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BexOnHood

BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Running
Yoga
Climbing

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, camp, hike, doggies, rinse, repeat... adventures always, pants occasionally.

Instagram @beccatarbox to follow my travels

www.adventureho.net

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on May 26, 2016

5 5

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

I've only used this backpack on one trip so far but I'm really impressed by it! For a not super high-end price point, it's a really bomber constructed bag and it's pretty feature-rich.

I was concerned it wouldn't fit me because I'm 5'9" which is usually out of the "one size fits all women" range and the Deuter SL packs only come in one size, but the torso fits perfect with still a few more bars to go if I need to extend it more! The adjuster for the torso couldn't be ANY easier - it literally takes about 30 seconds to change to torso length.

This pack feels really light to me. It's a pound lighter than a couple of other ones I was looking at, which is a pretty substantial difference to me. I think the weight-to-features ratio is awesome.... it has everything I need, but isn't overbuilt at all. I'm not a fan of packs that have SO many straps, zippers and pockets that you end up getting lost in it. This has all the straps and pockets that I need and better than too many more straps (IMO), it has tie-down points to lash stuff to it only if you need to.

The back is super comfy. I haven't worn it in hot weather yet, but imagine it's going to be a lot less swampy than others, and the support feels really nice.

The most important thing, and what I really love, is that it carries a burly load REALLY well. I had it stuffed to the gills and the suspension was spectacular. I like that Deuter doesn't sacrifice that for a lighter pack. I was really stoked on how close it carried to my body and how well-suspended a heavy load felt. My shoulders were singing for joy!

Other things I really like:

- deep stretchy side pockets
- cavernous sleeping bag compartment... big enough to fit my bag, pillow and down clothes so all the really light stuff can cram into the bottom
- the stretchy front pocket: good for wet stuff or little things you want asap
- expandable from 60L to 70L with a floating lid. This is awesome for a multi-day when you'll start out with way more food and need to compress down

Little things I would like to see done differently:

- a whistle on the sternum clip
- bigger hipbelt pockets (my beast phone doesn't fit)
- drawstring for the top load could be smoother - you have to help it some to cinch it up

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: L

First off, the only reason that I give them four stars instead of five is that for the price I wish they lasted a little longer.

That said, these socks are AMAZING. Warm yet breathable, supportive, comfy and if you're backpacking and can't wash them all the time, they don't start to smell quickly at all.

I love the compression band around the middle - I have super high arches and the support feels awesome. Nice and cushioned where they should be, but not so much that your feet feel stuffy.

It's great that they come in sizes because I'm always at the far end of the "fits size 4-10!" spectrum. I wear a size 10 shoe and the large usually fits perfect.

I do find that they wear a little quickly, but I love them so much that it won't deter me from buying them over and over... I just get them when they're on sale so it's not such an investment. I'd like to get enough pairs that I never have to wear anything else again!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

First, agree with the other reviewer on the loose-ish fit. I usually get a large if I want a good fit and an XL if I want something with a lot of room. The large in this fits a little on the loose side but not in a boxy way - still has a tailored fit, but just a relaxed tailored fit. And it doesn't stretch a ton so the loose fit is nice.

I've been searching for ages for the perfect ladies' spring shred jacket and this seems to fit the bill! I have a lot of the water-resistant hoodies, but none of them have zippered pockets and to me, a pocket that doesn't close tight is pretty much useless. The other deal-breaker on a lot of hoodies/jackets designed for women is that there are teeny pockets that are designed more for fashion than function. Not so in this case.... the hoodie has a big kangaroo pocket with a zipper on either side and a zip pocket on the sleeve. Super stoked on that.... I can fit my phone, chapstick and a pair of gloves in the front pocket no problem.

The hoodie is nice and long, which is great, and the nylon material in the lower back is AWESOME because snow doesn't stick to it. The sleeve length is great for my long arms, so I'm stoked on that. The half zip is deep enough to make getting it on and off easy, and the hood is super roomy. I like the big floopy neck, too.

The material and the stitching give it a bit of a "wetsuit" look - but I think that's kinda cool. I do wish it came in other colors besides black, but if that's all there is I'll take it because for me it's my holy grail of spring shred hoodies!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on March 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't tried this out since I just got it, but I think it's gonna be a game-changer for me. Hiking wet canyons and packrafting, I've found that your typical drybag-backpack is generally lacking support and/or pretty heavy. The Splash 25 is both supportive AND lightweight and it packs down super small for stowing it away. I've never seen anything like it, but it's pretty rad. The back panel has chambers that you inflate using a pump on the shoulder strap (the hose kind of loops over your shoulder the same way the hose for a hydration pack would)... when it's inflated, it creates a firm back support that makes it way more stable to carry around. The coolest part is that when it's inflated, you'll never have to worry about losing it in the water since it's basically its own floatie. When you deflate it, you can just roll it up and stow it away, so I think it'll be awesome for traveling with. Full report to come after I take this thing for a test drive!

UPDATE: I put this thing through the paces this weekend and I love it! I did a canyon trip where I walked up a gorge through ankle to neck-deep water for a couple of hours and it was super comfortable and kept all my stuff dry. Having the chest strap and the waist strap is a nice touch because it keeps the pack nice and snug to your body. The air frame was super cool because it helped me float through a couple of really deep spots.

I took it on a pretty gnarly day hike as well and that's where this pack really surprised me. It was a five-mile round trip hike with 1800ft of gain over the last mile with a lot of crazy scrambling and this pack was SO comfy to hike with. Because of the air frame it felt really light on my back. I don't know if it was because of all the little channels in the inflatable frame, but I didn't end up with the swampy chafe-y back that I was expecting at all! Again being able to cinch it down tight was really helpful, especially in the scrambl-y bits.

All in all I am a HUGE fan of this pack. My only wish is that it had some sort of pocket (maybe a little stretchy mesh one?) on the outside so I could keep my GoPro handy while hiking through the water!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on March 4, 2016

LOVE LOVE LOVE
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is actually my first ever women's board. I'm 5'9" with size 10 boots so the waist width is often a little small for me on women's boards; this one, however, is a perfect fit! I got the 151 and it's a little shorter than what I normally ride (154) but it's totally perfect for me!

I was looking for a jibby board that can still handle the rest of the mountain that would really help me progress in the park and this is IT. This is the lightest board I've ever ridden, by a lot, and it pretty much just flies into the air. Combined with my Union Contact Pro's (mens M) this is a seriously weightless setup.

The flex is awesome, super bendy but still good for landing jumps, unless you're trying to send it on anything huge. Super buttery, super forgiving and let's face it, wiiiicked pretty.

I'm most surprised by how well this thing slays the whole mountain. I was expecting it to be kind of a one-trick pony, but I've ridden in powder, on steep hardpack and even some icy crap and it pretty much takes anything I dish out. I am IN LOVE... this board is my spirit animal!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on March 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium/Long

I initially got this same pant in the women's version in a large. I'm usually a pretty straight-up large in women's pants and they were a little roomier than I wanted in the waist and they had weird hip shaping with a lot of extra room for extra hips I don't have (and I'm definitely not a stick). I tried on the men's pants in a medium and they fit me perfectly - way better fit than the women's. The women's ones gave me a decidedly "mom jeans" look while the men's version fit just right and look more tailored on me. So if you're a chick that doesn't have a super pear-shaped figure, I'd try on both and see which fit you better!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 25, 2016

3 5

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

First off, the maroon color is really pretty! Less of a maroon and more of a cherry red, but that's exactly what I wanted (though for some reason in my pic it looks more orange-y red... in real life it's true to the pic in the description). It's definitely a "boyfriend" fit - more saggy and less tailored, but that'sexactly what I wanted for snowboarding in the spring.

The fabric is water resistant mostly poly blend, so it's good for a spring shred where you might fall a few times and get some snow on it. Nice and warm too, but not bulky. The collar stands up a bit so it keeps your neck warm and looks cute, too. Sleeves are long enough for me, and that's saying a lot because I'm 5'9" with monkey arms!

Things that could be improved:

The neck, though super cute, has like zero stretch to it so it's a little challenging to get over my head.

I would love it if the band on the bottom hem was a little looser because it keeps riding up and I'd like it to just hang down.

I've worn it probably ten times and washed once and the fabric is already pilling pretty significantly.

^^ For those reasons, three stars. That said, at the sale price of 30 bucks it's a great hoodie! I wouldn't be happy if I had paid 60 for it, though.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I exchanged before using but wanted to give a note about the fit for the ladies... I'm 5'9" and lanky, usually wear a 10 or 12 pants, so I got a large to layer under. The large was a little roomy in the waist, but they tightened up okay with the belt. The real reason for the exchange, though, was the weird "poof" at the hip area. I think MHW designed these pants for very curvy chicks. I have no shortage of hips and junk in the trunk (though my build definitely falls under "athletic") and the hips were still way poofy on me. That said, I tried on the men's mediums instead and they fit like a frickin GLOVE! So if you're a woman without a ton of curviness in the hips, consider trying out the men's version. They're pretty much identical save for the hips and these pants are awesome!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on January 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I loooooove this jacket. I wasn't sure how much wear I'd get out of it because a long hooded down jacket seems like something you'd only need for arctic expeditions, but I find it quickly becoming my go-to for all sorts of stuff!

First off: sizing. I find it fits very true to size. I'm 5'9" 155# with a really lanky athletic build plus 36DD chest, so jacket shopping is generally a challenge. I usually wear a large in most everything and the large fits perfect for me. A pretty tailored fit without being tight anywhere and the sleeves are actually long enough, which is a rarity in my monkey-arms-world. Hits just above the knee and has a nice flattering flare at the bottom (which also makes walking in it easy).

I love the charcoal cross-dye color. It's a tiny bit darker in real life than what I'm seeing on my computer monitor, and I love it. The color has a little texture to it that gives it a little somethin-somethin to separate it from the herd (not just a one-note color). The pockets are a good size and they zip up, which I love. Pockets that don't zip are largely useless to me so I was super stoked to see that feature. The feather print lining is super cute, too... it's nice when you find little extra details that make something special.

This jacket is so nice and toasty. I live in Oregon and it's been the perfect jacket to throw on for morning dog-walks when it's 30 degrees out. With the thing fully zipped up and the hood up, it's like you're walking through the woods in your own personal sleeping bag! It's also really nice to wear around town and for work too; really fashionable and very flattering, and the heather color goes with just about everything.

All in all, I absolutely LOVE this thing. The only con and the reason that I docked one star is the double zipper. While I can appreciate other peoples' need for unzipping things from the bottom, I rarely find a use for one on anything other than a mountaineering jacket and to me it's really just kind of a pain. It regularly takes me a couple of tries to get the teeth in perfect and get it zipped up and it's come unzipped from the bottom up once or twice if I don't lock it in just right. That said, I totally wouldn't let that stop me from buying this jacket because its rad features heavily outweigh that one con!

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