Diane Elder

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Diane Elder

Diane Elder wrote a review of on May 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Love it. The unique Ghost whisperer fabric is soft, quiet and comfortable. It doesn't catch the wind or flap around. I bought to wear over swim top and polypropylene shirt for flat water SUP paddles on cooler days. It is perfect for that. It slides over my shirt and is not confining, and is just as comfy over just a swim top. The feel of the fabric on my skin is silky, which has a calming effect on me. Comfy for yoga and Tai Chi on my SUP or the beach. The length is a tad short, but OK. I am 5'8" with an hourglass figure. I decided on M over L. This jacket is designed to wear over a fitness top. Size up if you want to wear it over regular clothing and layers, or just use it as a mid-layer on those days. The jacket is so comfortable that I expect to use it a lot. I was hesitant because the sheerness is a bit weird for me, but I am surprised how much that doesn't bother me. Mine is white. I can think of lots of times I can use it. I will be brining this on every trip because it can be easily hidden in a layered outfit for extra weather protection without sacrificing style! I am disappointed that it has been discontinued. Mine has been sturdy so far, and washed easily in the sink. I am kinda worried that the white nylon will stain easily or suffer from color transfer, but it still looks great. Get one while you can!

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Diane Elder wrote an answer about on April 19, 2014

My REI sub-kilo 15 degree down bag is swimming in the medium size 11 liter stuff sack it came with. Even with my down pillow, it fits into the small 10 liter compression sack. It's a little bit of work to get it in, but my backpack is only 48 liters, so size matters. I use the small compression sack, then shake and fluff the down before bedtime.

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Diane Elder

Diane Elder wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before buying, I asked a question about using this bag for travel. Thanks for answering. This is a great travel bag! I loaded the Momentum 34 with everything I had packed on my recent trip from Boston to Amsterdam, then to Africa on safari & a beach holiday in Kenya, then to Paris before heading home. The Momentum 34 held everything and still measured within carry-on specs and weighed under 10 kg. Everything fit inside with squishing room to spare. The roomy side pockets easily swallowed the 24 oz water bottle on one side and the other had room for wallet, camera, etc, etc. The stretch dump pocket was ideal for the quart ziploc of liquids for screening.

I did a side-by-side comparison with the Osprey Talon 44, packing it with this same collection of stuff from the list above. Although the load felt lighter in the Talon 44, the Momentum 34 wins as a travel bag. The Momentum 34 is sturdier, easier to load and access, and the side pockets & shoulder harness pockets are more functional during use. The load in the Talon 44 was a different shape, with a length of 26" so it would have to fit in an overhead bin sideways. Those bins are crowded, and it could be hard to find a spot near my seat. Also the Momentum 34 has 2 sleeves in the center of the bag with padding which will hold a MacBook Air and a Kindle. There is no protection for electronics in the Talon 44. These sleeves are even suspended off the bottom of the Momentum 34. I know that I could check my Momentum 34 if I choose because the straps can be tucked away. I hope that my Talon 44 would never be gate-checked because all the straps and the frame could easily be damaged in the airport equipment.

I have been using the Momentum 34 as my everyday tote. It holds my handbag, book, computer, water, etc with room to spare for groceries, gear or new shoes.

This is a great bag and I am sorry to see that Osprey has eliminated this size in 2013.

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Diane Elder

Diane Elder wrote a review of on July 14, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This skirt is a winner for everyday. I live on Cape Cod, so my summer days are usually a combo of ponds, salt water, and town. I like to wear a quick-dry skirt and "normal" top. We usually play in water at least once a day. I like this skirt because it makes quick changes into a dry swim suit easy, much faster than the sarong/skort change. Great in town for coffee, shopping or a bite to eat, but right at home on the trails or the beach. Just switch up the shoes, wear sturdy jewelry, and it's a day at the beach!

I'm 5'8" 135# and the size 6 hits at the top of my kneecaps. I find the size chart is accurate for me with no pulling and a easy, active fit. The titanium color is easy to wear, and it doesn't make me look like the salespeople at the expensive mountain store chose my outfit.

I ordered this skirt for my trip to Kenya. I wore this skirt on safari, but I wore a longer skirt for the coast and Nairobi. I'm wearing this skirt in a lot of the safari photos. I like the soft lining in the waistband and hem. The lining in the hem adds some weight, which helps keep the wind from causing a wardrobe malfunction. Modesty is key for travel. Covering up the shoulders, collar bones, and to the knees will help the locals feel more comfortable around me, so I will be safer and have more fun. My travel clothing philosophy is to wear what you would wear if you lived there.

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