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reb2436585wrote a review of on May 24, 2015

A little disappointed
3 5

I got these tights hoping they would answer all my long distance trail run needs. I had stopped buying TNF products for a few years as I felt that their quality was low for the price, and I also wasn't that into the direction their style was going...then they started building up their trail running image and I because a fan again...I love TNF better than naked and eat my dust shorts, and have also liked some of their recent poly blend yoga tanks and tees...so I had high hopes. First the positive: the blue color is very pretty, the fabric is rugged yet comfortable, creative pocket designs. I do find them to be flattering and I kept thinking they would be great hiking or gym capris (though the fabric is a little too outdoorsy for gym pants) but as far as trail running tights....I tried to love them, but after taking them out for several runs in varying weather conditions, unfortunately they are not quite up to the task. The problem is the fit. I am always a medium in TNF and other brands, and while I am standing still the medium in these is a great fit. As soon as I start really running however, the pants start to ride down...they fit well on the legs, and so I really don't think I would go down in size, but the design of the waist is such that it doesn't stay up well enough when running. I found myself pulling up my pants frequently and because of this I would never wear these for a race. This issue also renders the clever pockets useless, becuase as soon as you add weight to the pants they fall down even more. Also, whenever I have issues with uneven fit, it's usually that the waist is too tight (if they legs fit well) because my waist is proportionally bigger than my thighs, so I feel like this problem would be even worse if you have a thin waist. I think that they need to redesign the waistband to be made of a tighter fabric than the rest of the tight. There is an inner drawstring, but this is never a good solution....if you tie it tight enough to keep the pants up, you lose out on comfort.

Again, if you aren't going to run in them, I think they would be great (though perhaps overpriced) as they are well-made, nice fabric, comfortable and attractive, but they are not the trail running tights I had hoped they would be.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on November 19, 2014

5 5

Also the only ski socks my daughter will wear. For racing it's important to have thin socks, however it's also very important not to have freezing feetsies! Like all the merino socks I have tried, they will eventually wear out, but I think it's just a trade off with all the wonderful qualities for marino. I was very happy to see that Icebreaker and Backcountry added XXL size.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on October 26, 2014

5 5

We were looking for a harness for a 13 year old fairly serious climber. Junior harnesses were getting small, but adult harnesses too big...the thighs (which run small on this harness) are still a little big, but manageable. My son says it's really comfortable (more so than his former harness). Suitable for indoor and outdoor climbing, a lot of room on the gear loops. Woud be fun if it came in more colors. Will be able to grown into it, yet it is still a safe, if slightly big, fit.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on October 26, 2014

5 5

I was searching for the perfect pouch-bag for the kids' ski races...something in which I could have all the essentials ready (emergency cash, hand warmers, granola bar, extra mittens, lip balm, sun screen. etc) and just keep everything in one organized place so we don't forget important items. I wanted something water resistant, the right size, and nothing with a toiletry kit type hook, which is harder to find than you might think. These fit the bill perfectly. they would also be fine as toiletry kits, though I think they are better suited as a mini-hauler. They are also very cute!

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reb2436585wrote a review of on October 13, 2014

5 5

I have been really disappointed with the "girl athlete" themed sportwear from brands like Under Armour that seem to often have an unnecessary flirtatous undertone, emphasizing boys vs. girls,etc. I like that this shirt is functional and cute and is all about a girl and her rock. 10 year old rock climbing daughter loves it for school and for sport.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on September 30, 2014

4 5

This jacket is really cozy and incredibly light (does not weigh much) designed with both comfort and function in mind. The green color is beautiful and outdoorsy yet luxurious. As in the past, I am slightly disappointed with Houdini quality, given the hype (and the prices!) The fleece itself is great quality, but the zipper leaves something to be desired. I feel like I have to be careful with it, which is not something you want in a piece like this. Overall though this is an incredibly cozy fleece and very easy to wear.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on September 26, 2014

3 5

These are great shorts, though I would like to see this short with the "eat my dust" waistband, which I find superior. As i often find, the design and function of a Northface is so much better than the quailty...a shame, I really do love the design but for the price? If you find it on sale or have money to burn, otherwise quality is a bit disappointing. You want trail running shorts to last and last and take a beating.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on September 26, 2014

Cocoon
5 5

This jacket has saved me. I get cold easily, especially after the effort of climbing and whenever I am going above 2500m I bring this jacket. It keeps me warm, but also the comfort of being surrounded by the light hug of the high-quality down seems to help me with any altitude doubts. This coat is truly a great comfort and so easy and light to pack. I agree with previous reviews that you have to be careful with the delicate fabric.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

I got the Half Dome Hoodie as a gift for my mother, my teenage son, and my daughter. All there, while having very different style requirements, love the hoodie! My daughter squealed with delight after refusing to take the sweatshirt off and wearing it to bed, only to discover the constellations on the pockets glow in the dark! My son still attempts to hide in his hoodie but in the bright orange color, he can't really carry off "surly teenager". My mom admired the kids' so much that we surprised her with one too, which she loves. We tested the sweatshirt after a long hike in a mountain hut, wearing it to school and around the house. The one and only complaint came from my daughter: it's "no fair" that her grandmother's hoodie comes with a shoe string tie at the hood and the kids' versions do not....note on the sizing, the adult sizes are true to size however kids seem to run a little small (short on the sleeves).

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reb2436585wrote a review of on September 20, 2014

5 5

Finally upgraded. This pack is the perfect size to carry my stuff and some of my kids' overflow if necessary to spend a night or two at a hut. (I would not describe us as minimalists). Took a bit of walking and trial and error to adjust all the straps correctly but after 2 heavy days, no backache! One thing...I was misinformed that a rain cover was not included (and thus bought one) however this pack DOES come with a rain cover. After backcountry realized their mistake, customer service was very helpful and responsive....

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reb2436585wrote a review of on September 19, 2012

never knew it could be so good
5 5

After using a black diamond hydration pack with the usual waist and chest strap, this bag was a revelation. I realized I wouldn't be happy in the black diamond for very long distances after hauling water for 6+hrs while running. Used the nathan for a 45k mountain race and I love it. It is true that the front pocket protrudes a little and I think would be annoying in a faster race. However the pockets are well thought out and designed. Also, the water bladder is far inferior to camelbak and source, but I figured it would be and like other reviewers just swapped in a superior brand. Oh! and it was so gross after the race that I had to wash it, I put the whole bag in a "delicates" mesh washing bag, put it in the machine on "hand wash" setting, and it was like new! I thought I hated carrying a pack while running, but it turns out I just had the wrong pack.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on January 2, 2012

5 5

Great mittens for cold hands, most days. I feel the size runs a little small. Normally I would be a size 7, definitely a "medium" women's hand for most gloves and mittens, and I had to exchange my 7s for 8s, which are still snug (but right for not being overly bulky, I think). For the coldest days I still need something warmer.

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