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Joann's Passions

Hiking & Camping

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Raivyn wrote an answer about on March 17, 2013

If you aren't going to be carrying it much, then I would actually go with the 60 so you have the option of larger capacity. You can always cinch it down if you don't fill it, and the weight penalty for a larger pack is not an issue for you. If you planned on carrying it, then I think the weight would be a more important factor.

You can always make it smaller, but it is much more difficult to make it bigger.




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.





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.





Raivyn wrote an answer about on September 22, 2009

Re: Comfort - Internal vs. External

Internal frames: sit closer to your body and generally are taller and slimmer = not likely to get caught on branches = easier to move around.

External frames: sit on an frame so there is some separation between the pack and your back = your back won't get as hot and sweaty as with an internal frame pack.

External frames: for their capacity are usually much lighter than an internal frame pack with similar capacity (sometimes as much as a pound) = lighter pack is going to be more comfortable over longer distances.

Note: An internal frame with back venting features (i.e. mesh) are going to be more ultralight (= less durable) and the capacity will be less than an external frame with comparable weight.



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