Helene Dryden

Helene Dryden

Traverse City, MI

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Helene's Passions

Trail Running
Road Cycling

Helene's Bio

Hello! My name is Hélène. I am from Traverse City, MI.I'm kind of a free spirit; very easy going, friendly, and talkative. I rarely say no to any kind of adventure especially if it involves music and/or traveling. I just graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Visual Journalism and a minor in Global Studies. Basically, I like writing, creating and learning about the world.

other things I like: photography, design, bicycling, snowboarding, traveling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, playing soccer and meeting new people.

Helene Dryden

Helene Dryden wrote an answer about on April 8, 2014

I have a 16" torso (in between a size XS and S) I originally bought a size XS as advised by a sales rep at a local shop. After using the pack for a 10 day hitch deep in the Colorado backcountry I was left wishing I would have gone with the Small size instead - the shoulder straps were a bit too short and dug into my sides.

I eventually ended up returning it.
A year later I found myself buying the same pack in the same size but switching out the shoulder harness for the small size. The XS pack with the S shoulder harness turned out to be the best fit for me, oddly enough.
I have heard of other people having to do the same.

Personally, I think the Deva is the best expedition pack for women on the market so it was worth it to me to go through some trouble to get it fitting properly rather than downgrading to a different pack.



Helene Dryden

Helene Dryden wrote a review of on January 18, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Like jyc2851307, I also really wanted to like this jacket. I was between the Ridgemont in ivy green and the Kjersti in ivy green. Ultimately, I chose the Kjersti for a few reasons:

-I, along with many other reviews, had a hard time getting the zipper to work on this jacket. I had to toy around with it for a couple minutes each time i tried it on.

- This jacket needs more pockets! The only pockets are the three that you see on the outside. The media pocket sits at a very awkward place on the breast - having my phone inside it was uncomfortable. Also, the zipper on it is so short that i could hardly fit my small hand into the pocket.

- The material is stiff, bulky and not quite form-fitting. It is also incredibly easy to scratch. This gives it a neat vintage look at first, but i imagine increases its wear over time.

I really like the style and fit of the jacket otherwise, however, these small frustrations just weren't worth the style points for me.




Helene Dryden

Helene Dryden wrote a review of on June 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this bag for about a year now. It is great bag for backpacking trips in warm weather -it packs down tight and is very lightweight. However, once it get's down to about the low 50s/mid 40s it can get pretty chilly, even with layers. The biggest problem I had was with keeping my toes warm. - could have to do with the fact that i don't fill out the whole bag at 5'3". Besides that, the bag does a great job keeping you dry from any condensation and has a comfortable narrow fit. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a lightweight summer bag.