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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.

JKC

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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JKCwrote a review of on April 28, 2017

4 5

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

I had my eye on this jacket for a while and finally ordered it when it went on sale. Unsure of size, I ordered an XS and a small. The XS fit like second skin, which was not what I was going for. I'd hoped the small would work, but the sleeves and overall length of the jacket were much too long. I have long legs, short torso, and short to average arms. It is a very nice jacket though, and I think this would be great for taller women, so I'm still giving it 4 stars even though it didn't work for me..

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JKCwrote a review of on March 27, 2017

1 5

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

I"ve been looking for new arm warmers for sun protection. My old Outdoor Research ones were great, but they were always a little big and finally stretched out to where they just fall down. So I was happy to find these in a size XS, until I opened the package and saw they they only measure 13.75" long. Seriously?!! Just because I'm small, doesn't mean I have super short arms. These would leave a gap between the top of the sleeve and my cycling jersey, which would give me a nice suntan stripe...no thanks!

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

2 5

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

I've tried a few La Sportiva shorts and have decided they should just stick to shoes! I haven't found any of their shorts that fit. They tend to run really small, but I've found that if I order the next size up, then they are still too small in the waist, but too large in the hips. Also, their fabrics are rather stiff.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

3 5

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

Ordered this in an XS. It fit nice for the most part, but it was way too long for my 5'4" height. The cuffs were huge and just fell over my hands. I'm not that picky on how hoodies fit, but this one just didn't cut it.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

3 5

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

Nice shirt for running and other activities, but it was a poor fit for me. I found the shoulders too narrow, yet the rest of the shirt fit sloppy. The way the underarms are made with sort of a gusset, made it lay strangely...like bags of fabric under my arms. It would have been functional for my intended use, but I decided to return it, because it was not flattering at all.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are the best running shorts I've found to date. I like the mid rise, the inseam length, the feel of the fabric, the comfy waistband, and the lack of an inner brief. I ordered two pairs, and will probably get more. I ordered a small, since I like a looser fit, but I'm sure an XS would have fit too.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

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

These are pretty nice shorts. They have the same pad as the Bella shorts, which are my go-to shorts by Terry. The material on these almost seemed like a light fleece on the inside. I didn't keep them though, because I found them to run a bit smaller than the Bella shorts, and lower in the rise. I would order the next size up, but I'm pretty sure they would be too big.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

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

These are nice quality shorts, and the padding seems like it would be quite nice and breathable. Unfortunately they were too small for me. I normally wear a size small in cycling shorts, which is what I ordered, but I could just barely even get these on. I liked them them enough that I think I may try a size medium.

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JKCwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

3 5

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

These are the lowest rise bike shorts I've ever come across, and low rise is not something I want in a pair of cycling shorts. If that's what you're looking for, then these may work for you. The pad seemed very thin compared to the one in the Bella shorts, so I would only recommend these for short rides, or for riders that need little to no padding. These also seem to run a little smaller than some of the other Terry shorts.

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JKCwrote a review of on March 25, 2015

3 5

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

I ordered these, along with the non-Gore-Tex version. My normal size is 7.5, but I wear size 8 running shoes and sometimes boots, but can also wear a 7 in certain shoes. So I ordered these in a size 7.5. In the non-Gore-Tex version, they were much too big. In the Gore-Tex ones, they were about right with thicker stocks. I might have tried a size 7 in each style, but didn't really like the design, so I'm not going to reorder. The shoes felt firm and supportive, had stiff soles, but I think the outer shoe is odd. It is very stiff and is made out of a plastic-feeling material. The shoe doesn't flex well, and as I walked in it, it did not bend in the natural place in either version of the shoe. They just have a stiff feel to the upper, plus my heel slipped up and down with every step. Overall, I'm disappointed with the design...not at all what I was hoping for.

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JKCwrote a review of on March 25, 2015

3 5

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

I was really excited when I heard Arcteryx was coming out with these shoes and ordered them as soon as Backcountry got them in. I wasn't sure what size to order. My normal size is 7.5, but I wear size 8 running shoes and sometimes boots, but can also wear a 7 in certain shoes. So I ordered these in a size 7.5. They were too big. I would've reordered them in a 7, but I didn't really like the design, so I'm not going to reorder. The shoes felt firm and supportive, had stiff soles, but I think the outer shoe is odd. It is very stiff and is made out of a plastic-feeling material. The shoe doesn't flex well, and as I walked in it, it did not bend in the natural place. The fit was better (smaller) in the Gore-Tex version, and worked for me with thicker socks, but it still had the odd, stiff feel to the upper, plus my heel slipped up and down with every step. Overall, I'm disappointed with the design.

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