Wendy Campbell Smith

Wendy Campbell Smith

San Luis Obispo, California

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Wendy Campbell Smith

Wendy Campbell Smith wrote a review of on August 26, 2011

4 5

I bought this kids headlamp for my 7 year old who is going on her first backpacking trip soon. Getting those 2 AAA batteries in this thing was like a crazy puzzle. Because it's marketed for a child who (apparently) is prone to removing the batteries and eating them, I guess? It comes with a tiny screw driver to loosen a tiny screw to open and close the battery compartment. Who's going to take this little screw driver with them everywhere this headlamp goes?! Why didn't they make it a flat head screw so you can use your leatherman tool or maybe a dime to open and close it?! Anyway, the screw was the first thing we removed and threw away. It works fine without it. Otherwise, easy to use the power button. It's just on/ off and the strap adjusts easily too.

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Wendy Campbell Smith wrote a review of on May 5, 2009

4 5

This coat is both great for layering under a waterproof jacket for skiing and wearing on cold evenings downtown. The wind stopper material really keeps out a cold wind, but also makes this a thick jacket and a bit stiff. I couldn't imagine trying to wear this on a climb. The sleeves are tight and make it a bad choice for fluid mobility. The one drawback is it has a little plastic cincher on the collar to tighten it around your neck and my hair is always snagging in it. They should have put it at the bottom of the collar, not the top.

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Wendy Campbell Smith wrote a review of on May 5, 2009

5 5

This is a jacket that delivers! It will cut 100% of the wind and it is so waterproof that water just pours right off of it. I used it skiing with layers underneath in 20 degree Colorado temps and I was warm and dry and on rainy days in California no water touches my skin. It has great insulated zippers and pockets all over. I got mine from backcountryoutlet.com and got a great deal. Highly recommend it. Bring on the bad weather!

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Wendy Campbell Smith wrote a review of on May 5, 2009

3 5

I bought this top for brisk mornings. I like the half-zip feature and it is a little bit turtle-neck like if you zip up the top to snuggle up a cold neck, but the hood just adds extra weight and wouldn't stay on anyway on a run. It's made with polyester and spandex, but isn't really very fleecey. The wind goes right through it. I like that it is long enough to cover the hips and has a slim fit. It does not have ventilation panels at the armpits and the thumbhole cuffs they describe above are simply glorified mini mittens.
It's worth half the price.

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Wendy Campbell Smith wrote a review of on May 5, 2009

4 5

I bought the Bilt 15oz pop top bottle for my 5 year old and it was totally worth it. I was concerned about letting her drink from a plastic bottle that has been sitting in our vehicle in the sun and feel much better about this bottle. It has an easy to pop up bicycle style water bottle top and even a small button to change the rate of liquid flowing out of it. The bottle has two small indentations on each side for better gripping.

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Wendy Campbell Smith wrote a review of on May 5, 2009

3 5

I've used this small pack everywhere from trails to amusement parks to carry a light jacket, snacks, and two water bottles. It has a convienent small pocket on top for keys (built-in clip) and your pocket tool, etc. It also has a zippered pocket on the back that is easy to get into and rumage around without everything falling out. My only con on this pack is that it has a sad, thin waist strap that doesn't help support the weight in the pack. I would NOT recommend you buy it for trail running either. It just won't stay snug to the body.

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Wendy Campbell Smith wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

4 5

This pack is just right for me! It's small, but wears comfortably and doesn't move or ride up much. I like that it has two small pockets for treats, keys, or a small cell phone. It isn't the easiest thing to put on when it is full because the buckle closer is way over on the hip, but for that reason it won't dig into your stomach when you're running. The one big downside I have with this pack is it isn't easy to fill it to the top and then close it without water gurgling out all over the pack. So far I can't figure out how to remove the bladder from the pack to clean it either. Otherwise, I would recommend this pack for short runs or for sipping in between aid stations.

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