Kat C

Kat C

The Adirondacks

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Kathleen's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Kathleen's Bio

If it involves the Outdoors, I'm into it, to me there is no better way to spend time, and being obsessed w/gear just makes it all the more fun :)

Kat C

Kat C wrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I have had my venture for almost 4 years now and its just now starting to show slight signs of wear (the outer layer is beginning to peel slightly from the inner layer). I have put this jacket through a lot! Its the only full on rain jacket I own so its worn for daily use and hiking trips, it has pit zips which are super awesome, I will never buy another rain jacket without them, the hood is just the right size and stays put. The jacket recently protected me from a torrential downpour while hiking up a mountain,although I was sweating so much I still ended up drenched, this brings me to my only complaint, when you sweat a lot and your wearing a tee or tank underneath, the jacket will stick to you so I almost wish it had a mesh liner, but that would ruin the jackets packability (I frequently stash this jacket in my purse) so all in all, its an awesome jacket and very affordable compared to other brands. I definitely recommend this jacket. Note on fit, its runs slightly large, in other north face jackets along with other brands, I wear a medium but I had to get a small for this jacket and I still have room to layer fleece underneath.

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Kat C wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this pack for single night trips and I tested it during a 4 day hiking/camping trip to make sure it fit well etc... It has plenty of room and several smaller pockets to stash small items. The torso adjustment is very easy to change, the hipbelt is comfortable (although its hard to say what it would feel like when the pack is fully loaded to its weight limit). The hipbelt pockets are large enough for small snacks, lipbalm, a small camera or phone although the zippers need to be broken in a little, I had to use both hands to close them. I didn't have my trekking poles with me but the stow and go looked like it would be very easy to use. While hiking, I got caught in several downpours and I didn't have a rain cover on the pack, the items in the lid compartment did get kinda wet while everything else in the pack got damp, it wasn't too bad but I definitely recommend a rain cover. I will update this review after I have used the pack for an overnight trip.

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Kat C wrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is the first sleeping pad I have owned so far and I love it! I used it for a 3 night camping trip and I was surprised at how comfortable it is, another awesome thing about it is the fact that you can easily roll it back into the size it was when it first arrived, and it doesn't take long to air it up either. It doesn't weigh much at all and I will definitely be using it for backpacking trips this summer.

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Kat C wrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 1/2 zip version of this fleece jacket and it is one of my favorite layering pieces simply because of FlashDry. After a strenuous uphill hike, I took the fleece off and found the outside of it was wet but the inside was dry ( I was wearing a tank top underneath at the time) and even when I wear a heavyweight base layer under it, I've noticed that I don't feel as damp or clammy after a hike.

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Kat C wrote a review of on February 19, 2014

OR Enchainment Soft Shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love this jacket, its windproof and fairly waterproof (I say this because I've only ever worn it in light snow as of now). The pockets are high enough that you can easily put your hands in them when wearing a pack w/a hip belt, and I love the chest and the inner security pocket. The hood is just the right size and it stays put. A note on fit, I bought a medium and I usually layer a base layer and a fleece underneath it and it still fits perfectly through chest and shoulders, I'm a little curvier in the hips though and it is a little snug when I layer up so keep that in mind if your 39'' or larger through the hips. Update: May 27 2014 I worn this on a 4 day trip in the Adirondacks and ran into several rain showers, this jacket held up better than I expected, while some items in the chest pocket got pretty wet I stayed fairly dry. I got slightly damp but never felt uncomfortable because of it. The only downside to this jacket;no pit zips :(

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Kat C wrote a review of on October 6, 2013

Love these boots!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

After planning a very last minute mountain hiking trip, I realized I didn't have appropriate footwear(the boots I had didn't fit correctly) so a week before the trip, I bought these. I wore them to work everyday hoping to break them in a little, turns out, I had nothing to worry about. These are by far the most comfortable boots I have ever owned, after hiking straight up (and down), no blisters or hotspots and because of the wonderful wide toe box, my toes didn't hurt either(did I mention the extremely steep trail), they also provide plenty of ankle support. As advertised, they are waterproof, I sank in ankle deep mud/water multiple times and my feet stayed dry, they don't breathe as well as other hikers I've had though so definitely wear wool socks. They do run small, I usually wear 8 but got 8 1/2 instead, any smaller and they wouldn't have fit. These boots are my first pair of Keens but definitely not the last!

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Kat C wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

Chacos Rock!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got my first pair of Chacos 2 years ago and they still look brand new, I have worn them hiking, kayaking, traveling, and I even wore them at my wedding! The first time I wore them, it was on an 8 mile hike over rough,rolling terrain and they were awesome! The sizing is pretty exact too, some people might find them a little on the heavy side.

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Kat C wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The fairing is really easy to install and it definitely does away w/all the noise, and I have noticed the MPG went a little since installing it, it looks good too ;)

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Kat C wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this skirt for my Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140, the 36/19 size fits perfectly and the skirt does a pretty good job of keeping water out, even when practicing hip snaps and leaning. There is definitely room for improvement on the waist of the skirt, its hard to cinch it tight enough and keep it that way, other than that, its the perfect skirt for day touring.

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