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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 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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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting a Lowe Alpine ND 14 and loving it, and needing to replace a 36L pack that was starting to fade I decided to get the Lowe Alpine Cholaste ND 35. Got it in purple, which is a pretty pale purple color.
This pack has some great features for a smaller liter pack.
The sleeping bag compartment - Was able to pack in all my clothes for the weekend, with ample room remaining. A small detail here is that the zipper is not just a flat standard zipper but has a good pull that allows you to easily grab it and open in instead of looking for the zipper. (I usually don't use these compartments for sleeping bags because I prefer to carry my bag vertically in the center of the main compartment.)
The front of the pack features a zip pocket in place of the standard stretchy kangaroo pouch. I preferred this as it made me feel my items were more secure from falling out or any kind of weather. I stuffed it with headlamp, Moji lantern and portable battery charger but could’ve easily fit more in. Below that are straps that unclip to allow for attachment of a sleep pad or other gear (see pic).
There are two methods to access the main compartment… under the lid or duffel style. There’s an extendable collar to the main compartment, which allows you really stuff the pack if you so chose. Lid pocket is a good size, easy access and features a security pocket on the inside.
The pack material seems tough and durable and I think it’ll go the distance. The outside of the pack got a little wet and the water seemed to bead up. It does come with an integrated rain cover, which I love because then the rain cover doesn’t every get forgotten and it fits perfectly.
The padding on the hip belt, back and shoulders is very comfortable and isn’t stiff like on some packs that feature this kind of padding.
UPDATE: This pack has become my go-to backpacking pack. It's very comfortable and you can squeeze quite a bit of gear in there for an overnighter. Put in about 150+ miles with it. Love it!

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Maria aka Wheezy the Turtlewrote a review of on June 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me start by saying that I sleep cold... Very cold... Even in the summer. I bought this hoping that that review when it won an award was accurate and truthful. Let me tell you... I love this bag. For synthetic it packs down nicely and its light. I've used this bag in the Green Mountains on the AT in Vermont. There were some nights that dropped below 40 & still stayed warm. For nights over 40 (even by a degree or 2), shorts and tank were fine to sleep in. As of yet, I haven't had to wear base layers to sleep. Besides the warmth factor, some other great features are: the shape of the hood that holds your pillow securely without it sliding around, the center zip that you can always find in the middle of the night and gives you easy access and venting, the material is very soft, and for me at 5'2, I've got plenty of room to move around without feeling constricted. As for durability... I've had it out over about 20 nights (maybe more)... it's been through all the stuff you'd expect it to have gone through and it still looks brand new. I think this bag is gonna have a long life.
I do store it over the winter in the mesh sack that it came with. Even though it isn't down and it is synthetic, I never store it compressed and I always take it out, lay it out and air it out after each trip.
Oh and the weight! The warmth, comfort and features in a synthetic bag at 26oz??! Awesome-sauce!

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