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Erica Carley

Erica Carley

Utah and Maine. Favorite places: Alta, Moab, Jackson (WY), Acadia NP, Sugarloaf, anywhere on the ocean or in the mountains.

Erica Carley's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Erica Carley's Bio

I grew up in Maine, splitting my time between Portland, Sugarloaf and Mount Desert Island. After college I decided I needed a lot more powder in my life so I moved to Alta, thinking I'd be there for a few months. Two years later, I still can't get enough of snow and mountains.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on February 11, 2009

5 5

I tried on a whole bunch of shoes before I bought the Nago, and I'm glad I did. I have a very narrow heel and a wider forefoot, a lot of the other shoes I tried pinched in weird places, but these were great. This is my first climbing shoe so I didn't want something horribly uncomfortable. I'm a size 9 normally and I got the 39.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

4 5

I needed a spring/touring glove but didn't want to go too light because I have little to no circulation in my extremities and my fingers and toes are in deep freeze from November-May. The extravert turned out to be the perfect solution. Wool-lined means they wick like a champ and stay warm for the descent. Dexterity isn't too bad, I'd recommend sizing down if that's an issue, since they will stretch a bit.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

5 5

I had a pair of patagonia baggies when I was a kid, which was then passed down through 3 sisters and various cousins, and still looked good ten years later. Baggies are great for hiking, running, rafting, lounging, playing in the water feature at the playground...you name it. They dry in a minute, especially if you invest in some patagonia wicking underwear.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on August 25, 2008

5 5

The visual clarity you get with Zeal's ZB-14 lens is amazing--they work great in variable light conditions. I was worried the airestream's would look huge on my face, but they're actually super flattering, and fit so well they are comfortable to wear running. One fun feature is the nose pads are reversible, wear one side if you have a wider nose, the other if you have a narrow nose.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on August 15, 2008

4 5

I've had this jacket for awhile but didn't feel I had the authority to write a review until recently, when I got caught in a torrential downpour while hiking. I ended up sprinting about a mile to get back to the car, and the only part of me that didn't get soaked to the bone was everything under the PreCip. When it started getting clammy I just opened the pit zips. Great bang for your buck.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on August 15, 2008

5 5

If only I knew about these when I was running marathons. The Patagonia Active Hipster Brief will not ride up. Ever. Like going commando only better, because the material wicks incredibly well. I have the Active Brief and the Active Boy Short, but I like the Hipsters the best for the lower cut and comfy fit.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on July 21, 2008

5 5

If you're anything like me, you probably have a closet (or two) filled with shoes but wear only one or two pairs 90% of the time. The Switch sandal is one of those. They take a week or two to break in, but once they're nice and molded to your foot it's hard to go with anything else. Not as burly as the classic chaco but great for casual wear.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on July 18, 2008

5 5

Definitely worth the sticker shock. I'm still figuring out all of the features, but overall the Xenon has way exceeded my expectations. The custom moldable hip belt is genius, it keeps the pack right where you want it. It's really easy to adjust for optimal weight-bearing, and I especially liked that I could shift the weight around when a body part got sore. Love the bottom zipper, makes for easy access to larger items and overall better organization. The sizing is similar to other Osprey packs, but I recommend trying it on if possible. By torso measurement I should be an xs but a small actually fit better.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on July 18, 2008

4 5

I am a really cold sleeper, I got this for sultry summer nights only. I always seem to underestimate desert nighttime temperature drops and I've actually used it down to about 25 degrees (which was pretty uncomfortable). But I was fine in the 30-40 degree range. The best part is its negligible weight and amazing packability.

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Erica Carley wrote a review of on July 18, 2008

5 5

A couple weeks ago I underestimated travel time and ended up having to search for a campsite in the dark. The only one available by then was a walk in site that was well out of the range of car headlights. Luckily I had my Apollo along and tent set up was a breeze. I found it a little on the heavier side for backpacking, but the extra ounces are well worth it for the light quality and power.

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