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che3037373 wrote a review of on January 18, 2011

5 5

I love these gloves. I had the women's pair, but lost one of them while I was out hiking. I was so disappointed because they aren't cheap! so as winter rolled around again, I decided I couldn't live without them. so I bought another pair, a size smaller, in men's. I like the men version because the wrist is wider. that was my only gripe with the women's pair was the wrist size was small making them hard to get on and off. they are super warm, durable, wind stopper, and a perfect all around glove for snowshoeing, shoveling snow, and everyday use for battling the cold in colorado. I have not had any regrets spending a little more money for these gloves. they are perfect. and spend a significant amount of time on my hands in the winter!

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che3037373 wrote a review of on January 10, 2010

5 5

hands down, I always love my smartwool socks. I wear them everyday for hiking, to work, everywhere! I could use 100 pairs! These are a little thicker than the adrenaline light hikers and I tend to like these better for winter, and my adrenaline light hikers for summer. They still fit in my hiking shoes and any other shoes I wear for that matter. If you are an avid hiker and outdoorsman as I am, you cannot go wrong with smartwool!

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che3037373 wrote a review of on January 10, 2010

5 5

I have a long drawn out story of getting my merrell hiking shoes, then having them not work out. I love backcountrys return policy and after a few months of trying to make my merrells work, I sent them back and switched for these boots. At first I thought I was going to have the same problem with them hurting my ankle (they hurt the first day). I continued to wear them everyday at work and also for short hikes in the snow around my mountain home. I have since gone on long hikes (in the snow) and my feet stay dry and comfortable. They also have a small raised strip inside the shoe that helps with arch support, which I love. So bottom line, they are exactly what I wanted: A strong, but light hiking boot, that is waterproof, good sole for traction in any condition, and a mid hiker. I hike EVERYDAY, so it is essential to have a good shoe. I am glad that I was able to test out the waterproofness before going in the spring mud also. I now know that they can handle the wet and the mud. I always wear wool socks for any time of year (smart wool light hikers and recently backcountry wool sock). I would recommend this boot if you need a good all around hiking shoe that can handle the elements! They are also good looking (I got the weimaraner brown/fog). My only recommendation would be to wear them in before going on a long hike. I wore them to work for several weeks before going on a long hike, and just walking around town (I work 8-10 hr days on my feet). They were true to size for me at 8.5. I dont have a narrow foot or a wide foot either, they have some give side to side for my foot. They support my ankles and keep water out. If you need solid ankle support, then these would be too low. They are the perfect height for everyday use and also for long day hikes in the san juans. I will put a lot of miles on these shoes!

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che3037373 wrote a review of on December 20, 2009

1 5

I have had these boots for several months. I wore them originally with no problems, but after several times wearing them they started to make my ankles hurt---severly. I thought maybe it was my ankle, so I continued to give them a chance----no more chances! I couldn't barely walk to the trailhead the last time I wore them. That was when I was done with these boots. I have had several pairs of merrell hiking boots/shoes and have never had a problem, so I was very disappointed that these didn't work out. I returned them and switched for north face mid hikers and so far they are great. These boots just didn't live up to my merrell standards--too bad!

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che3037373 wrote a review of on May 12, 2009

5 5

I switched to the aluminum bottle because of the BPA that is in plastic bottles that leaches harmful chemicals. As a nurse I have researched it and it IS real. I have tried to eliminate BPA in my drinking bottles. These bottles are light weight, cool down liquids fast in the fridge and are stylish. I have gotten dents in them from dropping them, but they are durable and it does not affect the usage of the bottle. I am also loving that it doesn't leave any residual taste from having liquids other than water in them. I don't have to wash it very often! My only qualm is that the mouth is not wide enough to put ice in unless it is small or crushed. I put in the fridge overnight and it stays cool at work for hours, but as the weather gets warmer it does warm the liquid faster. I would recommend switching you nalgene for this bottle if you care about your health!

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che3037373 wrote a review of on May 10, 2009

4 5

I have always loved merrell and have bought them over other brands because of the q-form fit and the comfort in their shoes. I do love these boots, but... I started wearing them hiking around my mountain home and was loving them--they are comfortable like my other merrells. I did go on a long hike on rocky terrain about a week later and was forced by a dust storm to hike out quickly. By the time I got to my truck, my feet were killing me. I had sores on my little toes and big toes. I figured it was because the shoe is narrower than my other hiking shoes. I was disappointed because usually my feet are undestructable. I still wear them as my hikers and don't have any problems with my normal everyday hiking. But if you have a larger foot then I would order a size up. I also pair them with smartwool light hikers and think I would be better with a 1/2 size up to compensate for the bigger sock. They are good looking shoes! I haven't had any problems with the waterproofness, however, I haven't used them on super wet terrain. I have only crossed rivers getting them slightly wet on top with no problems. I would recommend them, but adjust size as needed as they are narrow-form fitting shoes.

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che3037373 wrote a review of on May 10, 2009

5 5

It is worth it to have great hiking socks like these--smart wool has got it down! I love these because they are thinner than other "light hikers" but are still great quality. I wear them in both the mountains and the desert. My feet stay dry and even though they are a little warmer in the heat, I don't get blisters and my feet feel better than cotton socks by far! I would recommend spending the money and getting good socks if you are an avid outdoorsman. No more cotton for me! The great thing also is you can wear them for days and your feet or socks don't stink. You only need one pair for a week long trip. I bought them for all my family members.

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che3037373 wrote a review of on May 10, 2009

4 5

I only needed one pair of smart wool socks to realize that it is worth it for hiking! They are great quality and I have worn them in both warm and cold weather. These socks are a little heavier than the adrenaline socks, but still worked great! I would probably go with the adrenaline socks for warmer hiking as they are a bit thinner.

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che3037373 wrote a review of on May 10, 2009

5 5

I bought this beanie for my niece who is 13 months (I got the 12-24 months). It fits her great and does stretch so it seems it will fit her for awhile. It is warm, soft, and the appealing! I love it and I think she will get some great use out of it! The mittens have no thumb, but it didn't seem to bother her.

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