KristenV

KristenV

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Kristen's Bio

My day job is as a molecular genetics scientist - I just recently graduated with my Ph.D.

But where I like to be when not in the lab is any number of places out enjoying nature. Camping, climbing, motorcycling the twisties on my Ducati, and snowboarding are some of my favorites.

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KristenV wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

2 5

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

I have another Overland purse and love it, but I wanted something a little larger. The Bidwell was the perfect size, I loved the colors (I got the dove/mist blue), and the leather strap was different and cute. The first surprise was the shortage of pockets and compartments (my smaller Overland has a ton). The main part of the purse is one huge compartment with a skinny divider (I put keys in the smaller side). The large pocket is very deep and has side bungees that can fit a water bottle or travel umbrella, but smaller items are impossible to find. There is an external skinny pocket, but because it cannot be secured closed I never really used it - only used occasionally for receipts. There is a nice small compartment with magnetic closure where I could put my phone (fuzzy pocket!), and a zippered mesh pocket for things you want to get to readily. The big reason why I do not recommend this purse is the leather strap and the way it is secured to the purse. There are small metal rivets that secure to punched holes in the leather strap. You can adjust the length by using different holes along the strap. The problem is the rivets are just as big as the holes in the leather, and with use the leather gets softer and the holes get stretched out. After ~3 months of use the strap comes off the purse every time I set it down! There have been many times when I am walking somewhere and the purse will just unexpectedly fall off my shoulder to the ground because the strap had become undone. If you plan to use this for travel, this is a BIG PROBLEM! Someone could grab the strap and it will simply become undone. I had planned to return because it is basically unusable now, but I missed the deadline. I plan to try to sew the strap to the purse - this seems to be the only way to keep it where it should be.

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KristenV wrote a review of on August 24, 2011

4 5

For the price this little headlamp is just awesome. My husband and I each have one and it has survived many many caving, climbing, and camping adventures. +1 to all the positive reviews already posted.

You've heard the good, so here are a few negatives:
The batteries are extremely hard to change!! I always feel I am seconds away from breaking it. I actually think BD's instructions on how to open it is how my next negative occurred.

The plastic head strap holder snapped. It still holds on to the strap and the headlamp just fine, but it no longer holds tight enough to direct the light. Now it just hangs limp like a dead fish staring at the ground. You can wear it upside down, but then the light points more upward and you blind all your fellow outdoorspeople. This happened with both our Spots, and when I asked about it at the outdoor shop where I bought it, the employees just laughed and said "yeah, that always happens."

But the lamps lasted more than a year before that happened. They are very bright and I had no real complaints until that strap holder broke. For my next headlamp I will be trying something different.

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KristenV wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

2 5

I bought 3 of these shirts (various colors) to be used for climbing, hiking, and just general wear. I love the design and the fit, and they do stretch as you move. However, they claim to wick moisture and be cooler in hot temperatures, but I disagree. I would feel sticky within 5 minutes of putting it on IN MY HOUSE. Unfortunately it seemed to trap heat, not "let fresh air reach your skin" like the description claims. I wore them a few times, but decided they were too uncomfortable and sticky warm to wear just to work - I cant imagine wearing them when you are working up a sweat outside. I returned them.

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KristenV wrote a review of on January 26, 2011

5 5

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

I hate big purses, but I seem to need to carry around a lot of stuff. I had a really comfy medium sized rugged purse from REI that I could fit anything into, but with only the 2 compartments I would have to dig for 5 minutes to find anything. That said, I LOVE MY OVERLAND BAG! This purse has tons and tons or compartments and organization to keep it all accessible. I managed to fit most of what was in the other purse in this one, but it doesn't look overfull. It still closes up and secures nicely and I know where everything is. Its wonderful. I got the brown so that my husband wouldn't feel overly girly using it as a fanny pack if the need should ever arise. Only thing it doesn't fit is a water bottle or a travel umbrella

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KristenV wrote a review of on November 7, 2008

5 5

I just recently purchased this bag for myself after seeing it at a local shop. It is heavy duty and high quality, and is perfectly form fitted for my board. It fits my snowboard with bindings attached, my boots, plus has room for most of my gear (gloves, jacket, etc). I wish there also was an internal gear pocket (for security purposes), but the external pocket is huge! I love the Gig Bag and the price is great for a fully padded airline-friendly bag. I plan to purchase another for my husband's board.

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