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Martina Platte

Martina Platte

, Employee

Utah!

Martina Platte's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Hiking & Camping

Martina Platte's Bio

Copywriter at CompetitiveCyclist and Backcountry.com, mountain biker, dog lover, craft beer enthusiast.

Martina Platte

Martina Plattewrote a review of on October 8, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was so excited to give these 7mesh shorts a try since I've heard amazing things about their gear for quite some time, but the fit was just so strange on these that they were a mega no-go. I've got a good sized butt and thighs, as do most women I know who mountain bike, but there was absolutely no room for either, and I couldn't even get them fully zipped up. The bottom flared out like bell bottoms, it was just strange all together. I had really high hopes for them, but they just dont work for me. The fabric was really nice, so if they happen to fit you well you'll be in luck.
I wish I had nicer things to say.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on October 7, 2019

5 5

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

Cute and comfortable sweater, runs true to size. The chunky knit has a lot of flecks of colors, such as greys, blues, and reds, making it easy to combine with different pants and skirts. The curved hem at the bottom is really flattering as well.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always been all-about Skratch when it comes to hydrating on a ride, or nursing a hangover, and I'm happy to see the new Strawberry flavor mixing things up a bit in my cupboard. The freeze-dried berries in it taste super refreshing and delicious, and it always has a knack for fixing my dehydration issues faster than any other mix I've dabbled with.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 15, 2019

2 5

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

Let me start by saying that I've got a very average torso length. It's not super long or lanky. On the opposite end, I have really long femurs for someone who is only 5'6", and they measure the same length as my partner who measures a solid 7 inches taller than me.
These fit so strangely I'm just bummed. On top the bib straps instantly cut into my shoulders, and within a couple of miles were really painful, while on bottom the raw edge hem fell all the way in the back of my knee, and began to scratch and cut into the skin after only 15 miles or so from pedaling. I'm super bummed, because the compressive fit felt great, and the chamois was comfortable and supportive.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Stoic Sports Bras make for a super comfortable addition to my wardrobe. They are nicely lined, which i appreciate in cold weather, but they are definitely on the light-support side, and while I wear them to replace standard bras for casual wear, I can't imagine doing much more than a hike or bike ride with them on. Running definitely would require a whole different level of support.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 21, 2019

Timeless comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had my Brooks B17 Standard Imperial saddle for just over a year now, and it's the most comfortable saddle I've ever used. I have notoriously picky sit bones, and have had trouble finding comfort in saddles for years, but this saddle stands out as different. It was comfortable for me right out of the box, but after a year of riding its even better, and can be ridden without a chamois at all, without risk of achey sit bones, numbness, or saddle sores. I used it on my tour across the Netherlands this March and it even held up to moisture (though I do treat it with Brooks Proofide)

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I snagged these Merrels to replace my old Sholomon RX Mocs that had seen better days, and I'm super stoked. They run about 1/4 a size smaller than Solomons, which I like because it provides a much more snug and secure fit. I've barely taken them off since I got them. They've been great for some light trail running, hiking, and even just wearing at work.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

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

This little hip pack makes a great alternative to backpacks or purses for adventures, and packs in plenty of space for the essentials. It has a couple of internal zippered pockets which is sweet for stashing cards and cash, and plenty of room in the main body for some snacks and goodies.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I grabbed a pair of these for my nephew when I noticed his flip flops from last summer were looking hammered, and he's in love with them. The sole is super cushy and comfortable, and the strap is adjustable which is perfect for a growing kid.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Small/Medium

I snagged the Garmin VivoSport for running, and have been super stoked on it. It's nice to have GPS on hand in such a small watch, as most women's work out gear has terrible storage in the pocket department, which makes bringing along a phone a huge pain. The data seems accurate, when compared with my strava data, and its cool being able to get more info on my heart rate, as well as sleep. When paired up with the garmin connect app on my phone it provides crazy levels of data, and even gives my wrist a little buzz to let me know if i'm getting a call or text, which is great for someone who perpetually leaves their phone on silent.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I snagged a pair of the DeFeet Ridgeline socks for my husband, and he's been a huge fan. The colors are bold, but not so flashy that you spot him miles away, and the pattern is pretty cool. Over all they are breathable and light enough to avoid hot-foot on the trail, too. They run true to size, and the cuff comes up to typical crew-length height.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Birkenstock Gizeh sandals are some of my favorites. They take a little while to break in, but are worth it, both for their comfort and style. I had my last pair for 2 and 1/2 years, and wore them pretty much every day from when the snow melts to falls again, and just now started to have some issues with the cork on the sides.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

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

I've had trouble finding just the right long sleeve jersey. They're typically either super baggy, or super snug, but the Troy Lee Skyline Jersey hits the nail on the head for fit. It's slightly fitted, but still has plenty of room to move, and it's really comfortable and flattering.
I'm really into how breathable the fabrics are, without being see-through. I got the black/camo version, and even though its dark, it lets so much air in that it keeps you cool, making it ideal for summer DH laps when you want coverage, but not to overheat.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on March 18, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I've been a fan of prana pants for years, and snagged a pair of the Kalinda pants hoping they would match the fit of previous prana jeans I've owned. I normally wear a 10 in Prana's Kara jean, but sized up to a 12 on these because I wanted a relaxed fit, and they are tiny! Significantly smaller than my size 10 Kara jeans, and even smaller than some size 8 pants I have. I'm super bummed out! I don't even know if sizing up to a 14 would do the trick. I've got a good sized booty, and it was tough to even pull them up and over it. They might work better if you're petite in that area.
I wish Prana would have a little more consistency with their sizing from one pant to another.
With that said, the fabric is nice, and if they fit you I could see them being really lightweight and comfortable.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 16, 2018

5 5

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

The Sockguy Glazed Socks are my new go-to for rides, combining that critical crew length with colorful rings of goodness for a sense of fun in my getup. I've only used them on spring rides so far, but they seem to be breathable and light enough for summer use.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 11, 2018

5 5

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

I'm not sure if it has been redesigned since the other commenters purchased it, but I find this top to be super flattering, and absolutely comfortable. It's less stretchy than your average tee or tank, and the fabric is a little bit thicker, too (almost like a lightweight hoodie weight), but really comfortable and tapers to curves well. I really like that the hems are longer than average, giving great coverage for riding or active wear in general.

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