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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 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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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 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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