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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote a review of on September 16, 2011

5 5

I bought this for my 10-year-old, even though it is an adult hat. It is really fun! There are actually holes where the sunglasses are, so you can pull it down over your eyes. How fun is that?!? When you do that the sides and back also get pulled down, and your ears and neck are nice and toasty. I LOVE that. Perfect for windy winter days.

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MargieS wrote a review of on August 26, 2011

5 5

Even though this is an adult beanie, I ordered this for my 10-year old. It's a bit large, but he loves that he can pull it down over his eyes and see through the holes! This position will keep his ears and back of his neck warm on those really windy winter days.

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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote a review of on August 26, 2011

4 5

Love, this tee, but, beware - it shrinks A LOT. I washed this size M (10) tee before my size 10 son wore it. It shrank so much it is a bit small. It's post washing measurements are: 15" underarm to underarm and 21" from shoulder to bottom hem. It's almost winter here and I'd like him to be able to wear this next spring and summer. No worries, Backcountry sent me a label to return this and will exchange it for a larger size. Great customer service! If your child is on the larger side of his size range, you might consider ordering a size up.

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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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MargieS wrote 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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