Kirsten Valentine

Kirsten Valentine

Bozeman, Southcentral Alaska

Kirsten's Bio

I'll be honest, I'm kind of a pansy. There, I've said it. I need to grow some cajones. I have a really good time trying to expand my comfort zone, braking down hills on my scarred and battered road bike, stopping after every third tele turn, testing every single rock I step on, and avoiding bears like the plague. I wear spandex like others wear hoodies. Despite the fear I exude, I love being outside and would rather be nowhere else. With some nervous sweat and diligence, I hope to return to mountain biking and start backcountry skiing. Please never make me return to Atlanta.

Kirsten Valentine

Kirsten Valentine wrote a review of on December 31, 2009

2 5

With excitement, I just pulled these out of the package, ready to replace my trashed and rubberless iPod earphones. Not even one song has passed, and I'm realizing my overpriced mistake. The cords... every little touch or brush against them (say, swinging while I shift 1/2" to the left) is transmitted, loud, directly into my ear. The sound quality of the speakers themselves is pretty good. These are perfect for the silver-painted mime I saw whose routine was standing stalk-still except for the occasional wave or wink to pretty girls who threw money in his hat. The rubber bud-things don't block all sound, but enough that I feel like somebody could be sneaking up on me right now.

months later: the rubber ear bud pieces come off really easily. I lost one today. makes the earphones... worthless.

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Kirsten Valentine

Kirsten Valentine posted an image about on July 10, 2009

Red Ama Dablam from back

I love this jacket! I don't want summer to end, but knowing that this jacket will be there when the sun and mercury goes down is a comforting thought. The hood does fit over a helmet, the fuzziness on the insides of the pockets is indeed wonderful, and you really can lift your arms above your head without showing your midriff. A friend has the OR Aria jacket, and it's just a tiny bit lighter, less bulky, and more flattering, but a hell of a lot more cold. I'm really happy with my choice.

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Kirsten Valentine posted an image about on July 10, 2009

Sugoi Versa - jacket, from front

This is a really sweet jacket, I wear it all the time, and the convertability is nice. Take a look at the neck though- see the little flaps of sleeve sticking up? They are supposed to tuck into the collar, but they don't stay put, and they flap around and bug the hell out of me. One of these days, I'm going to either shorten the flaps or sew snaps into the collar to prevent that.

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Kirsten Valentine

Kirsten Valentine wrote a review of on May 28, 2009

5 5

These are spandex, to be sure- so if you care about panty lines, wear a thong or nothing at all, or better yet, get over yourself. Something funny is going on if you want to wear underwear but look like you aren't.

The pocket is perfectly placed (I managed to fit an ID, cell phone, and key in there without looking weird or feeling it at all). The gussetted crotch fits well without the diaper effect. Depending on how much bunching or stretching I allow, they extend to right past the knees or high ankle.

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Kirsten Valentine

Kirsten Valentine wrote a review of on December 20, 2008

3 5

These are cute. Very cute. Full marks on attractiveness. They are not, however, the stylish vegan's answer to serious winter. The wool-looking lining you can see poking out of the top? Yeah, that's all it does: poke out of the top. It does not line the boot, it only extends about an inch down from the top. Other than that, all that's between you and snow is thick canvas. These feel much more like snug comfy slippers than boots. They keep the snow out (but not snow melt, not the cold) and look good. That's all. If you've got a real man's job for a real man's boot (but happen to be a woman, wanting some women's boots) check out something bigger with leather. I guarantee you'll be happier with them.

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Kirsten Valentine

Kirsten Valentine wrote a review of on December 19, 2008

4 5

The fabric is a lighter gray shown in the picture- a tad darker than the picture of the "steam" hoodless shift softshell. The blue (the background of the current backcountry.com header) zippers add really pretty contrast. By helmet compatible, they must mean people with helmet-HAIR or fits under a helmet, I can't imagine fitting even a super-low volume helmet under the hood. Seems very well constructed though, backcountry.com stuff runs slightly on the small/slim side (what, backcountry enthusiasts are thinner than the average American? No way...)

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Kirsten Valentine

Kirsten Valentine wrote a review of on December 8, 2008

3 5

Just to clarify: the RECCO avalanche reflector on the arm DOES NOT keep you safe in slide-prone terrain, it helps ski patrol find you if there's an inbounds slide and you weren't wearing a beacon. RECCO reflectors aid in body recovery, they do not act like avalanche repellent, they do not "reflect" avalanches.

If you're paying $500 for a jacket, there are two likely scenarios:
1- you already know this
2- you're a rich dumbass and probably needed to be told this (amongst other things)

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