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Amy C.

Amy C.

Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on August 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are the most comfortable semi-dress sandals I've ever worn. (Chacos are awesome for super casual.) They are gorgeous (even sexy ... even for these beat up size 10 feet), can be dressed up or down; fit like a glove but not too tightly; perfect subtle arch support; sturdy sole. LOVE.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on August 8, 2019

2 5

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

I used this on a 10M run last weekend (and never again). It was 10M of trying to hold the bottle (and trying not to throw it in frustration at a tree). I tried using it the way you are supposed to - my sweaty hand could not grip it, even tightly and with the strap tightened. Maybe a neoprene sleeve would have helped me hold onto it. I even flipped it, and tried putting my hand under the underside straps. No go, until the last mile or so where I used those underside straps but splayed my hand wide to put various fingers under various straps. Also, the tilted mouth didn't work at all for me. It would be better straight on. I had an Amphipod (spelling?) with a tilted mouth that did work. Note: I am a 7-time marathoner, 100+ half marathons, long trail and road runs, been running for 2 decades, so I'm not necessarily inexperienced and just didn't yet "get" how to use the bottle. It did hold ample water although I had to use my teeth to open it (maybe you can just leave it open like the Amphipods?). Bummer!

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Amy C.wrote a review of on August 2, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I have the full (sleeved) version of this top, which I like, except that the super thin sleeves don't keep you warm and the chest is way too warm (do women really lose heat through their chest?). So I got the vest, same size as the version with sleeves. The body and chest fit perfectly but the armpits are huge and the shoulders are almost like short sleeves (this from a broad-shouldered swimmer). Yipes. I will be returning it. It may work for a full-chested, very broad shouldered gal, provided that the body (which is slim - I sized up) works. At the sale price, it's worth a try but definitely don't pay the astronomical full price anywhere else.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on July 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this shirt in a red/pink a few years ago. I wear it every season except for winter. Even today, in low 80s, I am wearing it. It's breathable and cool when it needs to be, and warmer when it needs to be. The fit is spot on - fitted but not tight, airy but flattering. I wear it for casual or a tad more dressed up. The quality is awesome - after 2-3 years, it looks the same as when I bought it, and when I wear it, it hardly wrinkles (unusual for linen). Am jumping in to get another now before they are all gone forever. Suggest you do, too!

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Amy C.wrote a review of on June 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this (in a no longer available blue) a couple of years ago. It has served me well, for exactly the purpose I got it for - shoulder season riding. The wool keeps you warm when you need it, but doesn't make you overheat once you warm up. The fit and quality of the jacket are stellar - worth every dollar - although the jacket - like many bike tops for this tall gal - is a tad short. I sized up, too, and even that did not help, although then I could fit a light layer underneath and the arms were long enough. It is so stylish that I also wear it as a non-biking jacket (the back pockets aren't clunky so this is not weird).

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Amy C.wrote a review of on June 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this about a year ago, in one of the vibrant funky patterns. It makes me smile just looking at it. It's my summer/vacation/sunshine towel. It's absorbent, ample in size, and has held up nicely. LOVE it.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This jacket is super high quality, with all kinds of bells and whistles that add to its functionality and versatility - hybrid construction, long sleeves with cuff inside, nice fitting hood, high quality materials, longer back, pockets, great colors ... But the fit is off for me. I wanted it to look like the photo - fitted and long but not super tight (this as much for function - no wind sneaking in, no material flapping around when running/biking - as for vanity). But it's more boxy than that, shorter than it looks, and the chest area is way too big for my petite girls (although I have a broad swimmers' breadth). Sizing down would be too small in other areas (and even shorter) so I am returning this ... and still on the quest for a hooded winter hyrbid running jacket!

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Amy C.wrote a review of on November 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have (had, for years) normal Buffs, as well as wool gaiters; use them for running in New England winters - lifesavers in many ways. Read review of this one in Outside magazine and snapped it up here on BC. LOVE IT. Frivolous things first: love the pattern. Functional things next: great size, great (different from other Buffs/gaiters) soft, heavier, warm material and doesn't overheat/not breathe like fleece ones. I find it's just right on my neck (some Buffs or gaiters are too loose, others strangling), and can slip it on my head, too, and it's not too tight. Agree with another reviewer that it might be too tight to put over your chin (or nose, as I sometimes do temporarily on a seriously cold run, baklava-like). Only a few super cold runs here so far but also used it on mountain trail race in MT recently.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on November 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

How can this blanket be so warm? It is one of my warmest blankets - as warm/warmer than down, fleece, wool. I am always cold (here in woodsy New England) so I know my "warm" gear. Have to admit, though, I got it more because it was lovely - for "art" on the back of the couch and light use. It's way more sturdy and useful than I expected. Also, even though I got the pink/white/gold, my chocolate lab's hair has yet (in several months) to stick into the material (maybe because it's tightly woven). LOVE!

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Amy C.wrote a review of on August 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have to exchange this for a size up (unfortunately the lovely blue/orange is not available in that size, though). I already sized up, to a large, and it's super tight and small. Hmm. I am a 36A but broad shoulders (swimming), lean (still rockin' the jog bras and bikinis at age 50+), size 6 or 8 in pants (muscular) but size L in this was tiny. Besides that, though, it's a gorgeous top - sexy, well-made (cut right in all the right places), functional (as other gal mentioned - the inner bra zips - yay! - and great pockets), and versatile (I'd wear it for running, too, maybe tri's).

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Amy C.wrote a review of on August 16, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

OK, I ordered the aqua mint. The tag on what I got says "aqua mint." But it's the much darker green-blue base color of the Atlantis colored top here. Hmm. Also, it's way too big, especially in the waist area, and the material is kind of unimpressive. I ordered a size up, per another spectacular PI Elite tri top I got (and wear every weekend long run). Maybe true-to-size for this one would work.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on August 15, 2018

3 5

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

I have not yet worn these but was surprised by a few things. There is no drawstring, as advertised (even on the manufacturer's tag that came with the shorts); this is a bummer for a triathlete who'd like to swim in these (they may well get pulled down by the force of water or jostling fellow athletes). Also, they are super long (I should've read the description) - almost to my (long legs') knees: I'm gonna fold them up for sure. Luckily (3rd surprise), there's NO gripper at all on the legs, so I can fold them up (I don't like or need a serious sausage-making gripper, anyway). Lastly, there's quite a bit of padding for a tri short. It's light padding but I wouldn't want to run more than an Olympic distance tri run (10K) in these; half or full Ironman runs would be insufferable with these. Otherwise, the quality and fit are pretty nice, although the waist dips a bit low (good for running but not for swimming or biking). SO - I'm gonna wear them just for biking.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on August 15, 2018

5 5

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

OK, I have not worn this biking yet (it's August) but I did try it on and examine it carefully (smile). The fit is spot-on: high neck without cutting off air, perfectly sized armholes (often too tight or conversely, gaping), a little wiggle room in the torso but oh, so sexy (somehow gives a boyish figure like mine subtle curves). The quality and apparent functionality are top-notch - smart placing of windstopping material, etc. This is my first Gore item - I'll be checking out more! BTW, I was not asked to give info about sizing for this review, but I did size up for this one. I like form-fitting but not suffocating base layers (and have a very broad chest but small "girls", and a long lean torso).

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Amy C.wrote a review of on June 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great jacket - versatile (any New England season, depending on layering or activity); stylish/tailored/flattering (on or off the bike); and functional (plusses: tail drop, waterproof or at least highly resistant, soft material that moves well, secret hand mitts). If I were to adjust this to make it PERFECT, I'd change the pockets from snaps to zippers (snaps require two hands to undo cuz you gotta hold the material, zippers you can undo/do with just one hand). And give it a solid loop at the back collar to hang it up with. And make the torso a tad longer (back is fine, sleeves are great, shoulder/chest width is great but front torso is a tad short). Very pleased with this and am wearing it instead of multiple other jackets - i.e., it's all-around, multipurpose.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on February 26, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Columbia's prices are way lower than other brands. I've learned you get what you pay for - something that will only last a season (boots), something that is ill-fitting (down vest), or - in this case, something that doesn't quite work right. I've had this for year now. Agree with others that the fit is nice and flattering, the length is great - but the zipper is very hard to use and most importantly - sigh - this ain't even water resistant. Wore it in the cold rain the other day for a short dog walk and the rain soaked right through to my shoulders and arms. Went out to meet parents for breakfast so was wet and cold all day.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 5, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love OR apparel/gear but recently, it seems the best items I have are from years ago. For example, I have a hybrid (fleece/other tech material) jacket from OR that I got about 5 years ago. It's my go-to for winter trail runs - it has zip pockets, a hood, wicks but is warm, and is nicely fitted. I got this one (Radiant Hybrid) thinking I could use the alternative without a hood (plus my older jacket is now grungy but still functional). I am returning it because it's basically "blah." The fit is shapeless and too large (shape is important less for vanity and more for functionality - don't want stuff flapping around/loose, etc.); the materials seem to be of lesser quality than the other hybrid I have; it's hardly warm (basically did nothing for me when I tried it on); and one tiny chest pocket ain't gonna help (where to put keys, maps, extra gloves, snacks ...). (Note: the men's version has a hood, which would've given this women's version at least something value-added.) At the sale price, it's probably a decent value, though, and I know/read it works well for others.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Based on all the rave reviews, I was prepared for this to be THE baselayer in my wardrobe and I was even preparing to get more (at this good sale price). It's ok but not great, I think. It's very well made (and unlike some wool baselayers, has nice cuffs and hem) and definitely warm. I got a nice green heather. But - it's kind of itchy, super static-y, and stretches out during one wear. Other wool baselayers (Duckworth, Ibex) that I have don't do or are not these things. The fit is true-to-size but becomes kind of frumpy with the stretch out issue. The sleeves are (thankfully!) long enough, as is the torso, but it's kind of too womanly-shaped for my athletic build - broader in the bust and hips and very narrow in the waist. Still, it's functional and I am sure it will last.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 3, 2018

3 5

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

This is a pretty hat (I got pink), and it's very warm. I have to fold the rim up, though, so it doesn't slip off - it's as long as a Cat in the Hat hat. That's ok but not ideal, because by folding it up, I lose some of the soft and non-itchy fleece (it faces the outside, where I folded it up). Interesting fit.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on December 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Got this one in orange a month or so ago. I'd wear it on every run if I could. The wool is really warm and softer than most wool and breathes well. The back mesh worried me - too cold or airy? - but it's worked out great; that's where my sweat usually piles up on cold runs and later cools me down too fast, but not with this top. I wear it as a baselayer (temps under 20 or so) or on its own (temps over 30). The seams and color blocks are flattering and great for high visibility. I think I'm going to get the blue/green color. Oh, and did I say this is a great price for a high quality, versatile top from folks who clearly spend time being active outdoors? BTW, I am a size medium and both sizes were fine on me. Got the large for my orangutan arms and a little more length in winter to cover my booty with warmth.

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