Vanessa H.

Vanessa H.

Los Angeles / Victor, ID / the Adirondacks

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Vanessa's Passions

Trail Running
Hiking
Snowshoeing

Vanessa's Bio

My favorite compliment came from a friend who called me "frontier hardy." It made me blush with happiness. I pride myself on being strong and capable. !'m always striving to be a better person for myself and those around me... even when I'm swearing a blue streak at someone in traffic.

Vanessa H.

Vanessa H. wrote a review of on December 17, 2009

3 5

What I dislike: the sewing on the button-up neck is pretty shoddy and not in an intentional bohemian way. Also, the cut through the waist is straight, so it doesn't give any sense of a women's curves. The arms are indeed tight around the bicep area - I can't wear a medium-weight long sleeve shirt underneath it.

Otherwise, I like the moss green color I ordered. At 5'11", 135 lbs., the arms are long enough. It's soft velour, which reminds me of childhood pj's.

If I hadn't found this shirt on a killer deal at steepandcheap.com, I probably would return it. As is, I'll keep it for layering at work.

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on November 25, 2009

3 5

The cut of this jacket is great - I'm 5'8", 135 lbs, wear a size 8 pant, and the large fit me wonderfully...

BUT...

The fabric of this jacket looks faded - and if you fold back the flap that covers the zipper, and lift up the pocket flaps, and at the fold crease along the arms and the seams along the torso, the fabric that is hidden from view or was creased is a deep rich purple, opposed to the slightly dusty looking purple of the rest of the jacket. It looks exactly like the jacket was left in the sun and faded. A lot. I thought this was a mistake, until I looked at the pictures on the website here and saw that what I thought had been a shadow was...the darker dye revealed. I can't decide if this is a deal breaker or not. It's a very strange fashion choice in my opinion - why "age" the fabric in that way? Also, the stand-up neck circumference is quite large. I wish it was a more fitted.Still deciding if I'm going to keep it, or return it...

(Also, the arms on the large are quite long, so the large will probably fit tall, willowy types best.)

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on November 23, 2009

5 5

I love these slippers! The hole for the foot to slide into is fitted enough that my foot doesn't slip around inside of - or out of -these slippers. The demitasse brown has a nice paisley shiny pattern that isn't too cutesy or overdone and, unlike some of the other down shoes out there (why hello there, REI brand) the shape of these isn't like wearing a huge down-filled boat on your foot. Wear them with light socks and your feet will be oh-so-warm.

I usually wear a 7.5 or 8 sandal, an 8 or 8.5 sneaker, and up to a size 9.5 hiking boot. I bought these in a small and they fit great (with a little room to spare even).

These will be tossed in my backpack when I go camping next but until then, I will wear them happily around the house this winter.

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Vanessa H. wrote an answer about on November 23, 2009

I'm roughly the same size as you irinac2630009, and I've never worn anything in a size XL that didn't swim on me (American Apparel shirts notwithstanding - their sizing is crazy). In my experience with Horny Toad clothing, the cut tends to suit shorter women (well, at least not 5'11"). I found their shirts and jackets to have shorter arms and torso length. However, I don't know about this jacket. Maybe it would be okay? Sorry I can't be of more help, but I just feel that a size XL would be HUGE on you. For tall ladies, I recommend the Montane Liberty Fleece. It's on sale too right now :)

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Vanessa H. wrote an answer about on October 30, 2009

I own this jacket in the medium, which is the size I usually wear in shirts and jackets - I'm 5'11", 135lbs, mid-B-size cup, size 8 pants. It fits great (an athletic fit) and I'm glad I did not get the large. My only complaint is that I can't really use the thumb holes because the arms aren't quite long enough. However, it's rare that any shirt has long enough arms for me so no shocker there!
(I have the 2008 version, and I'm assuming the specs are the same.)

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 14, 2009

5 5

I've had this jacket for a year now, and it's what I pack when I'm traveling and will need both a casual jacket and one that can work for a semi-dressy situation on a cold night. It's very versatile that way - it's not too puffy, the pockets are flush and very low-profile, and the cut is feminine. It's very warm considering its size. I'm 5'11"/135lbs and the medium fits me perfectly. It's not as snug and fitted as the backcountry luft 800, but it's well proportioned.
A few details I like: the two-way zipper is rad. It comes in handy sometimes for cooling off or reaching something in the interior pocket if I'm wearing a scarf. Also, the interior deep mesh open pockets are great for stashing plane tickets or what-have-you.
For the tall and thin, I don't think you can go wrong with this jacket.

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 14, 2009

5 5

This jacket is wonderfully cut if you're tall and slim(ish?) - I'm 5'11"/135lbs and the medium *just* fits - no sweaters under this jacket for me, which is fine since I wanted this as a slim medium warm layer under a shell.If you wear a C cup or larger, and have a "normal"-sized rib cage (I guess I'm saying if you're not petite), this cut may not work for you. I wear a mid-B cup, and if I was any larger, the medium wouldn't fit. (I did try on the large, and the arms are sooooo long you may just want to look elsewhere if the medium doesn't fit. I also have the Patagonia Upside of Down jacket, and it's a more generous feminine cut. It's a thicker down jacket as well, but not too puffy by any means.)For me, being the sasquatch that I am, the Luft's medium-sized arm length is perfectly long, and the back has ample coverage as well. The photos above depict the cut of the jacket pretty accurately. The carbon color, on my computer at least, looks a little green-grey, but it's really a very neutral light grey with a subtle golden thread interwoven with the grey.An inside pocket is nice to have, and the slightly gathered cuffs are softened by ribbed cotton on the palm side. As Martha would say, "It's a good thing." Ideally, I'd like a two-way zipper, but it's a minor complaint.(and shhhhh: I found this jacket on geartrade for a steal. You may want to check there too if you don't mind not being able to return it.)

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 13, 2009

4 5

I'm 5'11"/135lbs and bought a medium and it fits well. I wish the bra area didn't have a second layer of fabric because when I go running on a warm day, it's a little warm around the chest region (sports bra and then two layers of fabric = boob sweat!). The cut is pretty fun and not like every other tank you see. For those of you with long torsos, I found the medium to be long enough for me, for what that's worth. This is one of my go-to running tanks on cloudy days...

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 13, 2009

4 5

I love these pants, but I find that the cut varies pretty wildly from pair to pair. I bought a pair in a store and fell in love with them, and so ordered 2 more pair off of Backcountry, but will have to return one pair because the waist is gaping on me (and the other is slightly tight)! I'm 5'11"/135lbs, and usually wear an 8L, but wear a 6L in these. If you can find a pair that fits you, they are AWESOME. The cut is flattering for those of us who have hips and a butt - the slightly relaxed fit and bootcut combo are sweeet.
So, TNF, thank you for making pants for us tall ladies, but please have your factories in India turn out a more standardized product :)

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Vanessa H. wrote an answer about on September 13, 2009

Dixie,
I'm 5'11" and the long version of these pants fit me perfectly. Just be careful - I find that the waist size varies pretty wildly from pant to pant. I bought a pair in a store, then ordered 2 more from backcountry, and they all fit differently! Made in India, I guess? For this reason, I'd recommend buying them in person.

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 13, 2009

4 5

I'm 5'11"/135lbs and wear a medium. This top is true to size EXCEPT if you're large chested. I'm not and, yet despite that, this top hugs my bodacious ta-tas. If you're larger than a 34b, I'd size up or look elsewhere.
The fabric is very light; it's like wearing nothing at all, so it's a great tee for a hot sunny day run.

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 13, 2009

4 5

This top doesn't fit as athletically as my other icebreaker shirts, but that's okay. (I would say it's not as fitted as in the picture either.) It's a more loose cut. I'm 5'11"/135lbs. and wear a medium usually. This top is true to size. I wish it was a bit longer, but if you're a bit shorter than myself, you should be pleased. Some folks have complained about the chest size; I'm on the smallish side (34b), and like I said, the top doesn't exactly hug my curves, but it's not boxy either. I didn't find it unusually large in the chest region. I wear it camping and hiking - wicks moisture well and doesn't smell easily. Dries very quickly too. Good top for active activities.

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 13, 2009

5 5

My favorite thing about the TKA 100 is the athletic feminine cut. I'm 5'11"/135lbs. and wear a medium. I couldn't ask for this top to fit any better! (Well, maybe the arms could be a bit longer so I could use the thumb-holes comfortably, but since I have rather long arms, if you're not almost 6ft., you should be fine.) The slightly puckered pockets hold things better than you'd think. I fly a lot for work, and I always bring this jacket as my chilly airplane layer. It's not a fancy jacket, there are no interior pockets, but for a basic layer around town, it's perfect. Also, I've washed it multiple times and it has yet to start fading or piling (I don't use the dryer - I line-dry all my fleeces, better safe than sorry, right?) The material is still soft and new looking. Great light layer!

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Vanessa H. wrote a review of on September 13, 2009

5 5

I always choose this top to throw in my backpack for day trips and camping. It's also sleek enough to wear around town when the temp dips. The cut is nice - at first I was a bit dubious of the active-wing cut of the armpit area, but have grown to love it. I'm 5'11"/135lbs. and I bought the medium. This top is long enough for my torso, as are the arms. It fits well over a tee-shirt; I'm happy I bought the medium (that is my usual size in jackets, so I'd say it's true to size). The waffle-weave is nice and the material is perfectly warm for summer nights, in between-season chilly days, and as a layer under my down jacket when it's really cold. Also, the black dries very quickly in the sun (useful for long camping trips).

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