Backcountry California and the AT
Reversible, fun colors, good length (not too short!)...Plus, they made the snaps out of plastic in a coordinating color so you can't even see them. Nice touch. One pocket, which is inaccessible when you reverse the skirt. I went with a L and feel like I have plenty of room to wear it snug at my natural waist, or let it out some to ride lower, or wear over pants. It's super-nice to put on after derby practice for the car ride home! Finally, it has quite a bit of appeal as a napping rug for cats.
Warm, lightweight vest for kicking around town or hiking/camping! Very low bulk, which is nice when you're already fairly bulky (5'10", 160lbs). Toasty for its size. Two outer zippered hand-warmer pockets, and a zippered inside chest pocket. There's also an internal drawstring to adjust the fit, which I haven't had to use as it's already a slim fit. Nice long length, too. Yes, the armholes are small: they are bound with elastic, though, so they have some give. I notice the armholes when I put the vest on, then forget about them. And the upside of those snug armholes is, no gaping to let the wind in! If you have super-beefy arms the fit might not work for you, but if you have muscular arms (or skinny arms) I bet you won't notice. I don't even mind the pink trim on the zipper, that's how much I love this vest.
This is my second pair of these shoes, which I use as short-distance jogging shoes, around-town shoes, and backpacking shoes. I've worn them with the heel up or with the heel folded down as slip-ons, and they're comfortable both ways. The top fabric is very porous so while your feet will get wet the shoes are also very easy to rinse out and dry.
I like that it's lightweight and hood-free; works well under a hoodie or jacket. For me (5'10") the sleeves were barely long enough--another inch in sleeve length or longer with thumb loops would be much appreciated. The fabric, as others have noted, is thin. It was too thin to use as a stand-alone pullover on the foggy coast, but for my friend in Florida it's a perfect sweater. It also snags easily, so it pretty quickly became a walk-the-dog piece instead of a stroll-around-town piece.
A good base layer or shirt all on its own; nice stretchiness to the fabric, which also has a smooth nap. Very comfortable, and looks good! And, NO stink. I hope they bring this one back!
I LOVE this shirt! The sleeves are long enough, the hem is long enough, it doesn't itch, it wears like iron (I've had mine over a year), and it's a lightweight yet warm first layer. I don't think the light colors work well as stand-alone shirts--too see-through--but the darker colors may be okay. All in all, a great piece for backpacking or working outdoors.
Fit was fine, though a tad on the short side for someone with a longer waist; the seams, however, were scratchy. But the real deal-breaker was how the fabric held the stench -- could not wash it out, so I disposed of it.
My old sheepskin slippers wore out, and I finally shopped for a new pair. Decided on these on a lark because of the price. While I'm glad I got them, and may even get a second pair, they are really more of an occasional-use slipper or travel slipper, NOT an everyday slipper. The slippers in the photo are two months old...I use them every day.
Now, if I get a second pair, I will toss them in my travel bag: the slippers are light, compressible, and keep my feet really warm without being restrictive or difficult to get on or off. But I don't think they'll make it through til summer. While the insole isn't wearing as much as I would have guessed based on the material, the heel seam on the left slipper has some stray threads, and both slippers are quite stained.
Also, as other reviews have pointed out, these run small. I wear a women's size 9, and the Large fits--they're a little tight if I wear socks. I also enjoy the scuffing sound they make on carpet, and the traction's good for a soft-soled shoe. I imagine that on a plane, they'll be heavenly...I think I just talked myself into that second pair!
Got these as an alternative to typical show-everything bike shorts, and the removable cycling liner for post-ride celebrations without diaper-behind. Well. The line is removable--if you clip them out. No in/out snaps or buttons. An inside label warns that the somewhat shiny fabric is prone to snags! So forget about mountain-biking in these. And the fit is not loose (though, yes, it is looser than regular bike shorts).
Two front slash pockets that close with little velcro squares (a potential problem with that snaggy fabric); two welt back pockets close with zippers. But, the shorts are tight-fitting enough that the fabric lining the inside front pockets is clearly visible, so I don't know what you'd want to put in them...
The "vicuna" color is closer to an olive than a brown.
The leg opening snaps are cute, but not enough to save these shorts. I'd return them if I could!
I bought it because it was 1) wool and 2) on sale. It's a good layering piece. The merino wool knit is smoother than I was expecting; it goes well under t-shirts (a standard look here in the Pacific Northwest) and slides under jackets. The neck is looser than I've experienced in similar shirts, but it's not floppy or sloppy-looking. I, too, wish for maybe an inch more length in the torso (and arms!) but I think that for most women the fit will be fine. I did order a large instead of my usual medium, however.
This skirt is growing on me. I've been wearing it to outdoor events, while gardening, and on long car drives. (I bought it in Natural.) It's very comfortable in warm weather. The waistband settles at your natural waistline, and the fabric catches the breeze. The 55 hemp/45 cotton fabric does feel a bit like an old pair of Carhartts, and doesn't easily wrinkle. Detailing includes contrasting-color stitching and a cute polka-dot trim on the inside waistband. I find myself wearing it a lot, often grabbing it out of the closet when I get home from work.
The sizing does run large: I got the skirt in an 8 when I usually wear a 10/12, and it fits well. At 5'10", it hits me just below the knee.
I wish it had a left-hand front pocket (it has a pocket on the right front), and maybe a key/coin pocket as well.
Also, it's machine washable, but the tag says "drip dry in shade" -- something you may want to consider.
I use my ZX/1 sandals as my primary hiking footwear AND travel footwear! They're stylish enough for around town (large cities excepted) and if I take an impromptu hike they stay on my feet much better than my Birkenstocks.
The system of self-adjusting straps can be confusing, but once you get the hang of it it's really nice to change the fit to fit the conditions (eg, with/without socks, neoprene booties, kicking around town, bouldering)
My first pair lasted years, and when the straps finally frayed and the sole wore down, I found out the company will refurbish them for you...I think that would have been a viable option if I hadn't let them wear out so much.
If you hike in them, be aware that rocks and sticks will get you. On the other hand, Chacos never gave me blisters from extended uphill or downhill hiking like my hiking boots/shoes did. And your feet will be wonderfully tan at the end of your hike, not pink and wrinkly. But on longer hikes the skin on your feet can dry and crack -- not a flaw in the shoe, just a reality of hiking in sandals.
As far as these shoes go, I have zero complaints about quality or function or Chaco customer service. They're excellent value for the price.
Hey Tamie, if at all possible try them on before buying, as Chaco sandals only come in whole sizes, not half. I also wear an 8.5 and like my z/1 in a size 9, as I like the extra room up front (helps keep sticks/rocks off my toes). This is definitely a shoe where you don't want your toes right at the edge of the sole!
I know everybody loves their tent, but...I really love my tent. Why? It's ROOMY. My husband's 6'2" and he fits. I and three of my friends all fit in this tent. If it's just me, it's a palace. It pitches quick. It's easy to pitch over a variety of ground: bushes or rocks in the way? No problem with this tent. Pitching on granite or sand? No problem with this tent (stake the corners down with rocks). I've pitched it in howling storms: wind doesn't knock it down and rain doesn't get in. Your muddy boots will not soil this tent, 'cause it has no floor. You can set it up high to catch the breeze, or set it up low to keep rain from bouncing in...and when it's raining in the morning, you can pack all your stuff and get ready to roll while still in the tent, then quickly tear it down and go.
The only time I had water inside the tent was when I pitched it on an old roadbed and a thunderstorm broke out...the water could not soak into the compacted soil, and so ran along the surface and into the tent. My fault!
The only time I've experienced condensation inside this tent was when I and three friends (and our gear!) were trapped in it for an entire day of rain at Pt Reyes National Seashore. Then it got a little clammy.
Oh, I almost forgot! All this and only 2lbs in weight.
Some people want a big, rugged boot for long hikes; others don't. I suggest some short, 2-3 day hikes to figure out your preference regarding hiking boots vs trail runners/tennis shoes vs sandals.
Oh, and your pack won't be heavy after you pass Blood Mtn, believe me. Figure on about 40lbs by the time you're fine-tuned. (I had no problems with sandals--or bare feet.)
And last thing--camp shoes! Crocs are da bomb, man. Super-light and super-durable. I've seen hikers hobbled by blisters (terrible blisters) hike out in Crocs...I'm also still using my original pair of Crocs from my '01 Trail section.
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