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tracy anne

Stevens Pass, WA; Cascade Mountains

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Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
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tracy anne wrote a review of on August 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Arc'teryx uses the best materials. This fleece is really high quality and actually less expensive than comparable jackets.

Fit: The torso is a little on the short side and shoulders are narrow. This would be an excellent fit for a more petite shape. I tend to have very broad shoulders and by sizing up found a perfect fit.

Weight: This fleece is on the lighter side, but because its tightly woven is very warm for a lighter fleece.

Style: Because its so warm for a thinner fleece, its super sleek fitting and looks really nice for casual use. However, its an excellent layer for hiking and skiing.

Overall, this is an excellent fleece, worth every penny.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on August 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I have an older retro-x fleece and just got this seasons because I loved the colors so much. This fleece i super well made. It's warm, looks really cool and doesn't show wear after multiple seasons of use and lots of washing. Can't go wrong with this.

Does fit small. I sized up so I could layer under it.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on August 30, 2014

4 5

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

I am going to disagree with other reviews and say this is worth the cost. If you are looking for a casual fleece for very cold weather, buy something heavier like the Retro RX. This is a nice fleece for layer. It's light weight and because of the thinner fabric under the arms it breaths well when hiking, especially in the fall when you want a little warmth but still are going to work up a sweat and not need a lot on you.

The fit is pretty typical for Patagonia. It's slim. Normal sizing will fit snug, which can be good if you are climbing or wearing a harness and don't want anything in your way. If you are looking for something for casual use, sizing up is the way to go.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on August 29, 2014

3 5

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

I have a pair of WT10 minimus trail shoes that I love, so I thought I would give these a try. They are odd. They are quite narrow, and though they have minimal cushioning ( pretty much none, like most minimalist shoes) they are oddly stiff. If I try to bend the shoe while holding it in both hands, its actually difficult. Overall, I just didn't feel like I would be able to run in something that minimal yet not flexible.

I gave them to my mom and she liked them for walks around the yard, so maybe it just depends what you intend to use them fore.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on August 29, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a little picky about undies. Ok. I'll be honest, I would rather just not wear underwear at all. I am REALLY picky about the details. So, take this review with a grain of salt.

The material on these is great. It's light. It's breathable. It dries quick. I love the low cut and the wide comfortable waist band. The waist band stays flat and doesn't dig in, which is a big plus in my book.

The only complaint I have is that I wish it was seamless around the leg openings. I hate the stitching. It creates a little ridge, so after a while, it digs in to your butt and leg. probably is fine for most things, but limits me to using them when I won't be sitting, wearing a harness or not changing underwear after a day.

Final verdict: Despite my complaining, I own 3 pairs. Not sure if that's because these are so awesome or if its lack of a perfect alternative on the market. Either way, if these were seamless, they would be 100% the best underwear ever made.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on August 29, 2014

4 5

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

This is probably my favorite jacket as far as the fit. I have broad shoulders and its plenty roomy without being large everywhere else. The fabric holds up well to lots of use. After about 3 years the Gor Tex started to de-laminate in a few very small spots, but overall is still waterproof. I am on the fence as to whether or not I would buy a Pac Lite jacket again though. It does not breath well at all. The pit zips fix that on this jacket. If you need this mostly for colder weather, it shouldn't be a problem. I would not use as a light rain layer in the summer though, even though this is a minimalist jacket. I would go with a more breathable fabric.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on August 29, 2014

4 5

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

At first I was a bit skeptical about the fabric of this jacket holding up for anything more than light hiking and around town. However, the fit is so flattering that I had to buy it. So far I have been able to stuff it in my pack to carry in case it rains, and its held up great. I will agree with other reviewers that it runs a little large. I did size down a size, and can fit a light layer under it. I think though if I wanted to put anything heavier under it, like a thick fleece, I would have gone with my normal size.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

It seems like a good number of sports bras have the little plastic strap length adjusters on the back of the bra. Am so bummed that this one is the same way, otherwise I think it would be great. If you wear a heavy pack with it, they dig into your skin. The only alternative is going with a bra that has super wide straps , which dig into your neck. There needs to be more thin strapped bras without the plastic length adjusters on them.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

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

These are great shoes so far, but double check the sizing. I am a 37 in the last 5 pairs of evolv shoes I have owned ( which is a 5) and I literally could not get my foot into this shoe at that size. Great shoe so far with an excellent fit once I sized up a whole size. The instep area is really snug and thick, so I am not worried about it stretching like other slippers. Just investigate the sizing first.

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tracy anne wrote an answer about on March 19, 2014

I demoed each of these skis in choppy wet Cascade snow in WA. I can say that the La Nina is once of the best crud skis I have demoed. It was solid in pretty much every condition, plowed through the worst heavy chop I have seen and was solid on the groomers. The Milenniums were much more chattery on the groomers in comparison. They had great float, but didn;t power through the worst heavy chopped snow as well as the La Nina. The Millenniums did however have a little smoother flex to them, which might be better for tele, though I don't tele so I am not sure. I would say that the La Nina is on the stiffer side for a powder ski. (Its identical to the Men's Patron, just a different graphic.)

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I skied these skis for a day in heavy chop, on groomers and through a few untouched bowls. Overall I would recommend this ski to any level of skier who is unsure what they want in a ski and looking for a powder ski or an all around ski in areas with heavy snowfall. Skiers looking for more speed and stability or who ski in areas with lots of hard-pack and want one ski for everything will want to keep looking.

The Good: These skis have lots of float and are easy to flex and turn. The camber underfoot gives them some stability and the softer flex makes them forgiving and smooth. This would be a good ski for anyone who wants something with some float or is venturing off trail more than 40% of the time. It's a pretty good bet for any skier who isn't sure exactly what they want or who is buying their first powder ski and wants something sure to perform under a wide range of conditions at average speeds. It would work fine for most skier abilities. This ski also can work in the park decently well which is amazing for something so wide under foot, though I would only take it there for small jumps and giggles.

The bad: Skiers who prefer a stiffer ski, stability and steeper lines are probably going to want to look elsewhere. The Pandora is not as responsive or stable at speed.

The Ugly: Stay off the hard pack. Super chattery.

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tracy anne wrote an answer about on March 19, 2014

To add to my previous comment...The Yumi would be very forgiving for groomers only but not as easy for off trail if there is heavy wet snow or chop. If you are convinced that Volkls are the answer, I would go with the Kenja. It will do ok if the snow isn't deep off trail and is much easier to turn than the Aura. Between the Aura and the Kenja, I don't notice a ton of difference in float. The only real advantage to the Aura is stability at higher speeds.

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tracy anne wrote an answer about on March 19, 2014

Stay away from the Black Pearl for anyone who doesn't know how to flex a stiff ski. I own the Aura as my every day ski, have skied the Samba a bunch and have spent a few days on the Kenja and Black Pearl and I can safely say that unless I size down in length, the Black Pearl is way too much ski for me , even as a stronger skier. It flexes like a race ski. The Samba and Kenja on the other hand have a nice flex and would be manegeable in shorter lengths for an intermediate skier. The Aura likes to go fast, but I find it to be solid in all conditions if you can drive the edges. Honestly though, if your wife is a solid blue run/sometimes black run skier who is a bit hesitant, I wouldn't set her up for failure by buying an advanced ski. Give her some confidence and help her keep up with you by going with something a little more forgiving. Try some of the Line skis or Atomics. They are all a little more soft and forgiving. Most of the Volkls and for sure the Blizzards are going to be solid skis but not at all forgiving for a newer skier, which just makes things miserable and impedes skill development, especially if she is trying to keep up with a bunch of skiers who have more experience.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

3 5

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

This jacket is decent. It's pretty warm and is waterproof except in extreme rain (like we get when there is "snow" in Seattle) The fit is excellent if you are on the petite side. It's not too long in the torso. It's not as high quality as some of the other jackets out there in this price range, but it's not bad.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

Unfortunately by the time I purchased this jacket, all the smalls were gone, which is almost always the size I wear. I decided to go with a medium for layering and it was huge. I'm 5'5" 130-ish. I still give it 4 stars for what looks like good quality and nice features; it just runs big.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this for alpine multi pitch climbs so that I am not carrying a bulky harness in my pack on an approach. Its reasonably comfortable and the price can't be beat. The gear loops are on the smaller side, so it gets tricky with a bunch of trad gear, but the only harness I could find that has ample gear loop space is also 3 times the weight and takes up a ton of space in my pack, so it's a trade off.

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