Lauren Smalley

Lauren Smalley

Roundabouts San Francisco and Yosemite, but I like to roam...

Lauren Smalley's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Lauren Smalley's Bio

Howdy. I grew up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Most recently, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009, walking from Springer Mtn, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine from March 12th to September 2nd. I graduated from Maryville College in 2008 and I am trying as hard as humanly possible not to grow up, obtain a remotely professional or office-sitting job, or have any regularity what-so-ever in my life. Since graduating, I have backpacked through 17 countries, thru-hiked the A.T., and am currently planning a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada's for 2010. I also pound the pavement, running everything from 5Ks to Marathons, and I road bike when the weather is good...

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Lauren Smalley wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

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

I use this jacket on pretty much any outdoor trip I take. I am an AT thru-hiker and am often out on weeklong+ backpacking trips, so weight is a very important consideration for me. This jacket it extremely light for the warmth it offers and has held up like a champ for dozens of backpacking trips. It fits true to size for me, I am 5'9" 155lbs and a Small is perfect. I had the similar Patagonia Down Jacket and the Small was bulky and not fitting, which means more material (i.e. more weight). I prefer this jacket all around to the Patagonia counterpart.

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Lauren Smalley wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I spend some of my time at a computer desk, and every hour I do a short regimen of pushups, sit ups, etc to keep me from feeling (and looking) like a guy who works at a computer desk. I use this trainer to work on forearm and finger strength daily while at work. The only negative - it smells VERY strongly of rubber. On Monday when I walk into my office it is an overwhelming smell. I have started to keep it wrapped in a towel in a drawer overnight and that helps.

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Lauren Smalley wrote a review of on August 6, 2013

5 5

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

These are the best all around outdoor pants I have ever found for backpacking and general outdoor use. The fit is true to size, 5'9"155 lbs and size 32 fits perfectly. One of the best features is the lay-flat waist. Some pants I have worn backpacking in the past get uncomfortable around the waistline as your backpack waist-belt puts pressure there, these feel great and don't get pushed down by the backpack's waist-belt either. The drawcord cuffs are also a great feature. When I'm hiking and get hot, I don't want to have to stop and take off my pack to roll up my pants, change, or do the stupid zip-off pants thing. With these, I can just cinch them up below my knee and they stay put until I loosen the drawcord. The are very durable and have held up to several weeklong backpacking trips.

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Lauren Smalley wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

5 5

These socks are awesome. I own over 10 pairs in different colors. They are thin and breathable, but have extra wool cushion on the heel and balls of the feet, as well as around the top of the sock at the ankle. I bought them to wear hiking & backpacking, but now I wear them pretty much every day. I run marathons and wear them on my long runs, as well as to work every day. I walk around a lot at my job and need good shoes and socks. These do the trick!

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Lauren Smalley wrote a review of on December 7, 2009

5 5

I thru-hiked the A.T. this year with the Osprey Aether 70. I loved the pack and its fit, but by New England I had sent half of the features of the pack home to cut down on weight. Now I am planning for the John Muir Trail next summer and want to go ultralight (or more so, that is). I bought this pack and have taken it on several weekend trips in the Smokies and Joyce Kilmer Forest. It has a great, comfortable fit and all the extra compartments of other Osprey packs, just in a lighter version. With this lighter pack I get to carry my Montbell 15 down sleeping bag and Thermarest pad in the pack for the same weight as the Aether 70 was by itself. It's a no brainer for any long distance hike were weight matters.

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Lauren Smalley wrote a review of on October 21, 2008

5 5

This is a great tent overall. It has been through many week long trips in the Smoky Mountains as well as a 2 month backpacking trip through Europe. It is roomier than most two-person tents in my experience and holds up well against all elements. It does create condensation on the inside of the tent after a night of breathing in a damp place. I have encountered this problem with several tents made by other companies also. It is just one of those things you have to deal with; your not supposed to be as comfortable as you are in your bed at home. Overall this is a great tent and a good investment.

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Lauren Smalley wrote a review of on June 3, 2008

Great Pack
5 5

The Aether 70L pack is just downright amazing. I took it backpacking through twelve countries in Europe for two months and it held up like a dream. The waist belt can be custom molded to your body at any outdoor store, but if you just wear it around the house for a few hours with about 25 lbs in it the belt will mold to your frame on its own. I (contrary to popular opinion) really like the fact that the pack is top-loading, because when you are backpacking through Europe it would be easy for a pickpocket to steal something out of an outside pocket; whereas, with the Aether 70 I knew my stuff would be safe. I have taken it on several three and five day long trips in the Smokies and on the A.T. and I have nothing bad to say about this pack it all. It is well worth your $$$

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