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Laura Avdey

Laura Avdey

Park City, UT

Laura Avdey's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Climbing

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on February 23, 2010

4 5

Got this in a large for my 80lb Weimaraner. It fits him snug around the chest and is a little loose in the arms. I have read a few complaints that this jacket chafes around the arms, so I was happy to have the extra room there. This is a pretty lightweight jacket, but where it lacks in insulation, it makes up for as a moisture barrier. It seems very well made and I expect it to last a while. It doesn't get dirty easily, either (but dog hair does stick well to the fleece lining). Used it on a 9 mile hike this weekend and he kept warm while moving and experienced no chafing. He did seem a bit cold laying around camp at night, though. The only thing I would change is that although this is a softshell, it would be nice with a bit more insulation.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on February 23, 2010

5 5

Bought the Bark n Boots for a 9 mile hike this weekend in the Uintas. The 80lb weimaraner can never last more than a few minutes in the snow before his feet get too cold and then he just sits there watching us trek on... The boots fit great and I never had any problems with them falling off, but as we hiked on, they started filling up with snow. Eventually, he just stopped and sat there like before.

I bought the liners just in case. I thought they were semi-ridiculous but they actually ended up saving the day! The snow was creeping into the shoes and making his feet cold, so he would just sit there as before. I gave the socks a try and we had no problems from there on. The socks kept the snow out of the shoes and his feet dry.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on February 23, 2010

5 5

Took the dogs on a 9 mile hike this weekend in the Uintas. The 80lb weimaraner can never last more than a few minutes in the snow before his feet get too cold and then he just sits there watching us trek on... Besides the cold, the snow can be abrasive on his pads, causing them to bleed. I ended up getting a size medium after measuring his pads as instructed on the Ruffwear site. They were a perfect fit. I never had any problems with them coming off or being at all loose. It didn't take very long for him to get used to them, either. Tested them a few times at home before the trip, so he knew what he was getting into. He'd walk like a turtle for about a minute before he figured it out.

I also decided to pick up the liners/socks just in case. I thought they were semi-ridiculous but they actually ended up saving the day! The snow was creeping into the shoes and making his feet cold, so he would just sit there as before. I gave the socks a try and we had no problems from there on. The socks kept the snow out of the shoes and his feet dry. I imagine in the summer we will just use the shoes -sans socks.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on June 29, 2009

5 5

These pants are really comfortable AND flattering! Tough enough for play, but nice enough for a casual office. I found them to be true to size, I'm a 6 and that's what fit me here. They also haven't stretched out at all which is a plus. Best of all, they are long! I haven't measured them, but I'd say the inseam on my longs is about 34".... I don't think that the size chart is quite accurate.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on June 19, 2009

5 5

Chair is super comfortable. The mesh material allows you to stay cool in the summer heat. Great for reading or sunbathing on the patio in the late afternoons... not to mention napping! Pillow is adjustable and removable, which makes cleaning easy (although this thing doesn't really get dirty easily!). I've had it for over a year and have no problems with it. I keep it inside in the winter and under an awning, out of the elements in the summer. This isn't made to sit out all summer/year. Take care of it and it will take care of you! Also, I recommend the soft foam armrests over the wood ones. They are much more comfortable.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on June 19, 2009

4 5

This top looks great on and is good for mild to moderate activity. Anything strenuous though, and you may be putting on a show. Because the same straps that adjust the shoulders also adjust the back, its really hard to get secure fit without making it uncomfortably tight. Good for kayaking, not quite for volleyball (though this may all vary depending on the size of your chest, ie, the smaller the better...). Fabric is sturdy and seems like it will wear well. If you are looking for a more comfortable option to replace your halter-style tops, go for it. If you need something athletic, skip it and get a racerback.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on June 9, 2009

5 5

I use this whitewater kayaking, and I love it (and its price)! I first thought it would be too long on me, but it does not conflict with my skirt at all. Being a female with a larger chest, I still find this jacket to be extremely comfortable. By the end of the day, I've forgotten I have it on. I'd recommend it to anyone!

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on May 19, 2009

5 5

I think that the description here may be misleading to some people, this rash guard is really 0.5-mm neoprene with a cozy, soft lining. But they are right, it is not bulky at all. I wear it under my semi-dry top in colder weather and sometimes on its own when it warms up. The lycra underarms make this thing super comfortable and allow full motion. I have found that NRS tops are much longer than traditional rashguards, which is fantastic. This one hits a few inches below my bellybutton, leaving no gap between my shorts.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on May 19, 2009

5 5

I love these boots! They are great for just pulling on to walk the dogs or wearing to work so my nice shoes don't get destroyed. No laces to deal with makes them fast! They are not waterproof, but I have walked through small puddles and shoveled the driveway with no problems at all. The best part is that they are not stiff or clunky like most snow boots. Everyone is jealous of my booties!

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on May 11, 2009

5 5

Very cozy pullover. True to size, but as with most Arc'teryx women's stuff, its a little on the short side. If you have a long torso, I wouldn't recommend it (sleeves are not too short though). That said, this top is super comfortable and appears to be pretty durable. I even spilled some water on the sleeve and it beaded right off of the wind resistant outer! Great for layering

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on April 6, 2009

4 5

Wish we could change our reviews... tried on a friend's jacket in a medium. I originally got a small b/c that's what I usually get in MH stuff. The medium's arms are MUCH longer than the small's. It is baggier but I will be able to layer more under it. Also, she has had hers for a while and the stiffness in the armpits is worn out and they are not bothersome at all. Going to exchange for a medium!

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on March 13, 2009

3 5

Honestly, the only reason I'm keeping this is because of the screamin' deal on SAC and the awesome color (vivid green). I usually hate the colors women's jackets come in, but the bright (think florescent) green is just what I was looking for. PROS: hood and brim are a good size (no helmet) & stay put; Super lightweight; packs great; passed a quick waterproof test in shower, no real world use yet. CONS: arms are short. Another poster said they fit her monkey arms, but I don't have monkey arms and they are still at least an inch too short; no storm flap on main zipper. um DUH. this is a rain jacket. the pockets have taped zippers, but the main one is just a plain ole' zipper (I'm not going to count those little strips of fabric flanking both sides of the zip. They aren't going to stop a drip off my water bottle). There IS a flap inside the zipper, but I would prefer if the rain was stopped BEFORE it entered my jacket; many people complain about the baggy armpits. They are kind of baggy. not annoyingly baggy. The annoying part is the stiff material used as storm flaps over the pit zips (MH, why do zippers in your armpits need flaps, but the one on the front of your body does not? hmmm?) I am hoping that the stiffness will just go away with use. IN ALL, its a good jacket for the price (on SAC), and is enough to hold me over until I feel like shelling out more for a better one. *sidenote, order a size down. I feel this is the case with most MH jackets.

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Laura Avdeywrote a review of on February 2, 2009

5 5

After trying on this and the MH Sub Zero, It was an obvious choice! Both are waterproof, baffled, and have huge ugly hoods. BUT, the Refuge is longer in the body and sleeves than the MH, which is a HUGE complaint from many reviewers of that jacket-the sub zero is stupidly short. Being 5'11", that was VERY important to me. The OR jacket is also lighter (in weight, not warmth) feeling, and has more pockets. This big hood is great if you are mtn'eering or ice climbing and are wearing a helmet, otherwise the hood can be slightly compressed by the back drawcord to make it less goofy when not wearing a helmet. Yes, the whole jacket is very, very puffy. In my opinion, you don't buy this jacket if you want to look good. You buy this jacket if you want to be warm, no matter what. I spent two hours outside in 17 degrees F last night and the only thing cold were my toes!

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