tracy anne

tracy anne

Stevens Pass, WA; Cascade Mountains

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Alpine Touring
Trad Climbing
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
tracy anne

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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tracy anne wrote an answer about on March 19, 2014

Try the North Face Nuptse 2 Down Jacket. Its heavier than this and the material is much more durable. I ride in mine and it holds up really well even tacking up horse and lifting saddles all day. It's also a really good length and hits right at the top of the hips. Its not waterproof, so I am assuming this would be for dry conditions or in a covered arena, but it is water repellent for short periods of time in rain and I would think you would want something that isn't a hardshell so that your movement isn't restricted.

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tracy anne wrote an answer about on March 19, 2014

I wash mine in a front loading machine ( not one with a center agitator) on gentle cycle with a mild liquid detergent or tech wash. I then ( and this is important or it wont fluff back up) dry the jacket on a low heat with 2 or 3 tennis balls in the dryer. Dry until it is completely dry and puffy again. This actually really helps me extend the life of my down.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this harness. Its super comfortable and I feel super confident leading in it because it never hurts to take a fall. The only time I don't like it is if I have to carry it in a pack. Its heavy and bulky, so I have another harness for outdoor climbing that isn't a short walk from the car.

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tracy anne wrote a review of on March 18, 2014

3 5

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

I have two pairs of these, one that I have taken out on climbs, hikes and snow climbs multiple times. They are great pants, with a little room for improvement in some areas.

Fit:I love that these pants have some stretch and seem to fit me even if I gain or lose some weight. They are slim through the hips, but would probably stretch out a little if needed. They also have a drawstring cord for adjustability. I would recommend getting the smallest size that fits because they do stretch.

Material: The DWR treatment is great on these. I hike in the snow with them and rarely get wet. It's not waterproof, but if you aren't sitting in snow, they work. They are however really warm in the summer. I have another pair without the DWR that's much better on warm days.

Technical Features: Its always nice to have convertible pants. That said, I would rather the version of these with the DWR not be convertible. They are way too hot for any situation where I would want to wear shorts and the zippers are cold around my legs in the snow.

Durability: Average. They seem to have lasted for me, but do look worn after a while.

Areas for Improvement: Waist band. Every time I wear this with a heavy pack, the draw string in the waist band rubs into my skin and leaves a rash. Part of the problem is that after a while, the material is so stretchy that the drawstring has to be tightened to keep the pants up. Then the drawstring rubs under the hip belt of a pack. Not a problem if you are using them for other purposes or for shorter duration and washing and drying them before they stretch.

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