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lvamwrote a review of on June 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Purchased this in the "Ocean Water/Multi" color at a Columbia store. It's a lovely scarf for spring and summer with its blue and lavender colored stripes--lightweight and great with denim and linen tops in my wardrobe. Dresses up and for causal. My teenage daughter was impressed enough to want to "share it," and the scarf washes well. (Washed in mesh bag and hung up to dry.)

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lvamwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I purchased both the Rab Windveil and Challenger jackets and compared them. See my detailed review under the Rab Challenger jacket. Am keeping the Challenger, this Windveil too thin for me, didn't fit as well, and seemed pricey given the "micro Pertex" fabric.

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lvamwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: S

Not sure which I would like best, I purchased both the Rab Windveil and Rab Challenger jackets (Size S) and compared them. The Windveil is a "micro pertex" fabric and is far thinner that that of the Challenger 2.5 Pertex. Both jackets measure 26" down from base of hood to hem. The bottom width hip-to-hip on both measures 19" across the front, and 20" across the back that dips lower than front. On my 5'3" slender, slightly curvy frame, the jacket just covers my backend. In a jacket, I like a little length and ease, and this is where fabric comes into decision. The Windveil, because of thinner fabric and sleeve style, fits snugger and the sleeves are very long. The Challenger, due to sturdier fabric, fits more smoothly and looks smarter on. The Challenger sleeves can be rolled up to grey (lining) small cuff, which to me looks better than the bunched up fabric at wrist on the Windveil. My impression is that both jackets are for slender frames with long arms. The Challenger jacket is more substantial and still packs small in built-in pocket. For the money, I think the Challenger jacket is smarter investment and it's the one I'll keep. Initial impression is that the fabric will do the job, and I look forward to putting it through summer hikes in rainy, windy weather in the Midwest.

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lvamwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased a 20-oz Flask and love it--except for the lid. During first week of use I dropped the Flask--and of course the lid flip top cracked, so had to swap out the lid for a backup I had purchased in case original lid broke (didn't take long!). And since I use my Flask for both water and drinks while driving (ice tea, smoothies) a straw does not fit in the opening. You can use a plastic one and squeeze it in--but plastic straws are filling landfills, and I prefer to use reusable metal ones--only they don't fit in the Flask opening. So, am shelving my Flask for occasional use and going back to a cup that I can use metal straw with. Very disappointing--Flask needs to design a more eco-friendly lid, and the "slider" opening I have on other drink containers are much smoother and less likely to break. Otherwise love the product and will hold off buying more until lid redesign.

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lvamwrote a review of on March 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I purchased this top for casual wear in the Thistle color, and though darker than I expected, still a nice look. Because a size S was sold out I tried the XS and it worked fine (won't shrink due to the polyester fabric). The fabric stretches and lays nicely over body. It is a bit long for my 5'3" average frame, but not a deal breaker. Have washed and worn it several times now and always get compliments on it. Like it so much I ordered another in the Egret stripe. It packs well and I can still wear a base layer underneath if wearing in cooler weather.

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lvamwrote a review of on August 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I purchased two pairs of these shorts in the grey and beige, 5" length. They are close to great shorts: Sturdy fabric, well-made, wash well, and colors coordinate well with colored tops. I usually wear 6, but sized up to 8. I'm 5'3" and 125-130# with slightly curvy figure. There are five belt loops to fine-tune waist fit with belt, and nice side pockets. Two back button pockets--where I prefer zip ones. These are great casual shorts, but wouldn't use them for hiking as the fabric is too stiff and limits leg movement. (For hiking, I purchased the ExOfficio Nomad short, 6".)

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lvamwrote a review of on August 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Purchased this short a few weeks ago and love, love, love it. Have tried many different brands of shorts this summer, and this Nomad short fits the best. I usually wear 6, but sized up to 8. I am 5'3" and 125-130#. Have slightly curvy figure. The waist runs a little large, but the seven belt loops around waistband allow belt to contour fit around waist. Nice side pockets and good-sized, secure zip pocket on right front of short. The shorts wash up great, and the slate color is neutral enough that any colored top can be worn with the short. I wear short for casual wear and power walking. Great product from ExOfficio.

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lvamwrote a review of on July 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I purchased two of these hoodies, the coral orange in size M for myself, and the asphalt grey in size S for my teenage daughter. The orange is bright, but complements my brunette hair; the grey complements my daughter's blond hair. The length is longer, and the fit just close to the body. Though I usually wear a Small (size 6), sized up to M due to close fit and v-neckline that needs (for us, we're both 5'3") a cami underneath. Nice top!

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lvamwrote a review of on December 7, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Ordered Rooibos color, trying both S and M sizes. I'm 5'3", 128-130 lbs., and the M worked best for me with light snug fit. The S is very snug fitting in arms and chest. Sleeves are little long, as is length, but all-in-all a great hoodie. Finally a women's hoodie in a NON-pastel, cool color!

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lvamwrote a review of on November 24, 2008

5 5

I purchased these for winter walking in MN, and for traction in snowy and icy parking lots when running errands. These Vasque's have great support and stability in the heel and a wider toe bed. They are comfortable and the ties are sturdy. I ordered a half size larger than what I wear to allow for midweight-heavy sock; the half-size up is fine.

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