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Anna  B.

Anna B.

Chicago<-->STL and adventures in between

Anna B.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Climbing
Biking
Skiing

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Anna B.wrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs

I just tried these puppies on and the first words out of my mouth were WOW! THANK YOU PATAGONIA! (prompted by trying on many a pair that were all sorts of offensive)

I can't speak to how these fit in motion or their durability but they feel great. The fabric is soft and smooth. They don't dig in and they provide adequate coverage without feeling frumpy and dumpy.

I'm usually a medium or a large. I went with a large and I think I am happy with the sizing providing they don't stretch too much and stay put.

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Anna B.wrote a review of on January 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I genuinely love this thing. I certainly reach for it more than anything else.

Wool is amazing for its versatility and this is no exception. Add Smartwool's sharp stylings and you're set to go anywhere. This sweater is a phenomenal baselayer during cold weather activities. It works great for hikes and backpacking and climbing. And cozy nights in or grabbing drinks with friends.

I think the weight of this sweater is just right, adding warmth and insulation when needed without ever feeling like too much, thanks to the miracle properties of wool.

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Anna B.wrote a review of on January 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this helmet for at least three reasons.
Silly, but I love the color! So bright and fun!
After extensive research, what really made me decide go with this helmet is the nifty back design that actually allows for pony tails!
I didn't know about the other design/fit features at time of purchase, but I truly love what Petzl has done to ensure a good fit around my above average sized head. The combination of the sliding of the back part and its tightening allow for a truly customized fit. I really appreciate the way the back part seems to hug the base of your skull. It feels very secure, which is just such a satisfying feeling when you're gearing up for your next climb!
AND it's a pretty sharp looking' helmet! which is just nice after borrowing or trying on some others...
And of course of course, it protects my head from rockfall or nasty whips. I couldn't be happier with this helmet.

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Anna B.wrote a review of on March 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

A flat, nonaggressive shoe, perfect for newbies. This shoe is pretty soft and sensitive with very sticky rubber. It is fantastic for smearing and my foot feels every hold. Not a very strong edging shoe but it definitely gets the job done. Its flexibility and lack of support help my feet get stronger and my footwork get more precise.

When choosing my first pair, I was between these and a synthetic Evolv shoe. Actually the Evolv felt a bit more supportive but I chose these due to experienced climbers preferring the rubber 5.10 uses.

My street size is 9.5 but I went with 9s. I've got a pretty high volume foot and these worked great, especially after they've stretched some.

After 10 months with these bad boys, I've split my toes and had to upgrade. My Rogues will be missed :(

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Anna B.wrote a review of on March 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I ordered this as an insulation layer for an upcoming backpacking trip on the Teton Crest Trail but I can see using this frequently while belaying, biking, or just strolling around town.

The material is super soft and seems to be of high quality. The jacket itself is quite lightweight, thin and breathable. I've been very happy with this jacket on windy days as it does a great job cutting the wind. I haven't had an opportunity to test this very thin insulation on very chilly days but it seems like it will be warm enough for about the 40s, potentially even lower if you're generating a lot of your own body heat through activity. It seems like the side panels will help prevent overheating in such cases. The side panels are fleece which is super nice for movement and fit, though this may limit its windstopping abilities.

I really love the fit of this jacket. The sleeves are quite long with an awesome spandex insert at the wrists so that they taper nicely and fit well. If it were't for my darn climber (and ex-gymnast and vball player) shoulders and arm muscles, I would likely be a medium in jackets and tops. However, frequently I have to size up to accommodate--not always flattering. But this jacket is! It somehow manages to skim my torso, with room for baselayers but not restrict movement or comfort of my shoulders!

I ordered it in "Chartreuse" and I am totally happy with the color! It is bright and certainly wont go with everything but it doesn't come across as overly loud. I was a bit worried it would be more of a lime green or almost fluorescent but it manages to stay in the realm of acceptable outdoorsy colors that doesn't clash with the rest of my colorful gear and layers.

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Anna B.wrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I ordered this for my sister-in-law after drawing her name in our family gift exchange. She's not one for gifts and her style is far from flashy. My brother told me "get her something that is sort of trendy but she wouldn't buy for herself" so off I went on a mission to find a magical hoodie.

I opted for this sweatshirt because it is sleek and stylish without being overstated. Originally I was looking for more of a charcoal gray but the Black heather is actually close to a dark gray in real life so that worked out perfectly!

She loved it! She immediately put it on and raved at how soft and cozy it is. She stayed at my house for a week after the holiday and was almost always wearing it during her stay.

Fit:
She is 5'6" with what I think is a "true medium" size if such a thing exists.
flattering and true to size

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Anna B.wrote a review of on February 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These leggings are totally rad. I ordered the wall print and was excited that they are just as vibrant as they are depicted.

I have a curvy/athletic body and these hug me nicely. I like that they have a higher rise that comes in a bit below my waist. They definitely run small so order a size up.

So iLL built some sturdy leggings. These are thicker than a lot of leggings I own and seem ready to withstand some of the abuse that comes with climbing.

My only drawback is the leggings have a tendency to go a bit sheer. I mostly noticed it with the white part of the wall leggings. It just means I've gotta be conscious of the undies I'm wearing when I decide to sport these.

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Anna B.wrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

and I'm someone who is a sock lover in general.

I don't think I'll buy any other socks for hiking (or life in general, honestly) because these ones do it all so perfectly! As to be expected with wool, they insulate well, breathe, and manage moisture from sweaty feet and stream crossings. But beyond that, my feet feel so lovingly supported even after over a year of regular use. They just keep on keepin on! :)

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