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Courtney van Stolk

Courtney van Stolk

Courtney van Stolk

Courtney van Stolkwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: xs

I had been looking for a black down vest to wear to work, and my mom gave me this one for Christmas. I like that it has a longer fit than my Patagonia down sweater vest. Unlike most down vests it is not flared out at the hips, which fits my narrow frame well, and the armholes are small enough that they don't gape but large enough to layer a sweater underneath. The collar is wonderfully snuggly! It's bulkier than several other down vests available, so don't buy it if you're looking for a super sleek silhouette, but doesn't make me look like a marshmallow. It keeps me cozy but not overheated.

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Courtney van Stolkwrote a review of on November 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought my latest cube to replace my old cube (previously reviewed)that my sister liked so much that she nabbed it to pack for her 6-month trip around Europe. That one has stood up very well to a year of heavy travel and this one should too. These pack-it cubes are phenomenal for packing a duffel bag without clothing sloshing around and getting wrinkled, and also for easily organizing within a suitcase when I'm sharing a hotel room with five other grad students at a conference. My clothes stay neatly folded and easy to find. This size holds eight shirts or five sweaters, and the half-cube size is great for socks and skivvies.

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Courtney van Stolkwrote a review of on April 7, 2012

great, but bigger than expected
4 5

I ordered this hoping for something to keep my change of clothes from getting too mussed in my pack, and it ended up being bigger than I expected. So, in the picture I uploaded I fit all this into the packing cube:

swimsuit, board shorts, short-sleeved rash guard, spare bra/underwear, coverup dress, pak-towel, toiletries kit, sunscreen, headlamp, bandana, and teva flip-flops.

This, my friends, is a lot of stuff. I think I'll order the half-cube to fulfill my original purpose, but I'll hang on to this one too because I can see it being useful to segregate my personal gear from group gear for backpacking.
I gave it a four because I haven't seen how it will hold up to wear yet, but I'll bump it up to a five if it wears well.

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Courtney van Stolkwrote a review of on June 4, 2009

4 5

What an awesome dress! Comfortable, cool, wears like iron. I only wish that it came in a shorter length, since I'm 5'4 and it comes below my knees. That would make it perfect. For the record, I weigh 105 and the XS fits great, maybe a bit loose in the chest area. The neckline's great - not too frumpy, not too low, and the armholes that people complain about fit my small shoulders beautifully.

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Courtney van Stolkwrote a review of on June 4, 2009

4 5

I tried these on at the store and liked them, but the first time I wore them I cut my feet to bits and the toe-straps strangled my big toes. The fourth time I wore them I loved them.

Here's my biggest tip: tighten the straps to the tightness that seems intuitive, them give the straps an extra half inch to and inch. Since I've done that, and put band-aids on the top inside edge of my foot where the straps cross, these shoes have been great. I love the zebra aqua color! I can't wait to wear them hiking or canoeing, instead of just out on errands.

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