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dinogirl wrote an answer about on March 14, 2012

I tried on both, and while I liked the look of the Jade a lot better, I ended up buying the Sirrus. It was just more comfortable on my tall, narrow-shouldered frame. Among other things, the hip belt on the Jade was too big when the torso length was correct, and the Sirrus just seemed to sit better on me when weighted.

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dinogirl wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

5 5

I'd imagine these wouldn't be great in the rain, but in the snow, they are magnificent. A few weeks ago, I was in Chicago and walked from the Field Museum along the lake to the Hancock tower in the snow, and I was as toasty as could be. Just finished a 3 mile Christmas walk in the snow in Truckee — the roads were pretty icy, and I was the only one in our group to not slip and fall. They are truly like little sleeping bags for your feet. I recommend ordering 1/2 size up — I'm usually an 8.5, but the 9 fit me perfectly.

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dinogirl wrote a review of on December 25, 2010

5 5

I just finished a late-night 3 mile walk in the snow in Truckee — and this coat was magnificent. It's gorgeous, flattering, and oh so warm. As for the many fit questions — I am 5'9", 140ish pounds, and 38-27-40. I bought a small and have no problem wearing it with a shirt and sweater beneath. It's nice and long with long sleeves, too! I tried a few North Face jackets, which I liked, but I absolutely adore that this jacket has no visible branding — I don't wear labels! Love love love this. As for the snaps, they are tight, but I have found that they loosen up a bit with use.

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dinogirl wrote a review of on December 24, 2010

5 5

I love this mitten — I bought them for my boyfriend a few years back. Any day he's not out riding with me, I wear them. So I figured I'd get myself a pair. They're as great as always, but I should add that the photo of the True Black pair on this site is incorrect. The True Black are not solid — they are the same grid pattern as shown in Trench, but they are grey.

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dinogirl wrote a review of on January 2, 2010

5 5

I bought one of the women's 2009 ninja suits, and I wore it once. Once. The rainbow back zipper was really uncomfortable and had no stretch. If I had bought it from Backcountry, I probably would have sent it back, but alas I did not. The 2010 ninja suits have been redesigned with a wasitband zipper, and they are superior in every way. I bought myself another one (I *LOVE* this one) and I also bought them for my boyfriend and his brother. 10 days in Tahoe, and they both wore them on the slopes every single day. They run SMALL, so definitely size up. I'm 5'9", 140 lbs, a small/medium in just about everything else, but I ended up in a large.

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dinogirl wrote a review of on January 2, 2010

3 5

I bought this jacket because I wanted a down jacket that would work with the link-zip interface to my 2009 Burton AK 2L Summit pants. The jacket keeps me very dry, as expected, and it links to my pants beautifully. That said, there are a few things that I don't love about it... I wish there were more pockets. I am a fan of the goggle pocket in the chest and the map pocket on the arm. This jacket has neither. Also, I don't love the neck closure. It's too tall to sit under my chin when zipped but not quite tall enough to cover my mouth. It just sort of covers my chin (which is weird), so I end up having to use a neckwarmer on cold days to protect my face. Also, it really could be a bit warmer. I haven't found a jacket that is better suited to my needs, so I guess I'm relatively happy with it, but it's definitely not as perfect as I had hoped.

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dinogirl wrote a review of on December 22, 2009

3 5

I bought this jacket because I wanted a down jacket that would work with the link-zip interface to my 2009 Burton AK 2L Summit pants. The jacket keeps me very dry, as expected, and it links to my pants beautifully. That said, there are a few things that I don't love about it... I wish there were more pockets. I am a fan of the goggle pocket in the chest and the map pocket on the arm. This jacket has neither. Also, I don't love the neck closure. It's too tall to sit under my chin when zipped but not quite tall enough to cover my mouth. It just sort of covers my chin (which is weird), so I end up having to use a neckwarmer on cold days to protect my face. Also, it really could be a bit warmer. I haven't found a jacket that is better suited to my needs, so I guess I'm relatively happy with it, but it's definitely not as perfect as I had hoped.

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dinogirl wrote a review of on April 13, 2009

5 5

After going through 4 pairs of boots in 2 seasons, I finally found the Optima and have worn nothing else since. The 2008-2009 model shown here is my fourth pair, and they do not disappoint.

As for sizing, I wear an 8.5 or 9 shoe and bought a 25 boot. If you buy them, I recommend taking them to a shop to have the liner heat molded. It makes them even more comfortable.

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