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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on November 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I got this jacket prior to climbing Mt Rainier because it seemed like the warmest thing out there and I have circulation problems. It rolls up decently small. Overall, it's massive. A smaller size would have been tighter around my middle and I wanted it loose for warmth. It comes nearly to my knees, and the pocket zips go very low so beware not to unzip all the way. When wearing this monster, it's like I'm wandering around camp in a sleeping bag. But I would not use it for active pursuits - this is a camp/rest time jacket, not an active layer. I am 5'4" and about 130 lbs and got a Medium.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on January 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This fleece hoody is really lush and pretty, good for wearing for lots of activities. It is a little bit windproof, has big roomy pockets that zip, a fitted hood and a nice color. The smooth exterior, however, pills when anything rubs against it and some sharp objects have already pulled fibers loose after a few weeks of wear.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on August 8, 2012

This one's fine.
3 5

My Grivels fit ok in this bag - sideways. They are fully compressed. I tried them the other way and they do not fit as well - they stick out forward and there is a lot of lateral space on both sides. I don't mind, but I can tell that one of the crampon teeth will sooner or later snag the front of the bag since it's hard to keep them perfectly matched up even with the straps wrapped around both crampons.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

4 5

These shoes have a heavy, grippy sole that sticks to most everything. The sole feels a bit funny at first because the upper is so little - no big high top. The heel cup is good, although I don't see any particular way to tighten it, and although they aren't wide shoes I think they aren't particularly narrow. True to street shoe size: I wear a 7 in street shoes but probably a 7.5 in hiking boots and these are a 7 and have room at the toe. Overall they seem good for what they are advertised as: an approach shoe or for lighter hiking on challenging trails.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

3 5

These boyshorts are pretty nice overall. S fits me and I'm about 5'4" 130 with squat thighs. There is no tight binding at the legholes. However, the elastic waistband makes up for all that! Muffintop galore! Also there are 2 very big tags in the side of the underwear that will itch. Overall these are very comfy but with a few downsides that make it painful to pay that much for them. I will keep them though because for hiking I think they will still be comfortable and the elastic will certainly keep them from moving.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

4 5

I never thought about wool sports bras until preparing for some long hiking trips in the mountains. I don't know if this is going to win the award to join the trip, but it is much more supportive and comfortable than I anticipated. In the summer heat it is noticeably hot, but I suspect it's supportive enough for short runs as long as it doesn't stretch. Size S fits perfectly - 32b-c ish with a muscular back.

The tags on the inside are scratchy and annoying, though.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

3 5

Comfortable bra, but not very supportive. I am looking for something to wear on extended hiking trips but this bra was just a bit itchy and it does have really enormous tags sewn into the side - I agree that underwear shouldn't have tags. I also wanted a bit more support. When on, there was a weird wrinkle on one side, as though a size S was too big for me (32 C-ish). It would probably be ok for low low impact activities, but even walking seems a bit much for this one.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on March 4, 2012

4 5

Everyone loves this pullover. I love it too, which is why I can't convince myself to return it. But it's kind of challenging to get over my head. Once it's on, I love the fit. Comfortable, pocket is nice, style is good - both low key but warm and put together. The new colours out each season make me drool. And it's recycled! I can't see myself sizing up to make my head fit. But it does limit how often I wear it.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on January 23, 2012

3 5

This jacket is beautiful looking. The pockets are adequate and zip shut. It is boxy and does not fit in a flattering way although it is true to size. The cuff adjusts with snaps which don't snap tightly - fine for citywear but not for sports/back country use. When it is zipped up the zipper is against my chin, painful, and the 2-dimensional hood adjustments still don't hold the hood against my head. Also, hood is not removable.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

3 5

i was seeking something for running, and although the pink is traffic stopping the brown is really brown...they have no compression at all, and the waist is a high/natural waist and is tight. i think they would be super as an underlayer, they are very stretchy and lighter weight than i expected, and although i might live with the color (better than being squashed under a car) i don't like the high tight waist. true to size - i wear a small, which fit fine (i could probably also fit an xs) i'm usually a 4-6 in pants.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on July 28, 2011

2 5

These are true to size or a bit big. I wear a 4-6 in trousers, small in most bottoms and the xsmall of these fit fine at the waist. They have no compression but the wool is smooth, and they sort of flare a little below the knee. They are ok, but I wanted something for hot yoga and don't like the flare - it is more dramatic on me than the model.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on July 19, 2011

4 5

This jacket is beautiful. It is made of a material that's not as noisy as a lot of jackets, and quite soft. There is elastic around the bottom and inside the cuffs, as well as inside the hood in a "halo" which is pretty effective at holding it in place. It is long which is good outdoors in the rain and looks a bit stupid when in town. (But I am short and it sort of hugs my whole butt.) It's a toplayer jacket, supposed to be worn with layers under it, although the lining is not as nasty and plastic as old waterproof liner jackets were, it would still not feel great against bare skin. It's true to north face size - a small fits my 5'4" 32C with room for layers. It's a good all-around rainjacket and packs up small, very basic. Will see how it wears.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on July 18, 2011

3 5

The colours of the shirt I got differed from the photo: it is periwinkle (a bit more blue than picture) with the zipper a slightly deeper periwinkle and Rab in teal. I think this would be great in very specific conditions, it's a single layer, and comfortable, the sleeves are loooong but roll up, the hood is tight and the breast pocket is ample. A size small is loose on me (5'4" and 32 c and it is quite long. It is definitely not a shirt to look cute in but might be handy to have along for hikes when the weather suddenly changes. I think it would be uncomfortable to wear without something under it though. I'll probably keep it in my bag at work for cycling home when it starts to rain -- it packs smaller than a thin rainjacket.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on July 18, 2011

4 5

These are comfortable, loose middle thickness pants. The waist is high -- it hits my natural waist. There is a velcro belt built into it. The pockets are all good sizes and the right side leg pocket has an inner pocket that seems to be for sunglasses (etc.) They are about 2 inches too long for me, at 5'4". Too heavy for kentucky hiking in summer, but they'll be great for the Cascades this fall.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on July 18, 2011

4 5

I loved these pants so I ignored the PP size chart on their website and gave them a try. They are beautiful! But waist is 35 inches and length 32 inseam. They are well made and the colours match the picture. The polyamide is thin but seems windproof, and the pink lining is also in the pockets. I'll keep watching for smaller sizes next time.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on July 18, 2011

4 5

I have not worn ibex shirts before. I tried the purple and pink in a size small. (I'm 5'4" and short waisted 32C.) It is a loose-fitting top, and I felt like it might be scratchy at first. The colours were a little bit brighter than in the photos. The shirt was long, would be fine for a long-torsoed person but too long for me. A nice shirt and very well made.

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Sonia Mariano wrote a review of on January 20, 2011

3 5

I was about to get this coat sight unseen, and then I tried it on. It is definitely warm, and a plus is the high collar and the long sleeves. The pockets are warm and fleece lined. But...the collar is so high that it hurt my neck even during 5 minutes in the store, and the fabric is very solid and durable...to the point that I felt trapped in it. This had a heavy coat feel, in a small jacket. Not what I was looking for in a down jacket, but might suit those who want one thing to do (almost) everything.

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