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Adrienne Huffman

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Adrienne Huffman

Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not a hat person, but I needed a hat to wear during the summer when I'm leading team-building workshops outdoors. Sunglasses are frowned-upon in the facilitation realm, as eye-contact builds trust. But I'm light sensitive! So this fit the bill (*wink*). I'd had my eye on this hat for a while, but ended up going with the regular trucker hat in favor of the grey color. But that style was way too big and I felt like a bro every time I wore it, which was not the look I was going for. So I returned it and went for this one, and I'm super glad I did! It looks much better on me, feels more comfortable (it's soft, not all stiff like the other trucker hat), and I really like the colors. I also like that the bill is a bit shorter. I don't know if it's just me, but hats with bills always feel ridiculous on me, so I appreciate having a lower profile hat like this one. Would buy again!

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm just writing a review here because there aren't any yet and I find reviews to be super helpful for me. Backcountry didn't have my size in this shoe so I took a chance and ordered the half size down that was available. Nope! FiveTen seems to run consistently small in their climbing shoes, so I ended up going elsewhere and ordering a full size up from my street shoe size like I did with my lace-up Rogues (which fit perfectly until they stretched after a year of use). I haven't received them yet, but I will update my review when I get them and try them out.

All of that being said, I can't say enough about the great customer service I receive with EVERY. SINGLE. ORDER. I love it, I feel like a high roller with my personal attendee. Excellent! 10/10!

UPDATE!!

I have been climbing with these shoes for a month or so now and I LOVE them. They broke in easily after a couple of days of climbing, and they are comfy AF. Definitely size up. I bought a full size up from my street shoe and they fit perfectly. I wear them even while belaying, only un-strapping the velcro after an hour or so. They're sticky and the rubber on the toe is helpful in those toe-hook situations. They were super stiff at first and I felt like my toes had gone blind; my Rogues had been so nicely broken-in and sensitive, and suddenly I felt like I couldn't trust my feet. But that went away after a day or two.

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

5 5

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

This is my first harness. I've been climbing for about a year and a half and have been using the rental harnesses at my gym, which are the same brand as this but just webbing straps. At first I didn't realize how uncomfortable they were until I started climbing with a weighted vest (lowering! Ouchy!)! This harness is super comfy, no pinching in the inner thigh which I'd had with a different harness I'd tried earlier this year. It's simple, easy to adjust the waist, and nothing rubs or pinches. Plus I love the color. Purple is my favorite! Definitely would recommend this harness!

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on October 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ok, so I like this tracker enough that I think it was worth what I paid for it, which was less than $100 because it was on sale. I would NOT pay the original asking price for this tracker though, and here's why:

It doesn't do everything it claims to do. It says that it can tell the difference between when you're walking, climbing stairs, or riding a bike. This is not the case. It can tell when I'm walking, but has NEVER figured out when I'm riding my bike, even after I've been riding for 15 minutes or more. It has also failed to figure out when I am climbing steps, and does NOT track altimeter even though it says it does. I live in Ithaca NY, I hike a gorge several times a week to get to my workplace, yet the app says I only climb one flight of stairs a day. The entire gorge is flight after flight of stairs, so the inaccuracy of this is pretty egregious. There is no GPS tracker, so there is no way for the device to figure out what kind of movement you're doing based on velocity or anything, it's all based on wrist movement. So if I wear it while I'm brushing my teeth, I've suddenly walked 300 steps. Again, this tracker is good enough for what I paid for, which again was LESS THAN $100 ($83.99 to be specific). I would definitely not buy this for the original asking price because it leaves a lot to be desired and you will probably be disappointed. I certainly would have been, given that this is friggin Garmin and they are famous for their GPS trackers so you would think they would be able to step things up a notch for $140. Yikes.

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I was uncertain about these pants at first because I have a consistent problem with pants shopping and that is: I am an athlete. My thighs and calves are apparently disproportionately thick compared to my waist, and this confuses pants designers I guess. So I always end up finding pants that fit me well in the legs but are way too large in the waist. This was the case with these pants. They fit me perfectly from the thigh down: just loose enough to look tailored and sharp, not so snug that they look like yoga pants. They have that jogger-style cut without looking like sweatpants or loungewear. The waistband, however, can pull away from my body about an inch or two, so it's pretty loose. If there wasn't a drawstring, I would not be able to wear them without being worried about them falling down. Fortunately, the drawstring kept me hopeful and I gave them a shot.

I got these pants so that I could take my professionalism up a notch in my work at the ropes course, and today I got to wear them for the first time at a program and they did not fail me! I felt spiffy and professional and they were comfy as hell. The material is light and stretchy, so it barely felt like I was wearing pants. The cut is skinny, so I never felt like there was a bunch of fabric swishing around when I walked. They just look hella good, and my sister (who, of the two of us, is by far the more fashionably inclined) told me she loved them and looked at them with envy, so you know this was a good pick.

I had been on the fence about these pants, but now I am solidly happy with my choice!

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on July 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I work for a summer camp and a high ropes course. I'm outside a lot, rain or shine, and I needed something that would support my feet for long hours and also keep them dry and feel light. These are everything I needed and more. They're super comfortable, supportive, and they look cool enough that I can wear them out dancing and not feel like a total slob for trying to be comfortable on the dance floor! I love these shoes, they are 100% worth the investment. They've broken in really well and I feel like they are going to last a long time and serve me well in my work and play life. 10/10 would recommend!

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was really excited about this, but was immediately disappointed upon opening the package. It's huge and I should have listened to the reviews and sized down. The sizing chart is not clear, as the listing page says "runs large" but the sizing chart recommended a large for me and it was massive. The most disappointing was the color. On the website the Dusty Plum looks like a nice, subdued mauve. In person, it's straight up purple. I don't know if anyone remembers Griffin from the old 90s McDonalds character crew, but that was what it made me think of. I'll be returning it, and I don't know if I'll exchange it for a different Carhartt or not. It seems like a warm, sturdy coat though, just not at all flattering by any stretch of the imagination.

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on October 29, 2017

4 5

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

I do like these, but the lack of half sizes was disappointing. I wear an 8.5 and I had to get a 9 and they're just a big long. They are super comfy though and very warm, so I'm keeping them and I'm sure I'll love them for a long time. I do appreciate the nubbly rubber soles, that might convince me to wear them to class :P

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on October 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I have been scouring Backcountry and all the other stores for a pair of jogger-style sweats that I could live in for the rest of my life but also could justify paying 50 to 60 bucks for because apparently that's what all of them cost. I often have trouble with sizing because my legs are thick and usually if I size up to accommodate that I end up with a waistband that is way too big for me. But the moment I slipped these on I was in love. The fabric is SO SOFT inside, and they fit like a dream. Since they arrived a couple days ago, I've only taken them off to go to work, and then immediately put them back on when I got home. I've slept in them and Netflixed in them. They're heavenly, and the price isn't outlandish even before the Backcountry discount! My only complaint is the lack of pockets, but other than that I would buy 10 more to live in.

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on October 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I'm pretty much never going to take this hoodie off. It's soft, warm, but it's not super bulky so I can layer it perfectly with my other fall staples. The cowl is super cute, and although the hood is kind of cavernous and not exactly practical, the hoodie overall is super cozy. The fabric is crazy soft, and the thumb holes are a nice touch. The fabric under the armpits is pilling a bit already, but I don't think that's abnormal for a new piece of fabric to do. All in all, would buy 10 more of these to live in for eternity.

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I like the idea of these, but the cut is just not flattering for my body type. I have pretty thick, muscular thighs and glutes, and the way these were cut just made my thighs look like they were sort of squeezed into sausage casings, and made my hips and butt look all boxy and weird. I want to accentuate my curves, not play them down in the wrong areas. I could not have gotten a larger size, as there was about an inch and a half of extra space in the waistband. Essentially the pants were too tight for my thighs but too large for my butt. Oh well!

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on September 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like this helmet for a lot of reasons. Mostly, I wanted a helmet that looked cool because I think bike helmets are probably the stupidest looking things on the planet. I hate them. But I live in a town that is pretty dangerous for cyclists and I recently downsized from a car to a bike, and I knew I didn't want to be riding in traffic without a helmet. This is definitely the coolest looking option I found, and I went with the blue pearl, which has an awesome iridescent glitter exterior. I was pleasantly surprised at how light it is. From the photos I was imagining something more along the lines of like a skateboard helmet, but this is just as light as a regular bike helmet, minus the doofy looking back spoilers and stuff.

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on September 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm prefacing my review with this: I do really like this pack! I use it for school and every day trekking about my hometown as a person who is fresh out of a car. I can carry my computer, books and notebooks for the day's classes, and I can even throw in my climbing shoes, tango shoes, and a change of clothes for my busy Thursday nights.

However, the one qualm I have is that there is only one exterior pocket, and that pocket becomes increasingly inaccessible the more the main pack gets filled with stuff, as it doesn't actually expand beyond the dimensions of main pack. This makes getting my wallet in and out somewhat fussy and annoying, whereas if there was just a nice little side pocket that I could reach back and get into nice and easy, then I'd be giving this 5 stars.

Other than that, I do love this pack. It holds a lot of stuff, and the waist straps make it easier on the ol' shoulders when it gets heavy.

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Adrienne Huffmanwrote a review of on July 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

This is my first pair of climbing shoes and so far I love them. Based on the reviews, I decided to order two sizes and return the one that didn't fit. I wear an 8.5 street shoe, so I ordered one in 8.5 and 9.5. I went with the 9.5 and they are very comfortable. Snug AF, but they really made a huge difference in what grade route I was actually able to climb. The only problem I have is sometimes landing in them after I downclimb from a bouldering route, my toes get kinda jammed at the tip. But I can keep them on for a while and feel pretty good in them. I climbed my first 5.10a right after I bought them (I'd tried to climb it with the shitty rental shoes at my gym but I couldn't keep my feet on the smaller holds, but the Stealth C4 rubber on these soles really sticks to the wall).

Anyway, I love them, I highly recommend these for a first beginner pair. Just go way bigger than you think you should, they run suuuuuper small.

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