Heidi Brunner

Heidi Brunner

Play mostly in Costa Rica, Uintah and Wasatch Mountains, Southern and Central Utah, and Moab area.

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Heidi's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

Heidi's Bio

"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote." - Herman Melvile.

Live to travel, camp, hike, bike, climb, paddle and... wait for it... shoot stuff.

I road bike 5+ days a week. Bout 22-29 miles per ride.
Camp/backpack/hike once a week.
Climb a few times a month.
Paddle whenever I get the chance. River-guided last season... now I don't get to raft or kayak nearly as much as I want.

Sum up? I got me some wanderlust... :)

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on May 14, 2009

4 5

Wore this shirt for 2 1/2 weeks of travel in Europe. The white stayed white and was easy to clean. Good fit with a long cut. I got a medium (I'm 5'6 and size 4) and could have done a small.
The stitching is picky and seems to unravel easily (???) but the shirt performed well enough that I would recommend it anyway.
Soft fabric. Relatively quick drying. Have worn it for tech and also with a scarf in the city. Versatile top.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on May 14, 2009

3 5

Bought the go-light as a base layer. I got a medium (I'm 5'6 and size 4) and should have gotten a small.
Regardless of sizing - I wouldn't have kept the product. I got the shirt in white and it was incredibly see-through. To the point that it looks silly and limits the uses. I wanted a light-weight base layer - but it's so light it seems like slip-type-fabric.
I can't comment on performance - but the cut/fit/material alone made me unwilling to find out about performance.
Sticking to MHardware and Arc'teryx for quality design and function base layers.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on May 14, 2009

2 5

Bought the white in Small. I am 5'6 and a size 4, normal torso length. I had to lengthen the shoulder straps all the way and it still seemed to cut into my armpits from shoulder-strap-pull. The seam across the chest creates an odd profile and seemed to flatten and droop the chest (no bueno). It was a little short, despite the fully lengthened straps and rather loose around the stomach.
I have a North Face tank with a similar cut (back triangle cut-out as well) and it fits a million times better (The North Face Vaporwick Cami).
Fabric is good - but the cut/design kills it. Returned it.

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Heidi Brunner posted an image about on May 7, 2009

Houston - we have a problem

Had a serious malfunction with this jacket. Awesome if you travel with it folded perfectly... not so awesome if you stuff it in the stashpocket. My friend had no issues with her jacket while backpacking through a VERY wet Ireland (she laid it out and folded it perfectly like a fragile cashmere sweater). I stuffed mine in the enclosed pocket and had a wet face and rain in my eyes constantly.
No matter how hard i tried to straighten out the bill, it was a doomed venture. That sucker got bent and did NOT want to straighten out again. Kinda defeats a lot of the purpose if you ask me.
Going to try to straighten the bill by heating it up with a blowdryer? I dunno - grasping straws here.
When not having bill issues - Great rain protection and fit true to size. Seemed to breathe well enough and vents well. Just don't stuff the jacket or you'll be sorry... sorry and wet.
(Got my jacket a few years ago, she got hers last year. I suppose there could be design differences - but when touching/comparing there were no significant differences between the two. Never had any problems with this jacket - but this is also the first time I've stuffed the jacket for any lengthy period of time).

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Heidi Brunner posted an image about on February 12, 2009

Ruffwear PFD

Using the size small for my shih-tzu's (around 9 pounds each). The flotation is so high on their backs that you have to adjust the collar piece a bit or they struggle to keep their heads out of the water (the back floats so high that it pushes the noses down a bit).
The best dog PFD that i've found so far, despite the little fit issues. Trying them out on some river trips this summer - we'll see how they do!

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Heidi Brunner posted an image about on February 12, 2009

Awesome Fit

I absolutely love these prAna pants. They are exceptionally comfortable and a great length for a convertible. When I zip off the bottom of the pants they still look cool. Been climbing, hiking, and multi-day backpacking and haven't been let down yet. The cargo cut is cute- and the flap-pocket back makes for a good butt! They run a bit big for the size - but I liked the slight size up and kept them anyway - still really flattering.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

4 5

I love the light weight of this helmet - great look too. It doesn't lay flat across the forehead like most helmets, instead it has a couple points that it rests on. They always leave imprints on my forehead and although it's not terribly uncomfortable - it's annoying to have these big impressions on my head after I ride. I bought a small in the men's instead of getting a women's helmet. I'm going to have to jerry-rig some extra padding up front for future long rides.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

This is the ONLY gel I've been able to find that tastes okay and doesn't contain a bunch of crappy sugar. Hammer gels have kept me from bonking on countless occasions. My favorite fuel - I really won't even consider doing any kind of lengthy ride without these gels. I love the Vanilla and can stomach the espresso if I need the extra kick of caffeine. GREAT energy.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

Love these hydration tabs. I won't ride without them - and I'm finding myself using them at other times now as well (hiking, wandering around town, etc).
I don't do well with sugar - these tabs are NOT too sweet and have a good flavor. I love the citrus and the kona. They work very well - I seriously wouldn't consider riding without them now.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

I have this jersey in the black/white style. Cool look. I really like the fabric - my favorite sleeveless jersey over all my others. Good pockets, good fit, great fabric. Wore this for the Moab Century and it was perfect. Castelli always runs small so get a larger size. I normally wear small and I have to get medium's in Castelli.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

Very comfortable - first time out I rode 45 miles and really liked the tights. Kept me warm and had a good chamois - no problems. Fits true to size. I went a little bigger than normal in case I decided to double-layer on exceptionally cold days. I wear a small but bought the medium. The medium's are fine when worn alone or double-layered.

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Heidi Brunner wrote a review of on August 22, 2008

5 5

I love this tent. Easy set up. I divide between two for packing and it's perfect. I like to keep my backpack in my tent with me, so you can't really fit more than two people with backpacks. Even without I wouldn't want to squish three. There's a plastic window on the fly over each door that allows you to see out - i REALLY love this feature. Not sure how it will hold up - seems strong - but you never know with plastic. Either way - i really like it. Nice to be able to glance out when you need to. Two big vestibules, and I love that there are 2 big doors as well. Tight design, doesn't blow and billow in higher winds. Included footprint and gearloft are a big plus. I obsessed and did a ton of research when picking my tent - I really think this is one of the best for price and design. I would recommend it.

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