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Ausley G.

Ausley G.

Gainesville, FL

Ausley G.'s Passions

Climbing
Yoga
Paddling
Surfing
Hiking & Camping

Ausley G.'s Bio

Board Member of the Florida Trail Association. Avid hiker with a birding problem.

Ausley G.

Ausley G.wrote a review of on June 23, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these water bottles for a number of years now. I think I'm on my fourth or fifth. The only issues is they can be difficult to clean after adding electrolytes, since the opening is so small. The same goes for filling. I frequently lose the clear cap, but that's not a deal breaker. These are still the lightest, best designed bottles out there. I love being able to roll them flat when they're empty.

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on June 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

It's hard to find longer shorts for women, but Patagonia knocked these out of the park. I wear them for everything - water sports, mowing the lawn, hiking in the summer, walking the dog. They wash super well, dry extremely fast, and are long enough to cover most of my thighs. They hit at the right place to still look flattering, but with the coverage I want.

I also have a couple pairs of the Barely Baggies, however I prefer this length. I originally purchased the medium, but I could definitely have gone with the large for a more relaxed fit.

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on June 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great chair. I have had a number of mesh chairs in my time and the features on this one really make it great. The cooler in the side of the armrest is a little kitschy, but it does come in handy when you want throw your headlamp or buff in it for the fireside sit later on. The slight recline makes it pretty comfortable and the mesh means your chair won't be soaking wet in the morning from dew.

This has come with me on multiple sandy trips. It rinses clean every time.

Would definitely buy this chair again.

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on April 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These pants are pretty incredible. I haven't worn them on any extended segment hiking trips but I have worn them paddling and on day hikes. They are so comfortable that I wore them on an international flight to France and they felt like pjs. They block wind and rain and I love the reinforcements on the rear and knees. These pants are totally worth it and I can't imaging they will wear quickly. I ordered a large. I have a very athletic build, booty, and quads.

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on April 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I love love love these pants. If you want to wear some heavy duty technical pants that you'll forget your wearing because they're so comfortable these are it! I am 5'6" athletic build with quads and a booty. I ordered a large based on the size chart. They fit perfectly. They are loose enough to wear base layers underneath with still plenty of room for movement. I thought I wouldn't like the belt, but I haven't removed it yet. It is easy and quick to hook and unhook.

I look forward to put these pants under more rigorous testing, but so far I'm very impressed.

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was slightly hesitant to purchase this tent, since it's practically white, however it had the best pack weight, even with the footprint, compared to its competitors. This is meant to be a 3+, but honestly, with my partner and a dog, there was little room. The length of the tent is great. There was space between our heads and the bottom of the tent. The dog slept at our feet most of the night and came up between us during the coldest part of the evening, right before sunrise. That's when it started to feel a bit cramped.

Even though it was a cold night (30s), there was very little condensation inside the tent. The vestibule got a little damp on the inside, which is to be expected, and the floor of the tent was slightly dewy from body heat transfer and breathing.

The entire front door is mesh. The rainfly is attached, making it a single wall tent, but the vestibule that stakes out makes it a hybrid. This creates a lot of airflow with the front mesh door and two smaller side vents that can be popped out, if you please.

The few qualms that I have with this tent are:
1. The vestibule is so deep that it is hard to open without putting your hands on the wet, cold, dirty ground. However, this does create a ton of space for gear that you don't bring inside the tent with you. When the vestibule opens, you have to take care to flip it up and out, or roll it so the damp interior doesn't swish into the tent.
2. There is very little space for gear inside the tent. There is no option for a gear loft and the pockets are very small. We ended up putting the stuff sacks for our sleeping pads, tent, etc in the pockets and that's about it. There is no place to hang your headlamp for interior lighting aside from the interior door toggle.

*UPDATE*
I have used this tent on a few more trips. One where it was in the low 20s-high teens over night. Like any tent, there was ice on the interior and exterior.. Everyone else on my trip had removable flys and could hang them against trees/shrubs to dry. I didn't feel like this was an advantage for them. We all had damp and muddy tents from the rain and the ice. This hybrid performed as well as my Big Anges Copper Spur UL1 that I've had for a number of years. I have a few notes that I would LOVE Mountain Hardware to change on this tent; it's almost perfect:

First, if you don't stake out the ring right under the door just right, the door will sag and will create zipping and unzipping awkwardness. Second, the color. It's ALREADY DIRTY. There are areas that I've tried to clean from the mud around the base of the tent that are permanently stained. Also, at night, because the tent is so light, it seems bright when it's super dark outside. Third, that gear loft. Really a huge pain not having anywhere to store your smaller gear items. Especially in a larger tent where you are supposed to be using the room for other bodies, I personally want a place where everyone can place their small necessities during the evening.

If you want a lightweight 3+ tent, this is still a fantastic option.

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on April 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I purchased the turquoise and love these shorts. I have used them for yard work, going to the beach, or just running errands. They are super comfortable and the color POPS!

I have an athletic build with not much tush. The waistband of the medium is the right size but a little too much room in the back. This is normal for me so I just rolled the band down once and they look great.

I will definitely be purchasing more pairs of them. Please keep these in stock!

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on April 18, 2016

4 5

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

Great warm weather bag. Bought this on sale, so it was totally worth it. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it's heavy. I used this in 60-70 deg. evening temps and it kept me very comfortable. I'm an athletic build, 5' 6" woman and I had plenty of room to flip and toss inside the bag to keep cool. I unzipped it all the way down to the bottom and laid the flap across me. I did not have any problems with temperature regulation through the night, like I would have even sleeping on top of my 30 deg. Sierra Design.

This will be my go-to bag for all of my Florida trips. Win!

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on March 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: One Size

I love this headband, it's just the right size. I love the color, it POPS. It's super cute and super warm. I would definitely purchase this again in other colors.

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Ausley G.wrote a review of on March 21, 2016

4 5

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

I really like these boy shorts. I usually wear a 6-8 sized pant and I have an athletic build and not a very large butt. I ordered a medium and they seem slightly large. If I order again, I'll probably try the small. The waist band does roll if you're not careful, but I don't find it to be an issue.

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