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BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Bio

I live in a cabin in the woods on a mountain and travel all over the place so I can get my grubby little feet in as much dirt around the world as I can! Shred, paddle, camp, hike, doggies, rinse, repeat... adventures always, pants occasionally.

Instagram @beccatarbox to follow my travels

www.adventureho.net

BexOnHood's Passions

  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Paddling,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Running,
  • Yoga,
  • Climbing.
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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on July 8, 2020

5 5

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

I looooove this jacket. There are a few Patagonia items that are really really worth the price and this is one of them. It's super lightweight and takes up very little room in a pack, is comfortable and not too swampy to wear (not the MOST breathable in the world but a good trade for how well it sheds water and snow). The stretchy fabric is really soft and not noisy, which is just nice. I love a nice big chest pocket and the hand pockets are placed so that you can access them pretty well with a backpack or harness on. The pit zips are big and awesome for dumping heat. As far as sizing, I'm 5'9" 36DD, dress size 8 or 10, really lanky... the arm length in the large is great for my monkey arms. I could probably have done a medium for a more fitted fit but for layering the large is still nicely tailored with plenty of room for layers (for reference, I usually wear a medium in PG's "regular fit" and a large in their "slim fit" stuff). This jacket combined with the Nano Puff is my favorite backcountry combo to-date!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on August 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I love how light this shirt is - it dries in no time and is fairly cool (although I find that my Marmot sun hoodie, though heavier, seems to breathe better) - the ponytail hole in the back seemed like kind of a dorky idea but I actually LOVE it. I have super long hair and it's sooo nice not to have a sweaty ponytail sticking to your back under your shirt! Washes well, dries in like 5 minutes and has worn well despite feeling a little fragile. I usually buy OR stuff because of a. great quality, and b. long sleeves! I'm 5'9" with crazy long arms and the sleeves on this one come just to my wrist bones - I'd love a couple extra inches and some thumbholes because my hands get pretty scorched doing glacier travel.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 22, 2019

Doesn't Know What it Wants to Be
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given the Mini Quick Pack from Backcountry, but this is my own personal review. I wanted to love this pack because I actually LOVE a fannypack (you either love em or hate em but they're useful!!) and it's so cute. However, I feel like it doesn't exactly know what it wants to be. It's totally padded and has an incredibly burly waist strap, so it would be great to put some camera gear in it for quick access; but a camera doesn't fit in it. It would be good for carrying what you'd normally put in a small purse - phone, chapstick, keys, wallet, and a few other items. But for that purpose, it doesn't need to be as heavily built as it is. The zippers and waist strap are larger and more bomber than ones I've seen on good-sized backpacks... which looks cool but doesn't lend much to the function. Basically it's built like a pack that could conceivably carry a fair bit of weight, but it's too small to hold very much. I love the colors of the Mini Quick Pack - I got the silver/white (which is more of a taupe/white) and it has really cute bright yellow and teal accents on it. I did the "beer test" and it can hold a two, so it was nice to bring climbing for a summit beer! The carry straps on the top are cool (to hold it like a purse) but the waist straps don't tuck away so if you're carrying it the waist straps will dangle. The front pocket is good sized and has a key holder, which is a must for me because I'm always scared of losing my keys. All in all, if you're looking for a cute, modern-but-vintage looking (kind of like the Portland Oregon renovated craftsman house look) hip pack that holds about what a purse would but is much more fun, this is a good bet/ If you're expecting to put a lot of stuff in it , you'll be wanting for more room.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 21, 2019

Great Pack, Doesn't Excel at One Thing
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my opinion. I've taken the Mountain Backpack out for a spin a couple of times, both for casual use and on a hike/climb. First off, it is a really cool looking back pack. Kind of an urban hipster-meets-technical pack situation. I got the charcoal, which looks super cool with the yellow accent fabric. To sum up my thoughts on performance, I'd say "jack of all trades, master of none." The construction is really burly and I love that because I beat up my stuff. The back, bottom and part of the front are padded, good because then you don't have to be too precious about putting it down or accidentally kicking it. But the laptop sleeve on the inside is only padded on one side, which is weird. It's padded towards the outside, but the inner side isn't padded, leaving your laptop at the mercy of everything else in the pack. The inside of the Mountain Backpack is super roomy - feels like more than 30L because it's a giant cavernous space - you can fit a ton in it! I took it on a hike/climbing trip to see how it held a bunch of gear, and it was great. As a narrower female, the straps were a little wide on my shoulders, but not too bad. You can cinch them together pretty well with the chest strap. I fit a bunch of climbing gear and a few beers in it with the rope on the outside. It certainly didn't carry like a technical pack, but if you want a backpack that will look cool in the city and function perfectly well out in nature, this one is great for that. The only downside when stuffing it full was that the top flap that covers the roll top didn't cover the whole top when it was filled up, so I'd worry about rain getting in there. The other thing I found it great for, since it has a lot of padding on the bottom, was carrying camera gear in. If you have a padded organizer for your camera gear, it's a great bag to just slide that into. The two zips on the front, I have mixed reviews for. The big zip which allows entry into the main compartment without unrolling the top is great. That's such a nice feature! the other zip, which gives you access to two flat side-zip compartments in the front pocket, is a little bit awkward because when there's stuff in the pack, they're hard to unzip and put things in. Since none of it is stretchy it wasn't the best use of space, IMO. All in all, I think that if you're looking for a pack that you can haul your computer and work stuff around an airport in, then empty it out and fill it back up with stuff for a hike, all in the same really cool-looking bag, this is a great pick!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

SUPER comfy, little baggy for thin legs
4 5

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

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion. These mountain shorts are SO soft and comfy. The cotton is nice and thick, and they're really stretchy which is awesome. The pockets are super deep and can hold a phone without fear of losing it. The only thing I'd want for pocket-wise is maybe an internal zip pocket within one pocket, because I am a pathological chapstick-loser. I usually wear a medium in most bottoms, but I was right on the fence on the size chart with these so I went with a large (i'm 5'9

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 5, 2019

5 5

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

I am a size 10 street shoe and I have a wide forefoot, narrow heels and high arches, so it's super hard to find a perfect fit shoe. Most La Sportiva women's shoes are way too narrow in the toes. Knowing that, I ordered a few sizes of both the women's and the men's version of this shoe. I wanted something with a snug but not tight fit for long multipitch days and cracks (I already have the super great death tight shoes that I can only wear for a few laps before I have to cry - Fiveten Anasazi Pro's, they're awesome). The 41 (translates to a women's 9.5) women's is perfect; my toe and heel touch the front and back of the shoe, but nothing is crammed in too tight. When I have cold feet they feel a little roomy, but once I get climbing and they swell up a but the fit is just what I want. If I wanted a more tech fit I'd probably go 39.5 or 39. What I love and what makes the so comfy is that you can completely dial in how they fit on every part of your foot. I loosened them up a bunch at the toe so there's plenty of room up there, and tightened them up over my arch and at the heel. They're basically painted onto my feet. The leather is buttery and delightful and so comfy, right out of the box. I've only worn them a few times to climb so far and I don't feel like the comfort comes at a huge sacrifice of performance at all. It's not like I'm not gonna use them to try and send V8 or anything, so I don't find myself wanting for more aggression out of them. For long moderate routes and all-day comfiness, I'm sold.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on May 20, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a pack for multipitchin' and this one won because I have their crag pack in the same material and I love it, and because it has a wider flatter fit so it sits nice and close to the body. Perfect size for what I need (I can fit a day's essentials or a 60m rope or a bunch of gear in it as needed) and I love the roomy front pocket. The cinch top was a little clunky at first to open and close (more so to close) but it's loosening up with use. I love how burly this pack is.... it's certainly not the lightest, but it's gonna stand up to abuse for sure. The pack I was using before was really light which was nice, but the straps were flimsy and cut into my armpits, and a load of stuff in it felt really floppy. This pack doesn't have a ton of depth to it so it sits nice and tight on your body. One thing I will say, though, is that it definitely gets hot and sweaty. The description says the back is mesh, and though it's soft and comfy I don't find it to be super breathable. I'd love to see the same pack but with a more breathable back or something of that sort. After a few pitches it's a veritable swamp on my back! Still love it though!!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Got these bibs and I'm super stoked on them! It's strangely freeing not having pants around your waist, kind of like the awesomeness of wearing a dress :) Great pockets, big enough to fit a phone and snacks and chapstick and keys in. Nice bit of stretch - the stretchy side panels really help to create a flattering fit without feeling constricting at all. There's a little extra room in the hips so if you're a gal with some thighs or a booty these will be great. The butt flap - in a word: AMAZING. That was the one thing that was keeping me from bibs and this is a game changer! A word about the fit - I got a large originally and they fit, but reeeaaally tailored and snug. I was a large based on the size chart; so if you're going for a slightly baggier fit I'd size up, or take your measurements with all your baselayers on. I'm 5'9" 155lbs, size 10, 36DD, super leggy and the large was a real fitted size and the XL give me a little bagginess which I like. Both were nice and long though, which is great because I have legs up to my neck! They've been nice and waterproof so far, but they feel pretty chilly when it's windy. Not sure if it's just because they're a shell with no lining or because the thigh vent zippers aren't taped, but if it's cold out you're going to want your toastiest baselayer pants. That said the same breathability will make them great for touring and spring riding!! They feel really well made, though after wearing only four times or so, one of the snaps on the ankle cuff fell off. Other than that though, they seem super solid!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 25, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I've been searching for a new jacket for awhile that meets my finicky standards, and this one is great! I've ridden in it probably 10x now and love it with a few noteworthy exceptions. First off, the size chart is pretty off. Based on the size chart I'd be smack in the middle of size large, but I could barely even get the large zipped up. The XL is a good fit, albeit pretty fitted, but I can fit baselayers under it. The insulation isn't bulky at all, but it is NICE and warm. It was 28 degrees out the other day riding and all I had on underneath was one thermal shirt and I was toasty. The blue color is really rich and pretty, and I love the yellow/lime accents and lining. Good amount of pockets, I love pockets! We don't have RFID tickets, but the sleeve is the perfect dedicated chapstick and hair tie pocket! I have monkey arms and the sleeves are nice and long on me, and the high collar and length are great. I love where the vent zips are, they cool you off quicker than pit zips. The things I have complaints about: I can't fit the hood over my helmet! It's a normal size fairly low profile helmet but I can't get the hood over it. The zipper pulls are very small and hard to grab with gloves or mittens on. Also, the hand pockets are about an inch too narrow for me to fit my hand in without taking my gloves off, and even then it's a pretty tight squeeze. They're not outrageously small, but kind of annoyingly so. None of that stuff is dealbreaker-y, but there's definitely room for improvement!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 6, 2018

5 5

I was a little confused about the sizing because as a lady with big "girls", I have never fit into an XS anything, so I hit up NRS directly and this is what they told me:
[Becca] Hi there! Wondering about the sizing on the women's Zoya pfd
[Becca] By the size guide and based on the measurement alone I'd wear the XS/M... but as a 36DD I can't say I've ever worn an XS/M in ANYTHING.... so I wanted to be sure how the sizing is :)
[Kurtis] The sizing is accurate as far as I know. However, the only thing that changes in the sizes is the length of the adjustment straps. All the sizes cinch down to the same size, but expand more in the larger sizes. So if you worried, you'll fit in a L/XL regardless. You just may have extra long strap tails once cinched.
[Becca] Aaaahhh that is AWESOME to know! Then I can just cut the straps if needed, perfect.

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on February 16, 2018

5 5

I couldn't find a size chart here or on the Patagonia website so I hit them up directly. Sizing info is as follows: "The difference between the two is only in the length of the torso. The size S/M is recommended for torso length 16" - 19" (waist 28" - 36"), and the size L/XL is recommended for torso length 19" - 22" (waist size 32" - 42")."

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