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Ana Sorensenwrote a review of on February 8, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got one of these for my mom for Christmas. She's known for being SUPER picky about her baselayers, but it looks enough like a normal sweater that I figured I'd throw a hail mary and she could use it as a nice top for around town if she didn't like it for skiing. I just met up with her to ski Alta this week, and asked if she'd tested it yet – thinking she'd probably stuck with her old tried-and-true gear and that I'd have to talk her into this newfangled thing. Nope! She liked the one I got her so much that she went out and bought herself another a week after Christmas, and has barely used anything else all season. Totally surprised me – I've never seen her make a baselayer switch that fast! She said she definitely notices a difference with the breathability vs. warmth; it's cosy without being sweaty. She also said she likes that it looks a normal sweater if she wants to wear it out to dinner after the mountain. I feel a little silly for complimenting the looks of a tech piece, but you can tell that Patagonia put a lot of thought into the details and finish on this.

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Ana Sorensenwrote a review of on January 18, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Size Purchased: Small

I borrowed one of these from our pile of testing gear for my boyfriend. He's a total princess-and-the-pea with midlayer jackets - he hates being cold, but he also overheats super easily & turns into a hot mess with foggy ski goggles. He's rejected just about every other puffy or sweater or fleece on the market, which is why I nabbed this in a last-ditch effort to find something that would be warm enough without being too warm. Finally! At last! It took a couple tries to get the baselayers right, but this is the first midlayer he's tried that was both warm & breathable enough to hold up to a whole day of skiing.

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Ana Sorensenwrote a review of on January 17, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 95 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm a Gearhead and get a fair number of questions from women looking at kid's ski pants, so this is just a quick review for the adults out there! :) I have issues finding women's pants that are short enough, and the mediums are perfect for me at 5'1. I also really like the waist adjustability; if you have issues with the waist gapping on pants, it helps a lot. The fit is more straight cut than tapered, so there's plenty of room if you have hips, but they don't feel super baggy to me.

They also have all of the features you would expect from an adult's pair, like vents and tons of pockets. The outer fabric is maybe a little bit lighter weight than some of the extra-rugged adult pants, but I've only ever had issues with it soaking through when I was literally skiing in the rain; they hold up totally fine in snow.

I'm also a big fan of the insulation weight - they're warm enough to wear with just a baselayer in any weather, but the vents make them super easy to open up if you start to overheat!

Big thumbs up on these; I have couple different colors & I'm sure I'll go back for more soon.

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Ana Sorensenwrote a review of on December 26, 2019

5 5

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

My standard for goggles is that I pretty much want to put them on in the morning and never think about them again. I don't like fussing with the fit when I get a new pair, and I'm not interested in messing around with interchangeable lenses or worrying about whether the tint is going to be right from hour to hour. I tried these for a day, and they were pretty much exactly my speed!

The frame plastic is flexible enough that they fit super nicely straight out of the box. If you've had trouble with other goggles being a little wide or gappy around the edges, these are totally worth a try. They just felt locked in as soon as I put them on, with no awkward gaps on the sides at all. I was also a fan of the easy compatibility with my POC Fornix helmet. I've had some trouble getting the extra snug, wide goggle strap on that helmet to snap in over some other goggles that have the buckle or adjusters really close to the center, but these seem to be wide set enough that it wasn't an issue at all. I didn't think to test it with my Smith helmets, but I think this set up would play really well with a lot of helmet brands.

As far as the visibility, I tested the default Spektris Orange lens that came with it. For longterm use, I would maybe look at getting a real storm lens like POC's No Mirror Clarity to swap into these for really low light days, but the Spektris Orange seemed pretty hard to beat for variable conditions. We skied bumps all day in both super bright morning light & under cloud cover later in the afternoon, and they held up super well. I did get them to fog up a little once or twice on the lift when I was really trying to test the defogging, but they cleared up impressively fast.

If you have a smaller face and you're looking for a pair of super straightforward, easy to get along with goggles, I would definitely give these a try!

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Ana Sorensenwrote a review of on October 11, 2019

4 5

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

Nabbed this as a rental for a lap around Park City last weekend. It’s a super fun little bike! I’m pretty new to mountain biking & haven’t played around with different components enough to get a sense of what features affect the performance the most, but it felt great on the uphills and trustworthy on the downhills. I’ve demoed a couple of other brands and models, and the product description of this bike being “nimble” is really accurate.

My only two complaints are specific to this entry-level D model. The first was that the shocks on this model felt just a bit stiff, even on the softest setting. Nothing terrible, but I’m super tiny & tend to have a hard time weighing down stiffer shocks; the rest of the bike was so well set up for a true XS that that detail surprised me a little. The second was that there’s no dropper post. As a newer rider just learning to get through intermediate tracks, I tend to bail early & bail often. My normal seat height for climbing was a little too high for those shenanigans, so I ended up riding a lot of the trail on a weird middle height that was too low to really feel comfortable. I liked this bike enough that it’s on the table as a future purchase, but I would definitely recommend considering an upgrade to one of the R models.

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Ana Sorensenwrote a review of on October 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 95 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I wore one of mine today and I'll probably wear another one tomorrow! I picked the first one up on sale at our local running store last summer & was surprised by how quickly it entered heavy rotation. I normally don't even look twice at spaghetti strap sports bras, but this one honestly feels just as supportive as my medium impact Nike Classics. Totally took me by surprise! My only real complaint with the Classics was that their wider straps poke out from under shirts all the time; I love that I can hide this Indy version under pretty much anything & still be ready to go for any impromptu adventures. The XS fits me about the same as my other Nikes, but I agree with the other reviews that said that these run a bit small; I usually wear around a 30" band and the XS is plenty snug. I would definitely consider sizing up, especially if you're looking for a true light-impact option.

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