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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I truly love these shoes- I have a 2012 pair, put about 2000 miles on them, and will probably need replacement in 2014. I haven't had any problems with the sole coming off like the other reviewer- the shoes are just getting too soft after a couple years. I have an average size 8 foot, and they fit true to size. The sticky climbing-shoe type rubber sole glues you to the pedal like you're wearing clipless (assuming you have flat pedals with pins for traction). And, the high inside padding of the shoe has protected my ankle many times. They are so comfortable, too. Highly recommend if you are using flat pedals.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on March 4, 2014

4 5

I have the Butterfly Carbon on my mountain bike, and it's a dream. I thought I'd try the lower priced CroMoly version for my road bike, but it's too soft. It feels like heaven for the first few minutes, but not supportive enough for long rides. This would be a great saddle for non-road bikes. The wide width of the rear is awesome, but the nose is too wide for me for road riding.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on March 4, 2014

4 5

I was looking for a saddle bag that didn't attach to the seat post, to avoid the velcro attachment that rips up lycra bike shorts. I thought SciCon only made bags that attach to the saddle rails directly, but this bag attaches to the saddle rails AND has the typical velcro attachment to the seat post. This is the only SciCon bag I've seen that has this feature. So, although I was excited about the large size of this bag, I returned it and replaced it with another smaller SciCon that only attaches to the saddle rails. This would be a great bag for a touring bike or cruiser bike where you're not wearing lycra bike shorts, though.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The narrow nose of this saddle is great- no chafing. However, the rear is not as wide as you'd think with the measurement provided by Terry..... it is not a flat top seat- it is dome shaped, so it rides like a narrower seat. The Butterfly is a flat, wide rear saddle, for instance. So, if you're looking for a narrower version of the Butterfly, this would be a good saddle. I rode this Liberator saddle for a year, certainly gave it a fair try, and it felt comfortable while riding, but afterwards my butt and hips were in a lot of pain. Not for me.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on January 1, 2014

4 5

I have an older version of this top (circa 2008), and this one is definitely different- thinner, softer material, which is nice- my older version was thicker, with a coarse outer material. Still has the slim fit, but not as long as my old one, unfortunately. The thumb loops are a great addition. Sleeves are a little short, but this has always been the case with all Patagonia items- they make great quality clothing, but think all women are 5'2" or less it seems! I am 5'7", normally a size 2 in tops, and wear size Small in this top.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on July 3, 2013

3 5

The silicone strap is very comfortable. The watch face was larger than I expected for my small wrist. I can see how easy it would be to replace the whole digital part of the watch, as it's not in there too snugly- almost too roomy in there, as there is a gap between the silicone watch and the digital part. Inexpensive watch; adequate for the job.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

4 5

Fit true to size, flattering cut, forgiving material, and long length. Not too baggy like DH shorts. Even the chamois is comfy, although it is not detachable, so I just clipped the connectors with scissors. The chamois is also low rise, which I find super comfy. I also love the flat front of the outer shorts and lack of belt loops. There are no venting slits or zippers if you overheat easily.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on June 12, 2013

4 5

I try to have a whey protein drink within 30 minutes of finishing a ride. It really seems to help with muscle recovery so I'm ready to go again the next day! You can mix it with water, milk, or soy milk, etc. and it is always tasty. Definitely pricey for the amount you get, though. Note: the product is in a round, plastic container- not the 'bags' pictured here.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on April 21, 2013

4 5

Yes, this shirt runs a little big. I'm usually a Small (size 2) in tops, and this Small is generously sized. It's a loose, casual top. However, I think I will keep this size, as the back fits just right (like, when I cross my arms together in the front, the back is tight). Also, I got the Raffia color, which is really nice, but it is a bit see-through. The pleating in the front helps with coverage.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on March 22, 2013

4 5

I am a 36A and the Medium is super comfy. I could also wear a Small for the cup size, but I don't like the feeling of the tighter band around my chest. The double layered fabric provides nice coverage. This bra does not provide a lot of support, so I definitely wouldn't wear it running, but it's fine for everything else (hiking, biking, etc).

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on January 9, 2013

4 5

These are lightweight, flattering pants. I love the stretch factor. Mid-rise. Nice length (I'm 5'7" and the size 2 is perfect). However, it seems like all new Prana pants have this new fit where they are a size larger in the waist than the rest of the pant. So, I sized down and it seemed to solve the problem, but it is still slightly large in the waist, but they work and look good. Due to the size down, these pants are fitted through the butt and thigh, but super comfortable.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on November 20, 2012

4 5

Super lightweight material, which is great when it is warm. Not sure how durable they are (like if you hit a branch). Love that they are just a shell and I can wear whatever cham I prefer. Definitely not low-rise: they are waist-high. I am a size 4 pants, and the small fit perfect. Not what I was looking for, though, so I returned them.

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mountaindesertgirl wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

4 5

LOVE the t-shape of this saddle with the narrow nose. So much better than the typical pear shaped women saddles. The rear width was good, too. However, I just could not get comfortable on it, even after several adjustments....major pain requiring icing after riding this saddle. Not sure if it has to do with the lack of vertical sides- it is a very slim, low-profile, with minimal padding. Didn't work for me, sadly.

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