Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50*
Home Page
Jen Teeple

Jen Teeple

Chicago, Fort Collins, Chamonix

Jen Teeple's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Jen Teeple's Bio

Measurements:

Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 100-110 lbs. depending on the season
Dress/Pant Size: 00/0/24/25
Bra: 33AA/XS/S
Shoe: 7-7.5 US/37-38 EU

Leave a question in the comment box below the product if you'd like to know anything more about that particular item (e.g., fit, performance in certain conditions/for certain activities, etc.) and I'll give you my best answer! I try my best to be unbiased and judge products according to features that I think (& hope) everybody would find useful.
-----
Instilling in me a deep love for nature, adventure, spontaneity, and the French language, my mother sent me off to travel to Chamonix when I was 16. Like most who have been there, I fell head over heels for the Alps. After many subsequent visits and a job at my university’s climbing gym, I was propelled to live closer to some mountains, namely those of colorful Colorado (where I attended grad school). There, my love for all kinds of outdoor sports deepened even further, as did my passion for learning about, writing about, and modestly “collecting” technical gear and garments. Currently loving my position as a Floor Leader for Patagonia. (Note: any personal views I express regarding products, gear, values, etc., should not be taken to reflect those of Patagonia as a company).

- My Newfie, Bella, is my best gal. -

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on January 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Sending a huge THANK YOU to Backcountry.com and Patagonia for giving me the chance to review this jacket. It's wonderful to be a part of the awesome community that is Backcountry.com!

SIZE REFERENCE:
Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 110
Dress/Pant Size: 00/0/24/25
Bra: 33AA/XS/S

FIT: I have this in XS. It does indeed run a bit big, with long arms--however, this allows you to raise your arms comfortably and also allows room for a couple (maybe even a few) layers underneath when it's not merely rainy, but also cold. It also makes a great shell on days in fall/winter when it's not quite snowy, not quite rainy, but somewhere in between. With that being said...

PERFORMANCE: This piece absolutely shines in cool, rainy weather. In the summer time, I tend to just bear the water coming down from the heavens and embrace the fact that on an 85-degree, rainy day, I would probably be better off without a shell. However, I did give this thing a true test by running to the train stop 5 blocks away on a warm, sprinkly day with merely a tank top underneath. That's right: I allowed for full experience of the dreaded clamminess. Conclusion: the breathability, for it being a $129 shell, is truly quite impressive. (It's no Gore-Tex Pro and not meant to be, but again, impressive.) And for that, matched with the fact it has never leaked, is packable, is lightweight, and has generally never failed me once, garners a 5-star rating.

PERFORMANCE "CONS": Of course, if you're looking for something that moves a bit better, there are options like Patagonia's stretch Rainshadow. I don't hold it against the Torrentshell that it doesn't stretch, since that's an altogether different ballgame, and it indeed does have room to allow for movement. But in terms of "everyday" kinds of movement (commuting, walking the dog, running to the bus before you miss it) it's just great for the value.

BOTTOM LINE: This is a great rain jacket for the cost when you're in a pinch but also want something that will last. PS: Don't be afraid to wash it--a tech wash a couple times a year and a DWR spray will do you good and keep the shell lasting for years and years.

(4)

 

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on January 13, 2017

Another 5-star Review!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Sending a huge THANK YOU to Backcountry.com and Patagonia for giving me the chance to review this beautiful garment. It's wonderful to be a part of the great community that is Backcountry.com! Cheers!

SIZE REFERENCE:
Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 110
Dress/Pant Size: 00/0/24/25
Bra: 33AA/XS/S

FIT: I have this in XS. The fit is a slightly boxy and the garment runs large, though not too far off from Patagonia's *Regular Fit* sizing. If I could size down, I would, though I would say it doesn't run a whole size larger... though, almost! For me, the XS is a wonderfully comfortable fit and it runs a little long.

PERFORMANCE: The handfeel of the garment is incredible. It is the second softest thing I own (second only to a lovely hand-me-down cashmere sweater also made by Patagonia). With that being said, when I want something comfy, warm, yet pretty to wear, this is an absolute go-to! It is very warm and perfect for chilly days, and even a great outer layer in fall and spring weather when the weather is crisp.

CARE: It's worth noting that this could shrink if it ends up in the dryer, since the cotton is untreated and organic (which makes it even more of a feel-good piece, metaphorically). I wash mine in cold water, infrequently, and line dry or lay it flat to dry.

BOTTOM LINE: This is probably the best piece for gift-giving. Everyone's mother, brother, and second cousin once removed (if that's a thing) would love one. It is one of the most sought-after Patagonia garments for a reason. I would just size down, put it on, sit back and relax, and enjoy the comfort :)

I got one for my mom, too, as the pic shows :)

(4)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on October 25, 2016

Love at first use.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sending a HUGE thanks to Backcountry.com and Patagonia for giving me the opportunity to test and review this piece of gear. It's wonderful to be able to be a part of the awesome community that is Backcountry.com. Cheers!

An abridged version of my standard review form follows after this little love letter.

Dear Black Hole Cube,

I just want to say: I love you. I used to put my climbing shoes in my backpack alongside my innocent post-climbing snack: an apple, its skin bare, naked, and shiny, just asking to be tarnished by the germs lurking on the bottom--nay, all over--my Miura VSs. So I clipped those shoes right onto the exterior of my backpack with a carabiner, itself a timeless and beautiful piece of gear, sadly relegated to a lowly job compared to what most carabiners get to do: save lives, partner up with another carabiner on a dog bone, etc.

My shoes, swinging awkwardly on the outside of my bag, used to smack those unfortunate individuals to whom I came too close while making my way home. And those people on the subway with me who didn't get violated by my climbing shoes physically? The offensiveness of which we all are aware after hours, days, and months of climbing in the same pair of shoes surely affected their noses. Spiritually.

And, o, chalk, my both sweet friend and foe--you are another beast. Plastic bags, wasteful as they are, kept you at bay from exploding over everything inside my backpack, but alas, shite they have always proven to be after but a few days.

You. You sweet, sleek Black Hole Cube. You solve these problems, and continue to do so without fail. If you were a man, you would be Dani Andrada doing a perpetual pinky pull-up: burly, handsome, yet reserved in a mysterious, "je ne sais quoi" way.

So, mon cheri, I'm so glad you're in my life, and I'll hold onto you forever.

AHEM.

FIT: The large (10L) fits my harness, chalk bag, and shoes perfectly.

PERFORMANCE: Expect everything you've come to expect from Patagonia's Black Hole series. They're durable, burly as all get out, easy to use, handsome, and the sizes are perfect for various uses.

BOTTOM LINE: Even if you don't climb, you will find a lot to do with these cubes, and you'll have them forever. They're excellent for traveling and keeping things organized. I also use the middle-sized cube to store my camping stove and pot and fuel, and the small one for toiletries.

(2)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on October 24, 2016

I'm sorry I ever doubted you, Capilene.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

SIZE REFERENCE:
Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 105 lb.
Dress/Pant Size: 0/25
Bra: 32A/34AA/XS/S

I have this in an XXS.

FIT: The fit in this piece is consistent with the rest of Patagonia's slim fit pieces. Because my shoulders are a little broad/bigger compared to the rest of my body (I have more of a V-shape up top) and I also have longer arms, the sleeves are a bit short and the shoulders are a bit tight (yet I still have a bit of room in the lower torso). Despite this I still go true to size, and since I have a body type that's a little hard to fit and the discomfort is minor, no stars docked for fit.

PERFORMANCE: I mainly got this baselayer because I love Patagonia's merino baselayers--a lot. Maybe too much! And though I really adore my Thermal Weight Capilene, I have always preferred my Merino Midweight to almost any baselayer. So for me this was a real test just to see if Capilene could give merino a run for its money. The result: I was very, very pleasantly surprised. I went for a fairly intense hilly run in this and wore it for a total of around 48 hours (with about a single 8-hour air-out/dry-time overnight while I was sleeping and also wore it to bed one night) and was very pleased. The polygiene really did its job. While running and sweating, it did a great job keeping me dry and comfortable, but it was also light and thin enough that I could feel the wonderfully cool air. I started off wearing my Houdini as my shell and then ended with just the Capilene in 45-degree F weather. It was perfect.

BOTTOM LINE: Though I love merino, this sealed the deal for me on Capilene. I want to be able to have synthetic pieces that are versatile and can perform well during any objective, especially when safety (body temp/perspiration) is a real issue. This piece is going to play an important role in my layering system.

(5)

 

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on October 22, 2016

Fantastic Autumn to Winter Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

SIZE REFERENCE:

Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 105 lb.
Dress/Pant Size: 0/25
Bra: 32A/34AA/XS/S

I have this in an XS.

FIT: As this is part of Patagonia's alpine collection, this jacket will run a bit long so it can fit under a harness comfortably. Since I have pretty narrow hips, I have no issues there, though if it were made in an XXS I would definitely choose that since I wear this generally over a single baselayer and maybe a light fleece insulator, like an R1 or thermal-weight Capilene. However, the fit is comfortable for me.

PERFORMANCE: I recently wore this on a several day trip to romp around some of my favorite parks, and the weather was chilly, damp, and generally dreary. It was a perfect companion all trip long--on a cold train, in the parks, hanging outside with my dog at night, etc. I run cold, and this performed very well all the way down to about 45 degrees F. Below that, I have to throw on an extra layer underneath (no big deal), or I would go up to the next jacket (e.g., Patagonia's Down Sweater Hoody). The thing I most appreciate about this jacket (besides traceable down) is how lightweight it is for how warm it is. I plan on this being my go-to jacket for many more trips (let alone errands around town, to and from climbing on chilly days, etc.). My one beef is always the single drawcord for the hem, but this is more of an aesthetic peeve.

BOTTOM LINE: I hesitated about a year to get this jacket, and as soon as I put it on, I didn't want to take it off--I wore it as much as possible for a couple weeks straight (except for an anomalous 80-degree day) because I absolutely love its comfortable level of warmth. Like the Nano Air, I have been tending to keep this on and leave it on, and I cannot wait to see how it performs on bigger objectives.

(2)

 

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on October 20, 2016

Best Comfy Pants I Own
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Sending out a huge THANK YOU! to Backcountry.com and Patagonia for giving me the opportunity to try out and review these pants. It's wonderful to be a member of such an awesome community. Cheers!

SIZE REFERENCE:
Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 100-110 lbs. depending on the season
Dress/Pant Size: 00 / 0 / 24 / 25

I have these in an XS.

FIT: As a regular fit, these understandably run a little big compared to the rest of Patagonia's XS-S-M-L-XL-sized pants (e.g., the Centered or Serenity series). However, because they have a drawcord, I have no problem giving them a quick tie, and they're good to go. I would size down if I could, but having that extra room in a pair of pants is a nice respite from tight yoga wear. If you're, for instance, usually a medium in Patagonia pants, it might be good to try out a small; they are a regular/borderline relaxed fit, not a slim fit.

PERFORMANCE: I have worn the heck out of these, and they have held up phenomenally considering how often I have worn them! I have zero issues with them--the stitching, quality of the fabric, appearance, etc., have all been exactly what I expect from Patagonia as a company--high quality and long-lasting. I wear them probably 3-4 times a week or so, and with fall and winter fast approaching, these are going to be my staple (even more so than now) for returning home after an icy, cold commute. I lounge in them at home, eat bowls of Patagonia Provisions Breakfast Grains in them outside in the front yard in the morning with my dog :) !, do light yoga in them, run errands in them, and though I prefer to climb in synthetic fabrics, these would be absolutely fine for a few burns at the climbing gym. The stretch is ideal in these as well--not so stretchy they feel like a 4-way stretch hiking pant, just a gentle stretch.

WASHING THEM: Washing them is a breeze; however, I ALWAYS use mild detergent and line dry my cotton from Patagonia since it's untreated and organic. I did accidentally throw them in a dryer once, and they were just a bit smaller, but went back to their normal size after a wear.

BOTTOM LINE: Get them. And get them for all the women--and hey, men--in your life, too. They're too comfy to pass up and you can lounge even more happily knowing they are made with organic cotton.

(5)

 

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on March 31, 2016

The "Everything" Jacket.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

SIZE REFERENCE:
Height: 5' 4.75"
Measurements: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Weight: 100-110 lbs. depending on the season
Dress/Pant Size: 0/25
Bra: 32A/34AA

THANK YOU to Backcountry.com and Patagonia for giving me the chance to review this jacket. I couldn't be more grateful to be a part of the growing community that is Backcountry.com. Cheers!

FIT: I have this jacket in an extra small, and usually take an extra small in everything Patagonia. The length of the arms is great, and I have a +1 ape index, meaning my arms are about one inch longer than my height (almost 5' 5"). The hem also falls nicely on me with plenty of coverage (see pics), and I have quite a long torso for my height (17.5"). I have somewhat slim hips, and I have noticed that women who have wider hips might want to size up in this jacket (since it is one of Patagonia's "Slim Fit" pieces). The hood fits my head and face very comfortably, and both the zipper and the cinch cord are placed very well and are comfortable, practical, and easy to use.

PERFORMANCE PROS: I wear this jacket when I don't even *have* to. I love it. It is most comfortable for me over a long-sleeved base layer or tee. It is absolutely fantastic at blocking wind (and I live in Chicago)--there have been days when I have had to hold onto lamp posts in order not to be blown away in the 50-60 mph + gusts, and this thing works phenomenally; I do not feel the wind come through. As far as rain goes, it is meant to be an emergency shell, so I wouldn't recommend it for an absolute downpour. However, for light rains and misty conditions, it is awesome. I am a huge fan of lightweight everything, so this is an absolute favorite of mine. Plus, I am absolutely crazy about this color combo. For jogging, this is awesome, too. I haven't tried it out in conditions exceeding 55F degrees, so I don't have much to say about any clamminess issues. I plan on using this as a high visibility jacket in the mountains when a Gore-Tex shell isn't needed, and will continue using it for everything else, especially running.

PERFORMANCE CONS: One small thing I have noticed is that the chest pocket placement is a little high. I personally have to angle my head downward quite a bit to see the zipper pull at the top. On other jackets, the front chest pocket is lower, which is a little easier to see. However, this placement choice might be because when used in combination with a running vest or trail pack, the zipper would be out of the way of the straps. (If possible, test out the combination of pack/jacket beforehand to make sure they stagger well.) Oh, and beware: no hand pockets; this is a minimalist jacket. EMBRACE IT!

Bottom line: I once heard somebody say, "There's not a lot to it." And that couldn't be more wonderfully true: I take mine everywhere, and wear it often, and it doesn't weigh me down.

(3)

 

0 Comments

0 Answers

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on December 20, 2015

Excellent for light travel/skiing
5 5

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

Looks like this puppy is out of stock, but I will say that as a very light packer, I found this pack to be excellent for a 3.5/4-day trip out to Colorado for a full day of skiing (and another day for hiking and climbing, and another day for just plain hanging out). It fit a lot more than I thought it would and seems like a generous 20L. I thought it performed really well as opposed to a regular backpack and fit my back really nicely and allowed for more movement in the upper body. I think it makes an excellent daypack for skiing and for ski mountaineering, but for longer adventures, a 30L would be great. Beware of the slight differences, though: the 30L will not have the compartment on the strap for the water bladder hose. I would also have enjoyed an attachment for my helmet, but managed to attach it to the side panel straps for easy carrying. The chest strap was a little low for me, but the hip strap was comfortable and fit me well while both traveling and skiing. I'm also loving the separate microfleece compartment for the goggles--brilliant!

BOTTOM LINE: I've been pleasantly surprised by its capacity and lightweightness, and have yet to test it out further, but love it so far!

(2)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on December 20, 2015

One of the Best Performance Pieces
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

SIZE AND FIT: I'm 5'4.75" and around 100 lbs. for the current season, have a petite frame, and tend to carry my weight in my bottom half as opposed to my torso, chest (33AA), and arms. (See my profile for full sizing info.) I have these bottoms in XXS, and they fit perfectly next-to-skin but are just a tiny bit tight in the waist. Baselayers should be a truly slim fit so they can really perform their primary job--keeping you dry and warm--and I think these do fit true to size in Patagonia's slim fit. The length in these is also perfect for me, though I have a longer torso as opposed to longer legs.

PERFORMANCE: I couldn't ask for a better performing baselayer. These are fantastic. I have worn these under skinny jeans, under insulated ski pants, as pajamas, and even as leggings (with a Fjord Flannel tied around my waist for a little modesty, of course). So, for me, these are the most versatile baselayer bottoms I own. I couldn't say enough about them--in part because through all of that, I STILL haven't washed them. They look and smell perfectly great, despite hiking through some thorny bushes and climbing some boulders in them. While skiing they kept me warm and dry through temps ranging from 25º to 40º F, and hiking and climbing in temps up to the 50s (though, I do run a bit cold). I am planning on washing them just like the rest of the technical garments I own--cold wash with mild liquid detergent or merino-specific wash, followed by a line-dry. Though, the best way to wash merino at least at home is to do a cold, gentle hand-wash.

BOTTOM LINE: Just try 'em out. You won't regret it.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on December 20, 2015

Top of my list for baselayers!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

SIZE AND FIT: I'm 5' 4.75"€ and around 100 lbs. for the current season, have a petite frame, and tend to carry my weight in my bottom half as opposed to my torso, chest (33AA), and arms. (See my profile for full sizing info.) I chose to go with the XS in the thermal weight bottoms. I currently have the Patagonia Merino Midweight bottoms in XXS, and those fit me quite a bit better as a baselayer, but these thermal weight bottoms fit me pretty well, though are a little loose (i.e., not skin-tight). Base layers should be a truly slim fit so they can really perform their primary job--keeping you dry and warm--and I think these do fit true to size in Patagonia's slim fit. For me, since I'€™m about average height, they do run a little long. If your primary use for baselayers is skiing, I would recommend Patagonia's boot-length thermal weight bottoms and then pair them with their ski socks.

PERFORMANCE: These things are super comfortable and breathable. In colder pursuits, these are perfect for wearing under ski pants, but would be a little bulky if you were trying to fit them underneath an everyday pant for walking around town, for instance. In that case, I would definitely go for the midweight baselayer as opposed to the thermal weights, but both have their place in the closet (or backpack!). The next-to-skin comfort on these is really great, and I prefer them over all baselayers in that arena. For me, I really think that merino edges out capilene in terms of odor control, but that is a very minor concern with these. The breathability and the built-in odor protection do a great job. In fact, I get away with wearing these day in and day out, and only wash them probably every five times I wear them for moderate-activity pursuits (though I’m waiting for colder temps to get a better idea and will update with any news). Finally, these move really well and are not constricting in the least; going along with that, they also move very well amongst other layers--I never feel any pull or tug against the midlayer, and that's important when you’re moving around a lot.

BOTTOM LINE: In terms of comfort and breathability, these make it to the top of my list for baselayers. (The color is great, too!) And because the€™y're polyester, I'm really looking forward to their longevity. The 1/4-zip thermal weight capilene tops are some of my favorite pieces of the fall '15 line as well. These will be a great addition for walking the dog in cold temps, skiing, hiking in cold conditions, or even standing outside waiting for the bus.

(4)

 

0 Comments

Jen Teeple

Jen Teeplewrote a review of on October 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 103 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

SIZE REFERENCE:
Height: 5' 4.75" with +1 ape index (arms are 1 inch longer than my height)
Current weight: 103 lb.
Bra: 34AA
Waist: 26 in.

*check back soon for pics!*

FIT PROS: This piece fits me pretty well throughout the torso and the neck. It's not overly tight on my neck--it fits just right (and I'm really picky about that kind of thing). I could have probably gone with an XXS, but I like having the option of wearing another layer underneath if it's a long-sleeved piece. It fits pretty comfortably for me--not too tight, not too baggy. Being a slim fit piece, it should fit a bit closer to the body to maximize its performance AS a baselayer. It is almost true to size to Patagonia's slim fit--I'd say it has a CINCH less of a tailored effect on my body (i.e., it runs just a tad more toward their regular fit) compared to their other slim-fit pieces. It also has good coverage in terms of length, coming in right at about wrist length--so, great for tucking into baselayer bottoms, ski pants, or whatnot.

FIT CONS: I found that for some reason, Patagonia's thermal weight capilene fits my arms a little bit better in terms of length (perhaps it's the amount of stretch). When using the thumb straps, this piece (the midweight) is slightly more constricting on my thumbs, but it's not something that's uncomfortable enough to make me not want to wear it. I'd say if I knew I was going to be wearing a baselayer all day skiing, I might go with the thermal for optimal comfort.

PERFORMANCE PROS: (Note: I haven't gotten much use out of this piece yet since it's just now transitioning into cooler weather, so check back for updates!) As far as I have been able to tell, the breathability is good in this piece, and since it's treated with Polygiene I didn't notice much of a stink to it after the few times of wearing it, but I did throw it in the washer to test its performance and to see how well it dries. It does really well in a cold wash and a line-dry. I always line-dry my technical pieces just to be safe, and it does dry very, very quickly. The quarter-zip feature has also treated me very well, and I never have problems with any of Patagonia's zippers. The internal fleece lining on the zipper is a nice, soft touch, too.

PERFORMANCE CONS: Compared to the thermal weight, I've noticed that this garment has slightly less next-to-skin comfort. The thermal weight's interior is very soft, and I prefer it to the midweight. For this reason I would give it a 4.5 if I could. But the midweight does have a place in the closet, and I will get a ton of use out of it this winter!


BOTTOM LINE: If you're all about comfort, and you're preparing for a harsh winter, I think the thermal weight edges out the midweight. However, the midweight is definitely a fantastic piece, especially for the days that you know you're going to be really active and it hasn't quite reached bone-chilling temperatures outside. I'm looking forward to seeing how it holds up over time. Updates for its use in colder weather are to come! To be continued...

(7)

 

0 Comments