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Lindsay S.

Lindsay S.

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Lindsay S.

Lindsay S.wrote a review of on August 10, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I often have trouble with runner's knee in my right knee when I push my mileage above 4 or so miles. I've been using k-tape for the last few weeks which has really helped, but I hate throwing it away every week and having to reapply, so I thought I'd try these tights. First off, the compression is not as extreme as I was expecting - I actually feel like lululemon's Tight Stuff Tights feel tighter overall. That being said, I wore them on a 5.5 mile run today and I did not feel any pain in my knee, so they definitely help to stabilize my hip flexors and knees. I also maxed out on my deadlifts 2 days ago, and the compression did seem to mitigate any hamstring tightness/pain I was feeling from lifting. I did feel like the fabric was bunching weird behind my knees though, and it was causing some uncomfortable pressure in those areas which I did not like. They also do not breathe very well, so they were pretty warm. I wore them at 6am on a summer morning, but definitely would not wear them on a summer afternoon. They are probably more suited for cooler spring/fall runs. (And this is coming from someone who gets goosebumps when its 70 degrees out).

I am around 5'2'' and 125 pounds, with a fair amount of muscle. I have a 26" waist and narrow 35" hips. The size chart put me between sizes but I went with the XS and happy I did, the S would not have provided adequate compression. I'm not sure why everyone thinks these are the tightest pants ever - yes, they're tight because they are compression pants, but it wasn't a struggle to get them on at all. And I actually needed the drawstring in the waist to keep them from sliding down while running. I do wish that these were high-waisted - the low/mid waist combined with a tight compression fabric will 100% give you muffin top, no matter how lean you are.

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Lindsay S.

Lindsay S.wrote a review of on November 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: 6

These approach shoes are decent. I bought them because my Salomon hiking shoes were total garbage on any slopes or slick rocks. The rubber on these is pretty good, I feel very secure on my local crag's slick basalt. However, they do run a full size too big. I'm usually a US 7 in shoes, sometimes a 7.5 since my toe bed is slightly wide. I had to downsize twice to a size 6 in these. I also have a narrow heel, and my heel slipped like crazy in the larger sizes. My heel is secure in the 6 but there isn't any room for a thicker sock now.
Additionally, there have terrible arch support. If you have low arches or flat feet you'll be fine, but I have high arches and will need to purchase insoles for longer approaches. Overall it's decent shoe made of quality materials, but the sizing and comfort is lacking.

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Lindsay S.wrote a question about on September 6, 2016

I currently own the La Sportiva Mythos and Miuras. The Mythos are super comfy, but aren't as aggressive as I'd like for harder routes (too flexible, and don't stick tiny edges). The Miuras are super sticky and awesome for edging. but I can only wear them for one route at a time as they really hurt my feet, and only about 3 routes max in a day if I want to be able to walk the next day.
I am looking for an in-between shoe - something more agressive than the Mythos, but that I can wear for a few routes without wanting to cry. Would this be a good shoe for that?

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Lindsay S.

Lindsay S.wrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 113 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I seriously cannot say enough good things about these pants. I just returned from a 2 week road trip to the Rocky Mountains and I literally wore these every day. They are super comfortable and I love the elastic waist. I am a climber and the fabric is super stretchy - perfect for high stepping and stemming. Too many "climbing" pants are not stretchy at all.
The fabric is also water-repellent which was perfect since mountain weather can go from sun to rain to sleet within minutes. And the fabric is super easy to wipe off/clean - I wore these for miles of hiking over mountains and glaciers, multiple uphill approaches and scrambles, and through multi-pitch climbs (complete with snow and rain) and they were still dry, comfortable, didn't stretch out, and looked as clean as day 1. I also own the capri version of these and they are equally as awesome if you're in warmer weather.

For reference, I am 5'3'', 113 lbs and the XS fit perfectly.

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Lindsay S.wrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 37.5

I have only been climbing for about a year (with a 4 month gap in there), and only climbing seriously for around 5 months. I have only had 1 other pair of shoes, the Mythos. I love them, but they are very soft, like I feel I could run a few miles in them and be fine. Moving into advanced 5.10/5.11 climbs, I wanted to try a more aggressive shoe to help me stick the smaller footholds. I wear a size 7 street shoe, and a 37 in the mythos. I originally bought a 37 in the miuras, but they were way too painful, so I returned them for a 37.5.
These shoes are incredible. I feel so much more secure on slab and tougher routes. I've been wearing them for a few weeks, and I will say they can really hurt my feet. Like sometimes after a route I cannot wait to get them off, and they start to cause a lot of pain if I'm stuck working a slab crux for a longer period of time. Some days they feel worse than others. After a longer session at the gym, the bones in my toes ache for a few days afterwards. I've been wearing them for weeks so I can't return them, but next time I may go for a size 38 in these. I have a slightly wider toe bed, so if you have wide toes you may want to size up by 1/2 size.
Despite the discomfort they can cause, I love these shoes. I rotate them with my mythos every few climbs to give my feet a break, wear my mythos on moderate routes and save the miuras for tougher climbs. Definitely worth the money!

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Lindsay S.wrote a review of on January 15, 2016

Sole Started Ripping on Day 2
1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 113 lbs
Size Purchased: 7

I bought these boots for a 30 day trip through the national parks in South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The toe of the right sole started tearing/ripping away from the shoe the SECOND day I wore them. And we hadn't even done any hiking, just traveling in the car and camping in the Badlands. Unfortunately Merrell doesn't guarantee their gear, or I would have returned these.
I ended up wearing them the remainder of the trip since I knew I couldn't return them, and I needed hiking boots for 90% of our agenda. They are definitely a comfortable boot, even out of the box. I purchased my normal size, 7, and still had PLENTY of room for thick wool socks.
Aside from the sole tearing the 2nd day, these boots do not breathe well at all. We experienced a wide range of weather, from 20 degrees F in the Tetons, to 82 degrees F in Zion. I don't even have particularly sweaty feet, but if your feet sweat AT ALL they will be damp all day, and they will smell. Bad. They also felt way too hot for the warmer Utah days.
Lastly, the laces on these are horrible. I think I had to stop every 10 minutes to retie them, because they kept coming undone. Even if I double knotted them, the laces would loosen right away and the ankle support would become useless.
I was hoping I could use these for some shorter weekend backpacking trips, but after wearing them on day hikes for a few weeks, I realize that would be a miserable experience. Guess I'm in the market for new boots again :(
They still took me some cool places, like in the photo, and the waterproof held up on the left, non-ripped shoe, but I definitely wouldn't recommend these to anyone.

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Lindsay S.wrote a review of on December 10, 2015

Not as Warm as I Was Expecting
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is a pretty nice jacket, but it's not as warm as I was expecting/hoping it to be. I bought this for a month long road trip through Wyoming and southern Utah. We had some nights dip below freezing, and a lot of days in the 40s-50s. Most days I has a merino wool base layer, my nanopuff, and my wind shell on top to keep me (mostly) warm. I do get cold pretty easily, so others might be plenty warm in their nanopuff, but I was not.
Despite not being very warm, the jacket is very attractive and layers nicely (slides smoothly underneath outer layers). I also love that it stuffs into its own pocket and weighs next to nothing, making it very easy to stuff in your pack in case of changing weather while adding negligible weight.
If I were not using the jacket to layer, I maybe would have sized down. I bought a small, but an xs would have been a more flattering fit. However, if you're planning to put a few layers under the jacket, then the size chart is pretty reliable.
Photo is wearing my nano puff, watching the sun rise onto the Grand Tetons.

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Lindsay S.wrote a review of on December 10, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I just received these, and while they are beautiful goggles, they are much too big for my tiny baby face. I feel like they would possibly even be too big if I had a normal sized face. If they fit your face I'm sure they would be excellent goggles. I am returning them and purchasing the Smith Virtue goggles instead - they are much smaller and fit my face nicely.

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