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Mae R

Mae R

Salt Lake City, UT

Mae R's Passions

Hiking & Camping

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Mae R

Mae Rwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is the best. Hauls like a champ. Practically waterproof. I swear it's critter proof. Ridiculously lightweight. Surprisingly comfortable. I'VE WASHED IT OUT WITH A HOSE and it dried practically instantly. The hip pockets are a little small and would be better if they were ever so slightly larger and had fabric lined inside that kept your sweat from seeping into them (gross, but inevitable.) [Side note: your sweat does not get into the pack itself because its cuban fiber, huge plus in keeping down hiker stank compared to other packs.] Conveniently, my huge phone fits securely in the elastic chest strap loop if that's something you're concerned about. It proved to be super easy access for listening to music/audio books/taking pictures while hiking! The side mesh pockets could be better angled or have a side access port to make it easier to grab your water bottle (a la osprey). But that is me being nit-picky! Not make or break qualms. I like that it is white so you can see everything inside. The mesh pockets are also great for drying things out and keeping soggy wet or dirty items separate. It's roll top--so no chance of zippers breaking. The compression straps on the side are at the perfect height to secure my tent poles and a 1l smart water with a sawyer attached (they will not fall out even when you bend over.) I love this pack so much. I'm 6ft tall with a 17 inch torso, so right in between sizes, I bought the medium because I was able to get it on sale, but probably should have gone with the small as I wear my packs relatively high on my hips. That being said I hiked ~1300miles with it comfortably so it clearly worked out okay.

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Mae Rwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite hiking socks. Darn Tough in general makes awesome socks, but these ones specifically are my favorite. Not too thick, not too thin, juuuust right. Goldilocks socks! Never got blisters wearing them while hiking. Breathe great and don't stink! Plus they are cute.

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Mae Rwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ok, I bought this fully aware of all the reviews of it being noisy. But then there are also tons of reviews saying the new version is less noisy. Some people really love it. And then while hiking on the AT this summer, I met lots of people with this pad and I thought "oh, its not that bad." I even tested out my friends on trail one night and thought it was great. But then I bought it and for some dang reason I swear mine was louder than everyone else's. Like, so. loud. Wake up myself loud. Wake up the shelter loud. And it never "broke in" or got less loud. I like to think of myself as a really solid sleeper. I can sleep through most things. But this pad was just annoying. Caveat being that I move around A LOT in my sleep. Full on acting out battles in my dreams. So YMMV but the combination of me rolling around combined with a freakishly noisy pad was just not good. Yes, its amazingly lightweight but at what cost?

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Mae Rwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these because there was never any silverware in the break room at work. Also because I don't like using single use plastic cutlery (so wasteful!) I like that this set came with cute chop sticks. The only thing that would make these perfect was if the case was made out of a more sustainable material than neoprene. I would never use these camping as they are heavy and who needs a whole set backpacking? But for everyday use and keeping them in my car they are great.

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Mae Rwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

4 5

Fit: True to size

I got the "reflective" pattern and I love them because the design reminds me of geometric constellations...or maybe metallic spider webs. Either way they look cool. I like them. I've gotten compliments. They aren't as thick as some tights but they aren't see through either. You can tell they were intended for hot yoga. I'm 6ft tall and they are capri length on me. I don't think I would pay full price for them, but on sale? yes.

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Mae Rwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I live in Birkenstocks. I've gone through so many pairs over the years. Bought these because they are super lightweight and waterproof as I have destroyed previous leather pairs wearing them in the rain or wet grass or just generally abusing them. I plan to use them as camp/travel/hostel shoes because they are cuter than crocs or flip flops and I have found myself in situations where looking like "hiker trash" was probably working against me. I got the army green color and they are not shiny, the photo makes them look kinda shiny and plastic-y, but they are actually very lightweight matte foam. They are perfect for what I plan to use them for.

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Mae Rwrote a review of on April 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my absolute favorite trail runners/hiking shoes. I hiked ~800miles on the AT with them this summer. I switched to these after developing mild tendonitis with a pair of altras. I honestly think these shoes saved my hike. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love them. They are comfy, lightweight, sturdy and the lacing system is bomber! You cinch them down and then tuck the excess cord into a little mesh pocket in the tongue and then never have to re-adjust or worry about your shoes coming untied. Genius. They dry out super fast and the toe box is wide enough for wiggle room but doesn't look clownish. Tread is solid---I climbed up Dragon's Tooth in VA in the rain in these shoes! (dumb.) They did start to lose tread towards the end, but that's to be expected. After 800 miles they were still in great shape but I could feel they were wearing a little harder on my knees. I've tried Altras, Brooks, and Hokas but these are hands down my favorite.

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