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Mary's Passions

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

3 5

I couldn't find anywhere that sold these glasses to try on before buying them, so I decided to gamble and get them anyways. Unfortunately I have high cheekbones and the bottoms of the glasses sit on my cheekbones instead of my nose, so there ends up being a huge gap between the bridge of my nose and the sunglasses. O well, they do look super cool, feel light weight, and look well constructed, but not for me. Had to return them.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on January 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I remember wanting this jacket last season, but it was sold out in my size everywhere I looked. As soon as I saw this years model in stores again I knew I had to get it or else it'd sell out quick like last year. My favorite thing about this jacket is that it is fuzzy and soft both inside and outside. I've noticed that there are a lot of these fuzzy type jackets that are only on the outside, which I don't understand cause I'd think you want that same softness inside too. I feel that this is more of a fashion piece than technical. Keeps me warm in decent cold temps. Easy to wash. I don't even put it in the dryer and it still dries nice and soft and no weird lint or anything stuck on it. The collar is great because its so big, great for burying part of your face if you wanted. I leave the hood out cause when its rolled back in the collar, to me it makes the collar look bulky. Get lots of compliments! When I was trying this on at the store, a woman walked out of the dressing room and saw me looking in the mirror and said how great it looked and that I should get it. I think she was more excited for me than I was! This jacket looks so good that I've already seen 5 other women in my town with it. I was torn between XS and S when I first tried it on, but I went with Small and its still fitted and flattering. I give this 4 stars only because of the price. For me its pretty expensive, but I knew by the time this would go on sale none of my size would be left so I bit the bullet. Its my "Treat Yo Self" purchase of the year!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots are used by some wildland firefighters as a cheaper alternative to the standard $400+ fire boots and supposedly easier on the feet. I already had these so I decided to use them as my fire boots while working on a 10 person wildfire module/handcrew during the 2013 season. Within the first month of wearing these everyday for training, fires, big hikes with heavy packs I started to notice pain in my heel. No matter what insole i used (Sole, Superfeet) it wouldn't go away. I found the boot to be too heavy, too hot, and too stiff for firefighting. I could definitely feel the heat through these boots even when standing in ash or hot dirt. The rubber on the toe area instantly delaminated after 3 fires. Finally I started noticing knee pain which I also attribute to these, so I bought standard firefighting boots (Drew's). The heel pain instantly went away, no more athletes foot, and hiking was infinitely better and easier. I wouldn't recommend these for firefighters on handcrews. Might be ok for folks who aren't working in hotline or hiking as much as handcrews.

I'm giving this 3 stars though because I have used these boots for its intended use, which is hiking and mountaineering and was very happy with these for those purposes. Again, its not as breathable as I'd like and the boot is heavy and stff, but it gives great ankle support compared to standard backpacking boots.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a wildland firefighter and I started to wear Ibex sports bras this summer. I've worn this bra for 14 days straight during fire assignments with intense sweating, no showering (occassional jumps into a lake/creek if we had that luxury), and while sleeping and it was barely stinky. I was really impressed by that. Also, although its wool, I never felt over heated or itchy and I usually wear a cotton t-shirt and then a nomex long sleeve shirt over that as my uniform. i also found that the bra dried very quickly even while I was wearing it (from those very few occasions that I jumped into a lake/creek while wearing the bra or just from the major sweating from working/hiking). I like that the entire bra including the band is all the same material instead of having a separate elastic band. It never felt too tight or confining. The only issue I had was that I felt like that bra didn't really stay in place all the time. I felt like it was ride up a little, so I'd be doing readjustments pulling it down a little all throughout the day. That was probably the most annoying part for me. Maybe because I have a small chest? A/B.. anyways its really not that bad and I'll likely continue using this bra especially during fire assignments.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on July 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I won a pair of these at a raffle and loved these instantly. I ended up buying more. As a wildland firefighter these are awesome because ideally our undergarments are supposed to be non-synthetic such as cotton or wool. Also they don't feel too hot, are comfortable, and the waistband doesn't dig into you. I never put these through the dryer. Unfortunately on a hot day when pretty much everything I was wearing was soaked in sweat, I went to the bathroom and as I pulled them down (i gripped from the cloth below the waistband), my finger went straight through the material like it was tissue paper. I was pissed off that such expensive underwear ripped so easily. I blame the sweat, but still! Now i'm careful to only pull down from the waistband on my other pairs.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

3 5

These work well, though I wish they had tail clips. There have been times when they've started coming off the board after a few laps taking them on and off and getting some snow on it. Wish they came with the nice mesh sheet that helps keep the skins together when you're not using them, but makes it easy to pull apart because these are sticky as hell.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

5 5

I originally had a splitboard withe Voile hardware that included binding plates for attaching regular snowboard binding. After a season, I decided on spending the extra money and going with a splitboard that was less weight and actual splitboard bindings. I had to get this hardware kit since the splitboard didn't already come with it like last time. It was super easy to put together and didn't take much time at all.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

5 5

Personally I don't consider this a technical piece compared to other fleeces I own, but this one looks damn good (got the dark blue/purple color) and does the job as a casual everyday fleece. Very soft inside and out. I wish the soft plush material lined the kangaroo pouch pocket. The pouch is my favorite part. I throw everything in there. The stand-up collar is awesome because it always stands up even when unbuttoned, unlike some collars that fold over like a polo shirt collar. One tiny gripe is that sleeve cuff isn't the stretchiest, so it feels a little tight when pulling the sleeves up. Got the XS and it fits relaxed, not tight and fitted and the collar buttoned up is just right without feeling like its choking me. Another awesome thing about this is that it comes in pretty much every color of the rainbow (not all on backcountry.com, but check out the patagonia website). Might go for the hooded one next.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 17, 2013

4 5

I'm a snowboarder, but tried this out and was pretty impressed. The royal blue color is GORGEOUS. While wearing both layers, it was extremely windproof. I wish it was a little longer on the body, but longer jackets are usually more for snowboarders than skiers, so the length is perfect for skiers and my skier friends who have worn this also agreed. The hood was really tight over the helmet and there are no pit vents, but I found while even wearing both layers it was pretty breathable (but its not like I was doing major cardio in them). THere are no inside pockets and only the standard two and one small pocket on the left wrist area, which was nice for chapstick. The sizing of this jacket felt a little off. I normally wear XS/S and I wore a M for this model. The M felt just roomy enough to be comfortable, but still fitted. I imagine that the smaller sizes would have been much tighter and fitted which probably isn't comfortable for skiing. My skier friend who also wore this jacket in the M, who is normally a size M found it to be very fitted, which is great for around town, but not for skiing. So size up! The interesting thing about both layers, they appear to be made of the same softshell material, though the inner layer is just a thinner version. I'd give this 3.5 out of 5, given the combination of all the features and the price.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

4 5

I agree with the other reviewer that it is a bit confusing as the sports bra is only attached by a few points to the top, so it does get tangled up, but for me its worth it! The sports bra is sooooo comfy. I like it better than the standard patagonia active mesh sports bra. I'm smaller chested that most women, but I feel like this sports bra is less constricting but still really supportive compared to the active mesh bra. The cowl neck is awesome esp, for that dress up look, but is not made of the flimsy dressy material that you can't climb or be active in it. The top is fitted, but loose.. not at all tight and clingy and I got the XS. I'm pretty tempted to buy this in all the colors it comes in!!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

4 5

When my backpacking partner whipped this thing out and quickly pitched it I was really impressed. Then I went to grab the fly to put on it and I couldn't believe how light it was. It felt like nothing compared to standard rainflys on 2 person tents. We were two females under 5'5 and it was a cozy fit for both of us, not really room for both to sit up, but that's ok when you have a tent this light and compact. I found this to have some condensation issues as the majority of the walls next to your sleeping bag is not mesh, so I woke up with a partially soaked bag every morning, but I guess that also depends on other factors like the season and environment you are camped in (October, cold, camping by a lake in the Sierras). Anyways when it came down to breaking down camp for the hike out, my jaw dropped again on how tiny this thing packed down to. It packed down to half the size of the tent I own which is only 1 lb more than this. Its no wonder that my friend said its ok if she carried the entire thing rather than splitting up the tent parts to make our pack weights distributed equally. Usually before I go out if the weather outlook is really good, I won't bring a tent at all for weekend trips in the Sierras and just sleep outside on my pad, but I feel like this tent is an ideal choice for the Sierras where torrential rain and wind isn't the general rule. I have to admit I am a little skeptical on how it would hold up in harsher conditions.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

4 5

I've heard a lot of good things about Granite Gear packs from word of mouth and through magazine reviews. I finally got to try this thing out as my job decided to get one for their gear cache. I used it on a 4 day/3 night backpacking trip and filled it to the brim, probably 35-40 lbs as I had to carry work gear with me aside from the usual backpacking stuff. I really like their cushy and comfortable shoulder straps and hip belt. It reminded me of the cushy straps on the Arc'teryx Bora backpacks, but obviously not at their weight or pricepoint! I'm also a big fan of big stretchy side pockets where you can easily throw things in and not have to worry about them falling out. The easy access to the entire back with the big middle zipper was also great. The only downside was that this pack was so squeaky! It drove me crazy just how loud it was. No matter what kind of adjusting I did, it wouldn't go away and it wasn't just a soft subtly squeak. I'd be hiking and approaching a group of other backpackers from behind 20 ft away and they would turn around to look because of the incessant squeaking. Normally while backpacking I'd practically be right up behind a hiker in front of me before they even notice that someone is behind them. I don't know maybe it was just this pack, but unfortunately it was to the point that I will likely not use this thing again for a work trip, which is too bad because its really an awesome pack!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

3 5

I get to test a lot of gear out for work and I just used this pack on a 3 day/2 night backpacking trip. First thing I noticed is that the pack is quiet, which is great. The last pack I tested, it squeaked at every possible movement I made and drove me insane for 4 days. The pack was comfortable and adjustable to any torso size which is a plus. The material seemed a little cheap though. I packed the bag completely full and noticed the seams on the side pockets was ready to go. The pack comes with two lids, one that is permanently attached to the pack and the other that is removable. It would have been nice if the removable one could convert into a small day/ fanny pack like you can do with some backpacks cause then what is the point of that being removable and the pack having two different lids. The materials for the shoulder straps were a little abrasive while hiking in a tank top and I found the lumbar pad to be uncomfortable. This doesn't mean the pack is bad, just obviously not for me. I did like how the big pocket on the face of the pack opens up to the inside of the entire pack. One thing though The pack was able to hold one of those new carbon-fiber bear cans which if you haven't seen it are light but HUGE (the largest size it comes in). Also, the ventilation on your back is really great on this pack as the frame is curved away from your body and separated by mesh and some padding for your back.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on October 2, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this pack in the spring and have used it regularly. The pack is fairly lighweight and feels pretty good when filled completely. I use this for day hikes and also as a work field pack. I'm not a huge fan of how the lid opens from the opposite way (the back of the pack) than traditional packs with lids. Also, I find the waist belt isn't easily adjustable. You have to fidget with it, not like the usual waist straps where you can easily pull the webbing with one hand to tighten even as you are hiking or going along. Only one side is adjustable, the side with the male end of the buckle. You have to feed the strap through sections at a time through another webbing rigging piece before it fully adjusts. I like the big side mesh pockets for throwing things in on the whim, but the mesh is already tearing a bit from the top where it is sewn into the stretchy pocket. Little disappointed with this pack as I have a Gregory Deva 60 from 2003/2004 that is still solid with a lot of use. Luckily I won this pack at a raffle and will keep using it til it falls apart. Hopefully not too soon!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on June 4, 2012

5 5

I'm not a high heel type of chick, but had to find some kind of shoe to go with a dress for a wedding. These aren't overly dressy, but also not sporty/outdoorsy either which was perfect for me and the dress that matches with them. It fits true to size (I'm a size 5). The heel is just a tiny bit over 2 inches. The sole is also nice rubbery and grippy. The straps on the top of the toes are not adjustable. Because of that it may be tight for someone with bunions or wide feet. So far nothing seems to be rubbing, pressing, or poking my foot in anyway. Pretty comfortable for a casual wedge sandal.

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 18, 2012

4 5

I became a fan of compression socks in general after some nurse friends told me they use the compression socks for long work days on their feet, so I started out using them when I worked standing on my feet in retail/service industry full time. So it only made sense to me to try these out for running and backpack/hiking trips. Because they are compressive it is a little tricky getting them on, but once on they feel obviously compressive, but not suffocating or too tight. Its honestly hard to tell whether they make a huge difference compared to backpacking without them because no matter what you are wearing, hiking 15+ miles in a day while wearing 20-30+ lbs in mostly 10,000 ft elevation, your legs are going to feel tired no matter what. Still, I think these come in handy when you are being active on your feet often and I will probably continue using them for my outdoor pursuits. I can usually wear these a few days at a time before they get really stinky. For ladies concerned with future bluging varicose veins on their legs, compression socks are supposed to help prevent or reduce them!

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 18, 2012

5 5

These glasses look really good on guys! Definitely for larger faces. These looked good on most dudes I've seen try them on (worked at a shop that sold these). My boyfriend has these and sometimes I borrow them. I probably have more of a medium face and these looked a bit too large for me. They are also a bit heavy for my liking, but the polarization works great. Durability? they're probably gonna be ok if you casually drop them, but if you happen to wear them without croakies while skiing and they happen to fall off your face because of that, resulting in you skiing over them.. yea they're done for..

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GoodGuinness wrote a review of on March 18, 2012

4 5

These lens shade plus the polarization are my go-to glasses for driving. I basically keep these in the glove compartment, to ensure that I don't drive without them. The nose pads feel fine on my nose. My only gripe is that when I put these on my head when I'm not using them, the nose pads get stuck in my hair and it becomes tug-o-war to get them off. I guess dudes generally don't have issues with that if they have short hair. And of course.. they look good!

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