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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 December 31, 2015

5 5

what can be said that already hasnt been said? i own several different sizes of these and use them for anything and everything! they have helped keep gear intact when something has broken, they have kept skis together, boots together, bags together the list goes on. i dont do any adventure without having a few of these on hand.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on December 31, 2015

5 5

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

I love this vest on so many levels! The high collar blocks out cold gusts of wind and keeps me looking cool and classy. the "sheep fur" fabric is so SOFT and so warm that i have people coming up and touching it-thankfully people i dont know just comment on its softness and dont touch. but it really is cozy warm and perfect for anything-work, play, lounging, anything!
ONE con-lint seems to attach itself rather quickly and more apparently on the white fleece but its nothing really that major. probably less noticeable on the grey one.
fit is flattering-doesnt make me look like a rectangle, so that helps. has a double zip and deep fleecy pockets.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on December 30, 2015

Comfort poof
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I nabbed this jacket on sale in the mustard color (sold out in mustard). Im normally a small but xs was left and i couldnt pass up the screaming deal. This jacket does not disappoint. The cuffs seal in heat for the arms as well as a little flap at the neck. Gusseted arms allow for good movement. Feminine shape, ample hood, good with rain and wind along with being lightweight and durable. No issues at all with the zipper. I love the dual zipper-since i got xs i unzip the bottom zip when driving and i am in comfort all the way. I did add my own fox fur ruff to add some warmth-see attached pic. I would buy this jacket at full price-worth it! if i were to buy again- i would chose my normal size small. i am not uncomfortable in the xs but i think a little more room would just make this about perfect.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on December 14, 2015

5 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

This jacket is MEANT for cold harsh weather-if you live somewhere cold as crap then this is the jacket for you.

I bought this for Seattle-and we really arent cold enough for this caliber of jacket. I ended up returning it-cause i would really only use this when traveling to cold places and wanted something more for around town.

All pros with this jacket:
-The down insulation immediately gives you a sense of warmth and the weight of the coat is thick and wonderful.
-the inner cuffs really seal in all the warmth and dont allow any cold gusts of wind or snow to sneak up in there
-the real fur ruff is nice when you flip it inside-for all your fur haters out there...fur is the only thing that can truly keep the cold off your face. synthetic fur really cant compare-it doesnt really add warmth-its there for aesthetics. real fur for cold places is what you need.
-i didnt get to truly test this coat in cold cold weather-but seattle had a few really bitter days and this coat arrived right around these days and i must say it was warm, kept the wind out and the rain off!

Ok-one con.
-I didnt like the buttons on the outside. personally it was annoying to have a zipper along with a ton of buttons i would potentially have to button or unbutton in colder weather. But i could see how it adds some warmth with the flap being closed over the zipper.

5ft 4-ordered a small in the lovely bright red color! if i lived somewhere a little colder i would have kept this jacket. this is worth EVERY penny.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on December 14, 2015

4 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

Let me start off by saying i did return this jacket-BUT my reason is a little vain.

I tested the waterproofing and water does drip off like water off a ducks back. the hard shell is isnt too stiff but its a good layer on those windy days. The color is an orangy-yellow-more like a dark mustard. The coat is really warm as it has a nice little puff layer on the inside. Great pockets outside along with a hidden pocket inside to stash cash/ID.

my con was the fact that the poof in the jacket seems to all gather at the bottom and sort of poof out-not sure how to really explain this. but there is added poof that makes the coat lay funny down at the bottom-also when you sit down its rather poofy.

Now the jacket IS warm, good waterproofness, nice hood, cool color-but i think maybe for a taller person it would be a little better? Im 5ft 4 and got a small.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on November 21, 2015

All around awesome
5 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

Thank you to backcountry.com and Dynafit for sending me this killer coat just in time for western washingtons soppy wet months. I took this up to the enchantments and was glad to have the protection from the cold windy evening and the onslaught of rain the next day.

This jacket is a soft shell wind stopper with a layer of goodness that blocks out the rain. I love the little added length in the behind area-nice for bending over and not getting an updraft down the backside. Nice syncing on the bottom of the jacket along with a flattering feminin fit that doesn't make you look like a giant square. The color blue is vibrant and compliments my baby blues. But color obviously isn't the selling point. The venting is on the trapezoid not the armpit which at first I was annoyed with cause I love a good put vent. But what I did notice is most pit vent zippers are stiff and kind of uncomfortable so I whined when I said the jacket had no vents...until I actually saw the trap vents. I love these even better. No zippers pressing against the pit and great air circulation for those hard climbs. I took this backpacking but I will be using this jacket for ski touring and its a must to have proper venting. Good sized adjustable hood-tested it with my ski helmet with a nice lip for rain protection. This jacket is the shhhheit and I'm loving it. I'll update my review when I test in the winter but this is a great fall backpacking jacket too. Dynafit has won a new customer!

I'm 5ft 4 130 and I got a small. Good arm length-maybe a wee long for me but the Velcro keeps it from overhanging on my hands. Coat hits a little below my hips and a little longer to the butt in the back. Nice sized collar to block wind and keep warm!!
**also took this up recently to ski. Im always in need of a top of the line soft shell jacket. Unless it's super wet out and miserabl I tent to wear a soft shell for most days skiing. Touring. Slopes. Climbing. You name it-if you have a good soft shell you can use it on basically everything.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on November 21, 2015

Superb
5 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

Thank you backcountry.com and Dynafit for selecting me to review these awesome soft shell pants! It's pre season here in Washington and the snow is a little sparse but I did a little backcountry ski touring to amp up my legs and get the season rolling. Not quite cold enough yet so I grabbed my new soft shell Chugach pants along with my new soft shell jacket from dynafit too (see review) these pants have fantastic stretch which make for optimal use when ski touring-a steel pitch won't make you feel like your pants will split at the seems. Knee articulation is perfect for telemark skiing. You can really drop that knee and not feel any restraint. For those steamy climbs you have some ventilation-which is always appreciated.
I love the added protection to the front of the pants for those days where the wind is ripping.
All around a well made pare of pants that are most excellent for ski touring.
I got a pair in black-size med/38. The sizing is perfect. Room for stretch pants. Not baggy but not tight-just perfect. Belt loops along with a little stretch in the waist band. I don't have any hips so I may add a belt if I go without stretch pants-although its not really necessary really.
Now-the insides of the pant-they are like putting in pajamas! A soft fleece lining adds warmth and ultimate comfort to the upper thigh and butt area. Nice for those cols lift rides up. Bottom line:these pants are rad. Buy them now.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on October 18, 2015

Toasty
5 5

I spent a long time reviewing tons and tons of bags to find the perfect long time bag and chose Western Mountaineering as my ultimate choice.
Lightweight and Warm as heck-what more do you need? I live in WA state and was wanting a good late summer-winter bag that was warm but something I can not be boiling in. For winter nights I add a silk liner and down pants and jacket if it's really nippy. I love this bag as many others do too-just buy it. You'll agree too.
5ft4 I bought the 5ft6 bag. Did I mention the extra panel of fluff around the neck area!? Just the best purchase.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on October 18, 2015

Woman's Dynafit Chugach
5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Thank you to backcountry.com and Dynafit for sending me this killer coat just in time for western washingtons soppy wet months. I took this up to the enchantments and was glad to have the protection from the cold windy evening and the onslaught of rain the next day.
This jacket is a soft shell wind stopper with a layer of goodness that blocks out the rain. I love the little added length in the behind area-nice for bending over and not getting an updraft down the backside. Nice syncing on the bottom of the jacket along with a flattering feminin fit that doesn't make you look like a giant square. The color blue is vibrant and compliments my baby blues. But color obviously isn't the selling point. The venting is on the trapezoid not the armpit which at first I was annoyed with cause I love a good put vent. But what I did notice is most pit vent zippers are stiff and kind of uncomfortable so I whined when I said the jacket had no vents...until I actually saw the trap vents. I love these even better. No zippers pressing against the pit and great air circulation for those hard climbs. I took this backpacking but I will be using this jacket for ski touring and its a must to have proper venting. Good sized adjustable hood-tested it with my ski helmet with a nice lip for rain protection. This jacket is the shhhheit and I'm loving it. I'll update my review when I test in the winter but this is a great fall backpacking jacket too. Dynafit has won a new customer!
I'm 5ft 4 130 and I got a small. Good arm length-maybe a wee long for me but the Velcro keeps it from overhanging on my hands. Coat hits a little below my hips and a little longer to the butt in the back. Nice sized collar to block wind and keep warm.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

3 5

I have been coveting this sweater/jacket for a long time and when it went on sale I nabbed it up. I was pretty sad by the fact that it was HUGE and bulky and fit so poorly on me. This is better suited for a tall person. The arms felt bulky the fabric was bulky. All the wrong proportions on me. But im 5ft 4-it swallows me up. The fur was beautiful and full. The toggles were just right up my alley. And it felt warm as all get up-but just not for me. Will rated 3 stars cause it's really a superb quality piece. I just wish it came in xs.

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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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