Lisa Quagliana

Lisa Quagliana

East Coast!

Lisa Quagliana's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Lisa Quagliana's Bio

follow me on instagram - Lisaquag

Originally from upstate NY, relocated to Virginia. I get to play outside and run around all day and get paid for it. ChaChing!

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



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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

Great Gym Bag
5 5

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

I bought this bag because I "needed" a gym bag. I have tons of backpacks but I needed to go old school so I could carry a work bag on my bag and a gym bag on my shoulder.

Basically, this is super simple... perfect size for workout clothes or a weekend overnight. Side pocket is what I was looking for - separate the small stuff or essentials.

The colors are the true reason I bought this bag. I could have gone to my nearest sporting goods store and bought a typical Nike duffle, but let's be real... Patagonia products kick a$$.

My black hole duffle is going strong and I refuse to buy a new one (the old version is better!) but it's just too big for a gym bag.

The should strap padding doesn't move, which I like. You can adjust it to the middle so that's good. The grab handles are handy as well (see what I did there?).

35L is perfect! Colors Rock (that's the real reason I bought it). I think it will last a long time. Check out the other photos I'll post!

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Lisa Quaglianaposted an image about on May 7, 2016

One big outside pocket

This is a great feature for other items, keys, whatever you don't want lost on the bottom of the bag.

I like one big pocket because I don't have to worry about things fitting into organizer compartments. I have a small travel bag inside holding the smaller items so they don't get lost in there.

The yellow is a great contrast color. Makes finding your stuff SUPER EASY!

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Lisa Quaglianaposted an image about on May 7, 2016

BACKPACK STRAPS!

This is my favorite feature. I've been searching everywhere for a work bag with briefcase handles, backpack straps, and a shoulder strap. I never know how I'm going to use it and I'm tired of switching bags every time I need a specific function.

It's IMPORTANT to know the DIFFERENCE between this bag and the commuter... these straps are THINNER. They aren't meant for long rides or commutes. If you want more support and comfort, the commuter bag will be better. This is perfect for me because I don't want the BULK of the commuter straps.

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Lisa Quaglianaposted an image about on May 7, 2016

Everything is still awesome

This is holding a 15 in HP laptop (that isn't very thin). 1 inch binder with my wallet and some running shoes and the outside pocket has a few things as well. Still closes comfortably. I could squeeze more if I wanted! The best part... it's standing on it's own. This thing doesn't fall over when it's full. I can safely set it down on the floor and get in it without it being wobbly.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on May 5, 2016

AMAZBALLS for sure
5 5

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

Ok so I JUST got this bag in the mail and I can already tell it's going to be perfect.

I have been on the hunt for the PERFECT work bag forEVER. I've tried so many different bags but I've never been more excited about a bag than I am with this one. You how you just know something is right? That's how this feels.

The video posted here will pretty much tell you all you need to know. It's what convinced me to give it a try.

My non-negotiables were as follows:

*briefcase handles, backpack handles, and a removable shoulder strap.
*HAD to open briefcase style (think landscape, not portrait).
*Needed to have a big enough space for my lunch AND a laptop (IT ALL FITS!!!)
*Had to STAND UP on it's own.
*Needed at least one external pocket

Things I could bend on:
*water bottle slot on the outside (Nalgene fit fine on the inside).
*tons of organizer pockets
*color

So basically this bag has a wide enough base to hold my lunch, a power cord, a nalgene, and some other random stuff. It's sturdy enough not to fall over when I set it down (CLUTCH!) and I love that I can throw it over my shoulder however I want. Some days when I carry other bags, I want the option to wear it as a backpack OR shoulder bag. The briefcase grab handles are perfect for moving around quick, throwing it in the car, etc... Yep I've tested all my basic movements already.

I was so hesitant given it's listed size but I LOVE it. It will keep me from over packing and still allow me to take what I need to work without a giant bulky backpack.

The inside is bright yellow so I can find everything super easily. Some might complain about the lack of organization, but I love the deep outside pocket. Perfect for a small things, keys, etc... The tighter the pocket, the less likely I am to use it.

The Navy was the color I chose - it's simple and clean. I would have preferred multi color but I decided to try to be simple in case I needed it for super professional use.

the bottom compression straps are a little hidden gem - you can tighten up the bottom of the bag if you only have a laptop in there and don't want it sloshing around when you're on your bike. OR if you want to pack an extra layer and don't have any room left inside... perfect.

Zero complaints so far.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on October 28, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I've tried Salmon time and time again hoping for a difference each time but I can't get past the clunkiness of the shoe.

SIZING
I normally wear a size 9 in ALL running/hiking shoes. I leave myself a little room for swelling (I'm between and 8 and 8.5 in flats or dress shoes). I had to get an 8 in these Salomon's and they are still big. I tried them all day, hoping to break them in, but I kept tripping in them. I might be a little on the clumsy side but I've never had an issue with any other hiking shoe. I may just be better suited for a low profile shoe. I want to try the 7.5 but I fear they will be too short. I have narrow, flat feet, so part of the problem is me - I felt like I just couldn't walk safely in them. But it doesn't change the fact that they definitely run LARGE.

GENERAL APPEARANCE
Salomon nailed it with style and colors. I love all their shoes every time I look at them, which is why I want them to work so badly! The photos are not deceiving; they are just as awesome in person.

WATERPROOF?
The one time I tried these out for the day, it was raining and my feet stayed dry. I will give them that. Props to making a functional shoe!

LACING
The speed laces are pretty great except that I have such flat and narrow feet, that I have a lot of lace left over if I want them tightened down. Luckily, there's a little pocket on the tongue for the extra, although it got pretty annoying trying to shove all the extra up there every time. I ended up just putting the plastic tab part in there after a while. Seemed to be fine with a little lace hanging out; it didn't drag or anything.

COMFORT
Can't say that I was uncomfortable, but I wasn't a huge fan of my feet sliding around inside the shoe- I kept having to tighten them down. Again, I sized down a whole size and had them fitted. They were the right size and I don't think I could go smaller. Just too big for me.

ALL IN ALL
Amazing shoe - I just can't wear them with narrow and flat flippers.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on October 3, 2015

Holds up in hurricane
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 6 and 8

I've had these pants for almost a year. They are my go to pants for hiking and when I'm not feeling denim, but if I go anywhere for a trip, these are in my bag. I work Triathlon events outdoors for at least 4 days... I only bring these pants for the entire weekend.

Material:
In the middle of Hurricane Joaquin, my rain jacket and these pants killed it. I thought I would be out of luck since they aren't rain pants, but the water beaded up and rolled off. And I've washed these pants a ton already! I was pleasantly surprised. I probably wouldn't submerge, but they were great for standing outside in the rain in.

Fit:
FINALLY! A pant for short girls! I am 5'2" 130 lbs with a bigger butt and thighs... Size 8 (SHORT) is fine but I also own a 6 (SHORT) and that fits the best... They do stretch a bit. I find that with the 8, I tie the waist tighter to hold them up... The give a little after washing. But I like to layer under them when I'm outside all day so I like some extra room. I can fit running shorts or tights under them comfortably. Favorite feature is that they don't drag on the ground (when you wear the right size)... If I don't tie the 8 tight enough, they start to sag a little. This happened to me the last two days (SEE PHOTO) and they dragged a little. No real wear and tear after hours of this. Tough pants.

Style:
I have these pants in 3 colors and I wear them all the time. They are super flattering and make everyone's butt look amazing. That's the important part.

They're not your typical hiking pant with no give and ripstop nylon. They repel water, don't rip or tear, and stretch with your movements. And they're so comfy!

Get 'em. And size down.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on October 2, 2015

Awesome weekender top
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This shirt is unique, sporty, and cute all in one. The rolled up sleeves make it a quasi muscle shirt. The bird design gives it that earthy, "I like to be outside" vibe. I have worn this a few times now, once for a night out with the girls (yep... This is how I dress up) and once to run some errands.

This shirt doesn't scream "hike in me!" it's mostly poly and cotton. But it is perfect for a Saturday morning, whether you're running errands or sipping your coffee in the cabin.

Fit:
A little large. Definitely a long and baggy fit. I'm 5'2" 130 lbs and the small fits fine... But I would totally wear a medium for a more baggy look, but I'm not sure if it would look boxer. Nothing a cute cardigan can't fix!

Style:
I'm not a huge fan of the scoop neck. That's a personal issue... It looks great on some people but I never fully love the way I look in scoop necks. I remedied the scoop situation with a scarf.

Material:
Super soft and cozy. I kept this shirt on all day even after I threw on some lounge around pants. It has just enough stretch to lay on the couch and not feel suffocated in.... Not that I ever do that...

Summary:
Definitely at the top of the cute shirt drawer but not my Absolute fav. I love love love the bird design and rolled up sleeves... I just wish it was v-neck or crew.

The good news is that I got compliments on it when I wore it. Everyone else likes it!

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on September 20, 2015

who doesn't love elbow patches!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 130 lbs

I love flannel shirts and am an even bigger sucker for turquoise. I wish they sold it online here!

Fit:
Runs large. I am normally a small or medium (5'2" 130 lbs) and like things looser. I have an XS and I still have room. I am totally cool with sizing down.

Material:
Not as soft as some of the Patagonia flannels I own and not as thick, but it's pretty standard as far as comfort goes. I don't always want to wear a sweatshirt thick flannel. The corduroy elbow patches and collar lining look pretty sweet. It looks more expensive than it is.

As much as I love the color I chose, I had a really hard time not getting the the red or white. They have that classic flannel look to them. This will definitely be my go to flannel this winter!

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on September 15, 2015

Cool concept
4 5

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

I'm a pretty strict Nalgene user, so to branch out and try something new was pretty tough for me, but I was in search of a spouted water bottle for quite some time now.

First impressions - a little wide at the base but anyone with bigger hands than me will be fine. I'm small. Definitely won't fit in a bike holder but I wouldn't use this on my bike to begin with.

As soon as I filled this and walked outside, of course I dropped it. Got a few dings but nothing that my Nalgenes don't have. I can tell it will hold up fine over time.

The Spout - this feature is pretty cool. I like bottles and mugs that have buttons and make life easy. With one push of a button, the spout opens and you are drinking... no work necessary. When you close the spout, there is a little piece of protection that latches in to keep dirt out. Cool feature.

The Handle - I like this version as opposed to nalgenes because it snaps down and isn't always in the way. You can use it as an attachment point on your bag or just to carry it, or you don't have to use it at all and it disappears back into the bottle design.

Cons - It seemed pretty leak proof but when it was rolling around at my feet in the car (I was the passenger), I felt some water come out. Not sure where it was leaking from because when I turned it upside down and shook it, nothing came out. Still confused by it but it doesn't seem AS leak proof as I thought it would be.

EASY TO CLEAN - this is a huge plus in my book. The straw detaches and you can wash separately. The spout is easy to run water through and there is no question of whether or not something has been growing in there after it sits in your car for a few days (or weeks, whatever), unlike in bite valves on other spouts.

I'll report back on the leak issue, hopefully with good news (i.e. operator error).

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

Love me some travel mugs
5 5

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

I have a plethora of travel mugs, most of which I push off on others or throw out. I HAD a go to mug before I tried this Avex autoseal mug.

I cannot stress enough how amazing the button push is. Instead of fighting with a snap closure or twist closure and ultimately spilling coffee onto your work clothes, this thing opens and seals easily. The only negative to the seal is keeping it clean. You have to be diligent about soaking it in hot water and rinsing thoroughly with soap and water.

This thing WILL NOT LEAK. I shook it, dropped it, you name it... nothing came out. Although when I pressed the button for a sip, a little air pressure came out (probably from the shaking).

I have yet to test the length this thing keeps liquid hot. I usually suck my coffee down pretty quick. Once winter hits, the real test begins.

Not a huge fan of the color (wish there were a few other options) but it's hard to find quality mugs like this so I will deal :)

Did I mention that dishwasher safe is pretty clutch? I can get lazy so it's nice to throw the body of the mug on the top rack. I still hand wash the lid, however.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on June 24, 2015

It's go time
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"

I've had this watch for over a year. I absolutely love the color, love the fit, and the material. It's a soft silicone that doesn't irritate and isn't stiff.

Durability :
It doesn't show dirt. And if it does get dirty, it wipes off easily. I wore this everyday for almost an entire year and it didn't have any scuff marks or any wear and tear marks. Held up fine in water. The only reason I stopped wearing it was because the piece that holds the strap in place on the end broke. I rubber banded it so I could start to wear it again. Nixons repair process is annoying.

Fit :
My wrists are pretty tiny, so it is quite big on me but I like the big face look. I only wear it on the third notch from the tightest so it has room to move. If you have small wrists, you will be able to tighten it down enough.

Functionality:
Easy to use buttons and setting the watch is painless. It can be difficult to read in bright light or dark areas but just pushing the light up button makes it easy to read. No matter what lighting it is. I feel like there should be more contrast the color of the numbers.

My only complaint is that the little piece that holds the end of the strap in place while wearing it broke. You can see my rubberband job in the picture slightly. This is the second Nixon watch I've had to break. Luckily it doesn't affect the performance of the watch, but those small imperfections are annoying. Repairing the watch is more hassle than it's worth in my head. Especially after I've had them for so long. For some reason I continue to buy Nixon because I like the style so much, but I wish they would make a better product by focusing on the little things.

Overall, I love the watch.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on April 7, 2015

Tried and true
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 8

I've been wearing Chacos forever. I bought my first pair when I realized my go-to Nike slides were hurting my feet and I had trouble walking if I had been sitting too long. Chacos literally fixed my feet. The SUPPORT in these shoes is unparalleled.

I normally wear a size 9 in running shoes (a little room for expansion) and I wear an 8 in Chacos. They take some getting used to, and adjusting the straps to your liking will take more than a minute, but once you do, you will never have to touch them again.

Also, not sure if this has been mentioned earlier but breaking them in can be tough, as I usually build calluses up on where the heel straps connect to the shoe. I wouldn't recommend a 10 hour day in them right off the bat. Once you break them in, you could wear them all day.

These aren't meant for hiking but they work just fine for day hikes. I have the Unaweep for heavier, longer hikes but these are still my favorite since they are a little lighter.

Trust me, and the reviews below... get a pair and you will never look back. Say goodbye to those flipflops forever! :)

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