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Casita

Casita

Park City, Utah

Casita's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

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Co-Founder of SpreadStoke.com

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Casitawrote a review of on December 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I originally wanted to get the Stingray for color reasons, but the sizing on those were WAY off (the large barely fit). Like all the other ladies here, I found the Sentinel to be a much better fitting, much more flattering ski pant with more pockets to stash goodies in. I'm 5'4-ish" (size 8) and the medium/regular fit perfect in the waist with spare room for layering. I will say that these run long though, even the regular version is about 2 inches too long. But, with boots/bindings, the length is just right and I'll just roll them up when walking around in shoes. These are SUPER cute, the pink tulip color is really fun, and are WAY comfy. It's not easy finding a "good ass pant" in the ski aisle, and these do the trick!

OK - let's talk function since life is not always a fashion show! I've worn these a few times in 20-30 degree (F) weather so far with a single and double layer. They are perfectly warm and I'll likely use a thin + thick layer for wicked cold days. But what is the most impressive thing was my test in them yesterday, during what I swear was one of Utah's WETTEST snow storms ever. It was a day meant only for gor-tex, and these pants literally saved me from drowning like a wet rat at the resort in all the fabulous, albeit wet, snow. The wetness from the day worked it's sneaky way through my waterproof technical shell jacket, my waterproof leather gloves, and almost my ski boots. But my legs ... dry as a freakin' desert! I sat in puddles, I accidentally spilled my PBR on my pants, and I even played in the rain when I got back into the city. Legs. Remained.Dry!

I can officially say these are the best ski pants I've owned, for both form and function. Highly recommended!

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Casitawrote a review of on December 12, 2014

Trenches and Speed and Stiffness, Oh My!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've skied my fair share of women's skis and these are by far and away the best I've been on. I am stoked that there is finally a ski out there designed for aggressive ladies, and these suckers simply shred. I ended up ordering them as an all-mountain ski and was completely thrilled with them by my 2nd run. While I've only had them out on groomer days so far (I blame a lack of snow in Utah) I can't wait to test them in crud/softer snow. That said, they are super fun to carve. Skis are damp, stiff, and pretty quick edge to edge for being 98MM under foot. These crave making longer GS-like turns and aren't as poppy as some other similar skis. But, the uber dampness+stiffness combo make for a ski that is incredibly fast and incredibly stable. If you're looking for a pretty aggressive all mountain ski that can also lay trenches, this is a great ski to consider.

Stats:
I'm 5'3" & have been skiing on the 166 CM Samba mounted w/ Rossi Axial bindings.

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Casitawrote a review of on November 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

The NF Nima is the perfect companion to a water proof shell no matter the activity, and also looks incredibly flattering worn by itself. I've worn this sucker 20 out of the last 30 days that I've had it! I'm super stoked on the high neck (zips up to my nose) and the long sleeves (edge of cuffs touch my knuckles when arms are fully extended). I'm also a size 8 and can vouch that the medium fits perfectly. While the sides are stretchy, the rest of the insulated part is incredible at blocking wind and it's thin enough that wearing this under a jacket doesn't make you look like a marshmallow. I would describe it as a perfect fitting mid-layer that happens to be slightly insulated. In fact, I think I'm going to have to order this in white also. My only complaint is that it isn't in more fun colors.

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Casitawrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of my favorite must-have items on a day-to-day basis. Its great for hydration, using it for hot tea, holding it as a hot water bottle mini heater on freezing office days, and won't break. I actually left it on my car roof the other day, drove off, and then saw it bounce down the road unharmed while I gasped in shock. To my delight, it was completely unscathed! If you want a water bottle that doesn't leach unwanted smells/flavors ... this is your new bestie.

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Casitawrote a review of on November 18, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

Ordered this because I have a few other amazing NF sweaters and then ended up returning it due to a weird fit. It's super baggy in the shoulders and waist and the neck is super large compared to a few other cow-neck style sweaters I own. I usually wear a size small/medium in NF and I could have probably gotten away with a XS had I decided to swap it out. Also felt sort cheaply made ... wasn't super stoked, so returned it.

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Casitawrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

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

Agreed that these run slightly large. I usually wear a 8.5 but ordered the 8 and they fit perfectly with my super thick socks. These are way comfy and worked really well during a 5 degree photo shoot last week while trouncing around in the snow. Highly recommended for both form and function.

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Casitawrote a review of on July 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have yet to meet a pair of Reef's that I didn't love. These are no exception. I ordered the coral colored flops and LOVE the color. Super cute, but functional for Summer. These may be the most comfortable flip flops I've ever owned. The foam foot bed is money! Highly recommend these suckers. Fit is true to size, and shoes are perfect for my narrow feet.

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Casitawrote a review of on July 16, 2014

4 5

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

Ordered these because I have a sandal obsession and loved the blue and purple pattern. I ordered a size 8.0 and they fit pretty perfectly. I have really narrow feet (normally a size 8-8.5) and the part across the foot fits pretty well (not too wide). I wouldn't suggest these for ladies with wider feet though. The leather between the toes is also rather stiff and will need some proper break in time. I've worn mine about 5 times now and they are getting much more comfy. These are great for summer dress season!

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Casitawrote a review of on April 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently received the Matte Black version of the Feather and have put it through about 5 rides now. It's super comfy and light, which is great so it doesn't bounce around my head while riding over rough terrain when properly fitted to my noggin. The size small fit perfectly as I have a mini head (52 cm) and it seems to breath really well so far. My only complaint is that the straps seem pretty cheap compared to my other Giro helmet and they don't have under-the-ear adjustments. Fortunately it fits perfectly there, but might be something to consider before buying it. Other than that, I'm pretty stoked on it and can't wait to put it through a summer of shredding.

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Casitawrote a review of on January 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Ordered the black/black in a medium 2 months ago and was so stoked on it (seriously wore it everyday skiing!) that I just order another (black/oxblood) last week. One of the most comfy base layers I own and I really like that it is nice and long to tuck into my pants without ever pulling out. I am usually a big Patagonia and Icebreaker fan, but this top just moved Stoic to the front of the list. I swear, this layer acts like a lil oven ... super warm!

The fit is pretty right on. I generally wear mediums and this fit perfectly. It is fitted in the waist and is quite flattering compared to other boxy cut base-layers.

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Casitawrote a review of on December 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this helmet (black/small) for skiing this winter. Helmet is WAY comfy and really light weight. I don't even realize that I'm wearing it at all throughout the day and it fits amazingly with my goggles (smith ios). No gap at all, it's like they were made for each other.

The speakers sound OK, good enough for riding and I love that I don't have to wear ear buds anymore. They certainly aren't the highest quality, but just fine for jamming out on the mountain. My only complaint is that the audio cord is complete garbage and broke within 2 days of use (sunny + cold weather, but never got wet). There seems to be some sort of short in the cord remote section. I ordered a better quality cord off amazon that will hopefully hold up better, so fingers are crossed.

Also, this helmet has vents on the top that do not adjust nor do they come with plugs, so you may want to shove on a skinny hat underneath on super cold days.

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Casitawrote a review of on December 12, 2013

Really Digging It So Far!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Saw this jacket online about a month ago and knew I had to have it. Ordered it in the Amphib Green color which is an exact match to the picture. I had tried it on prior to ordering it and was just between the small and medium (compared to my other jackets, this ran slightly large - I'm about 5'3" and size 6-ish). I ended up with the medium as I wanted plenty of room to wear my micro-puff underneath for freezing days, but a small would have worked just fine. It's slightly larger in the shoulders, so if you want a more fitted look, size down.

I've skied in this a few days now, and am super happy with it so far. I love the high collar on the jacket so I can tuck my face into it on the lift and the hood fits well over my helmet. A really great shell so far!



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Casitawrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

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

My husband recently bought these for me so to keep my manos nice and toasty while scrapping snow off my car in the mornings. These certainly do the trick. The inside of these gloves are SUPER comfy and keep your hands perfectly warm. Perfect for fall, driving, cruising around the city, or for spring skiing. If you're looking for a liner to stick under ski gloves, your best getting something thinner, but if you want a nice glove to keep the wind and water off your hands when you're not on the slopes, look no further than these!

Fit: I usually wear a woman's medium ski glove (or large fox bike gloves) and the medium sized Fuzzy Wuzzy fit perfectly!

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Casitawrote a review of on November 13, 2009

5 5

My boyfriend bought me this jacket a few days ago since I've been complaining about not having a soft shell and let me just say I LOVE this jacket. You don't even feel like you are wearing a jacket! The material is amazing, soft, and incredibly warm for how thin it is. It was about 20 degrees this morning and this jacket kept me toasty! It does run on the small side - I'm about 5'3 and 125 and needed to swap out the small for a medium like everyone else, but now that I have a size that fits I don't want to take off. If you need a softshell, this is the one you want!

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