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Mary Jane's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

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de profundis wrote a review of on September 14, 2010

2 5

I wanted to love this classic boot but it never worked for me. I put some serious mileage on them, but never felt like they broke in, and I ended up with heel blisters after every hike, even after adding custom insoles.

Part of my disappointment may just be the shape of my feet not being a good fit for this boot. However, I've heard that the new Sundowners made in China don't hold a candle to the old ones made in Italy. Unfortunately, the new breed is nothing like the old breed.

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de profundis wrote a review of on May 5, 2008

5 5

Initial disclosure: I love Kaenons so I'm biased, but I think these are great sunglasses. Was debating between these and a pair of Persols; I went with the Kaenons for versatility because these are technical, performance frames you can wear all the time without looking goofy. The lenses are just amazing; if these are your first polarized lenses, you will probably never go back. The Georgia frame has a full-coverage wraparound shape that's a little too big for my face but I like them so much I'm keeping them.

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de profundis wrote a review of on December 18, 2007

5 5

Got these pants for skate skiing and couldn't be happier. I just can't get into the Swix/Craft race-day look when I'm out for a recreational hour or two, and the Wister Pant is a nice alternative. I haven't had any really cold days yet (depending on your definition)--I've worn these from low twenties to mid-thirty degrees--but so far, I've never overheated, which is usually my problem. The front panels are just windproof enough, and the back panels breathe perfectly. Only negatives? No vents, no pockets (apart from a small interior key pocket).

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de profundis wrote a review of on November 27, 2007

5 5

I have never loved a shoe the way I love this shoe. It has a very low profile and thin sole, but it doesn't compromise comfort or support at all. The foot bed hugs the arch of my foot and the heel cup keeps my foot snug, so there's no friction and no blisters. The leather upper was soft straight out of the box; I had no break-in period. And they don't have as much of a hippie/crunchy/chukka boot look in person as in the photo here, if that's a concern. One odd word of caution, though: the natural latex sole has a fairly strong odor, but it's more of a rubber smell than a chemical smell. If you have allergies or chemical sensitivities you might be sneezing for a while, but the odor dissipates over time.

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de profundis wrote a review of on October 12, 2007

5 5

I bought the Florette to replace a Vector that died and I love it. The technical features deliver as promised. I find the altimeter easier to calibrate and more reliable than my old Vector. The only annoying thing is, it determines altitude based on air pressure, so if the weather changes as your elevation does, you'll get thrown off a bit . It's smart and distinctive-looking, although for a woman's watch, it's just as large and clunky as any other Suunto. The high-shine case and glass crystal look great but I'm a little afraid to take it outside because it's just a matter of time before it gets banged and scratched up.

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de profundis wrote a review of on October 10, 2007

5 5

I've had mixed success with Scarpas in the past but I needed a new hiking boot and was getting desperate to find something that offered the right amount of support, stability, and comfort for long, steep hikes. I have a wide forefoot and narrow heel, and heel lift (and blisters) is a constant issue for me. These boots are the absolute best I've found. I don't even have to tie all the ridiculous lacing knots I've learned; these boots were wonderful right out of the box, and required almost no break-in.

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de profundis wrote a review of on April 25, 2007

5 5

I have several Icebreaker pieces of varying weights and I truly dig them all. The heavier weave by itself is enough for skate skiing on a very cold day. It also acts as an amazing protective armor if you get thrown off your mountain bike. Plus, my Icebreakers get even softer with every laundering. Still, don't believe the hype. Yes, merino, like all wool, insulates even when wet. But if you're sweating at 12,000 feet and the wind kicks up, you're still going to be wet and a little cold. No, merino does not get as perma-stinky as synthetic materials, but if you work up a stink, your merino will, too. It also has a tendency to snag and pill under a pack.

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de profundis wrote a review of on April 24, 2007

5 5

The best thing about this sweater is the fit: trim silhouette without being too snug, and the sleeves are nice and long. (I'm 5'10" and finding something that actually hits at my hips and wrists without having to go up to size XL is never easy.) On the downside, it's slightly itchy. I hoped this would disappear with a few washings, but so far it hasn't. Also not as warm as you might think.

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de profundis wrote a review of on April 24, 2007

5 5

I got these shoes for muddy spring & fall trail running in upstate NY and love them. I'm on my third pair and I hope Salomon never stops making them. Breathability is not a strength, so I don't recommend them for warm weather. Arch support is fair to moderate, but the snug fit & lacing system help to compensate.

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