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Annette Murano

Annette Murano

Annette Murano's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on June 14, 2015

"More gummies!"
5 5

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

Thank you to Backcountry and Honey Stinger for the opportunity to review these for the community! This was my first time trying their products, but I will definitely be getting more!

My test subject was a finicky two year old. The first time I tried to give him these, he said "No want this!" and walked away. This time I got him out on the trail and after 30 minutes (of me carrying him) he was ready for a snack.

He was very excited to hear there were gummies. "I like gummies!" He started chowing down right away. I asked if he liked them and got an emphatic yes. He happily sat and checked out the scenery while enjoying his gummies. I also tried them and thought they were tasty. Not overly sweet and not too chewy. Like they're not stick in your teeth chewy. I would totally get them for myself! They must have given him energy, because he walked over a mile by himself!

When we got back to the car, he spotted the box and asked for more. He's such a picky eater I was happy to oblige. These are definitely a winner!

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on June 14, 2015

"I like this."
5 5

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

Listen, it's hard to get a 2 year old to eat anything, let alone something organic. But these he greedily devoured. I couldn't really get a review from him as his mouth was too full of honey waffle. But he did manage to tell me that he liked them and was very excited when I told him there were more snacks. This from a kid that only eats bacon when we go out. I also tried one and thought it was pretty tasty. Not too sweet, nice and soft. I know they're for kids, but I think they could be a little larger.

Thank you to Backcountry and Honey Stinger for the opportunity to review this. I'm glad I found a snack to keep in stock when my nephew comes over. I'm tempted to try the adult ones for my bikes rides now!

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on February 24, 2015

So cute!
5 5

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

I just have to take a second to thank Backcountry and Joules for the opportunity to review this shirt. I was so excited to receive this as I've always wanted a proper Breton shirt.

First of all, the weight of this shirt is great. It's not a t-shirt light cotton, but a nice heavy cotton. Like heavy enough that a patterned bra doesn't show through. I received the navy cream stripe and love the brightness. The stripes are just right, not too fat.

This is a proper 3/4 sleeve shirt. Some so-called 3/4 sleeve shirts barely come to my elbows, but these come mid-forearm. There's a cute little bunny embroidered on the lower right of the shirt, I think that must be their logo because it also appears on my Marsha sweater (see my other review).

One of my favorite things about this shirt is that it's actually a number size, not just small, medium, large. I think this allows you to get a much more accurate fit and I wish more companies would do this.

I haven't washed this shirt yet but I have no doubt it will hold up just fine. While Joules is a new company to the US, if this is an indication of the quality of their clothing, I'll definitely be getting more items!

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on February 24, 2015

Nerdy chic
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Size Purchased: Medium

First off, I'd like to thank Backcountry and Joules for the opportunity to review this sweater. I was really excited when I saw Joules' product line, and this sweater did not disappoint!

Overall, the response has been positive. A lot of people think the design is cute, although there were a few that didn't think they could pull it off. For some reason I just picture this look in an autumn field in the British countryside. I also kind of like that it's called "Beagle in a Breton" and he's wearing an adorable shirt, which Joules also offers (see my other review).

At first I thought it was kind of strange that there was only one cuff in a hot pink, but oddly, it's bothered me less than I thought it would. And no one has commented on it other than to say it's cool. The pink detail also runs on the inside of the collar. Speaking of the collar, it's really neat, in a shape I've never seen before. Almost a boatneck, with nice, thick seams.

It's a lightweight cotton, but at the same time, it's plenty warm. I've been wearing it the last few weeks in the ice box that's been New England this February and I've been comfortable. Some sweaters are so light that I need a scarf to keep me warm, but not so with this (plus, who would want to cover up the beagle?).

Overall I'm really happy with my adorable sweater. I took one star off because I've noticed a little pilling under the arms already, but not a major amount. I haven't washed it yet, but I feel like it will hold up well. The garment overall has a very high quality feel to it and should last.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on February 20, 2015

Kind of disappointing
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Size Purchased: Medium

I fell in love with the owl design as soon as I saw it in the fall. I waited and it finally went on sale so I pounced. Sadly, it does not live up to my expectations. The sleeves are slim, so it's a little hard to layer over another shirt. Worse, they're sheer, so whatever you have under this will show through. Thankfully the mid-section of this sweater is double-knit, so it's less see-through, but not completely. The materialis niceand soft, butI worry about the durability of this sweater. It's not up to what I would consider Woolrich standards.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on February 7, 2015

Get them outside!
4 5

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

Don't let a little snow cut down on your trail time with the kids. Strap these on them and get outside! I was able to fit them on a 2 year old and a 4 year old with room to spare, so we should get several years of use out of these. The 2 year old didn't like having stuff strapped to his feet, but the 4 year old took to it like a pro. They seemed light enough that she didn't have trouble walking and she stayed right on top of the snow. They also have little crampons to provide some traction, as well. The little lights are cute, the kids liked playing with them. The only mark against them ate the back straps, same as on my Tubbs. They're just hard to get them to clasp, even more so with a squirming kid.That said, I think these will be a good way to get them outside in the winter and spend some time together.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on January 18, 2015

5 5

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

I got these to replace an older pair of Vasques that always left my toes bruised despite sizing up. I was between these and the Salomon Conquests, but was told these were better for year round hiking. Despite my reservations, I got the same size as my last pair (8, up from my usual 7.5). So far, zero complaints!

Broke them in on a 5 mile hike and my feet felt great. Ankles are supported nicely, and the padding keeps them comfy. The sole is pretty rigid, which doesn't make the lightest shoe, but allows you to cover rougher terrain. The sole is also shaped to kind of guide you through heel-to-toe movement. I wore these strapped into my snowshoes and was comfortable and dry. Since it's winter, I've been wearing these with my thicker socks, and my toes are happy. I think the toe box is wider and more structured than my last pair, which is why the same size feels better. Seem really well constructed. I'll be interested to see how breathable they are in the summer, but so far I'm very pleased with these.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on January 18, 2015

Solid beginner shoes
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sadly, since I bought these, we haven't had much in the way of snow. I did just bring these to upstate NY, but even there I couldn't find much powder. Still, these made hiking around a lot easier. Distributes your weight so you don't sink in too much. Even did a decent job gripping going up and down hills. I'm not running in these or logging crazy miles. I just want to be able to walk a trail after a snowfall, and I think these will be adequate for the job.

I'm 5'-1", 145, and I have the 25" set. I took off a star for the heel strap issue the other reviewers mentioned. I can get it to lock in, but only after much tugging and struggling.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on January 18, 2015

My new go-to layer
5 5

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

I saw this and almost didn't get it, certain I had enough layers for winter activities. But something about it called to me and I couldn't resist. Now I don't go outside without it.

It's lightweight and slim, so you get warmth without bulk. There's just enough room for a shirt underneath. I've been wearing my Patagonia Capilene 3 tops under it and have needed nothing else. Last week I wore this on a 3 hour hike in 20° temps and was warm while moving without overheating. This weekend I was at a cabin and wore this every day. Perfect for outdoor adventures or hanging around. And when it's really cold and I throw my Ama Dablam jacket over this, I can feel the warmth from the insulated core.

I'm sure I'll get plenty of use from this in the spring and fall, but for now I'm super happy with my purchase.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on December 30, 2014

5 5

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

I was looking for a non-puffy vest and really liked the style of the sweater-knit on this. The fleece on the inside is soft and keeps me plenty warm. I like the softness of the pocket linings and that the pockets are nice and deep. As long as it's not zipped up all the way, the collar will lay down, so you're not getting poked in the face constantly. Took this on a hike (in CT) with just a long sleeve shirt and was totally warm. Keeps the core toasty while allowing the arms to vent, perfect for me. After several months of wear, there has been no pilling of the material, a testament to the quality of the materials. 5'-1", 145, and the medium fits just right. Loved it so much I got the full-sleeved version for my mom, who is loving it already.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on December 23, 2014

5 5

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

I'm totally in love with this vest! It's insulated, so it's super warm. I took it on a hike in the mid-30's with a Patagonia R4 shirt and was way warm. The hood is ample and I like the little snaps that hide the zipper. My vest's pockets were not sewn shut, but those are large enough to easily fit my phone. My only tiny complaint is that the greystone color is more of a purple than a grey. Still cute but I wanted a truer grey. Overall I love having an insulated vest that isn't too puffy or shiny and I can wear to work. I'm 5-1, 145 and the medium fits just right.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on November 2, 2014

Love love love!
5 5

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

Had my eye on this the second the Prana catalog arrived (Annette/Nanette, this needed to be bought on name alone!) Got it during the Prana sale and it's already become a wardrobe staple. Perfect fit on this short curvy frame, warm, stylish, and a hood! It's a terry material on the inside, long sleeve cuffs, and hits at my knees. Sadly, there are no pockets. I got the blue which looks true to the photo, and also has a heathered patten that doesn't quite come through in the pic. I like it, gives it some visual interest. I know this will last as all of my Prana goods have. Appropriate for the office with leggings, cute with some knee socks when out. The waistband hits just below the bust creating a perfect a-line dress. I went with the medium because their stuff always feels small to me.

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Annette Muranowrote a review of on November 2, 2014

5 5

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

I spotted this on sale last month and picked it up for my nephew. It's become his go-to jacket. Went on a hike last week with it and though the temps were in the low 50's when we started, he was toasty warm. He won't wear hats, but he loves the hood on this, and I'm all for keeping the noggin warm. The full zip makes getting the coat on and off a breeze. This will definitely get passed down to his little brother when he outgrows it, and then to someone else, because it's North Face and it will last.

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