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Taylor EM

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Taylor EM

Taylor EMwrote a review of on January 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hope BC decides to restock this pack or that it hasn't been discontinued by Patagonia. I've had my Refugio now for almost 6 years, and it survived college, dozens of trail runs and hikes, multiple conventions, and at least 15 vacations (getting crammed into airplane overheads, cab trunks, etc), it's still indestructible. Make sure to launder it every once in a while, and the pack will do the rest. I only wish my backpacking packs were this durable!

I've purchased this pack as a gift on several occasions.

I'm personally more fond of the older model, but the most recent version makes more sense from the standpoint of 2015 electronic devices. Mine has a smaller cell phone pouch above the top compartment and beneath the water bladder opening.

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Taylor EM

Taylor EMwrote a review of on October 27, 2010

5 5

I use daypacks for carrying schoolbooks, business materials, and for hiking. I don't find it surprising at all that this is the most popular pack in the Patagonia daypack line. The laptop sleeve doubles as a hydration bladder, there are two drink holders that are useful for stashing items for readily-accessible gear. I had some concern about the front vertical zippered pocket, but have found numerous uses for it! All in all, well worth the dough!

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Taylor EMwrote a review of on October 27, 2010

5 5

I use daypacks for carrying schoolbooks, business materials, and for hiking. I don't find it surprising at all that this is the most popular pack in the Patagonia daypack line. The laptop sleeve doubles as a hydration bladder, there are two drink holders that are useful for stashing items for readily-accessible gear. I had some concern about the front vertical zippered pocket, but have found numerous uses for it! All in all, well worth the dough!

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Taylor EM

Taylor EMwrote a review of on August 12, 2010

5 5

Although I don't wear them for hangovers, these pants are made of some sort of fabric conceived by a person with the height of comfort in mind. Velour, fleece, velvet, you have all been shelved in the museum of comfort!

As for the comments regarding size, I ordered according to the sizing chart and they were spot on. Sizing up may not be a bad idea if this is a concern, because they are:

1) lounging pants, and;
2) there's a drawstring

Plus, if they don't fit, just swap them out.

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Taylor EMwrote a review of on August 12, 2010

5 5

Although I don't wear them for hangovers, these pants are made of some sort of fabric conceived by a person with the height of comfort in mind. Velour, fleece, velvet, you have all been shelved in the museum of comfort!

As for the comments regarding size, I ordered according to the sizing chart and they were spot on. Sizing up may not be a bad idea if this is a concern, because they are:

1) lounging pants, and;
2) there's a drawstring

Plus, if they don't fit, just swap them out.

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Taylor EM

Taylor EMwrote a review of on January 9, 2010

5 5

I've been using the Luft sweater as a base layer for both commuting and outdoor use, including winter cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, and XC. It handles moisture well, and is a perfect match with a good, breathable shell (I pair mine with an Arc'Teryx Theta AR).

Size UP with this jacket--I cannot emphasize that enough! I bought a medium the first time (my normal size), and could barely zip the coat up. Now I'm in a large, and I love it.

I see other reviewers are mentioning the stitching coming apart and the fill coming out; I have yet to see that happen. If that is the case, you should send it back and get a replacement!

My girlfriend has taken to wearing it under her Triclimate when she walks her dog, because she says it's so warm and comfortable. That's a significant endorsement, because she gets cold when its 70°F outside!

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Taylor EMwrote a review of on December 9, 2009

5 5

I walk in my pair of YAKTRAX about 2-3 miles on a daily basis. They aren't designed for trail running, so don't expect them to hold up against rocky, technical terrain. For low-volume road running, they're fine, but they truly excel as a commuting tool on icy sidewalks.

Lastly, don't be that guy (or gal) that leaves them on and walks inside of a building with tile floors - you'll find yourself flat on your back and totally embarrassed!

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Taylor EMwrote a review of on December 9, 2009

5 5

I was apprehensive to purchase this beanie, since I thought it wouldn't hold up to sub-freezing temperatures, and I thought the fabric would be irritating. Both presumptions were completely wrong! This is *the* most comfortable beanie I've ever worn, and has kept me nice and toasty in teen and single digit temps! Buy buy buy!

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