Mavreen Smiel

Mavreen Smiel

Adirondacks

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Mavreen Smiel's Passions

Climbing

Mavreen Smiel's Bio

Technical writer, climber, scholar, CrossFit enthusiast, and (occasional) trigger puller. I subscribe to the 'Buy once. Cry once.' philosophy. I work hard. Play harder, and love dragging great gear along for the ride.

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Mavreen Smiel wrote a review of on October 2, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've worn nothing but SmartWool cable crew socks for the past 3 years. They are the perfect weight for everyday wear through Fall, Winter, and Spring. I wear them everyday with my leather boots and they keep my feet comfortable all day long. They are very durable and it's amazing how the socks resist odors. If you're looking for a thick, cushy sock- keep looking. These are thin, lightweight 'dress' socks. With regard to scratchiness that other reviewers have mentioned, I don't feel any. I wear an 8.5 to 9 shoe, and I order a medium and they fit me perfect. With that said, I will second the reviewer who mentioned these socks do pill, and if you have cats that shed (like me), the socks seem to attract the fur. Nothing major. I just use a sweater comb and go over the socks when I think of it. Overall, these are great socks and I will continue to buy them.

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Mavreen Smiel wrote a review of on June 14, 2013

5 5

I purchased 3 of these in the 'Bright' finish about 5 months ago and I always make sure one rides around on my GoRuck GR1 so I can easily clip keys, gloves, rock climbing shoes, Nalgene, whatever to my bag. Basically, you're only limited by your imagination in that regard. I've used the other ones climbing and they are both durable and easy to manipulate one-handed. An additional plus is that they are Made in the USA.

Basically, I won't buy any carabiner but an Omega Pacific carabiner.

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Mavreen Smiel wrote a review of on June 13, 2013

5 5

I purchased 2 pairs of these socks few weeks ago to wear at CrossFit on a whim. After wearing them for 15 days straight (without washing), I could not be more pleased. These are the best athletic socks I have ever owned, bar none. I wear an 8.5/9 in shoes and a medium fits like a glove. Our WODs are brutal and previous socks would slip, soak up sweat, and generally be a nuisance. These socks stay in place no matter what I'm doing- Kettle bell swings, running, or power cleans, don't pill if I'm padding around the box (we have a rubberized textured floor), and keep my feet the perfect temperature. In short, they're perfect!

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Mavreen Smiel wrote a review of on April 3, 2013

5 5

I bought this jacket a few weeks ago in the Ruby color and I've worn it just about continuously. It is warm without being feeling hot, and I can leave it on inside a building and stay comfortable. It has a very flattering cut, and moves with me without bunching or riding up. I've already washed it once (spilled some coffee on it) and after following the instructions it washed like a dream: Zipped it up. Popped it in the machine on gentle. Hung it up to dry. Done! One thing I did notice is that it pilled where my backpack rubs, but I just grabbed a sweater comb and went over that area. Not a big deal to me.

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Mavreen Smiel wrote a review of on April 3, 2013

5 5

I had a set of the regular Eagle Creek Pack-It cubes, but I gave them to my mother when this arrived. I use this little cube at least 4 times a week to carry around my gym clothes and some basic toiletries. On weekends, I can shove pjs, a change of clothes, and some toiletries in it and head to the cabin with just my large tote. I get to the cabin, yank this cube out, and can use my tote as my purse! The fabric is extremely lightweight and appears to be durable. One of my favorite parts about this cube is that is folds up to just about nothing when it's empty. Perfect for those who are fans of carrying one bag.

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