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MargieSwrote a review of on December 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these in the stripe for my 11-year-old. He is a size 12, and the only size option for that is 10/12. I was a bit concerned because often mixed sizes (i.e., 10/12) tend towards the smaller size, in this case, size 10. But they fit great! Not too long or short. Nice system for fitting the waste with velcro strips inside. Maybe they'll fit next year too!

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MargieSwrote a review of on December 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these in the denim dumpster print for my 14 year old son. He is a skier, but still loves stylish ski gear. He LOVED these! I got the 16, based on the sizing information. When pulled out of the bag, I, and my son, thought they'd be too big. No way. They are perfect. Nice button and elastic on the inside to cinch around his just-hitting-puberty, skinny waist. Nice velcro closures. He's had Spyder pants for the past several years and I've been really happy with their quality. They are warm and easy to move in. Pockets for gear. Fit well. Stylish. Good choice.

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MargieSwrote a review of on September 16, 2011

5 5

I LOVE this jacket. I ordered a size 10-12 for my 10-year-old and a size 14-16 for my 13-year-old. My older son is on the small side. This jacket fits him fine, with a little room to grow. He'll probably be able to wear it next year, when he's 14, too. My younger son is in the 70th %tile for height and weight. The size 10-12 fits him perfectly now, but I think it will be too small next year. At $116.00 this is distressing! I wish I had also ordered him a size 14-16; I think it would have been fine. I feel this jacket runs true to the smaller size listed (so a 10-12 is more like a 10 and a 14-16 is more like a 14.) My boys both wanted black, so I bought 2 blacks, but I LOVE the colors that are available! This jacket is warm and lightweight - my kids think it is soft and cozy. It's slightly water repellent, so it's good for being out at recess in a drizzle. A pouring/soaking rain is no match for this jacket, but it wasn't designed for that. This is a great jacket for fall hikes and other outdoor activities. It will also be great for skiing on those warm/sunny ski days when you tend to get too hot in a parka. I think it's definitely worth the money, but at this price you might consider ordering up a size.

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MargieSwrote a review of on August 26, 2011

5 5

I ordered this for my 13-year-old who just started Middle School. I am trying to find him some "cool" and "grown-up" tees for Middle School. He likes the grave keeper graphic on this tee, but wishes it didn't say "Skateboarding" since he's not a skateboarder. I ordered this in the purple color b/c I think the graphic is more dramatic on the purple than the white. He might have preferred the white. He has always liked purple, though, so I think he's OK with it. He's not the kind of kid who bows to peer pressure. True to size. Nice, thicker t-shirt material.

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MargieSwrote a review of on August 26, 2011

5 5

I ordered these in blue for both my sons, ages 10 and 13. They LOVE them! Really cool and funny too. The t-shirt is made from that new thinner t-shirt material, not the thick (ie, Hanes Beefy Tee) material. We're OK with that. That seems to be the style for young men/boys these days. True to size.

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MargieSwrote a review of on August 26, 2011

5 5

I got this for my 13-year-old son and it is perfect! He doesn't like the jackets that layer with a removable fleece liner because the liner always gets pulled out of place in the sleeves when he takes his jacket off, making it difficult to put back on. This is especially true if you get a bit sweaty and once you have removed the fleece liner and worn it separately. This coat has a removable vest. My son finds that cool. He will definitely use the pieces separately, especially since the vest is reversible. I bought him the yellow and black version of this coat. I think he would have liked a different lining color than yellow, but he likes the black coat, and wouldn't have liked the blue or red as much. This will be great for skiing and other winter sports this winter, as well as for wearing to school

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MargieSwrote a review of on August 26, 2011

5 5

This is EXACTLY the kind of shirt I look for for my 13-year-old to wear to church, piano recitals, the theater, etc. It is cool/stylish enough that he will wear it (both the Quicksilver brand and in looks), and appropriate in my opinion. So many collared shirts have skulls, etc on them and I don't feel those are appropriate, especially for church. This one looks great and is good quality. True to size.

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MargieSwrote a review of on February 3, 2011

4 5

I agree with the previous reviewer that these run big. But not 2 sizes. I bought these now (2/11), while they're on sale, for the upcoming summer. They seem to be about a size too big - definitely not 2 sizes. I think that they will be fine in 5 months and maybe they'll even fit next summer. I'd only order down 1 size, or a half size.

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MargieSwrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

Nice hat - since it's reversible, it's 2 knit layers, which makes it a bit thicker and warmer than some hats. This is a bit large on my 12-year-old, but the kids hats are all too small. At least this one comes down over his ears and down to his neck. He LOVES it. It's plenty roomy. fits my hubby, and he has a large head. Cool graphics. We got the black/gray color - the background is gray and the skull is black.

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MargieSwrote a review of on February 2, 2011

5 5

Got this now (Jan, '11) when they're on sale, for the upcoming summer. These are great shoes. My kids have had them before. I love the toe and heel protection on this style. My kids wear them all summer long, walking on land and in water. In the spring and fall, they wear them to school with socks (closed toes, so they're OK.) After all that, the shoes would still be good for another season. Too bad my kids feet grow!

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MargieSwrote a review of on July 12, 2010

4 5

This is the wrong picture. The photo added by a buyer is correct.

I used this pack for a 10-day trip to Germany. I felt that my personal items were very secure. The fabric is supposed to be slash proof. I assume it is , but I can't say for sure, as no one tried to slash my bag (thankfully!) This pack has 2 compartments: the main compartment and a front pocket. Both compartments zip up to close. When closed, the zipper pulls (which are some type of metal wire) can be clipped to the bag. This would make it VERY difficult for someone to unzip your bag without you knowing. Also, when closed, the zippers are hidden (under fabric or mesh), so presumably a would-be-thief wouldn't see them right away. After you zip/close the main compartment, there are 2 straps that can be closed over the zipper on each side, so even if a thief began to unzip this bag, the straps would stop the zipper's progress. There is also a chest strap that you can close so no one can pull this pack off of your body. There are 2 outside mesh pockets on each side of the pack for water bottles, etc. This was very convenient. The shoulder straps and chest strap can be adjusted.

The main thing I did not like about this bag is that there are no additional inside compartments. It would be nice to have at least one or two separate pockets inside the main body of this bag. Most "normal" or "regular" backpacks have this. Without one, everything is jumbled together inside the bag (wallet, camera, hair brush, umbrella, passports, chapstick, sunscreen, first-aide kit, etc.) This makes it unnecessarily difficult to find things. Another negative is that if you want to "clip" the main compartment zipper for safety, it can only be done at the bottom of one side of the pack. It would be a nice added feature to be able to clip the zipper pulls at the top center of the bag and at the other side, as well.

This back pack was smaller than I had thought (It is smaller than the average school backpack) - but it is a good travel size for travel.

Overall, I am happy with my purchase. I would have liked some additional internal pockets, but it was OK as it is. This back pack was lightweight. The black color is nondescript. I recommend this bag, although there might be a better

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MargieSwrote a review of on June 16, 2010

5 5

I bought this for my 11-year-old son who was going on his first Boy Scout Backpacking trip. For under $110, this is a GREAT pack. It is lightweight and durable. It has a nice external frame, and enough pockets to separate items, but not so many that you forget where you put stuff. There are 2 external pockets on the left side and one long external pocket on the right, plus the bigger, square external pocket on the back. There is also a pocket on the top flap. My son's Camelbak fit perfectly in this pocket, and the zipper stayed closed even with the drinking hose extending out. The sleeping bag sling is very handy. This pack is VERY roomy. We packed this with all my son's required gear (clothes, mess kit, first aid kit, survival kit, compass, toilet paper, full body rain suit, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.) Then we added his food and a tent - and there was room to spare! The waist/hip band is highly adjustable. My son is VERY skinny (60% for height, but only 40% for weight) and I was a little worried that it wouldn't go small enough, but it did! It adjusts at the chest, too. Backcountry's description states that this pack comes with a safety whistle, but it did not.

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MargieSwrote a review of on June 16, 2010

5 5

I purchased this for my 11-year-old son who was going on a Boy Scout backpacking trip. This seemed a bit expensive for a plastic cover. I mean, wouldn't a tarp or poncho do? But, I am SO glad I bought this b/c it rained and it rained hard! I checked my son's pack, and bought the right size. He was able to put it around his pack with no trouble. When he got home, this cover was wet and dirty/muddy, but his pack was dry! It folds up into a small attached sack (estimate about 3X2X2") and is lightweight. My son told me it was great! He was glad he had it. He took it to overnight camp this week to cover his duffle bag, which is about the same size as his pack. This cover is smaller and less cumbersome than a tarp. I believe he'll get a lot of use out of this, so it was worth the money!

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