Embla

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Hawaii, Japan, Western China

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Nikki 's Passions

Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Sport Climbing

Nikki 's Bio

Married to surfing, but it's an open relationship. ;) I like snowboarding, bouldering, rock climbing, hiking, soccer, flying planes, building snowforts, and eating chocolate cake.

Embla

Embla wrote an answer about on November 10, 2011

Hi Jim - I've been careful with washing mine, mostly using cold water with a gentle rinse and drying them on low heat. However, my boyfriend washes his the same way he does all his clothes - hot water and high heat and he hasn't noticed them wearing out on him yet. We've had our socks since March and been white water rafting a lot this summer with them.

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Embla wrote an answer about on November 3, 2011

Hi - it varies slightly depending on size. On a size 8.5 boot, it's 11.75" high with a 15.5" shaft circumference. On a size 6 boot it's a half inch shorter and an inch smaller in circumference. So give or take a little depending on what size you are.
Hope this helps! :)

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Embla wrote an answer about on October 31, 2011

Hi - these would work fine for snowmobiling because they are both insulated and waterproof. I would recommend wearing them with a thick sock. However, this is not the North Face's *warmest* boot - if you plan on being out for hours and your winters are cold (0 degrees is a nice day where I'm from), I would definitely recommend looking into a boot that's rated for negative temps. :)

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Embla wrote an answer about on October 29, 2011

Hi Jane - TNF has Better than Naked shorts, but not pants. Here are the shorts if you're interested:
http://www.backcountry.com/the-north-face-better-than-naked-short-womens
If you're looking for pants, I would highly recommend the North Face Impulse Pants:
http://www.backcountry.com/the-north-face-impulse-pant-womens
In my experience they've worked similarly well to the Better than Naked shirt, keeping my legs warm during fall runs while also wicking away sweat very well. They are also lightweight and comfortable. :)

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Embla wrote an answer about on October 28, 2011

Hi Amy - Lettered glove sizes (XS, S, M, L) roughly correspond to age via their numbered sizes (XS is 4-6, S is 6-8, M is 8-10, L is 10-12). However, because kids of the same age can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, I HIGHLY recommend that instead of estimating by age, you should find out what the child's usual size in apparel is - the apparel size will be equivalent to the glove size needed. If you're unsure what the child's clothing size is, you can refer to Columbia's sizing chart:
http://www.backcountry.com/store/sizingchart.html?sizing_id=264&sku=COL3297&pg_id=100000058&subcat_id=100000033&cat_id=100000008

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Embla wrote an answer about on October 27, 2011

Hi! I can totally sympathize with you - I'm also small and skinny so I'm cold all the time too! The good thing, though, is that even the XS size jackets will let you fit more layers underneath than usual. :)

If you're concerned about warmth and trying to decide between the two, I would go with the Patagonia Pipe Down jacket. The Patagonia Micro Puff jacket is warm enough for temps in the teens but not for very much lower than that, especially if the winds are brutal. Otherwise, I would highly recommend checking out the other jackets that Backcountry offers. There are a few other options that are at least as warm as the Pipe Down jacket but at a lower cost. :)

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