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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 November 21, 2019

3 5

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

I was expecting a cozy pair of joggers, so the fabric was quite a surprise. It has an unusual feel, almost stiff, with little stretch. They did fit great though. I probably should have read the details of the fabric a little closer. I ordered the charcoal, and the color was lighted than I expected based on the color as displayed on my monitor. I ended up returning them, because for the price, I would have to love them to keep them.

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JKCwrote a review of on November 21, 2019

3 5

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

I decided to take a chance on this since it was on sale. It's a nice looking jacket, but the fit was very poor on me. I ordered a small. For me it was tight at the hips, huge in the chest (yet strangely tight across the back), and the sleeves were too short (and I have fairly short arms). I find that a lot of Patagonia items no longer work for me, although years ago almost everything they made fit me. I haven't changed size, so their patterns seem to have changed a lot over the years.

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JKCwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

1 5

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

I ordered an XS. Often times I'm between an XS and small in Patagonia, but this XS was very oversized. And the armholes were huge! If you look at the model in the photos closely, you can actually see how big the armholes are. This was a very unflattering look on me.

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JKCwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

2 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

This would have been a great spring/summer casual jacket, but the fit was off for me. It is cut like a men's jacket--wide at the chest, tapering down at the hips. This didn't work for me. I ordered an XS. The sleeve length and size around the hips was perfect, but the chest area was huge, so it looked really sloppy and ill-fitting. My shape is the opposite of the jacket. I have a small chest and slightly larger hips. I'm 5'4" or 5'5" and 105lbs.

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JKCwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

5 5

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

Love this hoody from Patagonia! Almost nothing Patagonia makes fits me anymore, so I've switched to mostly buying Arcteryx, but this hoody fits great! I thought it would be too cropped for my taste, but it's not. Both the XS & small fit, but I went with the small for the little bit of extra length and a more relaxed fit. Super soft on the inside, slightly stiffer outside than a standard sweatshirt, but I like it because it helps it hold it's shape and not look sloppy. The only thing they could have done different, is not have the side pockets--they're completely useless, but not really in the way, so it's ok.

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JKCwrote a review of on February 8, 2019

4 5

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

I was excited to try the new Proton FL jacket. It fit just slightly slimmer than my Atom LT in the same size. I could fit a baselayer under it with room for a medium fleece, and even a heavier weight fleece worked, making the jacket fitted, since there is a little stretch to the Proton fabric. I liked the direct insulation, and it would make it a good jacket to wear just over a short sleeve top, since the lining feels nice on bare arms. The hood is a little different in that it only has insulation part way up. I'm sure that's for breathability. My only concern was that I could see tearing right through it if I hung the jacket by the hood on a hook. Of course that could be avoided. I would have kept the jacket, if it wasn't for the fact that when zipped up all the way with the hood up, the front came clear up over my mouth. That's a good feature in a rain jacket, but it's not something I want in a lightweight jacket/mid-layer like this. With the hood down, I could push it under my chin, but then it ballooned out and the zipper was uncomfortable against my neck. You can actually see that it fits the same way on the model in the photos on the Arcteryx website. To some people the tall collar is probably an advantage, and it may not fit other people the same way as me and the Arcteryx model , so I do recommend the jacket if you're considering it.

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JKCwrote a review of on August 10, 2018

2 5

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

I liked the jacket, but hated the fit. The body and sleeve length was too long, and it fit very slim. I ordered an xs and a small. The xs fit like second skin, and the small was still very slim. I returned both. For reference I'm 5'4" and 105 lbs.

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JKCwrote a review of on August 10, 2018

Great Crankset
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just updated my 10 year old Moots from an old school triple to the GX 1X11 drivetrain. Right after installing it, I headed to Bend for some great singletrack riding. I love the new drivetrain! I should have made the switch sooner. I highly recommend the crankset, as well as the rest of the drivetrain. The crank arms are designed with plenty of heel clearance, and I found the Q factor to be comfortable. I got the crankset on sale, and for the price it looks like a quality piece and is fairly light.

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JKCwrote a review of on July 20, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have worn the Castelli Evoluzione shorts for several years, and was dismayed to see that they changed the way the pad is attached. The new style stitching is a chaffing problem. The Velocissima is the only style I've been able to find that has the original, zigzag stitching on the pad, so I ordered them. Sometimes Castelli runs small, so I ordered a small and a medium. I wear a small in all other brands of cycling shorts. Well the small was so small, I couldn't even get them on. The medium was snug, as they should be, but the leg bands were huge! They flared way out from my leg. They would have to be taken in at least an inch or more to fit. I don't know anyone that could fix/alter these, so I had to return. Totally bummed, because I haven't been able to find any cycling shorts that I like as well as the old Evoluzione's with the zigzagged stitched Kiss Air pad.

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JKCwrote a review of on July 20, 2018

5 5

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

Based on another review I ordered a small instead of an extra small. This is an impressive, well-made hoody, and it fit ok through the torso, but the sleeves were too short. I liked it enough that I might try a medium next time I order. I think the sleeves would probably be the right length, but expect the body may be a more relaxed fit, which would be ok.

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JKCwrote a review of on December 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is a great looking bra and high quality. I was a bit surprised that the straps were so thin, but when I tried it on, I decided it was a keeper. I agree with the other review saying it's for low impact. That was my thought too. I probably won't use this one for running, but it should be great for cycling and hiking. So cute I could use it as a swimsuit top in a pinch.

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JKCwrote a review of on December 21, 2017

3 5

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

Well my hunt for the perfect down jacket continues. I didn't like the hood design on an Arcteryx one I tried, so I thought this Patagonia jacket without a hood might be the one. I found the small much too large, and the XS not quite perfect. The sleeves seemed ok, but when I reached out, they rode up my arms about 2" making them too short. I found the shoulder area and arm openings a bit binding, and I have small arms and shoulders. The chest area was very roomy, but the bottom hem didn't leave much room with a sweater underneath. This jacket is much more straight up and down compared to the Arcteryx (which was an extreme hourglass shape). Also the Patagonia jacket was very long on me in the front. So overall, it was close, but just not quite perfect, so I'll keep looking.

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JKCwrote a review of on December 21, 2017

4 5

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

I've been on the hunt for the perfect down jacket. Of all the jacket's I've tried, this was the best, but it still wasn't perfection, and at this pricepoint, I do expect perfection, so unfortunately I sent it back. I found the hourglass shape to be a bit too severe and the sleeves were just a tiny bit short when reaching. I could have lived with those things, but the hood just didn't cut it. I think it's the elastic around the hood that makes it look like a big bubble behind your neck when it's down. It just will not lay anywhere near flat when in the down position. I have medium length hair, and the hood was ok with my hair up, but got in the way with my hair down. I liked how the hood worked when it was on my head, but 90% of the time the hood would be down, and I think it would've drove me crazy. I tried the non-hooded version too, but for some reason it fit way too big in the same size.

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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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