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heart wrote an answer about on May 8, 2014

On the Camino, you will probably be sleeping indoors, albeit not always with heating systems. A room full of bodies can get pretty warm. This product should suffice in June. You will probably want to take a light base layer -- long bottoms and top -- to wear either day or night if you are the cold type (I am!). Something like Patagonia Silk weight or Icebreaker 150 (my preference). Note: you will probably want to sleep in at least boxers and a tank as you don't have much privacy in the pilgrims' lodgings. It will most likely range from pleasant to unbearably hot most days and nights. However, it can get quite cool.

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heart wrote a review of on July 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

32B -- usually an XS but S is the smallest size for this and it fits well. Straightforward. No clasp. Strap adjusts from back not front so unless you need to shorten the straps 6 inches, you won't have hardware atop the shoulder to interfere with a backpack or shoulder bag.

Note: it is not padded and it isn't a sports bra...as one reviewer apparently expected. It is an "everyday" bra! More support (more spandex probably) than the Patagonia Tiny Bra (which I don't think they make anymore). Probably suitable for backpacking for us smaller busted gals.

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heart wrote an answer about on July 15, 2013

There is some personal preference involved here but probably the 100cm. Better to be on the short side for the uphills. If you are using them as crutches going downhill for the most part, go for the 110cm. And I would suggest the distance instead of the ultra distance for an additional 2 oz or so. I am 5'5", 112 lbs (I use a 110cm) and snapped one of these last year with little force...broke it off at a joint. This is designed more for trail running. If you break it, your support crew has a spare or you finish the race without. I walked 10 days with one of these duck taped...worked better than expected. Again, for the travel you suggest go with the BD distance model...if you are unsure about the length, there is an BD adjustable women's distance FL. I think it ranges from 105-120 cm. Adds some weight though. BC has them. When I bring sticks, I tend to use them all the time. If you carry your sticks in your pack...dead weight...most of the time, then maybe these make more sense. BTW, seems to me that Skurka dissed this for long distance back packing...too fragile.

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heart wrote an answer about on July 15, 2013

There is no 115...unfortunately. I am a 65 cm female with typical vertical proportions (30-31 in inseam) and I use a 110...it is on the short side. I think you would want at least the 120 for general use. It is nice to have adjustable sticks for walking in the mountains but I can't be bothered with the fuss. These rock. I fell lightly against a BD ultralight distance pole and it snapped at a joint. I expect these to to hold up a bit better but if you are especially demanding on your sticks, you might want something a bit sturdier. The straps are well designed to create a comfortable "platform".

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heart wrote an answer about on June 7, 2013

A large pack does tempt you to carry but trying to cram too much stuff into a pack that is too small takes forever. The larger of those pack is not much heavier than the smaller. These packs scrunch down real well with the compression straps so if you have a 45 L in a 60 L pack, you should have no trouble stabilizing it!

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heart wrote a review of on May 25, 2013

5 5

32B. Purchased S...fits great. IMO, fits like most XSs which is usually what I order. (This item is not available in an XS) Runs snugger than Icebreaker Siren Bra in XS and smaller than the Ibex Balance Light Bra in S. Personally, I would not run in this sort of thing...there is no compression. I like it for daily use and for travel. For long hikes, I prefer a bit more of a bra...even though I am NOT busty. Also note, this has adjustable straps. I have found such hardwear can painfully interfere with a backpack and even a heavy shoulder bag.

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heart wrote a review of on May 9, 2013

2 5

Cute but gets white lint (the back of the material is white) all over everything...when you wear it and in the wash. If you plan to wear it with black tights/pants... Washed it a few times and the problem does not go away.

Really nice fit...slim and true to size. 5'5", 112 lbs, 32B...XS. XS would probably fit someone a bit bigger as well. Nice arms...not too loose but not so tight you can't push 'em up above the elbow. Great material EXCEPT for the lint/fuzz issue.

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