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BexOnHood

BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Running

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 July 2, 2015

Initial Impressions...
5 5

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

So far, so awesome! We have a couple of other Ruffwear accessories for our 67lb yellow lab, and they're all great. Their size charts are spot on, which is REALLY nice. Hugo is a heavy dog but he's wiry and lanky so his sizing is a little funky and the measurements in the charts are awesome. The medium fits him perfectly across the Ruffwear brand in everything we've gotten him so far! This doggie pfd is BOMBER. I actually kinda wish they made people pfd's because the fit is so dialed. Three adjustment points get you a nice snug fit and there aren't any straps cutting into him anywhere so I don't have to worry about hurting him hauling him back into a boat. He didn't even seem to notice it when I put it on so it must be comfy! The dandelion color is a really beautiful rich yellow and is very easy to spot in low light. Only used it a couple of times, but I anticipate this thing will outlast many cheaper options... in the case of Ruffwear stuff, you definitely DO get what you pay for.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks so much to Backcountry and Grayl for sending me this filter to test out so I can report back to all of you peeps about it!

This filter is a REALLY cool idea. I love it that they're a local (to me) northwest-based company that's driven by concern for the astronomical amount of plastic we're dumping into landfills.

I've used this thing quite a bit since getting it. I used the Trail filter to drink out of waterfalls, rivers and lakes and all of the water that came out of it (even the swampy part of the lake!) was clear and tasty. Pretty impressive. It's really easy to use: if you can work a french press, you can work this thing. If it's full it takes between 15-20 seconds to push all the way down and then you have two cups (16 oz or about a half-liter) of potable water!

I'd say that for a day hike where you'd normally bring a bottle of water, the Trail filter is great. Whenever you get thirsty, fill, press and hydrate! I probably wouldn't use it for backpacking because for the volume of water I go through between drinking and cooking, I'd want something that can filter more at a time.

All in all, I think this thing is really rad! :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks so much to Backcountry and Grayl for sending me this filter to test out so I can report back to all of you peeps about it!

This filter is a REALLY cool idea. I love it that they're a local (to me) northwest-based company that's driven by concern for the astronomical amount of plastic we're dumping into landfills.

I've used this thing quite a bit since getting it. It's really easy to use: if you can work a french press, you can work this thing. If it's full it takes between 15-20 seconds to push all the way down and then you have two cups (16 oz or about a half-liter) of tasty potable water!

The Tap filter is awesome if you have terrible tasting tap water and you'd normally buy a couple bottles of water to drink a day. HUGE amounts of plastic spared there... imagine you buy two bottled waters a day to drink instead of tap water..... if you got the Quest with Tap filter, you're saving 730 plastic bottles a year from going into the ground and likely a crapton of money, which you can spend on water's sexy cousin...beer. YAY!

The only cons I have to mention are that like others say, it's pretty heavy, right around a pound. Also, though it hasn't leaked on me, I don't 100% trust the seal on the top. I plan to lay it sideways in a bag and slog it around for a day to test that out, and I'll report back.

All in all, I think this thing is really rad! :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks so much to Backcountry and Grayl for sending me this filter to test out so I can report back to all of you peeps about it!

This filter is a REALLY cool idea. I love it that they're a local (to me) northwest-based company that's driven by concern for the astronomical amount of plastic we're dumping into landfills.

I've used this thing quite a bit since getting it. I used the Trail filter to drink out of waterfalls, rivers and lakes and all of the water that came out of it (even the swampy part of the lake!) was clear and tasty. Pretty impressive. It's really easy to use: if you can work a french press, you can work this thing. If it's full it takes between 15-20 seconds to push all the way down and then you have two cups (16 oz or about a half-liter) of potable water!

I have the "Trail" and "Tap" filters. I'd say that for a day hike where you'd normally bring a bottle of water, the Trail filter is great. Whenever you get thirsty, fill, press and hydrate! I probably wouldn't use it for backpacking because for the volume of water I go through between drinking and cooking, I'd want something that can filter more at a time. The Tap filter would be awesome if you have terrible tasting tap water and you'd normally buy a couple bottles of water to drink a day. HUGE amounts of plastic spared there... imagine you buy two bottled waters a day to drink instead of tap water..... if you got the Quest with Tap filter, you're saving 730 plastic bottles a year from going into the ground and likely a crapton of money, which you can spend on water's sexy cousin...beer. YAY!

If I were going to travel to a country with questionable water, I would absolutely want the Travel filter. Such a cool idea because then you don't have to buy water and you've got your filter AND method of water delivery to belly all in one sharp-lookin' package.

The only cons I have to mention are that like others say, it's pretty heavy, right around a pound. Also, though it hasn't leaked on me, I don't 100% trust the seal on the top. I plan to lay it sideways in a bag and slog it around for a day to test that out, and I'll report back.

All in all, I think this thing is really rad! :)

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on April 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I say I've put this bag through the wringer, I mean it. I've had it for three years and I travel about 20 weeks a year. I've checked it on planes (the ultimate abuse test) no fewer than thirty times and it has held up amazingly well!

The capacity is perfect for a week-long trip if it's pretty casual packing (i.e., you're not fitting an 8000m mountain expedition's worth of stuff in it). I usually fit a week's worth of work clothes, play clothes, toiletries and a few pairs of shoes just fine. Love love LOVE that the top part unzips to expand so if I go somewhere and end up coming home with more than I brought, I can open that up and have a crapton more room in here.

Nice and lightweight but super sturdy, and Dakine bags come in really cool patterns, too, so your luggage doesn't get swallowed up in a sea of black suitcases. The wheels have held up really well and show no signs of wearing out or wobble, and the handle slides up and down just as well as the day I bought it.

All in all, this is the best suitcase I've ever had and when it finally dies, I am 100000% getting another one!

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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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