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Carmen Groom

Carmen Groom

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Salt Lake City, UT

Carmen Groom's Passions

Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was camping with some friends a few years ago, and one of my friends pulled out these booties while we were sitting around the campfire. I was super jealous of how warm her feet were, but I decided that they weren't a camping essential, and that I could make-do with just warm socks and my slip-on vans. Well, three years later, I finally gave in and bought these down booties before a camping trip to the desert.

Honestly, I was expecting to wear them on the trip, and then assumed they would end up in my closet until the next time I went camping. Nay nay nay! I wear these booties practically every day. They are warm, but not so warm that your feet are sweating. I really love the tread on these! I can wear them outside around the campfire or into gas stations on road trips and not have to worry about the bottom of the slippers getting destroyed. Now that the mornings are getting chillier in Salt Lake, I find myself wearing these to drive in on the way to work. I have only had these booties for a few weeks, but they seem very durable so far.

I wear a size 9, and I bought these in a size 9 as well. They are a little roomy, but I wanted these booties to fit a little loose so that I could wear thick socks with them as well. If you are looking for a tighter fit, then I would size down. I bought these in the "high rise grey/zinc grey" color. While the booties aren't as shiny as they appear in the picture, they do still look a little "spaceship-y". I like it, but if you're wanting something more neutral looking, then I would just get them in black.

Before buying these, I considered down booties a "nice to have" item. However, now that I own these, I definitely consider them an essential and bring them with me everywhere!

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on August 2, 2019

5 5

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

This was by far the easiest and quickest tent to set up that I've ever experienced. Setting up the tent with two people took less than 2 minutes. I also really loved that the entire dome was mesh. It made sleeping in the hot nights cool and breezy. Plus, you can look out and see the entire night sky. We slept two people and a 40lb dog in this tent no problem.

The rain fly is also very easy to put on (just make sure you match the red strap on the rain fly to the red on the tent!). There are a decent amount of pockets on this tent, plus a large pocket spanning almost the entire top of the tent.

My one main qualm with this tent is the durability of the tent stakes. One stake pretty easily bent the very first time I used the tent. I could see having to replace all of the tent stakes in a year, depending on how much use the tent gets.

Pros:
SUPER easy to set up and get back in the tent bag
Spacious enough for 2 people and a dog
Mesh dome is awesome for star gazing!
2 doors, so no one is crawling over each other
Comes with own footprint

Cons:
Tent stakes seem to be lacking in durability

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

These are definitely my new favorite pants for alpine climbing and hiking. I wore these climbing up 9 pitches of super sharp and chossy limestone on Notch Peak, and I have zero holes or snags. Also, I got caught in a snow storm and spent 1.5 hours hiking down in these pants. While they did get wet from snow, they fully dried in 15 minutes. I have been super impressed with these pants, and they have far exceeded my expectations. I actually found the length of these pants to run on the shorter side. I wish they were a half inch longer for hiking, but I found the length perfect for rock climbing. You can easily cinch the ankles. I also love the integrated belt in these pants. My biggest issue with pants is that I have to size up so that pants can fit my thighs, but I end up with a waist that is too big.

These pants did seem to stretch some over the course of the day that I climbed in them, but nothing too crazy. I definitely would not size down in these. I bought these in "redox" and the color is more of a rust color, which I really love. I was worried from the picture that it would be too much of a red/berry color. I wear these in the same size that I wear my gamma mx pants. If you're looking for a multi-use pair of pants that you can wear hiking, climbing, scrambling, or just hanging around camp, I would highly recommend these.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on June 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a side sleeper, so I need sleeping pads with a little extra thickness so that I can't feel the ground. My previous pad was a mummy style, which got annoying because my legs would always end up off of the pad and on the ground during the middle of the night. The larger, rectangle shape of this pad is so much nicer and more comfortable! I also could not feel the ground underneath me at all, and I slept soundly on this pad every night.

I tend to run cold when I sleep, and I noticed that I did not stay as warm with this pad as I do with my other ones. I think this may have something to do with the "chambers". I'm not sure I would use this during the winter, even though it is described as a 4 season pad. I definitely would use this as my 3 season pad though. But if you don't get cold easily, then I think you could definitely get away with using this during the winter.

This thing packs down small and feels pretty lightweight, yet still allows you to sleep on a "luxurious" sleeping pad.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on June 3, 2019

5 5

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

Not really much to add to what has already been said. This is a great little cooler. I love the handle, as it makes it much easier for one person to carry. I got this in "seafoam" and received multiple compliments on the cool color. As with all Yeti's, the inside is much smaller than it seems from the outside. This would be the perfect size to fit food for an overnight camping trip for one person. I am always impressed with how long ice stays cold in Yetis. Definitely recommend!

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on June 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We bought this cooler camping with us over a multi-day car camping trip in Southern Utah. I kind of threw this in the car last minute, not really thinking we'd use it. However, this cooler got the most use out of anything we brought! We would drive to different trail heads every day to hike, and we used this cooler to for our lunch and beer. It is relatively lightweight. We hiked down to a little river one day, and I carried this cooler in no problem. The zipper takes some getting used to, as you have to pull harder than with other zippers. The flip top provides easy access to everything inside. In true Yeti fashion, this cooler keeps your food cold for days! I highly recommend this cooler for day trips.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on June 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Over several seasons of climbing and hiking in the Wasatch, I have been caught in a variety of "unexpected" weather conditions. I've been on a lookout for a pullover that I can pull on if the weather turns really windy or starts raining. Finally, Arcteryx has made a jacket that is exactly what I've been looking for!

I've only worn it a few times, but I literally bring this with me everywhere now. This pullover definitely seems more breathable than my other rain jackets, but I still warm up pretty quickly when I am moving while wearing this. I haven't tested it out in rain yet. I wouldn't want to rely on this during a heavy downpour, but I am fully confident I would stay dry during a drizzle. It cuts the wind when you put it on. Additionally, it is super stretchy, and it doesn't limit my mobility at all when rock climbing.

Arcteryx has added in things in the bottom hem so that it stays put under your harness. This jacket fits true to size, and fits similarly to other Arcteryx clothing. I always find Arcteryx Women's jackets to run on the shorter side, and this jacket is no exception. If it was any shorter, then I would go with the Men's version (size down 1 size), as Men's tend to run longer. Or you could size up in the women's, but it definitely will not fit as slim.

I have this in the Iolite color, and it is beautiful. Even though it is expensive, I would highly recommend! This is a piece that will definitely last you a long time.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on June 3, 2019

4 5

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

This chair was a big hit on our camping trip over Memorial Day Weekend in Southern Utah. Someone was always sitting in this chair. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this chair is to set up. The carrying bag is *relatively* compact . It is about the size of what your average 4 person tent packs down to.

True to it's name, this chair really shines when you're lounging back around the campfire in the evenings, looking at the night sky. I found I was most comfortable in this chair when I was able to prop my legs up on something, like our cooler. It is kind of annoying if you're wanting to sit up straight, as you always feel a little hunched forward.

This chair is definitely a necessity if you're wanting to make car camping as comfortable as possible.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on June 3, 2019

3 5

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

My friend has this chair and raves about it, so I decided to try one out camping in Southern Utah over Memorial Day Weekend. This chair is lightweight and packs down very small. It would make a really good backpacking chair when space and weight matter. However, this chair was annoying to get set up. The legs kept popping out of their sleeves. Also, it was pretty hard to get this back in the bag correctly. You have to fold it the exact right way, or else you're not going to be able to get it back in the bag. I was trying to put this away in the rain, and I gave up and just threw it in my car. I also did not like how low to the ground this chair sits. The ground was a little wet and cold, and my butt was so close to the ground, that it got cold super easily.

Some of my other friends camping with us had the Helinox chairs, and their chair legs kept sinking into the dirt. This Alite chair definitely outshined in that aspect, as the chair legs don't sink down into softer ground.

I would recommend this chair if you're looking for a camp chair that is lightweight and packs down super small. As long as you practice getting the chair back in the bag several times before hand, you shouldn't have an issue when you're camping.



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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 4 and 6

These shorts really confused me. First, I know it says "cord stand up" in the description, but I thought "Surely Patagonia would not release a corduroy short for spring/summer"... they did. These shorts are definitely corduroy material, and the material is pretty thick. I felt like I would get super hot in these if I wore them during the summer in Utah. The fabric is more ideal for fall weather.

Second, these shorts are high-waisted, which I was not expecting. I was looking for a pair of shorts to wear to work and around town. However, I find wearing high waisted shorts pretty uncomfortable, and I only opt for high-waisted bottoms if I am going out with friends.

I am normally am in between a small and medium in Patagonia sizes. I bought a size 4 and size 6. Size 6 was way too big, but size 4 was pretty form fitting, not shorts I would want to wear all day.

So yeah, not sure what Patagonia was going for with these. If you are looking for a pair of high-waisted corduroy shorts to wear out to the bar in the fall, then I would recommend these. If you are looking for a pair of shorts to wear running errands, hiking, to work during the summer, etc then I would keep looking.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

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

I gave these as a present to my best friend for her birthday, and here is what she had to say:

"These skis are awesome!! I chose them after demo-ing a few in their underfoot range. I am 5'6 and an intermediate to advanced level Utah resort skier. I have onl skied on them in the chunderiest of snow, and I have never felt more comfortable. They cut through crud on ungroomed runs and turned when I asked them to.

I was also really impressed by how stable they stay at high speeds. There was no chatter or jittering. Sadly I have not had a pow day on them yet, but based on other reviews I have read, they shouldn't disappoint. I fell in love with these little legends! They really can do it all."

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on March 18, 2019

Solid Car Camping Tent for Two People
4 5

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

This is a really great tent for car camping for two people, or two people and a dog. It would be a pretty tight squeeze to fit 3 adults in this tent. My favorite thing about this tent is that set up is a breeze!! We set this tent up (footprint + tent + rain fly) for the first time ever in the dark with just headlamps, and it took less than 5 minutes.

My biggest issue with this tent is that only 6 stakes were included. The tent itself takes 4, and then you need two more to stake out the rain fly. Which means there are no tent stakes left to stake out guylines. It was extremely windy our first night camping, so we had to get creative with tying the guylines to trees and rocks. Also, the guylines are not already set up, so if you are planning on going camping where the weather could turn to gusty winds\rain, then I would 1) make sure you set up your guy lines ahead of time and 2) bring at least 4 extra stakes.

Pros
Two doors - (1 doors on each side, however, one door is larger than the other)
Easy to set up
Comes with footprint

Cons
Only 6 stakes included, which is not enough if you need to stake out guylines


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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is the perfect choice for someone who is looking for a well-made rain jacket that is light and packs down small. I didn't notice anything weird about the fit. However I did end up returning this jacket and bought the men's version instead. I ordered the "Tasmanian Teal" expecting the orange part to be a burnt orange color (that's how it appeared on my computer screen), but it ended up being a light peach color which I was not a fan of. I generally prefer the men's colors anyway.

I wear a medium in Patagonia women's jackets, but a small in men's. If you are not thrilled about these colors or are looking for a longer fit, then I highly recommend checking out the men's version

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is a solid rain jacket. It is light and packs down small, so it is perfect to throw in your backpack when hiking even if you aren't expecting rain. I have the pullover version of this jacket too, which I like, but I wanted a jacket that I could also zip up. I actually prefer the men's fit of this jacket, as it is a little longer. Plus the colors are way better

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had avoided this book for awhile assuming it was just geared toward finger boarding, but I listened to a recent podcast with the Anderson brothers and realized that this book probably contained a lot of useful information regarding training for rock climbing.

I am only about halfway through this book. However, this is by far the most comprehensive and detailed book I have read on training for rock climbing. It covers everything from physiology and energy systems to skills training and specific exercises to do. If you are remotely interested in improving your climbing or the science-y side of climbing in general, I highly recommend this book.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have recently started incorporating hangboarding into my training. I have just been using the ones at the gym, but it's annoying because 1) I have to drive all the way up there and 2) other people may be using them when I get there. Anyway, I was tired of making excuses as to why I wasn't using a hangboard, so I decided to buy one and put it up over the door way to my room.

Initially, I was looking for a wooden one, but I wasn't too crazy about any of the wooden boards out there. Plus they seem to cost way more. After reading a ton of reviews, I landed on this hangboard, and I couldn't be happier! I think this board is good for people climbing in the 11s/12s (there are even some jugs that 5.10ers may be able to use). But if I was climbing mid 13s or higher, I would probably look for a more advanced board. Also, the plastic doesn't hurt my fingers, as long as I chalk up before. It feels just like climbing on gym holds.

Like Jennifer said, definitely make sure the mount plywood to studs first, and then mount the hangboard to the plywood.

I have been on this thing every day since I bought it - either doing finger training or just pull ups. I am really happy with my decision to mount it over my bedroom door, as it reminds me to use it whenever I walk out of my room. I am excited to see how having a hangboard helps my climbing this year!

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on February 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This heart rate monitor actually makes me excited to run! It pairs seamlessly with my phone and my garmin watch. The strap is really comfortable, and I don't even notice it when I run. I was a little worried about the hrm slipping down when I run, but I have had no issues so far. I was hesitant buying this hrm due to several of the reviews below complaining about quality control issues. However, several of my co-workers have had this monitor for over a year (wearing it multiple times per week) and they have not had any issues. While I have only worn it a few times, so far so good for me!

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on February 22, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Love this hoodie! North Face has really been on top of it lately with their clothing. I have been really into light pink lately, and the "pink salt/tnf white" color is the perfect light pink.

I did find this hoodie to run a little small. I am normally a Medium across all brands, but the medium in this hoodie is pretty tight. If you were only going to throw it on over a tight tank or sports bra, then you would be ok with sizing normally. However, if you are wanting it to fit more like a sweatshirt to put it on over a tshirt/additional layers, then I would definitely size up. I ended up returning the M for a L, and it fits great.

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on February 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this to replace an old lunchbox I hadfrom Target. I frequently pack lunch and dinner, as I head to the gym right after work, and my old lunchbox was just too small. The Kavu snack sack is amazing! It is definitely larger than your normal lunchbox. It could easily fit enough food for 2 people. Or if you are like me and end up packing multiple meals, then it is the perfect size. The colors/patterns are so fun as well! I am looking forward to using this cooler during my summer adventures too. It seems very durable and well insulated. Highly recommend!

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Carmen Groomwrote a review of on February 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have been on the search for a classic black down puffy vest to wear over shirts during cooler weather. It seems like everything I have come across either has weird colors, fits odd, is too short, or too expensive. Thank you Columbia for making an affordable yet functional vest!!

This vest keeps me warm. If the temperature is over 40 degrees, then I just wear this with no jacket. It is slim enough to wear underneath another jacket, but also still lofty enough to look good on it's own.


It is not exactly form-fitting, but isn't super boxy either, which is what I was looking for. This vest is so versatile, I wear it everywhere! Work, the gym, out to eat, over to friends' houses, etc. Love it!!

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