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Wendy  McAlpine

Wendy McAlpine

Australia - outer Melbourne Suburbs, the Mornington Peninsula, and when living in the USA - New England, Alaska and Minnesota

Wendy McAlpine's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

Wendy McAlpine's Bio

I've been living the dream since 2005; avoiding a 'real job' by doing some cool jobs all over the USA. I love to be in the outdoors, and exploring new environments.

In a former life I was a National Champion in Triathlon. However, these days I prefer to enjoy my exercise, but still run, swim and cycle. I have taken up cross country (skate and classic)skiing recently.

I'm always on the lookout for my next adventure!

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Wendy McAlpine wrote a review of on September 11, 2010

5 5

After owning a pair of 3/4 length CW-X expert tights, I decided to give the full length tights a go....and I couldn't be happier. They really do feel good to run in. I don't have any dire injury problems, but I do like the idea these tights could be helping to prevent possible issues arising.
Be careful with sizing....at 5 and ~140lbs I was in between small and medium. I went with the small, and they're snug (which is how they are supposed to be) but I can still get them on without much of a problem.
They're expensive, but a worthwhile investment!

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Wendy McAlpine wrote a review of on August 19, 2010

5 5

I purchased this bag to replace my old Recon (circa 2005-ish), because I wanted a bag that would better fit my laptop, and organise my gear better. I cannot be happier with the bag so far. The Recon was a great bag, but it wasn't a great fit for a laptop and didn't protect small electronics all that well either.

I love how this bag has a dedicated, and well padded laptop section. It fits my 13 inch MacBook pro with ease. The other 2 compartments contain useful space for books, gear and there's plenty of pockets to keep things organised. The front of the bag opens up into another compartment, great for storing small things which you need to get to quickly. I love the stretch side pockets too, because they are not bulky when there's nothing in them. The bag fits me well (i'm 5 7), and feels very comfortable, more comfortable than the Recon for sure...I think there is better padding.

Overall, I highly recommend this bag if you are looking for a daypack that will both do the job for both school/work and hiking day trips. Like always, this North Face bag is well constructed.

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Wendy McAlpine wrote a review of on April 14, 2010

5 5

The oasis crew from icebreaker would have to one of the most well-worn pieces of clothing in my wardrobe. I mostly use this top for running in mild to cool-ish conditions. The merino breathes amazingly well. I still feel the top holds its warmth even when it gets damp. The ability of merino to not get stinky like other synthetic tops is true as well!

But, as a running top, it does have a high neck - which might annoy some people, and the sleeves are long - but this is because its designed to be a next to skin thermal layer.

Highly recommended...great buy (and worth it the expense!).

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Wendy McAlpine wrote a review of on February 11, 2010

5 5

Although I am new to both types of xc skiing (classic and skate) I found these boots to be a great investment! They provide what feels to be a stable and firm fit for skate, and when the cuff is removed there is flex in the boot for classic skiing. The cuff can prove to be difficult to remove and replace initially, however it gets easier with time. Just a note about sizing - you need a snug, but comfortable fit with these boots, and I had needed to go a full size down from my Salomon trail running shoe size to achieve this.

Overall, I recommend these boots to any newcomer to xc skiing who doesn't want the investment in 2 sets of boots, yet wants a combi boot that works very well for both classic and skate techniques.

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Wendy McAlpine wrote a review of on January 17, 2010

4 5

Salomon make some pretty cool looking trail shoes, and the XT Wings GTX is one of them. Overall, I find the shoe to be slightly wide for my narrow feet, and as with all my previous Salomon trail shoes, I always size down 1/2 a size.

This shoe, is very well built, as it should be for the price. I find stability and traction to be excellent. It's probably one of the better cushioned trail shoes that I have tried. My main use for this shoe is running on roads and trails in snowy conditions, and so far I've found the gore-tex to be doing its job. Grip is also great on snowy packed trails.

Well worth the investment if you are seeking a stable, cushioned, 'waterproof' trail shoe with good grip.

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Wendy McAlpine wrote a review of on December 10, 2007

3 5

Unfortunately, these shoes are not for my feet. Pity because the innovative design looks as though it has a lot of potential to make this a great shoe. To start with, I have narrow feet. The section of the shoe where my heel sits contains far too much space, and there is little padding to assist. The idea of removable foot beds sounds great too....but I still cannot 'fill' the shoe up enough to get these shoes to fit. I Have the laces as tight as they will go down closest too the toe-box but its still not tight enough. I also feel these shoes would be best for people with normal to high arches. I have fairly flat feet and the shoe I felt didn't give enough support. I give these shoes 3 stars , because the idea of the shoe is great, and they are well made - just not suited to me.

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Wendy McAlpine wrote a review of on May 25, 2007

5 5

I have owned these rain pants for nearly 2 years. They have been fantastic. The fabric is quite durable, and does a great job at keeping the rain out. They are nice and compact when storing them in a backpack too! My only complaint is that if you are tall, you will find them short, and with the elastic at the bottom of the legs - the rain runs off my pants and down into my shoes! I am 5'7 and have a size medium, I wouldn't want to be any taller.

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