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Lisa Quagliana

Lisa Quagliana

East Coast!

Lisa Quagliana's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Lisa Quagliana's Bio

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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 February 19, 2015

TOASTY and SLEEK
5 5

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

I'm finally able to admit that I have a down jacket addiction... always looking for the next best thing. Rab nailed it with this one. It was a STEAL on SAC... I love bright colors, but the black was the clear choice; goes with EVERYTHING and looks nice for any occasion. Awesome everyday jacket.

First off, my go-to "puffy" is my Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer, which is about half the weight of this jacket. Coming in a 14 oz, this Rab Microlight is still super light but it's not going to be my go-to travel and hiking jacket; it's a bit more solid throughout, making it incredibly warm but not the most ideal for packing.

SIZING
I'm 5'2" 130 lbs and the medium is perfect. I am a little thicker in the hips and thighs (size 6-8ish) and it's a wee bit tight around the hips, but not so much that it bothers me. I like that it is longer in the back, not letting air travel up my back! If it were any shorter, it wouldn't be tight on me because my waist is a lot smaller than my hips. Keep in mind, I am only 5'2" so things tend to be long on me. Armpit seams are totally comfortable and fit my shoulders great.

DESIGN
Compared to the MH GW, this thing is a little more heavy duty, which I kind of like for a change! I don't feel like I am going to snag it if I brush up against something. The ripstop nylon is great and DURABLE. The drawstring cord at the waist is perfect for someone with smaller hips. I, however, will not need to tighten it. Great feature though! The cuffs are secure around my wrists, not letting any air up that direction either. The hood is something I would change... it doesn't seal around my face so on a windy day, this hood doesn't do much... BUT it has the ability to cinch down and has a little "visor"! I prefer to just pull my hood up and call it a day. :) Great in the rain, as the "visor" keeps any water from landing on my face. It also seems to be pretty water resistant.. wouldn't wear in a monsoon, but won't wither away if a little water gets on it.

DOWN FILL
Really warm. I have to say, this jacket is great for trapping the heat. Again, I love my MH but this Rab is gaining on it. The fill is really well placed and doesn't clump up. I have yet to be super cold in it.

BEST FEATURE
The chest zip pocket. I love having the ability to stash some cash and chapstick up there without worrying if I'm going to lose it. I use hand pockets so much that things fall out with I'm pulling my hands in and out. The hand pockets are huge and hold anything too, but the chest pocket is the best. It's big because that's where the entire jacket packs into.

This jacket just looks good and feels good. I have no cons to it yet. If I could shrink my hips a little, the bottom would fit better, but it's not a flaw of this jacket. It rocks. Get one.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on January 14, 2015

Solid jacket
4 5

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

I've posted on this jacket before, but an older version. The newer version had more changes than I had expected. First, I'm 5'2 about 125 lbs. Athletic build, small chest and the medium fits perfectly. I could even wear a small if I didn't want the room to layer. Some of the changes I don't like are the tighter seams right in the armpits... Another reason I won't size down. I've worn it now for almost a month and I don't notice it anymore so there's a chance they "stretched."

The cuffs on the sleeves also changed.... The older version almost had a mini cuff, whereas this one has a hidden cuff, as if it's tucked under. It doesn't seal as well around my wrists, but I have abnormally small wrists and the sleeves are long on me, so a little more air travels up.

The hood is still great. It seals around my face to keep my head warm.

The zippers are a little tougher to maneuver; they stick a little bit I can only attribute this to an upgraded, more durable zipper than the previous.

All in all, solid jacket. The "changes/cons" certainly do not outweighs the positives.

Ridiculously lightweight. Packs down into my purse/pocket when I'm warm. Keeps me warm all the time. I need to test it out in the elements but if it's anything like my older version, I will love it. and let's not bypass the AMAZING GREEN COLOR. That's the real reason I "needed" the new version... My old one is still in great shape! :)

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on November 19, 2014

I see this outfit a lot...
5 5

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

He loves this shirt. Most of my co-workers wear mountain khaki on a regular basis but I see this outfit a lot. Warm, cozy, and they love the material. Plus, the colors are awesome. Great casual look!

Pair it with the Mountain Khaki Field Pant and you're all set! (http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-khakis-original-field-pant-mens?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6bW91bnRhaW4ga2hha2kgZmllbGQ6MToxOm1vdW50YWluIGtoYWtpIGZpZWxk&skid=MKH001Y-RAN-S30X32)

Thumbs up!

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on November 17, 2014

Jupiter Squareds are still my go to's
5 5

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

I have 4 pair of these... excessive, I know. BUT I love them. Everything about them. The lens, the fit, the clarity, the way they stay on my head if it's not super bright out and I don't need them on.

They don't squeeze too tight, they don't get caught in my hair (that's a real problem!). They're just amazing.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on November 17, 2014

Doesn't get much hotter than this!
5 5

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

Seriously - this flannel is warm. Okay - I am speaking on behalf of the dudes when I say this but my friends literally live in these flannels and RAVE about them. They are kind of like women in this respect... but love is love.

They actually get into it on who can wear the most Mountain Khaki in one day - They look like they walked out of the catalog. It's adorable.

I know I can't resist a guy in a Mountain Khaki flannel shirt (throw in a hat and it's all over!).

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on October 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I wear this thing all the time.

Favorite feature: THE ZIPPER! I am too lazy for buttons.

It acts as a zip hoodie, but not as warm as a hooded sweatshirt, and acts a flannel, but not as light weight as a button up shirt. It's the perfect fall weather shirt.

Still looks cute under a puffy vest too! The hood and zipper makes it stand apart from other flannel shirts.

SIZING: I am 5'2", about 125 lbs, and about a 32 in chest. I have big hips for my height, about 31 inches. Small fits me perfectly. Not too tight on the hips, falls nicely. I usually wear mediums in shirts (for comfort) but the shoulders were too big for me on this.

Highly recommend!

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Lisa Quaglianaposted an image about on October 28, 2014

I (oddly enough) like the silver logo...

So, I was getting made fun of for talking about my shirt. To colleagues, that's all it is.

I tried explaining how amazing it was and they decided to take a photo of me obsessing over the top. I wear this thing all the time.

BUT my favorite part of this dorky picture is the silver logo. I think it's semi-reflective, not sure, but I like that it stands out from the eggplant color (looks much darker here than it really is - see photo below for more accurate color).

I don't know why - I think it looks sharp! :)

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Lisa Quaglianaposted an image about on October 28, 2014

Best impulse buy. Ever.

I bought these one winter at an EMS when I forgot to pack gloves on a trip. I was immediately regretting it based on price alone.

Now, probably almost 6 or 7 years later, these things look new, and are AMAZING. I wear them everywhere. As an (ex) teacher, they were great to wear during work (school's too cheap to turn on the heat). I could still type!

I wear them hiking, as my around town gloves, hunting while sitting in a tree stand for hours... Sometimes I shove hand warmers in the mitten flip.

People always say I look homeless, but I LOVE THESE! You can't go wrong with SmartWool anyways.

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on October 26, 2014

Awesome, light, lots of room
4 5

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

Bought these on a whim because I like keens and I love green. Seems logical. I have consistently worn my Merrell moabs but find that my feet are killing me after 10 miles. Tried these out today for an 8 mile day hike.

I wore them all week before a hike and quickly found that they were super comfortable as my every day shoes. The hike was pretty easy but extremely rocky. I noticed very little slipping, which was key. I wanted a low profile shoe that I could bounce around in and scurry over scrambles. These were great today. I slipped a lot in my Merrells for some reason and was always always very hesitant with each step. The keens felt great and I felt more confident about not falling on my face.

Let's not forget about the amazing toe guard. I trip a lot on rocks (smooth, I know) and today's leaf covered, rocky trail proved no different. Loved having that extra protection and no toe blisters.

The only downfall is I wish I could tighten the laces around my toes more to keep my feet from sliding around/forward, especially on the decent. I have narrow feet and these are wide in the toes for me. I can deal, because I like the shoe a lot.

Bottom line - low profile, light weight, excellent tread, awesome color, breathable mesh... Dries fast. I might get them in blue. ☺

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Lisa Quaglianaposted an image about on October 19, 2014

Survivor

It was a perfect fall day for a hike. I tested out the bodyfit oasis hooded top for 10 miles of serious hiking. It was chilly so I needed the warmth and the wicking. It exceeded my expectations. When we stopped at the summit, I got cold fast with the wind and sweat dripping down my back. I tried on my ghost whisperer to trap some heat and I was amazed at how quickly I warmed up and my icebreaker tops dried and pulled the sweat away from me. When we headed back out, I was basically dry. Incredible and warm.

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Lisa Quaglianaposted an image about on October 19, 2014

Almost 3 years and still standing

I was lucky enough to pick this up on Steep and Cheap 2.5ish 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.

It's also my go to hiking jacket. Haven't snagged it yet... I guess it's tougher than I thought. Can't wait to get a new color!

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on October 10, 2014

Best. Base layer. Ever.
5 5

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

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Icebreaker for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!!

OLD PHOTO - but I own full length (pictured), as well as the legless version.

I said this product runs large because they tend to stretch out. I'm a size 6 in jeans and I have a medium and could potentially pull off a small if I wanted them tighter. It's not spandex. I wouldn't use them to run if you're looking to "hold things in." That said, I don't think I would size down because I'm using it as a base layer, not to run in.

I've used the full length version under my ski pants (arcteryx shell) and been toasty warm on the west coast and the icy East coast. I would say the coldest it's been would be - 12 with this combo of base layer and shell.

The legless version is also amazing but better for the fall and spring. I wore them alone with a tshirt and a down jacket on a chilly morning. They gave me the right amount of warmth without being overly hot.

These things don't smell! My favorite thing about merino wool it it's ability to wick and smell amazing. Ok, maybe not amazing, it is wool after all. But aside from skiing (without washing for a week straight) these rock for hiking for a few days too.

Seriously, solid base layer.. Wouldn't use anything else.

Old photo... And I was being Goofy, but they seriously.... Check out my layers...

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