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KatieSue

Utah Wasatch Front and California's Bay Area

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Katie's Passions

Trad Climbing
Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Hiking
Paddling
Mountaineering

Katie's Bio

I was raised in San Jose and love the coast, the shady damp redwoods and rocky shores live in my memories and my dreams everynight. I take any chance I can to get back there when I can...or anywhere for that matter. I'll try anything and go anywhere once. For now I'm hanging in the the Utah desert climbing the peaks of the Wasatch front. Rock climbing is the most recent adventure I'm exploring and so far so good.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on October 11, 2012

Best outdoor pants I've ever owned
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these in the spring and haven't worn any of my other climbing pants all year. These were the only pants I packed for 3 climbing trips each a week long, a couple short backpack trips and pretty much every day hike and after work climb I've done. They've held up to granite, sandstone, and even limestone. So comfortable and flattering. Don’t look dressy outdoors or lame and technical inside. Thin yet tough. Dry quick. Can be rolled up and buttoned but I destroyed the plastic button climbing an offwidth probably the same time I ripped of the back button scooting up a chimney. All that shows are a little bit of fraying at some seams and a tiny tiny whole on my thigh that hasn't enlarged in over a month. They don't shrink or stretch much and never restrict my movement climbing. The drawstring helps. I can't say enough good stuff about these pants. I'm getting another pair. I have the grey. I'm a size 8-10 5'7" 140 athletic with long long legs and got a size 8. A lot of pants are short on me, these are not. The only weird thing is the pockets are short and sometimes the inside of the pocket turns inside out and hang out above my harness legs loops. It’s sort of goofy. A tiny bit longer would fix that.

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KatieSue wrote an answer about on June 21, 2011

Mammut the same item in blue which I wrote a review for before but I now can't find it. If you're looking for directions on how to use it I know there is similar questions and discussions on the reviews for it. I own the blue one and though it took some getting used to, I love it as a personal anchor and for raps. It's almost always attached to me with a locker on the end. I girth hitch it through my harness where my belay loop passes through, not to my actual belay loop.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on June 26, 2010

3 5

The design on these seemed ok but I got the S/M and they were way too small. I have the winter veriglass gaiters in this size from the same company but these summer ones run smaller. I have totally average calves not skinny or big and wear a size 8 shoe. These were snug on my angles in bare feet with no socks. With any shoes or pants on at all the velcro wouldn't even meet. I'm just going to stick with my veriglass winter gaiters since I'm not a trail runner but was looking for some poison oak and sticker protection.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

4 5

This is a great bag. The strap is long. I'm 5'7" and the bag hangs down by my knees. There's no way to adjust but it would look cute with a knot tied in it. I got this the same time I bought a mini laptop and it fits perfectly inside. Not really padded but I carry the computer around in it to the library and work still. The interior pocket it pretty large with it's own zipper on the top so I can keep my keys and whatever else seperate. I really love the look and the size of it. I'm an across the torso purse person all the way.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on June 15, 2010

5 5

I love these. They are my go to pants for climbing in the gym. They stay up under my harness and afterwards if I'm working out. They are fitted but not spandex looking fit, and not too baggy either. I'm 5'7" with long legs and they hit me right at my knee making them somewhere between capri length and bermuda shorts. If you're the type to wear knit fabric pants climbing outside they'd be perfect, but I usually go for something more substantial since I tend to hit my knees on the rock a lot. Plus they're PrAna so they're cute.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on March 10, 2010

4 5

I love Prana and I loved these shorts but the fitting was just a little funky. I'm 5'7" and normaly a size 8 in Prana but these are sized S,M,L I tried the M and they were ultra saggy baggy. I liked that they were just pull on with no buttons or zippers but unter the weight of a harness with gear I wanted them a little tighter. The S fit better but suddenly the legs were fitted all the way to my knees. If only they fit me like they did the girl in the photo. The fabric was nice and would have been perfect for climbing. Lots of give and stretch but still resistant to wear and tear and protecting your skin.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on March 2, 2010

4 5

This looks like a turtleneck and you could wear it that way, but I don't. The neck can be unzipped a little and folded over. It folds down with an exaggerated off center look that's pretty trendy now, I've seen it on coats a lot. It's a shame it doesn't show it that way in the picture because it is incredibly cute. I wore my brown one on New Years Eve and got so many compliments. The fabric is not too thick or thin and not to tight or lose. Comfortable yet feminine for sure. Also the tag said it's cotton and milk... that's right milk fibers. I don't get it either but it was a crazy conversation starter on New Years.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

These wear in but won't wear out!
5 5

These are my second pair of climbing shoes. A little more aggressive than my red 5.10s but still comfortable enough to wear for long multipitches all day. They took a little while to wear in but they get better each time I wear them. I tried the mens which felt better on my toes but wouldn't hold my heels in. I know some guys who wear these too. Once in awhile I get some air bubbles in them and they make a suction cup/fart noise when I put them on to the amusement of my climbing partners. They've held up really well with all kinds of climbing from face, sandstone and granite cracks, and gym climbing.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

comfortable on my kinda big head
4 5

This was the helmet I used when learning to climb. When I had to get my own I tried a bunch of the more pricy ones but always came back to this. My head was always right on the edge of being too big for small helmets but too small for a large size helmet, or maybe I just didn't want to admit my head is a size large. This one size fits all was really comfortable. I find myself trying to scratch my head then realizing I have a helmet on, I forget about it that much. I got white to avoid the oh so common blue. Backcountry was the only place I could find it in white. The only issue I have is that my brother says it makes my head look even bigger, like giant bald skull, but he didn't see me in those other ones. So far it's protected me from lots of falling ropes and bashing my own head into overhangs as I go up.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

Favorite with the bottoms on or off
5 5

These are my favorite climbing pants! My knees are always getting thrashed and these protect them better than shorts. The fabric is better than my cotton roll up climbing pants, I don't sweat through the butt as easy on my approach hikes. They are easy to zip on and off. They stay put under my harness. Plenty of give for long reaches with my legs. I've done tons of climbs in them when it's hot or cold and always been comfortable. The only signs of wear they show after numerous climbing trips is spilled bacon greese from camp. I have them in two colors and they are AMAZINGLY flattering. They turn my whitty pancake butt into a genuine booty! Gray is by far my favorite.
Update: Still loving these. I wore them for 3 days strait in Joshua Tree and when it was too cold to zip off the bottoms I was able to just peg them and they stayed put for multi pitches. When my partner's pants got so dirty in camp he couldn't wear them, he wore these for the second 3 days of the trip and would you believe they looked just as good on him as they did on me. After 6 days they still showed no wear.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on June 9, 2009

5 5

I have had a love affair with these sandals going on 9 years now. Almost every summer I buy a new pair of the exact same ones and wear them out completely in a few months. Not that they wear out fast, I just do everything in them including walking all over Europe, Argentina, Vegas, or a few miles on the trail even. They mold to your foot and are incredibly comfortable and easy on the knees and feet. They will wear off into your skin and turn your feet black and they do get really slippery in the rain but who cares. My old ones I still wear for gardening or painting the house. I can't find the smoothies in women's anymore so I buy mens. I wear an 8-8.5 and the size 7 is perfect. So here's to another year and another pair of fabulous reefs.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on June 9, 2009

5 5

I wasn't expecting a lot from this. I've been trying out different wool t-shirts that I could wear for a few days on climbing or camping trips without getting cold, hot, or stinky. (alright maybe I was expecting a lot) I ordered some smartwool, ibex, and other wool tops and ended up only keeping this one. It is amazing and I love it. It's days before it smells like a poly shirt, it fits flattering, not tight or bulky, not itchy, and keeps its shape really well. I've washed it a few times and it still looks new. I get compliments on it all the time. The v-neck is really high. More like a v shaped crew neck. I've never felt hot or cold in it and I've worn it in all kinds of temps and activities. I wish they made more colors.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on June 9, 2009

5 5

I got this jacket for climbing since it's so light and packs down small. After a few climbs when I had a hard time enjoying the view from the top due to a cold wind picking up after I was a few pitches up, I wanted something I could attach to the back of my harness for the top but not get in my way as I went up. I love this thing. I didn't think it ran small. I ordered a Large at first but exchanged it for Medium and it fit great, (I'm normally an 8). It's easy to stuff in the sack but doesn't come out looking wrinkled and gross. It's about the size of a softball. The chest pocket is really roomy. The hood packs away really easy. It's incredibly light and breaths well. I wore it around the block in a light rain and it kept me dry too. Not sure about a heavy rain, but it zips up snug and has elastic wrists. I'm pretty broad shouldered and square shaped and it makes me look feminine...but that might just be the purple color. So far I love it.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on May 22, 2009

5 5

I bought a bunch of climbing pants awhile back and I've ended up using these almost exclusively. I liked them ones so much I got them in 2 colors. I'd get them in more if they had them. They fit loose but the knees and the roll up bottoms are great for climbing. I've taken them on every trip so far this season. They aren't too stiff or thick that they ever interfere but they're thick enough to give my knees a little protection from the rock and keep me warm when the wind kicks in all with the peace of mind that they're organic cotton…and really soft. I've crawled into my sleeping bag in them a few times too tired to take them off and not cared. They also don't show harness sweat lines like some of my other climbing pants do. I wish they were an inch longer on the inseam which means I don't dry them in the drier in case they shrink. They have a drawstring which I sometimes get mixed up with my ropes and often untie on accident, but no worries there's two backup buttons on the inside.

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KatieSue wrote a review of on March 11, 2009

4 5

I was at the backcountry warehouse returning some stuff and decided that at this price I just had to try on these approach shoes...even if they were a funny color. I normally wear an 8.5 and once in awhile an 8. The 8.5 felt like it fit but it was a little long in the toe and the 8 was perfect. They have really full insoles, in fact it feels like there are insole inserts in them, you feel kind of tall when you put them on. They're pretty stiff, but shockingly do not hurt a bit and I've had problems with shoes cutting into the bottom of my ankles a lot. I tried the finns which were more cushy, but at 55$ how could I resist these shoes...these...blue shoes. And they don't make your feet look big...just blue.

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