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Joanna S.

Joanna S.wrote a review of on February 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was really excited about these and they are cute in real life. They seemed really comfortable and would have been great for walking and commuting to/from work. The fleece lining is super soft. They were easy to pull on and the laces let you get a snug fit so your foot won't move around. The cincher at the top would be nice in snow/wet weather for keeping your feet dry. They don't seem super warm, so they are probably best for coldish weather (maybe 20-40 degree weather), but I didn't wear them outside so that is just my guess.

The fit is definitely slim and feels more like an athletic shoe than your usual winter boot.

I had to return them because they didn't fit me well. They seemed narrow, especially in the front of the boot. I don't have wide feet, but more rounded shoes tend to fit me better. My toes just felt cramped in these with no room for my toes to splay out as I walked.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on December 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket is one of the best I've ever owned....and I've lived in Wisconsin for 30 years, so I've owned a lot of jackets. I love that this jacket is super warm but not bulky. The little details like a stiffer area on the hood that acts like a brim and the vents show a lot of thought was put into this jacket.

My only complaint is the sleeves seem quite short. I originally ordered a small, which fit well in the chest and waist (I'm a 34B and consistently wear size small in tops), but the sleeves looked like 3/4 sleeves on me. I exchanged the small for a medium and the sleeves on the medium are better, but still shorter than I'd like ( I can't wear the thing over my thumb and be able to comfortably bend my arm). The moral of this story is that if you're tall (or even just tall-ish) the cut of this jacket may not work for you. I wish Backcountry would make this in a tall option, so I didn't have to have a jacket that is too big in the body to get sleeves that are long enough to cover my wrists.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on September 16, 2018

5 5

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

The shape of this water bottle and the strap system make this water bottle super easy and comfortable to run with. I have fairly narrow/skinny hands and the strap gets plenty tight for the bottle to feel secure. The pocket is small, but large enough for cash, ID, and keys; I might be able to squeeze my iPhone X into the pocket if I take the case off, but I'm not taking that chance with a $1000 phone, so I still use an armband for my phone. The strap is easy to get on/off for washing purposes. For me, this size water bottle will get me through 6-13 mile runs depending on the temperature.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on June 15, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The fit on these does not work for me: the waist is large, the thighs are fitted, and the inner brief totally rode up on me when running and walking (and this is never a problem for me). The fabric seems really nice: lightweight and breathable. I like the length, but they are pretty short. I'm usually a medium in bottoms (5"7, 130lbs) and the medium seemed a little large on me (but the thighs on the small would have been too tight). I think if you have the right body type for these they could be comfortable, but there is nothing about them that makes them worth $50!

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on June 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a big fan of Chaco and these did not disappoint. They have good support and nice cushioning. The adjustable straps let you get a good fit (once you find the right fit, it took me a couple of wears). I'm usually a size 9 (medium width) and the size 9 was a little big on me (but an 8 would be way too small). I got the metallic silver and its a nice silver color but not too shiny/reflective. I regularly wear these to work with jeans/t-shirt and running errands.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on June 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I really like this hoodie and love that its a little distinctive with the off center zipper and patterned hood lining. The quality seems good and it is warm but not bulky. I am generally a size small in tops (5"7, 130lbs, 32B chest) and the small fit perfect. For me, the thumb holds seem a little small/tight (or maybe it's that the sleeves are a little too short for me) so the thumbholes are not comfortable. My only complaint is that the hood is shallow so I can't wear the hood up if I have my hair up (and I have a fairly small head). The cuffs also pilled a little after a couple of washings.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on September 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is my second pair of the Epic Lux tights. I mainly run in these tights if it is in the 40s outside. Also great for running errands or sitting around. The wide waist band is really flattering and they stay in place well (there is an internal drawcord in the waistband). The fabric is super stretchy and the quality is excellent. The color/pattern is a nice change from my collection of black running tights (and I've gotten several compliments on the pattern).

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on July 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this backpack for run commuting (about 5.5-6 miles between my work and home). I love that this pack is simple but functions great. The zippered pockets offer plenty of space and organization for everything I need for my day including breakfast/lunch/snacks and change of clothes. The straps and waist belt are padded so they are comfortable even when running. Once I get the straps adjusted, the pack does not bounce around so I don't have any issues with chafing from the pack. I'm 5"7 and a size 4 or 6 clothes and the xs/s fits me well.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on July 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is a really comfortable sports bra. The fabric breathes well and is comfortable even in hot weather. I like that the fabric is thick so I feel comfortable running in just this sports bra but it doesn't have removable padding that I inevitably lose or just never put back in after washing the sports bra. I am a B-cup and this has plenty of support for running. Quality seems good and washes well. I am usually a 32 B or 34 B bra and the small fits perfect.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love running in these shorts. They are cut just perfectly so they don't get in the way when I'm running and there is no sagging or riding up. The zipper pocket easily holds an ID, keys, and a little cash. The fabric has a little stretch to it so they are not constricting. I'm 5"7 and a size 6 on the bottom and a medium fits me perfectly. That being said they are REALLY short, so if you don't like short shorts you probably won't like these.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on September 27, 2014

3 5

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

I like the longer length and thumbs holes, and the mesh inserts make it look nice. It is comfortable to run in when its cool but not cold (50s or 60s). I find it a comfortable and functional running top except for the fact the neck seam has caused chafing on two runs (both 6+ miles). The quality seems to be good and it washes well, but IMO its overpriced (I only bought it because it was on sale). As for size, I have a 33/34 inch bust and the medium fits me pretty well. I'll keep this around for running errands or sitting around but I definitely prefer my Under Armour running tops.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on February 2, 2014

5 5

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

This is an awesome, warm layer for winter sports. I got this for snowboarding and winter running in Wisconsin. and it definitely keeps you warm even in subzero temperatures. The top is well made and I am hoping it will hold up as long as my previous Under Armour expedition weight long underwear top, which still looks new even after 4 years of heavy use.

I love the longer length of this because I don't have to worry about it riding up or causing gaps. The sleeves are long enough to wear the thumbholes and still have a full range of motion...I often find sleeves to short to wear the thumbholes during activities.

The small fit me perfect; I have a 34 inch bust and 28 inch waist.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

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

I ordered these to wear winter running in Wisconsin, but they are so nice I wear them for errands now as well. The fleece is soft and surprisingly warm. My hands stay warm with these mittens alone down to the mid-teens, but colder than that and I start needing glove liners (and maybe even heater packs).

I ordered a large and they fit great (my hand is about 7.25 inches from fingertip to wrist and my wrists are about 6.25 inches in circumference); I have very small wrists, so the elastic at the wrist is perfect for me, but if you have larger wrists, you may find the elastic too tight.

The quality seems good and they held up well to washing; I think they are definitely worth the price. I would definitely recommend these as a nice pair of basic mittens.

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on August 3, 2013

5 5

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

I love this top. The fabric is soft and breathable and the fit is flattering. I love that you can dress it up to wear around town while also having the technical qualities to wear on a long run. I ordered a small and it fits perfect (I am 5'7, 130 pounds, and a 34B). It washes well and the color has not faded (I ordered Sunset).

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Joanna S.wrote a review of on August 3, 2013

5 5

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

This is a very comfortable sports bra with soft, breathable fabric and seams that don't rub. I wear this running, but I am sort of between a 34A and 34B so I don't need a lot of support. I ordered a small and it fit perfect. I think if you have anything beyond a B cup this would only be good for low impact activities. I ordered the blue color (Eminence) and it is bright blue...the color was a little brighter than I was expecting, but I like it.

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