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Dianna's Passions

Hiking & Camping

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on September 15, 2012

4 5

I liked these boots, they seemed comfortable, although I would have needed to have some arch support if I kept them. Size seemed right - I usually wear a 9.5, but order a 10 in boots because I wear heavier socks with them. The 10 was right. Untimately, they weren't tall enough for what I wanted to wear them with, so they were returned.

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on August 13, 2012

3 5

I ordered an XL of this shirt in the red (Grenadine?) to use as a hiking and all around activity shirt. I wanted it a little bigger so that it fit more like a regular shirt and not a base layer. I have a similar one in black that is a large and it is a great base layer, but tighter than I am comfortable with for around town. Generally, I am a medium in shirts - but have found that with most of the wool shirts I have to size up one or two times to get something that is a bit looser. The XL was the right size, but the red was see through, so I would have had to wear something under it. It would have been a great base layer, but that wasn't what I was looking for.

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on August 13, 2012

4 5

After breaking two of the Light My Fire spoon/fork combos I was ready to try something else as my backpacking utensil. This one was great. The extra length helps with mixing some of the freeze dried meals without sticking your hand in the food. When folded it fits in my backpacking cup, which protects it - something I couldn't do with the Light My Fires. It cleans off easily. A couple of times it folded up on me unexpectedly, but eventually I just learned how to use it differently to avoid the fold-up.

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on August 13, 2012

4 5

These pants put up with a lot. I like pants with legs that roll up (and stay rolled up) because with the zip-off pants I tend to loose the legs in my pack or not have the patience to take them on and off while on the trail. With these, I can easily roll them down when going through boulders or scratchy brush, and roll them up again when the terrain changes. They can be warm when the temp is high, but the fabric definitely protects your legs. Sometimes I wish I could get them to stay rolled up just a little higher than as designed - like just at or above the knee - so that they were cooler. That might be tough with the fabric bulk, however.

The fit is comfortable. They don't have much stretch, but can put up with movement that tests the seams. On my last week-long backpacking trip we ended up doing some rock climbing and scrambling down steep slopes with our packs on and the pants stood all the scraping and stretching with minimal wear. Lots of lakes on the trail, so I washed the pants a couple of times and they dried quickly. I took two pairs, but would have been fine with one, especially with how well these wash and fast they dry. The fig green was the best for not showing stains, and I actually liked the color - not an obnoxious green - but the dune cleaned up well. I also have these in a light gray, which is my favorite of the three colors I have.

My weight fluctuates, so I have these in two sizes - a 10 regular, which is currently a little tight, and also sometimes slightly short for my taste, and a 12 long. I am 5 feet 7 and 1/2 inches tall, about 160 pounds. The 12 is currently more comfortable, but not baggy, although my standard size in most pants is a 10. I am often between a regular and long length in pants. With these, I think the long is best, as my ankles are then covered when I sit - nice to have when it's buggy. I tend to carry my extra weight in my rear and thighs. These pants have a drawstring that helps the waist fit, without looking too bunched.

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on June 23, 2011

5 5

I was glad it was still chilly when these arrived so that I could try them out before summer. They are comfortable and sturdy. I wanted a pair of boots to wear around the house that would keep my ankles and legs warm so I can keep the heat down even during the coldest Montana winter days. My regular wool socks and slippers just weren't enough last year. These do a wonderful job and they have a substantial sole that I can wear outside if I have to. The inside of the upper boot is nice and soft, so I don't have to wear socks with them. I wear a 9.5 and found these to be true to size. I also have wide feet at the ball and a narrow heel and found these to fit very comfortably and not slip on my heel. One thing I would note is that the color I ordered is called slate black, but it is actually brown (which I could tell from the photo, so it was not a surprise),

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on June 23, 2011

5 5

I like this tank a lot and wear it more than I should. Even when it's been worn too many days in a row it doesn't stink like the synthetic material tanks I have. It can easily fit under all my shirts, but is also substantial and soft enough to be my only layer. I got it in a medium, which is the size I usually wear in shirts, and the fit is great.

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on June 23, 2011

3 5

The rack might work fine - if I could get some decent information about how to correctly fit it on my car. I checked the Thule fit guide to find a rack that would work for my vehicle - a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country. The Gateway Rack 3 was one of the ones that supposedly fits my vehicle, and I noted that the fit dial number for my car is 8. When I received the rack, I set it to 8 and tried to put it on my car, but the fit instructions included in the manual didn't make sense - specifically that the bottom bar should be above the license plate well. In that case, the bottom bar actually rests on what is a not very strong piece of plastic that extends out from the door and covers the license plate light, and the top bar rests on the brake light at the top of the door, which also seemed like sort of flimsy plastic to support a fully loaded rack.

I contacted Thule for assistance in where to place the top and bottom bars and sent a picture of the way the rack fit on my car when I followed the manual instructions. I received a very cryptic email that said I should set the fit dial to 9. However, that didn't help me figure out where the bars should rest, because with the fit dial at 9 they were either sitting on and concealing the license plate (bottom bar) and the plastic brake light cover (top bar), or in the middle of the back window and below the license plate. I wasn't sure the back window was strong enough to support a rack loaded with 3 bikes, so I wrote again asking for where the bars should rest on my vehicle. They sent me the PDF with the original instructions included with the rack that weren't helpful in the first place! They also said that the bottom bar should rest on the top tier of the bumper - which means what?!? The bar is either on the bumper or not on the bumper. My bumper has no tiers. They also didn't answer my original question about whether the top bar should be resting in the middle of the rear window. I just emailed them again for a final try. If I can't get a helpful response I am returning this rack and buying something in town (not a Thule).

Thule also has this funky thing in their emailed response to your questions that asks you to place any reply between two designated lines in their original email. I tried this and got no response. To update my questions I had to log into the website each time. What a pain.

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on June 7, 2011

4 5

I really like this shirt. It doesn't stink as quickly as my synthetic shirts, or nearly as much; it's light and comfortable, and I love the blue color. The length is also perfect; I can wear it while riding my bike and it doesn't ride up and create a gap on my back. It is a little see-through, so I often wear something under it.

I am usually a size medium in shirts, but I order up in Icebreaker unless I really want a skintight baselayer. I tend to take my layers off and on when I'm active, so I like to have a baselayer that can also stand on its own and just be a shirt and not something I'm uncomfortable wearing in public. I have an extra large in this one, which fits just about right.

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tal2552163 wrote a review of on November 6, 2010

5 5

I used this tent last summer for a week-long backpacking trip with two friends. We were looking for a tent that could genuinely fit 3 of us (all pretty tall), and this one definitely worked well without feeling like we were overlapping when we slept. The tent sets up easily (a practice set up before I left helped). The two vestibules were great and provided enough room to store poles and packs and protect them from salt-seeking deer. It is a very light tent - definitely lighter than the 2 person tent I usually take backpacking.

It rained almost every night of our trip and was generally damp enough that there was condensation on the tent every morning, but during the day we spread out the tent to dry whenever we had a chance and it was dry in no time. The tent did get a little chewed by a marmot, but this is more a reflection of the marmot's tastes than the tent's quality, and the small pieces of duct tape on the screen are a memento of a fantastic trip. Highly recommended - a very good deal for the price!

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