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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on November 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this in a beautiful shade of green and received many compliments on it. I've worn this in heavy rain while hiking and the zipper vents are a very nice touch in keeping me dry and cool. It's a very crinkly material and prone to bad wrinkles if it's not stuffed or folded neatly. I can't quite seem to fold it neatly into the stuff pocket so I end up folding it into a small rectangle in my pack since I'm not a fan of the wrinkles. I usually hang it up unless it's being packed for other adventures so the wrinkles aren't too bad.

For the price I paid and its ability to keep me dry in sudden downpours, I am very happy with it. The brighter colors are beautiful especially on a dreary rainy day! I'm 5'5" and a small fit nicely with room to spare even with a fleece underneath.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on November 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great fitting, lightweight helmet. I've worn it on super hot days on high-mileage rides and never once felt overheated with it on. I definitely feel the chill through the vents on cooler days.

I really like the easy Roc Loc adjustment on this helmet - feels a little flimsy but it's fine as long as you're careful with it.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This type of hat isn't my usual style but I felt I needed something that would provide more sun protection than my normal ball cap. I ended up using this more in the rain than in the sun (ha!), but wow was it good! I wore it under my rain jacket hood but the front part of the brim protruded from the hood and did a great job of directing the water away from my face. The material beads up water and doesn't soak through over periods of torrential rain. It dries quickly and retains the brim shape well even after being folded up.

Not too keen on the style but I would recommend it for practical purposes if you are in the market for this type of hat - it works for both the sun and rain.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was an integral part of my gear for the Inca Trail trek where temperature changes were the norm, sometimes within the span of minutes. I got a medium since I was anticipating that I would be wearing layers underneath. It is looser I'd have been fine with wearing layers under a small. However, it didn't bother me much since I was very warm with the jacket, a half-zip baselayer and a t-shirt. There is an elastic-drawstring at the hem which I used to make the jacket look a bit more fitted.

For reference the evening temperature dropped down to 32F (wore the jacket plus 2 baselayers to sleep) and it got very windy and foggy at the top of Dead Women's Pass, a little under 14k ft elevation.

The jacket performed beautifully in the cold and wind but I wouldn't depend on this for wet weather. It's water resistant for misty weather but will probably get soaked pretty quickly with downpours. I wore it underneath a rain jacket and stayed warm and dry.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on August 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just took this on a 4-day Inca Trail trek so I thought I'd contribute some of my thoughts. This review is for the 28L SL version but should also apply to the 32L.

Pros:
1) The raincover was extremely convenient - I wouldn't go on a backpacking trip without one! Trekking pole loops were sturdy and functional during the times that I needed to use them.
2) There are lots of adjustments that help settle a heavier load to make it comfortable to carry over 8+ hour hikes.
3) I love the suitcase-like side access to easily get to things near the bottom of the pack - other people on the trek also commented on how convenient it is to have both loading methods in one pack.
4) The zipped side pocket is handy to put in things like a map, sunblock, etc. Very quick access.
5) The front stuff pocket was great - easily expandable to stuff the layers that get shedded during a long hike.
6) I liked the top and inside zipped pockets on the hood - nice for easy-access stuff as well as keeping valuables more hidden.

Minor quibbles:
1) I would like to have more pockets but that might limit how much you can actually pack into the backpack so I just used smaller pouches to organize things.
2) The water bottle pocket is a bit shallow for my water bottle. I'd like to have a deeper pocket so I don't worry about the bottle falling out. However, I mostly used a 3L bladder which fits nicely inside the interior pouch so it wasn't a dealbreaker to me.
3) The thing that I'd like to improve upon the most in this pack is to have a second hip pocket that's actually large enough to put things in. The single hipbelt pocket is pretty small and only has room for lip balm and some tissues.

Given the height, it might be overkill for other purposes but I'd recommend the Act Trail 28 or 32 as a great daypack for hiking, and weekend trips.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on May 29, 2014

4 5

I have a Small and a Medium. Both fit great but the zipper opening seems much shorter on the Small, plus I guess I have a big head because it's a tighter squeeze to get my head in and out. The fit on the small looks great but in hindsight I'd prefer the medium because the larger opening allows me to slip the top on and off much more easily.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on May 24, 2014

3 5

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

I loved this shirt when I put it on. It's a very different feel than the other technical shirts I've worn. Unfortunately, wore this shirt hiking today and the hipbelt of my backpack rubbed against the waist area and totally scuffed up the material there. It might be a nice shirt for running or general activity but definitely too sensitive to abrasions. My other shirts have been fine with the hipbelt.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

5 5

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

I am very active outdoors and they have a great grip so the sunglasses aren't sliding down my nose as I sweat. Oakleys have always been perfect for sports and these are no exception. I also wear them hiking, hanging out around town and driving. I got the crystal/raspberry and although the lenses are a little lighter than I'd like, there isn't really anything to complain about. The view is very clear and true to color as Lisa S. mentioned. Love them!

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on December 7, 2013

5 5

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

This jersey is perfect for those chilly, brisk days. I love the bright blue and the incredible softness inside. I normally wear a small in non-cycling clothing but was a little worried the medium Castelli might be too small. It was a perfect fit with still enough room for a thin layer underneath. I'd actually give this 4.5 stars if I could, because the zipper is scratchy if I fully zip it up for windier days. I wish there was an extra bit of fabric to protect the chin but I just end up leaving the zipper a little lower.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

5 5

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

This was my first pair of clipless shoes and I am very impressed with the fit. I was able to try them on in person, so I didn't have a problem with size of the pair I ordered. For a mountain bike shoe though, it doesn't seem extremely durable - it seems to get scuffed fairly easily (got the silver/charcoal version). Hopefully it'll last a while since I only use it on the road.

If you get the right size, it's very comfortable and light and also looks sporty and feminine at the same time. Not clunky at all. I typically wear a size 8 in athletic shoes and size 40 works well for me.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have heard good things about Pearl Izumi and these shorts don't disappoint. I got these online without finding lots of reviews so thought I'd post one up.
I had a pair of Pearl Izumi tights and wanted to get a pair of shorts that could be worn around town after a ride. These are great! I ordered a Medium because it was the only size available at the time, but the liner fits very comfortably. The chamois is thinner but I felt fine after a 30 mile ride. Normally I wear a small for tights but I like medium for regular shorts.

The baggy shorts themselves ended up looking a bit larger but the fabric is soft enough that it doesn't make it too bad. Although I don't use them, there is a nice touch with the belt loops. I tightened them from the inside a couple of notches. Since the outer shorts were looser, I thought the pockets were too baggy. It would be great if the pockets had a button or zippers to keep things secure while riding.

These are great for the price. I'd say I am between a small and a medium but I have no regrets from going with the larger size.a

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got one for myself and my mom liked it so much that I got a matching one for her. I normally wear a small but got a medium so that there would be room to layer underneath. The sleeves and length of the jacket are longer but it still fits me pretty well. I don't look like I'm lost inside the jacket. 5'5" and about 120 lb. I think this jacket will last me a long time! My only complaint is that the collar is pretty stiff, as others have mentioned in their reviews.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on November 8, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn these to hike all over the place and I couldn't be happier with the Siren Sport XCR. They're really sturdy and yet aren't clunky and awkward. Several people have complimented me on how great they look too, which says a lot especially when it comes to hiking shoes! Highly recommended.

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on June 16, 2012

4 5

I've used this a couple times for travel and it's been great for packing quite a lot of stuff. It doesn't feel unbearably heavy or unbalanced the way it might with my old backpack. Love the padded straps and back.

My 15" Dell laptop (about 1.5" thick, not a Macbook Air! lol) fits in there just fine, but it seems like having a little more zipper length would make it easier to pull out the laptop.

Fits easily under the seat on the plane and the side bottle holders are wonderful. The front two zipper things are kind of awkward, not sure why it's designed that way along with the clip at the top.

Overall, I like it!

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sportsgirl236 wrote a review of on January 2, 2012

4 5

I normally wear a small (5'5") but ordered a medium because I wanted one where I could comfortably wear a hoodie underneath if I wanted to. I already have fitted jackets. This one was very comfortable and while it was larger, I didn't look or feel like I was swimming around in it so that was great. The waist length was fine. The sleeves are a bit longer but just enough that I could curl my hands inside to warm up if I needed it. My only complaint (and this might be avoided if I got a small) was that the collar was stiffer and higher than I would have liked. Overall I'm happy with the medium that I ordered - it was pretty close to what I was looking for!

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