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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

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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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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on December 16, 2015

4 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: L

These are a very decent rain pant at a very decent price. They're not super high end but neither is the price point, and for my purposes they do great!

Not the most flattering pants in the world, but they're elastic waist rain pants so their goodness lies more in their function than fashion. That said, I love the fit and the length! I'm 5'9" and leggy and the size L fits just right. The waist has a lot of stretch but isn't tight so they stay put with no tourniquet action, and the length is perfect for me.

They pack down super tiny which is awesome. Here in Oregon, it can be go from zero to pouring at any second, so it's nice that I can stash them in my backpack whenever. They're great for walking the dogs on rainy days or when the drops start to fall while I'm out hiking. If I wanted something truly waterPROOF, I'd shell out for gore-tex or wear the plastic pants, but these have a ton of water resistance and are nice and breathable so you don't feel like you're wearing plastic wrap.

My only real complaint is that though they have an expandable width hem at the bottom, there's no zipper so if you have clompy boots on, they're really hard to get off over the boots.

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BexOnHoodwrote a question about on December 2, 2015

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect goggle... I have a face that's too big for most women's-specific goggles but often too small for the big men's ones. Usually the ones that say "medium" in men's fit well, but I'm trying to find something that will both fit my face AND give me a lot of peripheral vision. For reference, I loooove the fit of the Anon Hawkeye goggle, but I wish they were more spherical and had a wider range of view!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on November 18, 2015

5 5

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

I got this jacket about ten days ago and have been wearing it pretty religiously since then. So far, I absolutely love it! Here's why...

Fabric: super pretty. It's got a very faint plaid texture to it; you can really only see it up very close, but it looks nice. The fabric has a nice sheen to it, but I wouldn't call it shiny. I don't like shiny and I do like this.

Color: Columbia has come a long way with their women's colorways... it used to be basic boring colors but they've definitely expanded that, which is awesome. I got this in emerald and it's a beautiful, rich teal green color.

Fit: SO awesome. Any time a lot of reviews say the arms are too long, that's a bonus for me because jacket sleeves are almost always too short for me. I'm 5'9" with a lanky build and monkey arms and the arms fit great (I got a size L). The thumbholes are nice too! They're a tiny bit shorter than I'd like them (they tug just a wee bit) but that's par for the course with long arms. The fit through the body is incredibly flattering. It's not puffy at all and has a nice tailored feminine fit while still giving a good range of motion. Nice and long through the body and the collar comes up to just under my chin - I like this both for warmth and for style.

Comfort: I was really surprised at how warm this is! It's a very light jacket and feels pretty thin, but it's nice and toasty! Not winter coat toasty or anything, but then again it's not a winter coat. For walking the dogs on 35-degree mornings it's just perfect. Also makes a great layering piece under a rain shell for swampy days. I did wear it alone on a sprinkly day and the water beaded on it, so it's definitely at least a little bit water resistant... not going to test it in a deluge or anything, but it held up just fine on a misty/rain sprinkle day.

All in all, I absolutely love this jacket and would 100% buy it again!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on November 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

They have regular and they have short, but my only wish is that these pants came in a tall as well. The regular inseam by my measurement is a 31, which hits just below my ankle bone (I'm 5'9" and all legs). Fine, but if they were just 2" longer, they would be absolutely perfect. That said, these are awesome pants. They have a nice lower rise, but not too low, and they fit really well.

I bought them with the intention of having hiking-type pants that I could pull off as work pants, and they totally fit the bill. They're definitely not technical hiking pants (no zippered pockets, no cargo pockets) but I'd say "anytime" is the perfect description. I think for traveling, these would be awesome. Pack super small, dry quick, comfy enough to bum around in all day but nice looking enough that you could wear them to dinner. If they were just a teeny bit longer, I'd seriously get them in every color.

I'm usually right between sizes and I sized down... glad I did that. They fit a little bit snug at first but after wearing them around all day, they stretched a bit and now fit perfectly.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on November 6, 2015

3 5

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

I really really want to love this fleece, but alas it's just not a perfect fit for my body type. I'll still wear it, but I'm not smitten.

First, the reasons it's not perfect for me:

I'm pretty tall (5'9") and have an athletic build... long torso, lanky arms, built kinda like a dude save for a 36DD chest. Because of this, generally speaking it's hard for me to find a good fit in jackets! A medium would probably fit well in most items, but because of the length and room needed in the chest, I usually go with a large so I don't end up with elbow-length sleeves and pancake-boobs. The Trailside fleece fits GREAT through the chest while still maintaining a nice tailored look; however, I'd say that for me it's probably about two inches short in both the arms and the body length, so it just looks a bit awkward.

The other feature that I'm not in love with is the zipper. The fabric behind the zipper has gotten stuck in the zipper probably about 50% of the times I've zipped it up. If you're really careful about zipping it up, it's not a problem, but I don't like having something I actively need to think about when zipping.

That said... the GOOD:

The fuscia color is SO pretty. It's a vibrant rich color with more depth than you can see in the photos on the site. Really really nice and I love it.

It's super soft. It feels like you're wearing a bunny, but it doesn't shed any fleece, which is awesome.

The collar comes up super high, like right under the chin. I love that because it makes it nice and toasty and great for layering. And speaking of layering, it's very warm but not bulky, so it makes for a good piece to wear under a shell. The handwarmer pockets zip closed (yay!) but don't add much volume so it doesn't poof out at the pockets.

All in all, I'd say it would be a really nice fleece for someone with a shorter frame (if you don't mind babysitting the zipper a bit)... the tailoring is very feminine (awesome seaming through the body) but also functional and the color is beautiful!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

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: 12

Very very well-made pants! Eider stuff, as always, is quality and function first while maintaining a beautiful aesthetic.

I got these pants in a size 12, which would correspond to about a size L in US sizing. The fit in the waist is perfect (I usually wear a 10 or 12 pants). I am lazy and when I'm on the hill and I need to drop trou for a nature pee, I loathe the idea of having to undo both a belt and pants. The adjustable waist cincher on these pants makes a belt completely unnecessary, so I'm sold on that feature! The waist is flattering but not so low that you'll end up with a crack full o' snow at any point. They come up a little higher in the back, too, which is awesome for coverage. They're fitted enough that you can still tell I'm a girl from a distance, but not so tight that you can't move around in them. As far as length goes, I'd love another two inches, but I'm 5'9" with long legs so if you're under that they should be perfect. They're not TOO short, but I'd like a bit longer length just because I like a little drape to my pants at the bottom. It's largely an aesthetic request and not one of function.

The color that's in my photos is actually Petrol, which I believe is not available on the site yet. Really nice color, would match with anything. I love the center seams on the pants... not sure if they're more decorative or functional but they're really flattering and they give the pants a really nice tailored appearance.

The insulation is super warm - I haven't gotten to take them out on any really cold days yet (still waiting for that glorious white stuff!) but I was pretty hot wearing them around when it was 40 degrees out, so I imagine they'd keep you nice and toasty on the mountain. All with other Eider products, they somehow magically create pants that are pretty lofty insulation-wise that do not give any added bulk. They must have some really savvy people designing their women's line because they always seem to have the perfect balance of fit and function dialed.

Speaking of function, there are two good-sized front pockets with water-resistant zips that ride a little low on the pants, which is actually a really cool feature. When you're wearing a jacket, your pants pockets are just below the hem so you don't have to go digging around under your jacket to get to the pants pockets!

The mesh-lined thigh vents are well-placed, not bulky and a must for pants this warm. The reinforced canvas-y material around the bottom hem is great, because that's where my pants tend to get the most abuse.

My only wish for these pants (besides having them be a wee bit longer) is that there was maybe one additional cargo pocket on them to load more junk in 'em. But I pretty much use my pants as a backpack, so that's just me.

These pants feel like they're going to last a very long time and keep me warm on really cold days. I'll update more when the snow starts falling and I can run them through the paces on the mountain!

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