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Vanessa H.

Vanessa H.

Los Angeles / Victor, ID / the Adirondacks

Vanessa H.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Snowshoeing

Vanessa H.'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 November 25, 2009

2 5

The black shown in the picture looks a bit faded or treated, but the jacket is actually just a plain ol' deep black color with no variations in shading.Bummer - I like the picture a lot better, which helps show off the cuffs, ruching, and large collar. By showcasing the cut and materials, I thought this jacket would have more of a bomber jacket appeal, but in reality, it's just a hoody with a more interesting collar.Otherwise, it's a fine lightweight cotton jacket. I'm 5'8", 135 lbs, and wear a size 8 pant. I got the medium and it fits just right.Not worth full price, but for less than $30, it's not a bad layer for around town.

*UPDATE* - zipper broke at the bottom after the first use. Sent it back. Bleck.

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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 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'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

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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Vanessa H.wrote a review of on September 12, 2009

4 5

I wanted a stowable between-season jacket that wouldn't break the bank, that I wouldn't mind getting dirty or beating up on the trail, and I would recommend the Aria if you can find it on substantial sale. The down is quite thin, which is fine for my purpose, and the stitching goes all the way through (it is not off-set stitching) so all the stitched lines are very thin (hold them up to the light and it passes right through) and I'm sure this will result in cold spots. I wish it had off-set stitching, but for the sale price I scored it for, I'm not complaining...too much :) If it had off-set stitching, I'd give this jacket 5 stars. As a layering piece around and above 30 degrees, I'm thinking it should be fine for summer/fall camping. I'm 5'11" and the medium fits me pretty well - it's sized a bit generously to allow for layering underneath, but it is not too baggy. The arms are long enough for me, and the elastic wrists are perfect (I have small wrists, so if you have very large wrists, be careful). I often wish jackets were a bit longer (I have a long torso), and this jacket is no different. If you're of average height though, you'll probably be quite happy.The construction is of good quality all around - the interior pockets are well made with the detail of allowing for headphone pass-through, the main zipper is sturdy, and the stitching is uniform. Do be warned that with the light-colored jackets that have a dark interior color (mine is ice-blue with dark-blue), you will probably see the white down feathers through the thin fabric. It makes the jacket slightly mottled in appearance up close. If you care about that sort of thing, go with a darker color to hide the down. The hood is great - cinches nicely around the face and is sized well. I think the light weight and included small stuff sack will make the jacket perfect for backpacking and also for throwing in a day pack as an emergency layer if the weather turns.
(ps - If you don't need or want a hood, try out the North Face Thunder Jacket or the Backcountry 800 luft. I haven't tried on either of them, but they seemed similar in weight and cut.)

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Vanessa H.wrote a review of on March 6, 2009

5 5

I bought 2 of these shirts on SAC, and have fallen in love. They keep you warm, fit exquisitely, and fight off smell, even after a hard day. They're soft, and I really appreciate active clothing that fits me like a woman instead of a guy's size small. Also, the length is perfect in back, especially for my long torso.

For your own sizing needs, I'm 5'11", mid-size B cup, 135 lbs. and I usually wear a medium, and a medium Icebreaker fit perfectly.

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