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Raivyn

Raivyn wrote a review of on July 26, 2012

4 5

I own 3 North Face Triclimate jackets, including two snowboard jackets and a casual triclimate jacket. I also own a Varius Guide jacket, a Summit Series Thunder Down Vest, and other North Face stuff...

I absolutely love the attention to detail and technical characteristics of their jackets. I had been looking for a rain coat for work for some time now and have tried different TNF coats but was not able to find one that worked for me. When I came across the TNF Suzanne Triclimate last season, I fell in love and knew I had to have it.

Others have complained about the sizing, but I think overall its not too far off. In TNF jackets, I typically wear a large (5'2", 160lbs, 34D) as I am on the curvy side. This coat is a slim fit, and it fits me beautifully. I have more than enough room to move my arms around, but not enough to fit a bulky thick sweater underneath. Isn't that what "slim" is? And if you're wearing a coat this expensive, why not spring for a few cashmere sweaters while you're at it. They're warm, thin, and would be a perfect for layering underneath.

A few gripes about this coat...the shell has a 2 way zipper, but the down insert does not. The down insert is about 2 inches shorter than the shell, but it would have been nice for it to also have a 2 way zipper for times when it is zipped up and you need more leg room.

There is no way to adjust cinch the cuffs on the shell. I'm kind of accustomed to this feature with my other TNF jackets, so I think that's a miss.

The pockets hang low...granted I'm short,but the coat hits right above my knee, so I expected to be able to reach the pockets with no problems.

There is no way to access the chest pocket of the down insert without opening the jacket. I love being able to get to that pocket without unzipping my coat, so this was disappointing.

There is no chest pocket on the shell, so if you wear the shell by itself, you will only have the two side pockets, though granted they are zippered.

The shell is made of a very supple Hyvent fabric. It doesn't appear very durable (compared to my other jackets) as it is very thin.

These things aside, I do absolutely love this coat and can't wait to wear it this fall/winter. Other than an unattractive London Fog trench (which is easily found at thrift stores), there aren't too many coats with removeable liners, and certainly not as form fitting and flattering as this coat.

I have it in white, and it is not "Yuk," it is GORGEOUS, bright, and luxurious. It looks much more expensive than the grey, especially since TNF logo isn't screaming on this garment.

It is very versatile as you have 3 different coats, not just one, so in reality the price isn't so bad (pick out a rain coat, a down coat, and a heavy coat and see if it isn't comparable in price). You'll see this coat is totally worth the cost - especially if you find it on sale.

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Raivyn wrote a review of on April 19, 2012

5 5

This pack is an urban child carrier, a day pack, and a diaper bag all in one. We use it for the zoo (when the little guy doesn't want to be in the stroller any more), street fairs, and farmers' markets. No need to carry a separate diaper bag because of all of the storage, and if you don't need the carrier, it zips completely shut. We can even use it as a day pack if we don't need the carrier.

So much more versatile than a frame pack, but you'll need a frame pack for long hikes. This pack just serves a completely different purpose.

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Raivyn wrote a review of on August 27, 2009

2 5

In terms of quality, Mountainsmith definitely delivers. This lumbar pack is well made with quality zippers and materials. The waist strap and lumbar area is covered with wicking material to help keep you cool, and the waist straps can tuck in so they aren't in the way if you're using the included shoulder strap. The pack is lightweight and has two internal dividers that can be rearranged.

That being said, this pack was designed to hold "small to large DSLR." I don't see how you can get a large DSLR (i.e. Canon 50D or Nikon D300)inside this thing unless you don't use a lens. If you have a smaller DSLR (i.e. Canon Ti or Nikon D90), it would still be an extremely snug fit if you use a really small prime lens. Don't bother with a flash (unless its tiny). This pack would be better suited for a megazoom or even a small camcorder.

Strangely, my main pet peeve is that the side mesh pockets aren't large enough to hold a small water bottle. Most camera backpacks will have mesh pockets for water, and it doesn't make sense to me that a lumbar pack would lack this feature. In fact, the buckle for the shoulder strap actually sits inside the mesh pock, further making them useless IMO.

I really like Mountainsmith products, but for the money there are better functioning camera bags out there.

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Raivyn wrote a question about on August 26, 2009

Is the suspension system for TNF women's packs that much different fitting than for their men's packs? This will sound funny, but I much prefer the color of the men's Primero packs but am a 5'2" woman and am afraid a men's pack won't fit right. Are large packs designed for women really that much better for women?

Also, is there a rain cover available for this pack (I know the hood is mostly waterproof - but what about the rest of it?)

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Raivyn

Raivyn wrote a review of on March 10, 2009

5 5

My husband and I each have one, and we love its spaciousness and versatility. When we travel, we like the convenience of a waist pack - you can access it w/o taking it off. The lumbar straps are very supportive, even with my short torso, and the mesh keeps you from getting to sweaty. It's extremely roomy and well made. The front pocket has credit card slots, space for your cell phone and Ipod, and two larger pockets. I tried using this as my "wallet" at a recent Walt Disney World trip, and didn't work well because there is no way to secure your cash or change, so I'm not sure why there are credit card slots. The inner pocket had plenty of room for our camera in its massive case, a light jacket, a hat, and a bunch of other random things. There is alot another pocket between the rear padding and the bag for things like maps. We used it mainly as a shoulder bag, and it was very comfortable to carry.

I know some folks think backpacks are supposed to be more comfortable, but in some respect, waist packs are better for heavier loads because you want the weight on your hips, not your shoulders. This bag is very good for that. If you want something smaller than a backpack but with alot of functionality, I highly recommend this pack.

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