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mab

4-track skier, trail stroller, and side-stroker!

Marie Ann's Bio

I'm a disabled vet, so I don't get out as often as I would like (fixed income suckage!), but when I do get out, having great gear makes a world of difference! The reviews and experts here have never led me wrong :-)

mab

mab wrote a review of on February 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Get these while you still can!! I got one pair in December ... and a second pair in January!

Straight numbers to compare to the size chart : my waist is ~28" before food; 30-31" when I've eaten anything that isn't nailed down. Hips are 37". My bubble butt is due to extreme lumbar lordosis.

These pants are shaped to fit curvy women. Check the sizing chart -- they are gauged on an 11" development (hip # minus waist #)

Since I only have a 9" development, I ordered Medium for my 28" waist and ignored the hip size. The butt fits great. I can pinch about an inch of loose fabric in the side of the hips; same for each thigh. On an empty stomach, cinching up the waist drawstring helps keep out the draft. After a big apr?s-ski meal, the waistband uncinched is perfect, NOT uncomfortably tight at all. Under my ski pants - these are dreamy. Under jeans - they take a little shimmying around to get comfy. By themselves - I think they're more comfy as "housewear" than sweats or yoga pants.

With my curvy butt, I'm totally in love with the high waistband -- a WELCOME CHANGE compared to most mid- and low-rise pants that usually have such a slight angle on the waistband that the fronts cover my navel while my poor butt freezes in the breeze. The powerstretch is fluffy and super soft so a little extra material in the front doesn't bother me anywhere near as much as other pants.

Compared to my other base layers and poly-pants I used as base layers -- their stink resistance is very good. After a wash, they dry astoundingly fast.

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mab wrote a question about on November 15, 2012

several commenters have said these are too tight in the waist and given their height and/or weight; HOWEVER, not a single one stated [their actual waist size vs. the size ordered]. NOT HELPFUL. My waist ranges between 27-30" depending on how much I scarfed "today", but my hips are a solid 37". Should I order a M or a L? I don't mind an ample butt because my "highly developed" lordosis means most base layer pants fit me like old man pants in the front and bikini bottoms in the back, plus pull on my upper thighs. I'm looking at these specifically because several skiers have told me that they are cut high in the back and low in the front - that's the shape I need ... now what size?!

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mab wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

4 5

I would give this 5 stars if not for the size hassle.

I read the other reviews before ordering ... and have to emphasize the size thing. REALLY!

My measurements are C34", W27", H37" - large-ish small, so I ordered up precisely as other reviews suggested ... a medium ... which turned out to be wallpaper. When I called to set up the exchange, the rep I spoke to told me that she normally wears XS, but wears a MEDIUM Wonderlust t-shirt. If you're at the top end of one size - go up *TWO* sizes if possible.

Now that I have the LARGE Wonderlust t-shirt? I'm completely in love. I can eat lunch WITHOUT looking 4 months pregnant. It's girl shaped. The neckline is super soft. The ULTRA long sleeves and body are perfect alone or with winter layers. Love this goat!

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mab wrote a review of on March 20, 2009

5 5

WARNING: one very important issue -- I had return the Small in favor of a Medium EVEN THOUGH my hips are only 36" *WITH* my fleeces on. The Small fit so snugly that zipping it atop my shell or powder pants would have resembled putting on a pair of jeans in 1986.

After I received the exchange? I couldn't be more happy with a jacket; however, I'm a bunny, so I have no idea how well it would hold up to a serious beating. It doesn't have heavy duty elbows or shoulder patches, so I'ld suggest keeping it on-piste. I'm a Thousand Islands baby, so seeing 0°F warms the very cockles of my icy little heart ... but scares my arthritis. This jacket keeps me delightfully toasty, even when I'm filling my lungs with fresh frigid air. While my neighbors down here in Ohio quake behind their curtains, I'm that freak who gears up in the worst possible weather to STROLL 5 blocks on a REAL milk run ... simply because I CAN.

The jacket has several features not listed in the description. There's a loop for lift-passes just under the hem; the hood is true "helmet-sized", has a velcro goggle lock, and a goggle level draw-cord; BOTH the shell AND the liner have goggle pockets; in addition to the shell's "media" pocket - the liner has an extra zipper pocket inside - perfect place to keep your cell phone battery warm instead of dead; both sets of pit-zips are 2-way; the hem-level draw-cord locks have leashes. The shell is just that: a SHELL -- but it blocks the water and wind just like a SHELL is supposed to. The liner is thick and warm, and all of that microfiber is rose petal soft.

Every jacket is 5-star to SOMEONE. If this sounds like the sort of jacket you need -- get one while you still can! I ADORE mine!

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mab wrote a review of on January 12, 2009

5 5

I had the most perfect Cosmos Pink / Zinc Grey Pandora. It was my ditty bag for two years. I never went anywhere without at least throwing it in the trunk of my car, even when I didn't specifically need it on my back. Mine was part purse, part overnight-bag, part briefcase, part tool-box, and part first-aid kit.

It's short height is PERFECT for riding in the rear saddle on most motorcycles, even on a big touring bike that looks more like Cleopatra's limousine than a motorcycle.

Unfortunately, my Pandora was in the trunk of my car when my car was stolen last Fall. I was far more heartbroken over losing gear than my fully insured car! Priority #1 - replace the car. Priority #2 - replace my beloved Pandora.

I hope The North Face will keep this amazing bag in its line-up for a long time to come, because I've never found anything else with enough pockets to keep-organized everything I could possibly need for a day/overnight trip and then some ... in such a TINY package. I'm actually planning to buy ANOTHER one so that I have one for everyday use and one dedicated just for "outdoor activities" ... just as soon as The North Face rolls out a pretty new pink.

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CAUTION: this is *NOT* a good "book bag" for school, because the top of the bag is too narrow to fit your 12-pound hardbound biology book.

Otherwise, grab your TSA-approved 1qt zipper lock bag o'toiletries, lunch, multi-tool, first aid pouch, fresh undies/socks/t-shirt, cell phone charger, journal, mp3 player, emergency contacts, and HIT THE ROAD!

While it's not a back country pack by any definition -- if you're going some place where you can travel light, the Pandora *CAN* be far more than just a "day pack". Makes for a nice skiing/snowboarding pack too!

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