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Camille S

Camille S

Green Mountain NF (Vermont); Adirondack High Peaks (New York); Cache NF (Utah); Moab (Utah); Wasatch Range (Utah); Bridger-Teton NF (Wyoming)

Camille S's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Skiing

Camille S's Bio

I used to live and work in the Northeast, then transferred to Utah to work for a federal land management agency. Nearly every job I've had since college has been primarily outdoors, I LOVE protecting and serving our public lands and forests, and I LOVE spending time playing in them.

I mountain bike, I hike, I ski on-and-off piste, I skate-ski, I (used to) paddle whitewater.

Camille S

Camille S wrote a review of on July 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my go-to road trip, bike trip, car-camping tent. It's not the most compact (you'll have to wrestle it into a pack) but it's a cinch to set up, thanks to the one-piece pole. Full of nice features, like the window on the fly, a roomy vestibule and a cute gear loft inside. Stayed inside it during a high-wind thunderstorm in Canyonlands NP. Everything was secure, but I hadn't pulled the guylines tight enough and a lot of water got in. So really, really crank on the guylines and guy out all the fly points. Best bang for your buck.

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Camille S wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

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

This ski really is killer and it's not getting enough attention. I've only used it in-bounds so far but it's really, truly a do-it-all ski. Carving a bit on hardpack? Sure thing, the turning radius is still fairly tight and charges enough to keep an edge. Open slopes full of fresh snow? The tip rocker is just enough to provide some really great flotation. The 100 mm waist is just about all I want most of the time--honestly, how often do you need more? The only time it was just so-so was in hard bumps, but that's to be expected from a ski of its dimensions. I DO wish it was a true twin tip, to give it a bit more freeride options though. Thumbs up Atomic!

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Camille S wrote a review of on January 30, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these poles--lightweight and super strong, I should have bent them several times by now but haven't--but please, don't use them as a probe-substitute. Changing from pole to probe is a process that wastes valuable seconds and isn't terribly simple, plus the finished probe isn't very long. Only other complaint is minor--the paint scratched off within the first few trips out.

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Camille S wrote a review of on January 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is of great value. I used it extensively while working both as a guide and as a backcountry ranger. Love the detachable brain--very, very easy to convert into a lumbar pack, came in handy many times. The harness is perfect--I am 5'1" 112 lbs and the small harness sits exactly where it should, and never rubs no matter how long or intense the day is. The rest of the pack is minimal, which I like--main compartment is plenty for a lightweight solo trip, plus a elasticized front pocket (great for your map and a small layer) and two stretchy water bottle pockets (first thing to rip, though it took a long time for them to wear out). Rides low-profile on the back, so no awkward balancing acts or getting snagged in trees. Highly recommend

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Camille S wrote a review of on January 7, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I generally like this pack--in winter it doubles well as an avalanche-ready pack, with ample space for shovel, probe, layers, etc. Unfortunately, even the smallest size is a bit too big for my petite frame--the sternum strap doesn't get tight enough, and the hip belt hits low. Although it carries a 20-lb. load just fine, the lack of frame makes anything heavier cumbersome. ALSO BIGGEST ISSUE: the zippered entry into the brain is WAAAAY too small, I can barely squeeze a hand in, let alone the items one would typically place in the brain. The materials are very durable though, that's important.

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Camille S wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Awesome glove! Fits under an insulated shell glove as a heavy-duty liner. Great when running, cross-country skiing or just wandering around town. Very fluffy with a close-fitting elasticized cuff.

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Camille S wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this baselayer, especially its awesome colors. Heads up: it runs very slim through the tummy. This is good for tucking into your ski pants, but maybe not always flattering. I put a vest over it when at the office :) I have the XS and it fits through the shoulders and torso length just fine. I don't exactly like the stash pocket on the side though--teensy bit uncomfortable. So far no stink in the armpits!

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Camille S wrote a review of on December 22, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I traded in a pair of slightly-too-big Dynafits for this boot. Sometimes I wish I had stuck with the Dynafits. First off, these run small in length but not width. I thought the liners would eventually pack out, but they didn't, and I had to remove the insoles (which are oddly shaped and pinch the bridge of my foot) to keep my toes from going completely numb. I don't care much for the BOA system--it seems like a fancy frill that's not entirely necessary. Also, I had to build up a whole new set of touring callouses on my achilles, as the liners have a funky "bump" around the heels. The buckles are not as easy to operate in deep snow or with gloves on. Good news though: these are truly super light for the price range, and the walk mode is significantly more flexible than in other boots. However, I don't think I'll hang onto these for too long. You will DEFINITELY want to visit a store and try these on first, and if they seem even a little tight, go up a half size.

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Camille S wrote a review of on February 27, 2013

3 5

Purchased this for the 2012-2013 winter season and I have a feeling its warranty will be tested pretty soon. For the cost of the product, it doesn't seem to offer much--not particularly warm, doesn't pack down particularly small and isn't particularly durable. After just a few short weeks of moderate use the threads holding the quilting pattern together began to break and come unsewn. The fit is OK, but like most Patagonia items I have no idea where I fall on the size spectrum--I am 5'1", 112 lbs usually an XS but had to get this in a S because the torso is so short. I guess it doesn't weigh much, so its my go-to for throwing on during transition periods, like de-skinning, but its not warm enough for stationary activities like belaying. I would recommend getting this on sale, not full price. Wish I had shopped around a bit more.

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Camille S wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

I purchased these pants for this winter season and I love them. Great multi-use pants! Fit is good, true to size, I am 5'1" 112 lbs and wear the XS, a little long in the inseam but with ski boots it doesn't matter. The ankles fit and zip perfectly over AT boots, blocking out powder, but would work well with mountaineering boots as well. I even wear these to the resort, they are so comfortable. They breathe well, I don't get overheated on skin ups, and it takes all day before they even begin to wet out. Material is tough and stands up well to East-Coast bushwhacks. Definitely worth every cent.

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Camille S wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

5 5

LOVE this bag!!! One of the most satisfying pieces of gear I have ever purchased, and for such a great price. It is cozy warm right down to the rating and resists moisture impeccably (and I live and work in a very wet backcountry environment). It barely takes up any room in my pack, and has two zippers, one on each side, that make venting easy. I am only 5'1", but the bag is super spacious for me, and has an uber-soft interior. Definitely worth buying!

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Camille S wrote a review of on April 12, 2012

3 5

I've had one of these jackets for a year and a half, and I use it in the backcountry pretty frequently. While working as a guide in the Adirondack High Peaks (where it is rains large amounts frequently), I used this and the matching pants for rain protection. It wasn't that great, the material wetted out very quickly and even when zippered all the way up and cinched closed water still managed to make its way through the material and typically soaked my baselayers. If you are not expecting squalls, the jacket should be just fine, but if you are out for extended periods and really need to be dry, I would recommend spending a little extra money and getting a good Gore-tex rain layer or something a little more reliable.

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