Jen Browne

Jen Browne

Wasatch Range, High Uintas, Canadian Rockies...

Jen Browne's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Jen Browne's Bio

I'm from everywhere and I'm going back there soon. I get up in the morning to get outside.

Most of what I do involves my husband and our 5 kids.

Jen Browne

Jen Browne wrote a review of on November 19, 2009

5 5

Now that I have this jacket I want to bump every other product I've rated 5 stars back down to 4. The jacket is warm, stylish and not as bulky as it looks in the picture. When one of my friends who worked in Antarctica for a while saw it, he yelled, "Great jacket! That's what we wore at McMurdo Station! Does it have the inner nalgene bottle pocket?"

Yup. It has the inner pocket to keep your water from freezing. It has 2 small pockets on the upper left sleeve for pens. It has a small zipped pocket next to them for your pad of paper.

The lower pockets have velcro to keep them shut and the upper pockets are lined with soft, warm fabric. The zipper is heavy duty with large teeth and the buttons are fastened with strips of fabric -- not thread. The hood comes with a drawstring to snug it down tight against the wind. The jacket is very well- made and looks like it will last for years.

I have never been warm enough in my winter gear until now. This jacket is exactly what I needed.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on September 20, 2009

5 5

The Mountain Hardware Sarafin Cardigan is my favorite warm shirt. I wear it over a shirt because it's a little too warm to wear in the office but it's perfect for our current cool mornings and evenings. It fits more tightly than the Mountain Hardware Sarafin Sweater so the styling through the body is more accentuated and you can still get clean lines even if you wear it unzipped over a tank top. The arms are a bit long if you're a petite, like me, but the material is thin enough that you can push the sleeves up without uncomfortable bunching. The material on the collar is soft but the rest of the shirt can occasionally be slightly itchy. If you have sensitive skin you might want to consider wearing a bottom layer underneath it.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on July 12, 2009

4 5

I took a chance on this sea skirt when I couldn't find one that showed as fitting my Necky Eliza. The cockpit dimensions on the Eliza are 28.5" x 15" / 72.4 x 34.9 cm -- pretty small when you're looking at sea skirts. This one adjusts down to fit that size because it has a drawstring you can cinch down and tie. However, it doesn't seal well so you're going to get very wet if you use it in choppy seas or roll your kayak.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on August 19, 2008

5 5

The Big Agnes Dream Island sleeping bag is a great couple's bag. I like having zippers on both sides because my husband is a warm sleeper while I'm a cold sleeper. When he feels a little warm he can unzip his side a bit for a breeze while I stay toasty. At 5'11" he is comfortable with the length of the bag. I also like the pockets for the sleeping pad and pillows. The Big Agnes Air Core pillows and the Hinman 50" x 78" sleeping pad work well with this bag.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on August 19, 2008

5 5

They're sacks. They keep your stuff dry. They have loops on the side so you can secure them. What's not to love here? The Outdoor Research Hydroseal Dry Sacks do what you buy them to do and they look good doing it. Ever been on vacation and decide to take a cheesy kayak tour out in the bay and they hand you the very ugly, very plastic-looking dry sack that is such a monster you risk getting your stuff wet rather than using it? This sack is the opposite of that.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on August 19, 2008

4 5

We took the family camping this weekend. 3 of the kids (teen girls) used this bag. Two of them (a low body fat gymnast and similarly slim basketball player) thought it wasn't warm enough (it was close to that 30-degree mark for the overnight low) but they were toasty once they zipped their bags together. The third (my competitive swimmer who packs a little more padding on her body) thought it was great.

I like the pockets for the sleeping pad and the pillow. The Big Agnes Air Core pillow fits perfectly into the pocket and the Clearview Air Pad works well with this bag.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on August 18, 2008

5 5

I'm very happy with the Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad. Four of my kids slept on this pad this weekend and all 4 raved about it. The regular size (20 x 72) fit inside their Big Agnes Gunn Creek sleeping bag slots. The pad was easy for them to blow up and very comfortable to sleep on. The pad folded down very small and was easily stored inside the sleeping bag stuff sack along with their Big Agnes Air Core pillows without straining the sacks' seams.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on August 18, 2008

4 5

The Coleman Roadtrip Pro Grill is big. It's heavy. It has enough room to cook up a meal for a family of 7 -- we used it all weekend. If you take your family car camping and have enough room in your trunk for it, this grill is a great pick, but it's heavy. It's built for the 16.4 oz propane cylinders but if you're cooking for more than one or two people you're going to blow through a cylinder every meal. It would make more sense to get the adapter and use the 20-pound propane tank with it. It heats up fast and heats evenly. Clean-up is reasonably easy. Did I mention how heavy it is?

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