alyssology

alyssology

Sugarbush!

alyssa's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running

alyssa's Bio

The whooshing sound of a snowboard edge on snow...or the crunching sound of a snowboard edge on ice, as the case may be.

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alyssology wrote a review of on September 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fits my macbook air and a few other essentials perfectly. I've also used it to carry my camera and other accoutrements of a day out. I love that it is not too big. The only thing I wish it had is a pocket that fits my cell phone better, but I guess that wouldn't really be in keeping with the vintage designation.

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alyssology wrote a review of on December 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What can I say? This embodies everything you want in a chunky pom-pom toque (it's a TOQUE *not* a beanie ;)). That is, it's chunky, it has a pom-pom, Norrona's baller logo subtly stitched on the side. Now, I seriously questioned whether a hat could be worth this much $$, but, let me tell you, I ended up with both colors. The knit part is tightly woven and high quality, and it is lined with fleece for extra warmth and softness. The hat is not itchy at all and so far has not caused me static-y hat hair. Also, my head is on the larger side and I have lots of hair, and this fits me quite well.

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alyssology wrote a review of on December 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

When I saw the "beyond blue' colorway on the Norrona website I knew I would have to own this fleece. The red trim MAKES IT. It's incredibly stylish and comfortable. Smooth on top to make layering easy, then soft and fuzzy on the inside. I will be living in this jacket this winter. For reference, I am 5'9 and 137 lbs, 36-28-38, and the medium offers me a true to size fit and hits at the hip. I probably could have gone with a small but prefer the mobility that a little room in the medium offers.

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alyssology wrote a review of on November 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This a wonderful jacket. I prefer shell jackets for maximum versatility for layering. It has a very light poly/fleece lining, but it is not insulated. It's a very attractive jacket. At 175 cm and 62 kg (28 inch waist, 37 hips), I am very similar proportions to the model in the Norrona video and bought a medium in jungle green (which is a tiny bit brighter and lighter than the picture). It fits me well, streamlined but with room for layering, but I have to say that the sleeves are quite long. This is great for me, since I am tall and have accordingly long arms, but if you're petite this could be a problem. The jacket is comfortable, the hood roomy, and super dry. The construction is very high quality. Keep up the good work, Norrona.

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alyssology wrote a review of on June 27, 2012

Great brand, great jacket
4 5

Norrona is one of my favorite outdoor brands, and this jacket did not let me down. I test drove it on Mount Washington on a day that was 55 degrees at the upper elevations with a 20 mph wind. The jacket did a great job of keeping the wind out while breathing enough to keep me from overheating under a sunny sky. I also tried it out in a drizzle and it was serviceable for a short time, but don't expect to use it as a rain jacket. The blue color is lovely and it comes with a stash pouch. It is quite light and thin but not insubstantial or see-through. I do have one criticism which accounts for the 4 instead of 5 star rating. The sleeves are a little long (I'm 5'9" with long arms) and wide and the fit is not quite as flattering as some of my other Norrona products, but this does allow for layering and mobility. I might have tried a smaller size but the hem of the large was just right around my 39" hips.

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alyssology wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

5 5

I wanted a board that was fun and flexible, could float through powder, absorb landings, and hold an edge on the infamously icy slopes of New England. Too much to ask? No, Never Summer was up to the task. This board is a ton of fun, but can hold a serious carve. The rocker between the feet prevents you from plowing under when you find that precious powder stash. However, it is a little tricky to learn to one-foot elegantly - I'm still getting used to that part, but that seems like it is par for the course for a rockered board. Because it is also cambered, it still has great pop and great edgehold...a level of it that I think is similar to magne-traction, but without to tendency to be catchy. The graphic is minimalist but really eye-catching...I have gotten so many compliments on this board that I ran out to buy a lock. If you can't decide on length, I would suggest sizing up in this board if you want a little more dampening. This board is so springy, my new hobby is slapping things with the tail as I pop over anything from spines to kickers (oh yeah, and I couldn't do any of that stuff before I had this board).

The bottom line is that this board has made me a better rider, and I can take it all over the mountain, eliminating the need to change boards.

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alyssology wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

5 5

I'm really happy with this shirt. I don't find it itchy. I sized up to a large, and I'm happy I did because it gives me a little more room to move. I am 5'9" and appreciate the nice, long length. I can take thumbholes or leave them, and don't usually use these ones because my jacket and fleece both have wrist gaiters, but I don't feel they get in the way. This shirt is definitely my go-to baselayer for a frigid Vermont day!

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alyssology wrote a review of on January 23, 2011

5 5

I tend to be a little skeptical of newfangled binding systems, having previously (not so long ago) owned a pair of flow bindings that weighed as much as cinder blocks and were about as responsive as cinder blocks. Ever since then, I approach new strap-in systems warily.

I had read several positive reviews of K2's Auto system, which takes away the need to ratchet down both a toe strap and ankle strap. Both straps are still there, but they are joined by an internal cable system, so when you tighten the ankle strap, the toe strap locks down as well. For me, it was a tossup between these and Union Trilogy bindings, but the K2s won out because of price point (I would still be very happy to have the Unions as well).

When I received the bindings, I had a couple of questions, which included wondering whether the Auto system would really be much faster than conventional two-strap bindings, and whether there was any technical advantage to this system, and wouldn't it make them heavier? The answers to these are yes, yes, and no. After getting used to the system, I find myself strapped in and ready to go well ahead of my comrades. Second, I feel more secure in these bindings than any other pair I've ridden, but without pressure points. Third, they are very light.

The ride is extremely well supported and responsive with these bindings. I would also describe them as precise - they do exactly what I want them to. I can hold a good carve in them, but when I get into the park, they are forgiving enough to flex at low speed, and absorb landings quite well. The setup seems daunting at first (I wish the directions made more sense) but they were easy enough to figure out. My only complaint is that I haven't figured out how to get out of them elegantly just yet...you kind of have to give the toe strap a little kick to release it. But I think I will get the hang of this eventually.

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alyssology wrote a review of on November 1, 2010

5 5

I just test drove this jacket in 35 degree weather last night, and am very excited about it. The fit is fantastic, and although it's pretty lightweight, it blocks out the wind and keeps the heat in very well. I can't wait to snowboard in it. The articulated arms ensure that it doesn't ride up when you lift or move your arms. The fit is slim but long enough for us tall girls.

Oh, this is a Euro brand with a euro fit, so size up. I'm 5'9", 155, true size medium (US), and I ordered a large.

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alyssology wrote a review of on January 14, 2010

5 5

I LOVE HH baselayer. I always am the first one to get cold, but since I tried out this baselayer, I'm good to go all day in the cold of northern VT. It fits well, but I'd suggest sizing up. I am 5'9", 155 lbs and almost always wear a medium, but I buy a large in Helly Hansen clothing because they seem to run a bit small. For me, the large is fitted but not skin tight, it still looks feminine but allows movement.

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