Wee Bri

Wee Bri

Seattle Desk Monkey/Cascade Mt Weekend Warrior

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Bri's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Camping
Hiking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Mountaineering

Bri's Bio

Engineer by day, athlete by night. I'm fickle and I can't sit still. From year to year, my activities are never the same - I'm constantly trying new sports and adventures. I need gear that can keep up w/my ever changing ambitions - from backpacking the pacific crest trail to running a 70.3 Triathlon to white water kayaking...

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I have a fairly athletic build (bigger shoulders but no drastic taper for my natural waist). I'm a 4/6 and the size small of this dress was too tight in the waist to be comfortable for me. I tried the size up 'medium', bit it make the front billow out on me (I'm an A cup). If you're anything larger than an A, I wonder if this dress would be accommodating enough. I returned my dress, so cannot comment on the overall function. I should say that the fabric is as beautiful as it looks in the images (woven, not printed). Giving it 3-stars because it would've been v.pretty if it worked for my body.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I purchased this shoe in the Henna color. They have a thin and lightly cushioned sole (more than a minimal shoe - v.gummy feeling but thin enough that they still feel reactive). They scuff and pick up dirt easily, so be ready for that to be part of the look. The leather is extremely thin, so I think it'll wear through eventually. These are comfortable and soft right out of the box. There was zero break-in period. I wear them around downtown with a 30# photography backpack and find them to handle that load well. V.v.light in structure - more of a cushioned minimal shoe.

They fit true to size (I wear a women's 9 and purchased a women's 9).

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Wee Bri wrote an answer about on December 16, 2011

I have a neo-air and love it for comfort. If you're going to be out for months on end, you're taking a risk by only bringing this pad - there's always a chance the inflatables will puncture. That said, I'd probably still use it (the good night's sleep is worth it for my temperamental back) and just be careful to put some sort of barrier between it and any wood planks that might have splinters. I have two 45# pups who do walk over these in the tent - their nails have never punctured one yet…so that's all I’m basing my comment on. You're def going to find people falling on both sides of this issue. Perhaps just consider bringing a tiny repair kit if you'll have time and the ability to find and fix punctures along the way.

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Wee Bri wrote an answer about on December 16, 2011

I've had this jacket for 4yrs now and it holds up well to washing. I have a front loading washer/dryer, so that helps a touch as to keeping it from being beat up. When I wash it, I use the nikwax down wash on the hand wash cycle that uses a gentle spin. I lay it flat to mostly dry and then throw it in the dryer on an air fluff setting for the final drying. Put a single clean tennis ball in the dryer on the air fluff cycle to revitalize the loft of the jacket.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on December 16, 2011

3 5

First off, I'm 5'2" // 120# and typically wear a 4 or 6 and consider myself to be an athletic build (+hips). I ordered these leggings in size small. The 'small' was an appropriate fit, but the leggings were pretty loose. I could've sized down to have more of the hugging feeling I wanted…but the material was rather shear when stretched. You def. need to skirt to cover all of your bum or this shear-when-stretched material would've shown all. The skirt length was perfect for all 5'2" of me and the rise on the legging was low (just like I like it!). There was enough pant length to cover a lady w/legs several inches longer than mine. The material has a silky feel to it and shed dog hair pretty well. In the end, I sent these back because I wanted a thicker (and warmer) tight where the legging fit a bit more snug. I would consider these as more of a spring wear item - too cold for me to dress up w/boots and a tunic as I had planned.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

5 5

I live in the Seattle area and do a lot of hiking (and general outdoorness) w/my pups. My border collie only has a single layer natural coat so gets cold when she gets wet. This coat may look a bit yuppie, but it holds up well to all our adventures. The green color really pops on a black and white dog. Agreed that the 'hood' is a bit of a joke.

The most important question people seem to have is what size to get:

I have a 48# classic build female border collie (classic meaning she's not a slim build little sport dog - she's lean, strong, and solid).
Chest circumference: 27"
Length from between the shoulder blades to base of tail: 24"

Size medium is a few inches too short on her, but otherwise fits v.well. For a size medium, I could make the chest plate only a few inches smaller, but it can go much, much wider if your dog has a deeper rib cage.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on December 4, 2011

5 5

These undies came to my home as a freebee -I never would've thought to try them otherwise. First, I am 5'2" // 120# (size 4 or 6 hips) and I ordered a size small. When I pulled them out, I thought they would be WAY too small for my thicker athletic build. Surprisingly, they stretched just enough to hold and stay put. I would actually go rock climbing in these (which is my ultimate test of how well they stay put). My former favorite active undies are the patagonia bikini fit. The Isis undies are thinner and have a lower rise though (perfect for my wishes). Can't say anything for the longevity yet.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

4 5

The N. to S. Rim hike through the Grand Canyon is a extremely well groomed/maintained set of trails, so I can’t say that I was able to test them on many uneven surfaces. What I can say is that I had NO bruises, blisters, or other issues on the first day long hike into the canyon (i.e. hiking straight down for 6 hrs) or on the last day out of the canyon (i.e. 8 hours hiking uphill). I typically wear a US women’s size 9 and purchased these in the size 41, which fit my foot + orthotics v.well. I did sink the entire bottom of the boot to my ankle in a river at one point yet my foot stayed dry. My traction was sufficient on the gravel, sand, and rocky surfaces. Need to do more testing in wet conditions to give a final verdict, but am happy w/this purchase thus far.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

5 5

Ditto to all the other reviews below - love these tights. I've used them for all of my marathons thus far and cannot say enough about how supportive they are.

Just wanted to add the reference that I'm 5'2" & 120#. I typically wear a size 4 or 6. My mid section is trim, my bum is pretty average and my thighs (21")/calves (15") are monsters. I'm in the grey area for xs or s, so I ordered both to try on. When they showed up, I didn't even try to wedge my calves into the xs...I went straight for the size small. They were perfectly tight when I started but stretched out a touch after the first 50 miles or so. They still provide support to my knees, but I perhaps should've gone with the XS for more support. Grey area is grey area, I guess.

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Wee Bri wrote an answer about on November 22, 2011

Check out the CW-X website where you can compare the differences between the tights. Each type focus support on slightly different areas/combinations of areas:
http://cw-x.com/Shop.aspx?sub=compareProducts

I honestly have both a running pair and a recovery pair of tights. When I'm doing really intense interval training for ironman training, I wear the recovery tights at night in hopes that they'll help me be ready for the next back to back workout. I suppose I could get the same effect I see w/the tights via ice baths and such. If you've never had to worry about lactic acid build up after workouts, maybe you don't need the recovery tights.

This is the first year I've used their running specific tights. For me the biggest thing I notice is the support for my knees/IT bands. If you have no joint/ligament issues, maybe you don't need the running pair.

Really just depends on if you want to feel better while running...or would like the added benefit of feeling a little more ready (muscles will feel more fresh) for each workout.

For reference, I chose the Stabilyx tight for my last marathon. The pro tight shows less knee support on the CW-X comparison website feature - I needed knee support more than anything.

Hope this is what you were looking for in an answer.

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Wee Bri wrote an answer about on November 22, 2011

Hopefully a dude will help out w/this question...
Till then, I can tell you I'm kinda in the same deparment. XS by height and in the XS grey area by weight. My thighs (21")/calves(15") are more muscular than the average lady, so I decided to order both and try them on. I kid you not that there is no way I could've fit my calves, let alone my thighs in the XS. The small felt v.snug the first few runs, and have stretched out a touch after ~50 miles run. Even if I could've fit into the xs, the truth is that I'm not sure I would've wanted them that snug for my long distance running. Hopefully a guy will respond as well - I'm sure their measurements will help a touch more.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

5 5

This softshell by Nau is my absolute favorite work jacket. I’m 5’2” //120# and purchased the size small. The front of this jacket hits just above my knees and the back actually tails lower than my knees. It’s perfect for protecting against rain, wind, and snow. The interior is just a soft fuzzy liner, which isn’t super warm. When I want to wear this jacket in the winter, I layer my down jacket underneath. The collar pops up, and buttons in place, which keeps my neck warm. Really can’t say enough about how stylish this jacket looks and how great it feels on.

The only drawback I saw was a lack of hood (windy Seattle means umbrellas won’t always work on a rainy day).

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

2 5

Great look…but it just didn’t work for me. This tank has zero support, which is an absolute deal breaker for me. If it didn’t have a shelf bra in the tank, I could layer my own sports bra under. The other issue for my small busted self was that the black shelf bra liner rolled out to show at the check and inner shoulder straps. This probably wouldn’t be an issue for the larger busted lady, but anyone larger busted would also have to figure out a way to get support (since the actual tank wont be providing it).

The material is v.light weight and silky feeling. It’s comfortable and if you can make the support issue work for you, it’d be a great addition to your workout wardrobe.

PS I'm 5'2" // 120# and ordered the size small. It fit true to size.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

4 5

First – yes, there’s a touch of a fit issue w/the bust of this shirt.

I’m 5’2” // 120# and purchased the size small. The tummy area of this shirt is extremely true to size – perhaps even snug - really flattering if you’re not trying to hide anything. The bust of this shirt does have the issue of billowing out if you bend over. You will def need to layer a tank under the shirt. I added a few stitches to the point where the fabric overlaps, which solved the problem in my (small busted) case. Unlike what others have said, I’m not sure if this shirt would work for the bigger busted ladies. Though there seems to be extra length to make the shirt billow out at the bust, there isn’t a lot of extra width to the fabric – big boobies might not have enough wrap coverage.

Despite the fit issue, I did keep the shirt. It’s extremely comfortable and shows off a little midsection v.well. The stitches I added solve the fit issue on my frame.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

4 5

These boots fit exactly like my Stinger Lo’s - comfy and perfect for the fall/winter season. I typically wear a women’s size 9 and found these to be true to size (keep in mind they’re v. roomy, so you could probably get away w/sizing down if you wanted them to fit more snug). The only thing I will mention is that the mushroom color is fairly accurate, but the leather strap is the same color as the boot – NOT a darker brown color.

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

5 5

LOVE this pant. First, I’m 5’2” // 120# and the size 4 fit me perfectly. I’m curvy from the waist down and I found this pant actually tapered in enough for my trim waist while accommodating hips.

Right now, they’re only an inch or two too long for my shortness…I’m not going to hem them since my experience w/chords says they might shrink. I’ve washed them once and hung them to dry – haven’t noticed a change in length thus far. Still might be too short for an average heighted lady.

Final note is that they’re a ‘boot cut’ but look more like a skinny pant on me. Good news for any other ladies w/running/cycling monster calves (mine are ~15” in circumference).

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Wee Bri wrote a review of on November 22, 2011

3 5

This shirt just had too much bulky fabric with the wrap and the thick ties for my little frame. I’m 5’2” // 120# and the small fit well in the shoulders/arms. There was just too much fabric in the torso for me. This might look flattering on a lady w/more natural curve, but it just made me look like a little girl swathed in too much fabric.

Excellent fabric quality and fabric feel - just the wrong fit for me.

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