Steph Parke

Steph Parke

Northern Utah

Steph's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing

Steph's Bio

If I could work out of a kayak, I would. I love paddling, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, disc golfing, and traveling.

Steph Parke

Steph Parke wrote a review of on April 28, 2010

3 5

According to the sizing chart, a Large fits a 33-35. My husband usually wears a large but is a 36. I ordered an XL for him because that supposedly fits 36-39. He couldn't even pull the shorts up past his goods. I'm returning the shorts but hesitate to order an XXL because I still don't think they'd be big enough.

Aside from the sizing, they have great looks and the removable liner had what looked to be some cushy padding.

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Steph Parke wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

and I can't complain. The Windstopper fabric is excellent. I rode the Xtreme Zip Line at the Utah Olympic Park when it was 16 degrees F in full sun (zip line/lift up are in the shade) and I wore the Meta layered with a Backcountry.com brand fleece pullover (sold out) and a couple of t-shirts and even when flying down the mountain at 50mph on the zip line, this jacket kept me nice and warm. I wished I were wearing jeans of the same material. The Meta has huge front pockets, sleeves that are the perfect length, and a cozy warm fleece liner. The back is a little short, but I don't mind. Great jacket overall.

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Steph Parke wrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

The OR Hypnotic jacket is so light and so warm. I've worn it with a long-sleeved t-shirt and a scarf in 15-20 degree temps and been perfectly warm, and layered it with fleece for single-digit temps and same story, nice and warm. The only thing I've noticed that's a little weird is that the down doesn't stay put in the cuffs, but that's what gloves are for, eh?

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Steph Parke wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

4 5

I bought two of these scarves for myself and I love them. They are very warm and the colors are just perfect, but because the scarves are wool, they are slightly itchy. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not itchy at all, 10 being ridiculously itchy, I'd say the scarves are a 3. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try a different type of scarf, but if you're like me, the itchiness isn't a factor after a few times wearing it.

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Steph Parke wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

4 5

I've worn this beanie half a dozen times since I bought it and I'm really liking it. The colors are bright and happy and the merino wool is so warm. Perfect for a chilly day out. The only bad things about the beanie are that it rides up a little and I have to pull it back over my ears occasionally, and the wool was a little itchy the first couple times I wore it. It's not anymore though. Great beanie overall. Smartwool is awesome!

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Steph Parke wrote a review of on July 7, 2008

5 5

The Chaco Hipthongs are quite possibly the best pair of sandals I have ever owned. The straps offer a lot of support holding the shoe to your foot. They don't slide around under your foot like a lot of sandals I have owned in the past. They are a very comfortable shoe that can be easily slipped on or off and are very comfortable when running errands around town or just going for a walk.

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Steph Parke wrote a review of on May 14, 2008

5 5

We had to buy a second NRS bilge pump because the first was used in a water fight and got filled with sand and locked up on us. However, when used to pump water as it was designed to, the NRS bilge pump is great! You can empty a deluged kayak pretty darn quick and with no strain or tiredness. It's perfect for a water fight too but keep it away from the beach.

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Steph Parke wrote a review of on April 4, 2008

5 5

The Spenco PolySorb Walker/Runner insoles are just about the most comfortable things I've ever put my feet on. I put these in some uncomfortable kicks and just can't stop wearing them now. I'll put them on at 6 in the morning and realize at 10 at night that I've still got my shoes on. They're that cushy. I bought a second pair for some other shoes and have no regrets. Buy these. You'll love them. They fit easily and really have no break-in period, and the best part: they don't stink!

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