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Diana B.L.

Diana B.L.

Pittsburgh, PA

Diana B.L.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping

Diana B.L.'s Bio

I've lived in PA all my life, but go west every chance I get. Favorite places: Hell's Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Forest, and Ouray, CO. My dream is to move to CO soon and live where I can always see snow capped mountains.

Diana B.L.

Diana B.L.wrote a review of on April 27, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The photos of the Benita Skirt that I was able to view were poor; no variety, no ability to zoom, and a generally vague shot of the skirt. I thought that I was buying a skirt whose color was faded from top to bottom. I thought that I was buying a skirt of medium weight, with a pretty, native-looking graphic running down the middle. In fact, this is a light weight (think T-shirt) fabric that does not feel at all worth the money that I paid ($69.00). The fabric is not artfully faded - it is a blue and black diagonal skinny stripe. I didn't want a striped skirt. I was looking for a dyed looking skirt. The fit is typical Prana - I always need a size up because I'm not a thin, 20-something girl. I'm a middle aged, "curvy" woman who doesn't wear tight clothes. I got the XL and am happy with the fit. I'm going to keep this skirt, because I don't want to bother with returning it and it will find its place in my wardrobe. But this wasn't a well informed purchase, and it wasn't a good deal. There is a lack of that special something, in design, fabric, and/or construction, that I expect in a cotton skirt in this price range.

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Diana B.L.wrote a review of on December 4, 2013

5 5

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

The Patagonia Down Sweater is exactly what I was hoping for/expecting. I'm 5'7", 160 lbs, 38" bust, and wear a size 12 so I'm not a skinny woman! But the Large is not snug on me and leaves room for a light under layer. Measurement down the back from the seam at the collar is 27", which hits me mid-way down my?well, it's past my waist, thankfully. Many reviewers were complaining about the shortness of this jacket hitting them right at the waist, but I find it to be a perfect hip length; and I'm not a short waisted woman. Sizing was a big question for me, and I'm really glad that length and width are just right. Yes, the arms are long, so if you have short arms you may not feel comfortable in this jacket. But the wrist openings are elasticized so it's not like the arms of the jacket hang down to my fingertips. Bottom line, if you're looking for a super light, versatile piece, this is a great choice.

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Diana B.L.wrote a review of on January 8, 2010

4 5

I love this little stove because it's so small and easy to use. I will say, though, that the little Primus canisters that are made to burn with this do not last very long so stock up if you're going out for very long. Also, a real windscreen is a must if you're using this when there is more than a breeze.

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Diana B.L.wrote a review of on January 8, 2010

4 5

I took a cross country car camping trip with this pad last fall and slept very comfortably in all weather. The loft and warmth that the trapped air provided were great. I'm 5'7" and 150lbs and would like to have a larger pad when space is not an issue so I could move around and not fall off the edges. I understand that the size is designed to be small for backpackers, and for that purpose it should be just what you need.

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Diana B.L.wrote a review of on December 26, 2009

3 5

I just want to post a comment regarding the sizing of these boots, which I purchased for my size 7.5 daughter. Based on so many reviewers stating that these boots ran large, I bought a size 7. My daughter, living in the forests of eastern Oregon, has tried them on and says that she wouldn't be able to wear anything other than a thin sock with the size 7, and will have to exchange for an 8. A snow boot should obviously leave room for heavy socks, and based on this recent knowledge, I recommend that ladies who wear a half size order UP, rather than down. My star rating is random, since I haven't worn a pair of these boots.

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