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mishaweis2368741 wrote an answer about on September 17, 2010

I got the Suunto Lumi, and I don't see what anyone would be complaining about. I'm a man, and at first I thought, "Ladies watch? Naaa... don't think so". I'm very picky about watches and have a small wrists for my size. But I thought back to all the watches I have bought in the past that were not advertised as "Ladies" but instead "3/4 face". Just an advertising ploy to get men who want a smaller watch to buy one without the stigma of it being "meant for women". So I went ahead and bought it at a very good price. It has lots of cool outdoor features, like altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, storm alarm, sunrise/sunset, but it doesn't look geeky: it's very understated, and wouldn't be out of place in a chic restaurant. I've been wearing it on my wrist for a couple of weeks, and have gotten a few compliments. The band doesn't seem weak, and there's a whole accessory kit that comes with it to allow you to remake it as a pendant.




mishaweis2368741 wrote a review of on July 15, 2010

5 5

Two of my cousins are inveterate backpackers, and when I expressed a desire to go on a backpacking trip, they jumped at the chance to "show me the way". But I more or less grew up with the tradition of drilling holes in toothbrushes to save weight, and I've spent a fair amount of time in the woods, though lately these have been the unload the truck, check the brakes on the bike, check the Camelbak, go ride types of trips. So when I said I would need boots, they quickly jumped to the conclusion that I'd need everything else as well. "We have all that stuff. Just get some boots so that you can have them broken in." Truth is, I didn't need anything but the boots, but I found myself scrambling when one of my cousins proposed a trip within the next couple of weeks.

I needn't have worried. I was told to go to the right shop and get fitted for boots; I found them at backcountry. I was told they wouldn't fit if I bought them online; they fit perfectly. I was told they would give me blisters if I didn't break them in; they didn't hurt my feet at all.

I was looking for an all leather upper, and I know the Vasque brand from way back. Also, it looked like they came in my size: a 9W, which are impossible to find so I usually have to settle for a too narrow 9, or a too long 9 1/2. At first it looked as if they were sold out, but the sold out message and my frantic attempts to know where my boots were crossed in the ether, and I was chatting with customer service before I received the message that they were sold out. The CSR was very helpful and managed to land me the last pair there. They fit perfectly right from the start, and I knew they would work just fine. In spite of the rain, the mosquitoes, the sunburn, the poor packing job, my feet never felt bad.