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BonnieLass

BonnieLass

Central Maryland, USA

BonnieLass's Passions

Running
Paddling
Hiking & Camping

BonnieLass's Bio

For fit comparison: I'm 5'7", 145lbs, 36C/D-30-39, broad shoulders, long arms, 32-33 inseam.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on March 24, 2016

4 5

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

I'm 5'7", 150#, 40" hip, so I went with the long. The bag didn't feel particularly long to me... When I snug the hood the drawstring at the top of the face opening hits me uncomfortably right on the bridge of my nose. If you're truly 6 ft tall, this might feel too short.

This is a generous mummy bag side-to-side. I had enough room to lay on my side with my knee drawn up toward my chest although I felt like my butt was compressing the down and might have gotten cold. With the bag attached to a pad you can squirm around pretty easily inside.

The toe-warmer pocket is a great little features that every bag should have.... it's basically a tongue of down-filled fabric attached on the sides and top of the bag. It's great if you're a back sleeper and/or if you don't attach the bag to a pad so that when you curl up on your side you're also sleeping on the side of the bag leaving your toes in the toewarmer pocket. But if you prefer the bag attached to a pad, when you roll onto your side or stomach it's no longer possible to tuck your toes into the pocket because the opening is still facing up. And your face in no longer in the hole for the hood of course... but no one has resolved that problem for me.

The bag is a nice bright red, with a silky feel inside and out. It has 3 pairs of loops to attach a liner if you want to.

If you're looking for a less constricting mummy bag, this is a great choice. I won't ever own another bag that doesn't attach to the pad since I roll around too much and end up on the tent floor. But, this bag ultimately didn't work out for me because the hood fit uncomfortably and it's just a tiny bit too snug for me to really sprawl out in it. Also, really bugs me that it only comes in left zip (unlike most women's bags), since my hubby's is also left zip (like most men's tall bags) so one of us has to have our zipper toward the other person instead of toward the tent wall/door.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

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

I prefer to sleep sort-of on my stomach but with one knee bent (think "can-opener" off the diving board), and I shift from one side to the other a lot... I'm miserable in mummy bags, waking up periodically to untangle. I love, love, love the Mystic.

Because it's attached to the pad and plenty wide, I can twist and turn all I want. I was worried that all that extra footspace would be tough to warm up, but I was perfectly warm on a 23F night with my Klymit insulated static v pad (R value 4.4, I'm female, 5'7", 150#) And my pad is 23" wide but works just fine in the sleeve.

I wish the hood and neck baffle had separate drawstrings, and I hate velcro near my face (to secure the zipper), but those are minor complaints. FYI, I only found loops to attach a liner at the top rather than on the sides and footbox like some other bags, and there's no stash pocket for a phone, but again, not a deal breaker for me.

This bag happens to mate with my husband's REI's Igneo, so it might work with other REI bags as well.

Oh, and I got it into a 10L compression sack rather than a 14L, so you can choose based on whether you prefer narrower diameter but longer, or shorter but fatter around once compressed.

p.s. I can sit up while my pad is in the sleeve, the pad just folds up with me.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

FIT: I'm 5'7", 150, 36D, 30" waist. I got the Medium which fit my broad shoulders and long arms really well. The torso seems to be a good length with the inner body extending down over the hips. It has a gusset to give the girls some room (and makes it surprisingly feminine on) but was somewhat slim at the waist which means a bit of a squeeze to get the girls in and out while I'm tangled in wrist gaskets but not too bad. The inner part connects to the outer part under the breast (like an empire waistline) - I have a modified skirt with a short tunnel so mine would fit perfectly in this dry top. If you use a skirt with a tunnel that goes up over your breasts be sure to try the dry top on with your skirt to make sure they'll work together. Neck and wrist gaskets felt very snug I'll need to trim or stretch the neck and stretch the wrists. (I'm also reordering in a Large just to verify the fit - see Update).

FEATURES: Chest pocket (Why there?? Can't access with PFD on. Don't need it since I have pockets in my PFD), reflective seams, stretchy neoprene cuffs do not have Velcro straps to tighten over gloves (I avoid velcro but that's just me), thick cordura nylon for abrasion protection on shoulders or elbows. Grippy feeling on the inside where it would contact the skirt tube.

Overall it felt really comfy, nice pink/orchid (not as bright/neon as the factory image, but more pink than the photo posted by Travis)

UPDATE: I did end up going with a Large just to make it easier to get in and out of it without help. Once on, my PFD compresses any extra fabric so there's no issue rolling. Went swimming twice last fall in chilly water, got just a bit damp at one wrist but otherwise all dry underneath even at the waist despite wearing running tights, not dry pants. I mostly intend to use it for cold water during spring/fall when air temp is also cool, but I'm hoping its breathability comes in handy if I travel to mountain-fed waters during hot summer days.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on October 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

FIT: I'm 5'7", 150, 36D, 30" waist. I got the Large which fit my broad shoulders and long arms really well. The torso seems to be a good length with the inner body extending down over the hips. There's enough width in the body for a fleece but doesn't feel like a balloon. Neck and wrist gaskets felt pretty good- snug but not choking.

FEATURES: No pocket (can't figure out what I'd do with one since I have pockets in my PFD), no reflection (thought that was bad, but then realized my PFD has it), cuffs have Velcro straps to tighten over gloves (I prefer a stretchy neoprene without straps, but that's just me), no noticeable extra abrasion protection on shoulders or elbows (the outer fabric feels pretty sturdy but many other brands use heavier fabric in high-wear areas). Grippy feeling on the inside where it would contact the skirt tube.

Overall it felt really comfy, nice bright (but not garish) blue color, I'm going with the Kokatat Rogue because I paddle shallow, rocky areas (ripped a skirt once) so I want the extra heavy elbow fabric. If it weren't for my tendency to drag myself upside down over rocks I'd be perfectly happy with the Flux.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on October 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I am female, tried the men's small hoping to take advantage of a great sale. No deals. The torso is quite long and would leave me in a puddle of extra fabric. That said, it seems to be great quality with very sturdy abrasion-resistant panels. This model has Velcro closures at the cuffs.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on October 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I'm female, ordered a Men's Medium since it was on killer sale. I have broad shoulders and often can't wear women's gear. I love the long arms and roomy shoulders on this model. Outer fabric is heavy cordura nylon - it feels like you could drag it over rocks without concern (good here in my shallow rivers!) Has a bead of reflective fabric and a whistle hidden in the neck (small and flat, I didn't even notice it). The only reason this dry top is going back is that the outer cuffs (not the latex gaskets) are SOOOO skinny that I just can't stand the struggle to get in and out of it. I usually wear a women's Lg or men's Med glove and could not get my hands through the very snug, non-stretch neoprene cuffs. If you have broad shoulders, long arms and slim hands give this a shot!

(sorry, didn't put this in water although I did try it on with skirt and pfd and found no issues with movement)

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on April 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I got the fuchsia ibiza which has purples and khakis in the pattern so it matches all my travel bottoms (grays, black, army green, sand).

I am 36D, 30" waist, 40" hip and found the Large to pull across the chest and was form fitting, so I went with XL which fit fine without being quite so tight.

The top can slide on the straps for more or less coverage and the back is quite comfortable. I wanted to wear this at work with a little shrug or sweater but I think the straps show in an unflattering way. It works ok under a collared shirt worn open.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on April 11, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Fabric is awesome, stretchy, feels like cotton instead of plastic. Shirt looks like it would pass at work, but it turns out that the reflective bits are weird, very stiff, sawtooth things. Bummed.

Fit wise, I have broad shoulders and preferred the Large so it fit like a regular shirt, not compression.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on December 27, 2014

4 5

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

As Allison said below, Asolo previously ran narrow... and I was always sad because they wouldn't fit. The new anatomical last offers a much wider toe box, but the instep and heel are still standard width. Wide toe like Keens, but not so much height in the toe box. I loved the fit. Minimal arch support, but the insole can be replaced.

The sole is flexible, very sticky rubber, feels thin, with minimal heel height, much like a barefoot shoe. And yup, Allison, I agree with the not-for-pronators. I don't really pronate, yet these boots made me feel like my feet were collapsing inward over the arch. The upper is very flexible also. So, while I like the comfort, I'm not confident it will give me the ankle support I need.

I'm happy to know that I can try Asolos with the new last, but this boot isn't right for the technical stuff I do. If you're looking for something to walk groomed trails without a lot of ankle-twisty stuff, especially if you supinate, these might be perfect.

By the way, it's very, very hard to find boots that aren't Gore-Tex... so if you are looking for the extra breathability of non-waterproofs, take a look at these.

Size US 9 (women's) = Eu 41.3

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on November 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'7", 150, 36D. If I'm ever unconscious and getting picked up by my PFD, I want that sucker to stay on. Men's PFD's meant smashing my chest flat to get the straps tight. So I tried every "women's" PFD (see other reviews). I got the BetSEA in L/XL. This one has the padding cutout in the right place to allow some room for the girls. I was able to cinch it tight and still breathe. Pockets have room to stash food bar, gloves, knife and dry-bagged phone. I don't know if I'll use the hand warmers but I like having the option. For whitewater, I really like this one.

If you're very busty (>DD) I'd recommend the YTV (you'll be hanging the girls out and losing extra pockets but it's very comfortable)

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on November 9, 2013

5 5

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

ACT Lite 65+10 vs 70+10 SL vs 65+15 Pro SL

These packs are VERY similar. I was able to pack them each with the same loads and adjust them to fit comfortably. (I'm 5'7", 150#, Medium frames usually fit). So the deciders for me were:
D-rings on shoulder straps: 70+10 & Pro = Yes, ACT = No.
Daisy chains on back: 70+10 & Pro = Yes, ACT = No.
H2O bladder: Pro=Left & Rt pockets, Others=pocket in pack.
Top becomes daypack: Pro only (despite what Deuter's site says).
Raincover inc'd & stow pocket on bottom: 70+10 & Pro = Yes, ACT = No.
Mesh pocket on back (great for easy access or allow wet gear to dry while walking): 70+10 & Pro = No, ACT = Yes.
Weight: Lite=3#11oz. 70=6#10oz. Pro=7#1oz.

Note that SL refers to Slim so, thin men may also prefer this version.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on November 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I got the blue/blue unisex ones. I found the sizing to be pretty accurate if you use the eu size. The shoe is cut to be fairly form-fitting, so they might fit into a kayak but you'll have to check. (I wear a 39 and paddle a creek boat, so I may have more bow room than many people).

I loved how close they fit through the heel and instep. Didn't feel like they'd shift around and cause blisters when wet. There's absolutely no lining or padding inside (small roll at upper back cuff) so if a seam or eyelet hits in the wrong spot it can be painful.

Super sticky soles. Dry fast. Drain well. Very cool looking as street shoes. Hope they work for you!

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on September 20, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tried this one since I really like the low-profile YTV but don't like the pullover style. The Camino 200 has a similar minimal feel. It doesn't feel like there's a huge float strapped to your chest. Instead the padding wraps all around. The cut of the front makes it female friendly. This would be awesome for anyone paddling in hot weather because there are cutouts all the way through the padding under the black mesh bits. The ripstop nylon is slightly translucent and seems fragile, but I suspect it's tougher than it looks. To me (5'6", 36D, 38" bust, 30" waist) the YTV is still more comfortable (less compression on the girls) even when really snugged down. The shoulder straps are pretty close together, if you have a thick neck this jacket might not work.

As usual I'm on the cusp of S/M and M/L. I got the M/L per the size chart but I have to pull every strap as tight as it will go, and still wish I could shorten the shoulders more, so this one goes back.

Note: unless I'm missing something, this jacket has 2 zippered pockets, not 4, and only small hands will fit fully inside, but sufficient for keys, sunblock, snacks.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on September 13, 2013

4 5

I don't understand how this PFD can be so slim feeling. All the others I've tried make me feel like one of those hotdogs wrapped in a biscuit that you loved as a kid.

The most comfortable PFD I've tried on. I'm female, 36D (aka about 38" max chest). It's super adjustable and the M/L feels great on. Now about the girls... The central part is fairly narrow and the padding is thinner across the top. If you're bigger than a B cup, instead of being smashed into a vest style, you'll be sporting this rather in-yer-face cupless corset look. Very comfortable... It's not as sexy as I made it sound ;) but something ladies should be aware of before ordering.

It doesn't have a bunch of features. Just the front lash tab, and two SMALL zippered pockets (not 2 hand pockets and a 3rd zip pocket) with a key loop in each.

I'm not sold on the pullover style. If this had side buckles I'd be convinced, but I'm waiting for a Camino to arrive hoping it will be the same fit but with easier access.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on September 13, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Who designed this? I compared it to the men's version to see where the women's specific cut is... It's bizarre. The men's has padding the same thickness all around. Instead of thinner padding across the top front (you know, where our boobs are) the MsFit has thinner padding at the sides from top to bottom. In the pictures you can see the front is made of two panels that zip in the center, then there's a side seam where the front panel meets the side panel that has the zippered pockets (the reflective part ends in that seam). The padding cutouts are not in front, they're in under that front-side section. Why?? If you can sling your boobs to the sides and out the arm holes, you'll love this PFD... otherwise, return it like I am. (another thought is that if you are thicker around the middle, whether female or male, this might be an option for you)

I am 36D, with largest chest measurement of 38.5". I tried both the S and M. I found the S too small and the M too big.

Quality-wise it seems well-made. The pockets and reflectors are good. The flap over the knife lash and chest buckle under the zipper are nice touches. Shoulder "padding" is articulated stiff pieces. Looks more protective than the usual soft stuff.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on September 13, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The kapok feels really good... it feels like it would "learn" my shape, unlike standard foam. The boob cutouts are pretty shallow. Probably ideal for A/B cup size, for C/D (me) it's better than a man's PFD, but not as cutout as I was hoping for.

I am 36D, with largest chest measurement of 38.5". I tried both the S/M and M/L. I found the M/L too big. I had to max all the straps on the S/M but preferred the fit and assume that the filling may compress over time.

The handwarmer pockets zip and extend up the chest to the shoulder strap, so tons of space, plus two more zip pockets.
The reasons I'm returning it are 1) the shoulders are not padded... the buckle rides right on top of my shoulder and carrying my kayak will be torture (and I'm not convinced about the "no rub neoprene vs. padding). And 2) the back of my arms hit the back padding and waist buckles when I move my arms backwards.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on September 10, 2013

4 5

Fit: True to size

This boot is very light-weight. Appears well-made. These are not going to keep your feet dry, but they'll dry quickly. The upper is very simple with just a single layer of canvas stiff enough to give a little ankle support. There's no padding around ankle. Nice protective rubber toe bumper. The insole is awesome with good arch support and shock absorption. The sole is very sticky rubber (at least on dry surfaces, I haven't tried wet rocks yet) with a moderate tread. Sole is stiff enough to prevent twisting on rocks, but still flexes for good feel.

The cut feels women's specific with a narrower heel and snug instep, yet has a very wide toe box. Overall size feels correct (choose your Euro size). I got these for portaging on whitewater kayaking trips. I got the women's 8.5 and they're a tight fit in my Dagger Nomad, so they probably won't work as kayak shoes unless you have smaller feet.

The dark grey boot comes with a set of light grey laces in case you don't like the purple. (photo correctly shows colors).

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on January 25, 2013

Tested in Patagonia and 9 airplanes
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My Requirements: 1) lightweight 2) waterproof 3) big enough for bulky camera gear yet can pass it off as my "personal item" on flights.

Used as daypack in Torres del Paine, plan to use for motorcycle trips. This bag worked great! Very light for the sturdiness of the fabric. Comes with 2 metal biners that have slots to lock them onto the straps. Great!

Weatherproofness: Absolutely waterproof. Nikon gear stayed safe thru thorny scrub, 8 hours in rain & days of dusty desert .

Packability: Easy to load it with DSLR, lenses, filters, jacket, wallet, a paperback: squeeze air out, roll all the way down , clip the biners to the lowest side loops, use the waist strap as a compression strap and tada! it looks like a school backpack. No trouble using it as my second carry-on item. Yet big enough to be your primary carry-on if you load it up.

Functionality: No pocket or bungee grid so I clipped my platypus bag and a drawstring bag to the chains. I'd add gear loops to the shoulder straps.

Comfort: Both 5'7" 36D me and my 6'2" thin hubby found comfy fits. The shoulder straps were cushy enough with <20lbs. Waist strap is good enough to take some of the load. Adjustable sternum strap.

See awful photo for size while on, daisy chains and the included biner. You can roll the top much farther down and turn it into a cube shape.

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on December 13, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This pack is super light. The water pouches on the shoulder straps will accommodate a mid-size telezoom lens, but you'll want to equally weight the two pouches. There's a keep-it-from-flapping waist strap, but not a weight-bearing hip belt. The bungee grid on the back it cool, as is the routing system for hydration.

Very adjustable... but the adjustments are all a bit fussy. If you like to set things once, it's fine, but if you (like me) find yourself changing things on the fly, you might be frustrated. For example, the chest strap can be moved up and down... but you can't just slide it, you must remove the straps, and reinsert them into different attachment points.

The outside zip pocket is about 9" deep but only 4" wide at the bottom. The access to the main area is a trapezoid that's narrower at the top and seems less friendly than a rectangular opening, but it's not bad.

Feels like a small 25L... my everyday "bookbag" backpack feels more roomy.

I filled it with 16 lbs of rice. It carried well (lots of weight on my shoulders but I was able to adjust it so some weight was sitting on my iliac crest (I just looked up the name for that bony plate on my lower back).

Recommended for small loads when you might get rained on while dayhiking or mountain biking. But feels small for a weekend photographer's pack. (I'm leaning toward the Outdoor Research Ridge Sack)

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BonnieLasswrote a review of on November 25, 2012

5 5

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

I love the 150 weight shirts. They're great from warm to cool weather so ideal if you have a casual workplace with fluctuating temperatures.

I usually can't use thumb-holes but these are well-placed on long sleeves. Petite ladies might not like the sleeve length but I love it since I have broad shoulders and long arms and hate to have my wrists stick out... not a problem with this shirt! I also love that the shirt completely covers my butt. It's close-fitting (especially hips) but not tight (I'm 36D-30-39 and got Large). So you can wear the shirt tucked in or pulled out.

I was bummed that this boysenberry color is lighter/less bright than the boysenberry color of the long underwear bottoms but still a cute magenta color.

NOTE: there's also the Stoic Merino 150 crew which has the shorter body length.

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