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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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Annette Murano wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

5 5

I had picked up a pair of these on S&C a few years back and it was instant love. I wore them everywhere for everything and they were always up to the task, and kept me comfortable while doing it. Imagine my dismay when the quick lace finally wore through one of the eyelets and I could no longer use them. Finally I decided the time had come to replace them and it was like a cushy homecoming for my feet. The ortholite system is really comfortable and the type box is nice and roomy for running in. I was worried about the size based on other's reviews, and decided to go half a size down (also half a size down from my old pair). I'm glad I did, as they are a perfect fit. Also, they've added plastic to the eyelets, so I can't destroy them by pulling on the laces. Buy them, you won't regret it!

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on September 7, 2012

4 5

You know it's time to replace your headphones when people come to your desk and go "EWWW!"upon viewing your old, beat up ones. Did they work? Sure. Did they snap and have all the ear cup covering come off? Yeah. So I figured it was time to upgrade. And boy, are these an upgrade!

I had bought another pair of cheaper Skullcandy's and returned them a day later disappointed in the muddy sound. So I wasn't sure what to expect with these. I was specifically attracted to these because multiple reviews mentioned how good they were for rock. They weren't lying. Nice clear sound, and I can actually put the volume lower than my old headphones because the ear cups block out so much ambient noise. I like that the cord is detachable for general aux use. The carrying case is pretty boss, and even comes with a microfiber cloth to keep your headphones as shiny as the day they arrived!

Why four stars? Maybe I just haven an unusually fat head, but I found that the design of these pushes the ear cups into your head in a manner that gets uncomfortable after a while (I listen all day at work). Also, the mic isn't totally compatible with Android phones. Only the center button works, which is disappointing. It's not like Droid is some up-and-coming platform; how about a little support? Luckily, I found a cool app that lets me program the lonely center button with a multitude of commands based on the number and lengths of the clicks, so I can get it to do what I need.

Overall, I'm super happy with these, and think they're worth every penny.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on August 11, 2012

4 5

I had originally gotten these in a 6, as that's the size I wear in MH's Around Townie shorts. I couldn't even get them on. Sent them back for an 8 and am loving life. Super soft, enough room for my athletic thighs to fit into, good range of movement, and an internal drawstring to keep from showing off my rear when sitting. Rolled to the higher button, they come about 3" below my knees (I'm 5'-1"), unrolled they come mid-calf, perfect capri length. I'm looking forward to wearing these hiking, climbing, and all around town. I just wish the front pockets were a little deeper. I can't quite fit my hands all the way in.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on May 14, 2012

4 5

I love any piece of clothing that can do double-duty in and out of the office. This is definitely one of them. It was perfectly comfortable while blueberry picking, but just as comfy at work. The cut is a bit deep for my liking, so I wear a cami under it at the office. Also, I bought this based on my hip size (39"), which put me in a medium. That meant the top was a little loose, so a trip to the tailor shortened the straps and sewed the front pieces together to prevent any peep shows when I bent over. Other than that, I'm totally happy with this dress.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on May 9, 2012

4 5

I was so excited when these arrived. They looked like the perfect climbing/hiking bottoms. I checked the sizing chart, and while I'm normally somewhere between a 6 and 8 (I'm wearing size 6 Mountain Hardwear shorts right now), I opted for the 8 to be on the safe side. Apparently, I should have gotten a 10. I could just about button them, but not without squishing my guts into a hideous muffin top. I did like that there was a draw cord, to eliminate gappage in the back, and there was even a nice fleece band around the waist that would make it quite comfy. The length was perfect on my 5'-1" frame, long enough to keep my knees from getting scraped up, but not so long it looked like I just had on short pants. There are two buttons around the bottom hem so you can fit it around your calf to your liking. I gave it four stars because if they had fit, I have a feeling I'd give them 5, but it's crazy the sizing is so far off from every other brand I've tried.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on April 30, 2012

5 5

I'm a big fan of plaid. And I'm a bigger fan of shorts that don't make my massive thighs look like sausage tubes. Or short-shorts that make them look plain fat and get uncomfortably short when I sit. So these were a logical choice to try. I agonized over the size, as Mountain Hardwear's chart puts my 39" hips in an 8. But I'd seen a few reviews that recommended sizing down, so I took a shot as I really wanted the Abbey Stone color. I'm glad I listened, as the 6 fits perfectly! Not tight in the waist, plenty of room for my thighs, comes right to the knees (I'm 5'-1"), and to help with any potential gapping in the back, there's even an elastic draw cord. The material is soft, but definitely rugged, and not so heavy that I wouldn't want to wear them on a hot day. It says there are two back pockets, but there's a rear zip on the right side, and then another zip lower on the right leg. Looking forward to many hikes, climbs, and generally looking awesome in these.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

4 5

I quickly realized the rental harnesses weren't going to cut it and set out to find my own. As I'm just getting into climbing, I didn't want to drop a ton of money. I had tried on the Petzl Luna, but for the life of me, couldn't get a good fit around my athletic thighs. This was a much better fit, and the speed adjust is awesome. I would have given it 4.5 stars if I could, the half start taken off for the sizing. I first tried a small based on the chart, but could not get it over my hips. Once I squeezed through it fit on my waist (28") just fine, but I wasn't willing to do that dance at the gym every time I got in and out of the harness. So I ended up with a medium, and I have to cinch the waist all the way. This still leaves some room and when I hang it pulls up a bit, but not obnoxiously so. Other than that, it's really comfortable and I'm happy with my choice!

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on April 21, 2012

3 5

Oh how I wanted to love this skirt! I have a few items from Prana and they all fit small. I guess as a yoga company they forget that some of us have curves. And this skirt is not meant for curves! I find it fits extremely tight around my hips, but then there's all kinds of room in the waist. And it's a high waist, so it's really obvious under a shirt that there's all this extra material popping out. The fabric is nice, durable without being heavy. The hip pockets are totally useless as the skirt is so tight in that area, but the cargoes are nifty. If you have a straighter figure, I can see this being a totally cute skirt, but it may take a trip to the tailor's to make this useable for me.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on April 21, 2012

5 5

I love wool, I think it's great. However, I don't think it's price is great, and as such I've always longingly looked at pieces like this wishing I could take the plunge. Then one fateful day, my local outdoor shop had this on sale. It was love at first sight. Soft, fitted without being stuffy, cute, and super versatile. I've worn it to work with dress pants, and I've worn it climbing, and it's perfectly at home in both environments. It's a perfect weight for spring/fall and probably cooler summer nights. I've washed it once and it didn't shrink. I was also surprised that a small fit me, as I have a bit of a larger chest and shoulders. I'm able to button the coat and not feel like I'm in a straight jacket, and I can lift my arms, always a problem for me. You can't see it in the picture, but there's a ribbon that goes down length of the closure along the buttons. A nice little detail.

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Annette Murano wrote a review of on April 21, 2012

4 5

I'm basing this on my use of my uncle's Jetboil PCS. I borrowed it for a trip in February and instantly fell in love. Boiled water super fast, and a fresh cup of coffee was much appreciated in the middle of the Yukon. I took a star off for two reasons. First, the flame control was non-existant. It was either on full "jet" mode or off. I'm hoping these newer models have a little better control. Second, you really have to be careful or you'll easily char something in the bottom of this. Had a bit of trouble with instant oatmeal, but I learned my lesson. Great for soups and other foods that have lots of water, though. It felt like an essential piece I needed and so I've ordered mine and am looking forward to many adventures with it.

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