer pocket for leaders/tippet/floatant etc. And best of all (if you need more space) Simms 'catch and release' system with the chest pack. This pack is listed at 30L but it packs much bigger. Combined with the chest pack and you can bring everything including the kitchen sink. Also has a hydration sleeve and hook for your camelback.

I previously used the Osprey Talon 22 as my fishing pack. It served its purpose, but after using the Waypoints there really is no comparison. 4.5* for design and function, 0.5* pending its durability.

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John S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hands down the best thermos out there. Have used for hunting, fishing, camping, skiing. Will keep coffee warm for a longgggg time. Last time was about 6hrs in the 20s and coffee was still good to go. I think they say 8hrs at 32 degrees...

Use the smaller versions for coffee, tea, etc. Use the bigger ones for soup.

Have used REI, LLBean, GSI...this one is the best. The ONLY other 'thermos' I would say compares to this one is the yeti rambler, BUT, the yeti comes with a garbage lid that has a hole in it like a regular Starbucks coffee lid, which is good if you're sitting at a desk but utterly useless in any other situation (and I'm a huge fan of yeti coolers).

Tip- just like anything else used to insulate, you gotta prime this guy. Don't leave it in your truck overnight then fill it when it's ice cold and expect it to keep coffee cold all day. Sleep with it, fill it with hot water first, keep it inside...whatever u gotta do but get the inside warm before u use it

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