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BexOnHood

BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Running
Yoga
Climbing

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

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

4 5

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

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" 155 and usually wear a size 10). I honestly think either the medium or the large would have fit; the large fits fine but the medium would be a more slim fit. They do stretch a little with wearing, so if you're on the fence I'd recommend going with the smaller size. They're pretty high-waisted which is not usually my style, but that makes them really comfy and they stay put like a dream. You're never going to worry about having to continually pull them up with the high waist and the contrasting (and super cute) belt. If you have thighs and a booty with a narrower waist, these would be PERFECT for you. I'm pretty straight shaped and have chicken legs, so they're a little baggy in the legs for me. Definitely more for casual use for me because they're cotton (for hiking and river stuff I prefer a quicker-drying fabric). All in all, for day to day wear, dog walking, clomping around town, etc, the mountain short is a win!

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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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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I wanted to love these pants so much... the quality is awesome, the material is awesome, the pockets are awesome... but the fit was super funky on me. I'm 5'9" and usually wear a size 10. Athletic build, very straight through the waist/hips and super long slim legs. The 10 fit perfect in the waist but they had some weird poofy thing going on just above the knees that was unflattering enough that I returned them. Bummer because I loved everything else about them!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these pants! I feel like the descriptions leads the reader to believe they're a little more of a dry-pant, but I would tend to say they're a solid splash-pant. Water can still get in through the waist and ankles a little bit (though not bad at all) if you're in whitewater so I ended up with wet calves and a waist, but for keeping you way warmer and way drier I love them. If you're paddling around in a lake and just getting the occasional splash or drip I imagine you'd stay totally dry. They run a little big; I almost always wear a large in letter-size pants but I'm a medium in these (5'9" 155). They're sized to fit over layers and I wear them with wool long johns and they fit just right. Great pant for the price; they'll keep you nice and toasty and the pocket is splashproof enough that I felt comfortable keeping my (water-resistant) phone in there. Love 'em!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on September 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs

The stuff that I loved about these boots right out of the box:

- they're super light
- they're nice and flexible
- the soles look BOMB
-they look pretty sharp

I put them through the paces straight out of the box with an 8-mile backpacking trip complete with nice trail, water crossing, beater trail and a crapton of scree. In all conditions, they performed admirably! Especially on rock; the soles are awesome as far as not being able to feel pokey stuff under your feet and great grip for how light and comfy they are.

They really don't need a break-in period as far as I'm concerned... I had no discomfort and no hot spots even with them being brand new and under the stress of a full pack and a hot day!

Don't get these boots if you want bomber support and a stiff boot. As far as I can tell, they're like a mid-rise trail runner with the sole of a great boot, which is exactly what I wanted. I don't need or want a ton of ankle support and I prefer lightweight flexibility in a boot so I don't feel like I'm walking on a brick and I have good ground-feel.

Runs true to size, perhaps a tiny bit long, which is perfect for me because I'm at the biggest end of a size 10 (I'd say it fits like a size 10.25, which is perfect for backpacking). The toe box is nice and roomy but the heel is snug, and they have fantastic arch support and cushion.

All in all, so far, I love them!!

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