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Karen

Karen

Oregon Cascades and Sierra Nevada

Karen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Paddling
Climbing

Karen's Bio

Outdoor educator/vagabond of the West Coast. Find me rafting and backpacking in the summers, climbing in the fall, snowboarding in the winter, and mountaineering in the spring.

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Karenwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

new favorite adventure dress
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

First off: I want to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the folks at Backcountry and prAna for selecting me to review this gear. I’m stoked to help spread the word about quality active clothes to other backcountry users.

General Low-Down:
Super comfortable, flattering, active-wear dress for running errands, casual outings, and hanging around the house.

Fit and Fabric:
The fit on this dress is solid. I’m about 5’7” and 140lbs and the medium fits me like a slightly baggy hoodie. The fabric is a heavy-weight cotton that’s super comfortable; it has a durable feel without being too stiff or starchy. It’s nice and warm, without being too swelterey to wear inside, and it’s thick enough that I know it will last a long time.

The color and design of this dress are hard to beat. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten wearing this dress and I’ve had it for less than a month.

Complaints/Concerns:
If this dress had pockets, it would be perfection.

Overall Impressions:
A perfect casual piece with a feminine touch.

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Karenwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

fanciest pair of jeans I’ve ever owned
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

First off: I want to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the folks at Backcountry and prAna for selecting me to review this gear. I’m stoked to help spread the word about quality active clothes to other backcountry users.

General Low-Down:
These are an awesome, causal feeling, pant with a high-quality wash and design. They wear like an active pant but look like a nice pair of trousers. I’ve been using them all over town going out to dinner with friends and family and they look great.

Fit:
I’m 5’7” about 140lbs and I usually wear a size 6 in pants. Since prAna gears a little more towards the active, yoga, body-type I decided to order up to a size 8 in these pants. I’m really happy with the relaxed fit that they have now, but honestly the fabric is stretchy enough that I probably could have stayed with my normal size and been fine.

Fabric and Quality:
The fabric on these jeans kind of blew my mind. I don’t even know if I would call them denim they’re so light and flexible. Because of the straight cut, the dark wash, and the small details on the grommets and pockets these look like a semi-formal pair of pants that I would wear to a nicer restaurant or an office job. But since the fabric is so thin and versatile it would still be great to ride my bike around in these, to go on longer walks, run around a little, or to take them traveling.

Complaints/Concerns:
Because the fabric is thinner than on most jeans, I don’t know how well the Jada jeans will hold up to extensive rough-housing in the long-run. However, since durable, light-weight, stretchy fabric is prAna’s bread and butter I have more hope for these than I would in a pair of Abercrombie jeans. I will report back in a few months to let you all know how these pants are faring.

Overall Impressions:
A great pair of town pants that can also function as active wear. I can’t speak from experience, but I feel like these pants would be ideal for moms who go from working at an office or running errands around town, to playing with young kids and running around the yard or a playground.

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Karenwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

A great yoga/do-whatever-you-want pant
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

First off: I want to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the folks at Backcountry and prAna for selecting me to review this gear. I’m stoked to help spread the word about quality active clothes to other backcountry users.

General Low-Down
These leggings are clearly designed as yoga pants. I can’t claim to be a particularly avid yogi and as a result I have found numerous uses for these Misty leggings ranging from lounging around the house, running errands in town, and even as a base-layer while snowboarding (often times all in the same day).

Fit & Fabric:
The fit on these feel true to size. I’m about 5’7” and 140lbs and I got a pair of mediums and they fit great. As for the fabric, there’s a very nice balance here. The fabric is light and flexible enough that these leggings allow full mobility and they’re still thick (read: opaque) enough that you can just wear them as pants without feeling naked. I’ve washed them a few times (always with cold water and normal drying cycle) and they haven’t shrunk at all and I’ve also worn them for several days in a row without them stretching out much or getting baggy.

Additionally, the waistband is about 3 inches wide so they stay up really nicely and fit well to your hips and waist. This means you avoid both the plumbers-crack and muffin-top debacles that you sometimes get with lower-quality yoga pants.

Quality:
Again, while this fabric feels light and breathable when you wear it, it still has a respectable weight to it that makes me hopeful these leggings will last a long time. These leggings have the standard seams along the inseams and a second pair of seams along the backs of you calves and then curving along your backside. This could just be stylistic but, having had pairs of legging where the seams busted around the hips, my guess is the design is meant to allow a snug fit without straining the fabric too much in places where women are curvier. Either way, the seams appear to be reinforced and I haven’t found any fraying or loose threads yet so I’m optimistic.

Complaints/Concerns:
Nothing much to put here. I will say that the ‘pocket’ that they advertise isn’t even big enough to fit a credit card. I originally thought that a seam in the waistband had come undone for a few inches until I realized it was intended to hold things. Since these are yoga pants I can’t say I was expecting much in terms of pockets, though, so I will add that the design is sleek and almost unnoticeable and you can fit a key or two in it if you’re out running or holding on to a locker key.

Overall Impressions:
Big fan of these. I can’t wait to find more and more uses for them.

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Karenwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

just fun
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

First off: I want to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the folks at Backcountry and prAna for selecting me to review this gear. I’m stoked to help spread the word about quality active clothes to other backcountry users.

General Low-Down:
These are just some fun-colored, light-weight, stretchy pants waiting to assist in your house-lounging and add a little extra glam to your favorite sweater dress.

Fit and Fabric:
The fit on these feel true to size. I’m about 5’7” and 140lbs and I got a pair of mediums and they fit great. As for the fabric it’s much lighter weight than most of prAna’s active leggings. I would almost describe the Sapphires as more of a heavy-weight pair of tights than as a stand-alone yoga pant so they work best when paired with a long shirt or sweater or a dress. That being said, I still love wearing them around the house and also as a base layer when I’m snowboarding. Additionally, I get mad compliments when I pair these with the prAna Nanette dress.

Color: The print on these is just oodles of fun. I have the dress blue and they have a solid, dark blue backdrop with thin, slightly glittery contrast lines that have a color spectrum ranging from teal to olive so it has that hip, distressed vibe that keeps you from feeling dorky about wearing stripes. That description may have confused some of you more, just check out the close-up picture and trust me; they’re legit.

Complaints/Concerns:
This has already been brought up in a few reviews but it’s worth emphasizing: the fabric on these is a bit too thin to really call them yoga pants. Most people will call them leggings and wear them with winter dresses. The bolder among us will embrace style of these leggings and the beauty of the human form and unapologetically wear them as pants. I commend those people.

Overall Impressions:
Great design on a comfortable pair of leggings. Wear them as a base layer to bling out any outfit.

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