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Julia S.

Julia S.

Julia S.'s Passions

Biking
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Julia S.

Julia S.wrote a review of on April 7, 2015

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: L

I commute via bike in all weather, and I was looking for a pair of rain pants to have for rainy windy days. Since I would take them off when I reached my destination, I had no desire to spend the big bucks on anything fancy. I tried a few pairs of women's rain pants on sale, but since they were normal length (and I am rather short) they would bunch up around the ankles - very dangerous/inconvenient for biking. I consulted the size chart and my proportions match up well with the large boy's size, and I am here to report that they fit quite well!

These pants are 100% lacking in the bells and whistles, but you probably knew that already. The ankle opening is just wide enough that I thought I could get them over my rain boots only to get stuck halfway (no ankle zippers) but again you COULD be paying much more for these features, so you should come to terms with whether that kind of thing is a dealbreaker. The ankle velcro is helpful for cinching the bottoms around your boots, and unlike on some pants I've tried the strip of velcro is actually long enough to make a significant difference in the circumference of the opening. I've only had the chance to ride in drizzly weather, so I'll update on how they handle in a torrent if I find myself unlucky enough to be biking through one.

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Julia S.

Julia S.wrote a review of on April 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 110 lbs

This backpack is totally unique looking. I have it in orange (which seems to have been discontinued), and I get compliments on it frequently when I wear it out. The square shape of it is what makes it really interesting. For size reference, I'm a pretty small person, and the top corners stick up above my shoulders. This is slightly annoying for biking because it can inhibit your ability to see cars behind you. The edges do snap down if you're not using the backpack's full capacity though, so I can't complain. This is the biggest (non-hiking) backpack in my commuter arsenal, and I think it has great features. The front pocket is large enough to fit a u-lock, and there are a few internal pockets to help you organize. It fits all of my climbing gear easily or a week's worth of groceries (with some leafy greens snapped to the outside in a plastic bag, admittedly). It holds its shape well when empty although when empty I keep my u-lock in the main pocket so it doesn't fall away from my body. This backpack doesn't have a waist or chest strap or other technical details so I would describe it as a well-designed city/style backpack, best used for carrying large loads.

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Julia S.

Julia S.wrote a review of on February 23, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Unfortunately I can't comment on the functionality of these goggles because I have to send them back, but the fit was so strange that I hopefully will be able to help others by writing a review. First of all, the goggles look super fly, and I have no evidence that they wouldn't work like a charm, so I don't want to take off too many stars in case I have a weird shaped face....but I don't think I do. I wanted these to fit so bad, but they just didn't. The natural way that these fell on my face was so low on my nostrils that I could barely breathe. I could finagle the goggles higher on my face, but then the cheek part was pressing into the soft skin of my lower eyelids. Neither way was going to do it for me for even a short bike ride let alone a day of skiing so alas they must go back.

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Julia S.

Julia S.wrote a review of on September 17, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is my second pair of bike shorts, and they constitute a serious step up in craftsmanship from my last pair. I have to say though that some of the technological additions to these shorts seem like downsides rather than advantages. The rubber grips on the inside of the bottom hem gave me rashes on my legs. I could prevent this by using baby powder underneath, but Gore could also prevent this by getting rid of the grips! I've never had a problem with a well-fitting pair of workout shorts riding up the leg, so I'd much rather live without them.

Additionally, the multiple panel construction actually caused the shorts to stick out and bend in weird places. The shorts do their job, and certainly keep me from getting saddle sore, so I don't want to take away too many stars, but for the money, I would have hoped for better.

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