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chickincanada wrote a review of on May 16, 2012

3 5

I have the original nature cami from like 6+ years ago and that one keeps on going like the energizer bunny.

I have this version in black, and the material they use for the strap and the seam at the top has stretched out so that it puckers outward now. I've only had it for a couple of months and probably 5 washes maximum. This one will definitely not last nearly as long as the older one (the strap and seam was made of merino wool).

Honestly, why do companies try to "improve" on something that is perfectly fine and in the process make them inferior??

p.s. unlike the previous reviewer, it should be stressed that this does NOT have a shelf bra.

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chickincanada wrote a review of on April 22, 2011

5 5

wish this sweater came in more colours. I love the style, colour, fit, and best of all, the comfort in wearing it. It's so warm and fuzzy, it feels like I'm wearing a blanket.

It's got such a nice and unique style to it, I get compliments every time I wear - from strangers. I'm glad I shelled out the $$, it's worth every penny and then some. I see my size is gone now, so others feel the same way!

I normally wear XS in Prana, and the sweater fits flatteringly without being restrictive or tight. It washes well and so far hasn't pilled up excessively.

I honestly can't say enough about this sweater. I hope Prana brings it back next year in other colours!

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chickincanada wrote a review of on March 21, 2011

5 5

when I first saw them out of the box, I wasn't sure if I liked them - the white toe bumpers were awfully white. But then it was love at first wear, as they are so comfortable and something that most snow boots can't boast - LIGHT!!

They're really cute, and look great both under jeans (look just like sneakers) and jeans tucked in. I get compliments whenever I wear them.

Unlike the canvas coronado shoes, these are super comfy. I got 7.5, my normal Keen size, and they fit true to Keen sizing.

The only thing I'm not gushing over is the bungee lacing. Once done up snug, there's quite a bit of lace hanging over and I have to tuck them in several times under the lacing. But this is really minor. I wholeheartedly recommend these!

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chickincanada wrote a review of on October 4, 2010

2 5

I had to retire my much loved Venturas, so got these to replace them. Granted the Venturas are the most uncomfortable Keens I own, I loved how they looked with capris.

These look cute, but my goodness they are so stiff!! they feel like they were dipped in glue, the canvas is so unforgiving they cut into my ankle bone. The soles are so slippery I would easily slip on my wood floors at home. They also fit smaller length wise than other Keens, I'm usually a steadfast 7.5 but my toes are touching the end of these shoes. Like Venturas, no arch support. You'd think Keen would have improved upon the previous generation Venturas by adding more support and durability, but I guess they just changed the look.

I like the lavender colour, but the trooper ink looks a bit odd with the all-white bumper. I'd imagine they'll get scuffed really easily. Sadly, they're a miss for me.

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chickincanada wrote a review of on September 24, 2010

5 5

ok, forget about comparing this to another jacket. So glad I got it. I buy online all the time, and I find pictures are often misleading and when I get the actual product they never quite live up to what the picture looks like or how they describe it.

Not this jacket. It's absolutely gorgeous! I got the turtle dove, and it's refreshingly light from all the dark colours you see everywhere. It's very figure flattering and I often dress it up with knee-high boots. Can be used for more "rugged" activities like hiking, too. Very versatile and packable.

I'm 5'4"/112lbs and got size small based on other reviews. Leaves enough room to layer but still gives me shape (not boxy at all!)

My only concern is keeping the light colour free of dirt and markings. Fingers crossed!

Love it!

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chickincanada wrote a review of on September 21, 2010

5 5

I grabbed the last pair of XS in bittersweet, and I'm feeling triumphant. The material is thick and luxurious. The bittersweet color is gorgeous, kind of brownish, olive-grey depending on the light (it's nice!). Goes well with everything; I even wear with a sweater and low-profile shoes with these to work.

The waistband sits higher than I normally like (about an inch below navel), but considering these are meant for active wear, the pants stay put. The only "complaint" I may have is that I feel the inseam's a tad too short. I'm 5'4"/112lbs with 30" inseam. These are probably 29" inseam in XS. So if you're lanky, you'll find these too short. But, truthfully, it's nice to wear pants that actually aren't made with 35" inseams; they are a perfect length for someone my height to wear while hiking or walking in the rain as they don't drag on the ground.

I'm sure I'll get plenty of use out of these in the coming months/years. They're pricey but worth every penny!!

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chickincanada wrote a review of on September 20, 2010

5 5

I have quite a few merino wool tops/t-shirts, but none in a light colour. Took a chance with the cream, and I love it! I wear it the most out of all my merino shirts. I thought it might be a bit too see-through, and it will be unless you wear nude bra, but it also works great as an undershirt to a hoody.

Very soft to the touch. I normally wear XS in Icebreaker and Smartwool (5'4"/112lbs), but opted for a small in this and glad I did. It fits without being skin-tight, and loose enough without it looking too big. Wears and washes well, no pilling after about a dozen washes so far. Great product!

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chickincanada wrote a review of on August 29, 2010

5 5

my lovely boyfriend bought me these, and I'm so glad he did. They are just truly amazing. I have a pair of smartwool boyshorts, and the cuffs on the thighs are so tight and the waist so high, it's not really pleasant so I was a bit skeptical of these. But they sit a nice height, not too high nor too low, and the cuffs on the thighs hug without cutting off circulation and they don't ride up.

I wore them as undershorts over regular underwear when I wore a skirt on my bike - stylish enough that if you inadvertently flashed, nobody would know they were undies!! wish I was rich so I can replace my whole underwear drawer with these!

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chickincanada wrote a review of on April 22, 2010

3 5

I love merino wool so I don't really want to complain, however, there is one detrimental design flaw that prevents me from absolutely loving these.

The stitching by the leg openings are made of non-stretch thread. I believe they did this in hopes of preventing ride-ups, but instead they created a very uncomfortable pair of underwear.

The wool is very soft next to the skin, and the waist is a bit higher than I like, but that wouldn't matter if the leg openings didn't dig into my upper thighs when I sit down.

I'm 5'4", 112lbs so ordered the XS. I do not have much in the way of thighs, so I wonder what will happen if I was a bit more shapely or muscular. If I went to a size small then it would be too big in the butt area so I know the sizing is correct.

All in all, it's a bit of a disappointment. I'll still wear them, though it won't be with a lot of loving feeling.

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chickincanada wrote a review of on March 11, 2010

3 5

they do not fit true to size, but one should size up. I'm pretty much a standard XS in most clothing, but with these I could barely zip up the fly (I'm not curvy at all). Forget trying to button it up, one time I did I had the most hideous looking muffin top you can imagine!! being active in that state? not so much...

They are well made, and I love the accent colour, but they really are fit very small. I had to return them.

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chickincanada wrote a review of on February 8, 2010

5 5

There were quite a few surprises to this jacket. When I bought it, I thought I was getting a light fleece cardigan to wear indoors. What came was a fairly substantial jacket that is bonded to be windproof.

The bonding makes the jacket somewhat bulky and stiff, but I imagine with wear it will loosen up. I really wasn't sure about it due to its stiffness, but I was sold when I went out. The pockets are super warm, and it kept me warmer than I thought it would. Granted it wasn't windy out so I don't know how windproof it is, but with a shell on top you'll be quite warm.

The colour is pretty, the pink is a bit more muted than what I see on the monitor. The size is pretty bang on and is flattering.

It's not going to keep you warm in a blizzard or keep you dry in a downpour, but for casual wear it's top-notch.

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chickincanada wrote a review of on August 10, 2009

3 5

I basically wanted a nice mug that kept my tea hot/warm at work. Keeps it hot for a couple of hours, and even by lunch it's still quite warm.

Couple of caveats: the lid has a plastic rim to stop the liquid - it's not completely sealed so condensation and liquid gets inside the loop, which is a big no-no for a germophobe such as myself. The cup (and lid) is exceptionally difficult to clean, so even though I've only had it a couple of weeks, it's already showing wear.

I haven't nor will I try carrying it in a bag for later consumption, I have a feeling it'll leak. For that purpose I have a bomb-proof one, so this one is strictly for sipping in front of a computer.

I get lots of compliments on the blue colour I got, it IS beautiful in that regard.

If you're looking to look cool at work drinking out of a beautiful mug, this one's for you.

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chickincanada wrote a review of on July 20, 2009

5 5

I bought this as I needed some support for low impact sports like hiking.

When I first looked at it, I scoffed as it was SO light and thin. But when I put it on, it was...comfort.

No binding, bunching, or pinching. Perfect for hiking in the hot weather as you don't feel drenched.

It really is very comfortable, but definitely not to be used for high impact sports or if you're much bigger than a B cup. I'm 5'4"/115lbs/32B and the xs/s fits great.

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chickincanada wrote a review of on May 19, 2009

5 5

I didn't expect too much of this jacket, other than wearing it for cool morning rides or run. But I find myself reaching for it for just about everything. It fits snug, but I like it that way - don't want too much material when you're being active.

Sizing is bang-on. I always wear XS in backcountry brand and this is no exception.

The only downside to it is I have long monkey arms so the arms are on the short side, especially if I'm on my bike. Same with the hem, I wish it was about an inch longer.

I'd say it's pretty darn waterproof, I've ridden in a downpour and it kept me dry, and definitely wind proof. Love the fleece backing, all cosy inside.

I get compliments every time I wear it. Definitely worth every single penny!

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chickincanada wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

4 5

I got this because of the wool blend and the thumb holes.

The arms are long enough for my monkey arms but the holes are actually a bit constricting. I don't think I can wear them comfortably for very long. But since the sleeves are nice and long anyways, it's okay not to use the thumb holes.

The sizing is true - and because of that, I wish it came in XS as S for me is a bit large (I'm 5'4" / 34A / 115lbs).

But I'm keeping it because it's a lovely shirt that is technical but comfy to wear.

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