Sonya Hirsch

Sonya Hirsch

Denver, CO (originally from New York state)

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Sonya's Passions

Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing

Sonya's Bio

I like bikes, the color combo of bright blue and yellow, sunflower seeds, any activity involving water and/or snow, roller coasters, star gazing, fresh squeezed orange juice (with TONS of pulp), Pop Rocks, collecting beach glass, The Food Network, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Storm Chasers, Man v. Food, The Amazing Race, the movie "Hook", playing field hockey, the band Virginia Coalition, voluntourism, and crossing things off my Life's To-Do list.

I spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 cycling across the US raising money and awareness for the affordable housing cause with an organization called Bike & Build.

Now, on to the next adventure...

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Sonya Hirsch posted an image about on April 9, 2013

Rab Microlight Down Vest

I LOVE this vest. Just happen to grab it last minute and stuff it in my bag before climbing in Boulder Canyon the other day. Though it's sunny in the photo, we ended up getting snowed on for a good half hour (yes, it's April)...but, thanks to my Rab vest, I was nice and warm while dealing with the bizarre Colorado spring weather.

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Sonya Hirsch wrote an answer about on January 21, 2013

In looking at the Rab website, they talk about the fabric having a very high thread count, so I'm going to say that downproof means you won't be losing any down through the fabric itself (no quills, if there are any, poking out). They list this jacket as water resistant..."water repellent DWR finish" is what they say, actually.
So, it's not waterproof, but you can easily layer a waterproof shell over it.

http://us.rab.uk.com/technology/sleeping-bags_1/pertex.html

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Sonya Hirsch wrote a review of on December 14, 2012

5 5

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

Just got this jacket earlier in the week and had the chance to test it out last night while watching the Geminid meteor shower for a few hours last night just outside of Denver, CO. Temp was low 30s (felt like mid-20s) and there was a good wind going. With just a thin merino wool t-shirt on under it, I was 100% comfortable temperature-wise, while the friend I was with, who was wearing 4 or 5 layers, was shivering for most of our meteor shower watching.

What I really like about this jacket is that it fits well, with a longer torso and nice long arms. You can easily layer over it or under it, and it doesn't look baggy when it's being used solo. Also, the brim on the hood is great since it doesn't get in the way and can be molded to whatever shape works best for you. The zippered hand pockets are warm and roomy, as is the chest pocket, which doubles as a storage bag for the jacket.

I can't speak to how well the jacket breathes under physical activity, but I can tell you it is definitely warm when you're just sitting around, which is something I was a little nervous about because this jacket is 750 fill down (as opposed to some other similarly priced jackets that are 850 or 900 fill down).

Sizing note:
Go by the US size (ex - UK 10 does NOT equal US 10)...and know that this material won't be stretchy at all so, if you're between two sizes, size up.

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Sonya Hirsch posted an image about on December 6, 2011

Klean Kanteen on Mt. Elbert summit

Used my Camelbak bladder for water and this guy for something with electrolytes in it. I have NEVER been disappointed with my Klean Kanteen. It never smells, never holds tastes and is dishwasher safe and easy enough to clean out if I need to (which isn't that often).
And, of course, the goat makes it all that much better.

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