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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.

Astoria, NY

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on February 11, 2017

Compact and Clean
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this as a second chalk bag for bouldering. It's simple, compact, and keeps everything clean. The only thing negative I have to say about it is this: to close the bag, you need to twist to the left, which is completely counter intuitive. (Righty tighty, lefty loosey, right? In this case, wrong.) I actually thought it was defective until a friend suggested I try twisting the other way. So in summary, excellent chalk bag, just make sure you twist it the right -- err the left way!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I have *no idea* why this hoodie is on sale at this price. It's absolutely amazing. It's Rab, first of all, so you know it's made to last forever. It's lightweight, but fleece-lined (perfect spring/autumn midlayer), and it has thumb holes. Who doesn't love thumb holes?? Great fit, too. All you climbers out there, this one leaves plenty of room for your shoulder/back muscles without being baggy in the midsection! And it's so affordable right now! GET IT!!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Ibex makes excellent stuff, period. This is no exception. It's very lightweight, merino wool (no stink), and man — who can pass up those stripes?!

I'm 5'6" and 115 lbs, which usually means XS, but I ordered up on this. The XS fit, but it was a little constricting in the armpits. The Small is a bit loose, but overall more comfortable.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

This hoodie has just about everything you could ask for from a lightweight midlayer. The fleece lining is soft and warm. There's a cloth zipper backing and cover, so you never come into contact with the metal. There's a hem adjuster to tighten things up. Two zippered pockets, and two internal stash pockets (no zipper though). And thumb holes, can't forget the thumb holes!

I do have a few "buts" though. While the technical details are great, the fit isn't perfect. The arm holes are small, so there's some of that cutting-into-your-pits action going on. And it's a little short. Lifting my arms over my head results in belly draft. And the hood is very small. So the fit is weird. Is it worth the money? Not for me, because fit is everything, but for other ladies out there, this is a damn good hoodie.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is what's been missing in my winter-wear arsenal. It's super soft, beautifully woven, and versatile. I've always reacted to beanies (they always feel scratchy), but this one is the ticket. Yes, it's expensive. But I'm keeping it!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on November 8, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What I like:
- Definitely makes coffee easy at the campsite with minimal parts (i.e., french press and mug in one)
- Lightweight and not bulky (again, all-in-one design)

What I don't like:
- Sometimes the inner cup — which you press down in order to trap the grounds at the bottom between the two layers — doesn't make a perfect seal, and you get coffee leaking out the side when you go to pour it
- Sometimes coffee leaks up between the two cup layers as you're pushing the inner layer down

Is it worth $23? I don't know. Maybe. I'm not returning it, but I would ideally expect more from a setup like this.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Event at 50% off, I'me struggling over whether to keep this. If it were less discounted, I'd definitely send it back. The shoulders and arms are too tight (for a climber), the sleeves are too short, the shoulder articulation is poor (get ready to show belly as soon as you reach for that next hold), and the thumb holes are literally on the wrong side of the sleeve (like, where the pinky finger is). It's just awkward! For $30 , is it worth it???? Maybe... Depends on your financial situation. If you can afford to pay more for better, maybe skip this one.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Sure, it's a comfy sweater. But if you're going to get into any kind of warrior pose (or do anything that involves lifting your arms above your head), get ready to show your belly. The bottom hits at the belt (low-rise pants) in a relaxed state. Again, super comfy. But not really activewear.

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Are you a climber? Then this shirt will really frustrate you. It looks sexy and drapey when your arms are at your side. But as soon as you lift your arms over your head, the fabric that was sexily clinging to your hips will be lifting up to expose your belly. Whether or not you're self-conscious of your belly, who wants to deal with a midsection draft on a crisp autumn day?!

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

4 5

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

I would never pay $70 for this tank top! But at the sale price, it's totally worth it. It's basically a sports bra with drapey jersey fabric to flatter your midsection. There's a cutout section in the low-back. I was self-conscious about that at first, but I've gotten a lot of compliments on how it flatters my climbing muscles, so I've come around to really liking it.

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 13, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

As others have reported, this is a cheaply made tank. Everything about it screams "will not hold up." Loose threads hanging off of all the seams, inconsistencies in the stitching, etc. Save yourself the return shipping fee.

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on October 13, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Yes, I measured the neck. Because it's so weird!! It's definitely not a hoodie (no hood, and no pull cords -- despite the photo). And it doesn't scrunch because it's kind of bell-bottom (bell-top) shaped. It's just 15 inches of weirdness at the neck! If I'd gotten it at a thrift shop, I'd just cut the neck off. But I can't do that to an $80

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on June 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I didn't fully appreciate how awesome this tank is when it first came. The fabric is really thin, and at first I thought it wasn't very substantial. But after wearing it a few times under a light sports bra, it became all I ever WANT to wear. I wear it on my bike ride to and from work; I wear it on my bike ride to and from the climbing gym; I wear it climbing, obviously. It's pretty much the only thing I wear when I'm not in work clothes. I need 5 more!!

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on April 19, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Super cute strap design, but the fit is weird. It's pretty loose in the torso, but the straps are really short, which makes it cut into the underarms.

I'm surprised at you, Arc'teryx — you usually nail this kind of thing!

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on April 19, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I wish I could give this bra a 5-star review. The material is silky. The design was clearly well-thought out. But — like most of Patagonia's product line — it runs large. When I lift my arms above my head, it slides up my ribcage (the nonslip material is limited to the straps). Even at the sale price, $30 is too much for a bra that doesn't stay put, so unfortunately, it's going back.

For reference, I'm a 30B. All of this is probably moot for the average lady.

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on April 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I'm always complaining that sports gear marketed for women only comes in pink and purple, or else has flowers and butterflies all over it. The fact that these pants have been sold out EVERYWHERE for months, came back in stock, and were sold out again in a matter of days—well, the gray ones anyway... I think the pink ones are still available in every size—speaks to the fact that women want both function AND form. And these pants deliver that.

These pants are SUPER comfy. I love the stretch, and I love how versatile they are. I often pull the legs up to wear like capris, and they stay put on their own. I like how you can roll up the top of the pants under your harness (beware: it's not flattering to wear like that without a harness), and roll them down when you're bouldering. The pockets are accessible, though the toothbrush pocket is oddly placed.

The one weird thing that La Sportive does with all of their pants is use a different, very thick, textured fabric for the stash pocket in front. It causes the fabric to stick out in a weird way. I have no idea what the purpose of that is, but I don't hate it enough to return them.

All in all, these are great climbing pants. Order a size up. You won't regret it.

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Laralyn M.

Laralyn M.wrote a review of on April 12, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like to use liquid chalk as a base layer. I find that it helps powder chalk last longer. I've tried Mammut, Petzl, SoiLL, and Edelweiss, and they all have [very minor] pros and cons.

If I had to get granular about it, I'd say I like Edelweiss the best because it goes on creamy, it doesn't have an overpoweringly chemie scent , and it lasts a long time.

I do like the way the Mammut chalk has a little tab that you can slip a biner (or zip-tie) through and carry on your harness. Aside from that though, I probably wouldn't buy this brand again. It has a somewhat grainy feel to it when you first put it on, and it dries pretty thin—so it doesn't last as long as other brands. It also has the strongest "rubbing alcohol" scent of the brands I've tried (they all have alcohol in them, so there's no avoiding a little bit of that).

All that said, if you're not super picky, go with what's cheap and see for yourself whether you can tell the difference between different liquid chalk brands.

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Laralyn M.wrote a review of on April 12, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Such a letdown having to send this jacket back! It's slim-fitting, flattering, and warm (and it has thumbholes)! I really tried to make it work, but the range of motion in the arms and shoulders was just not workable.

I'm pretty thin for my height (5'6" & 115 lbs), but this jacket was actually constrictive in the shoulders. It's probably fine for non-climbers (I think the other rave reviews are by skiers/snowboarders), but if you need to stretch your arms up over your head, I'd look at The North Face, Rab, and Arc'teryx.

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