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Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountaineering

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rachelr wrote a review of on June 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

So far I'm very happy with this skirt, but I only got it this afternoon. It's cool in the hot NM sun (only 81, but feels hotter), although I admit it's pretty gusty out. I'm hoping it will also feel good in hot and humid Italy this July. If the skirt is still on the site when I get back I'll add an update. I wanted a maxi skirt to mix up my limited travel wardrobe, and also something that would wash and line dry quickly. I'm 5'5" and 130 and ordered a small, but actually am going to return it for a medium. The waist is just a tad tight on me. The black skirt is a tiny bit transparent but not going to show off anything. It does highlight ones butt and legs a little bit, but just a little. It's a thin fabric. Packs up tiny.

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rachelr wrote a question about on December 5, 2013

I'm used to skiing an active binding (Hammerhead Bombshells)...I really dislike Targa bindings now. Would I be happier with the Freeride in that case, or is the Freedom pretty active as well? I like to skin up my local ski area so the Freedom's touring features are tempting. I wouldn't be doing any long backcountry trips on these, though. (I also have an AT setup I would probably prefer). I would also be using it for lift-served as well. thanks!

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rachelr wrote a question about on April 2, 2013

I took apart the ear pads one day and am not sure I put it back together again properly as the Boa seems to not loosen up anymore as well as it used to (fortunately it fits, but right now only without a hat on). Are there any instruction sheets showing how to put it back together again? I think I threaded something the wrong way?

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rachelr wrote a review of on March 7, 2013

4 5

I ordered these off sac, and went with size medium based on the reviews. I'm usually a small (130# 5'5"). They fit well except they are too long. I tried them on with my ski boots to make sure. There is quite a bit of sag in the legs below the knees for me. I would exchange for a small but the thighs are cut pretty slim, and I worry that a small will be too tight there. I don't mind a bit baggy but it didn't look good to me. probably good for all the telemarkers out there though. I am tempted to keep them to have a comfy pair of ski pants in a nice bright color though (and ones that fit over my ski boots, too, unlike my current pair!) If I do I will update my review after skiing in them.

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rachelr wrote an answer about on March 1, 2013

I demoed the 154 cm today at Taos and wasn't super impressed with their edge hold on the groomers. They were fun in the bumps, though. The Nordica Nemesis were a lot more fun on the groomers, actually. They felt super solid. But the Nemesis wasn't as nimble in the bumps (the one run I got with some soft stuff, I could see that they could be quite fun on a powder day). I still prefer my Auras to both so far. I was alpine skiing, btw, but I am also a tele skier. Maybe look at the Volkl Kenjas or Blizzard Black Pearls as well? I've heard good things about those. And I love my Auras (156 cm). I've teled on those as well and liked them -- just make sure you have an active binding.

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rachelr wrote a review of on February 24, 2013

5 5

I demoed these with NTN bindings today (my first time on NTN). I only got two runs in because the boots I was demoing were too small and my toes were killing me...anyways, I am a small person (5'5", 130 #), advanced tele skier. I demoed the 176 because that's all they had for me to try. I was a bit wary because normally I ski a 156 Volkl Aura (alpine). The longest tele ski I'd ever skiied was a 165 (Kiku & I loved it).

Anyway I had a blast and now I have a huge Charter crush... They ski like a much shorter ski. Easy to turn in the bumps because they have a TON of rocker. I didn't find them too hard to flex. I'm seriously considering picking up a pair now -- I would never have considered going longer like that before today.

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rachelr wrote an answer about on October 8, 2010

I should elaborate. I haven't skiied the new Kikus - but I've skiied previous year Kikus and Auras. Kikus are fatter, and they have reverse camber. Auras are great all mountain skis but Kikus are going to be superior in the pow and will want to let er rip more.

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rachelr wrote a review of on July 7, 2010

5 5

I needed some new shoes for a weekend of camping and hiking. These shoes were comfortable with little break in time needed. I found that they fit true to size and I like the wider fit that is typical of Keens in general.

This shoe provides some stability for over pronators and I liked the way my foot felt very secure in the shoe.

I used them on some easy hikes and on a longer, harder hike where they had excellent traction on steep downhills with loose gravel. Yes!

My one complaint is the lacing system. Instead of little holes for the laces like in traditional shoes these have a webbing like lacing. I found that it's hard to lace the shoes in an alternate way in order to keep the laces from pressing down on my instep, which is especially high on one foot. What this meant was it was hard to get the heel cinched tight enough while not pressuring my instep too much. Mainly this means I have to retie a few times until I get it right.

Overall, I'm very happy with the shoe and am wishing Keen would make a non GTX version as well.

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rachelr wrote a review of on June 17, 2010

2 5

I think this shirt runs large for Prana. I tried it on in the Prana store in Boulder and it seemed too large in my usual size small - both on top and a wee bit too billowy on the bottom. I found I couldn't wear a bra with this shirt because it showed on the sides and the back. Maybe if you have a really cute bra to show off or can go without a bra for the day this shirt will work for you.

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rachelr wrote a review of on June 17, 2010

4 5

The shirt does flare out at the bottom but is cute, especially with something slim on your lower body like some shorts.The black and white shirt (which BC doesn't seem to have) is my favorite pattern but I didn't like it till I actually tried it on. I wasn't really into the Espresso cheetah in person. The shirt seems true to size for Prana - the built in bra is supportive enough for going out, yoga, etc. The crisscross straps in the back are cute and show off that back!

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