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Monika G

Monika G

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Park City, UT

Monika G's Passions

Skiing
Biking
Hiking & Camping

Monika G's Bio

I'm a skier and cyclist from the east coast who moved to Utah to chase snow and mountains. I'm passionate about big mountains, deep powder, steep switchbacks, and chocolate.

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Monika G

Monika Gwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

5 5

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

Gave this as a gift for my brother's birthday. He needed a jacket that would be lightweight but truly waterproof (not just water-resistant) for hikes in the rain. First impressions are that the color is brilliantly bright red for the Hyper Red color. He hasn't taken it out on any downpours yet, but says that the material feels hardy and like it will last and do its job.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

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

I bought this as a gift for my mom. She wanted a small backpack that would work for short summer hikes and walks with the dog. She needs to be able to carry some water and snacks for herself and the pup, including some ice cubes in case it's too hot for the little guy! This is the perfect size, and the petrol blue color is nice and bright.

She doesn't mountain bike much, but I imagine this would be perfect for that as well!

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I bought these in the XS-4 size and was a bit skeptical on sizing. I'm normally a size 00 or 0, and happily, the XS fit perfectly! These are stretchy, comfortable, and the fabric is light and dries quickly. I haven't had a chance to go hiking in these yet, but these are going to be a nice go-to for casual day hikes. Very happy!

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

4 5

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

These glasses look SO good, especially when paired with a Poc helmet. I bought the dark blue version for my fiance, and he loves them. The color is matte and a nice change from his former white Poc sunglasses. Only downside on these is that the lenses aren't so easy to change, and when you are changing them, it feels like you're going to break the frame.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 9, 2019

4 5

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

I bought these in violet for my fiance to go along with the POC Do Half Blade Sunglasses for cycling. He tends to like lighter colored lenses, and the violet lens seems to have good visibility both in darker and brighter scenarios. Swapping them out with the other lenses in the POC Do Half Blade isn't the easiest first time around! There is no way you can't touch the entire lens with your fingers, and you might need a third hand. :D

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I returned this product because it didn't fit but wanted to leave a size review. I'm a size 2 in some Marmot gear with a 24" waist. However, I'd say these are more of a true US Size 2, so they don't fit me (usually US size 00 or 0). The material on these is very comfortable and would be nice for casual use or hiking.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 7, 2019

5 5

The Blizzard Rustler 10 is a great ski that performs in a variety of terrain and conditions. I'm 105 lbs, and this ski is sturdy enough underfoot to perform on groomers and hold an edge but also wide enough to float in moderately deep powder. I haven't tried them in neck-deep winter storms yet, so TBD on that. :)

These skis have some stiffness underfoot and a bit more playfulness in the tips and tails. I'm 5'6" and an aggressive skier on the 180 length. I found that the 172s were a bit too short for my needs.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I have a pair of these in steel gray and am just buying the black pair. I love these capris. They are super comfortable with the stretchy waist and the quick-dry, breathable material. Plus, they have good pockets--both in the front and back! They run true to size and are great for traveling (though they do wrinkle a bit), hiking, and casual wear. Definitely recommend these!

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 7, 2019

5 5

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

I gave this to my fiance, who loves Assos chamois creme for rides. He said it keeps things from chafing and is great on long or short rides. It's easy to scoop out of the jar and keep properly sealed.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 7, 2019

5 5

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

These bibs are great. So many bibs that are on the market chafe or have chamois that are like diapers. This chamois forms to fit your body and is soft and comfortable. I've worn these on long and short rides and have been very happy.

The only downside for me is the weird noose strap. Not a fan, but you can ignore it once it's on.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 6, 2019

5 5

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

This is one sturdy bike box! Bike bags terrify me. There are too many horror stories about bikes being destroyed with air travel in soft bags. This hard case will keep your bike in perfect condition and is easy to move around with the wheels. Definitely a bit burly to get in and out of the car though.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on May 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Speedcross 5 are a great pair of trail running, scrambling, and hiking shoes. They have incredible teeth on the sole but are still relatively lightweight and don't give your feet that "weighed down" feeling that some heavier shoes do. I'm not much of a trail runner, but these have been put to good use while hiking. They handle themselves well while scrambling over wet rocks to get over streams, on snow patches, on regular trails, and on steeper scrambles with loose rocks. Very happy.

SIZING: Watch it here. I normally wear a size 6 women's in most sneakers, hiking boots, etc. But these run big. I was contemplating a size 5 because they just seem so long but, in the end, decided a size 5.5 was best for comfort.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

These pants definitely run large. I'm an XS in most companies, but with Patagonia's sizing, that just about falls off. Take a look at the sizing chart, but I'd definitely say a size under what you're used to is probably right on this. I returned these, but the fabric is super comfortable and breathable. These would be great for hiking, climbing, or just hanging out.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

5 5

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

I bought this as a gift for a friend who has been looking for a good, solid rain jacket in a bright color for a few years. She is thrilled with the bright yellow color of this jacket. She says it's true to size, but she would recommend sizing up if you're in-between sizes and want to layer underneath. She hasn't had a chance to test this in the rain yet but is excited to try it spring skiing as a waterproof layer.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My fiance was hoping to use this backpack for quick work trips, where he needs his laptop, a few essentials, and a change of clothes. This backpack doesn't work for his needs because it seems to be on the small side of 30L. His previous backpack was one big pocket and was able to house all of his stuff. I think that this one, though 30L, doesn't pack as much because of all of the compartments/pockets. The material of the backpack is great and seems like it would hold up to a lot, but it's just not what he was looking for.

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Monika Gwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

4 5

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

I bought this as a gift, and she has feedback to share: These are a great, fun pair of all-mountain skis. I prefer a stiffer ski, and these perform in the bumps, on groomers, or in powder (as long as it's not too deep). I'd definitely recommend these.

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