Lisa Quagliana

Lisa Quagliana

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Lisa's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Lisa's Bio

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 Quagliana

Lisa Quagliana wrote a review of on September 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Okay, so I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Osprey Quantum pack. I have worn the crap out of it since getting it in April. But then I realized I was bored of the color. Stupid excuse to get another backpack. I was browsing through REI (I window shop there and order from Backcountry!) and saw the new comet/celeste packs. I instantly liked the versatile compartments (there are a few more than my quantum).

I ended up buying it through my company for a discount, otherwise it would have been bought here. I'll review it nonetheless! For starters, it's a tad bit smaller than my Quantum. I thought it would be similar in size, given that the laptop compartment is separate, but once it's in there, it's hard to jam pack it like I do my quantum (I can get 3 laptops plus clothes in there).

The main compartment is great - still holds essentials, extra layers, rain coat, chargers for laptops, etc... I love the smaller compartment for a phone. I use it for all the electronic things (mainly chargers). I time triathlons so I need power all the time - I'm not a phone junkie.

I use the NEXT compartment down (yes, that's 4 so far) for pens, extra stuff, hats, cords, etc... anything that will fit - it's an organizational compartment.

SIDE NOTE - when you start jam packing all these pockets, the others get smaller as they fill up.

There's also 2 zippered pockets in the laptop sleeve and the main (for other essentials) and a divider for notebooks or paper.

I didn't think I would like the lack of a stretch pocket on the outside, but I LOVE the handle! It's amazing because I am constantly throwing it all over and it makes for easy grabbing. The side stretch pockets are my fav, as usual. I could not use a bag without these!

As always, Osprey does it again. This pack is amazing but I will say that it is still Number 2 compared to my quantum. The pockets are nicer (so it wins there) but I love the extra space in the main compartment of my quantum.

THE ORANGE IS KILLER!!!

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Lisa Quagliana wrote a review of on September 29, 2014

5 5

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

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!!

First of all - SIZING! This is pretty true to size. I am about 5'2" with a 34 in chest and a 29 in waist. Medium is completely comfortable. I could probably fit into a small if I wanted it to be more fitted, but I like things loose. The large would probably be a bit long for me. Medium is my go to size for any "girly" fitting attire.

My job requires me to be outside for 5 days in a row, sometimes from 4 am to 8 or 9 pm. I need to be prepared for all weather! I was in the Pocono Mountains last weekend and I had a chance to test out this top as a base layer on a chilly morning for a few hours. I wore it over a normal cotton tshirt and had my Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer jacket over that. 40 degrees and I was toasty warm. I ended up ditching the down jacket as it warmed up (it got pretty hot out) but I kept this top on because I kept getting compliments on it.

It's actually really "cute," dare I say. Maybe it was the deep purple color that threw all my friends off. It's actually really pretty.

The hood is the best part. It looks dorky because it's "fitted" but I can imagine that it will fit perfectly under a helmet and fit snuggly over my beanie. :)

Bottom line, this thing is freaking comfortable and warm. I didn't want to take it off because I was so anxious to wear it before world was ready for base layers. C'MON NOVEMBER !

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Lisa Quagliana wrote a review of on September 29, 2014

4 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!

These socks are a beast. I've put the pair I own through the wringer... I like to pack light when I ski, and wool is the way to go. I usually bring 2 pair for a week long trip. It sounds gross, but it's wool! It's a naturally wicking material and it airs out! If you get really sweaty, rinse them out and let them dry! It's no different than hiking in the same socks for days on end. :) These suckers hold up, for sure.

The best part about these is the "lightness." I like how thin they are with the perfect amount of cushioning. I don't mean weak thin; they are plenty tough. I just like the ability to not feel like I am wearing a slipper inside my boot. I also like the light cushion around the shin.

Another bonus is that they don't cut off circulation. I've been through some darn toughs and smartwools, and I've found that some of them leave some serious indents in my skin afterwards. I don't get that with these socks. I've even fallen asleep in them and woke up with all my veins working properly in my legs!

Pictures to come soon!

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Lisa Quagliana wrote a review of on September 29, 2014

The perfect cozy sweater!
4 5

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

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!!

First of all - SIZING! This runs a little big. I am about 5’2” with a 34 in chest and a 29 in waist. Medium is completely comfortable, but I could definitely wear a small. The sleeves were a bit long. Luckily, I like things on the loose side. The only issue with this is that I think it is meant to be a tunic type top, which I don’t usually wear, so it’s long as just a sweater. I wore it with jeans and looked fine. I did notice that, by the end of the evening, the wool became a little stretched out (and not in the stretched out kind of way, but a broken in kind of way, like your jeans get after a few hours). Any bran d wool that I own does this, so I chalk it up to the material. All the more reason to size down. Which is still strange because I own other Icebreaker base and mid layers that I wear a large in.

The material is amazing (all Icebreaker wool rocks!). Contrary to what others may think, this is quite thick. I have other Icebreaker products that are much thinner (but just as toasty) merino wool. I wore this out to dinner last night in a comfortable 60 degrees outside. It was actually kind of warm. I don’t think it’s quite sweater weather yet, although I am ready!

The sleeves are definitely not dolman. I worked in retail for 5 years and I own my fair share of dolman sleeved tops. This is not one of them, although the idea is nice. This top would look good as a dolman sweater.

I like this top but it’s probably not going to be my go to sweater for a night out. I would get hot pretty fast (yes, it’s that warm!). I would definitely rock this by the fire after a long day of skiing, if I had the energy to get out of my ski pants and into normal clothes. I love Icebreaker gear and this stands up to its name, for sure. Come November, I will definitely wear this to work, maybe even the way it is supposed to be worn

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Lisa Quagliana 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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Lisa Quagliana 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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Lisa Quagliana 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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Lisa Quagliana 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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Lisa Quagliana 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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