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Kristin

Kristin

CT, NH, ME, VT

Kristin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Kristin's Bio

Love getting away from all the people and being outside

Kristin

Kristin wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

Bought these for my boyfriend for Christmas. I have the female ones and really liked them. We have been out a few times together with them and the times he has been out alone he says they are great. The 30" seem to be ok for 6'1" 200lbs. Been a ton of snow this year in New England so hopefully more trips out before its gone so we can add to the review. Bindings are easy to use and secure and neither of us have been having the issues with the binding digging into the fabric. Maybe its just different placement of boot in the binding? I will update if this becomes an issue

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Kristin wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Like the other review says, I loved this and could not justify the $170 price tag even knowing how well Smartwool makes their products. Cheapest price was here. I bought a large and it fits perfect 6' tall 165lbs. Fitted but not tight and room for light sweater or shirt. This has been awesome for snowshoeing since I'm usually too warm for a jacket once I get moving. Can't wait to try it running. Headphone port on chest pocket is in perfect location. This keeps me warm without being overly bulky and works great at regulating body temp if you're really moving around or wearing it casually with jeans.

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Kristin wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fits my 25" lightning ascents perfectly. Love the drain hole in the bottom and the mesh in the front. I put the snowshoes in there right after the hike so they don't mess up the truck and hang the bag on the coat hook when I'm home. Drains and dries without having to take everything out again when I get home. I don't use poles so I don't know how the straps work but they appear to be sewn in well. Interior pocket holds tails if you have them. Glad I didn't by this bag for my boyfriend's 30" ascents because they wouldn't fit. I think the 25" is just about the max.

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Kristin wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

5 5

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

I love these skiing and for once my hands were not cold despite wind and some of the coldest temps I remember skiing in. One day was -20 with wind chill and all I had to do was throw in hands warmers. Rest of the days when it was slightly warmer did not even need the warmers. They appear pretty durable too because I have not noticed any wear. I use them while snowshoeing too and my hands are almost too warm at times. Were amazing until I lost them....looking for another pair

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Kristin wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

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

I have been wearing these boots almost every day for three months. I am working outside in woods and urban environment. I have been outside in the heat as well as cold with these and they have gotten me through rain storms and even a trek through more than one stream. Even wet they are comfortable and I did not get blisters like many of my co-workers. (smartwool socks may have also helped there) They dry out quickly and have stood up well to the wear and tear I have subjected them to. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for hiker with good ankle support. Lightweight and they look good enough to wear with a pair of jeans too. I have worn size 10 in Keen before and these are true to size.

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Kristin wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

4 5

This rack fits my Chevy Colorado perfectly and was easy to install. Securely holds my 14' kayak and when I drove 7 hours with it up there I had no problems. One design flaw would be the way the adjustments are positioned on the uprights. The cross pieces are adjustable so there are slots in the side of the uprights to lock in the cross piece. The slots face forward and cause a whistling sound at any speed. Was thinking about trying to make a sleeve to slide over to prevent this problem because its so annoying. For the price and for the quality you would think Thule would have addressed this issue.

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Kristin wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

5 5

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

I was already a smartwool lover before I purchased these shirts, though everything else I own was for cold weather. These are great layering pieces for hiking and skiing and I have used them for both. I use them for work under my uniform and it really prevents that nasty stick to your skin feeling you get from cotton. Keeps me cool in the summer and warm in the winter. I will be purchasing more, price tag is completely worth it because they are showing no wear despite constant wear and laundering. I', a 6' female with a muscular shoulders and narrow waist and the large fits perfectly without being skin tight and there is not a ton of excess around my waist when I'm trying to layer.

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Kristin wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Never owned snowshoes before, but I have borrowed my brother's and they were way too wide. The narrow fit is fantastic and I can really move now. Usually go through a steep area of property that goes from flat to big inclines. Going down I had awesome traction while my friend was sliding. Up hill the televator really does relieve and prevent fatigue in your calves and legs. Bindings were easy to secure and stayed secure, which was something I was always adjusting on my borrowed pair. My only concern is that the webbing material frayed on the edges after only a few treks. It does not look like it is getting worse but for the price you would think that would not be an issue. I was in very deep snow so I do not believe that I was stepping on rocks or sticks that could have caused the damage.

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Kristin wrote a review of on August 7, 2013

5 5

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

Bought these because I was tired of my fingers freezing while skiing. The price has always deterred me in the past and I have tried less expensive gloves and mitts. Worth every penny because I was finally able to spend all day on the slopes. I usually ski in Vermont and depending on the wind it can get nasty at the peaks. I tried to use them snow shoeing but my hands were actually hot, which is something I rarely have an issue with. I hate being cold and they finally allow me to enjoy the winter. Worn them walking the dogs as well and they seem to be holding up great even with the friction from the dog leash.

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