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Lorraine Vee

Lorraine Vee

Babylon, NY

Lorraine Vee's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Paddling
Surfing
Biking

Lorraine Vee's Bio

Snowboarding is by far one of my greatest passions! I thrive on any snow covered mountain. Although I don't particularly enjoy the cold, more specifically cold and windy days, I can't resist carving my way down a snowy mountain.

Native to the icy east coast, or Icecoast as we like to call it, I've been fortunate enough to travel a bit out west to experience other mountains. One of my bucket list goals is to snowboard all of the mountains in Colorado! I've made a decent dent so far and cannot wait to continue the adventure!

When I can't get to a mountain, I enjoy longboarding, hiking, botanical gardens, Words with Friends, and recently dragon boating has been the biggest summer activity on my radar! I also enjoy dabbling in yoga, surfing, the ukulele, and nice brisk jogs.

Instagram: iheartsnwbording

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on November 30, 2015

Bright and effective!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I commute via train and longboard to/from work every day. Now that Winter Solstice is approaching, I commute in darkness both to and from work and I needed something to clip onto my backpack. This light helps keep me visible while kick-pushing my way down the road. Reflective tape on my helmet wasn't enough, but this light definitely helps keep me visible. I've gotten caught with it in the rain and it still works great.

My only complaint is the backpack clip. It's not very secure. I'm not sure if someone swiped it on the subway, or it just fell off, but either way, the clip is not sturdy enough to keep small bumps or sticky fingers from easily swiping it off my backpack. One day it was there, the next it was gone. So, I had to purchase another one.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on November 30, 2015

Sturdy, decent commuter backpack
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this backpack for a little over a month now. While it's certainly getting the job done, I can't say I love it. I travel via train and longboard to/from work every day, so I needed a good commuter backpack. Some key features I was looking for were size, durability, pockets, and room for a bicycle light. I needed a bag large enough to hold my uniforms, a spare change of clothes, shoes, snacks, etc. It was also a must to find a pack that had side water bottle pockets for quick access that would be large enough to store a 32 oz. Nalgene bottle and a 17 oz. Hydro Flask food flask.

While I am happy with the bicycle light attachment and side water bottle pockets (success for both the Nalgene and Hydro Flask!), I am not 100% thrilled on the design of the sizing. The backpack is definitely large -- it fits a decent amount of gear, but it is pretty slim. It gets its size in its length and width, but it is not very deep. It's long in length so stuff seems to fall into a "blackhole" and since it's not very wide, you'll have a narrow opening to go searching for everything. (In this case, I'm referring to depth as the distance the pack extends outward from my back; length as the distance from my shoulders to my hips; and width as distance from shoulder to shoulder.) Lucky for me, I have broad shoulder and a broad back, so the large width isn't too much of a problem for me, but as a women's backpack, other women with smaller backs might find this pack a little large. Additionally, the pack panel has a thick padding for added comfort (nice!) but it is lined with a pretty rigid plastic of some sort, making it a little cumbersome when trying to pack it.

Another issue I have is that the bottom of the backpack angles upward a bit, meaning that the bottom of the bag does not sit flat on the ground. With the rigid plastic lining on the back padding, the pack does not sit up straight when placed on the floor or on any flat surface -- it will tip forwards.

Overall, it is a durable backpack that will certainly hold enough stuff for a day trip as long as you don't mind digging deep for your gear. I purchased mine in Lagoon Iridescent Print/Asphalt Grey and it's a very nice color.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on October 6, 2014

Very comfortable and soft, but thin!
4 5

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

Thank you to Backcountry.com and The North Face for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community! Immediately upon putting this shirt on, I was extremely pleased to feel how soft the fabric is. The cut of the shirt is very nice, featuring a flattering wide scoop neck, a long length to keep your bum covered, and thumb holes to keep you cozy. I would say that this shirt runs a little large, but I am happy with the fit since I plan on using it for yoga classes or calm hikes -- a little extra wiggle room is nice every now and then. If you want a more fitted shirt, definitely go one size down.

My main concern with this shirt is the thin fabric. I own a few waffle thermals and this is by far the thinnest one I've ever seen. I wouldn't plan on using this as a thermal layering piece, but for yoga sessions or a clean top after gym workouts, this shirt will do the job wonderfully. Take note, however, that due to the thin fabric, this shirt is quite see-through. I have this shirt in "collar blue" and you can definitely see straight through to my bar, even my belly button if the light hits just right. I would recommend trying a darker color if you don't plan on sharing you bra color with the entire gym.

Aside from that, I cannot stress how comfortable this shirt is!!! I definitely plan on buying another one (in a darker color).

Below is a close up picture with the tag under the shirt, just to give you an idea of how thin the fabric is.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on October 2, 2014

Great fit, but not too flattering
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Thank you to Backcountry.com and The North Face for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community! These leggings are very well made. They consist of two different fabrics: the main upper fabric is quite thick (compared to other leggings I own) and has a great feel to it; and the lower fabric below the knees is made of a lighter, thinner fabric. I'm not 100% thrilled on the location of the fabric change, or maybe it's the fact that the print pattern changes, too. The change seems to occur right by my calf muscles, which are quite muscular alone. The change in fabric only further accentuates my calves. The waistband is wide and decently high, keeping me well covered without any unwanted undergarments poking through :) There is a small key pocket inside the waistband on the right side, which is always nice to have. While it's too small to fit a debit card, you can definitely fold a few bills into the pocket, along with a key, and not have to worry about anything falling out. Great for a brisk jog around town.

Below is a picture of the nifty key pocket.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on October 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Thank you to Backcountry.com and The North Face for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community! This jacket is right up my alley! One major problem I always have with fitted women's jackets is that they never seem to fit my body. Not anymore! This Wrap-Ture jacket wraps you right up! It hugs the curves of my body perfectly! It is super stylish, surprisingly warm, and extremely comfortable. The fabric stretches, so it gives you full range of movement, which I always like, and the asymmetrical front keeps it in fashion. This jacket has a long cut to it, which is fantastic! I have an unusually long torso and this jacket still manages to cover my bum. This seems like an ideal jacket for strolls to the market, extra warmth to/from the gym, or even a light hike.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on September 15, 2014

Delicious and nutritious...
5 5

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

...and they make you feel ambitious!

I've never really thought much about buying food online, but I decided to order a box of ProBars after reading the many positive reviews here. I used to be big into Clif Bars, but the ProBar reviews really peaked my interest and I'm so glad I followed through. One of my biggest pet peeves about Clif Bars was that they are very dry. I saw another reviewer mention that these are moist and indeed, they are definitely moist and delicious. I opted for the Superfruit Slam, as I love anything fruity, and these did not disappoint. It's so nice to unwrap a bar and actually be able to see each individual ingredient, as opposed to the conglomerate rock Clif Bars seem to be. A few of the other reviewers mentioned that these bars are big and quite filling. While they are somewhat big in size, I do not find that they are that filling. Maybe it's because I'm a bit of a beast? I'm not sure, but I can eat a whole bar as a warm up before tackling a chicken salad wrap, and then some. Regardless, taste and texture definitely beat out Clif Bars any day. True, a 12-pack box of Pro Bars does cost twice as much (or more) as a 12-pack box of Clif Bars, but these are worth the price. I always prefer to shop with Backcountry.com, so I was a bit disappointed to find that many other websites offer the same 12-pack for about $15 less. However, after speaking with a Gearhead, I was able to take advantage of the Price Match Guarantee and still keep supporting the goat! WINNING!

And just in case anyone else is curious to know what these things look like before you buy (I was), I've attached a photo of the Superfruit Slam goodness. Bon appetite!

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on August 3, 2014

Just what I was looking for!
5 5

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

I've had these shoes for about a year now and I absolutely love them. I primarily use them for dragon boating, long boarding to work, as well as the occasional SUP. I don't have an issue with my feet going through the holes like the previous reviewer did, but my one complaint would be the awkward seam that lines right where my toes meet the front of the shoe. My toe nails seem to get caught on it when I walk, and I swear I don't have long, gangly toe nails -- they are very well pedicured. However, since I'm usually just sitting in a boat or standing on a board, it's usually not an issue. Besides that, these shoes are just what I needed. They drain VERY well, dry quickly, have excellent grip and traction, and are very comfortable. Most importantly, they don't stink. Some of my teammates on the boat have water shoes that REEK!!! You can seriously smell them within a 10-foot radius. These shoes are super easy to care for. Every day after practice or after a hot summertime long board sesh, I rinse them off and they're good to go for the next time -- no stink!

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on July 8, 2014

3 5

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

I've had two of these watches within a year. I loved the simple navigation with the buttons and it's small, sleek, lightweight design. It does everything I wanted it to do -- give me the time, date, wake me up, glow in the dark, and time my workouts. My one complaint is the the bands do not hold up! On both watches, the bands have detached from the watch faces/bodies. The actual bodies still work great, but the bands never seem to hold up. Normal wear and rinsed after chlorine/salt water exposure, bands have detached both times. Great short term watch, but not for the long haul.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on July 7, 2014

4 5

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

This watch packs quite the punch! It has all the bells and whistles, a great design, excellent for training, and fits very comfortably on my small wrist. The face of the watch is quite large, but I like having the larger screen with bigger numbers -- makes for easier reading on the fly. The tap screen is a nice feature when trying to time yourself and all of the other buttons are very easy to navigate. My only complaint (which seems to be consistent with Timex Ironman watches, in my experience) is that the band does not hold up. This is my third Timex Ironman watch within the last two years (I've had two of these previously http://www.backcountry.com/timex-ironman-sleek-50-lap-watch?ti=UExQIENhdDpXYXRjaGVzOjE6MTpiY3NDYXQxMzEwMDAwMTI2&skid=TMX0081-SI-ONESIZ). The actual face/body part of the watch seems like it will last through a zombie apocalypse, but I am consistently having an issue with the bands detaching or breaking off from the faces, to an un-repairable point. I now have three perfectly fine Timex faces, with no bands to wear them. I've reached out to Timex about the matter, but unfortunately, there is no way to replace the bands for either of these watch designs. Bottom line, this watch is like a powerhouse computer packed in a delicate body.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on May 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These batteries are almost identical to the GoPro brand batteries. I have not yet had an issue with the Wasabi batteries nor have I seen a difference in battery life yet (and I've been using them quite often). These batteries are definitely a better deal than buying one single GoPro batter for $20. I've had some issues with the dual-charger -- sometimes it doesn't register that the battery is in, but I just take it out and try again and it usually works the first or second time. Still worth it over the GoPro batteries.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on May 13, 2014

4 5

It's exactly what it says it is: an extra rechargeable battery. If you don't mind going off-brand, I recommend getting the Wasabi batteries instead. I've used both and so far I cannot tell a difference between the two. Both seem to record the same amount of time, but the Wasabi batteries are definitely a better deal.

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on May 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This camera is definitely a cool toy. It goes anywhere you can go and beyond! I've recorded some great memories with friends and family with this camera. It's small, lightweight, and very easy to use. I really love having the option of so many different mounts for versatile shooting and filming. I received this as a gift, but I think the Silver edition would have sufficed, as I am not producing full screen HD videos and I am by no means a photography or filming expert. However, I do enjoy the remote that is included. It's definitely helpful!

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on May 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this belt! I'm a girl, but I opted for the men's version for a few reasons. Mainly, I wanted the Safari print because it goes perfectly with my AK 2L Stratus pants in Cirrus (andddd for any of you Burton history nerds out there, the Safari print is actually from the Burton Safari snowboard that was released in 1988. Look it up.) This belt also has a bottle opener on the buckle, which I'm not too sure the women's belt has. The logo on the women's belt is smaller, but other than that, the belts are the same. The men's belt is longer in length, but it can easily be cut down so you don't have all that extra belt flapping around once it's on. Customizable sizing, secure hold, and a smooth buckle (with added bottle opener). Awesome!

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Lorraine Veewrote a review of on May 13, 2014

3 5

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

These boots are definitely like a day at the spa for your feet. Super soft and comfortable! However, if you're skill level is above a beginner or you enjoy picking up speed all over the mountain, these boots are not for you. They are SUPER noodley and there was very minimal heel hold. I only used them a few times, so I can only imagine how much softer they will become after they're broken in. If comfort over performance is your thing, have at it!

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