Effi Xu

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Effi Xu wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

My new best friend
5 5

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

I bought my first pair of hiking boots online and you can guess that the fit was not ideal. It took a 3300 ft descend and two aching toes for me to realize I needed a new pair of well-fitted hiking boots. So I went to EMS and tried a few. The Asolo Stynger fits the profile, it has the ankle support I need (I've injured them before), it's on the average to narrow side ( I have narrow feet) and it's sturdy enough to cover long distances. It's also waterproof so I can wear them in winter hikes too.

The 'shoe guru' at EMS told me these take 50-100 miles to break in, I went on two trips about 11 miles each. My heels and toes feel perfect, although I found a small blister on one toe after the second trip. But they feel really comfortable for a sturdy synthetic pair of boots!

A friend of mine also has a pair of Asolo and we both have a little bit of chafing at the ankle bone of the left foot, but not at all of the right foot! I tied the top buckle first the second last to relive the ankle bones a little bit. It helps.

And finally, I just love the red/orange color!! Everyone complimented me on the color for sure.

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Effi Xu wrote a review of on January 13, 2013

Great helmet for snowboarding
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tried it at a local store and bought it on BC while there was a discount code. I love Smith helmets especially for the warm and fluffy earmuffs. It feels so comfortable.

Went on a three-day snowboarding trip. It was snowing pretty hard so I pretty much kept the vents shut. I did open them while I was indoor and it really helped cooling down my head. It fits very well with a generic pair of googles, no gap at all... And the purple color looks great on the slopes!

I highly recommend this helmet and also that you try it at a local store before you buy it.

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Effi Xu wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for my boyfriend. Neither he nor I have ever worn merino wool before so our first impression was: it's so thin! And when he first tried it on, it felt a little itchy.
Later he wore this on a snowboarding trip and it provided enough warmth. It seemed to wick moisture pretty well. As of size, I bought it according to the size chart, it turned out to be snug, if you are well build I would suggest to go to the larger size if you are in between.

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Effi Xu wrote a review of on December 13, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought the Allure for its light weight and good reviews. When I got it I found no vents except for a few on the back. And the only way you can control ventilation is by removing/adding the fleece lining. Plus it looks bulky. It feels really comfortable and light weighted, but I need something that has a smarter ventilation. Might switch to a Smith Voyage.

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Effi Xu wrote a review of on December 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first sleeping bag and I love it. I bought it at REI store on sale. First of all it's 800 fill goose down, so it's very soft and light. And it fits in the little stuff sack easily. It's already small so I won't need a compression sack, plus too much compression could damage down.

Used on overnight trips, the outside temperature is around freezing and I slept really well. I tend to sleep really cold so this is a great 3 season bag for me. Maybe with a liner I could use it in winter too.

Although I don't care, but some people might be bothered that the material is so thin that you can see the down inside, it makes the light blue look dirty. Be aware if you actually care.

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Effi Xu wrote a review of on December 13, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love Columbia apparel but their pants have always been long (while waist and hips fit) and the short versions are almost non existent!

I am 5'4" and 105 lbs, a typical Columbia XS or 2. I bought this pant in 2 regular. The waist and hips fit great but the inseam is still long, about 1-2 inches below my heels. Wearing with hiking boots are find coz they'll just fall on the boots. However they always touch the ground and get easily torn if I wear athletic shoes.

Above all, it's light weight, super breathable, and very important to slim girls like me, not too bulky.

I'm still searching for a pair of hiking pants that fit well and looks cool. This pair is by far the best but not perfect.

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Effi Xu wrote a review of on December 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I bought this for my boyfriend who is an ok snowboarder. We tried it out at a local store and bought it on BC. This is an older version. The only difference I've noticed so far is the padding of the ear flaps - the latest one in store is mesh and a little harder while the older version has softer fleece-like material. It feels warmer but who cares! Actually I do that's why I use a Smith helmet : )

The ventilation is great, you can easily adjust how large you want the vents to be on top of the helmet. Some other brands I shall not name have really stuck clips that are very difficult to adjust on the go.

We took it on the slopes. At the end of the second day he found that the plastic strap of the fitting system was broken... He didn't fall hard at all... Has to be a defect and BC kindly accepted the return. What a pity...

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