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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtle

Maria aka Wheezy the Turtle

Schenectady, New York

Maria aka Wheezy the Turtle's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Maria aka Wheezy the Turtle's Bio

"Live. Travel. Adventure. Bless. And Don't be sorry."-Jack Kerouac.
Dharma Bum. Hiking. Camping. Backpacking. Indoor Rock Climbing. Art. Yoga. Music. Adventure.

Maria aka Wheezy the Turtle

Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on May 29, 2018

5 5

Used these on a recent backpacking trip. Popped 1 or 2 every so often. I felt energized, rarely sluggish, muscles felt great and at the end of the day I didn’t feel that overwhelming urge to crawl into my sleeping bag at 7pm! My pace was up and I flew through my mileage. Never felt dehydrated or sluggish. I love these things and I will never go backpacking without them again!

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on March 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This thing is so freaking comfortable! And warm! Absolutely love it! Initially purchased to add to my kit for cold nights on the AT but found myself throwing this on over a tank for day hikes. On particularly cold windy days, I've just put a Montbell Tachyon Parka on underneath it and I'm incredibly warm and toasty.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on March 28, 2018

3 5

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

I love the idea but I did not like voluminous material above the fleece part. Too much. Tried to wrap it up around my head and it felt restricting. Just not for me, I cut down the fabric portion and will use the rest for cold weather backpacking nights.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on March 13, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"

Pretty warm. My issue is with the fit. Legs are long and a bit odd in the upper thigh area. The waist is high, but crotch long. So... I started the day with the Stoic lightweight merino base which worked well, but as the day progressed it got colder. I had carried these in my pack knowing the temps would get colder as we climbed to higher elevation. Switched to these. For the rest of the day, i dealt with the crotch being just a tad too long, leaving the thighs to rub together. It was very uncomfortable. I kept stopping , unclipping my pack and pulling the waist up but they kept doing it. Sizing down would have made the thighs too tight. Maybe i'm just too short for these and they'd work on someone taller.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'2 and got the short version. I absolutely love this bag! I've used it way more than I ever thought I would given the temp rating. I use it with the WM silk liner. I've taken it (unintentionally) down to 25 with midweight base layers and been toasty warm. Its soft, cozy, comfortable, not restricting and warm. Best of all, it's super light and packs down tiny. (for the short, a 5L compression sack does the job). There's truly no other bag I want to take with me on backpacking trips. Used it from about April through September last year. Seriously. Love.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 21, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great, decently weighted bag for a restless sleeper. Very warm. Does not pack down well however. I had difficulty getting the right stuff sack size, ended up with a 12L compression and it still took up quite a bit of room. Other than that, if you want something that you can sleep cozy and comfortably in without feeling strangled by your bag and you're not a quilt person, this is a great option

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these! Use them for hiking. Found myself hiking across rocks with ease like a mountain goat! No slips! Felt secure and gripped to even the most slanted rock/foot plant. They also vent super well. I do save these for the rockiest sections of trail so I don't wear them out too fast given the price, For any AT hikers reading this, I'd highly recommend grabbing these as your go-to for NH and Maine.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 21, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I'm usually an XL in everything Icebreaker but this thing runs way too big. It's comfortable enough but I don't think I'll be wearing it that often. Recommend sizing down..

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Needed a lightweight base layer legging in a pinch and on a tight budget. Grabbed these and I am not disappointed! They are very soft, comfortable and warm. My second Stoic brand purchase and I have to say I'm very happy with both pieces that I have. Great brand.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 19, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let me start by saying that I much prefer hiking in trail runners than any type of boot. These are a bit heavy for my taste but they are far more flexible and responsive than hiking in my winter boots. We had recently moved and the trail conditions near home are far more a combination of wet & muddy trail than deep snow. Without that deep snow, I'm wanting to hike longer days, more miles. My trail runners are not waterproof and my winter Merrell boots are far too heavy and stiff. After some debate, I opted for these. I had them out on the AT where the trail had turned into a stream, well a muddy stream. It had snowed a few inches the day before and was then a mushy mess. Despite stomping through deep puddles and mud, my feet were 100% dry. They were comfortable on trail, but I found them not to be that comfortable on a long stretch of road walking. The grip was fantastic as I cruised over wet rocks and trail during a hours long hike through freezing rain and sleet. I'm planning on getting the trail runner version of these since they were very comfy on my feet and provided good support on trail and the TR version is built nearly identical to these but much lighter (and not goretex.

As for the boots, I'll truthfully only use these when trail conditions won't permit a non-waterproof shoe. That's not to say these aren't good and if you like a boot, you'll love these, but boots just aren't for me.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Absolutely love this hoodie! So far I've used it in rain and 30 degree temps on the AT in Maryland and in an ice storm on the AT in Shenandoah National Park. I was blown away by its performance in the ice/rain mix. For several hours, I hiked without a rain jacket on while it poured down a wintry mix. By the time I got to the point to break and throw on my rain jacket, the outside of the Patagonia Nano Puff felt soaked. The thing is.... despite below freezing temps, I never once felt cold (Stoic Lightweight Merino Wool base layer underneath.) and my shirt was completely dry.. Once I put the onthe rain jacket , this jacket began to dry and by the time I reached my car (roughly 2 hours and 5 miles later), the jacket was dry. I am so impressed! Definitely looking to get a non-hooded version for backpacking despite the added weight over my MH for its weather protection features.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on October 11, 2016

Soft and comfy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Nice layer. Ended up wearing this hoody for 2 days straight on a backpacking trip in PA this past weekend. Comfy and warm. Was great to wear while hiking, also helped as a base layer to bed. Didn't hold any stink the next day. Then proceeded to wear it on the local river park trails. Honestly, you put this thing on you won't wanna take it off. I know I didn't.
Keep in mind though when they say BodyFit they mean it. I ordered and XL because that's all they had left and I'm glad I did because this thing fits snug. (Usually a L).
Highly recommend.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

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

I've been wearing Salomon Speedcross for about a year. I swore I'd never wear anything else, but hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, suffering a bad sprain and a pretty messed up toe, I decided to look for something that offered a bit more protection for those rocks but did not want to switch back to boots. The description on the TNF Ultra Endurance made me want to give these a try.
The verdict... These are awesome! There was no break-in period. They were comfortable right out of the box. I experienced zero hot spots or blisters. I normally wear a size 7 but in the past have been a 7.5 in TNF... in these a size 7 fit perfectly.
First day in them I logged just under 9mi over rocky AT Pennsylvania terrain. Day 2 was just over 17mi.
The grip on these things was phenomenal. There's a section called Knife Edge where big boulders slant at an angle and yup, you gotta walk across them, feet slanting. I always felt completely stable on my feet. Bear Rocks was a climb up big boulders with some rock hopping and no falls and secure grip. Even managed to keep grip on a narrow rock for tree pose!

All in all, I think these may be new go-to trail runners

UPDATE: I've put about 200 mi on these, mostly on the AT in Pennsylvania and for anyone who knows, it's more like ROCKSYLVANIA! These are holding up incredibly well. Good tread and cushion remain. On a 22+mi day in PA, I had no pain at the bottom of feet despite all the rocks. "nuff said!

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on August 25, 2016

4 5

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

That's what the inside of the bag says and you will. It's a very comfortable bag. At my size, i've got plenty of room to move around the bag. The zipper unzips past my knees so on warm nights, I leave it unzipped and use it kind of like a quilt. The material is smooth and soft to the touch. Packs down nice and small. Only negative (so far) is that i wasn't a fan of the compression sack that it came with so I gave it to the hubby for his quilt and am using a sea to summit compression sack, which puts the weight of the bag and stuff sack under 32oz.
I'll update this review when I use it in colder temps.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on August 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll keep this short and sweet... Which pretty much sums up these shorts. Decided to try these as an alternative to the standard running short for hiking. They're definitely short but in all honesty you kind of feel like you're not wearing shorts. They're comfortable and move with you. I've used these a lot on days when my hikes are going to potentially transition to pond or lake swimming and they've been great for that. Only wish they were a tad bit longer.

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