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JKC

JKC

California

JKC's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing

JKC's Bio

I'm an avid mountain biker, road cyclist, runner and backpacker. I also enjoy snowshoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, and just about anything outdoors. Backcountry.com is one the first places I check when I need gear. They carry nearly everything, have great service, and fast, free shipping.

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JKCwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have several different goat t-shirts, and I love them all, so I had to order this one when I saw it. All of them are crew necks, and I did not realize that this one is not. I don't like larger necks, so I didn't end up keeping it. I ordered a medium, because some of the goat t-shirts run small, but I could have gone with a small in this one.

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JKCwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I ordered a bunch of tops in anticipation of winter, including this one. I was so sure I"d like it that I ordered the non-hooded version as well. But both tops were way too long, as were the sleeves. The top was form fitting, rather than a slim, but not tight fit like I was hoping for. But the biggest problem was that the material was super scratchy. I ordered several different merino tops, and this brand was by far the scratchiest. If you have no sensitivity to wool, and you're tall, then this might be just the top for you.

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JKCwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

When I pulled this out of the box, I thought it was going to be a winner, but it ended up being the most awkward fitting top I've tried. I like tops with a smaller crew neck, but this neck was uncomfortably tight. There was also way too much fabric in the shoulder area, which caused a lot of fabric to bunch up in the front on each side where my arms meet my upper body. I've never seen a worse fitting top. The fabric was great, but it would need to be completely redesigned before it would fit me. I'm guessing that the neck is made tight to fit under a drysuit, and that the shoulders are made big to accommodate very muscular arms. So if you're a swimmer, climber, or paddler with very large shoulders and arms, it might be worth a try.

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JKCwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I ordered this based on the great reviews, and I knew it wasn't a hoody, so no surprise there, but it just didn't look or feel right. The fabric around the neck didn't lay right no matter how I tried to position it, and the neck opening was so large it wanted to slide off my shoulder to one side. Overall the top seemed to fit, but it just looked very awkward.

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JKCwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Great fabric, but when the shirt arrived, I thought I had accidentally ordered a kids top. It looked very small. I did try it on though, and it actually fit (just slightly small), but I realized I didn't look at the pic or read the description close enough. This top has 3/4 sleeves, and I was looking for long sleeves. I might have kept it despite that, but it has those poofy shoulders that were in style in the 1980's--definitely not the look I was hoping for. The final straw was the length--it's very short. In a size small the center back measurement (from the bottom of the turtleneck down) is only 22". If the top were 3" longer and had long sleeves with no poof, I would love it!

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JKCwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

2 5

I read a review where the person said the zipper would hang up on the fabric when unzipping the jacket, and I thought they just got a bad one. Well the one I ordered did the exact same thing. It's like the little wind flap is made of material that is too thin, and it gets caught in the zipper. I zipped and unzipped it multiple times to see if it would self correct, but it didn't. It would hang up about 3 times every time I unzipped it. I think they need to change the wind flap to a stiffer material and/or make it wider. Very poor design. Needless to say, I returned it.

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JKCwrote a review of on October 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I never knew they made these, or I would have ordered much sooner. My husband knocked over our MSR Pocket Rocket stove once, when we were out in the desert. I was cooking in a cluster of palms to get out of the wind, and I thought he was going to catch them on fire! Trying to pick it up was like trying to get a hold of a blazing torch! That got me to thinking about a way to stabilize the stove, and I was so glad when I found this one. Makes cooking much safer. :)

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JKCwrote a review of on October 12, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Great shoe, but super narrow. I have very thin feet, but they are slightly wide across the ball of the foot and toes, so I need a little extra width in the toebox. These run long and narrow, and I even found the height of the toebox too low. A half size larger might have worked in the toebox, but then they would be too long. Also because these are narrow, the sole is very narrow too, which doesn't look like it would have very good lateral stability. Right now I'm trail running in the Brooks Caldera. I'm very happy with them and was mainly looking at the Salomon Speedcross for winter, since they have a more aggressive tread.

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JKCwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I almost never give a 5-star review on shoes, because I've had trouble with my feet my entire life, and never really found ANY shoes comfortable, except my Chaco sandals. I have accessory navicular syndrome, occasional trouble with plantar fascittis, and metatarsalgia. The Brooks Caldera is a great trail running shoe for me. I have narrow heels, and thin, low volume feet overall, but my feet are wide in the ball of the foot area and the toes. Most shoes I've tried are too narrow in the toebox, and then if I happen find a wide enough toebox, then often the heel is too loose and slips. These are a great fit, with no heel slippage and plenty of room (width) in the toebox, and enough adjustment in the laces to bring down the volume for my thin feet. They have a stable ride, and good grip grip on the dry, loose trails I run, despite the fact that the tread is not nearly as aggressive as some other shoes. They have enough cushion that I can actually wear them on pavement too, although I reserve these for trails and use a different shoe for road. I normally wear an 8 in most brands of running shoes, and I ordered an 8 in these. If the Brooks Cascadia is too narrow for you in the toebox, like it was for me, you might give these a try.

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JKCwrote a review of on September 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I previously had the Fly Creek UL1. It was way too small, even though I'm only 5'4" and 105 lbs. When the Fly Creek HV UL1 came out, I decided to try it. I found it only marginally better the the non-HV version. It was still too small, somewhat claustrophobic, hard to get in and out of with the small front door, and the 3-point setup with lots of guylines was cumbersome to set up. I usually go for the lightest option, but I decided in this case a few more ounces would be worth it, so I ordered the Copper Spur HV UL1. Perfection at last! It has plenty of room for me and quite a bit of gear, has lots of headroom, is easy to get in and out of with the side door, and is super quick to set up since it is a true free-standing tent. My first time using it I spent 3 weeks in it on a bicycle tour. There were several nights of rain, and it kept me perfectly dry. I look forward to using this on future bike tours and the occasional solo backpacking trip.

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JKCwrote a review of on August 29, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I ordered these in a size small. I like a loose, but not sloppy fit in this type of pant. They fit just how I wanted through the hip and thighs, but the waist was way too big. The waist measured 31". The drawstring would have held them up, but they were also rather short, so I decided to return them.

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JKCwrote a review of on August 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs

I ordered this in green. Love the color and the fleece material, but the vest was way too big for me. The size small chest measurement was 40" (measured armpit to armpit). I don't know how they can call that a size small. It fit my 150 lb. husband! Needless to say, I'm returning it. I may give the XS a try.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

These are very nice looking pants, and the side zippers are a nice feature, but they run a little long for me. I typically wear a 31" inseam and these pants were 1"-2" too long. They can't be hemmed because of the leg zippers, so I had to send them back.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 3, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I ordered this in a small, and it was huge. Very boxy fit and has a huge neck opening. Nice color and fabric, but I'm not sure an XS would even be small enough. So I recommend ordering down at least one size, maybe more.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 3, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I wanted some tank tops for running this summer, so I decided to try a couple from La Sportiva including this one. I didn't realize this would be so long...kind of reminded me of a tennis outfit...came down below my hips. The arm opening s were so large that you could see most of my sports bra, so I might as well just run in the sports bra than wear this. I decided after trying a few La Sportiva clothing items that they should just stick to shoes!

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JKCwrote a review of on May 3, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I've tried a few items from Mammut lately, with no success. I ordered this in a small. I'm 5'4" and 105lbs. The sleeves went completely past the end of my fingers, and these are just standard sleeves, no thumbholes, so I don't know why they would be so long. Also the sleeves were way too big around. The fit through the body was loose, and the length came clear to the bottom of my hips. The fabric wasn't what I expected either. It felt similar to swimsuit spandex and was quite heavy (not thick, just heavy). Doesn't seem like it would be very breathable, and I wouldn't dream of carrying it backpacking because of the weight. If you like that type of fabric, and if you're tall, this may be worth a try.

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JKCwrote a review of on April 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are the best cycling shorts I've found to date. I bought two pairs, however, this is the first time I've ever had to buy a medium in any brand of cycling shorts. Every other pair of cycling shorts I've ever had were size small. One pair I've had for a year now, and have worn them once a week for longer rides, and they are holding up great, even with machine washing.

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