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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtle

Schenectady, New York

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.

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  • Hiking & Camping.
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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 27, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This fits very well, not too tight, not too loose. The neck comes up nice and high and with the hood drawn you can wear it as a balaclava. Bought to wear as a baselayer for a spring AT section hike. Definitely am gonna love having this! It's very light and breathes well if you're wearing it to hike in.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on February 27, 2020

5 5

Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 145 lbs

I absolutely love these pants! The fit is great, they're comfy and super warm. The pockets are definitely and added bonus, especially since they're fleece lined. The zippers at the ankles are great for getting them on and off.

I ordered a size large and then lost weight and need a medium but they're sold out! I just throw them in the dryer for 10 minutes and wear them. They only shrink up a bit temporarily.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this quilt in a size regular last year. I've used it quite a bit in between the time I purchased it and now and absolutely love it! It's warm, light and packs down super small in a compression sack, but I use a Hyperlite roll top stuff sack. Excellent warmth to weight ratio. Durability is excellent. I'm not incredibly delicate with it packing it up in the morning and I've had zero issues. I throw it in the dryer on no heat, fluff setting for about 10 minutes after a trip before storing it in the provided storage sack.
My only complaint, is really a personal preference wish... I wish they made the quilt in a short length like they do their sleeping bags.

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on June 23, 2019

Functional True 2 person tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was provided the Nemo Dragonfly 2p tent to review and the opinions to follow are solely my own based upon my experience.  Upon receiving the tent, I did an initial in house setup and found the tent to be quite spacious for the weight of 50 ounces, or 3 lbs 2 oz and easy to set up with color coded poles. Two standard size width and length sleep pads (the Nemo Tensor Regular ) fit comfortably with room to store gear at the feet. The head room was sufficient enough to sit up comfortably without banging my head against the top of the tent. The tent zippers were smooth both on the vestibule doors and the fly. The doors open wide and are easy to get you and your gear in and out do. I love the white privacy mesh that the newer model Nemo tents offer as opposed to the black mesh on the older model tents. Walk about 5’ away and it’s difficult to see the interior of the tent. The denier of the floor fabric and fly is more durable than the Nemo Hornet.That extra durability combined with the fact this is a freestanding tent would have me lean towards bringing the Dragonfly over the Hornet into environments I knew to be more rocky, such as the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Pennsylvania on the Appalachian Trail.
I took it out for a quick overnight with my hiking partner and we shared the weight. Setup in the field was easy and took just a few minutes. The ability to roll back both the vestibule door and the tent body door worked well for getting gear in and out during set up. Once inside, the addition of the crossbar at the peak created a noticeable difference in the livability for 2 people in a 2p tent. We experienced an unexpected downpour and even sat up and played cards. The tent performed exceptionally well in the rain, keeping the gear stashed in the vestibule dry and the interior of the tent dry. The two corner gear pockets at the head of the tent served well to stash our phones and battery chargers, along with a few extra small items. Having two overhead light pockets worked out well so that each of us could stash our headlamp and use the diffusing fabric for light as need be. Of course, you are in a small space so the light will still affect your partner but not as much as if it were directly overhead and the location makes finding things on your side of the tent much easier.
My only complaints are really personal preference things. I didn’t like the stakes. A bit too wide to get into rockier ground. Also, I wasn’t crazy about the extra stake on each side of the fly but understand why Nemo did it, for extra space in the vestibule and it works.

Overall though, I would highly recommend this tent if you’re planning on backpacking with a partner and sharing tent space. It’s features, vestibule size and interior space make it a perfect 2p tent.

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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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