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tam3792215 wrote a review of on May 6, 2013

2 5

I ordered these in my size and I couldn't even get them on - I'd say they run about a whole size small. But my BF said it's good to go about a 1/2 size up in skate shoes as your feet swell when you're riding.

I sent these back without re-ordering, so I can't speak to the comfort or performance. They look cool, but are pretty pricey for what they are.

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tam3792215 wrote a review of on July 27, 2012

4 5

I was looking for a super lightweight women's wind jacket for a while (most others I found were 5 oz +). The Verto did not disappoint. It's just a great little jacket to pull on on summer trips when the breeze picks up. I haven't gotten to test it in major wind yet, but will update when I do. It breathes as well as a true wind jacket should, and the fact that you get a hood for this weight is pretty awesome. And the pertex quantum material is really cool - very silky.

Only drawback is the silver (which is really more of a gray - not too shiny) makes you look a bit like space girl in the forest....Neither of the colors the Verto comes in are very earthy - they're more like ski colors, but I guess the Verto will come in handy this winter too :)

In sum, best women's wind jacket I've found - worth the extra money.

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tam3792215 wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

4 5

Used this Sea to Summit liner once so far; love how tiny it is. The material is super cool and breathable too.

Doesn't add nearly as much warmth as I expected from a silk liner, but it will be great for summer nights.

This liner has a very generous cut - the rectangular one with no hood has plenty of material to pull it up under your head and give you plenty of wiggle room in your bag. So far, I'm quite pleased.

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tam3792215 wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

4 5

As many have written before, Thermarest really nailed it with this new model of the NeoAir.

I had a Big Agnes air pad prior to springing for the Trekker, and this pad is all about the horizontal air ballasts. My BA pad had vertical air chambers, and the horizontal ones conform to your back more easily. I used my trekker for the first time last weekend on top of a car camping cot, so I was extra spoiled, but I'm looking forward to see how much more comfy it is on the ground.

A friend of my BF owned the previous model of the NeoAir, and said it sounded like a "bag of potato chips" and didn't seem very durable. The Trekker is quiet and seems tough. Only downside is that it is not insulated, but I've heard Thermarest is coming out with the silver coating insulation. My BF got the 3/4 length 25" Trekker, and he loves the extra width.

So far, no regrets here. Way to go, Thermarest.

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tam3792215 wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

4 5

I have never been able to sleep comfortably in mummy bags - I get too claustrophobic and my arms cramp up, forcing me to alternate between cold arms out of the bag and cramped arms in the bag : (

So I set out to find a roomier bag, and had heard this was a BA specialty. I'm a 5'4 chick, and most roomy bags I'd seen were regular or men's cut. When I spotted the BA Roxy Ann in petite cut on Backcountry for a sweet discount, I hoped and prayed that this would be my bag.....

Tried it out for the first time in Death Valley this weekend, and it was the most comfortable night of sleep I have EVER had on the trail. This bag is indeed huge - I tend to sleep in the "Captain Morgan" position or curled up in a ball - you can get into pretty much any position in this bag.

That being said, the biggest downside to ultra-roomy bags like BA's is they are just not as warm - when you move, you will feel cold spots. They warm up pretty quickly in this 15 degree bag, but it could wake you up if you're a light sleeper. Now I am a cold sleeper to begin with, and with a silk liner, I was definitely not sweating as expected in overnight temps in the 40's. But, you could always add a fleece liner or layer clothes in sub-freezing temps - to me, it's a tradeoff for getting this much freedom of movement. My feet typically get the coldest, and the petite cut of this bag prevents excess dead air around your feet if your short - my feet stayed pretty toasty.

Weight is good for a bag this size, and compression is decent (I owned a synthetic bag before and would never go back - you can't beat down for warmth, weight, and compressibility).

The other nifty feature of BA bags is the integrated pad sleeve in lieu of fill in the bottom of the bag. This sleeve is cut for a 20" wide mummy cut; I stuffed my new 20" regular length Thermarest NeoAir Trekker in, and it sticks out the top quite a bit because the bottom opening in the sleeve is tapered for a mummy cut. But enough of it fit to stop just at my ankles - I'm thinking I may do some surgery on the sleeve to allow my rectangular pad to slide through.

If comfort is your primary concern over weight, size, and warmth, this bag is a great choice. Great color too. So far, love it.

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