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Jessica Throgmartin

Jessica Throgmartin

Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin

Jessica Throgmartin's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Jessica Throgmartin's Bio

I love to hike and ride my Trek 7.3 FX in the spring, summer, and fall!

Jessica Throgmartin

Jessica Throgmartin wrote a review of on February 4, 2011

5 5

This is probably the warmest fleece I own. It is great for layering or on its own as well, although it could be a little bulky under something that has an athletic fit. It isn't windproof, so you may want to consider another layer if wearing by itself on a really windy day. I wear this one hiking, shopping, and just around the house. My cat is a big fan as well...I often catch him sleeping on it!

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Jessica Throgmartin wrote a review of on February 4, 2011

5 5

I have never been able to keep a pair of sunglasses in good shape until I bought the Flak Jackets! They are performance type of sunglasses, that still look stylish and look good on either men or women. I purchased mine from an actual Oakley store, which gave me the option to customize them exactly how I wanted them, and save a little bit of money on a second pair of lenses. I ended up getting the black frame with the positive red iridium as well as the G30 iridium lenses. I wear contacts and my eyes are very sensitive to light, so having a pair of lenses that lets enough light in while still shading the bright light was my goal. I was also having a hard time when riding my bike in a wooded area, as I could not see the path well enough to avoid any debris that I might encounter. My goal is to use the G30s for biking, however I am waiting for spring to actually see how well they do. I have used both lenses for hiking and both work out great. The contrast lenses make all of the difference! The lenses are a little difficult to change at first, however the more you do it, the easier it gets. I recommend having a clerk at the store show you how to do it, or look for some how-to videos on YouTube. They also come with a really nice case to store them in, as well as hold two additional pairs of lenses. I think that this is the key to keeping them in great shape. They are either on my head or in the case...they rarely ever touch a table or car seat because I am paranoid about losing or breaking them! BTW, I first looked at these at Sunglass Hut before purchasing them and the clerk did not want to show me how to change the lenses because it was too difficult for him. I'll drive the extra hour out of my way to go back to the Oakley store next time I want new sunglasses!

NOTE: If you intend to wear these glasses for driving, be aware that due to the width of the temple on the frames, they will create a blind spot while driving! This shouldn't deter you from considering them, however you should be aware of it. I am careful to turn my body more when changing lanes, etc. when wearing these, and so far that has been good enough!

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Jessica Throgmartin wrote a review of on January 31, 2011

5 5

I bought this pack and really like it! The suspension is great for hiking when it is warmer, and it really helps keep you cool! It has lots of pockets and adjustments to help you size it just for your body. If you have never owned a pack like this, I recommend going to a good sporting goods store (like REI) to have them show you how to size it and work all of the straps and belts. The only downside I have seen is when hiking in the winter, it can be almost too small if you want to carry or stash extra layers. I can usually fit extra gloves, a hat, neck gaiter, a fleece, and a rain jacket in addition to some smaller accessories. Again, it can be kind of tight with all of this, but so far it hasn't been an issue. If you are looking to carry any more than what you might need for a couple hour hike in cold conditions, I would suggest getting a larger size and possibly a pack that has a draw string top closure. My husband has the Stratos 36 and that seems to be perfect for his needs (as well as anything I don't want to shove in my pack)!

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Jessica Throgmartin wrote a review of on January 31, 2011

5 5

I purchased the men's version of these boots because I couldn't find ANY women's sizes in the wide width, in store. I had bunion surgery about 9 months before buying these and wanted to make sure they didn't rub on the sides of my feet. The men's version is naturally a bit wider than the women's, so these worked pretty well! These boots are great and didn't need a break-in period at all. These are my go-to boots and I only wish that they were waterproof as well. My normal shoe size fit too tight, and even an entire size larger was still too snug. I would be interested in picking up another pair in a women's size if I can find one that doesn't fit too tightly (btw, I decided to post this review under the women's version instead of the men's in the hope that other women with a similar foot or sizing problem would consider the men's version as well. They are very similar in color/design, and most people won't notice that they are actually a men's shoe).

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Jessica Throgmartin wrote a review of on January 31, 2011

4 5

This was my first softshell and I was lucky to get it right the first time! The fit is great and I bought it for the fact that it is wind/water resistant. It can get a a little warm if you are doing a lot of aerobic activity, so you need a moisture wicking layer underneath. The only improvement suggestion would be the addition of some pit-zips, which are hard to find on women's jackets anyway. It isn't terribly warm, and you may want to add a warm layer if you plan on wearing it in less than 30 degree weather. Otherwise, this is a great option if you are looking for a nice softshell!

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Jessica Throgmartin wrote a review of on January 31, 2011

4 5

I first bought this vest in Turtle Dove, which is sort of off-white. I normally stay away from white for fear of dirt, but I really liked the black side panels and the black lining on the collar, plus I figured that the off-white color would be more forgiving of dirt. The vest is a little shorter than I normally like, but it is a perfect length for layering under a jacket. I read other reviews where some people complained about the arms being too large, but the skirt helps keep wind out and I think that it is great for cushioning under a heavy pack. I liked this vest so much that I bought the light blue color as well! I plan on wearing these mostly for hiking in spring/fall (in the midwest) as my main warmth layer. This vest also has the Dri-Clime lined pockets which are so soft! This vest is very sleek and feminine and a good choice especially if you don't want to spend the money on an expensive down vest.

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Jessica Throgmartin wrote a review of on January 31, 2011

5 5

I had been looking for a Marmot down jacket for hiking and casual wear for some time, but being a bit curvier, I found that the Venus was a little snug in the hip area (in XL). However, the Milo fits great because it is a bit longer and it is a bit more stylish and feminine. Even though it is a bit longer than the Venus, it is still very light and very warm! The extra length helps keep you warmer as well. The only down side I can see is that it isn't wind proof (most down jackets aren't), so you may not want to wear it on a very windy day. Found a great deal by shopping the post-Christmas sales.

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