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Laura S.

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Laura S.

Laura S.wrote a review of on August 21, 2018

Not Durable
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I so loved these pants for the first couple seasons that I wore them. The waistband is incredibly comfortable and flattering, and they are super stretchy and easy to move in. However, the material just doesn't hold up to serious outdoor use. While my Dynamas used to be my favorite climbing pants, I stopped wearing them because the fabric became extremely pilled, especially around the thighs where my harness would go, and they just didn't look or feel nice anymore. Contrast this with my 2 pairs of Yumas which I've had at least as long, and I still wear to this day. Mountain Hardwear makes those with a much more durable fabric.

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Laura S.

Laura S.wrote a review of on August 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I seriously love these shorts. I've been wearing them all summer. The waistband is a dream - super comfortable and flattering!

They're a little short for my preference for serious hiking, but I've worn them for trail running, lounging, errands around town, and even as board shorts over a bathing suit. They fit me well without using the drawstring (28" natural waist, 39" hips) although I did tie it while wakesurfing just to make sure they wouldn't come off.

They've been one of my favorite garments of the summer! Absolutely love them!

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Laura S.wrote a review of on August 21, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: M/L

I really do love this bra for lounging around my home, and it's exceptionally comfortable to sleep in. No digging in or discomfort! But it provides essentially no support, so it's completely nonfunctional for any athletic activity. It also tends to stretch out over time, making it even less supportive. Definitely not worth the price it retails for, but I got mine on sale so I'm happy with it.

I'm a size 34C, and most of the time I wear size medium in sports bras and bralettes, although sometimes I can go small. Maybe that's why the M/L is slightly loose on me and not at all supportive. But S/M wasn't an option, and I'm sure XS/S would have been too small.

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Laura S.

Laura S.wrote a review of on August 21, 2018

Small & Light. Don't Love Fully Loaded.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this harness exclusively for over 2 years now and I definitely have some thoughts.

Initially, I LOVED it! I was looking for something to replace my Petzl Luna (my first harness ever) which was wearing through in the webbing of the leg loops. At the time I was just getting into more trad leading, and I was drawn in by the color, the price, and positive reviews.

Initial impressions: I loved the colors, it fit me well, and had the basic features I was looking for. I like adjustable leg loops for my muscular legs (fixed are a no go for me) and an auto double backing waist buckle. It's lower profile than my Luna was, so it packs down really well.

I've used the anti-crossloading slot, but honestly it's a bit of a pain to set up, so I mostly just use the belay loop in the normal fashion without bothering to thread it into the rubber slot.

In the past 2+ years I've used this harness for single pitches, multipitches, sport, trad, and ice, from Indian Creek, to Yosemite, to the Red & New River Gorges. I'd say my favorite applications for it are non-project sport climbing, and light and fast multipitch objectives.

When fully loaded down with gear, on say a long Indian Creek pitch, or a variable multipitch trad route, the waist belt will dig into my hips uncomfortably. I've ended up with bruisy tenderness on my hipbones after spending too much time wearing it fully loaded up. It's also not the best for hanging in. I've definitely ended up with sore thighs after spending too much time at hanging belays, or long rappels.

In the search for something more comfortable for hanging in and loading up fully with gear, I just purchased the Edelrid Solaris, but I intend to keep my CAMP Supernova for sport climbing, light-and-fast alpine objectives (where I'll have less gear, and be more willing to endure some hanging belays for the sake of weight in my pack), and maybe some single-pitch (non-Creek) trad cragging.

I can definitely speak to the durability of this harness, as it's seen a lot of use on all types of rock, and it's still in great shape!

My measurements are around 28" waist and 23" thighs, and the size medium fits me well.

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Laura S.

Laura S.wrote a review of on August 21, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought these because I wanted more seamless thongs to wear with leggings/tight pants for yoga and climbing, but unfortunately these just aren't going to work.

I will admit that I have a larger bottom, but in most brands a size medium works well for me, especially if I don't have to worry about cheek coverage. And I do fall right into the medium measurements in Stoic's size chart. Although the waist is fine and they don't give me the dreaded muffin top, the tops of the leg openings are too tight around the upper part of my butt so they definitely don't look seamless!

I considered sizing up to large. They might end up looking more seamless then, but I like a lower rise waist, and regardless of size, I think these are just too high waisted for my style/body type.

I also dislike that you can see a rectangle shape on the outside where the label info is printed on the inside.

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Laura S.

Laura S.wrote a review of on August 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These bras are super cute, and I wear them all the time. They are comfortable for lounging around, and make a cute layering option underneath other shirts. However, the mesh definitely cuts lower than I thought it would. I've had some issues with "peeking" if you know what I mean, so I could never wear one of these by itself for climbing or yoga without worry of exposure.

I took the advice of other reviewers and went with size small, when I more often wear a medium (I'm a 34C). Size-wise they fit great. Maybe I wouldn't have the exposure problem if I'd gone medium? But then maybe they wouldn't have fit as snugly? Take from that what you will. For me, they're cute, but not functional the way I'd like them to be for sports.

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