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Rebecca's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

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car1423632907 wrote a review of on January 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was delighted to arrive home to this package of woolly goodness right before setting out on a 4 day ski touring trip at a backcountry skiing lodge in British Columbia. These long underwear were the talk of the lodge; I received many compliments and envious looks from fellow lodge guests. Beyond the flattery, these bottoms are unbelievably soft, and the waist band is extremely comfortable. They kept my legs happily toasty (but not too toasty!) without feeling damp or sweaty under my shell while touring. I am 5'10", 145 lbs, and the medium hits at my ankle bone.

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car1423632907 wrote a review of on January 10, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is just right for a day of touring. The sleek design leaves little room for excess gear (the addition of ski crampons to my pack made it a squeeze). The swing arm is DELIGHTFUL--makes you feel as though you are not even wearing a pack while skiing, and the pack cinches down easily should you choose to wear it for sidecountry excursions. The separate compartment for shovel and probe makes the essential backcountry tools easily accessible. In all, I love this pack for its comfort, ease of use, organization and good looks!

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car1423632907 wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can buy a slinky dress or a designer pair of pants, and my boyfriend wouldn't know the difference. Slipped on these shorts, and was met with instant praise-- "Are those new? Those are great looking shorts!". I am 5'10" and about 145 lbs and ordered the small. They fit perfectly. I like the fact that there is no chamois. You can choose whether or not to use a chamois. They ride comfortably and well, and look just as good on single track as they do for post-ride beverages.

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car1423632907 wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

5 5

LOVE. THIS. THING. It is so lightweight that I take it on all adventures. I have the 2011/2012 version, which has the pocket on the side (a little awkward), instead of on the chest. This jacket keeps you warm in the wind,and can withstand a light misting. I wear this jacket mountain biking, biking around town, and as an essential layer for hiking, alpine climbing and ski touring. My only complaint is that it gets smelly pretty quickly. Perhaps from overuse?

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car1423632907 wrote a review of on November 5, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Some children have "safety blankets", I have the DAS Parka. From spending months on backcountry trips in Patagonia in the pouring just-above-freezing sleet and rain, to emergency bivvying in the high alpine, to ski-touring in sub-zero temperatures, to climbing in icy,whipping wind, to sitting around the fire at camp, and snuggling in my creaky, old, poorly insulated house, this jacket-come-sleeping bag has been my constant, unwavering companion. If I had to own one piece of clothing, this would be it. The synthetic insulation keeps you warm in damp conditions, and regulates heat well. Certainly not the most lightweight jacket, but still my go-to. The large hood fits over a helmet, and the oversized inner pockets are perfect for stashing gloves, hot nalgene bottles, headlamps, snacks, etc etc.

I am 5'10, and bought the XS. Fits beautifully!

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car1423632907 wrote a review of on November 5, 2012

2 5

I had always dreamed of a Petzl harness, and was excited to try out the Petzl Selena. I loved the ventilation, and hoped to find a comfortable harness that would be adequate for hanging. Upon receiving the harness, I noticed the gear loops are set far back, and are tiny and flimsy. It would be tough to rack gear on this harness.

At 5' 10" and 145 lbs, I bought a size M. With the waist cinched all the way, the harness just fit. I never considered myself to have thunder thighs, but the leg loops do not adjust, and were awkwardly tight. After using the harness twice, I moved on to the old faithful BD harness, which more comfortably cradles my newly acquired thunder thighs.

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