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Ingrid J

Ingrid J

Washington, North Cascades

Ingrid J's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Skiing

Ingrid J's Bio

Grew up in Vermont with a Norwegian born mother whose prime emphasis was on skiing. My siblings and i began XC skiing the moment we could walk which I thank my mom for this, as I love winter. By far my favorite season. I snowboarded for a better part of 15 years but a few years ago changed back to skiing but opted for a tele set up. This allows me to go deeper into uncharted areas and get some great powder turns in....legs burning at the bottom or on the slow climb up. When im not skiing im hiking in the North Cascades or visiting other parts of the world. I have the worlds most boring job but have a ton of paid time off so i get to travel quite a bit....cant complain about that. I love Backcountry.com as i can review gear from regular people like me, ask a profesh their opinion in the chat and buy and try items with the easy return policy.
**it may look like i rate everything 4 or 5 stars but i review the gear that i love and i want to share it with the world.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

Danner delight
4 5

Yes. My husband and i have the same exact shoes. Why? Cause they are pretty awesome. Fit i would say runs big. Im a 7 and ended up returning the 7s for a 6.5 and could have even done 6. Toe room is round and ample. Good arch and ankle support. No flashy colors allow for everyday wear for wandering around town, travel, hike etc etc. took these for a month around scandinavia and these were the only shoes i brought/needed (besides ski boots). I did put sheep skin liners for added warmth. Even in deep snow my feet stayed dry. A little cold when walking long distance in snow and 4 below weather but honestly my feet would be coldin any boot in that temp. Comfy. Cool. Local made. Goodbuy.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

Full zip action
5 5

Everyone is envious of this fleece. Excellent for touring. Keeps me warm yet dry when working up a sweat. The hood stays tight and keeps my ears warm when the wind starts ripping. When i am sweating to death the chest zip is unbelievably low and allows air to cool you down. Love the color and fit. A little higher neck to duck my chin into when im too nippy. Favorite new layer!

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on December 7, 2016

4 5

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

I ordered this is the redish orange color in my usual XS from Norrona-i find tops usually run a size larger. The fit is great and its nice and fleecy warm on the inside with a nice fabric on the outter. Thumb holes add about 2 inches of extra arm length-but norrona always has clothing for the teller person.
Nice deep front pockets and amble hood with side zip. Nice shape-not boxy.
Now that being said-its a standard fleece to me and i feel $185 is a little steep for this fleece. Yes, its warm. Not too bulky for a fleece. But i find the side zip to be a complete pain in the ass. the zip NEVER comes undone and i have to hold the bottom of the sweater to make it taught to still fight to get the zipper pulled down. I cant just pull off the sweater when its zipped up all the way cause my damn head gets stuck and it causes a pure static nightmare with my hair. I DO like that its warm, not bulky, the color is outstanding, and the high neck and hood and delightful in windier conditions. Unless this is on super sale-i wouldnt buy again.

The more i use this fleece the more i love/hate it. The zipper is by far terrible BUT its so warm and cozy. The hood is great for blocking out windy days. Ive worn this in 20 degree days skiing with no jacket and was perfect. My mom is adding a full front zipper that will allow me not to have to pull the fleece over my head and have static hair for the remainder of the day. It is a little bulky now that ive warn it more-it has a good weight to it but its nothing i would pack for saving on space. Once i add the zipper this will be a go to fleece for sure.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

I loved the pattern on this fleece so much. I got the mixed color with the yellow and leaf front. i was hoping the back was the leaf color but the back is the snow tribal pattern. which wasnt bad-i just dont really like tribal prints. anyways. the fleece was super cozy but it looked super bunchy. the picture doesnt appear to have the tight bottom-but when you put it on it has the tighter bottom with the elastic waistband so it just mushrooms up. then the sleeves have the same elastic bands so they mushroom up too. it just wasnt flattering on me at all. maybe an XS would have been more fitted and flattering but it just wasnt cute on me at all. bummer. the snap collar was nice-and it did feel warm and cozy.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on September 5, 2016

Snazzy
4 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Love the look and feel of this base layer/sweater. Warm fleecy inside with slick outside. Wicks away bits of scattered mist and leaves you feeling warm and stylish. Feminin cut and cool design. Would have liked some form of pocket along with longer arms and thumb holes for when things get nippy but you dont want mittens. This will mot only be great for hiking but skiing and normal wear. The hood is tight and ridiculous looking but who cares when you are hiking and the wind is ripping and all you want is a skin tight hood.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

I love this top so much, especially the rust color. I am usually a Med in this brand but due to the slinky look of this one i went with a small and it fits very nicely. not tight at all. the fabric is really soft and i love that its a little longer in the back and has the dovetail edge too! i can wear this to work and out and about with a more casual look.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

I loved these pants when i first wore them-loved the dove tail edge on the bottom of the pant but the longer i wore them the more the butt area sort of stretched out. I have an "bubble butt" as my mother so kindly tells me-and these pants just sagged in my butt area. i now dont wear them in public. i think you need to be super tall and super narrow to look good in these pants. i have strong thighs from skiing so they just arent flattering on my shorter more petite frame. i got these in Med and they fit me just fine at first until they stretched out. They dont have stretchy fabric, so they are tight on my thighs and saggy in my butt. more like a pajama pant on me. 5ft4 130 lbs.
i also bought the shorts in this style too-size med. again, super cute at first but then after the first wash they were so tight i dont feel comfortable wearing these in public. they also have the cute dovetail sides. my husband said they are super cute and make my legs look long-i am pretty short-so that was nice, but i dont like how short they are. the elastic waist band is comfy though.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on July 22, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

update--i bought the Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Dry.Q® Evap Trench --NOT this jacket. They look very similar. Maybe this one is better....
I read the other positive reviews and i am wondering if i even own the same jacket! I live in Seattle and walk 45 mins to work and a lot of the times in the rain-hence my purchase of this jacket. Now i do LOVE the length and the double ended zippers-my thighs stay nice and dry and the hood keeps my face dry and shielded from the wind. But i do find the jacket to sweat on the inside. Today i walked to work and my arms were soaking wet by the time i peeled the jacket off. My hair was wet even when it was under a hood the whole time. Not the front wispy hair but the crown of my neck was damp and the top was damp. It was like peeling off a wet bathing suit-thankfully i packed a spare shirt to wear. Good to note-it wasnt pouring rain either. Just a light rain. I wear this hear and there and normally i am fine, warm, and not wet since rain isnt really thaaaat bad in seattle. But today, the jacket really showed it lack of water proofness. Sort of a bummer as i love the vibrant bright pinkish color-i will wear it for light walks and outings. Maybe just not all the way to work.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on July 5, 2016

Womans Columbia Pilsner pants
5 5

I got these in womans pants and will be stocking up with a few more as i love them so much. Columbia i feel runs large-most brands i am a 4 or i size us for a looser fit and get a 6. I got these in a size 8-the waist is loose but they have nice room in the thigh area-i have meatier thighs from skiing and i like to size up for comfort and goos movement. These pants are super comfy. Dry quickly. Good knee articulation. Thinner-spring/summer pant. deep front pocket, carpenters loop, no cargo pocket, roll up bottoms with ankle loops.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I cant get enough of this shirt-i got the green pattern with brown elbow patches. I like to wear long sleeps when kayaking and wear this out to keep my skin from boiling in the hot summer months. its not SPF but i spray my clothes with sunscreen when they arent spf. its super comfy, great feminine cut, great pattern, cool with the elbow patches, a little on the long side but its great not to have butt crack show when i bend over. it higts me a below my hips in my mid thighs, but its not baggy or dumpy looking. i did go a size smaller for a more fitted look-i got XS. the buttons dont pucker in the checks area and the arms and sides fit like a dream. i wish all button ups looked/fit this good!

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I love this vest so much. I did buy it in the warmer spring/summer days so i havent had to use it much. But on a few cooler evenings i have tossed this on. It made me a little too warm-so its definitely a fall/winter around town vest. the only size in the grey color was XS so i bought it hoping i could snap it closed over my boobs. Its a little short-i like my vests a little longer but i think the style is shorter anyways. it hits at my pants line-a little bit above my hips. The faux sheep skin is plush and the pattern in grey goes with everything. i love it and am super happy with the purchase.

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Ingrid Jwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for my husband who is 6ft 2...weight...sturdy like a brick wall. He is a side sleeper and always sleeps like garbage when we backpack. i researched a lot of pads and this one had great reviews for tall guys. the weight is nominal for the comfort that comes. he tested it at home and actually fell asleep and took a 40 minute nap! he has nerve damage in his back and sleeping can be very painful for him-he LOVES this pad. i already have 3 different sleeping pads myself and i am debating to nix my summer therma-rest and get one of these guys for me! it truly is super comfy-he hasnt let me test it out yet but knowing how much he loves it is worth every penny.
update-he has now fully tested this pad backpacking and he said is the best pad he has ever slept on. I am officially buying one for myself today-20R for me and he has 25L. Pumping this pad up after a long as climb was far easier for him to do a few steps and pump up is mattress then for me to blow into my thin ass sleeping pad.

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