Shannon Mullins

Shannon Mullins

IL/Midwest, Philippines, China, So. Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungry, Poland, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica

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Shannon's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Ice Climbing
Sport Climbing

Shannon's Bio

For 11 months in 2011/2012 I went on an 11 country trek around the world. I only had what I could fit in my Osprey Ariel 75L pack. I served the sick, poor, orphaned, and widowed and had countless amounts of adventures along the way.

Back in the States I hike, climb, travel, and camp with my amazing and gear obsessed husband, Brad.

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on November 25, 2013

4 5

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

Love these shorts but hate how the elastic waistband flips and twists around every single time I put on or off these shorts. Other than that they're great!

And the colorful stripes on the side didn't peel at all until I took a hard fall on one side. But the peeling hasn't worsened since...

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on November 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This jersey is cute and comfy but as I feel about all jerseys, I wish it were longer. Got a little sunburn on my low back on my first ride in this because the shirt wouldn't stay down over my shorts. Learned my lesson and now I just put sunscreen there before every ride.

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on November 25, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Where the V neck trim comes together on this top was SUPER itchy... I tried trimming some stray strings and also even some of the elastic band that was sewn into the seem in which the end of it was sticking out. But none of that worked. The itch was so uncomfortable I had to send it back.

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on November 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I rarely read the Tech Specs because they use terms like "Relaxed" and "Contemporary" when referring to fit and honestly, who knows what any of that all means? Especially with all the different brands out there using all these different terms to all mean different things.

With that little rant out of the way, it is important for one considering buying this shirt to note that it is a "relaxed" fit which means a wider, more boxy fit through the torso. My husband is broad shouldered and narrow waisted and he loved his Leadville flannel from RR specifically because of the way it fit. Well, the Leadville, after referencing the Tech Specs is a "Contemporary" fit, which apparently means more narrow in the waist - a more tailored look.

How we're all supposed to magically know what all these terms mean, I don't know! But we definitely learned our lesson! We love the RR Woodland flannel's print - we got it in the Marin color and it's great. But if you're more narrow and less boxy then I would definitely suggest going with the RR Leadville flannel, or to look out for RR shirts referred to as "Contempory".

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Shannon Mullins wrote an answer about on November 21, 2012

This pack is probably larger than what you would need for a 14 day trip, just using it for short distances. I would get a smaller version of this, like the 65L or maybe less depending on how your packing. But Osprey is definitely a great brand to go with, for multiple reasons, you can get the waist belt molded to your hips for free if you take it into a store like REI. Good luck!

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Shannon Mullins posted an image about on July 15, 2012

Downsized

After I was finished with all my winter climate countries I was ready to drop those clothes so I only had to carry around hot climate clothes for the next 3 months in Central America. I shipped home the medium stuff sack full of cold weather clothes and dropped some clothes that fell apart after 3 months in Africa, and this was what I was left with. Yay for downsizing!!

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on July 15, 2012

Still Perfect After 1 Year
5 5

I bought these off Steep and Cheap for my 11 month, 11 country trek around the world. This trek involved me needing to pack clothes for every season, from a typhoon in the Philippines to record heat in Mozambique to record cold and snow in Romania.

I was able to fit it ALL in these stuff saks. I put socks, underwear and a swimsuit in the small, summer weather clothes in the medium, and winter weather clothes in the large. They've held up impeccably, I've never had to use the repair kit, and they compressed SO much (by my friends and I sitting on them and also sucking the air out of the valve) that they left PLENTY of room for my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shoes, and much more to all fit INSIDE my 75 liter pack. They are ready to go for another 11 months, I on the other hand need a little break! :)

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

5 5

SO comfy! Such a luxury to have while camping. Makes an afternoon nap under the trees absolute heaven! I got 2, 10 ft pieces of rope to use to tie this guy up and I can shove the hammock AND the rope all in the little "stuff sac" that's attached to the hammock. Sweet. Plus, both my boyfriend and I can nap in this together comfortably, so it is a generous "single" nest! :)

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

5 5

I will be taking this pack on an 11 month, 11 country backpacking trip around the world! It is PERFECT! It holds all of my gear (clothes, 3 pairs of shoes, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, mess kit, etc.) with EASE! Granted, I made sure all my gear is SUPER lightweight and compact, but dang, this thing holds it all with plenty of room to spare. I love that I can pull all the straps so tight and pack it all down to wear it looks like a 65 pack, but I know that I have the room to use the full 75 if need be. Many of my fellow squadmates got small packs (like the 65) but they have half of their gear hanging off the outside of the pack - ANNOYING! I love that I can fit everything INSIDE. So much safer and easier for traveling from country to country. I've already used it on a few camping trips in the states and it was perfect, can't wait to take it around the world starting in September!

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on July 27, 2011

5 5

I LOVE it when pants aren't floods on me! These pants fit great all around. There is a tiny bit of gapping in the back of the waist on me, but not enough to give anybody a butt crack show. I love that they can be rolled up - multi functional is such an advantage when you're taking these pants backpacking around the world! fyi I'm between 5' 5" and 5' 6" and about 105 lbs, I got a size 2.

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Shannon Mullins wrote an answer about on June 8, 2011

This jacket is super packable. I invert one of the pockets and stuff the whole jacket into it. It is VERY lightweight. I wouldn't consider the material breathable however it has zippers in the armpits so all you gotta do is unzip those and you're good to go. I would not consider this jacket to be long, but it does come below my hips. I LOVE this jacket!

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on June 2, 2011

5 5

After trying both the Keen Newport H2 and the Teva Tirra sandals, I have chosen these to be my sandals for backpacking around the world. I have extremely narrow feet, so the fact that you can adjust all the straps is AMAZING.

I wasn't crazy about chacos color options, but I ordered the Foxy Green and I LOVE it! I love that these are more sandal like than both Keens and Tevas and that there arent laces or velcro all over the shoe like Tevas and Keens.

You definitely have to break these shoes in, the straps rubbed in a couple places after I walked in them a lot, but they dont anymore. I also got a small blister on the bottom of my foot from the arch. I'm so used to wearing flat shoes with no arch support that after walking around in these shoes for two days straight the arch was giving me some foot pain and rubbing in a little blister. Again, this is something that has gone away now that I have broken them in and adjusted to them.

Overall they are the BEST possible option in both fit and function. I really don't think there is anything better out there. Chaco has officially won me over :)

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Shannon Mullins wrote a review of on May 26, 2011

Perfect fit!
5 5

I am SO happy about the fit of these shorts! It is rare that I find a pair of prAna shorts/pants in a size 0, usually I only see them go down to a size 2. I have decided that I cannot wear prAna pants because they do not make them long enough. If I get a size 2, they are WAY too wide in the hips but still to short in length. But when getting a short/capri I don't have the length problem anymore and because these shorts came in a 0 AND they have a drawcord waist, I can make them fit my hips perfectly! It's a wonderful feeling when clothes truly fit :)

I was also pleasantly surprised with the color. I got these in the zinc color and it ended up being darker than the picture, which I like because then they won't look dirty too quickly. And the mesh pockets? Icing on the cake!

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