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Chelsea

Chelsea

Boulder, CO

Chelsea's Passions

Biking
Running
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on December 3, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Polar OH1 Optical Heart Rate Arm Band for about 4 months now and really wanted to get a good feel for it before diving into a review. Overall, I really enjoy having this product in my arsenal. I love that it's essentially weightless and non-invasive while being active; I usually forget that I'm even wearing it. I've been using the armband while running, biking, and circuit training at the gym, planning on taking it skiing this winter as well. I've never used any kind of equipment before to gather data on my activities, and now that I have, I get upset if I forget to put it on before doing anything active.

My favorite use is while running. It tracks my distance, time, and gives me updates every mile. I never thought that getting stats would change my behavior while running, but it does! I've found that I'm running longer distances and improving my fitness and am shocked that it has had that effect. While it keeps me up to speed with my pace and distances in real-time, it doesn't make me feel anxious or like I haven't accomplished enough, and I find myself more motivated to go an extra mile at whatever pace I'd like. I'd call myself more of a casual runner averaging anywhere from 3 to 8 miles. One thing I've noticed though is that this heart rate monitor works best for me when I'm using it with my phone connection and earbuds because it needs the connection with both your phone and headphones in order to gps your route and feed you audible information at the same time. This is fine with me since I really need to be listening to music to enjoy a run so I always have my phone on me anyway. If you don't have a wireless connection it will still capture your heart rate stats and overall time, but it's not able to give you distances or track your route. This is no problem at the gym or doing any activity where you don't necessarily need/want to get a full picture of your route/distance though.

Another awesome feature are the Polar apps. I exclusively use the Beats app and love that it gives me an extensive summary of my workouts. The graphics do a wonderful job of visualizing your heart rate spikes, pace, and fat burning data and providing you with a map of your route. It also saves them so you can look back at previous your previous workouts.

My only hesitation on giving this 5 starts is the fact that it really needs a wireless connection to be fully functional, also I was never able to get a hang of the

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Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on September 2, 2018

Sidekick for life :)
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

5'4", 130lbs, went with the S/M 36L Kyte. I was searching for a smaller backpacking pack to take on the Tour du Mont Blanc (100 mile loop through the Alps). I've been backpacking for years with my 60L Northface Terra and love that pack. It has a ton of hip padding, always feels secure and evenly distributed, and fits really well, but I didn't need that large of a pack for this hike since we were were hiking the mountain hut circuit; staying in lodging and being fed. We didn't need to bring camping gear (tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, food, cookware, etc). Essentially, I was carrying clothing, toiletries, snacks, a liter of water, sandals, and tech; headlamp, usb charger, etc. My criteria for my pack was: quality (I wanted something that will last a few years), comfort (hiking around 12 miles a day with a 3,000 foot elevation gain, I didn't want to focus on how uncomfortable my pack was vs. all the gorgeous scenery), and of course aesthetics (looking sleek, compact, streamlined without glowing like a neon light, or scream "I'M A CHICK" because you're decked out in some hot pink, purple, and baby blue atrocity).

After a ton of research, I decided to go with the 36L Kyte, I ordered both the XS/S and the S/M because my measurements are between sizes. The XS/S had a lower profile on me; the brain of the bag only came up to my shoulders which I really liked, but the frame just felt too small, so I kept the S/M. I really wanted to the pack to feel small and compact and unfortunately the brain of the S/M came up to the middle of the back of my head. Small comprise I figured for a better overall torso and waist fit. The bag felt structured, stiffer than my 60L Terra, but that's typical of Osprey. My friend decided to go with the Tempest 30L to cut down on weight, and I preferred that pack in terms of aesthetics, but the fit was just too floppy and didn't feel as structured or supported.

I packed my Kyte full, as in no room left full. Yea, dumb. It was probably about 25lbs and pretty heavy, but felt secure and moved well with my body. After our first day my hips were pretty sore and I was cursing it a little because my 60L Terra never made my waist hurt. But after day 2 my hips acclimated and it felt like a second skin. I shed some weight (ate a lot of my snacks) and at 20lbs, this pack was a rockstar. We took all the variants of the TMB trail and ended up climbing some serious scree and snowfields (on all 4's) and the Kyte never made me feel unbalanced or like I was going to topple over when the angles got scary. In terms of technical features, I love the mesh pocket on the front, this was one of the reasons I didn't go with the Sirrus. The mesh makes it super easy to keep a rain jacket or puff in with easy access. The Kyte also has side entry vs. just top entry. Honestly, I never used this feature, but it seemed like a nice to have. The brain is less spacious than a lot of other packs, so if you fill your pack full, the brain can be tough to get in and out of because everything being really tight, but again, good for easy access sunglasses and snacks. The side pockets fit a Nalgene bottle really well, it won't fall out if you bend over, although you aren't able to quick draw it by reaching behind, you'll have to take the pack off or ask a buddy to grab it for you.

Overall, this pack was fantastic and I highly recommend it. My only irritation (albeit very silly) is the teal accent color. Why do all women's packs have to have some sort of color on them that screams "feminine". The Sirrus black-colored pack would have been a better palette, or any of the reds/greens that other Osprey packs offer.

Good buy, do it!

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Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on September 20, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I really wanted to love these shorts, tried a couple times. I borrowed a friend's small a few months ago when visiting and really liked the fit. Went to order the same shorts and the small was way to tight and much longer than I had remembered my friend's pair being. I returned the small for a medium but they were way too big. Both sizes were fairly long for someone who's on the shorter side (I'm 5'4"). I have a wider bottom and a smaller waist, unfortunately these shorts aren't made for curvy lower-halfs.

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Chelsea

Chelseawrote a review of on January 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I was looking for a warm jacket for chilly night hikes/snowshoeing/and active winter outings. I have the Down Shirt, but needed something warmer and did not want to wear my bulky ski jacket on other outdoor activities. I originally ordered this in a small because my Down Shirt is a small. The small fit too tight around my hips and was a little squished in general so I exchanged for a medium. I took the medium out that day snowshoeing and immediately realized that it was way too big and bunched in the torso area making it awkward to carry a backpack with the chest and waist straps clipped. It was also incredibly warm, which is awesome for a stroll outside, but not so great when hiking a bit of elevation, or doing some snowshoeing in a little powder; I overheated and had to unzip most of the way. With that being said, I live in Colorado where even a 10° day can feel like spring if the sun is shining and there's no humidity in the air. I really loved the look, color, and quality of this jacket (and figured I could live with the hot-box warmth), so I decided to switch back to the size small. I went to the store to exchange once again, and while there, I ended up trying on the hooded Down Sweater (small) and found that the fit was different, but perfect. The Down Sweater is a tad bit shorter than the Hi-Loft, and cuts in slightly at the torso reducing the "bulge/bunching" in the stomach area. I have a thin upper body, but a wider hip and bum area which is why the longer Hi-Loft jacket just wasn't fitting right. All in all, the Hi-Loft Jacket is really an all-star piece of equipment if you're looking for something that will keep you extremely warm, and you don't mind a bit of a bulge in the mid-section; or you have a petite behind.

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