Jen Browne

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Jennifer'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.

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Jen Browne wrote an answer about on May 11, 2010

I've found the opposite. Perhaps only for this board, but I digress. This board is more flexy than my friend's bamboo deck that's a sector 9. In fact, his seemed a bit dead. This was my first and it rides great. :)

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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 September 20, 2009

5 5

The Mountain Hardware Sarafin Sweater is warmer than it looks. You can wear it to replace a jacket if the air is still, but it won't stop a breeze. It is soft but occasionally feels slightly itchy, so if you have sensitive skin you might want to wear it over a light bottom layer. I typically wear a 6-8 petite so the arms are a little long on me but would likely be perfect for anyone who wears regular sizes. The sizing on this sweater is slightly larger through the shoulders and mid-section than the Mountain Hardware Sarafin Cardigan, which is another great choice in this category.

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Jen Browne wrote a review of on August 27, 2009

5 5

The Yakima Mighty Mounts fit both my car and my kayak carriers perfectly. They were quick and easy to install and didn't require special equipment. It can be confusing to choose mounts so make sure you use the Car Rack Configurator at the top of this page or on the Car Racks page through the links to the left to figure out what will work for you. You will also need a set of 4 mounts per thing you're putting on your car. For example -- if you're going to carry a kayak with a cradle on one end of the boat and rollers on the other, you will need 2 sets of Mighty Mounts.

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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 June 19, 2009

5 5

At slightly over 5 feet tall, I have a hard time finding pants that fit my leg length. These are so perfect I bought a second pair as soon as I tried them on. I usually wear a size 6 and the medium fits me well. They're light and comfortable both on the trail and in the office. I like both the barley and the expresso colors but prefer the barley when the sun is out and I want to feel a little cooler. I have found the lighter color easy to clean even after grinding in dirt and grass stains. The fabric takes a beating without showing wear.

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Jen Browne wrote an answer about on August 22, 2008

Kayaks are escape artists. That aerodynamic quality that makes them slice through the water also makes them want to take flight. In addition to tie-down straps, bow and stern tie-downs and possibly the Yakima BoatLocker, I'd take a look at the Yakima Crossbar Pads for that added bit of friction and a way to protect your kayak when you're hauling it.

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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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