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Amanda L

Amanda L

Marietta, GA

Amanda L's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing
Yoga

Amanda L's Bio

<3 running, trail running, hiking, cycling, downhill skiing, camping, and bringing our whippet along with us. Originally from the Northeast, spent time in SoCal and recently moved north of Atlanta. Currently getting back to running (again) after having our 3rd kid in late 2018 ��

Amanda L

Amanda Lwrote a review of on January 25, 2020

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

In 2009 I bought a pair of Smartwool glove liners to wear under waterproof mittens when skiing and by themselves when running. They were my go-to gloves and I used them every winter. So imagine my dismay when in fall 2019, I pulled them out of my coat closet and one of them had holes in it �� A moth had thoroughly enjoyed this wool. So I ordered a new pair of the same. I received the new pair and the fabric was stiff compared to my old pair, but I gave that a pass since they would probably soften up with wear. I tried them on and immediately felt knots in the tips of the thumbs and index fingers. This is a slim fitting glove so it's hard to ignore knots right on the part of your fingers where you pick up and hold things. Backcountry was great and swiftly sent out a replacement pair, but I found the same problems in the second pair. Sadly, the workmanship and/or quality of materials has noticeably declined since my original pair, which felt like a finer knit and had no seams or knots in noticeable places. My original pair was a great investment, lasting 10 years, but this current version is not a keeper. I will also add that the sizing runs larger than it used to. An XS was a perfect fit before, but there was some room to spare in the length of the fingers and in the palm in this version.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on August 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Ordered the XS in olive. Typically an XS in most things, so I'd say it runs true to size. It's slim fitting but not tight. The olive is a little more brown than pictured (on my screens anyway), but still a nice neutral, earthy color. It has pilled a bit after several washes and wears, but the fabric is kind of slubby to start, so it isn't too obvious. I would buy more in other colors at a sale price.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on August 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I was skeptical of the pleats, but gave these a shot because of all the positive reviews and I'm glad I did. This is a lightweight, comfortable, quick-drying short. I've mostly worn these this summer when taking my kids anywhere where I also expect to get wet. They're great for throwing on over my swimsuit when going to the pool, too. I'd also wear them for hiking. The waistband is comfortable, and the side pockets fit my phone. They fit true to size. The leg openings are not too tight on my more muscular thighs.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 11, 2019

5 5

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

Got two of these for my 2 year old and 3.5 year old. They fit well, and my kids are excited to wear them when we are out in the yard having a fire at night. They do not rotate downward, so we are working on not shining the light directly in our faces :) but they are great for tooling around the yard and walking between the house and the fire pit in the dark. Will use when we go camping again this summer, too. They came with the needed batteries, which was nice. Note that you'll need a #1 Phillips screwdriver to access the battery compartment.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

To be honest, the previous review sort of scared me away from this dress for several months, but when it went on sale and was still on my wish list, I decided to try it for myself, and I'm glad I did. My measurements are sort of between an XS and S on the provided size chart, and currently a 32D, but as I'm getting back into shape post-baby, I took a gamble on the XS.

The fit is perfect. I'm excited to have a dress I can wear this spring and summer that will be convenient nursing, yet it is a cute enough dress to wear afterwards too. The dress I received has correctly situated, functional pockets and the arm holes do not gape underneath. The length hits just above my knee. The rope belt is nice to give it a more flattering cinched look at the waist. Really looking forward to wearing the dress more once it warms up.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

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

I have only had this for 5 days and used it 3 times, so these are my initial impressions.

I bought this for use with my Thule Urban Glide 2 double jogger. This console is really easy to put on: 1) Move canopy forward. 2) position two hooks on stroller frame. 3) flip the two locks to the closed position. Done! I do take it off before putting the stroller in the back of my car, but it takes all of 15 seconds to put on/take off. It does limit the handle range of motion, but I rarely change handle height mid-run/walk. Commit to your handle height first, then put console on.

The actual console dimensions are 10" deep to the stroller frame (canvas only measures 7.5"), by 18.5" wide, by 4" tall.

The cupholders are just under 3.5" in diameter and can accommodate a 20oz Yeti tumbler and a 12 oz coffee cup, BUT-- Thule does warn against using for hot beverages as your cups will slosh, especially if taking on uneven ground or over curbs. From personal experience, my nearly full tumbler spilled water and I lost some cappuccino foam from a full cup. I like the open mesh bottoms in case you do spill; you don't need to worry about liquid sitting in the bottom. Best to use for an athletic water bottle, or your kid's sippy cup. Though, I may reattempt hot drinks with my 12 oz Stanley mug as it will fit and the mug does not leak.

The middle zip compartment does have one smaller flat pocket on the back side- maybe ideal for some cash and your ID? The big pocket is about 8.5" wide and 5" deep at the widest: ample size for stashing a granola bar, snack for the kids, your phone, etc.

Very positive inital impression! Will report back if anything comes up with prolonged use.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on July 26, 2015

4 5

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

I ordered the Curacao in XS only to find it was too snug for me in the bust and maybe snugger than is flattering in the waist. Beautiful blue color though. I reordered in a Small in both the black and Mayan yellow because I love the style, and the fit is spot on. The size chart is accurate as I am currently a 32 C/D, my waist is about 26.5" and hips are about 35.5." The skirt flares out a bit, while the dress is fitted through the torso, so I would say the bust and waist measurements are more important than your hip measurement in determining your size.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 114 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I ordered the XS in Admiral/Snow. I'm 5'2" and this hits a couple inches above my knee. Length from the neck down the back center of the dress is 34." The length down the side seam from underarm to bottom hem is about 25.5." Icebreaker's size chart puts me at a Small in the bust and an XS in the waist and hips. The dress fits me well in a XS. At the time of this review, the product description lists a zippered security side pocket, but my dress does not have one. I snagged this dress at a pretty good discount. I would say at full-price it's a pretty pricey casual dress, but maybe I will change my tune if it wears well over time.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on July 19, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 114 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

The grapefruit color is nice. Like others said, this dress is very sheer. It is especially sheer in the back where you don't have the benefit of the overlapping wrapped fabric that the front has. I can't see wearing this color without a slip. The style itself is very flattering between the v-neck and the ruching. It is semi-fitted in the torso, but not tight. I considered exchanging this for the black, as it may be less sheer, however the length is longer than I like on my short frame. My knees just barely show in the front and the hem is a couple inches longer in the back. The length of the XS from the neck down the center along the back is 37.25." The length from underarm along the sideseam is just under 30."

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on September 15, 2014

5 5

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

I ordered these on a whim when my size was on clearance and I'm so glad I did. I am typically a size 6 in most running shoes (Adidas Tempo & Adios, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak), occasionally a size 6.5 (Altra Intuition, Saucony A5), and the 6 in these fit me well. I've got about 75 miles on them so far, and I'm loving them for packed dirt/sand/rocky trails in SoCal foothills/high desert. They've been great on gravel, too. Luggy enough that you don't slip, but enough cushion if you need to run on a little bit of pavement to get to the trail. No breaking in necessary: my first run in them was 12.5 miles on hilly trails with no discomfort or hot spots. I liked them so much I ordered the road version. Currently in my trail rotation is the Adidas XT4, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak and now this shoe. Since buying these, I find myself choosing the Lone Peak & N1 the most often.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on April 7, 2014

4 5

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

Snagged this from the outlet. It's a cute casual skirt for a great price. Comfy for wearing after work or on the weekends with a tee or tank. I'm 5'2" and the XS hits several inches above my knee. Would've bought it in a second color if it was still available. The seaming on the backside is flattering, and the side ruching makes it more interesting than a straight-cut skirt.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on March 12, 2014

4 5

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

I really like this top! Bought it in jade on a whim when on sale and I'm glad I did. The XS fits me well. I'm 5'2" and 108lbs. It's fitted in a flattering way, but not tight, and I think longer ladies will find that there is enough length. The sleeves are a longer short sleeve than I'm used to, but that's not a bad thing for sun protection. I've worn this on short bike rides and a run; I plan to wear it more for hiking though.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on March 12, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I love the baja blue color and the look of this shoe. I ordered a 6 which is the same size as my other New Balance shoes, and the size fit well. I liked the feel of the shoe on my foot as well, but upon researching the style more, I came across consistent durability concerns. Since my trail runs are often on hard rocky surfaces, I returned the shoe before wearing it outside. If my trails were more dirt/mud, or if I was using them for just hiking instead of the pounding that running involves - I would've kept them and gave them a shot.

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Amanda Lwrote a review of on February 11, 2014

4 5

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

Love the styling of this top!! Especially the off-center zip and the asymmetrical piping. I ordered the black/black/oxblood in XS. According to the size chart, I'm between XS-S in the chest, and XS in waist and hips. The XS is a good fit, but I will agree with previous reviewers that it is very slim through the waist and hips. I'm 5'2"; if I pull this down, it easily hits at/below my hip. I like the fit as it is though, whether wearing for skiing (tuck into pants) or running (not riding up). It is intended to be a baselayer, but if you plan to wear this OVER other items, size up. I love the color blocking and would order a second one in a crazy color combo if it became available in my size.

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