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Jesse S

Jesse S

Anywhere I can afford

Jesse S's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Jesse S's Bio

I'm a recovering professional who loves, lives, worships the outdoors. I'll try just about anything at least once, and probably twice, because I've forgotten the pain and misery of the first go-round.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on August 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was in desperate need of new shades and thank goodness I found the Stingrays. The polarization is fabulous (think fly-fishing to hiking to driving to the farmer's market) and I've a clear field of vision everywhere my eyes want to roam. I left off one star because of the ultra-grippy nose-pads. I feel as though there should be a happy medium between my nose being a slip-n-slide for shades to having the sunglasses superglued to the bridge of my nose -- the Stingray are the latter, super-glue like staying power. Now, I tend not to turn cartwheels while in shades but if I were going to, i feel fairly confident that the Stingray would stay in place.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on August 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the bigger version of this watch and for my normally-proportioned female wrists, it's too damn big. However, this watch, the Dash Small, is just perfect. I can see the time clearly and the buttons are still manageable, though for me, I'd prefer it if the buttons were just a smidge bigger. I love the multiple laps within a single run and saving data is simple. I didn't give the watch 5 stars because of the strap -- even though the strap has a nubbin-thingy to keep everything streamlined, it doesn't work and I find the strap catching on just about everything -- which is one way to ruin a lovely run. That being said, everything -- and I do mean everything -- else about this watch is fantastic (and I'd buy the watch again without thinking twice).

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Jesse Swrote a review of on May 22, 2014

3 5

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

I was searching for something to replace my old slippers and thought these sounded like just the thing. They arrived, super cute (pink) and very soft to touch, but it was like the glass slipper from Cinderella and I was a step-sister -- there was NO way my foot was going all the way in this slipper. It was very soft and had it fit, this slipper would have been my new best friend. But it was soooo tight and no amount of stretching would uncrumple my toes. I'd order a size up, but I max out the size chart with the 10.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on May 15, 2014

4 5

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

I've not yet run in this top but I've a few initial thoughts to share. The fit is great and spot-on: no vanity sizing, no wonky seams, just right. I picked up the pink one and it's fabulously bright yet not obnoxious. I'm only giving this top 4 stars because of the thumb loops -- it's like the designers at TNF got lazy and decided just to cut little slits in straight, untailored sleeves. Personally, a bit of tapering towards the cuffs and a slightly tighter fit near/around the wrist would send this top into the stratosphere.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on May 15, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I read the reviews so I wasn't surprised when the world's shiniest lounge pants arrived. What I was surprised about was the fit, especially at the cuffs. The cuffs, which mid mid calf, were way too tight for capris that are supposed to be relaxed. And no, my calves are not freakishly large -- in fact they are fairly slender. Personally, had the cuffs been elastic free, I'd be much happier with these super shiny pants.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

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

I took this out for a spin this morning and my dogs didn't bark, not even at a passing cat. These socks are colorful and fun, and I really like the fit (I'm a size 10.5-11 shoe and the L is great). The ankle is rolled and a bit more meaty in back, but that was actually nice and soft. I'm eager to try these socks on a warm morning when (eww) foot sweat might be an issue.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on April 10, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave this jacket to my sister as a gift. She is always cold and would have worn this jacket inside (yes, she's a bit nutty) if the fit had been better. The color (electric blue) was great and until she put it on, she was sold. Per her words, this jacket "just fits me funny and I'm not usually picky." I bought her the SM, and she's 5'.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 19, 2014

5 5

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

My (very old) TNF Flight Series Capris were worn out after several seasons of running love. Rather than run naked and risk arrest, I just bought a new pair of capri running tights for when the mornings are too cool for shorts and too warm for my full-length winter running pants. Just like my old friends, these new capris were instantly comfortable. On the run, the cuffs don't ride up and the fabric seems to do a decent job of managing moisture and breathing. Let's go run, TNF.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 19, 2014

2 5

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

I grabbed a medium of this top and it was beyond massive on me. I'm 5"7", 130lb, and 34B. The color was great -- bottle green (really more like a rich forest green) -- but the style was seemingly absent. I did not exchange for a small because I'm lazy when it comes to e-commerce returns. But, the color was so wonderful, I might just get over my laziness and try a small.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 19, 2014

1 5

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

I own a previous year version of this dress and adore it. I grabbed the gray, medium, thinking it would be the same. Oh no. It was not. The gray was actually quite lovely, but once I put the dress on, everything went wrong. The dress was massive (5'7", 130lb, 34B), and where the fabric touched my body, it made me look like a lumpy marshmallow. it was so unflattering and so disappointing.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

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

The deep ruby from Horny Toad is just gorgeous. It's not red, it's not pink, it's not purple, it's just darn tootin' pretty. This top fit decently -- I picked up a medium (5'7", 130lb, 34B) -- but nothing special. It's very comfortable, and goes with everything from skirt to skinny jeans. I would prefer a slightly more tailored cut without changing the overall comfort, and that's why I only gave it 4 stars.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 19, 2014

2 5

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

I'm pretty confident ordering mediums from Horny Toad (5'7", 130lb, 34B), and I live for v-necks. However, that's were the love stopped with this top -- the medium was massive and shapeless. I'm not sure why I even bothered trying it one, since the lack of styling and lines was apparent upon removing the garment from the bag. Oh well ... I'll keep trying because I typically like HT items.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

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

I like dresses that are chic but not fadish, cute but not silly, and comfort is a must. This dress fits the bill in all three areas. I adore the deeper cut neck and the asymmetrical hemline is just fun. I would caution, though, I found the high-low hem to be more dramatic in real life than it appears in the images. For me, that's not a bad thing, just know that when you buy. I've worn this dress with my Frye knee-high boots and my sparkly Dansko clogs -- I'm just waiting for the weather to warm up a bit before busting out my Chacos. I bought a medium -- 5'7", 130lb, 34B -- I'm sure some would put in me in a small, but I'm not at ease with every last bit of me poking through the fabric.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 19, 2014

2 5

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

I find Horny Toad clothes to be well made, comfortable, and just stylish enough but not super-ultra trendy. I picked up this dress in Deep Ruby, hoping for the same flattering fit I've found with other dresses. The color was incredible and the fit was incredibly poor. I think I'm average (5'7", 130lb, 34B) and this dress was fairly shapeless on me. It's too bad -- I really liked the color and the material felt wonderful. Oh well.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on March 8, 2014

5 5

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

I love this simple t-shirt. I used to wear, well, let's not talk about what I used to wear to the gym. This t-shirt might be better than sliced bread: the fit is fantastic (I'm 5'7", 130lb, 34B and ordered M), the sleeves are just short enough to be sassy but not share my armpits with the world, and the v-neck neither dips too low nor rides too high. I will be picking up a few more colors of this t-shirt. If only it did dishes, it would truly be perfect.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on February 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

My folks have a place in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin and like to play outside when boiling water freezes almost instantly. I bought these goggles for him to protect his eyes when he insists upon heading out in stupid cold temps. While he's not so good at adjusting the strap, these goggles didn't quite work over his glasses, even after he figured out the strap can change length. He'll wear them without his glasses and so long as he's just snowshoeing, I'm not too worried.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on February 26, 2014

4 5

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

I've only used these tights twice, but so far, I'm impressed. The first time I wore them skeet shooting on a brilliantly sunny Wisconsin morning when the thermometer read 0F. The second time I wore these tights was on an early morning run in Chicago where the city lived up to its nickname. Both times, my legs weren't wind-chapped or frozen and I never felt like I was wearing puffy pants. My only issue is the waist is a bit higher than I prefer. Otherwise, I'm ready for when the next blast of Arctic air hits and I simply must run outside.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on January 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I adore Dankso clogs, and now both my mom and dad wear Danksos around the house. They have a marble floor and wearing anything less than Dankso clogs means your back and legs will ache for days on end. Oh yes -- these clogs are also great for walking around town, be it for a few minutes or a few hours. The only downside I can find with these clogs is that the traction -- well, there is no traction on anything but dry land. Otherwise, these clogs are fantastic.

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Jesse Swrote a review of on January 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I love Danskos, and now both my mom and dad wear Danksos around the house. They have a marble floor and wearing anything less than Dankso clogs means your back and legs will ache for days on end. Oh yes -- these clogs are also great for walking around town, be it for a few minutes or a few hours. The only downside I can find with these clogs is that the traction -- well, there is no traction on anything but dry land. Otherwise, these clogs are fantastic.

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