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reb2436585wrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I was trying to find the perfect pack for my mom, and thought this was "the one". The pack is durable, feature-full, comfortable and great looking BUT I was really looking for all this in a slightly smaller pack. All of the smaller Ospreys are hydration packs, and my mom isn't really a camelbak user. I wanted a small but not tiny day pack which was not mostly designed for hydration sacs. We are keeping the bag finally, but unfortunately it is not as perfect as I thought and the search is still on for that perfect pack....

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reb2436585wrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

My daughter used these all summer for her sailing camp and at the beach and they held up really well. Worked well with the matching rash guard, too. They are quick drying and a very practical piece. I find TNF kids' sizing to be a bit erratic and I would not suggest sizing up for these. We did, and then had to order the smaller size. However, we liked the shorts so much that we are keeping the bigger size too!

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reb2436585wrote a review of on August 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

These are great leggings for my very active daughter as they are fashionable (she wears them to school with jean shorts on top) but transition easily to active wear for running, leaping, rock climbing, hiking, alpine slide, wading and swimming, to name a few of the activities she's used them for! They are great to pack for any trip as they dry quickly, don't show dirt and are comfortable enough to wear as pajamas or as a base layer if necessary! I wouldn't put these in the dryer just because of fiber content. Also, as they are so stretchy I think that they will last a long time size-wise. We ordered a 14, and they are a little big (for a slim, long-legged 11 year old) but they are not too big or baggy waisted like some leggings tend to be if you order up. They are a little thicker than some tights which is a nice feature.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on August 23, 2015

goes everywhere with us
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have used the insulated bottle for both hot and cold liquids and are perfectly satisfied with the light insulating qualities. The colors are really fun. We have also enjoyed sticking our favorite stickers on the outside! (Including backcountry goats of course!) The water tastes a little like metal, but I like that much better than plastic and find that glass is just too much of a risk to bring hiking. As you can see, the dog also enthusiastically approves! I have not noticed leaking (though you do have to be careful to get the cap on straight) and while I hear the complaints about smelling the plastic, I have not experienced this personally. I have another Klean Kanteen with a metal only cap though, maybe that would be better for the previous reviewer ? (though it is not insluated. Anyway, this family are Klean Kanteen Konverts!

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reb2436585wrote a review of on August 23, 2015

Perfect in and out of the water!
5 5

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

My daughter loved this shirt and used it all summer long for swimming, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking and just hangin' around. Design is cute enough that sun protection isn't a struggle! We bought this shirt with the matching bathing suit bottom which was also a hit. We washed shirt in the machine (when we could manage to get it off my daughter, who pretty much wore it every day) and it's held up very well even with chlorine and salt water. The collar is lower than the similar North Face rash guard so be careful to apply sunscreen or wear a buff to protect their neck from sun. I am also impressed with the quality. We are more of a ski than a surf family and before this summer didn't have much experience with rash guards so I was very happily surprised to find such attractive and functional sun gear for the kids. We will also use the shirt for hiking and other out door activities.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on August 23, 2015

Lots of Km under these brims
4 5

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

This is my go-to running hat and I ALWAYS wear a hat while running. I'm currently on my third, and not because of wear (lost one, and tend to misplace things enough that I need two...). I use it for training and hard core races. Protects from the sun without being annoying and keeps a little bit of heat in when I climb. This photo is after 48km , 3600m Matterhorn Ultraks race! My only complaint: sometimes in high wind I really need to cinch down the hat and there is a lot of extra strap which can be annoying, especially during a race. I have a big head so I'm not sure what all the extra's for...I have also washed them many times, in the machine (on gentle) no problems though I do have to bend the brim back into shape a little. I have had white, green and pink and they all keep cool pretty well and don't seem to show sweat. Also, seems to keep all but extreme forehead sweat contained! I have tried other hats and highly recommend this one.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on May 24, 2015

not just for the beach
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small

I ordered this for my daughter hoping she'd love it enough that it would reduce some of our sun screen/sun protection battles and it's a success! She loves the shirt and is happy to wear it. Great for mountain biking, hiking, all outdoor activities.

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reb2436585wrote a review of on May 24, 2015

A little disappointed
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

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

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

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

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I love these, they are incredibly comfortable and also look great. If you live in a mountain town, or fancy that look, these are the boots for you. Very well made for comfort and function, the thin wool liner makes them warm and also so can you slip them on without socks for a quick trip into town....

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reb2436585wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small

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

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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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