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jcsandberg04

jcsandberg04

Washington State

jcsandberg04's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running

jcsandberg04's Bio

I love the outdoors, teaching, music, and worshiping God. My husband and I hike, camp, and backpack. I've been into running for about a year now, and just starting to get into trail running a bit.

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jcsandberg04 wrote a review of on May 25, 2012

5 5

I bought this bag specifically for a trip to China because I knew I'd need a bag that could hold a lot of stuff . . . it worked great for the trip, and I know I'll also be getting a lot of good use out of it in the future. The bright green color is nice for recognizing it right away at the baggage claims. The bag is extremely durable and holds a ton of stuff (I got the large size). The handles on the sides are really handy, and the backpack straps are nice for lugging it around. I took the backpack straps off and kept them inside the bag every time I checked it for a flight, but I don't know if that was really necessary.

I highly recommend this bag and I'm thinking about getting a medium-sized one for smaller trips.

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jcsandberg04 wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

I got this shirt off SAC back in June and I love it. I wear it for running - it's really nice because it feels dry even when I'm sweating and it doesn't get too hot, especially with the zipper. I wore it for a half marathon a couple weeks ago (with arm warmers underneath because it was kinda cold) and it was great. It seems to regulate temperature really well, because in the cooler weather it keeps me warm enough and in the hot weather it actually seems to keep me cooler. It does look pretty "technical" so I don't usually wear it for casual wear, but I've been known to on a few occasions. I got the blue color (I can't remember if it was called "denim" or "navy") and it's a nice bright blue. I don't usually use the pocket but it would be good for a gu or maybe chapstick or a key or something. Personally, I don't think I'd pay full price for this shirt, but that's probably just because I'm cheap. So if you're like me, look for it on SAC and you'll be glad you did.

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jcsandberg04 wrote a review of on June 18, 2011

3 5

I got this lumbar pack and tried it out on a few shorter runs, but unfortunately it just didn't work for me so I had to send it back. It looks very well made and I wish it would have worked out. The problem was that I just couldn't get it so it wouldn't ride up as I was running. I would cinch it up as tight as I possibly could around my hips, but after maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile it would be creeping up around my waist and bouncing all around so I'd have to stop and tighten it up again. I really did give it a fair chance, but I just couldn't figure out a way to get it to stay put and it was very frustrating. Maybe I have a strange shaped body or something, I don't know. Like I said, this thing is obviously very well-made and I think it could work for other women - just not me. The water bottles are very nice.

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jcsandberg04 wrote a review of on March 3, 2011

2 5

Maybe I have a funny shaped head or something, but this cap did not work for me. I wore it on a couple of runs and it didn't stay on my head very well, especially if a breeze came up and caught it just right. If I tightened it too much, then it just squeezed my head and still had the same problems. The problem, for me, was that the main part of the hat wasn't "deep" enough, making it sit too high on my head. I couldn't get it to sit low enough on my head to feel like it would stay without having to cinch it up real tight. Also, the brim seemed ridiculously wide and flat.

However, I liked how it was lightweight and breathable. But it just didn't work for me so I sent it back. Backcountry.com is amazing in their return policy and so easy to work with. I'll definitely be buying more gear from backcountry, but just not this particular cap.

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jcsandberg04 wrote a review of on January 7, 2011

5 5

I've never had a merino shirt before, so I was stoked when my husband got me this for Christmas! So far I've worn it a lot - snowshoeing, hiking, and running. It's a great baselayer. I can wear it with just a softshell jacket over the top and stay very comfortable when running even when the temps are in the teens.

I usually wear medium, and the Stoic medium fits great - a nice athletic fit and not baggy. I like that the length is long enough so it doesn't let the cold air in and stays tucked in if I want it to. The thumb holes are nice. The sleeves are *almost* too short for me when I'm using the thumb holes, but I guess I have long arms. I'm gonna be getting a lot of good use out of this shirt for sure!

Oh, one more thing . . . the description mentions a zippered chest pocket, but the womens' version doesn't have a chest pocket. It has a side pocket on the left side. You can see it in the pictures.

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jcsandberg04 wrote a review of on January 7, 2011

4 5

These are great socks. My husband got me the 3-pack for Christmas and so far I've worn them almost every day. They're too short for hiking in the cold weather, in my opinion, so I'll have to wait for the weather to warm up before I use them for a lot of hiking. I've actually been wearing these for running socks even though they're thicker than regular running socks. They've been working great for me for cold-weather running; I just have to lace up my shoes a little looser than usual. The color, lavendar, looks just like in the picture. Not my favorite color, but I guess it doesn't matter for socks.

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jcsandberg04 wrote a review of on September 6, 2010

Great pack!
4 5

I tried this pack out today on a short 7 mile day hike. It was great! Somebody had given me a Camelbak hydration reservoir a couple years ago but I never used it because I've never had a pack that was hydration compatible. It worked quite well with this pack. I guess I wish it had a better system to hold the tube of the hydration pack, like maybe some sort of a loop on the top of the shoulder strap or something, but that's really a minor thing. I like all the compression straps on this pack because I didn't have a lot of stuff to carry so I cinched everything up small and it was nice and compact. The pack didn't slide or move around on my back at all. I like that the water bottle holders on the shoulder straps are removable (I removed them today). The pockets on the waist strap are very handy! I'm sure I'll be using this pack for years to come. I love the green color too.

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