Emme

Emme

Maine

Emily's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Emily's Bio

I like to play outside. Ski, mountain bike, road bike... explore. It's all fun!

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Emme wrote an answer about on October 7, 2014

Thanks much, Skifreak! That's what I was thinking, but I've been told over & over again that the performance is the same, and thus, I should get the Baron. But my concern is even if they ski similarly, there is no need for the weight & additional parts, if I'm not regularly using the AT aspect (and have a light tele setup for that). I feel like AT is so "hot" right now, folks are pushing it a bit much. Thanks!

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Emme wrote a question about on October 6, 2014

I am debating these or the Baron for my new Blizzard Sambas. Other than the AT aspect, how are these different? Do they ski different? Does one sit lower to the ski? I already have a tele setup for skinning, so this will will be a resort ski... But debating Griffon or Baron, if I got baron I would likely tour at some point with it, but don't want to sacrifice any downhill performance for that possibility, since I have another option. Any opinions are welcome.

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Emme wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a bag for a week long mountain bike trip. I knew that our duffles would be tossed around a fair bit, possibly strapped on top of a van, maybe left out in the rain, yet would need to hold all of my clothes & bike gear for a week. After lusting after these duffles for a few years I finally bit the bullet and bought one (at retail price- which I rarely do!), and I have to say, it's worth it. I got the 90L size, which fits everything I could possibly need, or carry. I maxed it out at about 45 lbs, so didn't have to pay extra to fly with it. Plus, when wheeling a bike box through the airport, having this thing on my back was a life saver. It's a great looking bag, everyone was jealous of it. Since I got back from that trip, I've found myself reaching for it whenever I've needed a bag for a weekend trip. Perhaps I'll get a smaller size eventually as well, but for now I'll just throw everything I need in it even if it's a bit overkill... since I like it so much! Patagonia rarely lets me down; this bag is no exception.

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Emme wrote a question about on December 6, 2011

I've tried these boots on, but can't decide on if they are right for my needs. I live in Maine, and am looking for a casual yet cute boot for every-day winter wear (well, Spring & Fall too). I'm tired of wearing snow boots, with a pair of flats in my purse for when I reach my destination. My sole (ha!) concern with these boots is the traction. It looks REALLY slick. I've read conflicting reviews on whether this boot will be good (or terrible) in the snow. Keen reps, other people who have them... anyone have some real experience with this? I don't want to be slipping and sliding this winter...

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Emme wrote a review of on January 21, 2011

5 5

Surprised by this piece... it's not your average fleece. It's more of a really light weight soft shell, with a micro fleece liner. Smooth on the outside, lightly fuzzy inside. Nice fitted hood, hidden pockets, longer-than-average sleeves with thumb loops.

Awesome light layer... running/biking when it's in the 40's... mid-layer it when it's in the 10's-20's... and throw it in the car for cool summer nights.

I'm impressed. OR is quickly becoming one of my top brand choices. Great quality.

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Emme wrote a question about on October 20, 2010

Does Giro really not make women's helmet in a large?? I have this helmet from a few years ago in a W-L, and the fit is perfect... but now only see S and M in this... am I missing something? Do I have to get a boring black guy's helmet??

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Emme wrote a review of on October 13, 2010

5 5

I was looking for a pair of glasses to do it all- biking, skiing, running, driving, every day use... something with technical features, but also something that looks good. These are those glasses. I love them, and have probably worn them every day since I got them about 1.5 years ago. I get lots of comments on them. They have some moldable feature in the frame, so they stay on your face during activities. The lenses show no wear, even though I rarely use the case and often leave them in backpacks or in purses.

Only problem I've had is that they do get emerged in salt water once in a while (oops), and I'm not good about wiping them clean after. Thus, the metal emblem has flaked a bit. I contacted Kaenon about this, and they offered replacements... but I don't want to be without the glasses for very long, so I haven't taken them up on the offer.

These glasses, as others have mentioned, for LARGER faced people.

In summary... highly recommended! Great shades, great company!

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Emme wrote an answer about on October 8, 2010

There are several skins that come LONG, assuming you will cut them (that way they can just sell in widths, not lengths too). I had a pair of the Black Diamond skins (Ascension) which I cut to fit some 160 Rossis I had. Looks like BC.com has those in stock. The good thing about those is that you cut, then fold over. I knew I'd be getting longer skis eventually, so I left about 8 inches folded over, so I could make them longer for the next skis I had.

As far as width- there are a few trains of thought on this. Some people like a skinnier skin, and they cut it to expose the ski edge , and leave a strip of skin in the middle of the ski. Some people prefer "full-coverage", where you would get a fatter skin (as wide as the widest part of your ski), and then cut it to fit (http://www.backcountry.com/g3-trim-tool works wonders).

Everyone has an opinion on this- but basically, the more exposed ski you have, the more glide you'll have. The less exposed ski, the more grip.

Have fun!

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Emme wrote a review of on February 19, 2010

4 5

I got the gray ones, and in general, I do like them. However, the waist band is really wide and stiff. The pink/blue "paint" is almost crusty, and limits the movement of the band. Other than this, the pants are great... really comfy, true to size, and cute. Not sure I'd wear them for yoga though- they are pretty warm. And I would not trust cash in the back pocket. In general, these are great for laying around the house... but I wouldn't go outside in them...

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Emme wrote a review of on February 18, 2010

Great Dog Jacket!
5 5

If my dog understood performance outerwear, he would love this jacket.It's a slim fit, so he walks funny for a bit when it first goes on, but once we are outside, he forgets it's on. He likes to run through the woods, chasing scents & small critters, and this jacket has never snagged on a branch, and doesn't show any signs of wear at all! Also, in deep snow, it prevents "snowballs" from forming on his belly & upper leg fur. It keeps him really warm as well! It's really well made, with a soft fleece lining, a stretchy under panel, and a weather resistant top panel.I've read reviews of this jacket in which people complain about the zipper coming undone. The key is to flip back the zipper once its all the way zipped, as it has an auto locking mechanism built in.As far as sizing, my dog is skinny but long (60-lb lab/hound), so he fit in to a medium for the chest measurement but a large for length. I went for the medium, and it has worked out well (see picture).I've tried a few jackets on my dog, and this is my favorite. It doesn't restrict his movement, and it hold up well to (dog) abuse! I recommend it!

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Emme wrote a review of on February 10, 2010

5 5

Got this hoody on Friday at lunch time. Wore it to the office for the afternoon, skiing Saturday, relaxing Sat night, skiing sunday, to a Superbowl party Sunday night, and running in 20 degree weather Monday night. Now I will wash it, as it's just beginning to smell. I got this hoody after reading all the great reviews, and am not disappointed. It has the regular R-1 waffle weave material everywhere except the bottom portion of the waist (the lower 4-5 inches is a thinner material, to fit under a harness, under ski pants, or whatever). There is a chest pocket (good for keys!). The zipper feels fine against my base layer, and the face part of the zipper has an extra layer under it, and is offset, so it doesn't bother my face at all.

I am a female, and am often between a small & medium in men's sizing. I got the medium to be on the safe side. It is a bit on the baggier side, but not enough that I would send it back. A small would have been a slim fit. I'm sure it will shrink a little from washing, like other reviewers have said.

In summery... this hoody is awesome. I think you should buy one!

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Emme wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

3 5

This is a review on the ebony pants. I don't know if the caviar/blue ones will have the same problem or not- perhaps it's a design flaw which they fixed with the newer model?

The pant itself is awesome. I'm 5'7'', average build, and the large fit well, if not a little big at the waist. The velcro tabs on the back cinched them tighter over just a light base layer. The material is not a typical soft shell- it feels more like a hard shell. But it seems to breath like a soft shell, and isn't loud. The zippers are great- welded with good pulls. Pink trim color is bright but not overly so. The pants are on the baggier side, but this didn't bother me.

I wore these pants on Saturday for the first time, for a resort day, and that night, when I took them off, I noticed that there were two holes. In the back (see "back pocket" picture above), the snaps which are just below the belt loop tore out of the pant, leaving holes in the material. Since I loved the pants otherwise, I decided to ski in them yesterday as well. The holes got bigger, which is too bad, since I was thinking of keeping them even with the holes. I can't figure out why the snaps tore through the material. They fit me well, and my jacket comes down my back way below the waist. Has anyone else had this problem?

I'm reluctantly sending these back. I guess $100 gore-tex soft shells were too good to be true...

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Emme wrote an answer about on February 4, 2010

Thanks Andrea! I can see the zipper placement differences, but just don't get why the vast price difference, if they are essentially the same pant in craftsmanship/material. The pocket zippers don't really matter to me... the vent placement is the only one that may matter at all... so I think I'll go with ebony:-) I assume it's an older model of the same pant...

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