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Rebecca's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Kayaking

Rebecca'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!

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BexOnHood

BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought this in the python print and get tons of compliments every time I wear this hoodie. It's rad for spring days on the mountain when you need something just a little toasty and a little water-resistant. I got an XL so it would fit baggy, but normally I wear an L (5'9" usually about a 10-12 with longass monkey arms). I think the L would have fit fine but I wanted some sag on this one and it's perfect. The built-in neck gaiter is a cool idea but is largely useless unless you'd like to be in a choke-hold by your jacket. Not taking any stars away for that, though, since I didn't even know that was a feature until it arrived. Overall, love love love it :)

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 29, 2014

Adventure, party of one!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this tent. I got it because I do a lot of solo camping trips that require air travel and I wanted something small to fit in my luggage. This thing packs down pretty tiny and I can cram it into my suitcase no problem. I like it that it's a lightweight one-person, is free-standing, doesn't have the claustrophobic feel of a bivvy and is pretty cheap! I can sit straight up in it and when I lie down, I've probably got about 10" on either side of me to the walls. The only problem I've run into is that since it's tall and narrow, you've really gotta lash it down well if it's windy otherwise it'll take flight!

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love Dakine luggage. I have the Over/Under for short trips and purchased the Split Roller because I travel for work and often parlay that into weekend camping trips if I get sent somewhere cool. I can fit all of my work clothes for 4 days of dressing like a corporate desk-jockey PLUS an entire weekend's worth of camping gear PLUS my big camera tripod into this beast! We're talking tent, down sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, cooking gear, work clothes, camping clothes, some camera junk... I mean you could seriously fit ME into this thing if you tried. I have underpacked, packed, and wildly overpacked this thing and it hasn't done me wrong yet! I will say, however, that it gets VERY unwieldy when fully packed (as in I needed boyfriend to help me get it into the trunk) and it's pretty easy to go over the 50lb airline limit with this behemoth. If I had to purchase again, I might get the 4000cu in just because of that. That said, I do love it because of the amount of junk you can cram into it! One star off because the time I had it filled with 70lbs of stuff the wheels were dragging/sticking a tad, but that might have been my fault for filling it with books...

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BexOnHood wrote an answer about on July 23, 2014

Not sure on the giga power, but I've used mine over a grate on a campfire and if you're careful and keep it way on the edges it's okay (it got a little blackened on mine but wiped off pretty well). But I don't think I'd put it front and center over a grate. I usually use cast iron for that, if I'm car camping.

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 23, 2014

Not the lightest pot, but great!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 775mL version of this pot and have beat the crap out of it. I gladly sacrifice ultra-lightness for the fact that it's not aluminum and that you can beat the crap out of it. I love how everything latches down... I can fit my primus stove, spices, matches, tinder (dryer lint, seriously, I go steal it from the laundromat by the armload because it works so well) potholder and napkins in here no problem. I usually use it for solo camping or boiling water for a couple of people...anything more than that and I'd buy a bigger one. I'd buy it again and again, but I haven't had to because this one has lasted me three years! Four stars because when you try to pour water over it, unless you have the dexterity of a brain surgeon it's gonna make a bit of a mess.

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 21, 2014

5 5

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

I got these mainly for approach hiking to snowboard on the glaciers of Mt. Hood... when that magnificent summer snow starts getting too corn-y/slushy for snowshoes and I want traction more than float, these are exactly what I need to get up and across the glacier for some earned turns. Might be a bit overkill for the daytime conditions right now as it's pretty doable in just yaktrax, but I like to feel like a mountain goat; traction makes me happy. In the early morning when the snow was still super crusty they were a dream. The plates really keep any snow from balling up under your feet, they're super easy to put on and they're pretty lightweight. Fit perfectly with my women's thirtytwo sz. 10 snowboard boots. I put them on, walked a few hundred feet, re-tightened them and was good to go for the entire rest of the approach. Haven't tried hard boots or anything more technical with them; they seem more like an entry-level crampon (10 points, no clips), but for the purposes I'm using them for, I dig 'em! Word to the wise, wear tighter pants or gaiters with them as I overlooked this last time and put a hole in my gore-tex pants! Doh!

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I got a pair of these for my boyfriend based on his complaints about chafing when we hike and the reviews on here. I have subsequently bought him two more pairs and I'm pretty sure he loves them more than me... apparently (and I quote) it's like "angels cradling your sack" while you hike, and "no more swamp crotch." I can't speak for the sack-cradling-angels factor myself, but they certainly ARE very soft material that doesn't stretch out and they make his butt look cute. So there you go, guys: buy these and your butt will be soft and cute.

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I've had a couple of things from Roxy Outdoor Fitness and they've all been great; this top is no exception! It's super long and fits really well without being too tight/clingy in my squishy parts (I'll never have a six-pack because: wine) The cut is really flattering and it doesn't ride up when you move around a lot, and I really like the mesh panels both for the breathability and the cute factor. I've washed it a couple of times and it's wearing really well; no pilling or fading. It does, in my opinion, run a bit small unless you're looking for something super fitted. I usually wear a large in everything but the XL in this fits me perfect (I'm 5'9" about 160).

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

5 5

After a wicked wreck with no helmet, I immediately purchased one. The reason I hadn't before is because I didn't want some 90-lb cueball sitting on top of my head making me swampy and giving me a headache. Enter the Allure... seriously, it's so light I forget I'm wearing it. Low profile, pretty colors (I've had teal and now have black) and SUPER warm due to the adorable fuzzy ear covers. Unless it's freeeezing and windy, I don't wear anything under it besides a bandana, and the bandana is really more to keep my hair from turning into a squirrel's nest than anything else. I wouldn't mind a few more vents, but that said I've never had a problem with fogging. At this price point, it wears like a much more expensive piece of equipment and it's worth every cent to keep your dome safe n sound!

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BexOnHood wrote a review of on July 7, 2014

Awesome Pack!!
5 5

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

I do a lot of snowshoe approaching out to spots to snowboard (sometimes overnighters) and have been looking for something that's sort of a crossover between my big technical pack (which is overkill and doesn't have dedicated board carry) and the backpacks that are made for some light sidecountry action (which tend to be underkill - not enough straps/capacity). This is it. It has a ton of room inside, organizer pockets for all your crap, an epic amount of strappage on the outside, a super sturdy snowboard/ski/helmet carry, and I can latch my snowshoes and poles on tight for the descent. It locks down tight pretty much everywhere so you can get a super snug tailored fit. I've only taken it out once so far, but it was great. I only have two minor beefs... 1. the hole where the hydration hose comes out points at a weird angle and presses against your back a bit, and 2. it doesn't come in sizes, so the torso fit isn't QUITE perfect. I'm 5'9" and an inch longer in the torso would have been great. That said, I love that it's women-specific because the shoulder straps are angled in such a manner that you don't get wretched sideboob chafing, which tends to happen with guys' packs.

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