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Chelsea

Chelsea

Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on February 16, 2015

5 5

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

I went with the half buff because I plan to use it mostly as a headband or around my neck for warmth or to wick away sweat as I hike, and I felt like the full buff would be too much material for me. Perfect choice! I used this while hiking in Big Basin and it provided the perfect amount of warmth around my neck while we hiked in the cool, damp forest. When the weather warmed up and the sun beat down on us, I pulled it up as a headband to keep the sweat off my face. Stylish, inexpensive, and versatile. Couldn't ask for anything more! Definitely adding a few more to my wardrobe in the future!

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Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on February 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 143 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've heard nothing but great things about this jacket over the years, so I was stoked to receive one as a Christmas gift this year. I normally wear a size S or M. After reading some reviews, I went with a M nano puff to ensure that I could wear layers underneath. The quality is fantastic, the cobalt blue color is stunning, but the sizing is a bit off for me. This jacket probably fits true to size and is flattering on anyone who is fairly slim. I, however, am slightly curvy, with wider hips and thighs. While there is plenty of space for movement, the jacket hugs my hips and seems a bit long in the torso. I tried on a size S for comparison, which had a better torso length, but the hip area was even tighter and I wasn't sure I could layer anything underneath it so I stuck with the M.

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Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on February 16, 2015

3 5

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

I was really excited when I read the reviews for these and ordered a pair. I'm new to climbing, so ordering them online rather than trying them on in a store might have been my mistake. I loved everything about these shoes except for how they fit my feet (the most important part!). I ordered these in my street shoe size (8), as had been suggested by some of the reviewers below. When I tried them on, they were incredibly small (in length) and painful, particularly with my big toe jammed against the front of the shoe. Because they have synthetic uppers, it's unlikely that they'll stretch out significantly over time, so I unfortunately had to return them. While some climbers suggest dealing with this "pain" of new climbing shoes, I would recommend against it. I winced with every step I took in these and I couldn't imagine climbing in them. These aren't terribly aggressive shoes, so they should fit snugly (your toes should touch the front of the shoe and be slightly curled; they should feel like a glove or sock) without causing pain. My suggestion is to order a few pairs of these - your street shoe size and then a half or full size up. You can always return the ones that don't work, but it's worth getting the right fit.

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Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on February 16, 2015

5 5

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

I first tried these boots on while traveling abroad and immediately fell in love. They were my first purchase when I returned home to the states! These boots were recommended to me based on my feet type (narrow-medium width, normal arches). A few thoughts:

Sizing - I ordered my normal size (Women's 8) and they fit perfectly, with plenty of room in the toe box with medium-thickness wool socks. They are a bit more snug with thick backpacking socks but not enough to size up. If you're unsure of your size, I'd recommend ordering your street shoe size and a half size up, try them on at home, and return the pair that doesn't work. I'd also be cautious about buying these shoes if you have wide feet, as they do seem to run a bit narrow, but Lowa does make the renegades in a wide width.

Break-in period - As other adventurers have reported, these shoes were comfortable right out of the box! I have a lot of trouble finding hiking boots that fit well, as my heels tend to slip/slide against the back of the boot as I walk, giving me horrible blisters. Not in the Renegades! After a moderate 11-mile hike in Big Basin this past weekend, I'm happy to report that I had zero hot spots or blisters!

Durability - I've only used them a few times, so I'll have to report on the longevity of these boots, but so far so good!

Comfort - While these boots are incredibly comfortable right out of the box, I would suggest replacing the insoles if you're going to be using them for anything other than moderate day hikes (<7 miles). Toward the end of my 11-mile journey, my feet were beginning to feel a bit strained. I'll definitely be slipping my Green Superfeet into these boots next time I head into the backcountry for added comfort/support, especially if I decide to use them while backpacking.

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