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Danica M

Danica M

Seattle -> Bozeman -> Salt Lake -> Phoenix -> Bois

Danica M's Passions

Running
Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Danica M's Bio

Jack(ie) of all trades, master of none! I started climbing in high school and picked up a new sport every couple of years since then - skiing, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking, you name it!! Starting all these sports as an adult, I'm super conscious of my gear, and I know I get the best goods at Backcountry.com!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on September 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was pretty picky when looking for a mitten that would work well in all temperatures, was made of nice material, and didn't have a ton of crazy bells and whistles while still retaining a few key features. These ones are super warm with the inner liner, great for cold resort skiing days. Then the liner can be removed and the outer mitten can be worn on its own and it's STILL comfortable. The outer mitten has a nice, light fleece on the inside, unlike lots of other ones I've tried which were rough and uncomfortable. It wasn't advertised, but these DO have wrist leashes, which I really like for when I want to pull them off on the lifts and text. The materials are quality and seem durable, though I only used them for half a season. Fit was true to size.
Overall, these are a great mitten and definitely worth the price!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on September 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Admittedly, the inclinometer on the BCA app is pretty nice, but I hate the idea of relying on anything electronic in the backcountry. This thing is easy to use, doesn't rely on batteries, and the compass works much better than the uncalibrated POS on my phone! This is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who spends any time in the backcountry! Would also make a great gift paired with the BCA field book for anyone looking to practice taking observations.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on September 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a little skeptical about using an inflatable pillow, since I struggle to find normal pillows that suit me. However, this one is really comfortable! The one-way valve system makes it easy to inflate just the right amount. The material is nice and soft. It packs down easily. I'm actually not sure how I spent so many nights in the backcountry without one of these! Definitely worth the price!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

4 5

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

I owned the previous version of the Zoic Naveah short + liner. I *loved* the outer short, so when my pair finally wore down after 5 years, I went for the same model. Well, turns out the design has changed since then.

The fabric is stiffer, not as stretchy. It's probably a bit tougher than the older version, but I never had an issue with rips before, so I don't really see the benefit.

The other major change I noticed is the side pocket design. It used to be pretty vertical, but now it is angled. I always keep my cell phone in my pocket to pull up Trailforks, take pics, etc. Not only does my cell phone (Samsung Galaxy S9) barely fit in the new pocket design, it is at the weirdest angle, like a 45 degree angle to my thigh. Combine that with the less forgiving fabric and and the shorts feel extremely restrictive.

Still love the other design features of the shorts, like the adjustable waist, but with these two changes I just couldn't justify spending $85 on something that doesn't feel good while riding. I ended up returning these and buying the SheBeest Dirty Beest short, because these are more similar to the previous design of this short in both fabric (nicely stretchy) and in side pocket design (roomier, better angle). If you want a short that's not quite as stretchy but is durable, and don't care about the side pockets fitting a phone, then these will work just fine for you.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on August 8, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love the overall functionality of the light - the multiple colors are great if you have multiple dogs because you can easily identify which one you're looking at by color. Also, the USB charger is a great idea. However, none of these features were really helpful for me, because the lights kept falling off of my dogs. Not sure about you, but when my dogs are in the woods they play HARD. I tried the quick clip first, and this was just way too flimsy and insecure - the light would fall off after about 30 minutes of play. Then I tried using the quick clip with the key ring attached to the D ring on my dog's collar as a fail safe. Both points failed and I lost one of the lights for good. Even though the light is better than other ones I've used, I'll be returning to the Nite Ize SpotLit Carabiner Light. They're 1/3 the price and with that carabiner clip, I've never had an issue with them falling off. If Ruffwear changes their attachment, I would happily purchase again. Until then, not worth it!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have lived in both Phoenix and Boise in recent years, two places that get exceptionally hot in the summer. These knee pads are a great balance between comfort, protection, and lightweight. For a while, I wasn't wearing pads because I didn't want the hassle and discomfort, but these are so lightweight, the decision is easy to just throw em on. As far as impact goes, they really do the job in the front, having crashed into some sharp rocks, however they aren't as rigid on the sides, so they don't offer the same structural support that a heavier-duty pad will. Also, for reference, I am 5'2 and 110 lbs with athletic thighs and I wear a size M. Highly recommend for your everyday riding pro!
P.S. Ditto for the G-form elbow pads as well!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love to wear my hair up while XC skiing, running, and hiking in the winter. I've been looking all over for a cute, goes-with-everything, warm headband and this is the ticket! It's wide enough to really offer some warmth, like an actual replacement for a hat, not just some chintzy headband. The inner lining is super soft and comfy too. I would totally recommend it!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on February 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I wanted a thicker legging to use in the winter months for cross country skiing, running, and hiking. Checked out Lululemon first, then came here after throwing up at the prices. These leggings are PERFECT and a way better value than other similar pants I've seen! Pockets are large enough for me to hold a cell phone and poop bags in one and a dog leash in the other. I also love the small zippered pocket for my keys. The fit is great (true to size, despite what some reviewers said) and the fabric is really nice and soft on the inside. I have used them in 20° to 50° weather and they are great for that range. I find myself wearing them more than I care to admit and will probably be stocking up on them because it would be hard to find another pant that rivals this one if they ever discontinue it!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on December 17, 2018

Great Product, Confusing Sizing
4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought these shorts to replace my older generation of Zoic Navaeh shorts, which I loved other than having wished I had bought a size up. The pocket placement is prime, material is super stretchy yet durable and there is a lot of waist adjustment to help dial in for different body shapes. My old ones were an XS and were definitely a size too small, but I could weasel into them with lots of puckering thanks to the super stretchy material. I tried on the new shorts in a size S and the liners fit PERFECTLY, but the outer shorts were HUGE! It felt more like 2 sizes up from my last pair. I could have made them work with the waist adjustment, but they would still be really loose everywhere and super baggy bike shorts just aren't really my style. So, I guess if you're looking for a nice, tight liner with loose outer shorts, these will definitely be your jam. If you want a more fitted outer short, the liner and short are going to be a size off from each other, so I recommend buying the outer shorts separately if you can find them.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on September 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this about 6 months ago and have been using it for all my trail runs. I thought I would warm up to it, but I'm sooo not a fan of the cap design. It's awkward with nothing to bite on- it's just hard plastic with no nipple like normal caps. So you can't really suck, you have to squeeze the water out with your hands, which is the last thing I want to struggle with when I'm trying to keep up my pace. Maybe it's hard because I have smaller hands? I don't know. The strap and zippered pocket is fine, but overall I can confidently say that I will never buy a bottle with this cap design again.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

So, I actually tried on about 5 different jackets when I was looking for an ultralight, ultrapackable rain jacket that was flattering on me and this one was the most expensive but a clear winner. This one has a nice clean women's fit. It comes in at the hip, has a single well-placed pocket, and the bill on it is well-designed so it does its job and doesn't obstruct vision. I've had it a year and it hasn't lost it's water repellency. It packs to the size and shape of a PB&J sandwich, so it's a no brainer to throw in your backpack for the 'just in case' scenario. It has great range of motion - I've used it for hiking, biking, and running. If you're looking to fit anything more than a flannel shirt or thin fleece under it, I'd recommend ordering up one size. It's defintely meant to be worn over lighter layers.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This sock is awesome for trail running or hiking when you want a bit more cushion and a little more coverage. The thickness is enough to give you some nice sweat absorbancy and cushion, but the design ensures the you're not slipping at all or losing control of your feet. The ankle coverage height is also great for preventing loose rocks from slipping in. I have about 6 pairs and I keep buying em whenever they're on sale because I haven't found anything I like better than these!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This top comes in tons of fun patterns with buttery soft material. It's very flattering and I'm especially a fan of the removable cups, which are burly enough to not get destroyed in the wash like a lot of other shirts. Great for hiking, climbing and yoga, but not quite enough support to run in. And of course it looks super cute for drinks afterwards!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

Solid helmet
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet has great fit and ventilation. I live in Phoenix, where I expect something that's not going to let my head overheat and this does the trick. My boyfriend tried out my size S helmet a couple times and loved it, so he bought his own. He ended up buying his normal size M, to give you an idea of the overlap in sizes accommodated by the RocLoc system. The helmet's adjustability makes it feel very secure yet comfortable. Really can't beat this for the price!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on November 18, 2016

Annoying sizing, but great function!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Extra Small

Okay, aside from the fact that the liner is a whole size smaller than the outer short (and they do shrink a bit even drying on low), these are great. These look super cute on, and are nice and stretchy. They are even cute enough to wear without the liner if you're hanging out after biking, too! I actually got engaged in these shorts and can't complain about how they look in the pics! The pockets are well-placed, and large enough to fit a Samsung S7 phone on the side. I've crashed a couple times and have yet to see a tear on these, yet they are light enough to make biking bearable when it's 100 degrees in Phoenix! Overall great short, but definitely order up!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on October 1, 2016

Amazing fit and durability!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 38

I bought these shoes when my friend convinced me to do the Snowbird Discrete Peak Series race - 8 miles out and back, 3600 feet of elevation gain/loss. I checked out the Solomon Speedcross shoes but they did not fit right on me and just seemed very clunky. These babies fit like a glove and felt comfortable the moment I put them on! Not only that, they offer enough protection on the sole and toe to avoid injury, but are still pretty minimalist. The inner 'half sock' keeps your foot feeling super secure, but isn't the slightest bit uncomfortable.

The day of my race, there was sun, rain, snow, and hail, and we ran on everything from dirt and thick mud to solid granite and large, loose rocks. These shoes never lost traction and gave me so much control. Even with only 2 weeks of training, I managed to take 3rd in my division, and I guarantee I wouldn't have done it without these shoes!

I now live in Arizona and go trail running and hiking on the sharp, jagged rocks here about 3 times a week. The breathability is great for those 100 degree days when you don't want anything more than you need. The traction on these is finally wearing out after a year of use and abuse. I just bought my 2nd pair, and I guarantee that I'll buy a 3rd and a 4th because these are just a great pair of shoes, and well worth the money! BUYYY THEMMM!!!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on April 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love, love, LOVE this beanie!! I got it in Azalea Pink and use it for touring and going out all the time. It's nice and slouchy, but can be cuffed if you want it a little less so. It's really versatile with the reversibility option! It's not super heavy, even though it has two layers, yet the material is pretty durable. Great buy!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on April 25, 2015

4 5

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

I bought these pants 3 years ago and have skied 50+ days in them every year since then, so they've been through the wringer.

Let's start with the (very few) cons. First, the kickpatch on mine slowly came apart from the main pant after about 2 years. This is a bit annoying, because it creates a pocket for snow to get stuck in. Not the end of the world though, I just duct taped em back together. My only other slight con is the venting. This shouldn't come as a surprise because it's not the intended use, but I just want to emphasize that if you're looking for a pant for backcountry touring or hiking on the resort, they will do the job but they're pretty hot. I know this, because I didn't want to bite the bullet and buy new touring pants and I toured about 15 days in them, in temps ranging from 10 degrees to 50 degrees. They worked alright below 20 degrees, but were sweltering above that.

Alright, now for the pros. I mainly bought these because of the fit. They are snug, but not too tight to limit movement. I often wear a pair of long underwear underneath on cold days and they still fit well. They sit right at my hipbone, so they're a bit lower, which I like. I'm 5'2", 110 lbs and usually an XS, and that's what I bought. The cut is really nice, and actually makes my butt look great! The vents are placed conveniently and for on-the-resort use, they do a great job of cooling your legs off. The pockets aren't extremely abundant, but they do the job. I especially LOVE the right hip pocket, because it has an elastic cord attached with a key ring. I have accidentally skied the entire day with that pocket unzipped with my keys inside several times, and have never lost my keys because they're safely attached to that cord. Last, the material works well for wicking snow (or rain) and keeps your legs nice and dry.

Overall, a great pant for the price!

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