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Kris's Passions

Hiking & Camping

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Love to travel - to cities or natural wonders in the states or across the globe!

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ZadZack wrote a review of on August 31, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These wipes are convenient to stash and worked for the most part on our hikes in SE Alaska. (Mosquitoes weren't too active, but biting gnats were.)

They were still a bit too oily for my liking -- yucky for my face and it transferred to my clothing -- but it's better than those annoying bites!

Lastly, the smell was OK, a little floral.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on June 30, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Neat compact solution for a credit card or a bit of cash, but not for smaller frames. Tends to be noticeable under shirts for at least A-C cups.

Personally, I have little use for this stateside. I would prefer a different solution that could hold a passport.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

3 5

Ordered my normal TNF size in short (YAY! For it being avaiable via Bckcountry) and the fit is great everywhere except from the leg zip down. I understand the need for some flare to fit over boots, but the total bellbottom is a bit extreme. It's as if the leg bottoms were for a pant that's three sizes larger! Hey, at least I can remove them!

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ZadZack wrote a review of on October 23, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used on a tropical vacation. New, right out of the box, was comfortable to wear. Developed a minor hot spot on one place on the top of my foot from the leather straps, but continuous walking was still possible -- without even a limp. :-)

Arch support is definitely better on these than most flip-flops, but is not as high as the standard Chaco or even compared to a pair of Birkenstocks.

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ZadZack wrote an answer about on March 27, 2012

Contrary to "Kathy," I believe they run small by about a half-size -- both in my own experience and by one of the more recent (2012) reviews. I'd suggest ordering more toward your athletic shoe size. Also, do a Backcountry "chat" and order two sizes; the rep can place the order for you and include a return kit, knowing that you'll return at least one pair.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on March 27, 2012

2 5

I thought the silk would perform better than my cotton money belt (with breathable mesh backing), but this pouch was significantly larger than my old money belt. On a trip to Australia (during their summer), I found the silk much too warm -- and with it spread across my hips/lower abs, it was just too much to bear. I went back to my old, worn out money belt and was much happier for the remainder of the trip.

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ZadZack wrote an answer about on March 27, 2012

Yes! I just returned from Australia myself and this was the jacket I brought. Despite it being summer there now, it was a wet and wild summer (for Australia) and the Marmot Minimalist worked like a charm. (Why fiddle around with an umbrella, when you can stay dry and hands free?!?)

As another respondant mentioned, you will want to layer for extra warmth when needed, but otherwise, this is a great, lightweight Gore-Tex jacket -- perfect for travel.

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ZadZack wrote an answer about on March 27, 2012

Yes! I just returned from Australia myself and this was the jacket I brought. Despite it being summer there now, it was a wet and wild summer (for Australia) and the Marmot Minimalist worked like a charm. (Why fiddle around with an umbrella, when you can stay dry and hands free?!?)

As another respondant mentioned, you will want to layer for extra warmth when needed, but otherwise, this is a great, lightweight Gore-Tex jacket -- perfect for travel.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on March 27, 2012

5 5

I wasn't ever crazy about the fabric panels on the Denali (or the attached premium price), so I ordered the Khumbu instead. On sale it was a bargain on BackCountry and it was a great choice for me!

Sizing was as expected, once I learned that it was a roomier fit througout (including in the shoulders, where I tend to be a bit broad). Go by the size chart and know that there will be some extra rooom. To be safe, I ordered both the small and the medium and the small fits perfectly. This is a bit different than the TKA 100 1/4 zip fleece; I typically order those in medium so I can have a layer underneath if necessary. Same is true for any TNF fitted top.

The fleece is cozy and soft; I haven't had any problems with pilling as of yet.

I ordered the Brunette Brown color and think that the online photo, while a decent representation, looks a smidge darker than it does in person.

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ZadZack wrote an answer about on January 3, 2012

I'd go for small, but check the size chart to be sure. I'm the same weight, but 5'3", and my measurements put me between a small and medium. I also like to layer, so I sized up to the medium. It's a bit too roomy, but I'd rather have extra room then feel too restrictive... Overall, I don't think this jacket is cut well for petites.

If you do the Backcountry chat, they may be able to send both sizes with the RMA/return stuff, with the expectation that one of them will be returned.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

4 5

This is a useful, basic (passport) size for a hidden travel wallet. I have worn out my moneybelt and have been in the market for another -- or another option.

Unfortunately, I rarely wear a (pants) belt when travelling. However, with some modification, this can work with pants/shorts buttons (attached through the button with the wallet flipped back into the pants) -- or even attached with a safety pin as I saw on another website's review.

Additionally, women could wear this attached to their front-closing bra or even attached through the bra strap and then tucked under the band. Both of those options could work well for me, as sometimes I get tired of wearing a money belt on my stomach/hips.

This "undercover hidden pocket" is a convenient size that I wish more moneybelt/pockets/wallets used. It's a far more convenient size than Eagle Creek's silk undercover Bra Stash.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

Lightweight and handy
5 5

I ordered one each in small and medium and when I received them I was disappointed at how small they really were. Even though I'd studied the dimensions online, I was expecting the small to be the size of the medium and the medium to just be... a bit bigger still. I thought I would have to return them.

Turns out, those little buggers actually hold quite a bit! Before returning them, I decided to try and stuff them. The small size held 16 pairs of rolled (ladies) underwear -- cotton, nothing dainty. The medium held six (6) rolled t-shirts and I estimate there was room for at least two (2) more. I've attached a photo of the packed cells.

It turns out they will work well for my travels, and because they are so lightweight, will be particularly useful keeping my stuff organized in my carry-on luggage. I say, to heck with checked baggage!

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ZadZack wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

5 5

Love this lightweight wicking polo. It's fun and stylish and easy to pack.

According to the size chart, I was between a small and medium. I ordered both and kept the medium because it fit better in the shoulders (I have broad shoulders for my frame). I had a difficult time tracking down the shirts's shoulder measurements, so if you have an athletic frame you may want to size up.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

4 5

The sizing chart is accurate, the shorts fit as expected.

The white shorts are not as thick and durable as I believed from other reviews. (I had been picturing Carhartt "durable.") In fact, because my legs have some color -- I'm olive-toned even when not tan -- you can sort of see my legs in parts of the shorts where fabric isn't doubled, like where the front pockets end. It's not a big deal, though; I don't feel exposed.

Great deal on Backcountry! I may order one in olive green...

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