LisaQuag

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Lisa's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Swimming
Bouldering

Lisa's Bio

Originally from upstate NY, relocated to Virginia to work for a triathlon company (check us out @ www.Rev3Tri.com!!). I get to play outside and run around all day and get paid for it. ChaChing! When I'm not working races on the weekends, I'm usually in the ADK's, Shenandoah, or somewhere in Vermont because, let's face it, Vermont is pretty cool, full of real life hippies, and there's good beer, EVERYWHERE.

You'd think I'd get sick of bouncing around the country, but in the off season, I need to get my ski fix in. Ski trips and backpacking are good reasons to hop on a plane out west, but sunshine and water are great reasons to head to the coast! I only get so much vacation time!!! Life would be a lot easier (and much cheaper) if I didn't like to play outside this much.

When I'm not outside, I'm on SAC or BC buying (awesome) crap I don't need.



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LisaQuag wrote a review of on July 16, 2014

Best shades yet
5 5

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

I am an Oakley fanatic. I own more pairs than any one person should, yet I wear these Spy's EVERYDAY. I used to own the Oakley Holbrooks's... the Helm's kick the Holbrook's butt.

These are also my go to running shades. They don't bounce and work much better than any athletic fitting pair. Plus I look super cool.

They are lightweight, durable, stay on your head when you walk inside and put them up, amazing in any light condition, I could keep going... These things have been dropped too many times and are hardly beat up. There may be a few scratches but I guess that's to be expected with the amount that I put these through.

They haven't broken or bent on me yet (I've sat on them in my car, had them shoved in my bag, dropped them countless times). You'd think I'd be more careful but sometimes I just forget they are on my head!

I've been told they are too big for my face. BUT I do not care one bit. :) They are so comfy and the color kicks BUTT. Plus there's the added benefit of no one being able to see me stare at them. The lens is killer.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on June 8, 2014

I can wear this to work, right?
5 5

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

Love this shirt. I get compliments on it all the time because it's not your typical graphic tee. It's extremely soft, but in a strong cotton soft kind of way.. It's not too thin or flimsy. A medium fits me well but a small would work too. I'm about 5'2", 34 inch chest, but I like clothes a little baggier. I actually do wear this to work with a cardigan over top. But I work for a triathlon company and am usually the best dressed... so... yeah. :) This is a must for any Backcountry fan! Spread the goat love! :-D

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on May 6, 2014

LOVE THESE
5 5

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

I have an obsession with the color green and I am stoked to have finally found a pair of aviator like sunglasses that aren't gold or black. The color definitely sold me - see dorky selfie photo below for more accurate color. I don't even care what I look like. They are COZY and GREEN!

I will touch on the aspects that I know I look for when buying sunglasses. The lens rocks too, but other things make or break it for me.

The BEST part about these is that they DON'T FALL OFF my head. These are GO TO shades for driving, hiding your eyes in public, whatever. They have gone on 3 trips with me (flying) and have remained on my head (even under a hat) on the plane and down on my face when I needed them. I have fallen asleep leaning against the window and they have remained in tact and in the same place.

I hate Ray Bans because they all fall off my head. It's important to me that I don't bend over and drop them. They also double as a headband to keep the hair out of your face.

ALSO! They don't get stuck in my hair! This is crazy to me, as any shades with nose pieces ALWAYS get stuck when I put them on my head. These have been amazing.

The ONLY con I would say is the lens isn't made for staring at the sun (super bright days), but I have other shades for that.

Just buy them. Totally worth it. You can't beat Oakley quality. Don't mind the selfie photo - but when you love something, you have to share it with friends! This pic shows the green better. It's really pretty. Get some.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on May 6, 2014

This hat is fun
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a rather "gangsta-ish" hat... but if you remove the cardboard stuff on the inside, you can make it more skater if you so choose.

Fun hat, if you have the guts to wear it. This guy turned it into his everyday snap back. He loves attention and the hat.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on April 29, 2014

4 5

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

I was in search for a work/play/overnight bag. I haven't had a chance to stuff this to capacity yet and actually use it but I can see it getting the job done.

The Quantum isn't much different then the Momentum, but the straps are a little thinner, both in padding and in width, which is good for my smaller frame. The Quantum also isn't as deep as the Momentum. It holds it's fill in length, but plenty deep enough to hold clothes/shoes and a lunch. The Momentum has a much rounder appeal.

Pros: THE STRETCH POCKETS. I'm in love. For real. I love Ospreys stretch pocket features. This is always a deciding factor for me. The shed layer front pocket holds a change of clothes in there tightly. The side pockets are great for a nalgene with a compression strap for extra security.

Sitting just beneath the stretch side pockets are two zippered pockets that are quite long. I can shrink up my trekking poles and fit them in there. I feel like if my bag were packed to the max, they would be hard to get to. Haven't done that yet, but I'm willing to deal with it as it makes up for a lack of middle compartment.

The main compartment rocks. Solid laptop sleeve. I thought I wouldn't like it if it wasn't separate from the main compartment but it works perfectly and the document holder is pretty clutch too. I no longer squish my papers with my computer by shoving them in the same sleeve.

The front compartment is small but holds essentials. 2 pen pockets and 2 elastic pockets. Key clip too. The zipper is a little tight due to the rain flap but Ospreys awesome zipper tabs make it easy to unzip, but would inconvenience someone trying to steal something off your back.

There is a zippered mesh pocket inside the main compartment, about the same size as the front compartment. Filling both of these could make for some bulk in the front.

I don't have any cons.... yet. Overall, feels amazing. I think it's going to be an awesome work/play/overnight bag. Osprey packs are hard to beat.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on March 25, 2014

Excellent Jacket
5 5

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

Bare with the novel - I love this jacket.

I was lucky enough to pick this up on Steep and Cheap 1ish years ago. This is not meant to be a durable, stable, hardcore winter coat. Anyone reading the description or tech specs should figure that out. I have a medium and it fits beautifully. I am 5'2" and 125 lbs. The hood is an amazing added feature on those chilly, windy days. It "seals" right around the face when you zip it all the way up. It's been rained on once or twice but it didn't take long to dry and still looks brand new.

That said, this thing packs down to nothing, making it so very versatile. You can pack it in its own pocket and zip it or just shove it in the crack of space you have left in your bag. It will fit, I promise you that. It goes with me on any trip, eliminating the need for packing heavy, bulky coats. I wore it in FL on a chilly evening (it breathes so well) and as a mid layer for skiing, under a shell all winter. I live in upstate NY and this thing kept me toasty warm all winter during this polar vortex as a casual jacket too.

While it is amazing on its own, it is even better as a mid layer, keeping you warm while another shell over top can help seal in that heat. I wear one base layer underneath when I ski and a ski shell over top. Comfort all around in -12 degrees in February in northern Vermont and 30 degrees, spring skiing out west. This thing really regulates temperature. And if you get too hot, take it off and shove it in your pocket!! No joke. It fits anywhere.

I can't say enough good things about this jacket. I hope I never lose it. It's supposed to be thin and light. That's the beauty of it all. Light, thin, and super warm. My Florida boy stole it from me when he was in NY (because he doesn't own a jacket)and he loved it. He went and bought himself one, male version of course.

Blurry photo attached, but this is also my "going out" coat (I honestly wear it everywhere). I think it looks dressy enough :) And I don't own a pea coat...

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on March 20, 2014

Sold
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I tried a lot of helmets and almost settled with this one. Honestly, I chose this one because it was ever so slightly lighter, and it came in green. And a gearhead told me from the beginning to go with Giro and I should have listened.

My head is 22 inches and the medium works well. The small fit too, but didn't leave much room (if you're a beanie person). The Roc Loc system in the back is so clutch... Makes the medium fit snug with no gaps, making my decision between small and medium easy. There is, however, space between the ear flaps and my ears. I preferred this, as it's easier to hear. Some like it a bit more snug, warmer, and closer fitting.

Bonus! The ear flaps come off for those hot days! Helps cool you off and improves hearing! Totally didn't know this when I bought.

Great helmet. Vents are easy to open and close with gloves on (thermostat "switch" on top). No fog in the goggles. No complaints. Love the freedom and range of motion it gives me. Doesn't crowd my neck!

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on March 5, 2014

Lexi is a better fit for females
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ok. So I ordered a bunch of helmets to try since I have no local ski shop with any selection. Here are my thoughts and measurements:

My head measures 22 in/56 cm. I accounted for room for a beanie and packing out when ordering. I figured smalls would be too small but again, you never know so I tried different sizes.

I ordered the HOODIE in a medium. The small would have been too small, for sure. I compared it with the Lazer Lexi, which is about 2 oz heavier.

The Lazer Lexi Helmet: This one is my keeper in a MEDIUM. It is super light weight, and even holding it next to the Smith Allure (at 11 oz), I couldn't tell much difference. The LAZER HOODIE helmet (also Medium) was much larger and crowded my shoulders. It sat lower on my forehead and overall just looked like a dome on my head. The lexi (maybe because it's female specific?) looked a lot sleeker, and sat much higher... the bulk stopping right below my ears, leaving plenty of room for movement! I could barely tell this was on my head. I had room for a beanie as well. The HOODIE may be perfect for a male. Very light weight and the colors rock.

The MEDIUM LEXI fit great with both my Oakley Airbrakes and Spy Doom goggles, which are huge.

So I vetoed the HOODIE and kept the LEXI. The downfall being that I like the style of the hoodie much better. Seems like a great helmet just doesn't fit my female dome.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on March 5, 2014

Awesome
4 5

Ok. So I ordered a bunch of helmets to try since I have no local ski shop with any selection. Here are my thoughts and measurements:

My head measures 22 in/56 cm. I accounted for room for a beanie and packing out when ordering. I figured smalls would be too small but again, you never know so I tried different sizes.

The Lazer Lexi Helmet: This one is my keeper in a MEDIUM. I ordered both the small and medium in this. It is super light weight, and even holding it next to the Smith Allure (at 11 oz), I couldn't tell much difference. I compared this with the Lazer Hoodie helmet (also Medium) and they were polar opposites. The hoodie was much larger and crowded my shoulders. It sat lower on my forehead and overall just looked like a dome on my head. The lexi (maybe because it's female specific?) looked a lot sleeker, and sat much higher... the bulk stopping right below my ears, leaving plenty of room for movement! I could barely tell this was on my head. I had room for a beanie as well.

The MEDIUM fit great with both my Oakley Airbrakes and Spy Doom goggles, which are huge.

The small was too small, and definitely could not fit a beanie underneath comfortably.

The COLORS are slightly different in person. I ordered the mint and the black and turquoise. The mint is really pale with pink on the back (looks tan in photo) and the turquoise is much more blue than green, although it looks green in photo. Check out Lazer website for more accurate colors. They are spot on. The black and turquoise also has purple on the back. I don't mind it.

Overall, great helmet. Can't wait to test it out for warmth, ventilation, and range of motion!

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ok, so not the most flattering sunglasses in the world, but they are SO FUN. You are going to get looks when you wear them with the shaded part up. That's the point, right? I got a pair for my boyfriend and he loves them, although I think they have sort of a feminine lens shape. Oh well. I wear mine all the time too.

I bought them for the coolness factor and find them totally practical!!! I forget to take them off because I can see just fine out of them with the shades flipped up. Get as many as you can now!!!

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

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

Ok, it's a cinch bag.... what's the big deal??? The colors rock, first of all. I love the green. The zippered phone pocket on the front it totally convenient for small items. I throw my Samsung Galaxy S3 in there with a few other things (sunglasses, swim goggles, portable phone charger, etc...) and there's still room. But I was under the impression this pocket was as big as the bag itself, which it is not. Not a deal breaker.

The bag itself is much bigger than I expected. I actually use it as a swim bag. It holds two small towels along with other crap. Straps are super long and I don't like a bag bouncing off my butt so I just tied them up tighter... the excess straps sit inside the bag so no one knows. I'm so sneaky.

Get this bag if you want to look super cool.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

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

Cozy hoodie. The fleece inside is soft and the color is great, but it runs large, as I have found with most FlyLow stuff. I like their graphics, though, so I will be exchanging for a small! (I bought a medium). I am 5'2" with a 32 in chest... medium was too big, sleeves too long.

The chairlift on the back looks pretty awesome.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I love this shirt. It is super soft cotton and cozy. The review below is spot on though... runs large. I also ordered a medium and exchanged for a small. It fits more like a men's tshirt but the sleeves fit more like they should on a woman; not as long. I happen to loathe women's cut tshirts so this shirt is perfect for me. I am 5'2" and petite (about a 32 in chest) and the small is perfect, with a little room. I could probably fit into an XS comfortably.

Great lounging tshirt with a cute skier graphic that doesn't make you look like a prissy "ski bum" with pig tails. :)

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 1, 2014

5 5

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

I love this jacket. It is my go to, sometimes I even throw my Mountain Hardwear ghost whisperer underneath. I am 5'2" and 126ish lbs... I have the large because I like to have room. But it's not baggy, so I guess maybe this runs a little small? I ordered the medium originally and it fit, but I knew I wanted some extra room, if that helps. The sleeves are a little "short" when my thumbs are in the thumb holes. I feel them tugging occasionally, but as a normal jacket, they are not too short.

I love the hood feature. Most softshells lack hoods and this one is awesome. Blocks the wind and keeps the warmth in. I have lived in upstate NY during this polar vortex of 2014 in this jacket and been fine. Don't get me wrong, I am not standing outside all day in it, but it's getting me to and from buildings. Color is great. I love the green.

even though the thumbholes seem a little tight, it's a great feature to have.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I really loved this when it came but it was not as heavy as I was hoping. Perfect for a cool morning or evening run. Definitely not going to keep you warm as a layering piece if you plan on playing in the snow. I definitely read the word hoodie and assumed it'd be thicker so I impulse added to cart.

HOWEVER - the medium fit me perfectly... I am 5'2" and 126ish lbs. 28ish in waist and 34in chest. Totally flattering fit. I could have probably worn the small no problem, but I don't like skin tight clothes, but this did not look baggy by any means. Very stretchy.

The hood and zip up the neck are awesome features. Highly recommend, just don't expect a fleecy like material.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 1, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I got this pack in the blue with green lettering. I fell in love with the colors and, knowing that I love my other compressor pack, was sure it would be great. Wrong. The straps just didn't sit well on my shoulders. I am female, 5'2" and semi petite... definitely made for broader shoulders. I couldn't see myself using this as a daypack and being comfortable. Also, the mesh pockets on the side seem totally useful but the elastic isn't as tight as, say, Ospreys side pockets, so things are bound to fall out if the pack isn't upright. I filled it and threw it around a bit before I decided to return it. The front mesh pocket is also a great idea, theoretically, but same issue. Stuff fell out, i.e. nutrition bars, pack of gum, headlamp, etc... Unless you fill it to the max, the only support is in the back (which is super stiff - didn't like that either). I wanted lightweight day pack with compression ability but I think I'll stick with my current compressor, as it's not as long and big on me.

The last thing I didn't like was the stiffness of the straps. I was hoping for more of a mesh, less padded strap for light weight, easy throw on, carrying. If you like the padding, it's awesome!

If you're a guy with shoulders, and probably not going to toss the bag on the ground multiple times, I'm sure you'll be fine. I prefer zippers or tight elastic pockets so I don't lose things.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I really liked everything about this jacket... but it was too big. I ordered a large, I am 5'2" and 126lbs... I have hips and I like my ski clothes a bit on the baggier side, but this was too big. They didn't have the green in a medium. Oh well. The color is amazing and it was super light weight, but the one thing I couldn't get past was the noise... it reminded me of swishy wind pants I wore in high school. I have the Mountain Hardwear Snowtastic Jacket and am sticking with that one. It's less noisy, has held up really well and is probably slightly warmer. Even as just a shell, there is more to it. I do have Arc'teryx goretex ski shell pants and they are incredible so I am sure this jacket would have gotten the job done!

Love Arc'teryx products but this didn't cut it for me.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on February 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I bought these a size too big and had to return, but I could tell that a size smaller would have been perfect. They are more full coverage than you'd think, coming up a little higher in the front than I like, but great for swimming and moving around; not going to fall off. I have a big booty and the large was a bit too big (typically and 6-8 in jeans, depending on brand). I usually go with a large in bottoms so the elastic doesn't make "things pop out" in unwanted areas, but mediums would have been fine.

Good fitting bottom if you want full coverage and a great color.

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LisaQuag wrote a review of on January 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is ideal for a weekend trip. I can fit a good 5 days worth of clothes in there, assuming I'm not going to where it's freezing. I like the separate shoe compartment and other side compartment for extras. The outside pocket is huge. The zipper is small but it is a lot deeper. Fits everything I need and fits on a plane.

The biggest draw to this bag, for me, was how comfortable it was to carry as a backpack. I am 5'2" and petite and it fits great. I think it's a general good fitting bag for most. Compared to Patagonia and Marmot bags I've tried, this wins, hands down.

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