Merebea Danforth

Merebea Danforth

Alta, UT

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Merebea's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

Merebea's Bio

I'm a transplant to Utah from Rhode Island. My outdoor passions are skiing, mountain biking, and sailing. I also enjoy road biking, camping, hiking, and backpacking. Now I'm hoping I may be able to get into kite skiing and kite boarding.

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Merebea Danforth

Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on June 6, 2012

5 5

This is my favorite bag for traveling with only a carry-on. The bag has comfortable shoulder straps for carrying as backpack which can be zipped away. I find backpack carry is much more comfortable to carry any sort of weight versus messenger style or a shoulder strap, which this bag can also do.

The organization on this bag is really nice. There's a padded laptop compartment at the back so you don't need an extra bag for that. There are two pockets at either end, one large enough for shoes, and the other is perfect for stashing your liquids. Finally, the outer pocket is good for your in-flight needs (magazines, iPod, etc.).

The bag is very well made, as you would expect from Timbuk2. It's a clever design and really useful item.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on June 6, 2012

4 5

The cloth on the Berrybud dress is so soft and light, and the gathering is really cute. Unfortunately the fit in the top was a bit too big for me, but it would look great on someone not so flat chested. The Ocean is a really pretty blue color.

The Lole Opaline is a similar look and is a great choice for anyone like me for whom this the Berrybud doesn't work out.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

4 5

This griddle is great for making pancakes, and though I haven't had a chance to yet, I think it will be good for grilling meats as well. I have tried to cook eggs on it like a flat top, but it's a bit tricky, especially for scrampled. The sloped sides that help the grease drip off make the eggs tricky to control. It's been a nice addition to my car camping setup.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on May 8, 2012

4 5

I gave my dad the Adze jacket for his birthday and I think he'll get a lot of use out of it. The jacket is supple and looks like it will provide a good bit of warmth. The windblocking and water resistance look great. The fit is fairly relaxed and this is a great simple looking jacket that will look equally good spring skiing, hiking, and wearing around town on windy days. It is made with the quality you would expect from Patagonia.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on April 7, 2012

3 5

These are nice enough capris, and are quite versatile. The fabric is very stretchy and comfortable. They are very tight fitting until about the knee. I wouldn't say they're particularly compressive, and the fabric is on the thinner side (though still good quality) so it definitely shows everything. There's no smoothing effect. These look really good on fit gals with lean, toned legs. If you're not into something tight though, you may want to look elsewhere.

All in all I'm pleased with these, and they can be used for any number of activities. I do quite like the two-tone swirl pattern in the waistband.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on March 17, 2012

5 5

This is a perfect toiletry case. It's plenty big, but not too big, is well made, and has lots of organization. There are three organizational sleeves and a zippered pocket on the other side in the interior. There are also zippered pockets on either side of the exterior. The case is really well made and I know it will last forever. Definitely recommended.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on January 27, 2012

4 5

Arc'teryx calls this piece a hardfleece, which is perhaps a better description. It's got a smooth nylon exterior that is wind and water resistant. The waffled fleece on the inside provides a bit of warmth. The yellow color is super cute, and I know this will be a great midlayer on days when hiking and skinning. Wear a shell for the down and hike/skin in the Epsilon SV.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on January 27, 2012

4 5

I got these gloves for my dad for Christmas. He's an avid skier and suffers from Raynaud's phenomenon. The gloves are very well made, and are keeping his fingers warm which is more than I can say for some really nice mittens. The gloves are rather heavy with the battery, but are a worthwhile tradeoff for being warm and happy out skiing.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on January 7, 2012

4 5

These are my go to bindings for lighter weight skiers who want great value. I prefer the FKS/Pivot for the skis I use most often, but it's not always in the budget to have those on every ski in the quiver. This design is still really reliable, and a good DIN range for lighter weight expert skiers.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on November 19, 2011

4 5

I'm happy with this helmet. It's relatively low profile and reasonably light, with all the good features like easy venting and adjustable fit. I like the subtle hint of a brim. It's got almost all of the top end features without the highest price. Definitely recommended.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on November 9, 2011

4 5

I've been out on this ski a handful of times and am having a ball. I have not done much x-country skiing and was not looking for the fanciest thing out there, but do consider this to be a very good quality ski. The Alea 53 is narrow enough to be used in classic tracks/grooves on nordic groomed terrain, but there's also enough to it that you can ski in untracked snow as well. The skis have a bit of shape to them that help keep them more stable and from running away/outriggering on you. I've come down some steepish pitches on these and they've done well for x-country skis. All in all I'm very pleased. They seem to have good grip going up steeper pitches, and being waxless they're nice and easy. A final thing to note, these seem to be sized shorter, which will make them more manageable, and may also be a good ski for someone who is beginner a beginner to x-country skiing who has not done alpine skiing either.

These skis are not intended for skating as they have a waxless "fishscale" grip pattern on the bottom.



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Sizing specific to Atomic Xcruis Alea 53

Skier Weight Ski Length
88-121 lbs. 163 cm
110-143 lbs. 173 cm
132-165 lbs. 183 cm

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

4 5

I've worn this jacket just a few times, and so far I've been really happy. For it's light weight and decent compressibility it seems quite warm. The jacket blocks the wind well except for the fleece side panels. Yes, they make sense to keep you from overheating, but if you're on the verge of being chilly and do not have a shell on, they are not so sweet. This jacket isn't too much bigger and heavier than something like Patagonia's Nano Puff, and seems like it's noticeably warmer, which is great for a chilly girl like me. I think this will be a great piece for layering under a shell for skiing on colder winter day, and a super insulation layer to have on your pack for any of your outdoor adventures.

I wear a medium and occasionally small in most outdoor jackets. The medium in the Atom LT is a good fit for me.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on November 6, 2011

4 5

I bought this softshell to replace one that was just a bit too warm for what I wanted. The Gamma MX is far lighter and more compact than the one it's replacing. So far I've been very pleased. It blocks the wind and breathes beautifully. It seems to regulate temperature quite nicely when I start to warm up. It has the high quality construction and attention to detail you expect from Arc'teryx. I love the elastic cuffs which fit trim with no velcro. I wear a medium and occasionally small in most jackets. This piece in a medium fit well with room for some layers underneath.

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Merebea Danforth wrote a review of on October 10, 2011

5 5

I am very excited to ski in this jacket this upcoming season. The jacket is incredibly light, but you can be confident it's going to be totally waterproof with the GoreTex membrane and seam taping. The pit zips are pretty long and I know this will be a great jacket for touring. It is sized generously for layers. I find I often feel like I'm between small and medium in Arc'teryx, and in most items I need to wear Medium. (In some pieces Medium fits perfectly.) In the Scimitar the Small will fit great even with some warm layers underneath. The Cascade color has a hint of blue and is not quite white. The blue zippers help the blue to pop a bit.

UPDATE - Very Helmet Friendly - Now that I have finally skied some days in this jacket, I'm even more obsessed. The collar comes up nice and high, even when wearing a helmet. It's great for hiding from the wind and cold. I find that many jacket collars don't zip up well when you're wearing a helmet and a few layers, not so with this one. The hood will also fit over a ski helmet pretty well. It does not completely cover the front of my size medium helmet, but does a pretty good job and I can still turn my head to the side, unlike with other ski jackets with supposedly helmet friendly hoods.

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