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, lather, rinse, repeat! Instagram @beccatarbox

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on December 2, 2014

Great Little Case!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super muchas gracias goes out to Backcountry.com and Xsories for selecting me to review this case for the benefit of you fine peeps in the backcountry.com community!

I love that this case is tidy and compact. I have some bigger cases and though you can fit a ton of crap in them, sometimes you don't WANT a ton of crap with you and you don't want your goodies banging around in a too-big case. Fits my GoPro, U-Shot, Sneaker Bank and all my power cords, flash drives and card reader. I thought at first that the top compartment would be small and not that useful, but it is shockingly roomy and has the capacity to fit all of the things I crammed into it: a couple of GoPro mounts, my wallet, a bandana and a baggie of dog treats. When it's closed up, it feels super secure and I'd have no problem tossing it into a backpack and letting it thrash around in there worry-free! The only (minor) beef I have is that I'd love it if instead of having already-cut-out foam on the bottom half, it had the removable foam cubes to give it a little more flexibility with regards to what you stick in it. I have an older GoPro and it doesn't fit perfectly into the camera spot; I have to take it out of its protective case to get it in there.

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I seriously cannot say enough good things about this helmet. On top of the obvious noggin protection it's nice and low profile, cute, insanely lightweight and warm without being swampy. I'm on my second one (first one retired after a major impact during which my brain suffered no injuries, so props for usefulness!) and am still in love. I use it in the winter and it keeps my head nice and warm. In the spring you can remove the fluffy ear pads and it's plenty cool. The vents on the front of it are great because they keep the swampiness out AND keep your goggles clear. Love this thing!!

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

Love the colors, nice and stretchy!
5 5

Thanks so much to XSories and Backcountry for sending this to me to take for a test drive so I can report back to the backcountry.com community!

To preface this review, I have an old GoPro, so this didn't fit on it. That said, I did play around with it just to see what I thought about the quality. First off, the color is AWESOME. I got it in magenta, which is a very true hot pink. Super cute plus I won't be losing sight of it anytime soon. I tried to get it onto my Hero2 just for fun and though it didn't fit, I discovered that you can stretch the bejesus out of this thing and it won't break :) I can't say from using it, but I expect it would be nice to have in super cold weather when your battery gets whomped from the cold. I just need to score myself a new GoPro so I can find out!

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on November 26, 2014

Super cute, not the most curve-friendly
4 5

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

Thanks to Backcountry and Holden for picking me to review this rad jacket and report back to the backcounty.com peeps on it!

REALLY cute casual jacket, kind of reminds me of a varsity letter jacket from high school but more tailored and pretty. It's warm enough to take the nip off a fall day and the DWR coating is great since I live in Oregon. The sleeves are long enough to go down past my wrists, which is awesome since I'm 5'9" and lanky. I love the length of the jacket, it's a little longer in the back so it provides decent booty-coverage. Looks equally cute with jeans or a skirt and boots. I'm a sucker for adorable lining material and this one has super cute insides! Pic attached so you can see the lining on the Orion Blue color :)

The only downside for me is that it's definitely cut for the waifier types. I love a slim fit, but if you have curves you might want to size up. I'm 5'9"/155lb and usually wear a size 10 pants/size L top in everything. I'm curvy/athletic-shaped but by no means excessively so and the size large had a really snug fit across the hips and in the boobs. I'd say it'd fit any chest well up to about a C-cup, but at a 36D it was definitely giving me a bit of boob-pancake effect. Across the hips it wasn't exceedingly tight, but another inch would have given me a lot more freedom of movement. Other than that, the tailoring is beautiful and it's super flattering!

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on November 14, 2014

Lightweight, easy to use!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks a huge bunch Backcountry.com and XSories for picking me to review this super fun U-Shot for the benefit of all you peeps in the backcountry.com community!

This "selfie stick" is great. It's super lightweight and packs down small enough to stash in a big pocket or a backpack. It feels really sturdy for how light it is and I like the ease of use with having just the ball head adjustment. I've used it with both my phone and my GoPro. The shorter length is great for the GoPro since it captures such a wide field of view. If I were going to be using it more with my phone, I'd probably go with the longer one (Big U-Shot) to get the phone further away from me and capture more of the background. The wrist strap is great as I have a tendency to drop everything and lose stuff on the regular. For that same reason, the padded handle is AWESOME.

The U-Shot performed flawlessly in ideal conditions. In snow and ice, the only thing that I found was that it was a little hard to twist/untwist the extension while wearing gloves and not accidentally twist off my tripod mount at the same time. Also, though the carabiner is an awesome idea and is very handy, I took it off because when I was doing video, the mic picked up the metal sound of the 'biner swinging around.

Overall, despite the minor flaws I found, this thing is great! I have another similar product, and this one will definitely be replacing it :)

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on November 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a super tough compression sack. I've used it maybe 4-5 times so I can't comment on the longevity, but it feels really burly and seems like it'll last quite awhile. The only downside is the weight... it's got long straps, good buckles and a zip pocket at the top, which are all awesome features, but that definitely takes it out of ultralight or even "light" contention. That said, it feels like it will outlast me and at that price point, it's pretty awesome. I got the medium and I can cram by big fluffy zero degree down bag in it no problem. I don't think a zero degree bag would fit into the small unless you wanted to go to battle with it every time, but I could fit my 20 degree down bag into a small no problem.

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on November 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Muchas thanks to Backcountry and XSories for picking me to test out and review this l'il guy to report back to all of you rad peeps in the backcountry.com community!

This power bank is great to give you some more juice when you're out in the middle of nowhere and without power. I've had other power banks similar to this one and I don't see a huge difference in output, but the one thing I can say that this has over others I've used is that it's grippy. That comes in really handy if you need to perch it on a rock or a backpack - the power bank clings to whatever surface you put it on and your phone clings to the power bank. I also like that it has two USB ports so I can charge two phones or a phone and a GoPro at the same time.

Since I'm such a huge taker o' pictures in the wilderness, I really think that having one of these things is absolutely necessary. I frequently run my phone/GoPro down to nothing in the name of getting rad photos and it's SO awesome to have more power right in my backpack!

In the interest of getting as much energy as I could out of it, I charged my Samsung Galaxy S4 on the bank in airplane mode. I got a full charge out of it and then another 40% after I ran my phone out of juice and stuck it back on the power bank. For 8400mAh, I was kind of expecting to get two full charges, but I plan to try again with the phone turned completely off and see what happens then. I'll report back and let everyone know!

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