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Meg K

Meg K

Meg K's Passions

Biking
Running
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

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Meg K

Meg Kwrote a review of on May 29, 2019

great for mountain/road biking & running
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. These Julbo Aerolite Photochromatic Zebra sunglasses feel like nothing when you have them on. I have a thinner oval shaped face, and they fit perfectly, don't give me headaches or press into my temples, and they stay in place with no issues when going down rutted singletrack or descending at high speeds. I just wore them for a week of mountain biking in Soquel-Demo forest outside Santa Cruz, and I never had to consider the light changes since the lens was so on-point with adapting. The lens lightens enough to wear in the dense forest without inhibiting your vision, but effectively adapts plenty to wear in bright sunlight midday as soon as you're exposed. Great all day glasses, and I think they'd be good at the velodrome under bright lights (ours is outdoors) as well. Very impressed.

The lack of rim on the top of the lenses make it easy to see when your head is in different positions (descending, looking over your shoulder, etc).

The frame is very flexible, seems durable, though I am careful to keep it in the case when not using it- they are extremely lightweight.

I've never had any fogging while wearing them. They sit just right off your face and no issues touching my eyebrows/forehead.

I have the white/blue grey/ zebra light version of the Julbo Aerolite Photochromatic sunglasses and they looked exactly as expected. Better, honestly, because I'm so used to sport sunglasses that are awkwardly big. Two thumbs up!



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Meg Kwrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I love shorter pants because I have short legs, so the pants fall at a reasonable place near my ankle :) they definitely fit relaxed, almost similar to men's cut, but they don't look awkward on curves. I'll be getting another pair as a go-to daily casual work pant. I usually wear an 8-10 depending on brand, and my size varies between prana pants- with these i sized up to 10 and like the comfortable fit.

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Meg Kwrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

the weight of this fabric is on point. I'm usually between a medium and a large, and the medium is perfect. The length is great as well, I have short legs and they fall right at my ankles (they'd be a little on the shorter side if you were tall, but I think that's how they're meant to fit). Very comfy and getting a second pair.

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Meg Kwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Klymit Insulated Static V Lite Sleeping Pad after multiple (long and short) bicycle tours/bikepacking trips where I was just NOT comfortable on my previous pads. I used to be a stomach sleeper and could sleep on anything- but after a back injury a couple years ago, I've needed to re-learn and side sleep, which is difficult with these thin pads... This Klymit pad doesn't let you slip or roll off, and it's wider than I'm used to which means I wake up less often next to the pad. It's not nearly as loud as the Thermarest Neo Air (but it's not the most quiet either). It blows up relatively quickly and I've had no trouble folding it up and packing it. I haven't used it under 40 degrees, but I run cold, and I was comfortable at that temp.

In the past I've used thinner, smaller pads, so this is the most comfortable one I've bought, and, it was somehow also the least expensive! So far I'll be keeping the Klymit insulated stativ V Lite until some new amazing camping pad technology comes out ;)

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Meg Kwrote a review of on October 24, 2018

Great overnight/travel/daypack
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion. The Deuter Futura 22L SL backpack is the perfect size for an overnight campout (if you're a light packer), or a larger daypack for day trips or when you need to carry extra/bulky gear. It doesn't feel bulky at ALL, and you can carry whatever you need without feeling like you're absolutely stuffing your pack. I also use it as my gear pack when riding my motorcycle to work on my daily commute, and the waist and chest straps keep it in place. The light frame really helps keep the weight balanced! I live in the desert, so I haven't needed to test the rain cover yet.

It is cut very well for women's shoulders and hips, where you don't notice the shoulder straps whatsoever. I'm short (5'3" longer torso) and it's the first pack I've put on that wasn't too big. That being said, if you're especially TALL, this pack might feel too short for you! The waist belt sits just above my hips in the right place, and there is some leeway in height combined with the shoulder strap adjustment.

Sizing and color (I have the black version) are just as described. The material is abrasion resistant and the pack seems like it is worthy of its lifetime warranty.

An added detail- inside of the pack, there is an instructive illustration on how to request aid (SOS) from an aircraft flying over you. There are plenty of pockets and places to keep everything in place, and the backpack doesn't "spill open" when you open the front half. It does rest "forward" like a larger hiking pack. My 3L bladder (from an older mtb pack I own) fits in the hydration sleeve of the Deuter Futura pack- which is a great bonus. Liter Nalgenes DO fit in the side pockets, and I love the outer front pocket for stuffing a light jacket or sweater in.

I think this Deuter Futura 22L SL Backpack is thoughtfully made and will get tons of multifunctional use.

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Meg Kwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these backcountry full suspension shorts are great for wearing all day, on the mountain or commuting, and in any weather. The high back and simple side adjustment is crucial for custom fit and no back showing while riding. I have a small waist, wide hips, and sprinter thighs and they are very comfortable, yet not baggy toward the knee. Cut well! I find myself wearing them around the house on hot days they're so comfy. Considering getting a second pair, would be nice if they came in multiple colors!

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