ZadZack

ZadZack

Pacific NW

ZadZack's Passions

Hiking & Camping

ZadZack's Bio

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 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 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 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 September 2, 2011

4 5

Durable fabric, though on the stiff side. Positive zipper -- not flimsy. The handles are soft vinyl, but they look a little cheap because of the sheen.

Inside there are three open pockets on one side, one of which has an elasticized top, and there's one zippered pocket on the opposite side. The main compartment has a full zippered closure. The exterior has two magnet-closure side pockets.

The Ava Purse is plenty roomy -- more roomy than I need for a purse, but there are plenty of other larger purses one the market. What I like best is that it can be a practical, everyday purse; I won't feel like there isn't enough room and it can be tossed into the car or the gym locker without fear of damaging it or getting it dirty.

I ordered this in the Houndstooth style, but contrary to the photo shown on the site, there really isn't much contrast in the pattern. It oftentimes looks like it is solid black. The bright, high-contract lining (lime green, pink flowers) is fun, but I'm glad it's not more prominent (i.e., featured as an accent on the outside of the purse).

** Updated on 11/14/2011 **
Finally decided to return this. I got tired of the cheap feeling (and slippery) straps slipping off of my shoulders -- and I have broad shoulders for my frame! Also, it turns out there can be too much of a good thing, and I mean roominess. This is just too large of a bag for me to use as a purse.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on May 3, 2011

4 5

I was looking for a well-made, lightweight, packable jacket with hood that would be good for slight drizzle or sudden downpours while hiking at home in the Pacific Northwest or out on my travels. After much research, I settled on the Marmot Minimalist and have pretty much not been disappointed.

The Gore-Tex Paclite membrane is so thin, so protective and, yes, so wonderful! The whole jacket can wad up or pack nice and flat, yet the Gore-Tex membrane keeps rainwater at bay. I HATE the feeling of sweat and moisture buildup in my jacket on a rainy day, and the Minimalist keeps me dry AND breathes well so I can avoid feeling sticky and just plain icky.

If considering this jacket, do pay attention to the sizing chart. Unfortunately, I fall in between sizes. At a petite 5'3" and 120 lbs., my measurements fell smack dab in between small and medium. To be safe, I sized up to the medium. The fit is less than ideal as it does feel a bit too big, but I am more comfortable with the fit when I'm wearing several layers underneath -- though no matter what I'm wearing, the sleeves are too long.

If, like me, you are in between sizes, Chat with someone from Backcountry and they can arrange to have both sizes sent; they will include stuff to return the one that you choose not to keep (you pay for both, but know that one will be returned and refunded).

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ZadZack wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

4 5

Very comfortable slide -- and stays on the foot well. The size runs small in general and for KEEN (compared to the H2 footbed), so order a 1/2 size up; I ordered an 8 instead of my usual 7.5 and it fits well.

For KEEN H2 wearers, in addition to the sizing difference, this footbed is different. For me, the footbed is better; I've found the H2s aren't as comfortable as they could be.

As usual, great price on Backcountry.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on March 31, 2011

4 5

Lightweight and nice-sized bag for a day hike. It has comfortable straps, a padded back and nicely placed sternum strap.

Holds plenty of water and there's additional space to stuff a light jacket, snacks and first aid stuff. The outermost zippered compartment holds smaller items in divided pockets.

One thing some users may not like is the perceived strength of the fabric -- which feels thin, like it could rip easily. My preference was for a lightweight pack, so I am okay with the thinness versus potential durability of the fabric.

With this pack, I also purchased CamelBak's Tube Trap to keep the tube out of the way, but still easily accessible.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on March 31, 2011

5 5

Like another reviewer, I added a pair to get free shipping -- and I'm pleasantly surprised. My boyfriend has some Fox River socks that he likes, so I thought I'd try a pair of my own.

The socks are quite comfortable. I like the extra cushioned areas in the toes and heel -- the areas that always wear down first -- and I like the arch support which is not too tight.

I also like the height of the socks, which are perfect for in a hiking boot when I want to wear shorts.

Can't say much about the wicking properties since my feet aren't all that sweaty, but part of the sock's comfort comes from its breathability.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on December 29, 2010

5 5

Threw this in my "cart" to bump up my order the $.05 I needed to get free shipping -- that alone makes it worth the purchase price.

Fork appears to be decent for a plastic fork. Went through the dishwasher a-okay (had to test it, right?) and seems durable enough for multiple uses, while still being lightweight for packing around.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on December 29, 2010

5 5

Have two of these (one purchased on Backcountry, one was a gift -- also from Backcountry) and I chose them because they were supposed to be like the TKA 100 Glacier MicroFLEECE pullovers. They are a bit softer and they appear thinner/lighter, but still keep me nice and warm, the perfect temperature. It is still fleece; it is not like those velour tops of yesteryear. :-)

The fit is similar to the microfleece, perhaps a smidge roomier and longer. The sizing chart is fairly accurate. I'm 5'3" and 120 lbs. with an athletic frame and I find the Medium to work well. It's a little loose if worn alone, but there's room to layer underneath for greater flexibility.

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ZadZack wrote a review of on December 15, 2010

4 5

Well-made for lightweight flip-flops. Unlike other reviewers I don't believe the sizes run large. I'm a 7.5 medium width, so based on the reviews I purchased a size 7, but found them to be snug in the straps and the footbed was just a wee bit short on length. I gave them to a friend, but I ordered another pair in a size 8 and found those to be the right fit.

The only seeming oddity as far as fit goes is the toe room. There's plenty of room for long toes!

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