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BexOnHood

BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing

BexOnHood's Bio

I live in a cabin in the woods on a mountain and travel all over the place so I can get my grubby little feet in as much dirt around the world as I can! Shred, paddle, skate, hike, doggies, rinse, repeat... adventures always, pants occasionally.

Instagram @beccatarbox to follow my travels

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on April 13, 2015

5 5

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

First off, I'm a chick with size 10 feet so I generally wear guys' bindings just because though the girls' ones fit, they're usually stretched out as far as they can go and I like to be able to really play with my fit. I've been using the Burton Missions for ages and I really wanted an upgrade, so after much deliberation went with Contact Pro's in M/L. No regrets so far... feels like I went from driving a Honda to a BMW!

I was really floored about the exceptional amount of control I had despite their stellar range of motion and flexibility. Tight turns in trees felt way more dialed in and I felt like I could really get a lot of flex and motion in the ankle/foot region which actually helped me get a lot more power out of my legs.

The cushiness underfoot is awesome, too. I hit a couple of flat landings in the park and while that's never fun, they felt waaaay more dampened underfoot than anything I've felt before.

As far as the weight goes, that's great too! When I held a Burton and Union in each hand, I couldn't feel a huge difference in weight, but when I got the Contact Pro's on my board and underfoot, the difference was definitely noticeable.

So far, I love them! I'll update when I have more info on durability/longevity/etc!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on April 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I searched long and hard for a jacket that met all of my ridiculous requirements, and this one met them all!

- Unique
- Neutral color but cool pattern/texture
- Warm but not poofy - somewhere between a shell and an insulated jacket
- Loose fit but tailored so I still look like a chick
- Long length
- Long sleeves
- Helmet compatible
- Lots of pockets
- Durable

So far so good! I usually wear a large in all things Burton but I got the XL in this one for a little sag (I'm 5'9"/155/36DD for reference) and it fits great! It's long enough in the back to cover my butt on the lift and the sleeves are nice and long with enough room in the wrists to fit over gloves (though they can be tightened down if you're a gauntlet glove fan). The collar is big and comes up pretty high, which looks rad and is also a nice feature on chilly days.

The wee bit of insulation all over is just enough to take the chill off but not enough to add any bulk, so I'd rate it as a "somewhat toastier shell jacket." Perfect for layering under on cold days or wearing with a light layer underneath in spring!

I got the keef/iggy camo color and I love it. That said, it's quite a bit darker/greener that what I'm seeing on my screen on the Backcountry website. Not a problem at all, I love the color. But definitely more of a green/brown than the tan color pictured (see my photo). I like that it's neutral enough to wear with pretty much anything, but with a cool pattern/colorway to stand out a little. The fabric feels like it will take a beating, but it's also really soft, which is nice!

I love the anorak look but was a little scared that taking it on and off would be a pain in the ass.... however, the zipper on the side makes it super easy. The big kangaroo pocket in the front is great, too. If you don't mind looking a little beefy in the belly, you could cram all your junk plus a few beers in there!

My only cons...

Burton seems to go a little weak in the zipper department in their women's jackets. Every one I've had I'm always a little scared of the small/thin zippers. On a previous jacket, this was actually a problem and my zipper failed.

I don't love it that you have to snap the top button over the zipper to keep it closed... that's one step too many for my lazy ass and I would have preferred a magnet. But small issue in the grand scheme of things.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on March 25, 2015

5 5

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

Thanks to Zeal and Backcountry for picking me to try out and review these great sunglasses!

First off, Zeal is a really great company that uses sustainable practices and somehow (magic, I presume) makes sunglasses with biodegradable frames. That said, it's gonna be a looooong time before these sunnies are in the ground pushing up daisies...

The Memphis is a super cool style - similar to aviators in fit, but different enough from aviators that you don't look like every single other person on the beach/mountain/sidewalk :) They have a bit of a 70's flavor to them, which I love.

They feel really sturdy and well-constructed but are light and comfy enough to wear all day. I often end up with a headache from glasses poking into my skull behind my ears, but haven't noticed that with these ones; they fit me great! The Agave frames are true to the color on the website and are a cool enough color to be a little different, but neutral enough not to clash with anything you wear 'em with. Loving the dark grey polarized lens... they're awesome for bright light and the polarization gives you fantastic clarity! The dark grey keeps the optics pretty true-to-life; everything looks much like it does without sunglasses, but with more sharpness from the polarized lens and protection against bright light. Haven't tested them out in a high-glare sitch (glacier, water) yet, but I'll update on that and the durability in a few weeks!

I'm a female with a decidedly medium face. All of my (men's/unisex) snowboard goggles are "medium" sized for reference. If you have a really big face or head I could see these being a little small, but the fit, size and style seem like they would accommodate a variety of both men's and women's faces and they're gender neutral enough to work great for either.

UPDATE: The best conditions I've found to wear these glasses in, where the lenses really shine, is on those high overcast days where the skies aren't blue but are painfully bright. Walking around on the mountain on a day like this, you get plenty of darkening from the grey lenses, but awesome clarity from the polarization! I find that they lack a little bit in high glare situations (i.e., water) but for day to day use and high overcast, they're rad!!

UPDATE UPDATE: I've been wearing these things nonstop for a few weeks now (they're definitely my new faves) and they're still in great condition - not a scratch in sight!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The title says it all. I've had this thing for two years and have hauled it all over the country via car, airplane and backpack and have used it in 90 degree weather at sea level and 15 degree weather at 9,000ft and it's never failed me. For the price, I am floored at how well this thing has performed. It might be a little heavier than your pocket rocket-type stove, but the extra weight is worth the bombproof qualities it has. If you really want to stabilize the hell out of it, get the canister footrest (I don't think they sell it here but it's like 10 bucks on Amazon). LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 26, 2015

5 5

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

LOVE this tent. I've set it up a few times and used it once and I have to say that Marmot really thought about details with this one.

Other two-person tents I've owned have really seemed like they were for two conjoined twins or two people who reeeaaallly like to snuggle. The way the walls are structured in this one give it so much more room! It was totally comfy for me, my boyfriend AND our 75lb dog. Also, there is a crapton of storage in this thing - pockets galore, which is great because I like to have a bunch of junk with me in my tent.

Setup is super easy once you have it down (do it at home first so you know what poles go where, and just to double check that you have everything). This thing is solid. Once you get everything set up and tightened down, it's pretty bombproof. We slept in single digit temps on a windy night and there was not a peep of tent noise.

Little things that make it awesome:

- You can access the vents and open/close them from inside or outside. This is so rad.

- The little 'biner hanging from the ceiling is a nice touch and perfect for hanging a lantern.

- The window in the big vestibule is awesome so you can see what's going on outside when you wake up in the morning.

- Surprising amount of vents for a four-season tent.

- The stakes it comes with are really good. It's not a game-changer or anything, but it's nice not to have to ditch the crappy ones a tent comes with and buy them separately.

Of course, all of those extras make for a pretty freakin' heavy package, but to me it's totally worth it, and if you split it up between two people it's not TOO bad.

All in all, I love it and I expect to have a long and happy relationship with this tent :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great travel pet bed. It doesn't compress down super small (when I cram it into its stuff sack it's about the same size as my 30 degree sleeping bag) but what it lacks in compress-ability it really makes up in comfort. It's nice and thick and my 60lb dober-dane looooves it. We've only used it camping a few times, but it feels like it'll be pretty durable and it's held up well to a wash and dry (on gentle/low). At the sale price (I got it for under $20) it's a steal and a nice way to keep your fuzzy buddy happy on the road and the trail :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, thanks to Petzl and Backcountry for picking me to test and review this li'l guy for the benefit of all you goatworthy folks out there! I have gone through a lot of headlamps in my lifetime and so far, this one is definitely my favorite.

Reasons why:

- the headband part has a nice cushy almost "sweatband" feel, so it's really comfy

- there are so many different brightness levels on this thing, everything from fairly low light to super bright

- it has a red light; if you've ever tried to read something at night with a headlamp and been subsequently night-blind for the next 10 minutes, you'll know why this is awesome

- when you have it in red mode and turn it off then turn it back on, it's still in red mode

- from any brightness, you can give it a quick double-click and it switches right to bright mode

The concerns I had were:

- the click up/down adjustment on it feels like it might not hold tight and flop down in me. However, that hasn't actually happened so it might just be "easy to point up and down" and not "loose."

- you have a lot of brightness modes to click through. I thought this might be annoying, but any annoyance was quickly surpassed by how awesome it is to have so many lighting options.

All in all, I'd say it's a great buy!!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Just got this jacket and haven't been able to field test at all yet, but I wanted to clarify the fit and give another perspective because for me, it's definitely not a two star jacket! It sounds like the other reviewer and I might have the opposite body type because the fit is great on me. I'm 5'9" and very lanky/athletic. Usually wear a large in jackets or an XL if I want a baggy fit or a little more room in the chest (DD's don't always pack into jackets all that well). I got an XL in the Spire and I really like the fit. The L probably would have fit fine, if a bit snug, but I wanted something I could throw a lot of layers underneath if needed.

There definitely IS a substantial roominess in the shoulder and chest area, but not to an off-putting degree because it gives a lot of range of motion in the shoulders, especially when you're wearing a backpack. The waist is a bit fitted but it wasn't tight at all for me and there will be room for layers (I usually wear a 10 or 12 in pants). The arms ARE very long, but I like that because my arms are very long as well.

What I really love about this and it's something I don't see in a lot of women's technical shells is the added length. I don't want a jacket that hits right at the waist because a. I don't want any gap between my jacket and pants, and b. I don't wanna look like a ski bum from 1984. This jacket hits at the hip and has a little extra length in the back for good booty coverage. I'll write more when I get it out in the snow and play in it, but just wanted to add my two cents and another view of the fit! :)

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