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Kellie K.

Kellie K.'s Passions

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Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing

Kellie K.'s Bio

Born in southern Idaho, I lived there until I was 11. My childhood included camping, hunting, fishing, boating, gardening, and horseback riding. My father loves the outdoors, and did everything he could to instill that love in his two daughters. He was successful.
When I was 11 I moved to Las Vegas to live with my mom. I grew up in the mountains, but I came of age in the desert. Myself and my dogs were out at Red Rock after school and on weekends, sometimes 6 days a week. We had run ins with wild burros and desert tortoises, watched swallows in their sandstone valleys and hawks circling overhead.
I moved back to Idaho, this time in the north, to go to college. Going back to the mountains and the forests was a homecoming, but I miss the desert. Now I live in Seattle, and am continuing my adventures.

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on February 6, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I haven't had a chance to take these out on the trail yet, because I had to send them back and order the next size up. After reading reviews on other sites I ordered a half size above my normal size. They were still too small. My toes were touching the end of the shoe, and going downhill would have been brutal. I exchanged them for a FULL SIZE above my normal size, and they fit much better.

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on January 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

I bought these in curry size 7.5 as a birthday present for myself. Love them!

Pros:
- Waterproof! I live in Seattle. They've seen their fair share of water. My feet stay dry!
-Durable! Mud, dog paws, and public transportation haven't left any significant marks on them.
-They look so cute. I wear them with skinny jeans or dresses/leggings. All the functionality but I can still wear them to work.

Cons:
-As other reviewers have mentioned, they are difficult to get on. After a month of use, they are much easier to get on now. Just be aware that there is a break in period!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

I wanted some snow boots that were less bulky than my old Sorels. When these went on sale I ordered them. I ordered my normal 7.5, and they fit great! Like all Keen boots, they have a wide toe box. I did not find that this affected their comfort or functionality.

They are warm and look cute, but I wasn't sure how they would hold up in actual snowy conditions. Happy to report that after a big snowshoeing trip this past weekend, they get full marks! We hiked for 4 hours through 2 ft of snow, and they kept my feet warm and dry. Overnight we got another 14" of snow, and the next day with gaiters they still kept me warm and dry.

Great product!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on January 22, 2016

Mobile, compact!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this bed! Daisie and I travel frequently, and she spends a lot of time on sidelines of games. On frosty mornings at the fields this bed is perfect. It doesn't take up too much room in my duffel, and it gives her a clear space that is hers. Hanging it out to dry has been very simple, and dirt/turf/mud brushes off easily. I'll update when we've had it in a particularly wet day. We haven't taken it backpacking yet, but hopefully she'll sleep on her own bed instead of taking her half of my sleeping pad.

I agree with another commenter that having more than one size would be ideal. Daisie is 35 lbs and this bed is about the perfect size for her. For much larger or much smaller dogs though, it would be nice to be able to choose.

Happy trails!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on January 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Technically, this jacket is perfect. It has been water- and wind- proof in the PNW. I'm giving the jacket four stars because the fit is unusual.

I initially ordered an XS, because my first color choice was only available in that size. When it arrived, it fit, but the torso was short, and there wasn't enough room for layers underneath. I then exchanged it for a small in another color. When the Small arrived, the torso was a great length, but the sleeves are baggy and very long. I considered returning the jacket, but have decided to keep it.

I'm happy with my choice, and I love the higher-opening pockets that don't conflict with the hipbelt on my pack. Just be aware that the fit is a little strange.

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this tent for almost a year now. I've taken it out in all conditions except snow.

Pros:
1. Two medium sized people, one medium sized dog, and all of our gear fit inside the tent. With larger people or dogs, gear will fit under the vestibules.
2. One big reason I selected this tent was for the double doors. If I stay at the campfire later than my partner, there's minimal disruption when I make it to bed.
3. Love the mesh. You get all of the stars without the bugs or other campsite visitors (this summer we had lots of skunks).
4. Durable! My first night out the camp kitten was feeling feisty and scaled the outside with his needle-like claws. While I wouldn't recommend this treatment for your tent, I couldn't find any rips or scratches the next morning. The dog gets in and out with no noticeable damage either.

Cons:
1. Weight. While this tent is heavier than some other ultra-light options, the price makes it worth it for me. I'm more interested in a tent that will last 5+ years than saving a few ounces.
2. Zippers? I didn't realize this was a con until I read other reviews. In fact, I don't consider it to be a con. It's not difficult to open the doors, and I hadn't even thought about it until other reviewers pointed it out.
3. It would be nice if it came with a footprint, but I've used it without one for the last year and it's been ok. A simple tarp under the tent will also solve the problem.

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought this as my first piece of Patagonia gear a few weeks ago, and have nothing but good things to say about it.

1. I love the elastic at the bottom and wrists. Keeps drafts out and makes it easier to pull up the sleeves when needed.
2. Warm, comfy, does its job.
3. Although it's a looser fit, I haven't had any trouble layering it under my rain coat or even my puffy.

One note, it's a fleece. Therefore it doesn't pack down to a small space. This isn't a criticism of the product, just a note for anyone who might be looking for compressible gear.

Happy Trails!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on October 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

I've only worn these on one hike so far, so I've only got a few notes to make.
1. They look awesome. Great colors.
2. Fit true to size. I've worn 7.5 in every pair of Merrells that I've owned. I wore thicker socks with these and they fit fine.
3. My first hike in them was 7.3 miles roundtrip. The first half was some pretty intense incline, and the same decline on the way back. Happy to report no blisters, no hot spots, no bruised toe nails.

UPDATE:
Last weekend I took these boots out on a very, very wet hike near Seattle. Around 5 hours in constant rain with some sleet and snow thrown in, and my feet were the only things left dry at the end of the day. Excellent!

Happy trails!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on October 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're on the fence about whether or not to get a hammock, do it. Buy it. Your life will be better with it.

I got my single parachute hammock last spring, and used it countless times over the summer.

Pros:
-Stuffs into its own pocket, stores easily
-Easy set up. Definitely not rocket science. We can all do this.
-Soft material. It feels great to be in. Not too sweaty, dries quickly, soft, everything you could want.

Misgivings:
-A lot of people have feedback about the weight of the carabiners. I've not had a problem with them, and haven't replaced them. If you're backpacking you may care about the weight, but if you're car camping or kayaking/rafting it won't make that much of a difference.
-Durability. A few times my dog has tried to jump in with me. I've not let her, because I'm not sure if her nails might damage the material. It may be fine. I haven't wanted to chance it.
-For the nominal difference in price, you may as well get the double parachute. Particularly if you're not backpacking with it. The single can fit two people, but not two heavy people necessarily.

Overall: DO IT. Your summers are about to be much better.

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on October 19, 2015

Durable!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this bag primarily for weekend trips and ultimate frisbee tournaments. It's incredible.

The goods (and greats!):
1. Holds up well to weather. Maybe not throw-in-the-river waterproof, but rain-proof. Wet grass? Who cares. Throw that sucker on the ground. EDIT: After more and more use, I've finally found the amount of rain that leaks through. :( Water can soak through the bottom, so if you set it in a puddle your things will get wet. Rain can also come through the zippers, so be careful about which direction they face.
2. Scratch-resistant. This bag is made of really durable materials. drag it along concrete? Fine. Dog stepping all over it in the back of the car? A-OK.
3. Can be used as an airline carry-on. If it's stuffed full, it may be a tight squeeze, but it can be done. If there's a little extra room, you're golden.
4. The 60L is a great size for weekend trips. I travel nearly every weekend, and all the things I take with me that fit in this bag include: Sleeping bag. Sleeping pad. Cleats. Chacos. Clothes for two days. Party clothes. Toiletries. Travel towel. 2 days of dog food. Swimsuit (just in case!). Frisbee. Water bottle. Lots of socks. More??
5. The backpack straps are so excellent. Just really a brilliant move.
6. The internal pockets easily fit toothbrush/paste, shampoo/conditioner, ibuprofen, bandaids, hair ties, chapstick, travel towel, basically all the things you needs to get out quickly. And because they're mesh it's really easy to find what you need.

The less-than-greats:
1. While the backpack straps are awesome, they aren't comfortable for long distances if the bag is full. Without a hip belt it gets really uncomfortable. Getting through the airport is totally fine, but I wouldn't want to hike 5 miles with it. If the bag isn't totally full and thus isn't heavy, then they're fine.
2. Because it's a duffel, things can get lost inside. I just recently got some luggage organizers and they've made it much better.

Overall: Yes! Buy it! It will make your life better!
Happy trails!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on October 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I have had this jacket for nearly a year, and love it. I have the hooded version, which doesn't appear to be available on backcountry anymore. I chose the small so that I could wear layers underneath. An XS would have also worked for me.

This puffy does everything you expect it to do. Packs down very small and keeps you nice and warm. I use this on its own or underneath my rain shell in rainy conditions. Like all other down jackets, it's not water proof. A light sprinkle won't be too bad, but you need something on top for a down pour.

My only complaint with this jacket is the sleeves. The ends of the sleeves would be improved with a cuff, like is on the Patagonia Nanopuff jacket. It's a minor complaint, it just makes it so that the sleeves get into things more often, and thus requires washing a little more frequently.

Speaking of which, I've washed it a few times and have had it bounce back beautifully. I use Woolite on a delicate cycle and then dry with sock-balls for 2-3 cycles. Good as new!

I love that it packs into its own pocket. Very convenient.
Overall, great buy!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on October 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 7.5

I got these shoes last winter to train for my first half marathon. They were great! I usually wear between a 7.5-8, and went with the 7.5 in this shoe. The toe box is wide, while the middle/arch area of the shoe fit closer. While there was definitely extra space for my toes, this didn't create any negative side effects for me.

The shoe is very, very light. It dries quickly. I've run in snow, rain, wind, and shine. It's also a fairly attractive shoe, so I've worn them for errands and even occasionally to work.

If you're looking for a barefoot-feel with just a little bit of extra cushion, these are a great shoe. Happy trails!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on April 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Size Purchased: 7.5

I'm about half way through my training for a half marathon, and bought these shoes to wear for training and the race. So far so good! I got my usual 7.5, and the length has been fine for me. The shoe is shaped a little oddly. I would say that I have a normal width foot. The shoe fits snugly around my instep, but the toe box is definitely wide. I was worried about this at first, but I haven't had any blisters from these shoes.

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on April 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 7

Did you know that Chaco will do repairs on your sandals? I've had my Chacos for five years, and for $47 Chaco just re-soled them. I love that it's an eco-friendly solution, rather than throwing away the old pair and buying a new pair for twice the price. I've taken these shoes everywhere from traveling Brazil to rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to working an outdoor summer camp to walking around downtown Seattle. They can do it all!

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Kellie K.wrote a review of on April 2, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To begin, Osprey is a great company. I received my Tempest 30 after sending in my 2011 Comet for repairs. They were unable to fix my old pack, but sent me the new one free of charge, and had no problem changing the model of the pack.

The pack itself is also great. My favorite part is the hip belts. They fit close and tight. The pack is more narrow than unisex or men's packs, so there isn't extra space between my hips and where the hipbelts attach to the pack. While there is plenty of space inside the pack, it's tall. The result is that the pack doesn't stick out too far from your body, which is a plus if you do a lot of bouldering/squeezing through tight places.

My only criticism is that there's no organization in the main pocket. My old Comet had a laptop sleeve, which I used for a variety of things besides laptops. When you pack a lot into the bag it can be difficult to get to the stuff at the bottom. Pack smart, and you're good to go.

UPDATE: I've now had this pack for 6 months and use it daily. I bring this pack to work on my daily commute, and also take it hiking and traveling. As a daily commute bag, it's a little larger than what I really need. If you're looking to use it for that purpose, I'd look at the Tempest 20. If you're looking for day hike/overnight trips, it's perfect. I play ultimate frisbee and take this bag to the fields with me. Fits multiple layers, rain clothes, growler sized water bottle, cleats, frisbee, dog food, snacks, and is comfortable to carry. As another reviewer mentioned, no rain cover is a downside, but it's easy to purchase one. Personally I steal the rain cover from my Gregory pack and call it good. Still a great purchase, and everything is holding up well!

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