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sarah2396788 wrote a question about on December 25, 2012

The size chart is a little confusing. I have a pair of BD Kilowatts, 155 length, looking at these for a fun, skinnier set at the resort for all snow types. Is it really better to go longer, like the "intermediate" range suggests?? I'm only 5'3", about 120lbs.

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sarah2396788 wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

4 5

I bought the pace gloves for barefoot running and have been loving them so far. The feel is great and I think they really do align your stride better. I used to get cramped on runs in the shoulders and hips, and that's gone away in these shoes.

I am a little hesitant though about running longer distances in these. I'm training for an easy 1/2 marathon, so just runs of 3-6 miles in the past month. I run 1/3 trail, 2/3 paved and the lack of cushioning is definitely felt around in the area below my ankles after running. Not sharp pain, just some soreness after running. We'll see if my muscles adjust as miles increase, or I may need to find more cushioning.

I think these are GREAT casual/active shoes though, and LOVE the feel running. I am usually a 7.5 in Merrell with a longer 2nd toe. I tried on the 7.5s and they are a snug, toe-to-the-end fit, so I opted for the size 8. They felt roomy in the toes at first, but not hitting the end is pleasant while running.

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sarah2396788 wrote a review of on October 10, 2011

4 5

Awesome technical piece! And I usually can't stand some of the "doesn't fit me" comments, but I have to add in that I have a lot of patagonia clothes and the cut of this just seemed funny. Maybe because the fabric shows it a little more?

I am a definitive small in their other shirts, but the sizing in women's jackets seems much bigger in the shoulders. I sent back for an XS, which fixed the shoulders but is quite a bit shorter. I know Patagonia is cutting clothes for athletes, but all women definitely are not broad shouldered. Try it on before you buy!

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sarah2396788 wrote a review of on January 3, 2011

5 5

With all these fancy (pricey!) jackets out there it was hard to decide, but I am incredibly happy with my Enigma Jacket. You can layer it up (my light down fits under it) or layer it down (baselayer and vest) and this jacket takes care of bitter cold to sunny and above freezing. I really enjoy the fit of OR womens gear. I am 5'3, 120 pounds and their Small size is not too long in arms, shoulders, or legs; great gear that shows the testing and thought in designing this. It is definitely fitted, but not at all constricting or tight.

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sarah2396788 wrote an answer about on December 24, 2010

Thanks, Got the Shivas and LOVE them. FYI for anyone deciding between the two (Shivas or Swifts) the fits are TOTALLY different. I tried on both and the Shivas are much more like a downhill boot, Swifts seem lighter to lean my shins against, definitely more for touring. AND...the fit on my foot was a lot different. The Shivas are tight, fitted in the ball of the foot up through the arch, whereas the Swifts were definitely a lot roomier through the mid-foot. Both seemed like great boots, just try them on. BD always mades great stuff, just figure out which product suits you best!

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sarah2396788 wrote a question about on September 26, 2010

Looking for some ski equipment advice: I've skiied one season in rentals, looking to buy this year, but am aiming to eventually ski some easy backcountry in my area. I also want to be able to ski inbounds, on groomed trails.

My idea is to buy these boots and use them for both AT and occasional trips to the resort. Any thoughts on that? The boots fit great, but just wanted to ask some opinions out there. Thanks in advance!

By the way: I am very familiar with the binding systems needed for inbounds vs. AT. Just wondering if the boots themselves are less suited for one type of skiing.

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sarah2396788 wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

4 5

These are really comfy hikers. I am a climber and love an approach shoe that let's your foot feel the rock a little and these do the job. They've stood up to about 7 months of hard approaches now. The one thing I'd change would be the heel-stitching. Abrasion kills the threads and now the rubber part is peeling away from the shoe. Superb comfort and traction though!

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