Lauren - Dahli and Docposted an image about Alpina Viper Low Hiking Shoe - Women's on June 20, 2016
From mud to grass to boulders to talus slopes these shoes are holding up well.
I work in the land conservation field and spend my weekends kicking around birding and hiking.
From mud to grass to boulders to talus slopes these shoes are holding up well.
First off - major thanks to Backcountry.com and Alpina for sending me these shoes to test. I've been using them nearly daily since they arrived (about a month now) and have been very happy with their performance. They've handled wet slippery boat decks, rugged island rock cliffs, and plenty of day hikes all with ease.
Normally I order a 8.5 or 9 depending on brand (or a 40/40.5). I was a little worried about picking a size as I couldn't try them on and went with a 40 since I presumed 41 would be too large. When they arrived the box stated that a 40 was an 8 and I then panicked that they were too small - but they fit more like a 8.5 when I tried them on! I do think a 40.5 would be a little better so it's a bummer that they don't come in half sizes! The good news is if you're worried about sizing Backcountry.com is great with exchanges!
Overall the shoe is very structured (and yes bulky) but also provides good support. They are very comfortable but not quite as comfortable as the hiking shoes I have which have ortholite soles (but almost as comfortable!). The blue is a really nice easy color that is bright but also not overwhelming.
The shoes come with blue round laces - I generally dislike round laces as I find them to come apart more easily than flat laces but kept the ones provided in the shoes for the purposes of testing for the past month. I now plan to swap them out with some flatter laces or elastic laces to make my life a little easier.
The alpitex membrane has done a good job at keeping water out (assuming it doesn't overtop your shoe) keeping my feet dry and toasty. As with any waterproof shoe - this also means that moisture is kept in if you overtop them or if your feet sweat heavily. However, I found that they were easy to air out to dry relatively quickly.
The sole of the shoes is very rugged, durable, and good at gripping the ground in non-ideal conditions. I've been very impressed at how they've handled all types of terrain from scree/loose rock to rocky ledges to wet slippery grass hills covered in goose poop (slipperiest surface on earth!). The structured feel to the shoes also gives extra support on uneven, unpredictable ground.
Overall, I found the shoes to be comfortable, durable, and up to any challenge I gave them. I look forward to seeing how they stand the test of time as they barely show signs of wear unlike most of the other shoes I've used which I usually wear down in a few months. These are definitely worth a look if you're interested in a durable low hiker.
But they are giving sharing a shot.
Maybe I should order a large ...
We have the highlands bed for backpacking but it's a little small for realllly stretching out on so we picked up the Mt. Bachelor Pad on sale figuring it would be great for staying with friends, traveling in hotels, when the dogs come to the office, etc.
I had seen it in stores prior to getting it so I knew not to expect anything too thick (An inch is pushing it and I definitely wouldn't be comfortable sleeping on it like I would be on some of the orthopedic pet beds) but it certainly beats nothing and does provide both comfort and warmth.
The real advantage is the waterproof bottom which is great if you have a dog that likes getting wet and you need to protect a floor or your car or for putting it down in dirtier areas as the bottom wipes clean.
It looks nice, rolls up easily and the carry handle works well to hook a carabiner to allowing you to attach it to pretty much anything.
The highlands bed seems to have a little more loft and packs smaller overall but also is smaller in size... I think if I only had 1 I'd pick the highlands but the bachelor pad is a nice addition and the dogs seem to like it.
The dogs say with a bed like this why can't we come to the office every day with you?
In the winter (or at least most winters)and spring I'm pretty confined to bean boots, snow boots, rain boots, etc. even to get from my house to car, car to office, etc.
Not wanting to wear boots all day at the office, I used to keep a pair of slippers on hand which admittedly looked a little ridiculous. My husband got me a pair of these for Christmas and I brought them to work. Nearly every day since then I've changed into them upon arrival and leave them there when I head home.
They're comfortable, better looking than slippers, and work really well outside since they aren't really a slipper!
I can't wait til the ground isn't so soggy or covered in snow so I'll be able to wear them outside of the office more!
I have a lot of capilene from patagonia - the 1, 2, 3, 4 in merino, silkweight... you name it(which have been replaced with lightweight, daily, midweight, and heavyweight). But this is my new favorite.
I am constantly in need of lightweight t-shirts that have reasonable length of sleeve as cap sleeves always bunch and annoy me. The patagonia capilene series is perfect for this but this one goes above and beyond as it is a regular fit instead of their slim fit giving you a little more room when you don't want things skin tight and is a nice and light but not so light that it feels paper thin. The slight bit of spandex gives it a nice touch of stretch as well!
The sleeves are a great length and the colors are nice and simple. It works well at wicking away any perspiration and staying odor free due to it's antimicrobial nature to help keep up the impression that you aren't sweating.
So far it seems very durable as well - my old capilenes are still going strong with 2 years of weekly use... had this one for about a month and no signs of slowing down yet.
It is a great shirt for almost anything from walking the dog, going for a serious hike, to traveling the world (and it even washes in a sink with ease and dries quickly!).
enjoying the beach and staying hydrated
We got this for our new dog as she's an avid swimmer and our first dog loved his Headwater collar (the old version).
I was excited by the new crux buckle system and thought it would be superior to the old version. However I have to say I'm not impressed and nor is our new pup. The old plastic buckle is more adjustable, lighter, and less stiff.
The collar is clearly well made and Ruffwear has paid attention to detail per normal (like adding a hole for tags, the tag silencer, quality of fabric, reflective trim, etc) but it still has a few issues regarding stiffness and sizing (likely linked in that if it was properly sized it may not feel so ridiculous on the dog).
I measured our dog's neck to be 14 inches which is directly between two sizes so I ordered up figuring I didn't want to be on the last hole. Unfortunately even the smallest hole was too big for her and was super loose on her neck. If you're in between sizes I would suggest sizing down. If I had measured INCREDIBLY tightly to her neck that may have also helped but that's not the proper way to measure for a collar!
Within 24 hours of it being on her she started scratching at it constantly - I believe this is due to the bulk and stiffness of the collar as we had washed it to ensure any factory residue was gone. At this point I knew this collar just wouldn't work so I threw the old model on her and she's had no issues since then. It fits SO much better as it is more adjustable, lighter, and more flexible.
We plan to try the new version on our other, slightly larger dog, to get a better feel and I'll update this once we see his reaction.
Overall I'd recommend anyone who wants a headwater to compare this to the first version. I'm nabbing up a few of the old ones on clearance while I can!
I love the entire series - seems ridiculous to spend money on a bag like this but it is way better than shoving your shoes in a plastic grocery bag.
It does a great job doing exactly what it is supposed to do - plus my suitcase is full of cool colors of eagle creek cubes and bags keeping me neat and organized.
Fits a reasonable sized pair of hiking boots or sneakers and sandals.
Ice really isn't nice... but with microspikes who cares?!
An ice cold hydroflask that's what...
Water bottles are usually freebies - people are always giving them out so I rarely buy one. But naturally I've been jealous of everyone's hydroflasks for years so my husband finally decided to surprise me with one so I'd stop picking one up at every store we stopped in to drool over them.
I knew they were insulated, I knew everyone said it kept things cold but I truly underestimated this bottle's abilities! I threw some ice in with my water the first day I tested it and 3 days later the ice was still solid (melting but still some solid pieces in there!).
I love all the little details like the rubberized band on the top to help you get a grip when opening it and every single color is wicked sharp.
Now owning one I wish I had shelled out the 30$ for this thing years ago...
This is definitely one of my top favorite beanies. It provides a nice warmth for a thin light hat. The fact that it is thin means it's great as the description says for layering under other hats, helmets, hoods, etc.
The seams are relatively low profile which also means you don't end up with strange lines digging into your head if it's under something like a helmet.
Being fleece it obviously isn't very windproof but on warmer days or low wind days this hat is definitely fine on its own as well.
Being light means if you're participating in energy intensive activities in cold weather you also aren't sweating out your ears - it provides the perfect balance of warmth as you hike up mountains or run in the woods without making your head feel like it's summer again.
I think I own like 50 beanies but this one definitely stands out. I've had it for about 2 years now - I love the fit and I love how lightweight it is.
Keeps you warm but doesn't make you feel like your head is burning up on the in-between days and is equally awesome as a layer on the chilly days.
I've had this for almost 2 years and with multiple days of use per week you wouldn't know it - still holding up strong and looks new! Worth every penny since it holds up much better than most other orange wear for dogs!
I have the old version and the newer version of these - buyer beware the sizing has changed dramatically (which actually makes them truer to size I think?)! I used to be between sizes and now I definitely size down.
Regardless these are still the most awesome underwear for women on the planet. They breathe, they're comfortable, they fit well and look cute.
They always stay exactly where they should be which is great for all activities ... I don't think my life would be complete without them.
Well made with nice details. Plus they're smart.
Like the other review says this is not a small organizer - it is definitely sizable (see dimensions). But it means if you're looking for something to hold everything for 1.5+ week type traveling this is a nice fit. On a recent 10 day trip it held everything (hairbrush, contacts, tooth brush, paste, shampoo/conditioner, travel pillow, nail clippers, floss, body wash, mini poof, etc.).
The pockets are nice sized and easy to use for anything which is a refreshing change from most travel bags that seem to have odd sized pockets or sleeves that I have no clue what they are designed for.
The materials are very durable, quick dry, and contain leaky bottles well - but it would be nice to have one pocket completely plastic/waterproof.
Overall really happy with this for longer trips flying and car based trips (I wouldn't use it for carry-on only style flights).
This hoody is a great combination of a "nicer" looking sweatshirt with the comfort of a hoody. I don't feel like a bum wearing it in my office (pretty casual environment though) where I would with most sweatshirts.
It's a nice in between weight good for a variety of temperatures. The material is nice, soft, and cozy - different from normal sweatshirts which adds to the "niceness" of the hoody. The buttons also add a nice quality touch to the shirt.
Overall this is really well made, and very cute - definitely on the larger side so if you want it to be fitted order a size down - if you want it to go over top layers or be very loose order your normal size.