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Lauren wrote a review of on October 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At this point in time my partner and I have three different Hydro Flask bottles and we love all of them. If you are trying to cut down on weight then you might not want to grab this bottle but if that is not an issue then this is a must. I have had everything from boiling tea to ice cubs with some water over it and no matter what the task it has excelled. It has a few dings in it after two years of being shoved in packs and dropped on forest and rock floors but it has held its shape and does its job. My biggest pet pieve with water bottles is when the cap doesn't thread on nicely. Sometimes my cap gets a little hitch in its step but compared to all other threading tops it passes my pieve test with flying colors.

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Lauren wrote a review of on October 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

To start I well give you some of my specs. I am 5'2", 125lbs, and chest dimentions are 32 E. I knew when I ordered the small that it might be on the small side but I took my chances. This top seemed to run a little small to me, at least compared to Prana tanks I have. I also had a sneeking suspicion the shelf bra would not be big enough for me. Unfortunately I was correct on both fronts. My skin was rolling over the tops a little which I might have tried to ignore but when the write us says that C/D won't love running in the love tank what they should have said was that you won't be able to do much in the love tank. It would be great just for lounging around but not much else. The shelf bra is fantastically made just not big enough for someone any larger than a C cup. I returned this item because I feared that ordering a size up would only fix the role over but that the shelf size would not be any more accommodating. The top is very long and though I have a short torso came well over the hips and down my caboose. Construction and fabric are great but because of the size issue did not rate it highly. Hope this helps

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Lauren wrote a review of on September 13, 2014

Still good
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

I bought these as a b-day gift for the hubs to replace his old Scarpa boots. I have offered numerous times before with the reply of my boots are fine, they are comfortable, have stood up well, and are doing their job. Despite the fact that they were doing the job of keeping his feet protected form the ground, after 7 years of continuous use (and by continuous I mean worn every day for 4 months of the year off trails in the mountains) I decided to go against his wishes and buy him a new pair anyways. He was still skeptical when he pulled them out of the box and felt how light they were compared to his old boots. Day two of wear through a 30 degree slope chaparral field and he could not stop raving about his new boots. They are lighter, heavier tred, and more supportive than his old boots and he is back to having dry feet when quick stream crossings are called for.

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Lauren wrote a review of on September 13, 2014

5 5

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

I got these for the hubs to wear while hiking around the forest all summer long. He usually sticks with what he knows which are cotton briefs. After a week of wearing these he asked me were I got them and if I could buy him more. They have been through the wash several times now and do not look any worse for wear.

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Lauren wrote a review of on September 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ordered this for trekking around the Mojave with. My hands tan up quite quickly but I hate putting sunscreen on so I tend to choose the alternative of covering up. They did their job. My hands would get a little sweaty and they were pretty dirty after scrambling around rocks and picking up litter in the desert but my hands were their normal color and no worse for wear.

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Lauren wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I originally purchased this item for myself to do day hikes in the desert with. It fit somewhat awekardly in my backpack, do the to combination of my pack and the bladder sleeve. I have only used this system twice and liked it. I put quite a bit of ice and cold water in the pack and after 2-3 hours I could tell that it wasn't as cold as I would like but was not as hot as it would have been without the sleeve. My husband on the other had needed to do some walking surveys in the desert and asked to borrow this system, it has been two weeks and I haven't not seen it since. He fills it with ice cubes and then the empty space with cold water. This keeps has been keeping the water cold long enough for him to go through the bladder. He did complain one day that I put too much ice in and that it all froze together making it undrinkable.

I have not tried attaching the system to the outside of my bag as I am afraid the combination of the black color and the desert summer sun will heat the water too quickly. The insulated tube is a little large to bit through my hydration hole in my pack. I do like the cover on the bite valve though. It has been great keeping the sand and dirt off of the mouth piece. The bladder itself has a quick release type tab so that you can detach the tube from the bladder making it easier to refill the bladder.

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Lauren wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

4 5

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

I had been eying these pants for a while and they finally dipped into my price range and size so I seized the opportunity. Depending on the band and my "extra layer" I have been getting either a size 6 (if I can get into them) or a size 8 (if I want it to be a little roomy). I sprung for the size 6 and couldn't be happier, almost. Like just about all pants that I purchase the back likes to pop out and away leaving a nice viewing portal to my crack for those that wish to take is such views. This gap isn't as horrendous as other pants that I have but with the money spent something that didn't gap so much would have been nice. I knew these pants would be long on me when I purchased them so there was no surprise there; remember it is a 33 inseam.
Now for the pluses. I loved the feel the first time I put them on. They were a sleek fit didn't feel tight and restrictive. I wore them out for the first time in 103 head for about 20 min. I did get sweaty but unlike some clothes these didn't continue to feel damp and they did not cling to my legs making me aware of the heat and sweat. I have done a couple of easy to moderate hikes in them and am still happy with the feel and look. They always look ready for action meaning they transition well from packed to hike to town without a hitch.

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Lauren wrote a review of on August 22, 2013

4 5

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

I got the Capri blue and love the color. I ordered a medium as I usually do and it seems to fit fairly well. With that said I think it would probably fit someone with a cup size between a-c better than something bigger. Do to the cut the lace around the underarm wants to stick out instead of lay flat. I gave it a wash and that seemed to help some. This is a loose fitting top so if you want something that will show off all your curves this is not it. This is for those who want a comfy top that still looks feminine. I think it has a nice length and the little bit of elastic at the bottom gives it a slight bubble/tucked in look. I would give this top a 5 except for the arm hole issue.

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Lauren wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

Got this for the hubby. Following the advise of other reviewers I ordered a size smaller than I normally would have and this was the correct way to go. Even in a small the shirt was still a little on the big side. The material is great and the dri-release does it got at keeping you on the drier side of things.

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Lauren wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

4 5

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

I was doing a lot of hiking in warm to hot weather and only had cotton t-shirts so I decided to add something with a little more performance value to the wardrobe. This shirt did the trick. Straight out of the box it was comfortable and soft. I love the lettered goat making it a little more subtle that I am being a walking billboard but still showing the love. The shirt is fitted and flatters the shape. It is longer that most t-shirts to give you some coverage in the back (less peak a boo with your undies) so less time pulling down your shirt in the middle of a hike. Feels like cotton but dries much faster meaning you can sweat like a pig in it and not have to worry about being stewing in your moisture for the rest of the day. The one thing that I have noticed is that it seems to pill easily in high friction areas (the only reason this isn't getting 5 stars). It isn't horrendous pilling but if you like the new shirt look this might drive you crazy.

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Lauren wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I love Prana shirts and wanted to add another to my wardrobe. Alas it was not to be with the top I purchased. I have a short torso, widish shoulders, and large bust (34DD). I ordered the medium in the agave color. The top was little on the tight fitted side but nothing some breaking in wouldn't ease up (hopefully). I had contemplated going up to a large but am always afraid with built in bras that going up will make the elastic too loose and free the girls. It was the color that made me return this item. The photo online makes agave look like a bright yellow or mustard which I was going to try out. In real live the color is more of a yellow green. My skin pigment has some yellow in it and the top made me look sickly. I imagine it would look absolutely stunning on a very dark skinned individual (just not me). Too bad. when I have money again I want to try out another color in this cut.

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Lauren wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought these for my hubby. He has only had cotton underwear and was very skeptical about wool underwear. He did not wear or try them on for a very long time and after the first day of wearing them he told me he wanted more of these wonders. They give him the support he wants and the wicking he needs.

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Lauren wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

5 5

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

I wanted some wicking underwear that were not synthetic. These green wonders fit wonderfully and are incredibly comfortable, most so than any cotton ones I have had. The white stripe adds a little something so you might be able to wear these swimming last minute and still not have it be obvious that they are underwear. With that said they are thinner that I was expecting so you might get a see through effect if wet. Either way well worth the money. Hubby loves them.

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Lauren wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

4 5

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

I have the heather gray ones with the blue elastic. The blue actually has shades and hits of other colors in the band adding some fun detail. These undies are quite comfortable. I was expecting the fabric itself to be more stretchy but I should have payed closer attention to the 95% merino wool label. These are not itchy or scratchy at all, so if you are looking for undies with the cotton like feel and look but more wicking ability you have found them.

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Lauren wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

3 5

First things first. I am not sure if the boots run a little large or not. If they do it is by about half a size. I am kind of a tweener and so depending on the company either take a 7.5 or 8. I chose incorrectly in this case. With that said I am unsure if having the correct size would make these boots fit perfectly or not. As they are they work well for even terrain hiking/walking and siting/standing around outside in the cold. This is another reason why the boots are not getting as high of a rating. I knew I was going to be working outside in them through the winter/spring in the desert of Idaho so wanted something warm (my extremities get cold very very easily). Rated to -40 sounded right up my ally and then I would be able to use it during the winters in the Canadian prairies. The boots do keep my feet toasty standing and sitting outside until the temps start dropping below freezing. I would say that my feet don't really start getting cold and uncomfortable until the temp is at about 28F. I think I would be more in love with these boots if they had one more sets of "eyelets" so that I could cinch it down better and they actually kept my feet warm down to 25F. Otherwise the boots are snow and bird poop proof and the tongue that comes all the way up is great for keeping stuff out of the boot. Would love to give it a 4 but just can't as I can't wear the boots for any extensive off trail/uneven terrain hikes.

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Lauren wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Decided on this pack after spending 5 days rotating through two other packs. The thing that I love the most and that sold me on this pack was the swinging arm hip belt. I will be using this pack in chaparral fields and between the ballistic nylon and the hit belt I should have no problem picking my way through the dense shrubbery. I have no intention of using this pack for its actual purpose (snow/ski) so the lack of ventilation in the back my become a point of annoyance. In addition to the top/split zipper access you can also access the main compartment via the back panel. The external straps are quite long but the pack is designed as such that the straps and buckles tuck into slots in the back of the pack. There is a compartment designed with sleeves to hold tools. I will most likely modify these into stash pockets so that I have more organization for pens and electronic equipment. The zipper toggles are great. They are rubberized and large loops making it easy to open with gloved hands. I have a short torso and though the s/m is still a tad long it fits just as well as a woman specific frame would. There is a helmet hamock built into the pack which will come in handy on my grocery runs into town on my bike. Great pack seems solidly built. I will see how the zippers hold out.

So it spent a summer doing some offroading into the Sierras and Cascades with me. It battled through more than its fair share of chaparral fields and has held up like a champ. Something I did notice and was somewhat disappointed with is that the back is not water resistant. The first day of light rain and everything inside the pack was wet (not great for the electronics I was carrying).

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Lauren wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

3 5

This pack was awesome but didn't quite fit all the needs that I needed filled right now. The pack has lots of pockets and organizational things. There is a compartment on the bottom that you can stash dirty/damp things in or unzip to extend the main compartment. This pack would be great for a bike commuter going to school or just needing a little of that kind of organization. The reason I decided to return it are three fold. I needed just a little more than 30L worth of space, the back of the pack is fairly flimsy so when it has a bit of weight in it it starts to collapse on itself somewhat, and lastly the torso was a little to long on me. If it where not for the combination of these three factors I would have loved to have had this pack.

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