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Jun 29, 2012
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Well? s.price
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Jun 29, 2012
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It faded away in memory apparently. What is it again?

For that matter, has anyone heard from JT CRIP lately? Always see him with his homies at the tree.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Jun 29, 2012
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JRAT made some climbing gear in the 80's into the early 90's. I think they were Boulder based. Bet Hank knows. While on the subject of Hank see Name that Hooch thread for more about Hank. s.price
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Jun 29, 2012
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I still have my sport-doggy harness from them, circa1990.
Had a pair of manpri trousers too.
Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
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Jun 29, 2012
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Delta Bravo wrote:
I still have my sport-doggy harness from them, circa1990. Had a pair of manpri trousers too.

I have a chalkbag but had the harness as well. My wife loves that chalkbag, all 80's pastels.
s.price
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Jun 29, 2012
I still have a harness from JRAT that Hank sewed for me when I first came to Boulder in 1991. He was working for them then so he would probably know what happened to them. crankenstein
Joined Dec 20, 2005
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Jun 29, 2012
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Who?

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Brian in SLC
Joined Oct 6, 2003
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Jun 29, 2012
I still have a few of their quick draws in the junk pile. Never liked the draws too much though.

Better question: where did the name JRAT come from?
nbrown
From western NC
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Jun 29, 2012
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nbrown wrote:
I still have a few of their quick draws in the junk pile. Never liked the draws too much though. Better question: where did the name JRAT come from?

Good question, not better but different.
s.price
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Jun 29, 2012
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Made these badboys!
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Legends, Hueco Tanks
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
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Jun 29, 2012
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Same chalkbag I have. You probably made it as well. Had some similar tights they just were not JRAT. s.price
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i believe he got that name in jail. mitchy
From nunya gotdamn business.
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Jun 29, 2012
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nbrown wrote:
Better question: where did the name JRAT come from?


Pretty darn good hint in my photo tag...! Think, two guys who start a company...
Brian in SLC
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Jun 29, 2012
If I remember correctly, JRAT used the name "Ratagonia" in their advertisements.
This upset Patagonia who sicked their lawyers on them for name infringement. This may have at least partially led to the demise of the JRAT brand.
Thomas Willis
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Jun 29, 2012
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Thomas, I remember that but never really knew if it led to their demise. s.price
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S. Price
They went out of business soon after the dust up with Patagonia - could have been coincidence though.
Thomas Willis
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Jun 29, 2012
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I think JRAT stood for three names like John, Ray and Tom or something...Tom, who I knew as JRAT in the 80's in Boulder wound up in Utah via Black Diamond.
David Hous
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Nov 18, 2001
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Jun 29, 2012
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My gear sling is "JRAT" I've had it for oh....15 years.....

Still use it every time I trad climb
Jim Amidon
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Jun 29, 2012
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jrat!
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
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Jun 29, 2012
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That's sweet Hank. I loved that t-shirt. s.price
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Jun 29, 2012
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When the Dead Heads invariably landed in Boulder during Red Rocks shows, we made a small fortune with those. Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
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Jun 29, 2012
I knew Tom back in Boston in the early 80's. He was always JRAT. Believe he is alive and kicking with BD. Eric Engberg
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Jun 29, 2012
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Jim Amidon wrote:
My gear sling is "JRAT" I've had it for oh....15 years..... Still use it every time I trad climb


got a couple too...also a snowboard bag and a weird cool jacket...probably a chalk bag or two. always tried to support them they were core boulder back in the good ol days.
Cornelius Jefferson
Joined Apr 5, 2006
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Jun 29, 2012
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CJC wrote:
always tried to support them they were core boulder back in the good ol days.

Exactly.
s.price
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Jun 29, 2012
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Yeah, that is what they always called Tom, I never heard anyone call him Tom, just JRAT, except for maybe a roommate or two. When I first met him he was living with 7 other climbers on the hill. I believe he was living there, it was kind of hard to tell who was living there and who was just visiting. I remember spending a good deal of time there in the summer of 86 because there was a really dry spell in boulder and there was a bong there that seemed to produce an endless amount of resin. That was a really fun time to be in Boulder, during the JRAT days. Some of the old JRAT ads in the mags are quite classic to look at these days. Keen Butterworth
From Boulder
Joined Feb 27, 2006
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Jun 29, 2012
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Jrats' actual name is Nolan Thomas Jones Jr. He got the nickname Jrat because of his facial structure. I guess he sold the company around '89 or so... He was a roomate around '86. He's a good guy, a little too smart for most of us...

Hey Keen! Theo always called him Tom-the rest of us just said "hey..." or something. After he told us his real name, I started calling him Nolan.

And, yeah, the bong was prodigious.
Joe Huggins
From Grand Junction
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