Ingrid J

Ingrid J

Washington, North Cascades

Ingrid J's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Skiing

Ingrid J's Bio

Grew up in Vermont with a Norwegian born mother whose prime emphasis was on skiing. My siblings and i began XC skiing the moment we could walk which I thank my mom for this, as I love winter. By far my favorite season. I snowboarded for a better part of 15 years but a few years ago changed back to skiing but opted for a tele set up. This allows me to go deeper into uncharted areas and get some great powder turns in....legs burning at the bottom or on the slow climb up. When im not skiing im hiking in the North Cascades or visiting other parts of the world. I have the worlds most boring job but have a ton of paid time off so i get to travel quite a bit....cant complain about that. I love Backcountry.com as i can review gear from regular people like me, ask a profesh their opinion in the chat and buy and try items with the easy return policy.
**it may look like i rate everything 4 or 5 stars but i review the gear that i love and i want to share it with the world.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on September 5, 2016

Snazzy
4 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Love the look and feel of this base layer/sweater. Warm fleecy inside with slick outside. Wicks away bits of scattered mist and leaves you feeling warm and stylish. Feminin cut and cool design. Would have liked some form of pocket along with longer arms and thumb holes for when things get nippy but you dont want mittens. This will mot only be great for hiking but skiing and normal wear. The hood is tight and ridiculous looking but who cares when you are hiking and the wind is ripping and all you want is a skin tight hood.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

I love this top so much, especially the rust color. I am usually a Med in this brand but due to the slinky look of this one i went with a small and it fits very nicely. not tight at all. the fabric is really soft and i love that its a little longer in the back and has the dovetail edge too! i can wear this to work and out and about with a more casual look.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

I have this in the turtledove color-its a great looking T for bumming around. Runs a little small, i would size up. I am ALWAYS a small in tops and can go XS depending on brand but i am for sure a Med in this brand.
This is comfy and stylish for a basic T.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

I loved these pants when i first wore them-loved the dove tail edge on the bottom of the pant but the longer i wore them the more the butt area sort of stretched out. I have an "bubble butt" as my mother so kindly tells me-and these pants just sagged in my butt area. i now dont wear them in public. i think you need to be super tall and super narrow to look good in these pants. i have strong thighs from skiing so they just arent flattering on my shorter more petite frame. i got these in Med and they fit me just fine at first until they stretched out. They dont have stretchy fabric, so they are tight on my thighs and saggy in my butt. more like a pajama pant on me. 5ft4 130 lbs.
i also bought the shorts in this style too-size med. again, super cute at first but then after the first wash they were so tight i dont feel comfortable wearing these in public. they also have the cute dovetail sides. my husband said they are super cute and make my legs look long-i am pretty short-so that was nice, but i dont like how short they are. the elastic waist band is comfy though.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on July 22, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

update--i bought the Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Dry.Q® Evap Trench --NOT this jacket. They look very similar. Maybe this one is better....
I read the other positive reviews and i am wondering if i even own the same jacket! I live in Seattle and walk 45 mins to work and a lot of the times in the rain-hence my purchase of this jacket. Now i do LOVE the length and the double ended zippers-my thighs stay nice and dry and the hood keeps my face dry and shielded from the wind. But i do find the jacket to sweat on the inside. Today i walked to work and my arms were soaking wet by the time i peeled the jacket off. My hair was wet even when it was under a hood the whole time. Not the front wispy hair but the crown of my neck was damp and the top was damp. It was like peeling off a wet bathing suit-thankfully i packed a spare shirt to wear. Good to note-it wasnt pouring rain either. Just a light rain. I wear this hear and there and normally i am fine, warm, and not wet since rain isnt really thaaaat bad in seattle. But today, the jacket really showed it lack of water proofness. Sort of a bummer as i love the vibrant bright pinkish color-i will wear it for light walks and outings. Maybe just not all the way to work.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

Womans Columbia Pilsner pants
5 5

I got these in womans pants and will be stocking up with a few more as i love them so much. Columbia i feel runs large-most brands i am a 4 or i size us for a looser fit and get a 6. I got these in a size 8-the waist is loose but they have nice room in the thigh area-i have meatier thighs from skiing and i like to size up for comfort and goos movement. These pants are super comfy. Dry quickly. Good knee articulation. Thinner-spring/summer pant. deep front pocket, carpenters loop, no cargo pocket, roll up bottoms with ankle loops.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I cant get enough of this shirt-i got the green pattern with brown elbow patches. I like to wear long sleeps when kayaking and wear this out to keep my skin from boiling in the hot summer months. its not SPF but i spray my clothes with sunscreen when they arent spf. its super comfy, great feminine cut, great pattern, cool with the elbow patches, a little on the long side but its great not to have butt crack show when i bend over. it higts me a below my hips in my mid thighs, but its not baggy or dumpy looking. i did go a size smaller for a more fitted look-i got XS. the buttons dont pucker in the checks area and the arms and sides fit like a dream. i wish all button ups looked/fit this good!

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I love this vest so much. I did buy it in the warmer spring/summer days so i havent had to use it much. But on a few cooler evenings i have tossed this on. It made me a little too warm-so its definitely a fall/winter around town vest. the only size in the grey color was XS so i bought it hoping i could snap it closed over my boobs. Its a little short-i like my vests a little longer but i think the style is shorter anyways. it hits at my pants line-a little bit above my hips. The faux sheep skin is plush and the pattern in grey goes with everything. i love it and am super happy with the purchase.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for my husband who is 6ft 2...weight...sturdy like a brick wall. He is a side sleeper and always sleeps like garbage when we backpack. i researched a lot of pads and this one had great reviews for tall guys. the weight is nominal for the comfort that comes. he tested it at home and actually fell asleep and took a 40 minute nap! he has nerve damage in his back and sleeping can be very painful for him-he LOVES this pad. i already have 3 different sleeping pads myself and i am debating to nix my summer therma-rest and get one of these guys for me! it truly is super comfy-he hasnt let me test it out yet but knowing how much he loves it is worth every penny.
update-he has now fully tested this pad backpacking and he said is the best pad he has ever slept on. I am officially buying one for myself today-20R for me and he has 25L. Pumping this pad up after a long as climb was far easier for him to do a few steps and pump up is mattress then for me to blow into my thin ass sleeping pad.

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Ingrid Jposted an image about on June 10, 2016

Sir packs'a lot

Picked this pack up for touring with my hubs. He has a split board and accompanies me ski touring. This bag fit 3 days worth of gear and our whole tent inside-minimal clothing but a whole heck of a lot of gear can fit in here. He said the straps were comfortable. The bag was stable. Lots of extra features/ski/ice axe storage. Great great bag. Here he is on our way down after a snack break.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

this is a great all around non bulky nicely fitting fleece. its warm. durable. great snug fitted hood to keep the head warm. a little bit of a taller neck. nice long arms. wore this for a cold ass night on the top of Rainier-40mph winds and weather about 15 degrees at the coldest. i wore this and a tshirt and was juuuuust toasty and fine. i got a little warm skiing down the mt in it-but its a great go-to for added warmth with the soft warm fleece lining.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

i got medium thinking i wanted more room in a vest but it was rather bulky and like wearing a giant square. the vest when zipped up leaves the high ass collar suffocating your face and unzipped the asymmetrical is off putting. not for me. the red was a great color. vibrant and pretty.
also didnt like the pocket placement-not to mention there was just one pocket. i like dual pockets for hand stuffing but that would be out of the question in this vest. its more of an around the town cool vest than something you would wear for function. if i had gotten a small i prob would have kept as an around town vest. again, loved the red color!

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

Do i ever love these bindings! The switch from tour to ski mode is the flick of a finger. And touring is a breeeereze when i have full range of motion. I was climbing up a stupidly steep section and i ended up falling forward and fell flat on top of my skis. Had i done that in my none tour specific bindings i would have done some damage to my legs.

light weight
two climbing wire sizes
durable
powerful
i highly suggest these if you tend to do any sort of touring!
i bought mine in the short-my mondo size is 24.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 3, 2016

Pretty darn good
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thank you Backcountry.com and Skullcandy for selecting me to review these bluetooth headphones. I am a mid week gym rat and usually go sans headphones as it drives me nuts having the cord get caught on something-usually anything. I end up getting pissed off and ripping them out-yes i get a little huffy when things like that get in my way. Its frustrating. Hence i was super stoked to be asked to review some wireless headphones. Now-let me say i am NOT technically saavy and was acutally thinking to pass on them. I ended up getting them and am quite happy.

Pros:
Secure fit-high cardio no movement or falling out!!
Easy to put in ears
Lots of extra ear nubs
Little pouch to store
Easy to charge
Very easy to use
Controls easy-volume, pause, talk etc
Good sound
No dangling wires
Connects easily to bluetooth
Good battery life

Cons:
After one hour my ears hurt/ached--see disclaimer
Stick out a little far/not a comfortable long travel (laying on a pillow in a plane or car)
The cord stuck to my neck sweat-moved to front of neck and was fine
Bluetooth at times would skip-phone needs to be close by

Disclaimer-i have sensitive ears and all in ear buds hurt after a while. So its hard to say if these will be an issue for you-i use them exclusively for gym and jog and after an hr or so im done anyways. I am super pleased with these and happy with them. Would reccomend them to friends for sure. I think the sound was good and quality is great.

update-something super cool is that if you forget to turn your earbuds off then after 10 mins they power off! coming from someone that does NOT turn anything off and drains the battery dead-this was a super cool feature to me.

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