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sierrastar wrote a review of on June 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

I have been searching for a long sleeve shirt to wear for backpacking that will keep me cool and protect my arms from the sun. First, let me set the record straight: I run HOT - I just turned 50, and my internal temp has skyrocketed! I have other long sleeve shirts but I get so hot wearing them while I hike. I would prefer to hike in short sleeves but I get too much sun hiking 10 hours a day in the backcountry. So enter the Patagonia Sol Patrol shirt. I held off for awhile as I was not sure about the light colors and backpacking, but finally pulled the trigger and I am glad I did! The light color (I got the Ion Blue) really helps keep you cooler than a darker shirt. Yeah, it gets dirty but so does everything when backpacking. The side panels really vent and the best feature of all is the SNAPS!!! Oh snap! No more fooling around with buttons with cold fingers at 5am in the morning in the tent! The snaps seem very durable and work awesome. Okay now for sizing - I feel this shirt runs big. I ordered a medium and it is a little big on me which is ok since I like it that way for backpacking. I am 5'3" and 128 lbs and a 36C-D and the medium has PLENTY of room and is a little long (which I also like). The sleeves are a little long on my arms, but I am a shorty. The Ion Blue is like a light glacier frosty blue (I was worried it would be a gray shade but it is not). Hope this helps someone! Thanks Backcountry and Patagonia!

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sierrastar wrote a review of on March 27, 2014

These shorts rock!
5 5

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

Hey ladies! I just received these shorts and I love them! The fabric is not too thin and a little stretchy. Sturdy enough for hiking or backpacking (I dont like tight or heavy shorts for backpacking as they get too hot). The gray color is a nice darker gray. The pockets on the back or super cute too! I attached a rear view pic. For sizing, I am 5'3" and 128 lbs with a 25" waist and 36" hips with a round booty and I ordered a size 6 - they fit perfect, with a little room for hiking and backpacking movement. If you are my size and like your shorts tight, then order a size 4. Happy trails!

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sierrastar wrote a review of on March 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I love this shirt. I know its expensive, but the quality and fabric are terrific. First of all, this shirt has actual sleeves. Not the tiny ones that are in your armpit. This is an important feature when you are backpacking. At least for me it is. I want my sleeves under my straps at all times. And most women's shirts have short, little sleeves. The material really wicks away moisture and breathes yet it is durable. It also has a nice shape to it. I think it runs a little small though. But this depends on how you like to wear your shirts. I do not want mine tight. I am 5'3" and 128 lbs and a 36D and a 25 " waist and I ordered a LARGE. It fits great. I feel a medium would be too short in length. The large on me does not cling to me, or show all my imperfections! *sigh* - If you like your tops tighter and you have my measurements you could go for a medium. Hope this helps!

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sierrastar wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

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

If you are looking for a super lightweight, packable, works great with a layering system, down jacket for backpacking then look no further! If you are looking for a super puffy, heavy down jacket that wont work with a layering system then don't buy this jacket as its not meant for that purpose.

The Ghost Whisperer is a perfect jacket for backpacking! I use mine with a layering system. This jacket keeps me toasty warm even at 35 degrees! I use the Outdoor Research Helium II to layer over it if it is raining. It packs into the size of a large sock. My husband also has this jacket and we love every aspect of it. The jacket also has a nice shape and cut to it. Not too boxy. The black looks sleek and sexy! I am 5'3" and 128 lbs - 36-25-26 and the medium fits perfect.

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sierrastar wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

4 5

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

These breathe well and dry fast - If there is one thing I hate, its getting hot down there when you are hiking! These did wick away sweat and dry fast. I just wish they were more of a bikini cut like the Patagonia Barely There bikinis. But overall, they worked well. I am 5'3" and 128 lbs with a 25" waist and 36" hips and the small fit perfect.

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sierrastar wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

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

I usually wear Patagonia barely there bikinis - but I was searching for alternatives. I hate getting hot "down there" and want underwear that breathes! So just went on a 13 mile hike in my new smartwool micro bikinis and they did breathe well, but more importantly dried super fast after sweating all day on the hike. When we stopped to take a breather, or eat a trail snack, I noticed they dried super quick! The bikini cut is ok - its not like big, old lady undies (no disrespect to the older ladies as I am one!) - the Patagonia bikinis have a more sexy "less there" cut than these do. But overall, I am happy with them. Oh yeah, I am 5'3" and 128 lbs. Waist is 25" and hips are 36" and I have a round booty. The smalls fit perfect!

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sierrastar wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

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

The Happy Hike shorts do really make you happy! The material is dreamy and stretchy. The material is thin, but not to thin. The inseam length of 5" is just the perfect length. These shorts almost look to good to use for hiking and/or backpacking! I am 5'3" and 128 lbs with a 25" waist and 36" hips with a round booty and the 6s fit just perfect. I could have worn a 4 but they would look like hot pants! The 6s fit just right.

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sierrastar wrote a review of on March 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Hey girls - I am not a dress girl at all but I tried on this dress and really like it. First, lets talk sizing. I am 5'3" and 128 lbs (36-25-36) and I wear a small. The medium was way too big around my hips. I love that you can wear a bra with this dress. This is one of those dresses that can be super casual with flip flops or dressy with nicer shoes. The material is super comfy too!

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sierrastar wrote a review of on December 4, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a really nice quality jacket. I ordered the Iris color in a size medium. The color is a vibrant purple and will go great with my black ski pants. Some of the features that I really like is the back is cut longer than the front which makes a more feminine fit I think. I also love the position of the front pockets . This is not a shell, there is some insulation. The only issue is it really runs big. I am 5'3" and 129 lbs and a 36C and the medium is big enough for me to fit my north face Denali under and then some. If you are in between sizes you need to size down. Hope this review helps someone!

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sierrastar wrote a review of on November 28, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

So, I am still on the search for Burton slim fit pants that actually fit me! Just received these in Moonraker and they are beautiful! They do have a little bit of stretch in them which is nice. However, the fit is weird. I mean, I am not fat, I am 5'3" and 129 lbs with some curves. I ordered a small and my booty fit alright in them, but the crotch area was saggy and the pants were super tight around my knees. I don't have fat knees! But if I order a medium, the booty will be too big even though my legs might have more room. I feel like all the Burton Slim fit should be called No Curves fit. The Boomstick pants and the Gloria pants seem to be really cut for stick figure people. It is too bad, as both these pants are amazing in quality - I was blown away by how gorgeous they were! C'mon Burton, some stretchy, skinny pants for curvy girls!!!

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sierrastar wrote a review of on November 26, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I just received this pants today and the material and color are amazing. I ordered the Meltwater color in size small. I had two chats with backcountry reps about what size I should order. I knew that I fit great in the Burton Sig (traditional ) fit in a size SMALL with room for a baselayer. But I was unsure if I would still be a size small in the SLIM fit Burton pants. The reps told me yeah, well I am writing this review to tell you NO. If you are a size SMALL in the Burton SIG fit, then you will be a MEDIUM in the Slim fit. These pants are cut for a slim- lacking curves girl. I am 5' 3" and 129 lbs with curves and the small fit okay in the waist with some room, but way to tight in the thighs. Yeah I wish I had a stick figure but I don't. So, alas, these have to be returned. Too bad, as they are really outstanding quality and beautiful material.

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