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Jamie McGiver

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Jamie McGiver

Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on May 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 123 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

OK SO, normally I HATE those elastic bands at the bottom of the leg on liners. I have pretty muscular quads and even when the rest of the shorts fit in the waist/butt/hips, those bands are ALWAYS too tight and literally leave a mark on my leg hours after I've taken them off. NOT THESE! (Round of applause). I have these in a small. I'm about 5'4 123lbs athletic build. I love them. They're comfy and stay in place but don't feel like they're pinching me anywhere. Also they are super high-waisted (just covered my belly button). Big fan.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on April 19, 2019

5 5

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

I got a chance to use this piece in Virginia while riding on a hotttttt day. I am about 5’4/ athletic build - small waist but broad shoulders with a long torso. The small fit perfectly, but it is a tad more form fitting than some of my other mountain bike jerseys which are kind of boxy (no shape) and flowy. Definitely would still consider it to be in the all-mountain/ trail category. Wasn’t tight across my upper back or hips. Bonus! - the way the breathable panels are tailored along the sides is super flattering. The four way stretch was perfect for an incredibly varied ride with climbing, fast descents and intermittent rock gardens and the little silicone dots along the bottom of the jersey kept it in place.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on April 10, 2019

5 5

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

So I have tried a lot of different brands with varying lengths, weights, styles, etc. and these are sure to become my go-to shorts.

FIT - I am 5'4, 123lbs with an athletic build. I have trouble finding shorts/pants that are snug enough in the waist and roomy enough in the thighs/hips. I have these in a small and the waist is a little loose when I first pull them on, BUT the hook and loop tabs allow me to cinch it in for a perfect, secure fit - no gaping space between my shorts and my lower back. I might have been able to get away with an XS because of the four-way stretch but I prefer the extra room for my quads/hips! SPEAKING of the four-way stretch: It's everything. These allow me to move freely in any direction no matter how hard I'm pushing and they don't ride up my thighs while I'm pedaling either (PET PEEVE). I can climb for miles or squat on the ground to fix my chain without feeling at all restricted.

MATERIAL - Already covered the four way stretch, but wanted to mention the weight. These are heavy enough to feel like they'll protect my skin if I go down, but not so much that they're too hot for long summer rides. They also have build in ventilation to help with the latter.

POCKETS - THEY HAVE POCKETS! AND they aren't bulky and unflattering against the outer thigh.

AESTHETIC - The design is attractive and clean. The fit is flattering and the coral blue is MY FAVORITE.

Highly recommend. As I stated I've tried lots of different brands and I tend to pick and choose what I'll wear based on weather, duration, etc. - but these seem like they'll do it all. Excited to put them to the test this season.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on July 12, 2018

YES!
5 5

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

Best color ever. But besides that, this jersey is killer. It fit tight enough that I didn't feel like there was too much fabric blowing in the breeze, but not so fitted that it restricted mobility at all. The back is long, which is a must when standing up and bombing steep sections. The material is super soft, and slightly heavier than I imagined. Not too heavy, but a little more weight to it than some of my other jerseys. It feels like the material could withstand a trip over the handlebars. I could see this being my go-to for fall riding and I would definitely wear it with a pair of jeans to grab a beer, too! The hidden pocket is much appreciated - perfect for fruit snacks!

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on July 12, 2018

4 Way Stretch, Heck Yes
5 5

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

Ok so I'm pretty short - short, athletic legs, curvy hips, long torso, small waist. Finding bottoms that aren't too big in the waist, too tight in the QUAD-zillas and/or a super awkward length is a constant challenge for me. THAT being said, these shorts fit! I wasn't sure how I'd feel about how short they were, but they were surprisingly flattering on. They fell an inch or two above my knee. When I rode, they did ride up as all shorts do, but they weren't tight or restricting in any way. Four way stretch FOR THE WIN. I had the waist cinched most of the way and had no issue with a gaping space in the back. Breathability was spot on, too. The sleek, clean black is my jam. I didn't feel any weird seams rubbing. Super comfortable and practical.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on October 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I basically have a flannel collection - flannels for all days/emotions/needs. I just wore this one on a hike in the Adirondack mountains. I stripped off my nasty sweaty shirt at the summit and threw this on. There is NOTHING better than this soft (DRY!) shirt against my skin on a cold, windy mountain top. On the way back down, I got a little toasty and rolled up the sleeves which revealed the adoooorable corduroy detail on the inside of the cuffs. It's also a little more fitted, but not at all too tight. I'm 5'4, 125ish, athletic build (broad shoulders, small waist) and the small was spot on - fitted, but still mobile. Good length. Not too long to be annoying to layer and not so short that it rides up. It would easily transition to burgers and beers, too. I dig it. Just go ahead and treat yourself.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on July 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfect little bag for cruising around town on my townie. I can throw my wallet, a couple snacks, my phone, sunglasses and other random things in there and feel like they're safe. It's comfy and super low profile, which I loooove. I do wish there were some fun colors, though!

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on July 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband works in a bike shop and commutes there on his townie. Go figure. He uses it quite a bit more than I do. This bag is perfect to carry a couple of his tools, his lunch (which he never makes) and his laptop. We live in the Adirondack Mountains and this Spring has been RELENTLESSLY rainy. Not at all an issue - he feels totally comfortable transporting his electronics. It's high quality and designed to deal with wet weather. Straps are comfy. Bag fits a lot of stuff but is still low profile. AND It has a waist strap to keep it from swinging around when he flies around corners.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

Overall, a solid product...
4 5

I live in the Adirondack Mountains. It is WET and COLD and so as much as I'd love to say that I'm constantly dealing with DEEP snow. It's not that often. When we do, these babies float and they are not annoyingly squeaky at all like your usual plastic snowshoe. The crampons are burly enough to stand up to our bullet-proof ice. The binding system with the all-direction hinge was awesome for uneven terrain (to include post-holed trails). They had nice flex, even in bitter cold temps. There are very few moving parts to break - overall really streamlined design. Therein lies the only issue, the straps/buckles can get a little iced up in really trying wet/slushy conditions.

I love how light they are, not at all awful to strap to a pack.

They felt a little wide for my natural gait, but certainly not the worst I've experienced. I'm 5'4 (ish), 115 so they'd likely be fine for most.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

Finally a quiet plastic Snowshoe...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My husband uses these mostly to access ice climbs in the backcountry. We live in the Adirondacks where the snow is often heavy and wet, or crusty and/or slippery. The crampons are burly enough to stand up to the icy conditions. They're lightweight and quieter than your typical plastic snowshoe, too. The binding is mounted on a multi-directional suspension system (what they call an all-direction hinge) which is ideal for walking on uneven terrain and sidehills. They have nice flex, even in really cold conditions. There are very few moving parts to break - overall really streamlined design.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

SO warm!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

This coat is TOASTY. Perfect for errands out and about on any frosty day. Pockets are diviiiiine, so soft inside. Easy to tuck away just in case. Despite being 750 fill, it packs down quite small and would fit easily inside a large purse or tote (you know you have one!).

Handles snow, wind and light rain just fine.

FIT: I have an xs small waist, but am not lacking in the hip area. The XS, when zippered all the way to the bottom was a little more snug that I would have liked for the pace I usually set when I'm walking around. BUT I had the option to zipper up (from the bottom) an inch or two to give me all of the mobility I needed.

The midsection isn't quite as fitted as the image appears on the site, but then again - I like it cinched pretty tight.

Overall, this jacket is beautiful - but isn't too fashionable to be lacking in functionality. Super warm without being bulky. And cruelty-free down - MAJOR plus.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

Obsessed!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Um, where do I begin? I have done my fair share of hauling stuff up and down mountains/canyons/etc - and this pack is AMAZING. I will never again use a pack without the Cross-Flo ventilation system. Sweaty back is the worst, no? The Jade won me over in the seriously thought-out details - removable rain cover, suspended mesh backpanel, (yes - amazing enough to mention TWICE) the ultra-cusioned shoulder harness and hip belts, some fun little pockets and accessibility along the bottom compartment, too. I love it. I have already used it on multiple hikes. No bruises on my hip bones, no back pain! And I am all about practicality over color - but the Mountain Purple looks lovely against most any landscape. HIGHLY recommend.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

Lightweight & Perfect for Layering!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I used this piece recently on a sunrise hike. The temperature when I started was in the low 20's and on the descent it was in the 50's - so at times I had layers both under and over this jacket. It provided warmth without being bulky. I am pretty small up top, but have broad shoulders so a lot of times an XS fits me all over except across the back. The powerstretch shoulder inserts made sure I was able to move in any direction without feeling restricted - even with a fully packed backpack on. Overall, great layering jacket - a must have weight for any winter activities.

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Jamie McGiverwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

Cozy, simple!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

As others have mentioned, the material is a tiny bit scratchy - throw a tank on underneath, though and you're good to go. I have the spruce/anchor (blue) and the colors are rich and beautiful. This sweater isn't meant to be super fitted, but it pulls off cozy/loose/comfy without looking boxy or shapeless. The zipper detail on the back is a nice touch, too.

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