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Jaime C

Jaime Cwrote a review of on October 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Boots that make me taller, make my feet look smaller, are rugged and waterproof, and comfortable right out of the box? What is this magic?!
I labored over spending this much on boots for a really long time - I've already got the Dansko Shirley boot, which are also comfortable and cost a pretty penny. These are real winner though. Totally worth the price. The only problem with these is going to be explaining to my guy why I need two pairs....

Went between sizes and they're perfect. I usually wear a 6 or a 7, and I'll be able to wear these in a 6.5 with a light sock. Go up a half or whole size if you're wanting to wear wintry socks with them - they're not insulated.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 25, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I got this because I wanted a sports bra with a racer back and a low front cut - straddling the line between sports bra and makeshift swim top if the opportunity presented itself. This bra looks really nice, but it doesn't offer a lot of support - as such, it's a good piece for low intensity things like fishing, drifting, or yoga. Its also excellent for lounging, or wearing with a coordinated top out to the brewery on a hot summer day.
I wear a size small in this and the barely bra. I'm a 32 b/c. I probably could have gone with an xs with this to get a bit more support, but I didn't get this bra to smash em down. It's for looking nice while being chill.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This bra has been updated to use less fabric, therefore covering less skin while still providing the same support. It also seems like the fabric might be slightly different - my only complaint about the last barely bra was that the fabric (not straps) lost some of the stretchy oopmh after wearing for multiple days, and after lots of washes. This one seems like it's going to be a bit tougher, and all while being even more comfortable. I wear a 32 b/c and the small is perfect.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One for me, one for him, and two for friends. We're madly in love with these things - we're getting better, more comfortable sleep while taking up less pack space and weight. By an order of magnitude. No more rolled up pads that accomplish the same comfort as a yoga mat. Our only concern with these was how they might hold up to giant dog paws....initially we kept the dogs off of them while we did car camp trips, but at least a dozen backpacking trips later they've been no worse for the wear of two 85lb dogs stuffed in a 2person tent with us. Seriously. Get this. Get one for everyone you know. Even people who swear they're not sleeping on the ground anymore!

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 25, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 0

I had high hopes for these. They're more like traditional denim jeans than the kara, which is what I was looking for, as well as the fact that they have a better skinny leg. Out of the box they looked promising, but after putting them on, I felt like the midrise was just too high. Not to mention that the zipper doesn't run the whole length of the front rise - it just looks weird starting in the middle, like the crotch is saggy when it's actually not. The fabric was great, and the skinny leg was great. These didn't make the cut for me though with the weird looking front and being a tad roomy in a size 0. For reference I'm 5'1" 110lb with a 30" inseam. I'm small but I have wide hips - I was worried the 0 would be tight, but I would have been swimming in a 2.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on February 24, 2018

Bummer, dude.
2 5

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

I really liked this collar when I got it - it was for my 13 year old yellow lab. He swims a lot, but other than that collars receive little to no abuse. He's usually not even on a leash - so definitely no pulling. Well, I had to have him on a leash for a rare occasion a few days ago, so I also put this collar on him. After the fact, I reached down to unbuckle it and it broke. For something that looked like it was good quality, and for what I thought would be his last collar, I'm pretty unimpressed. He literally wore it twice. He's not some beast that was too much for this collar - it just broke because it was made poorly. Not sure whether or not it's worth contacting Chaco over a $15 item. It's a bummer to be so disappointed by a brand I really like.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on January 13, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: xs

I got this shirt in the drifter grey color - I like it, but it isn't the same color that the picture makes it look. The picture makes it seems like a warm grey, almost a bit of a purple color. The shirt is a cool silver grey. Still like it. Will be a good staple for throwing on for pretty much anything. It's interesting enough to be dressed up, but functional and comfortable enough to be worn for outdoor activity. The cut/shape is feminine and rounded hem makes this a good choice for yoga, climbing, under a sweater, etc. because it keeps you covered. Sleeves might be short for some people. I'm 5'1" and always wear an xs in Patagonia - the shirt itself is a bit big on me, but the sleeves are just right, even bordering on short.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This looked cute, but, yeah, no. It felt and looked like a tankini bathing suit top. The pattern was way less attractive in person. And, it was huge. Like, really big. It was only available in S, M, L so I very wrongly assumed that I'd be able to get away with a small even though I typically wear xs in most things - Patagonia included. The 'slim fit' did not apply to make this even wearable for me - loose everywhere.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

4 5

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

I've been waiting for a pair of pants like these for forever. There are various softshell type pants out there for women but they're almost universally unflattering, and all so high waisted and stiff that being uncomfortable wasn't worth the technical function. Meanwhile, my guy has softshell pants that are so comfortable he wears them in place of jeans and even sweatpants. Ugh. So, when I saw these I had to give them a try. They're expensive, but I have to admit that Patagonia stands the test of time, so I guess I can get over that. They're comfortable, lightweight, and they actually look nice. My two complaints about them are relatively small, and probably not a big deal to most. First, the waistband isn't as much like yoga pants as I wanted it to be. The very top part has that rigid, less stretchy part in it that doesn't match the comfort of the rest of the band. All you ladies know what I'm talking about. If it had the same fold over top as the light and lined pants, I'd be over the damn moon. Second, the side panels on the legs, although allowing for comfortable stretch to suit a wider range of body types, isn't water resistant. It's a regular yoga pant/athletic tight type fabric. That helps make them breathable, but means they're not quite as weatherproof as the description may lead you to believe.
Bottom line - these are going to be great for xc skiing in the cold. I'll be comfortable and not look like I'm wearing giant old school ski pants. So. These stay, and I'll keep my eyes open for Patagonia to update these a few years from now.

For reference, I'm 5'1" 110lb. and the XS fits great. I could still put a baselayer pant underneath comfortably. Sizing up seems unnecessary for adding layers underneath.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

4 5

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

I got these to fill a few niches - comfy pants for around the house, good for dog walks and runs to the grocery, while also being durable for a hike or wearing underneath waders. These definitely fit the bill. And they're unbelievably comfortable. They do have a a different fit than I expected. The roll over top is great, but to make them fit the way that feels right, the fold over covers the opening to the two front pockets. Not really a big deal since I don't see them being useful outside of an aesthetic for the pants. If you only rolled them down as much as seen in the picture, the crotch would be like weirdly low. I need to pull them up so I don't feel like the crotch is in a weird spot that restricts movement. I'm 5'1" and 110lb. and got the xs, which are very comfortable. If they made an xxs, those would likely be fine too, and slimmer in the leg. I'm not sure how these (the xs at least) would fit a girl much taller than 5'3"-5'4"... For a short person I've got a pretty standard inseam at 30", and I feel like they're just the right length so that I can wear them all the way down or fold the bottom cuff once and have both ways look good. I definitely recommend the carbon color as well - its a nice change from black or grey, but is still surprisingly neutral enough to match anything. Plus, they can make the leap to a more polished outfit in that color. OH! and one more thing - if you live in a menagerie like I do, you'll be delighted to know that these DO NOT attract or even pick up fur. SCORE.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on October 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was just about to buy another pair of these and noticed a hole in the pair that I have. I'm really bummed, because these are my favorite pair of leggings. I wear them to yoga, for morning walks, and under an occasional tunic. The thing about the hole is that its not on a seam, near the crotch, or on the knees. Its in the mid-thigh where they never see any kind of abrasion or anything. As crazy as I am about these, I can't justify the price if they're going to last me less than a year. I even washed them on gentle and hung them to dry. Maybe I got a lemon pair, but make sure you're as gentle as you can be on these if you want to extend their life. I would also suggest your smallest likely size - these fit fine in the small, but I think the xs would have made these just a bit less skitchy when doing yoga.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

On a recent fishing trip I was grousing to a friend that my smartwool hiking socks, which are usually super comfy, were sliding around in my waders and causing hardcore blisters. He laughed and said he had the same problem with the mens version of that sock. Then he suggested to me that I retire them to kicking around the house in and buy a pair of Darn Toughs, because he liked them better and mentioned their insanely awesome warranty. Not to mention, they're cheaper than most other 'performance' socks. Well. I'm a believer now. These short socks kick the crap out of my other ones for morning walks, runs, and exercise. I'll be getting a thick pair for winter fishing and xc skiing. A note - I'm a 6.5-7. The small fit great, but after being washed and dried, they did shrink a bit. They still fit, but my next pair will be a medium so that I don't have to worry about putting them in the dryer. My size makes me on the far end for their sizing with the small. If you're kinder to your socks than I am and hang them to dry, then definitely get the small if you're a 7 or less.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 30, 2017

The most blazin' orange jacket around
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Blaze orange seems to be less of a concern out West, but where I'm from back East, it was a requirement for running around in the woods during hunting season. My plott hound can disappear in any terrain only a few feet away from us, and doesn't understand why we're calling her constantly when she's like "I'm right here?" This is some seriously intense orange. There are spacecrafts lightyears away that have spotted my girl bounding through the woods in this thing. What's more, is, it's evidently very comfortable. She doesn't seem to care to take it off. For reference, she's a lean 85lbs. - a tall lanky dog with a big ribcage and skinny in her waist/hips. The L/XL was perfect because it's long enough to cover most of her back, and the adjustments make it fit a huge range of sizes. My yellow lab is a very classic stocky retriever shape at about 75 lbs, and I could make this fit him if I cinched it down.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this collar - the colors are vibrant and and the pattern is sweet. I like that theres a flashy version of a fish patterned collar finally - my dog has ultimate camouflage and this makes her easier to see as opposed to the more earth toned fish patterns. It seems like it will be super durable, but it's not the same weight and thickness as most collar and leash webbing. I was surprised at how lightweight it was, but as long as it holds up, I'm sure the dog will appreciate a little less of a necklace burden.
As an update - these are great. I now have one for each dog, and they're killer. I discovered that when these start to get the funk a spray with the Natures Miracle odor removing foam takes right care of it. I've got a yellow lab that rarely ever dries out because he loves the water, so it's nice to have a collar that I can get the smell out of.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on September 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered a set of these 2 or 3 years ago, and they were well loved. We lost one by accidentally leaving it out in the willywags too far to retrieve - the green one isn't as visible as you might think. We made due with just one between two dogs, meaning eating in shifts and drinking water out of a bowl that had food in it - believe me they didn't care. That one was still our go too until a friend of ours got a puppy that chewed a hole in it when we weren't looking. Not so helpful with water after that. Here's my old review - which I stand by and then some. Do yourself a favor and get your dog a ruffwear pack and make them carry their own bowls - these are light enough.
******I've got a yellow lab and a plott hound who love to go fishing, hiking, climbing, etc with us. I got the large, since the plott hound especially can really put back some water. To their credit, they're both very good at drinking out of a nalgene, but this is way easier. These are great for a backpack too - dry as soon as you shake them out, and pack super small. My only 'negative' comment is that the colors are darker than pictured. I honestly don't care what color they are, but I got the pink because I figured I'd be less likely to lose it. It's more of a magenta, and the green is more olive-y.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on July 24, 2017

5 5

I ordered this after receiving the Kyte 46 and deciding that it didn't live up to the smaller Sirrus pack I had. The fit of the 24L Sirrus is so perfect that I had to send the Kyte back to get the Sirrus50 and I'm glad I did. The frame features a molded and curved bottom where the pack sits on your hips which is super comfortable. Additionally, the tension mesh that keeps the pack off your back and allows for airflow is far superior to the airflow system that the Kyte pack had. I just recently did a steeeeep hike to a mountain lake in ~90 degree weather and stayed comfortable while my guy melted into a puddle with a lesser pack. Adjusting this to fit took a bit of doing because the torso length is adjustable with a velcro system that moves the straps up and down. I would suggest having someone help with getting the fit right and then using only the lower shoulder strap adjustments to get in and out of the pack once you get it right. The shoulder straps have a honeycomb type material that is definitely too scratchy on your skin to wear a tank top, so plan on wearing a top that covers you. If you're like me and your phone is also your camera, don't expect to fit your iphone in the waist belt pockets - at least not in the xs/sm size. I did find that I could easily slide it through the bottom slit in the water bottle holder and reach it while the pack is on without worrying that it would fall out. To maximize the space in this pack for backpacking, I would also suggest investing in a set of origami bowls and plates and sliding them down into the water bladder sleeve - then carry a water filter to fill up a bottle instead of sacrificing room for a hydration system, not to mention all that weight.
Also - the ruska purple color is much more of a pomegranate/berry type color than the grape purple it looks like in the picture. Much preferable, actually

I really like this pack for 2-3 day outings. The Sirrus24 has been so used and abused that it left me very confident in ordering the 50L version and I'm glad that I did.

For reference I'm 5'1" 110lb. and got the xs/sm. I would expect that size to fit a girl slightly taller than I as well, like up to 5'4"ish

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on July 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Camping has never been so comfortable! I was dubious about how much cushion this would offer, but also didn't want the bulk of a padded or insulated thermarest type thing. This is PERFECT for backpacking since its the size and weight of a beer. We loved it so much we bought one for our friend to keep him sleeping like a baby on a recent fishing trip. Don't hesitate to buy this. It's worth every penny.
The only thing that I would worry about damaging this is dog claws... We've got a traveling menagerie, and make sure to keep paws off this so we don't risk a puncture.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on July 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

How is it even possible that it took this long for someone to start making a beer holder that ACTUALLY works on the river? This is perfect. A friend just visited for a two week fishing trip - I got one for each of us, and they never left our side on the river. The velcro is low profile enough that these went from fishing sidekick during the day to a chilly beer hug in camp at night. Awesome. They need more colors so we can all ID which koozie is ours.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

I've got lots of shoes, from flip flops to ugg boots to chacos. Nothing compares to these for matching with damn near everything and being the most comfortable pair in the bunch. I even wear them in the winter as long as I'm not trudging through snow. The narrow fit is much better for women in general I think, even if you don't generally consider yourself to have narrow feet. Also, GET THE LEATHER! Unless you're going for an animal free synthetic version, these can't be beat. The color is perfect, they're easier to clean than suede, a bit of water won't ruin them, and they won't stretch out on you like suede ones. If you turn out to be like me and end up wearing only these for all eternity, get some gold bond powder with menthol to leave in then overnight occasionally so they don't get funky during a hot summer.

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Jaime Cwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Got these as an emergency order for a climbing trip after my favorite climbing pants gave up the ghost. They're super comfortable, very flattering, and great for moving around in. They're just the right rise, too. I'm short, so I struggle to find pants that don't sit at my belly button even when they say 'low rise'. These are great, being somewhere between low and mid rise - work well with a harness without showing your skivvies and without being high rise. My only complaint is that these don't come in different lengths. I would have ordered a short if I could. I'll have to roll the bottoms or use the cinch to keep these from dragging. Still, I regret not buying a pair of these sooner - back when they first came out and they had the sweet embroidered back pockets. These have a cute pocket detail too, it's just much more subdued.

Dear Prana, make these in different lengths and add more colors!!! :)

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