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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.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 17, 2015

4 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs

I got these shoes at a Salomon outlet for more then I could have bought them on backcountry.com....lame.

The reason im a little bummed is they are HUGE! I am usually a 7 in sneakers and I walked away with size 6 but I could have gone with 5.5 even!!!! I dont know if this is normal for Salomon sneakers-when it comes to sneakers I usually wear New Balance (size 7)

I do still like these shoes as they are super light, great arch support, great toe venting, and look good. I love the greenish/blue color. I wear them walking to work quite often and i havent gotten any blisters or sore feet. I usually prefer going sockless with my shoes-something i have always preferred-and these are GREAT for those other sockless people out there just be mindful of sizing.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 10, 2015

Ready set climb
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My brother went from downhill skiing to snowboarding....so i followed...then he went from snowboarding to tele skiing so naturally i went from boarding to tele skiing too. He helped me find some beginner boots...my T2s...and i havent been able to strap on a board ever since. I bit the bill and bought these boots (at the time it seemed like a lot of money for a new sport....but glad i did). I am 6.5-7 in shoes and i bought size 24/ also custom molded my liners. Ive bought other Scarpa tele boots but felt they were almost too stiff and hard core so ive returned them all and stuck with my T2s. I love the touring mode, makes it easy for wandering around if im at the lodge or when actually touring....which these are my only tele boots. For me there is no other boot i need, at least for right now. I have only been tele skiing for 4 years now, but i find these to be very comfortable for skiing as well as climbing. I have had a few issues with the buckles slipping at times but nothing major. Scarpa makes a durable, comfortable lasting boot so there is no need for me to spend more money on other boots....but....a girl can never have too many skis!

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 10, 2015

Sold!
5 5

I grew up wearing clogs and the rock hard 50 lbs clogs I was wearing at 10 years old are far from the comfort that Dansko offers!! When you think of clogs usually nurses come in to mind with their white clunky clogs but not anymore. Dansko has great styles to wear to work and not just at a hospital. I have a few pairs of Dansko clogs and I wear my matt black clogs to work (at a bank) with cute tights and a dress or long pants. I love that they add a few inches to my 5ft4 height!

I bring my clogs with me for my after hike shoes. I can toss them on without socks (even sore blistered feet) and not feel like a total bum. They are so darn comfortable and are great for long periods of standing, walking around, great for running errands and the list could go on!

I normally wear a 6.5-7 in regular shoes and I would suggest getting a size 37. I am usually a 38 in Euro depending on the brand, but if you are around 6.5-7 I wouldn’t go any larger than a 37 if you are on the higher end of 7 then I would go with 37.5. They may feel a weensy bit tight at first, but they will stretch a little and when they do its better to have a snugger fit at first so then you are not swimming in them later.

The leather on Dansko shoes is top of the line, its nice and stiff, great support, long lasting, and looks great years down the road. You may think $150 seems like a lot for a clog, but not at all when they last FOREVER and look great even after years of ware and tare. Your feet with thank you!

I got the Dansko Pro XP Floral Clog in brown and the color is a nice rich brown with a hint of floral design but again, not splashy, which I personally prefer. I think they look great with a good pair of jeans rolled up and a cute summer top, attractive but functional!

Pros: Super arch support. Sleek design. Natural non flashy styles. Stiff but in a good way. Attractive. Adds a bit of height!

Cons: careful when sizing, I feel Dansko runs a little large.

Attached are pics from a short 2 day backpacking trip but man, was it dusty and it did some damage to my sad little feet. I peeled off my boots and slipped on my clogs and sighed a big sigh of relief! i headed to Leavenworth (Washington) and still wearing my nasty hiking pants/shorts I at least felt a little better about wearing some cute clogs and not dusty dirty hiking boots. Yes, I am wearing socks in the picture but those were gone pretty quickly.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 10, 2015

Comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 37.5

I love Scarpa 100%. I have the Kailash GTX book in size 38 and the T2 Eco telemark boots in mondo 24. I first bought these in 38 and they were too big so I returned and got them in 37.5 and they fit perfectly. The first hike I did get some major blisters on my left foot (usually my left foot is a little bigger than my right foot) but after my feet adjusted I no longer get blisters. I love love love he hard toe as I am heavy footed and tent to stub my toes and the nice hard toe is great for easier hikes. I use these for summer hikes around the north cascades. They are not water proof by any means which I found out this weekend. But I'm going to add some nikwax leather/waterproofing to see how that helps. I also roll my ankles often but I found even with the lower ankle support I still didn't haven't had any issues with slipping or not having enough support.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on April 26, 2015

4 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs

So I love these shoes for gym and track running but anywhere else and you can feel every spec of dust. Even walking to my car i can feel everything but doesn't stop me. Love them. Super duper light weight. Comfortable. Supportive for minimal cushioning and just all around great. I am between 6.5-7 and opted for 7 which is good sockless or with thin socks.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on April 26, 2015

Yes
5 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs

I am in love with this ultra light hard shell. It wicks water off like a ducks back and essentially is weightless. It's form fitting but big enough for a down jacket, vest and multi layers for those blustering cold days. I wear this hiking in the pacific northwet and have warn this ski touring. Great pit vents. Hood capable. All around essential shell for wet stormy windy weather.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on April 26, 2015

Second skin
5 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Thank you Backcountry.com and CW-X brand for hand selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community. I already am a huge fan of CW-X and was thrilled to get these 3/4 pants. They are not only great for running but I recently used them hiking in the cold north cascades and ran in to cold weather and fresh snow.....thought I gave up on snow out here but I was fooled. I had been horseback riding the day before which cause some major knee pain in my left knee. I rolled out of bed the next morning for hiking. Rolled on my pro 3/4 pants and forgot about my pain till I was telling my sister about how great these pants are for muscle pains. I then realized I had no knee pain. The pants are supportive and really have a high level of comfort. I've used these for high intensity training and running and these are fantastic. They are a little restrictive for regular workouts involving major bending but for boot camp for cross fit they are excellent. I look forward to trying out my pro shorts for warmer weather runs/workouts. You may feel like these are insanely tight but go by the size chart and you won't be wrong. They sit high at the waist for better comfort and are incredibly durable-but I do hand wash mine and hang dry. Don't let the price deter you either. These are worth every penny. I own 4 pairs now and each one as their own perfect use.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 22, 2015

Tight squeeze
5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Yes these pants are tight but that's what I tell myself when I roll them on. I wear these xc skiing and winter running and they are amazing. They spring my leg forward when running and when xc skiing I can just wear these and gaiters and that's all I need. They do feel like you are being cut in half when you sit down but they are high waisted so they sit at the actual waist line not hip line. The discreet black is more flattering as well as normal looking which I prefer over the other tacky splashy designs from this brand.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 22, 2015

Winter perfection
5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Thank you to Backcountry.com for hand selecting me to review this peice of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community.

I took this bad boy up for a ski-marathon and wore this along with a thin short sleeved base layer underneath. After a warm 40 degree day and 16 sweaty ski miles in, all I needed to do was unzip the neck at one point to cool off. I was the perfect temperature the whole day. The fit is feminin and oh so flattering. After the long slog I headed to the bar and didn't feel out of place what so ever. I actually felt nice with the the sleek black color and shaply cut. The back is a little longer than the front so bending over to tie up boots doesn't mean a cold draft up the back. I wore this all day skiing and sweating, Wore it to dinner, Then wore it again the next day for a long hike. Not only is it soft and comfy it also doesn't stink what so ever!! And I was sweating pretty hard core. When I was hiking in leavenworth it was freezing cold on my face but my core temp was just right. This is the perfect balance in a performance base layer for minor activities to heavy duty sweat-fest. The sizing is spot on (I'm 5ft 4 125 lbs). Small was perfect in every way. i almost forgot to mention the thumb hole which can add some warmth overall on blustery days. The ONE thing I would have liked to see on here is a small pocket for ID or quick access to Chapstick....or an iPhone. It's not necessary to have but it would be nice. Overall. You want the best, most comfortable, practical, yet flattering base layer? BUY THIS NOW.
**im the skier on the far left with my all black backcountry gear!

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wanted to love this bag so much and am a little sad its not gonna work out for me. CONS: the bag is very floppy, there is no support behind the wool so the wool fabric feels thin and floppy. if i put anything remotely pointy i fee it would tear the fabric. There is no loop on the top of the bag either (which i was told there was a loop)
PROS: the leather is nice on the bottom of the bag and does protect the bottom portion. the buckles and hardware are nice and make the bag very visually appealing. The sheep patter is EVERYTHING i wanted and so bold and cool looking. There is also a little inside pocket for small items.

This bag would be so much better if it were a little smaller, the fabric with some form of lining for protection and the leather straps a little shorter. the cost didnt bother me until i saw the thin wool, if it werent for that then i would have been more inclined to keep the bag.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 7, 2015

Well crafted
5 5

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

I have worn my Hunter Wellies for years and they still are as comfortable as the day I bought them. I live in Seattle and walk 45 mins to work at times and when it's pouring I trudge through the rain in these. They are very comfortable to walk in and they keep my feet dry and warm. I also use them for horseback riding. Sure they aren't stiff like leather but honestly these are what I wear every time I ride and I love that! I have plenty of calf room which allows me to wear thick big socks for added comfort. Need rain boots, these are the ones to buy! True to size to stick with your regular sizing.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 7, 2015

Crisp and clean
5 5

I needed a couple nice crisp shirts for travel/volunteer work and I got a few of these in white. Although it was jammed into a bag for many many days when I finally wore it, it wasn't that wrinkled! The crisp white was nice against the hot sun and as much as I was sweating in 90 degree heat I didn't feel gross at all. The shirt kept me cool and didn't cling to my sweaty body. I can add this to my travel "go to" pile. Fit is flattering and not boxy at all!

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 7, 2015

Supreme
5 5

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

I already wrote a review on these shorts but realized I somehow reviewed a different pair in mens....oops
I love these shorts even more since my last review. They have been worn to shreds and they are holding it together. I've hand washed them so many times and am always pleased when I lay them in the sun they dry pretty darn quick. They have a little stretchy give to them so when sitting they aren't tight and restrictive. I like the small little pockets which don't home my bulky iPhone case but they keep a little stash of toilet paper and Chapstick perfectly. These are my go to hiking/travel shorts and the day the butt seem rips will be a sad day for me if these ever stop being made. Well worth the money! The length is perfect on me (5ft4) as they hit a little above the knee so they aren't short shorts but they also are not that awkward length that's unflattering either. I love them.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 7, 2015

Quick dry
5 5

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

I bought These for my husband and he just wore them 4 weeks straight in a variety of conditions. He said they lightweight. Extremely comfortable to walk in. Dry quickly after water sports and are very comfortable. He likes the adjustable ankle strap and the breathability. He's worn them with black socks to pass them off as nice dinner shoes and it worked in a pinch. Great travel shoe when heading to hot, wet, dry, dusty, bumpy places.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 7, 2015

Perfect fit
5 5

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

I love this bag in every way. I've been traveling extensively and this has been my go to carry on bag and everyday use bag. The bag may appear small but it holds a whole lot of stuff. I can slip my iPad in the inner sleeve and have my wallet and phone in the small outter pocket and litter the inside with whatever and I've never had any discomfort even with big bottles of water jammed in there. I would like the two small outer side pockets to be bigger but that's my only "complaint." I also appreciate that the zippers zip like a giant U so you can fully access anything in your bag without pulling everything out in frustration. Well designed. Sturdy. Pleasing to the eye. Comfortable. Practical. Unisex.
What more do you need?

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