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Heather's Passions

Camping
Trail Running
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Snowshoeing
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powder_hound wrote a review of on July 11, 2008

5 5

I love it when I find a summer dress that is comfortable (no harsh materials in this one), fits as advertised (you don't have to be 15 & 90lbs to look good in it), & washes well (I'm not kind to my clothing & need durability)! This is definitely a dress I will wear for years since the style it clean & simple - it will also flatter many body shapes b/c it doesn't hug the stomach, hips, or thighs. But, the design also prevents you from looking like a circus tent. I normally wear a size 6 in dresses & a size M was a perfect fit. The straps are adjustable, which helped.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on July 11, 2008

4 5

This top is perfect for low impact activities & casual wear. (Like the previous review mentions, I wouldn't suggest it for anything where you need real support). The style is very cute & flattering (it fully covers your stomach & isn't skin tight below the chest). I've worn this with everything from jeans, a skirt, & yoga pants - very versatile. Unfortunately, when I washed this for the first time the black faded significantly. It looked like it was a year old. If you can deal with a broken-in look, you'll love it.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on July 11, 2008

3 5

These capris are definitely functional, cute, & made from comfortable material (they get 5 stars for those categories). But, I feel that the sizing is very odd. I have several pairs of North Face pants (sizes 6-8) and they have always been a perfect fit. I ordered these in an 8 because I wanted a little extra room. They fit, but are very tight in the hips & butt. If you have a more "shapely" bottom half, I'd suggest looking elsewhere (especially if you don't want to be pulling out wedgies all day).

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powder_hound wrote a review of on July 11, 2008

5 5

This is a great variation on the plain white (or black) top in every closet. There are a few unique features that make it feminine, but not too "froofy". The cotton is extremely soft & lightweight. Sometimes cap sleeves tend to be too tight under the arm, but this shirt is perfect. I ordered a medium (typically a size 6) & probably could have gone with a small. The medium is slightly baggie, but also very comfortable.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on July 11, 2008

4 5

This is one of the warmest, most comfortable, & cute beanies I've owned. The inside of the beanie is fleece lined around the ears (no itching!!) & adds quite a bit of warmth. My only complaint is that after washing, some of the weave started to pull out. (Of course, I threw it in my washing machine, which is probably not appropriate). I can also say that my dog loved it, too, & now I have to buy a new one for next season.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on October 1, 2007

5 5

The Outdoor Research PL Base Gloves are well made, extremely light, and fitting. They are perfect as liners or spring resort or backcountry days. Since they are so thin, you don't lose any agility (they're almost as good as your bare hands). The inside has a surprisingly soft material for wicking. For the price, you can't get much better.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on October 1, 2007

5 5

I have never been disappointed with Outdoor Research in the past and I just purchased another great product. Despite the size, I was impressed with the amount of control I still have with the Radia Gloves. The tops of the gloves are more insulated than the palms, allowing more dexterity. These definitely aren't cheap, but you get what you pay for. The construction is impeccable and the quality fleece in the liner makes them very warm. I also like how snug they fit around the wrists when tightened.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 27, 2007

5 5

I've been looking for 2 years for a longer down jacket that won't make me look like a marshmallow, has practical features, and is easy to move in. This one is perfect! This jacket gives you at least a bit of a waist, has a great hood that you can pull around your face on cold days, pockets in all the right places, and cute lining in the sleeves. (I just wish they had used this for all of the lining!) It also comes with a double zipper so you can give yourself more room for walking. I think my favorite feature is that it's made 100% out of recycled material. I ordered a small based on the sizing chart, even though I normally wear a medium. It's a perfect fit.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 27, 2007

5 5

I love the fact that this beanie is partially made of bamboo (it's much more sustainable than other fibers on the market). The fabric might feel a bit rough, but the hat is lined with a thick, warm fleece except for the very top. It brings warmth to your ears & makes it breathable. The fit is very snug & comfortable.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 19, 2007

5 5

Compared to other hiking pants I've owned, these are far & away the best. I can't stand heavier, more abrasive materials (even if they are more durable). These pants are incredibly lightweight, soft against the skin, and didn't snag on rocks or trees. The fit is perfect - OR designed these pants for an average woman's body (they might be a bit large in the hips & butt for someone who is very petite). I ordered a medium & typically wear a size 6.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 14, 2007

5 5

This top is perfect for cold days out in the snow. It wicks, it doesn't smell over time, and feels comfortable against the skin (even though it's wool). You can also get away with wearing this shirt with a pair of jeans if you feel like going casual. Best of all, I love knowing that what I'm wearing is 100% natural (no chemicals!) This top fits true to size.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 13, 2007

2 5

Since the other reviews are great, maybe I just got a lemon. The watch was great for the first few months, but the quality is poor. The sections where the 2 different color pieces meet are starting to rip apart (especially at the tip of the band). The rubber material around the edge of the watch face is also starting to stretch. I feel like the battery should last longer than 6 months, but the low battery warning just popped up. The material can be a bit annoying as well - it sometimes pinches the skin (or tugs at your arm hair) since it's rubbery.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 13, 2007

4 5

These are so much better than my old mary janes that I finally retired! They have excellent support, but still feel like slippers. I have a higher arch, so sometimes the mid-top of my foot rubs against the strap, but everything else fits perfectly. These are a great alternative for someone who can't dress down at the office, but can't stand heels.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 13, 2007

5 5

I tried 3 different pair of underwear recently (also from Ex Officio & Mountain Hardwear) and this is my favorite by far. They're the most expensive, but well worth the premium. Assuming you aren't out to look "sexy" in your workout underwear (because these were the most "granny" looking), these win in comfort, fit, and quality. They don't ride up and there is no chafing. I'll be buying multiple pairs!

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 13, 2007

5 5

I hate shopping for pants and can be difficult to fit, so these were a pleasant surprise. The waist band is extremely comfortable and doesn't rub or chafe, even with a pack. These were built for a woman with consideration for hips & butt. I normally wear a 6 in pants, and a medium is the perfect fit. The material is extremely lightweight and soft, wicks well, and doesn't snag on branches or rock. I also love the fact that you can roll up & secure the bottoms if you need to step into the stream on a hot day!

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 13, 2007

4 5

These are great, but not my favorite. The material seems a bit more "loose" than other athletic underwear I have purchased. While they don't ride up often, they don't feel seamless against my skin. They appear to run a bit large. I normally wear a size 6 pant and I ordered a medium (I probably could have ordered a small). They do wick well, though, and have washed well during the 1 month I've had them.

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powder_hound wrote a review of on September 12, 2007

4 5

I've been stuck on Smith Slider Sunglasses for years now, and finally decided to buy something a bit larger and more "fashionable". I was surprised how much I liked the Method Sunglasses. Unlike some other glasses I tried on, these don't slip or slide on your head and have a great grip. The lenses do a great job of blocking the sun, while giving you a brightened view. I also love the way they look - they're not too big and definitely not too small. While I still like my Sliders better for exercising, these are great for everything else.

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