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Alison S.

Alison S.

Minneapolis, MN

Alison S.'s Passions

Running
Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Alison S.'s Bio

Former backpacking guide in the Gallatin National Forest. Now running an Arc'teryx Brand Store in Minneapolis. Climber, backpacker, trail runner, and kayak enthusiast!

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Alison S.wrote a review of on May 30, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 150 lbs

Overall they are pretty rad shoes! I ended up going up quite a few sizes compared to the La Sportiva's and have since stretched them out a bit with the soaking technique and continual wear. The rubber is nice and I love how easy the velcro system is. One thing they could be better at is overhang. I wish the rubber was a bit stickier for some of the overhang routes and bouldering problems I work on. I will probably end up getting a second pair of climbing shoes that are meant more for that purpose.

However if you are starting out and can tolerate a bit of a down turned shoe right off the bat then these are pretty great to start with or get as an early intermediate level climber.

I haven't tested them outside yet as weather has been bad but that will be coming up soon. If they perform better or worse than what I have written here then I will be sure to update.

Materials have held up very well through wear and tear at the gym and have relaxed enough that I can now wear them most of the time without having to switch into a belay shoe.

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Alison S.wrote a review of on January 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These are the best leggings for gym rock climbing/bouldering that I have found to date. I purchased the Wild & Free pattern from Teeki's actual website after looking here on Backcountry.

A few key things:

- They do not have a flat-locked seam on the outside or inside so they don't shred on the wall when you are scrambling up.

- They have a nice high waist that sits tight (which is super hard to find if you have hips and muscular thighs in general). Most other brands of leggings are not suited for climbing, especially if you are bouldering and are doing any sit starts for your routes. These ones absolutely stay put and you don't have to worry about showing anything you didn't mean to.

- They are definitely see through if you get the lighter colors. I solve this by wearing long tank tops and with my harness over them, it is not an issue.

- They are super tough. There have been a few times I have fallen as I reach for a hold on a route and have nailed my knee against the wall. There are never any dents, scratches, or hole in the tights but when I change out of them I often find bloody scrapes and bruises.

- They are the right height for a short lady like myself! I have a hard time finding leggings/tights that are not too long. These ones end comfortably at the ankle with no issues.

I definitely recommend these, especially if you are doing any gym climbing. I'm picking up a few more pairs myself!!

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Alison S.wrote a review of on June 14, 2015

Mud and Sand Beasts!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 9

These are great trail running shoes IF you are planning on running in muddy and/or sandy conditions. I run through a lot of river bottom trails that are often a mix of muddy terrain and sandy/muddy silt.

They tear up slick slopes without sliding and really give you good pivoting on sandy trails. I have managed to shatter my cartilage in my left knee and so I need a shoe that can take a solid impact and give my knee some good cushion. I've looked at Hokas as well but these do a much better job for the type of running terrain I utilize. Some people have said they switch sizes throughout Salomon shoes, but I went true to size on these (I wear a size 9 in running shoes and hiking boots).

I would not recommend using these on hard, compacted trails if you want the lugs to last longer than a few months. Look at some of the other shoes from Salomon(XA Pro, Wings Pro, Misson, Sense series) if you typically run on harder terrain. Their lugs are less likely to sheer off compared to the Speedcross lugs.

One important feature that I see people asking in reviews: There is a little pocket on the top of the tongue of most Salomon shoes for you to tuck your laces and quick draw clasp up into while you are running!

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Alison S.wrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As with all of my Arc'Teryx gear, this is a superb piece.
I have owned my black one for about three years and my blue one for two. They have been all over the world, through various washings, against various terrains, and put to the test. They come out ahead every time.

I like that it is very warm without being overly thick material. Some base layers feel resistant and hard to move in. This one gives me the flexibility I need from throwing up a bear bag to going for an early morning jog. The only time I don't reach for this base layer first is when I am in a muggy environment and want something with a little more breathability but with the long sleeves for protection.

They look sleek as well. I wear them for everyday wear as well as out on the trail. As someone with a very short torso it can be hard to find a base layer that fits right. This works very well and the sleeves are surprisingly the right length.

I have a few small stringers just starting to appear on my black one but after the use I have put it through over the past few years, I am hardly surprised. This will forever be my go to base layer and it is certainly worth the price.

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Alison S.wrote a review of on April 2, 2013

5 5

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

2016 Update: I am still using this shell and it still works great! People are particular about Paclite but I have not had any issues whatsoever.

I bought this coat back in the fall of 2009. Since then it has been through heavy backpacking in the wilds of Montana, endured torrential downpours in Turkey, and faced rough abrasions from limestone coast lines in Malta
I love this coat. Arc'Teryx makes the best quality zippers hands down with their waterproof seams. After torrential downpours many coats start to seep through at the seams but this coat is not even phased by it.
My longest day in this coat was from a 6 am wake up to an 8:30 p.m. bedtime with alternations between heavy drizzle and steady downpour. I never felt a dropof rain the entire day except when I took my hood down.
I like that the build is long in the back because when I sit down it is just long enough to cover my bum if the rocks are wet. Also the cinches around the base of the coat are really excellent for when you want to keep heat trapped inside.
This coat often serves me as both a raincoat and as another layer of insulation. In Montana we hit some pretty heavy trails in the middle of June when snow is still pretty thick. After putting on my warmer layers I top off with this and cinch in the bottom for extra heat. It not only keeps my layers dry but it also takes the rough abrasions of pines and rocks. Sap washes off easily.
While the coloring is starting to go a little bit at the cuffs where it gets the most work, the thing is still completely and utterly waterproof. If for some reason this coat ever fails me I will gladly spend the money to buy another one.
Sizing: Typically with other brands I swing M size. However the Arc'Teryx L size is better for my shoulders. Also I like my raincoats a little bigger because that way you can layer underneath them easily.

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