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Annette Murano

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Annette Murano's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

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Annette Murano wrote 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 Murano wrote 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 Murano wrote 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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Annette Murano wrote a review of on October 23, 2014

5 5

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

I make a yearly trek to the Clark's store in Boston, and this year I walked away with 2 pairs of these. The leather pair needed some breaking in and are a little rough around the ankles at first. The suede ones are super comfy off the bat.

The soles are flat, so not great for those that need some arch support. The soles are actually kind of gummy, so they have good grip. Almost too good, as I often find myself tripping over my feet in these. Like my toes hit the floor, stick, and send me flying forward. Maybe I'm just a klutz.

Great with skinny pants, or straight legs rolled up, or dresses. So yeah, pretty much everything. Plus they're Clark's, so they last forever. Some things are worth spending money on, and a good pair of shoes is one of them.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

3 5

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

I don't know why, but I keep trying to buy Prana pants. And every time I end up frustrated. We are not all built like their models, and yet they continue to ignore this portion of the female population.

I have curves. Prana insists on making their pants so low-cut, there is no size that could ever fit right on my hips while looking ok anywhere else. I thought the micro crotch-hugging pant had finally gone out of style? And forget about bending over or actually moving in them. I went with my size despite everyone saying to size down because of how "loose" these were.

I'm going to continue trying to lose a few pounds and maybe they'll fit a little better. The length is supposed to be long so you roll them, so that didn't bother me, and they're definitely stretchy. But I'm just too frustrated with Prana to ever buy another pair of their pants.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on October 9, 2014

5 5

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

Every woman's favorite words, brought to you by the super flattering fit of the Calm Me dress.

Super cute dress with just enough styling to keep it from being plain. At 5'-1", I could probably wear it as a dress around town, but definitely need leggings for work. It's not hooded as the description says, but has a massive (like cover your face big) turtleneck that scrunches into a cowl by pulling the drawstrings.

The exterior is smooth, with some elastic, the interior buttery soft fleece. The cuffs are cotton and long enough to be rolled back. You taller ladies may find them a bit short as they come just past my wrist. And pockets! Have I mentioned how much I love dresses with pockets? Yes, and I'll say it again: functional pockets on dresses are awesomesauce.

Buy this, you won't be disappointed.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on October 2, 2014

Love this pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a small woman at 5'-1" and I had some reservations about the comfort of lugging 30 lbs on my back. But as soon as I had this adjusted properly, I knew this would get the job done. Yes, I generally take a rest on our hikes, but I'm not in agony even after several hours, and the next day I'm not crippled. Without fail, every time people see us they have to comment on how cool the carrier is.

When he sees this pack, he comes running. That says something to the comfort for the child. The leg stirrups are a nice touch, my nephew just won't use them yet. The key to this model over the regular one is the built-in sunshade. I use it all the time, sunny or not, mainly to keep branches away from his face in those tight spaces (or when I forget to duck). There's room for a water bladder, and more than enough room in the bottom opening when the kickstand is out to store diapers, food, and a few other supplies.

I love that he gets excited when he sees the carrier. It's our special time together, and I hope that exposing him to the outdoors now will bring him a lifetime of enjoyment.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on October 1, 2014

5 5

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

I'm not one to drop $100+ on something labeled as a "sweatshirt", but the second I saw it, I knew I had to have it. And once I put it on, I knew it was a jacket and not a sweatshirt.

The inside is lined with fluffy shearling-type lining to keep you plenty warm. The sleeves extend past the cuffs to actually cover your hands a little, which I really like. The sleeves are lined in a silky material so you can actually get the coat on over a sweater without your sleeves bunching up to your armpits. There's an inner pocket big enough for my S5, and there are actually two pockets in the front: a regular pocket and over it, a snap-button one, both fleece-lined. I like that the hood is detachable, but will likely keep it on most of the time. It's also ginormous, so it covers your head and then some! Normally I'm lucky if a hood barely makes it to my hairline, so this is a big plus for me. It's also lined with the same material as inside the jacket. As far as fit, I'm 5'-1", athletic build, larger chest and hips and went with a M. The small just felt too tight in the shoulders, and I'd rather have the extra room to wear over sweaters. Still looks cute and not hanging on me.

I feel confident that this jacket will hold up well, seems very well made. Also nice and cozy and warm. I almost wish it was a sweatshirt so I could wear it all the time!

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on November 30, 2013

5 5

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

I had purchased the unhooded version of the sweater last year, and while it was plenty warm, the back was WAY too short - and I'm only 5'-1"! I found this sweater on sale and gave it a shot, as the back looked longer in photos. I'm so glad I did! All the warmth of the other sweater, but no drafts. Plus a giant hood that actually covers my admittedly large head. I also feel like this version is a little softer on the inside than the unhooded version, but some may still find it on the itchy side. I tend to have issues with the arms on Mountain Hardwear's shirts (climber's arms), but this actually has plenty of room for me, so I'm a happy camper.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on November 30, 2013

4 5

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

I got this sweater in the winter color, and it's become a regular staple in my wardrobe. I can wear a light layer under it without the arms getting too tight Looks just as good in the office as it does around town. My only complaint is that the cuffs stretch out easily and lose their shape. Other than that, I'm really happy with it.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on June 18, 2013

5 5

At 5'-1", it's rather difficult to find capris that are actually capris and not too-short pants. These are just perfect! The material is a super comfortable cotton that's soft enough to move with you but rugged enough to hold up to all of your activities. I've worn them climbing, hiking, gardening, just walking around, and I can get away with them on casual Fridays at work. The front pockets are large enough to hold my phone, and the cargo pocket is perfect for holding items out of the way of my harness while climbing. I'm a curvy 130, and while I could do a 6 in these (I was a few pounds heavier when I bought them), I went with the 8 for a little extra room in the waist. The drawstring eliminates any gaping issues as well. It's nice to have pants I can workout in that aren't that annoying wooshy ripstop material. Get them!

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Realizing my wardrobe was slowly converting to all skinny pants, I got the burgundy pair to help restore some balance. These are super soft, have just enough stretch in them to allow movement without losing their shape, and fit my curvy hips perfectly. I'm normally an 8, and I actually find these to be on the looser side. I was a little worried by a previous reviewer's back-gaping issues, which I've experienced plenty of, but no such problem here. The rise is perfect on these, as well, no peep shows going on, but also not obnoxiously high. I've worn them for work, hiking, and just kicking around. My only complaints would be that they're so soft that they pick up every piece of fur my cat leaves and at 5'-1" I need to get them hemmed. I just may pick these up in another color, they're so comfy!

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this to replace the Norrona lightweight Lyngen jacket the airport lost last year. That jacket set a pretty high standard, but I wasn't a fan of the new styling so decided to give this a try as I'm generally a fan of Mountain Hardwear.

First and foremost, it just wasn't that warm. If I was moving around, sure. Any kind of activity would leave you sweltering. But the second I stopped moving I was cold. A light shirt was all I needed with the Norrona, but not so with this jacket. Last week I went skiing and was freezing on the lift despite it being in the 30's and having a shell over the jacket.

I also noticed that this jacket shed a LOT of feathers. Big ones. I have no idea where they were coming from, but my seat was covered. The other thing that worried me was the outer material. It's very light, and while I didn't rip it, it would occasionally make a scary noise when rubbed against certain surfaces that caused me to give a once-over.

All-in-all it's an ok jacket, but not what I was looking for. I've since gotten the Marmot Ama Dablam jacket and am much happier with that.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on November 30, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very cute flannel with some nice details. I probably could have gone with a small, but got a medium so I could layer over things. It's loose without being sloppy looking. The material is soft, but not quite as warm as the Patagonia Fjord flannel. If you roll the sleeves up, there's a little strap that you can button around the elbow to keep them from coming down. Nice vintage wash allows you to rock the plaid without blinding people.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm excited about the return of flannel and I've bought several shirts from different brands. I think this one is my favorite. It's the heaviest (without being bulky), warmest, and softest. As another reviewer mentioned, it's on the loose side for Patagonia. I got a 6, which is usually on the fitted side for me, but it's plenty roomy in this shirt. I can easily fit another shirt under it. I foresee getting lots of use from this shirt.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on November 29, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's a wee bit short. Actually, it's annoyingly so. I'm only 5'-1"and it barely makes it to the top of my hips, so I have to be conscious of what pants I'm wearing when I sit down lest I put on a show. It's also slightly itchy, and I don't have super sensitive skin. But it's really warm and cozy and will get lots of use this winter. I've been wearing it with two of the buttons undone because when they're all buttoned the neck stands up a bit much for my liking.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

5 5

I had been eyeing this top for a while, and finally took the plunge. It's super light weight, and with my massive hips, the flare is just enough to cover them. No more stopping mid-climb to pull my shirt down! The only thing is that the bra is not adjustable as the the specs state. It's your standard shelf bra, and if you're well-endowed, is only good for low impact activites. Overall, it's cute, keeps me cool, and is comfortable. Definitely a winner!

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