Nomadic- UT, ID, MT, WA, CA, OR, CO, Canada... Wherever!
I got this pullover late this ski season after realizing that the Cascades are super cold and wet and my Nano Puff wasn't up to the challenge. I'd been lusting after this and when it went on sale, I snagged it in a Medium. I'm super pleased.
First off, it's very warm. Very, very warm. Enough to start sweating while skiing, enough to wear on it's own on a cold day hiking, enough to use as my main winter sweater. I layer it under a core-tex thinsulate shell for skiing and that's almost uncomfortably warm!
I love that the kangaroo pocket is insulated in the front and the back. That way you can warm your hands without exposing the inner patch of pocket to the elements. Perfect.
I love the hidden pocket inside the chest. It's deep and has a hidden zipper- hiding my dollars for sure!
The sleeve gaskets are tight but that works well for skiing. I can't comfortably bunch the sleeves up to my elbow but when I need an 850fp coat I rarely do that.
The hood can fit under my helmet and has elastic so it stays put.
It is fitted. It took me a few tries to get into how it fits but it's very flattering. The seams make me look feminine while being able to move comfortably. And it's long! It covers most of my butt- love that! It doesn't fit like a regular sweatshirt or pullover- it's definitely form-fitting.
All in all, I'd give it 4.5 stars because the warmth and fit are really nice. I take away a half-star because it is a little tight around the mid-section, but it still looks and feels good.
I brought it on a trip back to CA and my mom fell in love! I ordered my mom a L; I have a M. We're both totally into it! I'm trading in my nano puff for sure.
I don't recommend getting these sandals with the strap over the big toe. I got them because I can get damp feet (ew- sorry!) and figured if I was going to be sliding around in plastic and rubber footbeds, I should at least lock in my toe. They rubbed and chaffed so badly that I had to put the toe straps down, making the straps everywhere else too big. Plus, the plastic that binds the straps to the sole of the shoe hits my ankles and gives me cuts and blisters. These will be going back. Bummer, because they were super comfy and the soles gripped very well! I have very very high arches and insteps and I felt that these did the best out of any sandal in terms of supporting my feet during hikes. Oh, well! I'll be exchanging them for something more comfy.
I got these pants in grey and loved the color. The material is soft but I wouldn't trust them to be super waterproof. They were warm and comfy, but what was a bummer is the fit. I am your standard medium fit for pants except my legs are a little longer than most.These pants fit crazy. Big in the waist band, low-rise waist, and tighter through the thighs. When I sat down, they rode low enough that the back of the waist popped out of my jacket and made my thighs feel like little sausages. I'll be sending these back for sure. These would fit someone with shorter legs and a slightly more "snuggly" body. I'd recommend them for a cold but dry climate, not wet.
I got the women's long to fit my 5'6" frame and it's perfect. There is enough room that I can wiggle around and sleep really comfortably. Sometimes I like to sleep with one leg next to me so I look like a "4" and this bag has enough extra room in the hip box to let my knee come up next to my body.
I took it out to the desert when it was unseasonably hot and the bag was great, if not too hot. Recently, I had it in the Cascades and slept warm and happy all night. I have Raynaud's so I have to wear stupid little fleece socks most nights and I usually keep them in the bag, but I always find my feet so cozy warm that I don't have to wear them all night (or at all)! This bag is a dream.
Oh and the colors are a chocolate brown and a vibrant rasberry red/pink/purple color. It's girly enough to set me apart from the myriad blue bags but dark enough to hide dirt and not blind you. LOVE the colors.
I'm 5'6", 140lb girl and I ski 120+ days a year. I want to use these bindings on my Kikus but I'm not sure they will hold up 100+ days both off the lifts and under the ropes. I'm not super concerned with weight at this point and I love this price point, but I might be able to afford the Dukes. Anyone have an opinion?
The gear loft isn't super compatible with the Hubba Hubba but there are pockets on either side that fit your watch, leatherman, headlamp, and hand sani. The pockets are right above your head so you can access your gear easily.
I like how this clips into the pole system with the body and fly of the tent. It is compact and easy to pack up with the rest of the tent without adding weight or bulk. It might be cheaper to cut your own plastic tarp but it makes up for the price in how light weight/compact it is.
This is the only watch I wear. I have it in the Tortoise shell and it's really cute. The tortoise shell isn't overkill or tacky like some patterns can be.
The watch isn't hugely bulky. I got some links removed and it fits perfectly. I have an average wrist and it doesn't look ridiculously large on it.
I've taken the watch swimming with me a few times and so far it's withstood the water test. I take it off in the shower and hot tub (steam!) as a preventative measure, despite the 2 year warranty.
Overall: sturdy, stylish, and perfectly sized.
I got this bag last summer and love it. It's super comfy and lofty- I felt like I was cuddling up in a down cocoon. Which I guess I was...
I tend to get very cold around my midsection and this bag did a great job keeping the heat. My feet were still a little bit cold but much warmer than in any other bag I've ever slept in. I used it most recently in the Utah desert in temps below freezing and this bag did a great job. I woke up with frost every morning but it kept me warm, kept the moisture out and was quick to dry.
I'm 5'5"ish and have the regular. I found it's JUST too small. I like a little wiggle room and will be getting the long. The regular fits me but there is only an inch or two of space in the head and none at the feet.
I am a huge fan of Osprey packs, the Aether and Xenon in particular. They are really durable and super comfy. I can't attest to the quality of a Gregory pack- I've only used Mountainsmith, Deuter, and Osprey for long-distance trips.
The lumbar support from the Mountainsmith pack I have is the best, but Osprey is more durable and has the strap thing figured out better.
As far as waterproofing, to be honest I line my backpack with a thick garbage bag and put everything inside that. I don't trust the waterproofing on anything that has my sleeping bag, shelter and extra layers inside it.
I'm not sure of the exact height specifications but to put it in human terms, it makes changing a lot easier. If you're the person sleeping near the pole, you can sit up without any fear of touching your head on the shelter. I'm 5'5"ish and could easily swap pants and change in a weird sort-of-bent-over standing position.
They are sold separately.
This is a solid sleeping pad. It kept me surprisingly warm on the still-frozen ground in Southern Utah this winter. It's comfy and light! I give it four stars because, while I love the pad, it's slick. I kept sliding off the pad, especially when I got anywhere near the edge. Since it's a sleeping pad you're pretty much always near an edge so that got irritating.
All in all, though, I'd say this is a great sleeping pad for the cost. Light, rolls up small, and comfy. I'm glad I switched to this pad.
Go for the long. I went for the regular and find it hard to get comfortable. It juuuuust fits me so there isn't a lot of wiggle room. Drives me crazy! Go for the long.
I love this stove. You can use it for big and small cooking endeavors alike. Easy to bring to a boil and once you get a little practice you can even bake on it. I love how small and light it is- no issues with it in a huge backpack on multi-day trips.
My favorite thing about it is the cleaning mechanism. You know when you get frustrated with your phone/ipod/camera/whatever and just want to shake it? With the Whisperlite you do! Just shake it and it comes back to life. So awesome!