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Kat C

Kat C

The Adirondacks

Kat C's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Kat C'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 Cwrote a review of on June 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this shirt during the winter for outdoor activities. It keeps you super warm and dry and doesn't make you feel clammy or cold when you go from strenuous activity to a break. Its fairly long which makes it great for use under a pack and its very fitted so its also great for layering.

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Kat Cwrote a review of on June 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This skirt is very comfy and the material is soft, it comes just to below the knee's on me, I love wearing it around the house or out to run errands. I will say the ribbon thing can be a bit annoying because it won't stay tied or snags on things.

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Kat Cwrote a review of on June 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

These are by far my favorite winter hiking/snowshoeing pants.
At 40 degrees or below, my legs turn into icicles and I love these pants because they keep them warm. They are are also super comfortable and have a great fit, they sit just below the natural waist (right below the bellybutton)and they are fairly stretchy, windproof, and slightly water resistant.

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Kat Cwrote a review of on March 19, 2015

4 5

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

I bought this on a whim and so far I really like it. I primarily use it as a face mask and it really comes in handy when walking my dog in cold weather, it stays in place pretty well and cuts the wind although if you breathe through your mouth condensation builds up on it and your face but that usually doesn't bother me unless I have to pull the mask down, I've never used it in really cold weather, the coldest its been when wearing it has been about 24 degree's (here in northern New York, that's not very cold haha). Its pretty thin material but gets the job done.

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Kat Cwrote a review of on October 26, 2014

4 5

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

This is a very warm and comfortable sweatshirt and it seems like it would stand up well to a lot of use, I bought a size medium and while the fit is loose enough, it does run slightly small, my one real complaint is the length, it comes to right above my hips and that's a little short for me when it comes to a hoodie, but other than that, its great.

A quick note on TNF's hoodie sizes, while this sweatshirt runs small, the fave-our-ite hoodie in size medium is more like a large.

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Kat Cwrote a review of on October 26, 2014

5 5

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

In the past, I usually bought synthetic materials, mainly because they are easier to find and a lot cheaper but I finally decided to try wool baselayers and I am so glad I did! Synthetic baselayers always leave me feeling clammy and cold, and they rarely dry as fast as you want them to, when I'm working hard to keep a pace it doesn't bother me but when on breaks or I've reached my destination, my body temp plummets and I get cold, fast. That doesn't happen with wool, it really does help regulate body temp and keeps you warm even when your drenched in sweat, and its very soft and comfy and not itchy at all. I wear a size medium and its perfect fit, although I have noticed it shrinks just a tiny bit the first time you wash it, when I do wash it, I always let it air dry. I highly recommend this product, its worth the money.

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Kat Cwrote a review of on October 2, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I ordered these not long ago but ended up having to return them. The main reason was size, I ordered an 8 but they had a weird fit, they were snug in the toes but way too loose in the heel which is odd because I have a pair of the Salomon winter boots in 8 1/2, they were also too narrow through the forefoot. Its a shame cause they seemed like there would have been awesome trail shoes.

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Kat Cwrote 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 Cwrote 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 Cwrote a review of on May 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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 Cwrote 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 Cwrote 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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