Lisa Quagliana

Lisa Quagliana

East Coast!

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.



Lisa Quagliana

Lisa Quagliana posted 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 Quagliana wrote 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!!

I own these, as well as the legless version.

I said this product runs large because they tend to stretch out. I'm a size 6 (about a 29 inch waist, and my thighs aren't small!) 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 it for running 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 will 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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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 (but not bulky). 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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