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Lauren L.

Lauren L.

Lauren L.

Lauren L.wrote a review of on September 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: M/L

I have been looking for an affordable, lightweight, quick-dry, comfortable bra for hiking and backpacking. I'm a C cup, but honestly when hiking, I don't need much support. However, a lot of other bras I've looked at have thick fabric that seems like it would never dry after a sweaty hike or a rinse in the river. Or they are super expensive!

I was a bit wary when I saw how small it was. I usually wear a L/XL but went with the M/L. It actually fits perfectly and it is super cute! I love the design in the back and the added bonus is that it should keep me cool. It will also work well as a bathing suit top if we happen upon any swimming holes on a hike (hopefully not a cold one as that will be quite obvious in this type of bra...).

Haven't tested it out in the real world yet but will update when I do.

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Lauren L.

Lauren L.wrote a review of on December 29, 2014

Super comfortable but falling apart.
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Update after 8 months:
I didn't get to use these shoes much until the spring and have only put about 75 miles on them so far. They are already falling apart, exactly how another reviewer has described. Near the toe, the fabric is tearing (see photo). The cushion around the ankle is also showing significant wear. I am extremely disappointed as these are the most comfortable trail shoes I've owned, but I will not be buying New Balance again. I think I'll spend a little bit more and try out a different brand of trail runners that are hopefully better constructed.

Original post: After years of uncomfortable hikes in boots, I finally decided to switch to trail runners and I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I bought these because I always wear New Balance sneakers at the gym and they fit me well since I have a wider foot. This pair was no exception. They fit perfectly.

There was absolutely no break in period. The first time I wore them, I went on a nine mile hike with a 20 pound pack through mud, ice and snow. My feet got wet, but the shoes and my feet and socks dried quickly (I wore wool socks and a pair of sock liners). I wouldn't wear these on a multi day trip without lots of extra socks, but they are excellent for a day hike.

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Lauren L.

Lauren L.wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

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

After my original review, I called Backcountry and they suggested I call Marmot directly. I shipped my product to Marmot and while it was a very slow, slightly annoying process (I think they kept forgetting about my bag, it took over two months), when I got it back, they had added more filling to it. Now my bag works like a charm. I was not informed if there was a defect or not.

I took it the bag to Colorado in June and camped in the snow at 10,000 ft. The temperature was probably in the low 20s and the bag performed very well. Looking forward to trying it in an even colder climate.

Original review was for 2 stars and is copied below:

I was so stoked for this bag, after many nights freezing my butt of because I didn't have the proper gear. We camped the night after I got it in the mail, the low was about 20 degrees. We camped in a tent, and I had a Thermarest TrailLite pad plus a blanket on the ground under the pad on top of the tent floor. I had one long johns, socks and a long-sleeve shirt. I literally froze my butt off, once again. My feet were warm, my head was warm, but there seemed to be no insulation around the core of my body. I am incredibly disappointed and intend to send this back.

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