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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

Amanda L's Bio

I enjoy running, trail running, hiking, cycling, downhill skiing, camping, and our greyhound. Originally from the Northeast, I moved to Southern California (North of LA) in 2012 and I'm enjoying exploring my new surroundings. Trail running now involves climbing mountains, but the views are worth it!

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Amanda L wrote 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 L wrote 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 L wrote 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 L wrote 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 L wrote 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

I am XS-S in chest, XS in waist and hips. The XS in Dark Forest fits me great. I plan to wear it for skiing and cooler weather running and hiking. I love the dark green- a new neutral color to my technical wardrobe which seems to consist mostly of black or blindingly bright "girly"/high viz colors. Definitely a better bargain than some other lightweight merino brands I was considering; will report back on durability as I wear it more.

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Amanda L wrote 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 L wrote 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 L wrote 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 L wrote a review of on February 10, 2014

3 5

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

I am somewhere between an XS and S on the size chart for chest, and and an XS for waist and hips. In the absence of a XS for this style, I was hoping the slim fit meant I could make the shirt work in a Small, but it is too big. The small measures about 14" between the shoulder seams across the back, and the length down the side seam is 18" from under the arm to the bottom hem. Soft and cottony feel, despite being a technical fabric. I would gladly reorder this shirt if it became available in an XS.

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Amanda L wrote 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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Amanda L wrote a review of on January 22, 2014

4 5

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

Pre-run report- I sized up half a size. Comparing to other Sauconys I've worn: I was a 6 in the original Mirage and the ProGrid Omni 9, a 6.5 in the Grid Type A5, and a 6.5 was a good fit in this style as well. Sizing up to a 6.5 leaves me with that recommended 1 thumb's worth of space between my big toe and the end of the shoe.

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Amanda L wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like others have said, the chocolate (and peanut butter) gets a little melty on hot days. I've tried Mountain Mix, Peanut Butter Pretzel and Chocolate Almond Coconut. I like these for day hikes and to hold me over between trips to the lodge while downhill skiing. Maybe a little less filling than the original Clifbar, but I prefer the taste of these. I would gladly eat one of these as a mid-day snack during the work week if I forgot to pack my lunch.

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