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Amanda L

Amanda L

Pacific Crest Trail, Angeles National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Snow Summit

Amanda L's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing
Yoga

Amanda L's Bio

I enjoy running and trail running. My husband and I enjoy hiking, cycling, downhill skiing, camping, and bringing our dog along on our adventures. Originally from the Northeast, but now in Southern California (North of LA) and enjoying exploring my new surroundings. Slowly returning to running after having a baby in May 2015.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on July 26, 2015

4 5

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

I ordered the Curacao in XS only to find it was too snug for me in the bust and maybe snugger than is flattering in the waist. Beautiful blue color though. I reordered in a Small in both the black and Mayan yellow because I love the style, and the fit is spot on. The size chart is accurate as I am currently a 32 C/D, my waist is about 26.5" and hips are about 35.5." The skirt flares out a bit, while the dress is fitted through the torso, so I would say the bust and waist measurements are more important than your hip measurement in determining your size.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 114 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I ordered the XS in Admiral/Snow. I'm 5'2" and this hits a couple inches above my knee. Length from the neck down the back center of the dress is 34." The length down the side seam from underarm to bottom hem is about 25.5." Icebreaker's size chart puts me at a Small in the bust and an XS in the waist and hips. The dress fits me well in a XS. At the time of this review, the product description lists a zippered security side pocket, but my dress does not have one. I snagged this dress at a pretty good discount. I would say at full-price it's a pretty pricey casual dress, but maybe I will change my tune if it wears well over time.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 114 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

The grapefruit color is nice. Like others said, this dress is very sheer. It is especially sheer in the back where you don't have the benefit of the overlapping wrapped fabric that the front has. I can't see wearing this color without a slip. The style itself is very flattering between the v-neck and the ruching. It is semi-fitted in the torso, but not tight. I considered exchanging this for the black, as it may be less sheer, however the length is longer than I like on my short frame. My knees just barely show in the front and the hem is a couple inches longer in the back. The length of the XS from the neck down the center along the back is 37.25." The length from underarm along the sideseam is just under 30."

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on September 15, 2014

5 5

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

I ordered these on a whim when my size was on clearance and I'm so glad I did. I am typically a size 6 in most running shoes (Adidas Tempo & Adios, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak), occasionally a size 6.5 (Altra Intuition, Saucony A5), and the 6 in these fit me well. I've got about 75 miles on them so far, and I'm loving them for packed dirt/sand/rocky trails in SoCal foothills/high desert. They've been great on gravel, too. Luggy enough that you don't slip, but enough cushion if you need to run on a little bit of pavement to get to the trail. No breaking in necessary: my first run in them was 12.5 miles on hilly trails with no discomfort or hot spots. I liked them so much I ordered the road version. Currently in my trail rotation is the Adidas XT4, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak and now this shoe. Since buying these, I find myself choosing the Lone Peak & N1 the most often.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on April 7, 2014

4 5

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

Snagged this from the outlet. It's a cute casual skirt for a great price. Comfy for wearing after work or on the weekends with a tee or tank. I'm 5'2" and the XS hits several inches above my knee. Would've bought it in a second color if it was still available. The seaming on the backside is flattering, and the side ruching makes it more interesting than a straight-cut skirt.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on March 12, 2014

4 5

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

I really like this top! Bought it in jade on a whim when on sale and I'm glad I did. The XS fits me well. I'm 5'2" and 108lbs. It's fitted in a flattering way, but not tight, and I think longer ladies will find that there is enough length. The sleeves are a longer short sleeve than I'm used to, but that's not a bad thing for sun protection. I've worn this on short bike rides and a run; I plan to wear it more for hiking though.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on March 12, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I love the baja blue color and the look of this shoe. I ordered a 6 which is the same size as my other New Balance shoes, and the size fit well. I liked the feel of the shoe on my foot as well, but upon researching the style more, I came across consistent durability concerns. Since my trail runs are often on hard rocky surfaces, I returned the shoe before wearing it outside. If my trails were more dirt/mud, or if I was using them for just hiking instead of the pounding that running involves - I would've kept them and gave them a shot.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 11, 2014

4 5

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

Love the styling of this top!! Especially the off-center zip and the asymmetrical piping. I ordered the black/black/oxblood in XS. According to the size chart, I'm between XS-S in the chest, and XS in waist and hips. The XS is a good fit, but I will agree with previous reviewers that it is very slim through the waist and hips. I'm 5'2"; if I pull this down, it easily hits at/below my hip. I like the fit as it is though, whether wearing for skiing (tuck into pants) or running (not riding up). It is intended to be a baselayer, but if you plan to wear this OVER other items, size up. I love the color blocking and would order a second one in a crazy color combo if it became available in my size.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I don't typically wear wide shoes and have never considered myself to have wide feet, but in my usual size 6, these feel snug across the widest part of my foot, and the toe box tapers a bit more than expected. Maybe I've been wearing my wider-toe box Altras too much lately. If I were to try these again, I'd go up to a 6.5, but the size is no longer available. For reference, I'm usually a 6 in New Balance and most other brands of running shoes. Disappointed I won't get to try the 1400 to see what all the hype has been about, I will just have to try it when the next version becomes available.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I tried the Small since there is no XS available. A previous review mentioned it runs a little slim, however I should have paid attention to the actual product description listing it as regular fit. The Small measures 17" across the back between the shoulder seams and overall length down the back from the neck to bottom hem is 24.5" long. I would say it runs a little on the large side, because the fit is comparable to other unisex small sweatshirts I own (loose). The fabric is super soft and I like the the roomy hood. I love the mountain graphic made up of goats. I would try this again if it became available in an XS. As others mentioned, the picante is a softer red than the photos let on.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 10, 2014

5 5

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

I wish they were still available in more colors. I ordered them in ultramarine blue which is closer to a blue/purple than a navy. 24.5" natural waist, 34.5ish hips: the 0 Regular fits perfectly. If I followed the advice of the previous two reviewers to size up, these would have been too big for me. I broke them in on a 5 mile hike and they were very comfortable . The inseam on my pair is about 4.25". They have a low rise in front (6.5"), hitting about 2.5" below my belly button, but they have a normal rise in back (no plumber's crack).

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