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Nicole's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Nicole's Bio

Any where the wind blows, the pup and us go! We live for camping, hiking, skiing and more. Just love to be outdoors, out of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on August 30, 2011

5 5

I bought these shoes for camping and short hikes. They worked great for fishing and navigating the creek, and were fantastic for short hikes. As with any "barefoot" shoe, your feet get more of a workout. While the shoes did not need to be broken-in, I recommend wearing them around a bit before setting out on a 5+ mile trek. My new favorite camping shoe! (Also, I own several Merrell shoes and while I typically wear a size 8, I had to go up 1/2 a size for all of the barefoot shoes. They should fit a tad loose, and your toes should not touch the end while walking.)

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

Nice Pack for Ski Mountaineering
4 5

I used this pack for ski mountaineering trips, and it is great... Holds up well against wear and tear, and the detachable hip pack is nice for packing snacks/lunch for day trips. It performed well in the cold weather and size is great for holding bulky cold weather gear... and makes a great door for your snow cave :)

I only wish that it had pockets on the hip-belt for easier access to compass and snacks. I have not used it for warmer weather adventures though, as I have the Aura with the Airspeed for that...

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JustLiveForLife wrote an answer about on September 8, 2010

It is difficult to base the sizing on weight. We have two dogs, one 50lbs and the other 65lbs. They both wear the small. Our friend's dog is just under 65lbs, but differently proportioned and wears the medium. My pop's dog is over 150lbs and wears the large. The sizing chart is very accurate... I recommend you stick to it.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on March 23, 2009

4 5

I bought this vest to wear while in the patrol room as uniform and as a layer while out on the hill. It is nice and warm, but not bulky. Great as a mid layer or outer layer in spring-like conditions. It fits true to size. The black is not as true/dark as shown in the pictures; it is more like a really dark gray.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

5 5

The best feature about this pack is that it is detachable from the harness, and the harness is tops! We have a 60 lb lab/basset mix (looks just like a lab, but legs are half the length) and she wears a small. The pack itself is a little bulky, but the internal compression straps help slim down the profile. The pack holds a lot (food, treats, wallets, keys, toys, etc.) and the hydration packs are decent as well, although we use them more as weight to exercise her, than we do to store water for her to drink. The pack and harness have held up fantastically after over a year of RUFF use. We use the harness daily, and the pack at least once per week in a variety of conditions/terrains and are very satisfied. Jaeger loves it too! (She seems so proud when she wears it.)

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

4 5

I really like this pack and it has served me well in a variety of conditions, from Mammoth (skiing) to Death Valley (hiking). The ski loop makes it easy to trek your gear with free hands. The hip belt is well suited for woman's unique curves (and has great little pockets). The only disappointing feature is the way that the hydration bladder secures in the back. Nonetheless, I would buy this pack again!

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

4 5

These snow shoes are really well made, I was very happy with the quality. I actually bought these at another outfitter where their "gear expert" told me that the men's 25 would work for me since they were out of the women's 25... NOT SO! They were to wide for my stride, and I could not use the ascent feature because my foot is to small. Needless to say, I returned them and let that so-called expert know that he was quite mistaken. Nonetheless, my love was very happy with his. They were light and worked well for a 4 mile in fresh pow.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

3 5

We originally bought this pack (the Approach Pack II) for our pup, but were disappointed to learn that the pack did not separate from the harness. The compartments are decent and hold a lot, but do not allow much for organization. After seeing the upgrade, the Ruffwear Palisades Pack II, we knew that a little more dough meant a lot more pack. I would recommend that you check out the Palisades packs (http://www.backcountry.com/store/RUF0003/Ruffwear-Palisades-Pack-II.html) before buying the Approach Pack II. The detachable feature is well worth the price difference, especially when the harness costs $20 on its own! By the way, our dog Jaeger is a 60 lbs lab basset mix (somewhat compact for her weight) and wears a small.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

4 5

I just used it in 10 degree (F) with two merino wool layers on top and bottom (one thick and one thin) and was still a quite chilled, which is not normal for me. Probably better suited for 30+ with similar layering, and 40+ with lighter layering. Not as warm as I thought it would be! The styling is quite cute. I ordered according to the size chart, but it is a little big. I could have sized down and may have been more comfortable, but the belt hit low on the hip, and the loose fit accommodates more layers. Also, recommend for dryer snow conditions... definitely not waterproof. Over all, I am happy with it.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

4 5

I really like these, but have a couple things I wouldn't mind changing. It has a really high waist that cuts in a little, they are also very long. The material is great, not itchy at all, and kept me plenty warm as a single layer in 15 degrees, but had to add a 150 layer under for 10 degrees and below. I have a lot of Merino products and these long underwear are among my faves for winter weather.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

3 5

I also have the 260's (my primary layer) I bought these for spring conditions, and they worked well, definitely not warm enough for cool winter weather. Also, I'm not a fan of the fit. They are cut higher than the picture alludes, and the waist cuts in. The tag at the waist is also a problem, you cannot cut it out without having to re-sew the seam. (I tuck my shirt in to avoid the scratching.) Overall, a decent backup or base for multiple layers.

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

4 5

I like the compact size, and the capacity is just right. Very convenient for carrying the little things you want with you on the slope (chap stick, camera, snack, etc.) without being bulky. The only problem was the shoulder strap adjustment placement. A little awkward to adjust, and kept loosening itself throughout the day (a knot fixed that problem).

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

Our pup gets so excited when she sees this harness come out because it means one of two things: we are going for a car ride, or we are going on a hike. Either way, once the harness is on, she is on her best behavior (we're not sure if it is because she doesn't want us to change our mind, or if she thinks it's time to work). Our dog Jaeger is a 60 lbs lab/basset mix (looks like a lab with half the legs) who has a lot of energy and hops, but the short legs make it difficult to jump in and out of the truck, or climb over boulders. The harness allows us to easily assist/lift her over rough terrain, and it is great for securing a doggie seat belt to. It is as the manufacturer suggests too, it has had some really ruff (rough) wear and has held up fantastically. If you are interested in the packs too, you should check them out, because many come with this harness and are detachable so the harness can be worn alone!

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JustLiveForLife wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

Absolute staple! This is the looser fit, and layers perfectly over the "slim fit" model (which I also own). I pair the two with a windstopper vest for hitting the slopes in 40+ dry winter conditions. Aside from its awesome performance, the styling is great too, very comfortable, very flattering, and the 1/4 zip allows you to adjust coverage to suit the temps (or attract the cuties ;).

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