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Katie

Katie

Boston, MA

Katie's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Biking
Running

Katie's Bio

NE weekend warrior who backpacks, bikepacks, bike tours, does all the skiing, runs, scuba dives, and more.

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Katiewrote a review of on November 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The fabric is so soft! Despite being heavier than I'd like, I really enjoyed this liner. I plan to use it for very warm weather backpacking trips instead of a sleeping bag, but haven't done that yet. So far, I've used in conjunction with my 30 degreee Montbell sleeping bag during cold nights. It definitely doesn't add a full 25 degrees from my experience, more like 15.

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Katiewrote a review of on March 18, 2018

4 5

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

These slippers have been my new go-to at home. They make trips on a cold cement basement floor no big deal. They pack down nicely and bounce back from being compressed well. I found the sizing to be true to size. There was even enough room to wear beefy socks, if I'm just coming from a chilly day of skiing.
Looking forward to updating this review after I've taken these out for a bikepacking or camping trip!

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Katiewrote a review of on December 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have this compression bag in two sizes. It has done wonders for keeping my related items together and extra compressed while backpacking or bikepacking. I haven't tested the waterproof capabilities, as my panniers are waterproof and I have a rain cover for my backpack. All the same, the waterproof aspect does give me some extra peace of mind when using the compression sacks!
It has even rendered some of my more outdated gear (hello 90s Kelty sleeping bag) into things I can easily bring on my adventures. I managed to stuff that bulky synthetic bag into one of these and turn it into a size my panniers could manage!

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

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

Where I live, there is a wet cold wind. Usually I want to spend my commute outside. If I feel the ground is too icy to take my bike on (one day I'll get studded tires and fix that!), I like to walk. This jacket is perfect when the temps dip past 28. Anything above 30, it gets too warm! So much easier to put this on, rather than doing a mixture of fleece and down layers or pulling out a ski jacket!

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Your eyes might tell you that icy patch on the way to the back-country ski trail or summit of a mountain is not fit for walking on, but they'd be wrong. These micro spikes are easy enough to put on mid-trail, if need be. The rubber has been durable so far and helps keep the spikes tight on the bottom of my boot soles. A bit heavy and clunky for running, but good for anything at a nice walking/hiking pace.
The only thing that would make them better is maybe a over-top boot strap to ensure they don't slip down when walking.

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

4 5

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

I've always wondered if it is better to fuel up with the gels, bars, and etc that are filled with chemical names rather than ingredients I know by heart. Gave this book as a gift this Christmas, but know I'll be benefiting from it. I might have already copied down a few recipes before wrapping it up!

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for bike commuting. I loved the air vents on the legs and the nice reflective touches on the knees and at the back of the calf. The reinforced butt is good too! What I didn't realize is that these pants would also become my go-to for rainy hiking weather too. They're comfortable when one is biking or hiking (not that I endorse buying bike rain pants for hiking, but if you do both, these will work). I also sometimes use them during the cold temps to keep my legs a little extra warm during longer rides.

Only downside is the men's sizing. I wish they made these for women! The men's smallest size is still larger than I would like.

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

4 5

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

I bought this jacket as I was looking for something affordable but reliable. It's got some nice features like the high neck and the armpit zips. It's not the most breathable. I've found it to be a bit uncomfortable when bike commuting during warm wet days. It's done OK on rainy hikes, but there's certainly room for improvement although for the price point, it's a standout. It's much lighter and more comfortable than my earlier North Face rain jacket (which I purchased around the same price).

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this bag for a very cushy and supported backpacking trip on the Inca Trail a few years ago. I had no idea it would become my go-to for every long day hike and backpacking trip since. I love how comfortable it is! As someone who stashes lots of things during her hikes, the well-thought out pockets on the top, on the sides, on the belt, on the strap and in the front are what really sold me. I've been able to fit things for up to 5 day long trips in this little pack!

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

4 5

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

The ghost whisperer is so light! It's easy to squeeze it into my pack when I'm worried about cold temperatures at night or on the summit. It has held up well so far, although I have been concerned at how durable it was given how thin the fabric is!

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the 2.5 litre size. I mostly put gear that I need to stay dry, in case of a downpour or leak in my pack cover. So far, it's done the job well. The clip is easy enough to handle with one hand. Also convenient size if you are at a campsite and need to bring a few things with you, but don't want to bring your entire bag/pannier.

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Katiewrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When looking for a light and easy-to-pack tent, I kept seeing the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 pop up. As someone who isn't tall, I find the space to be more than adequate. I can sit up, which is all I really need when prepping for another day on my feet/bike. I can usually squeeze my backpacking pack or 1-2 panniers in here with me if I arrange everything right. I haven't tested it in a full downpour, but it has survived some intermittent rain showers in the evenings without an issue.

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