Kimberly Hunter

Kimberly Hunter

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Kimberly's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Paddling

Kimberly's Bio

Main sport is caving - wasn't an option on the "vices" section. ;)
True outdoor lover: passions are also hiking, rafting, backpacking, rappelling (big walls), skiing, riding horses, diving.

Kimberly Hunter

Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

I've been on a hunt for the right soft shell - something I can wear every day, as well as on the slopes. I was really torn between this and a couple of others. I'll be honest, I ordered several so I could try them all on. I ended up picking this one. It's really comfortable, with a lovely plush lining. The fabric is soft enough to be really flexible, and not noisy and stiff like some softshells can be. The water beads up well on it, and it seems to be quite windproof. I was even able to fit my Patagonia Pipe Down jacket UNDER this shell, even if it ended up to be quite a lot of hood going on there. Basically I wanted to see if, worst case scenario, I could fit my warmest jacket under and it did with no trouble. The pocket placements are nice, though I wish there was an inside zip pocket and maybe a small sleeve pocket; this is the only reason I'm not rating this a 5. Cute, stylish, and functional. I'm very long waisted, and this hit about mid butt cheek, what I consider the perfect length.
I will say that when I got the jacket, the zippers were all black instead of the white that this picture shows, but I didn't really care about that.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

These are SO COMFY. The lining is so soft and furry. They are really easy to put on/off which makes them perfect for walking back and forth to the slopes. I'm really surprised at all of the reviews saying to order a size up. I have a ridiculous number of Keen shoes of all sorts, and I'm a solid 8.5. I feel I could have probably gone with an 8 in these... they are a bit roomy, but not sloppy. They are wider in the toe so they can look a bit clunky with certain types of pants. However, they really are super cute and incredibly cozy to wear. The tread is solid. Paired with the right sock, I can't see your feet ever getting cold in these.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

I have had mine for a couple of months now and they have worn in very nicely. I was torn between these and the Silverton, because I wanted something kind of rugged but cute at the same time. Ultimately, I liked the overall look of these better - too bad they don't offer the same features of the Silverton with this look. Anyway, they are a nice quality leather. They are water "resistant", and having splashed water on them a few times, I can say they dried with no visible signs of having been wet. I did, however, wear them to a concert and spilled beer all over them which stained the leather... I cleaned them with glycerine soap and a little Murphy's Oil and the stains disappeared.
Someone commented that they were slick - I've worn these on my icy wooden deck and didn't seem to have any trouble.
I get compliments on these every time I wear them. If only they were waterproof, I'd give them 5 stars.
Also, I find they run true to size.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on November 2, 2011

2 5

These were a pretty huge disappointment. Sure, they're cute and affordable. And at first, they were comfortable. The back tab kept rubbing on my heel, even after breaking them in. Then, only two months in, the sole started splitting from the body of the shoe. And actually, I have a friend with this same pair of sandals and she had the same splitting issue. I'd stick with a trusted brand like Keen or Teva.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on November 1, 2011

5 5

I have always been a hard core Birkenstock fan, and my normal Fall/Winter shoe has always been the Birk clogs. At the moment, I need to have a sturdy and stable shoe that is NOT a slip-on. I fell in love with these the first minute I wore them. SO COMFORTABLE! They really do look great with anything I've worn with them so far, and they broke in nicely. I ordered an 8.5, and to compare with the Paradise MJ which I bought at the same time, they are a bit larger fit... but still, I don't think I could wear a different size. They fit with just about any sock I pair with them. I really love these shoes, and have walked in them all day long with no blisters or rubbing of any sort. I might not even look at my Birks this year now... :)

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on November 1, 2011

5 5

These are awesome! I normally wear an 8 or 8.5 and ordered the 8.5. At first, I thought they might be a bit snug. But I've now worn them with some smartwool socks and they have broken in nicely and are a perfect fit. I have gotten compliments on them every time I've worn them, as they are super cute with just about anything. I wore them all day walking around the city recently and my feet never got sore. I used to have the older version of the mary janes (like the other reviewer here) but somehow I lost ONE of them and have been sad about it ever since. Never fear, these are even better than the ones before. I was concerned about the lack of waterproofing but I wore these in the rain the other day (I have the madder brown color which is really more like red) and they don't seem to be affected at all. Comfy, stylish, durable... WIN.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on November 1, 2011

4 5

I haven't had a chance to truly test this out yet, but I'm in love with this jacket so far. I have needed a "full strength" puffy for a while now, and after lots and lots of searching, reading reviews, comparing specs, etc. I decided on this one.
I love the fit of the jacket, though I find it could be a TINY bit longer. The sleeve length is great, the hood is excellent. I like that the powder skirt is removable for those times when you're wearing it as streetwear. It has a nice feminine cut that doesn't make you look like a marshmallow. Pit zips in a puffy? Awesome!
The true test will come when I actually ski in it - hence the 4 stars instead of 5 for now. I fully expect it to perform well as a ski jacket too, though.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on November 1, 2011

4 5

These are very comfortable, and I love the fit. I'm 5'9" and 140 lbs and the size 8 is perfect. The length is just right. Overall they are extremely flattering.
The ONLY thing I don't like about these pants is that they don't come out of the dryer well. I actually had to iron down the pockets because they dried all crazy. A bit disappointed in that because normally Prana pants are low maintenence, and I really hate to iron.

**Update: I've had these now for a few months and I have to say I haven't had to iron them since that first time. I'm not sure why, but these are coming out of the dryer just fine now. I find that they are a bit short waisted, so you definitely need a belt unless you want some crack to show every time you sit down. :) I didn't care for the belt that came with it, but I just use another and it's no big deal. Super comfy, still love them.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

Best ski jacket!
5 5

I love all things Arc'Teryx, and this did not disappoint me. I am now in my third season of this jacket and I couldn't be happier with it. The fit is perfect on me - I'm long waisted with long arms and I ordered a Medium. Love the quantity and placement of all the pocktes. On cold and windy days, the hood fits nicely over my helmet while still allowing freedom of movement. And hey - it's cute. The better you look, the better you ski... so "they" say. :)

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on February 3, 2010

5 5

I love love this! The thumb holes are well placed, the material is soft and the cut is perfect. I'm very long waisted with long arms as well and this fits just right. This is a great every day comfy jacket - I wear it often on chilly days with the Arc-Teryx Atom LT hoody (fits either over OR under). This is great for a stand alone OR mid layer jacket. The inner zipper pockets are also really handy. Thumbs up!!

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on February 3, 2010

4 5

I got this for 2/3 day trips - when the backpack portion is removed it's the perfect carry-on size. I like that the sides are flexible so you can stuff it pretty well and still get it zipped. :) The backpack section has a nice lined pocket for a laptop and is a great daypack size. My main complaint about this is the main bag doesn't have any other pockets and is only one main compartment (though it does have your typical mesh zip pocket on the lid). I would like to have one more outside compartment on the main bag once I remove the backpack. But it's sturdy and rolls nicely - doesn't wobble around so much like other luggage I've had.

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

4 5

After doing the $5 rental at YP, I decided on the next trip to get my own. The rental version is SO bulky and much heavier, and you need a tool to open it. This one I thought was very easy to open (though admittedly you have to try it a couple times to get the hang of it) and I liked being able to see everything in it. I was using primarily dehydrated food, and once I removed it all from the original packaging (then vacuum sealed), it all fit quite nicely. It's a bit fat but it fit just fine in my Arc'Teryx Bora 80. It's a keeper. Notice the goat on the lid in my pic. ;)

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on January 20, 2010

Soulmate of Packs
5 5

I have had several packs over the years - Lowe Alpine, Kelty, North Face... but the Bora is by far the BEST pack and I will never have another. At first, I was disappointed because I'm used to pockets everywhere. But in use - I give major credit to Arc'Teryx for coming up with such a simple, streamlined design. Less is more in this case. The main compartment fit everything I ever wanted to put in it, and nice access to both bottom and main compartments. The best feature, however, is clearly the suspension. It is the most comfortable pack for long hikes and extended backpack trips. This pack has been hiking everywhere from El Cap in Yosemite to the Cohutta wilderness in GA to the Arctic Circle and more - and it still looks great and feels good. You get what you pay for, and in this case - you won't be disappointed!

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Kimberly Hunter wrote a review of on January 20, 2010

Perfect mid layer!
5 5

I have wanted a puffy for a long time now, and finally bit the bullet and bought this jacket in the color Bud. First impression was the color was a LOT brighter than it looks online - more of a very bright lime green rather than the pale lime green it appears to be. Whatever, still love the color. It's a bit thinner than I expected, but that doesn't change my opinion on this jacket at all, since it seems quite warm enough. Absolutely LOVE the wrist cuffs and as another reviewer said, it sports the best non-drawstring hood I've worn. I bought this thinking I would just wear this as a mid layer for cold weather hiking or skiing, but I actually wear this all the time now and it has become my every day jacket. I have worn it in light rain and it's just fine. It's great on its own: the cut and fit are perfect. What I like best about it, though, is that I can actually wear this under OR over another layer. (I have the Patagonia slopestyle hoodie and this jacket can go both ways with it, so it's very versatile - I've also worn it over bulky sweaters.) Last, it is extremely well made and very typical of the high quality that I'm used to from Arc-Teryx. Will be testing it out skiing this weekend. Highly recommend!

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