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Holly

Holly

All over the Western US, Alps, Antarctica, Himalays

Holly's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Holly's Bio

Shipton-Tilman Grant for a solo, winter, unsupported sea kayak expedition through 1600km of the Inside Passage, solo sea kayak expeditions along Alaskan coast and Baja, 20-60 miles/day. Ice, alpine, rock climber (Antarctica, Alaska Range (including Denali), Alps, Himalayas, Dolomites, Western US, Northeastern US). Numerous solo 800 - 1600+ km bike trips across Alaska and the Yukon, summer and winter,130-290 km a day, camping unsupported, biked through the tundra in temperatures as cold as -45 F degrees below zero, competed in bike and kayak races, and a 600 mile canoe race on the Yukon River - first male/female team!) in 4 days. Given lectures and workshops in New York City and Seattle on winter kayaking, winter survival strategies, navigation, tides and currents, and expedition planning. Been a gear tester for many companies. Like to kayak, climb, bike, hike, skip, high altitude frisbee.

Holly

Holly wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

5 5

I bought my pathfinder to have both the barometer, altimeter, thermometer and compass. Worked very well to check updates on low-pressure storms swooping in quickly in winter in the Inside Passage between Alaska and British Columbia. Saved my a** a few times. Even though this behemoth of a watch takes up like half my forearm (being 5'1" 98 lb female) it's worth it. Casio does however get my award for just another company that, in making watches with all of these functionalities only for men versus as well as women, suck.

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Holly wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

4 5

I like that this kayak was designed specifically for small and or lightweight people, particularly for women, and they they give a percentage of sales to breast cancer research. More companies should do that. Its plastic. But, I was looking for a plastic to sling around Utah, the Tetons and Yellowstone, and Glacier NP, and not have to baby it. Necky does offer it in composite. My last kayak was a super skinny, 18 foot kevlar sea kayak. I miss the weight and length but appreciate not having to baby the Eliza plastic version.

I've now paddled this in high winds for hours, and I'd estimate in 6+ knot river current. Taking it out on big lakes in the coming few months so I could update this review after. This is not what I would personally use for a sea kayak, however it would be perfectly adequate for a beginner sea kayaker, and one liking paddling in sheltered bays, etc. Very good for that.

Pros: Because of the design being for a lighter paddler, the tracking is probably the best I've ever experienced in any of the many kayaks I've paddled. I was a kayak tester/reviewer for Sea Kayaker Magazine, so beside the 5 sea kayaks I've owned and the ones I've tested, there's quite a few. I really can't say enough about the excellent tracking on the Eliza. Right on, Necky. The cockpit size is great, nice and snug for the smaller paddler so I can brace in tight vs slosh around. Rudder installation was easy. All around the handling of the boat is very good.

Cons: Putting the neoprene inner hatches back on by yourself is really hard, but I read it gets better. The back hatch isn't waterproof but I've rarely seen ones that are. It's still pretty good. Barely any water in the front hatch, and water that got into the cockpit (mainly from dripping of my spray skirt when I took it off to beach) hardly escaped the bulkead to the front hatch - nice. I wish this had a harder chine, but that's just me. Heavy for me to car top and pick up alone, kind of a sufferfest but whatev.

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Holly wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

5 5

I have used the standard SealLine bags before, in Alaska in Winter for paddling and when they get cold, they become difficult to use, so I bought a fleet of the SealLine Black Canyon bags for a solo kayak trip in Alaska in Winter. That was 14 years ago. To this day the same black canyon bags are 100% waterproof and remain in perfect shape. They are lighter than standard hypalon dry bags, which if you are going light and fast, is key. Love these. I'm buying a few new ones just for different kayak sizes.

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Holly wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

3 5

So I ordered this for my day job because I love wearing bamboo, the anti microbial and all that, but the boob area was too big, I had to ponder getting it altered, so i have it and still have not worn it, although the product itself is high quality as is the material, it's just the fit around the chest was not good. I'd recommend this but see if you can measure exactly or try it in a store then order it from backcountry.com because they rock.

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Holly wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

It was time to finally bail on my Rambo's sadly so after much research I bought these and have been pretty much totally psyched about them. Very user friendly, easy to use, performance is great, I could go into technical detail but I'm not paid for this so I'll just say my man borrowed them to climb Denali (ten years after i climbed it) and he loved them as well. Ice, alpine, they are great.

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Holly wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

3 5

I bought this for international travel, used it hard core for 2 years and for my last trip finally was sick of it, too confining, and bought an Eagle Creek Half Cube instead: http://www.backcountry.com/store/EAG0008/Eagle-Creek-Pack-It-Half-Cube.html It is far more efficient to use and easier since .. I mean how many places have a place for you to hang something...so you end up with this flap that gets in the way. It's a great product but the half cube I found is more user and travel friendly, less restrictive, than this. The design is solid though.

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Holly wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

I've not yet fallen on it to test this helmet's protection abilities but I have fallen and tested others. It feels solid, and biking with it, the design is conducive to superior air flow to stay cool, and I find the adjustability to be easy for riding in summer and winter with a hat under it. I like that it is very light weight, and so far it's been a perfect choice. The matte black is the coolest

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Holly wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

5 5

I have tried so many sports bras. I'm like a 34b, and I bought one of these Patagonia Active Mesh Bra's one or two years ago and since then..well I have like 5 now. The wicking is 100% fantastic. I use them for climbing, training/gym, running, river trips, ice climbing, mountaineering, travel, you name it. They dry fast, wear very comfortably, and look great. The only con is the uniboob effect but who care's when you're out there doin it, and I usually choose a more relaxed sports bra for hanging around camp, etc. I mean, these are comfortable but I do get an XS vs a S which is tight for 34b but it's great for high impact sports. Maybe do a size that fits for comfort, one size down for a solid fight like when you don't want them going anywhere.

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