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JKC

JKC

California

JKC's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing

JKC's Bio

I'm an avid mountain biker, road cyclist, runner and backpacker. I also enjoy snowshoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, and just about anything outdoors. Backcountry.com is one the first places I check when I need gear. They carry nearly everything, have great service, and fast, free shipping.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I've tried a few La Sportiva shorts and have decided they should just stick to shoes! I haven't found any of their shorts that fit. They tend to run really small, but I've found that if I order the next size up, then they are still too small in the waist, but too large in the hips. Also, their fabrics are rather stiff.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Ordered this in an XS. It fit nice for the most part, but it was way too long for my 5'4" height. The cuffs were huge and just fell over my hands. I'm not that picky on how hoodies fit, but this one just didn't cut it.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Nice shirt for running and other activities, but it was a poor fit for me. I found the shoulders too narrow, yet the rest of the shirt fit sloppy. The way the underarms are made with sort of a gusset, made it lay strangely...like bags of fabric under my arms. It would have been functional for my intended use, but I decided to return it, because it was not flattering at all.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are the best running shorts I've found to date. I like the mid rise, the inseam length, the feel of the fabric, the comfy waistband, and the lack of an inner brief. I ordered two pairs, and will probably get more. I ordered a small, since I like a looser fit, but I'm sure an XS would have fit too.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are pretty nice shorts. They have the same pad as the Bella shorts, which are my go-to shorts by Terry. The material on these almost seemed like a light fleece on the inside. I didn't keep them though, because I found them to run a bit smaller than the Bella shorts, and lower in the rise. I would order the next size up, but I'm pretty sure they would be too big.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are nice quality shorts, and the padding seems like it would be quite nice and breathable. Unfortunately they were too small for me. I normally wear a size small in cycling shorts, which is what I ordered, but I could just barely even get these on. I liked them them enough that I think I may try a size medium.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are the lowest rise bike shorts I've ever come across, and low rise is not something I want in a pair of cycling shorts. If that's what you're looking for, then these may work for you. The pad seemed very thin compared to the one in the Bella shorts, so I would only recommend these for short rides, or for riders that need little to no padding. These also seem to run a little smaller than some of the other Terry shorts.

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JKCwrote a review of on March 25, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I ordered these, along with the non-Gore-Tex version. My normal size is 7.5, but I wear size 8 running shoes and sometimes boots, but can also wear a 7 in certain shoes. So I ordered these in a size 7.5. In the non-Gore-Tex version, they were much too big. In the Gore-Tex ones, they were about right with thicker stocks. I might have tried a size 7 in each style, but didn't really like the design, so I'm not going to reorder. The shoes felt firm and supportive, had stiff soles, but I think the outer shoe is odd. It is very stiff and is made out of a plastic-feeling material. The shoe doesn't flex well, and as I walked in it, it did not bend in the natural place in either version of the shoe. They just have a stiff feel to the upper, plus my heel slipped up and down with every step. Overall, I'm disappointed with the design...not at all what I was hoping for.

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JKCwrote a review of on March 25, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I was really excited when I heard Arcteryx was coming out with these shoes and ordered them as soon as Backcountry got them in. I wasn't sure what size to order. My normal size is 7.5, but I wear size 8 running shoes and sometimes boots, but can also wear a 7 in certain shoes. So I ordered these in a size 7.5. They were too big. I would've reordered them in a 7, but I didn't really like the design, so I'm not going to reorder. The shoes felt firm and supportive, had stiff soles, but I think the outer shoe is odd. It is very stiff and is made out of a plastic-feeling material. The shoe doesn't flex well, and as I walked in it, it did not bend in the natural place. The fit was better (smaller) in the Gore-Tex version, and worked for me with thicker socks, but it still had the odd, stiff feel to the upper, plus my heel slipped up and down with every step. Overall, I'm disappointed with the design.

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JKCwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These are great gloves and exactly what I was looking for. I have small hands. Some of the reviews mentioned they ran small, so I ordered a size small on the off chance they might fit me. Well they didn't. They were too big. I would love to have these gloves. I hope they consider offering sizes for women.

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JKCwrote a review of on September 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been working on lightening up my base weight for a while, so it was time to look at downsizing from my 50L pack and saving a little weight. I tried about a dozen light and ultralight packs, but none of them fit properly. Many packs will not cinch down enough to fit my waist, and a lot of packs are designed with wide straps that cut into my neck, since my shoulders are very narrow. I was about to resign myself to the fact that I was stuck with my Osprey Aura, and then decided to try one more pack...this one. Rather than order the women's version, I got this one, because it had slightly larger volume.

Well I was surprised to find that it fit me! The waist adjusts small enough, and the shoulder straps fit just right. The sternum strap fits in the proper location, and the adjustable torso length is a nice feature. I would like just a bit more padding in the hip belt, but it's adequate. The only feature I really don't like is the zipper around the bottom of the pack. For me, it's unnecessary, something that could possibly fail, and adds extra weight, but I decided to keep the pack, despite that one little detraction.

I've now used it on a 2-day trip and a 3-day trip with great results. I was carrying a total load of about 18 lbs. including all food and water. By the way, the Osprey 1.5L hydration bag works great with it. For weekend trips, this bag is more than large enough for me, and should work out just fine for week-long trips. Actually I know some people use it for thru-hiking, so it should be all the pack I need. This ended up being about 1 lb. lighter than my old pack. Now I will admit that I am slightly envious of my husband's Osprey Exos pack, but unfortunately that pack didn't fit me at all, so the Talon works for me.

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JKCwrote a review of on September 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

I've had great luck with La Sportiva Raptor shoes, so I thought these would be just the ticket for hiking boots. I was wanting something a little lighter than my Zamberland Vioz boots, yet more sturdy than Keen Targhee's, and these were exactly that. Unfortunately the fit was all wrong for me. They are built on an extremely curved last. Curved lasts have never work for me in running shoes, but I thought what the heck, I'll give these a try. I just went for a walk around the block to try them out. They felt very unusual. Because of the curve, my little toes were mashed against the side of the toebox, while my big toes were swimming with room on the sides. It was clear I was trying to fit a straight foot into a curved shoe. If curved lasts work for you, these are probably really great boots.

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JKCwrote a review of on July 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

The vest looked great, until I tried it on. It has an unusual cut. It has a pretty dramatic hourglass shape, and I found that the bottom hem was too big around, although the rest of the vest fit fine. I appreciate the weight savings by having no drawcord, but this vest just wouldn't work for me without one. The second issue was that the front panels are cut on a curve. If you unzip the vest, it is very apparent. The zippers do not lie in a straight line. They curve. What this did for me was cause the front of the vest to pooch out. I guess that wouldn't be so bad, but since I'm small chested, it mainly pooched out towards the bottom, which made me look pregnant. I have another vest made by a different company that has front panels that are not curved, and it does not have this issue. I hope Arcteryx redesigns this vest in the future, because I'd actually like to have one.

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JKCwrote a review of on December 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

These are nice gloves. They are similar to other gloves I have, but these are sort of a double-layer, so they are warmer without feeling too bulky. The only thing I'd change is that the wrists are too big around, which allows air to get inside. As long as I tuck them under my jacket cuffs, or put them over a thick enough layer to fill the gap, they work fine.

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JKCwrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Based on the previous review, I ordered a small. But they were way too big, so I had to exchange them for an XS which fit perfectly. I found the rise to be a mid-rise. These pants have quickly become my favorite zip-off pants. I like the softshell fabric, the pockets, and the velcro tabs at the waist that eliminate the need for a belt. I live where it gets very hot, so I probably won't be using these in July, August, or September that much, but they will get plenty of use the rest of the year and when traveling to cooler climates in the summer. These pants seem very durable so far, after about 4 months of regular use.

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JKCwrote a review of on December 20, 2013

5 5

Fit: True to size

I ordered this in the Black Coffee color. It is black with teal on the inside of the collar. This top looks so good on, much better than the pic would indicate. My mom was over when it arrived, and she was super impressed with it as well. It looked so nice I could actually wear it to the office if I wanted to. It fit true to size. Unfortunately I am super sensitive to wool, even merino. I've worn a couple of Ibex and other brand merino items before, but I found this a bit scratchy so I had to send it back. And let me tell you, I was super disappointed because I loved this top. I think this will work for almost anyone that's not hypersensitive to wool like me. I am still giving it 5 stars, because I think my experience is the exception.

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