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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 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 20, 2015

I could sleep in this
5 5

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

I got this sweater in the mail the other day and was so excited. The only problem I had was that my boyfriend thought I looked homeless. I disagreed.

Color:
I hate pink but I love this color. It's a neutral pink, if there is one. It would go over any color shirt underneath. Normally I would have chosen the cream color but I decided to be brave.

Material:
At first sight, I thought it would be itchy, but it's amazingly soft. It looks frayed (hence the homeless comment) but that's how it's supposed to look. Once I put it on, I wanted to lay down and take a nap.

Perfect for:
A night out with the girls! I brought as an extra layer, even though it's still 80 degrees out, because I get gold easily. No sooner did I take this out of my car and my friend asked if she could borrow it; she was cold. I snapped a candid while we were waiting for my other friend to park. Even over a plain gray t-shirt, it looked good!

Sizing:
I am about 5'2", 130 lbs. My friend (pictured) is about 5'4" 125 lbs. I have a SMALL. It's a little longer on me, but fits her perfectly. It drapes nicely over any shape body. I am thicker in the thighs than she is (I would actually suggest an XS for her) and it's super cozy looking. Arms are not tight at all.

The only con:
The see through holes in the stitching. It's supposed to be like that but if it were winter, I'd want a long sleeve underneath to keep the air out. I haven't tried it yet in the cold, but I will!

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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 June 21, 2015

too legit to quit
4 5

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

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Soybu for hand-selecting me to review some killer leggings.

Fit:
I'm 5'2" and 120 lbs. I ordered a medium due to my athletic thighs and caboose. I probably could have worn a small since they are quite stretchy. If you're looking for tight spandex to "hold things up," these aren't for you. These are super comfy and soft, but seemed to slide down a bit as I walked. The high rise waist was very giving and didn't make things "pop out" at all. I felt super confident walking around in these all day. I can't stress the comfort level of these enough. I'd probably sleep in them too.

Performance:
I went on a small "hike"in these the day I got them and was pretty warm. It was also 90 degrees so I don't recommend these for a hot day, BUT they weren't sweaty and gross like I would have expected. Somehow they kept me cool. Thumbs up for performance.

Style:
The cut of these leggings were pretty flattering. The lines of the seams were in all the right places. Nothing annoying about that. Plain black can be boring, but the seams gave it some edge. The seams by the knees even have a little ruffle. I'm not much for flare but it didn't bother me.

I will be testing these again soon so stay tuned! Until then, if you're looking to look good in some cute leggings, grab a pair of these!

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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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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on April 3, 2015

So Soft - amazing detail
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I got this in the mail today and put it on immediately. It fits like a glove. I am 5'2" about 130 lbs. The medium fits wonderfully. It's loose enough that I can fit a long sleeve and a tshirt underneath if need be, but tight enough that it's not hanging off of me.

It's tapered for the female body so it doesn't look baggy at all. I am short and it hits me about 6 inches below my hip bone, right where my pockets would start on a pair of jeans. PERFECT.

The sleeves cover my wrists but aren't hanging off of my shorter arms. Also perfect.

I got the granite color because it will go with everything and is just very sleek looking. I was very impressed with the embroidery.I thought it was going to be screen printed on but I was pleasantly surprised! I've received compliments on it all day today at work. Yep, I get to wear hoodies to work!

Super smooth surface (as it says) with a softer fleece inside.

Detail, fit, comfort, warmth. This is a MUST have for any wardrobe. Can't wait to try it out on the trails and as a midlayer while skiing to test it's wicking capabilities!

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Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of on March 24, 2015

Favorite Fleece to date
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 130 lbs

I, too, was a huge fan of the Patagonia better sweater... until I scored this on sale. I wear this everywhere. It's kind of a staple in my cubicle since I'm always freezing at work. It goes in my day pack on ANY hike too. Warmth plus wicking=amazing.

The fit is amazing too. Here's how awesome it is... I normally wear a medium in Arcteryx, but the Large was cheaper... so I gambled.. it's definitely bigger but the fit is so flattering that it doesn't actually look big. This means I can throw it over anything and it always fits under my puffy or shell comfortably! I'm only 5'2" and 130 lbs... so the medium would definitely be better, but beggars can't be choosers! :) The back is slightly longer and fits the female shape perfectly. If you wanted a nice cool breeze up your backside, you better look elsewhere.

Fun features? When it's snowing, I can zip it up all the way and my neck stays warm. The cuffs don't let any air up my sleeves! The hand pockets go "down" versus in towards the zipper, so there's no fear of stuff falling out, plus they keep my hands pretty toasty too. The zippered sleeve pocket is perfect for some cash, a credit card and some chapstick!

My ONLY complaint is that the hood looks silly for casual wear. I throw my hood up a lot. It's geared to "seal" around the face, so it's definitely functional, just makes me look a little funny.

I think the real reason I bought this was because I loved the color and the detail/contrast of the colors. I don't know that this year's model looks like this, but I love mine!!

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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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