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Caylawrote a review of on July 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

These shorts were so close to being perfect! The material is great - super lightweight and dries very fast. I love the length - not too short or long. Deep pockets and comes in great colors. But I have to agree with others in saying that the fit in the waist line is a little off. I am normally a solid size 4 but sized up to a size 6, and it is still too tight in the waist and bum area. I am already pretty small in size, so I can imagine these shorts would cause some issues with other women as well. Definitely size up with these, and hopefully that will fix the sizing issue. Other that that, these shorts are great and perfect for hiking/backpacking!

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Caylawrote a review of on July 12, 2019

Great if you need that extra toe room!
5 5

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

I have always had a really hard time finding hiking boots that fit. My feet are shaped a little odd - my big toe slants in towards my little toe, causing my toes to crunch together and a bunion-like bone on the side of my foot to protrude. While still having a narrow heel and ankle, I need a lot of room in the toe box. I have given up on hiking boots, never being able to find something that doesn't crunch my toes up and cut off my circulation. I switched to trail running shoes instead, which have been great except for when I want to go on winter hikes in the snow. These are perfect for winter, and actually fit my feet with their extra room in the toe box and on the side to accommodate bunions. I took them on a couple snowy/muddy hikes and they were great. The Goretex membrane kept my feet nice and dry, and the gripping on the soles really held up in the slippery snow and wet mud. These are a perfect winter hiking/backpacking boot that fits with a wider toe box and a narrow heel. Would definitely recommend!

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Caylawrote a review of on June 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

I didn't think I could love a pair of shorts so much, but here it is. I love them! I have been searching for a good pair of hiking shorts that actually fit true to size and have finally found them. These are stretchy, not too tight in the waist, and have a perfect medium length. But still hold their shape after much much use. The material is great - lightweight and quick drying. I wear them hiking, at work, around the house, out in town, and even wore them rafting. They dry so fast it was like wearing board shorts! I have to fight not to wear them every day. Not to mention they are super affordable. I might just have to get one in every color. I am usually a size 4-6 depending on the brand and item, but got these in a size 4 and they fit great. If you are a woman who constantly struggles with finding the right fit with pants and shorts (I know I speak to the majority here) I would definitely recommend these for being true to size!

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Caylawrote a review of on May 10, 2019

Perfect Glamping Stove!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love how simple and easy to use this stove is! It's so easy to turn on, with a really simple igniter. And it's big enough to fit my cast iron - which i can't cook without when I am glamping! The pan that it comes with is also a really nice, however I used it as a lid with my cast iron. :) I would definitely recommend this stove if you are car camping!

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Caylawrote a review of on May 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great camping blanket! Lightweight and a good back up just in case your sleeping bag is not warm enough. If you do want to use it for some extra warmth, I would suggest putting it under your sleeping bag for some extra insulation - if you throw it on top it just slides off. I didn't end up needing it for extra warmth, but my dog sure appreciated it! It's definitely a must have for an extra emergency blanket! Just don't put it too close to the campfire - I had to tape up some holes that some embers put in it. :)

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Caylawrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this sleeping bag to my backpacking/camping trip to Escalante. The low's got down only to the low 40's, and this sleeping bag kept me so insanely warm...almost too warm. I usually run hot when I sleep, so I slept with this sleeping bag unzipped with no tent and was so so warm! The two sided zippers on this bag are a really nice feature if you don't like the mummy style and want to breathe a little bit. It's also a very lightweight compressible bag, perfect for backpacking! Another small cool feature is the zipper- it glows in the dark so you can find it easily! This is definitely a good winter bag, I can see it keeping you comfortable down into the 20's, as long as you have a good insulated pad and sleep in thin base layers. I would definitely recommend!

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Caylawrote a review of on April 17, 2019

Thank you Leki!! - Love, my knees
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am writing this letter to speak for knees in pain everywhere. In the earlier years, I remember being able to function so easily and felt great, hiking and backpacking around with no problem. But lately, I have not been working like I used to. For years now, I have been trying to let Cayla know that going down steep hills is virtually getting impossible for me. I scream in pain when she loads herself up with a massive heavy backpack and continues to work me for days. She has relentlessly ignored my cries, saying that trekking poles are only for the elderly. It turns out, I am not alone. I have noticed knees everywhere are just getting tired and overworked, we just can't keep up these days and we certainly can't do all these strenuous activities alone. And finally, Leki has heard our cries. Lo and behold, the trekking pole. This brilliant invention has assisted me in those strenuous activities that I have always had to manage alone - taking the bulk of the weight off me and dissipating it elsewhere. I no longer cry in protest as Cayla hikes down hills, or backpacks in the mountains. These certain poles are perfect for the activities we do, and especially for the trekking pole newbies. While being light and comfortable, they are super easy to break down and pop into place with that speed lock mechanism. Thank you Leki for hearing my pleas, I will be forever grateful.

Sincerely,

Cayla's Knees

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Caylawrote a review of on March 25, 2019

Works great!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think it's hard for seat covers to fit all seats, but this one fits perfect for my Toyota Rav4. It's a definite upgrade from my sheets that I threw over the backseat. I love the simple straps - makes it really easy to take on and off. And the zippers for the seat belts are great. The material is good for cleaning as well. I am pretty stoked on this purchase, and so is Winnie!

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Caylawrote a review of on March 25, 2019

5 5

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

This is my first stuff size backpacking pillow I have ever purchased, and it did not disappoint! At first I couldn't find it in my package - it stuffs down so small! The material is so soft too! I am in love, and I can't wait to take it out backpacking. No more sleeping on jackets and sweaters! I would highly recommend this for a backpacking pillow.

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Caylawrote a review of on March 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Yep. New favorite underwear! These are perfect for backpacking, hiking, or just any work outs in general. The material is super soft and comfortable, and super quick drying. And the style is so cute! A major bonus is no underwear lines! I pretty much only want to wear these. I will most likely get all of the colors. They fit perfectly and are true to size.

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Caylawrote a review of on March 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Perfect for Yoga, hiking, climbing, or working out. Not too tight like a lot of sports bras- which makes it super comfortable. The fit is a little big for me, but if you have a bigger cup size this would be perfect for you.

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Caylawrote a review of on March 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 6.5-8

These are just essential for all my shoes. I have always had back pain and insoles help so much with that. I also have really high arches and these are perfect. I recommend them for anyone with feet or back pain! I am a size 8, and purchased the 6.5-8 and they fit my shoes great after I used some scissors and trimmed them. Highly recommended!

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Caylawrote a review of on March 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I have always loved Smartwool baselayers and socks, but was a little skeptical of wool underwear. I'm so glad I decided to bite the bullet and buy these. They are my favorite! I wore them in an Alaskan winter, but also work out in them as well. The merino wool material is so soft and moisture wicking, perfect for skiing or wearing on those long backpacking trips. If you are skeptical like I was about having wool underwear and think they would just be warm and itchy, fear not! You won't regret them! They fit perfectly as well and are true to size.

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Caylawrote a review of on February 14, 2019

5 5

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

I got these for a friend after convincing her that she would love them. I have the lone peaks, and let her wear them on one climb we did together when her hiking boots were just killing her and giving her blisters. After wearing mine, she was convinced! I bought these for her birthday, here is her response:

“These are the most comfortable all around shoes I have! I use them for hiking, biking, going to the gym, and running errands. Even hiking steep trails haven’t given me a blister yet. I got a size 8 which fit perfectly, I usually get an 8 or 8 1/2 so they run a little larger.”

I would convince anyone who is looking for a comfortable hiking shoe to buy Altra trail running shoes. Their zero drop design and wide toe box literally makes it the comfiest shoe ever! You don’t have to trail run to love this shoe. As my friend said, you can pretty much wear them for anything!

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Caylawrote a review of on January 26, 2019

4 5

I usually wear a medium in jackets and sweaters mainly because I’m 5’9” with a long torso and arms. So I got a medium in this, but was not expecting it to be so long! I had to return it because it ran very long and large, but will definitely be getting a small instead. Other than me just getting the wrong size, this seems like an awesome technical fleece. I got it for backcountry skiing and hiking. I can see how it will be perfect for any outdoor activity because it will keep you warm but allow you to sweat. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a more technical mid-layer. Just remember to size down!

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Caylawrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

These are perfect glove liners inside my mittens. I also wear them walking my dog or backcountry skiing. The touch screen totally works with these as well. I would recommend them if your looking for something to wear running, cross country skiing, or just need a little bit of warmth without sacrificing dexterity too much.

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Caylawrote a review of on January 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

You will never have to take off your ski boots to de-layer ever again! I have always had the issue of what to wear when I'm skiing in the Backcountry, especially with bottoms. I get so hot skinning up, and then cold skiing down. I usually just sweat through my baselayers and am super miserable on the hikes up because I am too lazy to take off my ski boots and de-layer/ add on more layers. With these I never have to ever again! I wore them touring last night and the wool kept me so warm while breathing so well. I didn't need to take them off because they breathed so well, but it's nice to have that option. I am definitely going to wear these skiing at resorts as well because this is just a perfect baselayer. I showed these off to my friends I was skiing with and just blew their minds. Such a good idea for a baselayer!
For sizing, I would say it fits regular to large. I usually am a medium in leggings just because of my height and the fact I like my workout gear to fit a little more loose. These are a little looser, generous where they need to be without sacrificing overall fit. I could have gone with a small, but am happy I kept the medium. So stoked to find my new favorite baselayer, I would recommend them to anyone who skis!

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Caylawrote a review of on December 29, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I have mixed feelings about these, they are super comfortable and great for working out in. But the fit is a little weird, as in humongous on the backside. It often sticks out of my pants like crazy, and gives me really noticeable underwear lines. I would recommend putting them on a delicate wash and not in the dryer, I already ripped the mesh sides. If you find a cut that works for you then these are really great!

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Caylawrote a review of on December 29, 2018

Heavy Duty Leash
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love how simple this leash is. I was just looking for a tough, simple rope that still looked cute and this is perfect! Super simple if your not looking for fancy gadgets or extra loops. I agree that the clasp is a little heavy, I wouldn't recommend this leash for small dogs for that reason.

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