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Kristin J M.

Kristin J M.

Kristin J M.wrote a review of on December 21, 2016

4 5

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

I inherited long fingers from my mother. She always just bought men's gloves. I bought the large in these and they are long enough! They're a little bulky but I have skinny hands. They're quite thin, but I have the Outdoor Research Salida hooded jacket which has this same exact material and its warmer than it looks as well. In fact, the color of gloves that I bought match the color of that jacket to a T. I have a pair of Canada Goose gloves for when Chicago descends into "Chiberia", but I cant do anything with them on, like tie up poo bags when I am taking the dogs for a walk. These are great for that! I had a store credit that I wanted to use up so these fit the bill. You could find something just as warm at WalMart and buy three of them at this price, but if you have big hands like me, it'll be nice to have a pair of women's gloves that actually fit. That and the fact that they match another jacket I have, almost make them worth the price!

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Kristin J M.

Kristin J M.wrote a review of on December 21, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I remember playing as a kid in my grandmother's room and she had gloves from way back when women used to wear gloves everywhere. They're thin, fitting, and silky. I got these because I'm not a huge glove wearing person (I have hot hat, I normally don't need them) and prefer to wear a thinner glove if I wear one at all. I usually love everything outdoor research, but these aren't warm enough for a Chicago winter, or even a fall. They're about as thin as gloves you would get at a Halloween store to go with a costume. I got these and I got the Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor gloves. I took them both with me for a jog. It was 28 degrees, pretty warm for a Chicago winter day. I tried these first, because they're SO soft! About a block later I took them off and put on the flurries because my hands were freezing! These might be good for fall, or cool not cold conditions, or even inside for cold hands but look for something warmer if you're from some place really has a cold winter, like, as Chicagoans like to refer to Chicago in the winter, Chiberia. These would also be great as a glover liner as well. If you're looking in this brand for something warm for actual cold weather, I'd go for the Flurry. Also, please take note, this site is a little unique in that the employees and "gearheads", who are also employees, make up a good portion of reviews here. I've been duped by this and have had to make a few returns because of exaggerated claims of warmth, quality, etc. It always tells in the review who the reviewer is, make sure you're looking at customer and not employee reviews.

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Kristin J M.

Kristin J M.wrote a review of on December 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I want to say, be careful when reading products reviews on this site. Many of them are written by the employees, or "gearheads", who are also employees. Also, if you write a negative review you may get nasty comments from people, and when you go to their profile, you can see they've never reviewed anything, and are probably not a customer. More likely employees, who have an interest in reading and responding to reviews are doing this. That is why this will be my last purchase from this company.
THAT BEING SAID, the customer service people when you call are very nice and helpful. I called to see what I could do about returning them and getting another pair ordered, and they put a pair of size 10's on reserve for me to ship as soon as they get the return back, which saved me having to charge another pair on my credit card.
I had a store credit I had to use up so I ordered these. I'm between a 9.5 and a 10, and I ordered a 9.5 because Keen footwear in a 10 is usually too big for me. These were just a hair too short, so they're going back for a 10, but I love these shoes!
The insole is really comfortable, you can tell there is very good arch support, and I have high arches. I walked around inside with some thick wool socks on, my feet felt really good. Even though they were just a little too small, my toes just hit the end of the shoe, these feel great on. I'm really cheap about regular clothing, but for technical gear I will spend the money. That being said, I am a picky Patty when it comes to items at this price point, as sometimes they're worth it, and sometimes they're not. These are worth the money! Very solid, well made materials. I don't get the thing people are saying about the tongue being uncomfortable, the tongue is soft and didn't give me any discomfort. The last "hole" is actually really reinforced with a metal piece, and thats a great feature, because that last hole before you tie the shoe generally wears out faster from pulling and tightening. This is a durability feature that will extend the life of the shoe I'm sure. I can't wait for my 10's to come, because I know it's going to be a perfect fit, and I am going to enjoy these shoes. I am a Keen customer for life for sure! And if not, I will certainly edit my original review, rude commenters with fake profiles are welcome to abuse me. And like I said, it's very easy on here to differentiate between customer reviews and bloated employee reviews. Make sure you do your research.

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Kristin J M.

Kristin J M.wrote a review of on December 19, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

I bought these boots last year. I really wanted to love them because they are so pretty. The first day I got them, they fit okay, so I took them out to walk to the bus in a blizzard. Big mistake. I had the same issue many have on here, where the back strip of leather bends when you walk and jabs you in the back of the ankle. I literally had a bruises and a blisters after wearing them on my half mile walk. Also, for this kind of money, you would think you'd get more than a boot shell with a felt sock in it for a liner. The boot is totally unfinished on the inside. Take a pair of boots, rip out the lining and insole, and put those boots on with a couple pair of thick socks, that's going to be how these feel. Due to this, you feel every edge and every grommet inside the boot. Also, this shoe has no insole? Never in my life have I bought footwear that has no insole. And not for almost $200! Literally one more layer of lining inside the boot so you don't feel all the hardware and edges on this boot isn't too much to ask. And an insole.
With the rubber absorbing the cold, and trapping in moisture, my feet have NEVER been warm in these.
A girlfriend of mine swears by these. She says she only laces them up using half of the lace holes. It takes some of the pressure off and it's less rubbing. She swears that they soften up after a while and they're great, but that still doesn't make them all that warm, and I've tried them with two pair of thick merino wool socks and they're still cold. And I'm sorry, but footwear without any insole of any kind is not a complete footwear. Footwear without any insole of any kind is not going to be comfortable to walk in.
I keep these in my closet as back up, since I stupidly wore them and couldn't return them. I bought two pairs of bearpaws for the same price as one pair of these boots and those were my go tos all last winter. Both pairs could be worn right out of the box, were good quality leather, were super comfy and had sheepskin lining from toe to top. A COMPLETELY MADE piece of footwear. One pair even goes up almost to my knees. Keen is a great brand too, I had a pair of winter boots from them that lasted me years. Still cheaper than these, and also a completely made piece of footwear.
I work hard for my money, and if I am going to shell out this kind of money, I expect the best tech specs. Not a half made boot, uninsulated, or even lined, with no insole. Sorel is making a killing- the cost for the rubber, suede, hardware and decorative faux fur at the top has to cost them next to nothing, and then they further cut costs by skipping the finishing and inserting a felt sock. These boots probably cost them about 20 bucks after assembly in China. But hey, you have a lot of money to spend, and you just wanna look cute getting out of your car to get groceries, go for it. If you actually need something warm that you can walk in, you could go to Walmart and get a better option.

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Kristin J M.wrote a review of on January 21, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Bought this coat Thanksgiving, and a few days ago, it lost a snap. I bought a pair of marmot snowpants too and one of the snaps doesnt work as of today. I live in Chicago and take public transportation, and after freezing temperatures the last couple years, I wanted something ultra warm and waterproof. Wouldn't you know the temperatures have been warm this year so I have maybe worn this coat a couple few times a week. Hand warmer pockets are on the very front of the jacket, are too small for my hand and not warm at all. Big pockets in the front are good for storage but just lined with satin. I don't always like to wear gloves so this was disappointing. Hope you have a good hat too, because the thin stretchy nylon pull strings on the hood don't tighten it. On a windy day you will feel wind in your hood if you don't have a hat on.
Like I said, I've already had a snap fall off the front flap that goes over the zipper. I like to wear it in zipped and just snapped closed for ventilation because this coat is an oven. Which is good. But how much do you wanna pay for a coat with nothing to warm your hands in and nothing to keep your head warm thats going to fall apart in less than one winter season? Not 500.
Marmot has a warranty so I'll be sending it in, but that leaves me without a winter coat. In CHICAGO WINTER. If you can afford to buy this coat, spend the extra 150-200 and get a Canada Goose. I bought one second hand off eBay, and when my Marmot coat and pants come back from marmot warranty repair, thats exactly where they will be gotten rid of.

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Kristin J M.wrote a review of on December 17, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 56'
Weight: 150 lbs

I bought this jacket at the suggestion of a gearhead at Backcountry. I was looking for a winter jacket that would stand up to Chicago winters, where it turns into Chiberia. I was assured that this jacket would stand up to the freezing snow, wind, and the cold. I put this jacket on and took the dogs for a two mile walk. It was 28F today with little wind, and after two minutes of being outside, my upper back and my shoulders were really cold. After the walk, I was freezing. I understand that you have to be active and move around outside to generate warmth, but after a brisk two mile walk with a bullmastiff and a german shepherd, believe me that's active enough. And I repeat, it was only 28 degrees out with no wind.
Wish backcountry had been more honest.
I've ordered from this site for years. Be careful about the reviews that you read. People that work here "gearheads" are able to post reviews which is a bit of a conflict of interest. I've had to make quite a few returns because of false claims from these guys. I'm finishing up a store credit I have, and then I'm not going to be using them anymore. And be careful about giving a negative review. You will get an abusive/negative comment back every time. I can't imagine customers feeling so passionate that they would turn to abuse, as I've never encountered abusive language from any other internet site when giving an honest yet negative review. When you go the the profile of the user who made the rude comments, it's totally empty. So fake, empty profiles are obviously created and then used by someone to enable them to say some pretty rude things. Bottom line, buy this jacket for 550. Go outside when it's 20 degrees out and run around the block in it. Do jumping jacks in it. You're still going to freeze your butt off. And you'll return it.
This review was edited, since you also cannot respond to rude comments made on your review. I did a little research into 100g of primaloft sport, and it isn't rated for extreme cold as everyone is claiming. It's rated for cool/cold temperatures. Not extreme cold. So it's scientifically impossible that this jacket is as warm as the "reviewers" are claiming it is. This is a very good explanation of jacket insulation. http://www.adventurepoet.com/adventure/gear-tips/outdoor-gear-insulation-ratings-explained/ And do a google on 100g of primaloft sport and see what is written for yourself.

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