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Debbie wrote a review of on February 16, 2012

5 5

this is the most beautiful raincoat, but it's got a very trim cut. I'm 5'4" and weigh 120, wear a size 4 petite and usually an XS in Patagonia because they sem to run larger - but not here! I bought a size Small which fits if I wear a standard blouse or a mid-weight fashionable sweater underneath. The slim silouette is very attractive, the best looking raincoat I've seem, lovely fabric, very feminine cut. But it's a trim cut all over and I can't put a medium-weight down jacket underneath it for the cold, wet Seattle winter. I would go for a size Medium, but at my height, the sleeves would be too long, so I need to stick with the small. Good luck!

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Debbie wrote a review of on January 22, 2011

5 5

My husband has the 35L size of this same pack, and I have the women's version. They are both excellent and exceed our expectations in every way. The comments in this negative review are inaccurate, except maybe the snowboard comment -- I ski, so I can't confirm or deny whether it carries a snowboard well. But the other rants are incorrect and may be from improper use of the pack. There was also apparently a "fit problem" that upset the prior reviewer. A few corrections: the "aluminum struts" are so soft and only give support -- there is no way you could feel them through the padding. The hydration tube does not prevent you from using the back access zippers and it is attached to the shoulder strap, but frankly who cares because we find all hydration systems will freeze -- everyone we know uses bottles in the winter. The pack carries all size ski tips when used properly. The 35L version of this pack fits my husband 6'5", 205 lbs just fine and it also fits our male friend at 5'10" and 185 lbs; it has perfect capacity for an all day outing, whereas this larger 45L version would be good for a multi-day hut trip. Both the pack length and the waist strap length are a-okay for both men. The other reviewer says he took this to Camp Muir -- that's a day trip, why was he carrying a pack this large -- maybe that explains his frustration with the size? This pack is 20% larger than the Osprey he switched to. This Ortovox pack and it's smaller 35L version and the women's version have the best set of features for a true backcountry ski trip -- no competitor products are even close.

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Debbie wrote an answer about on January 11, 2011

Layer, layer, layer! Arc'teryx is generally the outer shell, while underneath you have different layers depending on the temperature and your activity level. For example, what you wear under your Arc'teryx shell when you're skiing in 30 deg temperatures will be different than what you wear underneath if it's 10 deg. Your level of exertion when skiing matters too -- are you merely cruising on green runs or are you working up a sweat in the backcountry or taking on black diamond bump runs? During snowmobiling and dogsledding, your activity level is generally low and there's significant wind due to your movement, so you'll want warm layers like a down jacket underneath your Arc'teryx shell. You get the idea. Now it should make sense that you DON'T want to purchase the Arc'teryx Fission jacket that's already got insulation because then you have no options when the temperature or your activity level changes. (no one buys those!) Plus, with just the shell, it serves as an awesome rain jacket and wind protection even without layers underneath -- having an Arc'teryx shell is about the coolest outer piece you can stroll around town in!!!

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Debbie wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

5 5

FIT: My foot is very average, probably a bit on the narrow side, especially through the heel. These boots have a good fit -- like the Salomon Idol 8. The salesman told me that BD had Salomon make the boots for them, but who knows if that's true. I have to say the fit feels almost exactly the same. The boots are wide in the toe box, but this is a plus for a couple reasons -- your toes have some room so they don't get as cold, and also there's plenty of room to place a toe heat pad in there. I wear a 7.5 and took a 24.5 in these. Another feature that sold me on these boots is that they're cut a bit lower, maybe an inch shorter than other boots. That fits a woman's calf muscle MUCH better. Many boots are really only smaller versions of men's boots and they rise too high for a woman's calf muscle. These are significantly better and make walking easier.

FLEX: Easy for walking, yet solid when you lock them down. Two lock-down settings at 17 and 21 degrees, flex rating is 100. They feel stiffer to me than other Randonee boots, but I'm not sure they're 100 - that seems a bit high because I can flex them okay and I'm used to an 80 flex boot. One thing that makes these easy for walking and skinning is that the boot liner has a wire lacing system. You can "tighten" it like a shoe string via a single little rachet knob on the side. This allows you to totally loosen the liner when you're walking or skinning, and contributes significantly to the good flex -- great design feature!

SKI MATCH: Since they are a more solid Randonee boot, I would recommend a heftier ski to match. Most of the Randonee-Tele skis are thin and flimsy for lighter weight while touring. These boots are similar to Alpine downhill boots so I paired them with a Salomon Lady Freeski and Marker Baron binding. It's a little heavier set-up, but I'll tell you, my downhill control is outstanding -- it's like I'm on alpine skis. It's perfect for skinning up groomed areas for an aerobic workout -- the descent on groomers and icy snow is well-controlled. The strength in these boots is a good match for a more solid ski or a larger, wide powder ski.

CONSTRUCTION - buckles are firm and solid, not flimsy like many boots.

OVERALL: really a great boot. I'm very happy with them.

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Debbie wrote a review of on January 20, 2009

5 5

Great jersey. Just like the other reviewer, I love the full zip too. I can layer this jersey over a long sleeve black top in the chilly weather -- looks great! However, it runs small and I had to return mine and exchange it for a larger size. I'm 5'4", 115 lbs, and I needed a size medium. It's cut small through the chest, shoulders, underarms, and overall length. Order one size larger than you would normally purchase.

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Debbie wrote an answer about on January 13, 2009

One comment -- Buy the ski based on her WEIGHT, not her height. I am very light for my height (#112) and it takes weight to flatten the ski to make it turn! Otherwise the sidecut of the ski doesn't engage to allow it to turn. I am 5'4" and 112#, and I bought this ski in a 149. I am not able to turn the 156 length because I don't weigh enough. I do have to sacrifice on the "ride quality" just a little bit -- a longer ski would be smoother, but alas, that's no asset if I can't turn it! Debbie

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Debbie wrote an answer about on January 13, 2009

Hi Carol,I can share my experience... I'm 49, very athletic and in-shape, 5'4", 112 lbs, but totally new to skiing. I skied about 30 days last year, took 4-5 private lessons, and skiied 15 days this year so far. I have outgrown this ski already. But hoenstly, looking back, I still would have started with this ski -- it's very forgiving and easy to learn on. Once I learned how to turn and became comfortable on the snow, I started going fast -- I love speed! - and this True Luv ski holds up okay, but there's lots of "chatter" up your ankle and leg. There's also lots of chatter in the ice or when the top soft layer of snow is scrapped off from lots of other skiers. And it doesn't cut through the crud very well on heavier snow days -- it throws you around more because it's not as solid as a more expensive, higher quality metal ski. So I've upgraded now after only 45 days on the snow with this ski. All that said, you almost have to start with a ski like this because it's easier to handle -- then you simply sell it on craigslist and upgrade once you've progressed. As athletic as I am, there's no way I could have learned on a better, metal ski. I progressed fast because I started with a ski that matched my ability level. Hope this is helpful. Debbie

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Debbie wrote a review of on May 14, 2008

5 5

Great fabric -- I use it as my windbreaker, and when the rain & drizzle starts (like all the time here in Seattle), I'm already prepared and stay dry. This jacket is extremely breathable, yet completely waterproof and windproof. It's light and quiet as well. Runs true to size with a flattering trim fit, but it's not cut too small -- allows movement in all directions on my bike. I wear it EVERY outing and am ordering a second one to use at my other home in Idaho. That's how much I like it.

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Debbie wrote a review of on August 10, 2006

5 5

This shell is PERFECT for biking and running. It's extremely lightweight, breathable, and full of stretch. It's an excellent windblock and sheds water in a drizzle. It's cut to fall at the hip so it's not bulky. There's a drawstring at the bottom, and the sleeves have an extra insert with thumb hole to cover your hands. The neck has a soft lining and there's a windflap on the main zipper. All the zippers are high quality. I really like the flat seams too. I like mine so much that I'm buying a 2nd one -- it's the most comfortable, functional, attractive aerobic jacket I've ever owned and I've owned many of them!

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