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Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Davis

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Salt Lake City, UT

Monique Seitz-Davis's Passions

Running
Biking
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Monique Seitz-Davis's Bio

Copywriter at Backcountry.com // Fleece Aficionado // Fried Pickle Connoisseur

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 19, 2017

5 5

I too have been running in ill-fitting hydration vests for the past couple of years, and the Adventure Vesta came highly recommended by a few friends so I figured it was worth a try. Also, I bought the Adventure Vesta based on the liter capacity, simply because I'm often running with my dogs and having that extra space for a first aid kit or extra water for them is a big priority for me.

The Adventure Vesta is comfortable, lightweight, and has a myriad of storage options which makes it an ideal companion for long runs. The mesh is soft (so it won't chafe), super breathable, and dries quickly. Additionally, the shoulder harness is designed to ensure maximum mobility, which is rather ideal when tackling varied terrain. The wide straps are especially nice, though sometimes I wish the pack-panel-to-shoulder-straps-ratio was a little more even-keeled and complemented each other. Sometimes I feel like the Vesta could be a little wider on the pack side of things.

The adjustable chest straps are a huge plus - and they're stretchy. The pack features side rails that you can slide the chest straps up and down on, so you're able to customize your fit based on chest size or preference.

The drawcord at the back doubles as compression - and there are actually these neat little plastic hooks (just beyond the outskirts of the cinchcord at the back) that allow you to really batten down the hatches.

I love the soft bottles design - they're easy to take in / out of their respective holsters, are easy to pack down, and provide fast hydration. My major issue with these soft bottles is that they are a little leaky from the lid - I speculate this might be a bit of a defect, because I have a UD soft flask handheld and have no problem with leaking (with that one). That being said, I'm far from bothered by the moisture - it sometimes can be a nice reprieve on hot runs. The pack does feature a hydration sleeve (for a bladder), which is convenient if you're running with dogs or doing an extra long run.

I really love the variety of storage options, simply because I'm a bit of an organization fanatic. Especially on long runs, I like knowing where my stuff is - the whole frantic fumbling through my pack for an extra layer or fuel really sort of drives me crazy.

That being said, I was a bit on the fence with the Adventure Vesta when I was originally purchasing it. Namely because of the adjustable hook-and-loop (which is another term for velcro) detail at the side, which is designed to make fine-tuning your fit easier, but I'm honestly kind of worried about the longevity of this detail. However, I have gotten it wet and it stayed attached, which I was also worried about (it not staying attached, that is). I really wish that the Adventure Vesta featured a hidden and adjustable webbing strap (at the side) like the AK Mountain 3.0 Vest has. That would be pretty stinkin' perfect.

Occasionally, I do feel like this vest is a little overkill for shorter runs. But at the end of the day, I like having extra space for dog-necessities and fuel / layers / etc -
especially considering the fact that I don't race, but still run long distances (so see ya whatever aid stations may have been there). It's nice to be able to carry what I need and not have to think twice about it.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 13, 2017

4 5

I got an extra one of these for my wide mouth bottles from Hydroflask. It's nice to have an extra around, just in case I misplace one or the other. The insulated design helps keep your beverages cold or hot, and the handle is suuuuuuuuper hardy - though I wouldn't recommend trying to hang an anvil from it to test its durability.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 13, 2017

4 5

Pair this with any of the wide mouth offerings and you're guaranteed quick access to your hydration! I've found it's a great compatriot for driving, since tilting your head back and obstructing your view with a normal water bottle is a little uh... dangerous, I guess? When you flip the sipper down it doesn't exactly have the most waterproof seal, so I wouldn't recommend throwing it in your bag without regard.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought this as a gift for my husband and this is what he said.

"I've been running and bike commuting in the Windchaser shirt for most of the spring and have loved it so my significant other gently persuaded me to invest in another hot weather layer to rotate into the cycle because I'm a smelly human.

I jumped on this layer because the purple sleeves make you look like a toaster strudel in the best possible way. This layer is the perfect weight for even the hottest desert runs and has dried remarkably quickly. Not much else to say about it other than it works perfectly, looks great and is fun to wear.

Make sure to wash it frequently to keep its wicking abilities at their best and to keep the stink at it's lowest. I generally just hand wash it while I'm in the shower and let it dry for the morning."

Note: this is a really, really lightweight shirt. Think like silkweight!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 7, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

Reader's Digest Version: If you love the Fjord, you'll probably love the Heywood. Buuut, if you love soft and light flannel on the whole, you'll probably love the Heywood, too.

Non-Reader's Digest Version: Flannels are great, they're one of those things that you can't go wrong with. And the Heywood? You especially can't go wrong with. I love the Fjord, but have found that its thick and plush fabric isn't as comfy during cool summer evenings as I'd like it to be. Enter: The Heywood.

The fabric is soft and thin, yet not paper thin. It's the perfect summer-weight flannel material - great for chilly mornings or evenings, or brisk, a/c laden offices. I love the pockets, they further differentiate the Heywood from the Fjord which is cool.

As for the fit, the Heywood is a little more slim in the shoulders than the Fjord. However, the fit in the torso / waist is comparable to the Fjord. The cuffs (on the sleeves) are a little more slim-fitting, too, which is a nice touch as the giant cuffs on the Fjord was a pet peeve of mine. I can wear a 0 or 2 in Patagonia's button-up shirts, but often prefer the fit of the 2, so I went with the 2 per usual. I wear an XS in the rest of Patagonia's line, or Small if I want a little extra room.

Bottom Line: this flannel is perfect for summer, fall, spring, and winter. It's not as paper thin as I was expecting, which I much prefer. It's a really nice alternative to the Fjord, so if you run hot or you prefer thinner flannels, the Heywood is your gal.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 7, 2017

4 5

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

My husky mix loves to romp, especially in the summer sun. But he's got a pitch black coat, which just attracts heat like crazy. And pair that with his heavy undercoat, and he's hotter than a cast iron skillet on a roaring campfire. So, to help prevent him from overheating, I picked up this vest.

To test, I took him on a 2.5-mile run in 90-something degree heat. Followed the directions with the vest, and with periodic pee-mail stops, as well as a water break, the vest seemed to help a-loooooooot. Like kept him cool and prevented him from overheating. It does look a little funny, like he's wearing a cycling jersey (and initially he didn't move when I put it on him), but the blue looks quite nice on his black fur. For fit reference, he wears a Medium in Ruffwear collars and a Medium in the Webmaster,. He's about 50 pounds at most.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 7, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Reader's Digest Version: A barely-there, quick-drying short for long and short runs alike.

Non-Reader's Digest Version: I'm in love. Like, love-love. I have last year's version of the Strider and WHOA that short is tight and hello-booty-everywhere (that being said, they're great for tempo training or really hot days). However, I'm happy to report that the fit has changed and this year's edition is far less tight and is much more comfortable. I wear an XS in last year's edition (which is a little tight, but not obstructive) and I bought an XS in this year's edition and it's like, perfectly flowy in the thighs but fitted (but not tight) in the waist band. The tie waist is a nice touch.

The fabric is SUPER quick-drying and soft. Last night I took them on an 8-mile run in 100-degree heat and yeah, I was sweating a lot (i.e. my butt looked like I had sat in a puddle), but the fabric dried within a minute of getting saturated (maybe even less). The fabric didn't chafe and the perforated inserts help bolster breathability.

Also, the liner is so, so soft and offers a barely-there feel. Like, I wish that liner was in every single pair of my shorts. It didn't ride up, chafe, or obstruct mobility. It was just perfect.

I love the little pocket addition, it's super convenient for gels, house keys, or doggy-doo bags.

I'm 5'3" or so, and the inseam is short, but not too short that I'm uncomfortable. I prefer the shorter lengths since longer shorts often chafe funny on me.

My only suggestion to Patagonia is to offer the Strider with a split leg. It's a really nice detail that I didn't realize how much I loved until I bought a pair of shorts that had it.

Bottom line: I'm totally in love and will most likely be buying another pair because they fit so well, are so quick-drying, versatile, and suhh-hhoofffttttt.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Handhelds are worth their weight in gold - especially when they're well-fitting. I'd been running with a slightly more bulky hard bottle hand held and I hated it. Based on my experience with the Ultimate Direction vests and Hydrapak Soft Flasks (which is who supplies UD with their soft flasks), I figured the Clutch was worth a try.

The bite valve is great and provides instant access to hydration. I really love how easily the Clutch packs down, should I need to toss it in a shorts pocket, and the zippered pocket on the hand held is super convenient for items like my debit card or license (because sometimes you just have to have an End Of The Run Brew before your cool-down walk home). The hook-and-loop closure is a little funky, and I would have preferred a different closure method... but I can't complain because the fabric doesn't chafe or what not. I typically use this when I'm running roads on hot days, or I use it specifically for electrolytes, in addition to my vest, when I'm running trails. That way I can alternate between water and electrolytes without having to wonder which flask has which thing in it. That being said, the flask doesn't hold taste which is great.

I would definitely recommend this product to folks looking for a packable alternative to a hard hand held.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Reader's Digest Version: A great, multi-purpose alternative for folks who are overwhelmed by purses, backpacks, or messenger bags alike.

Non-Reader's Digest Version: I've wanted an Atom Sling for as long as I can remember - but could never really rationalized getting one since I had a fanny pack that worked just as well. Well, obviously I bit the bullet and I'm so stoked I did.

Right off the bat, I noticed that the new Atom has a slightly different aesthetic. It appears to be a little more round in its silhouette, and there is a new "crease" down the middle (I'll touch on that momentarily). It still features subtle pops of complementary colors, but they're a shade more passive than what I've seen in years prior. I bought the Channel Blue and it's like a cross between royal blue and a rich navy. Super pretty.

The sling has three zippered pockets. One immediately on the sling, which I've found is best suited for lip balm and keys. While the larger compartment is ideal for your wallet, tablet, or other necessities. The last, medium-sized zippered pocket DOES fit an iPhone 7+ (what's up bad eyesight) with an Otterbox case on it, albeit the pocket accommodates it slightly begrudgingly (but not like I'm going to rip the zipper off).

Also, there are four U-shaped, open details: these are super convenient. Say you're not a huge fan of the webbing straps across the backside? Okay, no problem. Simply un-buckle the straps and stuff them into the little U-shaped details. Voila, same low-profile design, but without the straps.

Two of the most notable changes are as follows:

- The "crease" down the middle of the pack. At first, I thought this was just for aesthetics, but when I stuffed the pack full I noticed that the "crease" expanded to accommodate for the additional stuff I had in the pack. Really nice touch, especially when using the Atom while traveling.

- No more stabilization webbing belt. In reading reviews about the previous Atom's belly band seemed to fit kinda funky. The bag doesn't feel any less functional without it - I can still bike around town, go for light hikes, and whatever else and the bag won't scooch around all weirdly. That being said, my only real hands-on experience is with the new Atom, so I could be blowing smoke.

Bottom line: I'm extremely pleased with the updates, granted they're all I know, and I'm enjoying the versatility that the Atom has to offer.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This brute of a bottle is no shrinking violet when it comes to keeping your beverages cold and crispy. I'm not sure I can even comfortably call it a bottle because it's so big - think, two handed drinking experience if you're imbibing straight from the reserve. Hydroflask's insulation technology keeps my choice in beverages super chilly, which has made it an ideal companion for car camping or general yard work. I also like to keep it in the car (filled with water, mind you) when we go on long hikes—it's super convenient to have fresh water on hand (for you / dogs if you have them) after you've spent a day on the trails. Also, my favorite part about Hydroflask is that bottles don't hold taste (the same can't be said about my Yeti Rambler). Definitely worth the investment!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Reader's Digest Version: I liked this bra so much I bought two of them.

Non-Reader's Digest Version: I know I've uttered this statement in previous reviews (in regards to other items), but sports bras are one of my least favorite things to buy. As in, I'll put off buying new ones until the last minute (rarely bodes well for me, too). Admittedly, the unpredictable fit of a sports bra rarely justifies the high price tag that comes along with it. Yeah, a supportive bra does wonders for your back and can last a long time, but I'm still not feeling persuaded enough to drop $120 on two bras.

So, I was a bit apprehensive of the Patagonia Compression Sports Bra, but between the price tag and my brand loyalty, I couldn't really say no. Also, to be completely honest, I was in dire straights and down to one sports bra, which if you're active 5+ days a week, doesn't work well. So I bit the bullet, and was so impressed with the bra's performance that I bought another one.

That being said, my requirements were pretty simple.
1. I wanted a medium to high impact sports bra, specifically for running.
2. I wanted it to be reasonably priced.
3. Despite my need for a high-to-medium impact bra, I did not want the bra to fit me as though I was a pot belly pig being shoved into a small stuff sack.
4. I wanted soft fabric.
5. I wanted a minimalist design. Strappy bras are super cute, but uh, too many baubles and doo-dads is not my jam.

My initial impressions of the bra were that it checked off all of my boxes. It was comfortable, compressive, but not too squeezy, and minimalist (yes, it withstood The Jump Test). Granted, that only gets you so far, so I took the Compression Sports bra on a preliminary 4-mile run, just to get a feel for how the fabric would move and whether or not I'd incur any chafing . And it performed stupendously! The wide band was supportive, and the v-neck design provided ample coverage and compressive reinforcement. Despite the wide straps, I had unobstructed mobility and barely even noticed the racerback straps. Fabric was super comfortable and I had no chafing, at all. And still haven't!

So, yes, I have two of them and they're great. That being said, the v-neck has stretched out a shade, but it really doesn't prohibit the bra's overall performance.

As for the fit, I'm a 32B / 34A (dependent on the bra), and wear an XS in Patagonia's tops, both swim, active, and casual. I went with the Small in the sports bra, simply because I have a wide upper ribcage that's better suited in a size small and (or an XS should the band be adjustable). Quite frankly I think I could have gotten away with an XS, but preferred the fit of the Small. Honestly, this is a really great bra and I'll most likely be buying a few more in the near future.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

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

I bought these as a gift for my husband and this is what the had to say :

The salty anti-consumer in me thought these man'ties would be all hype and end up underwhelming me. Now it's just my other underwear that's underwhelming.

You know how you try to hide it when you unstick yourself from your leg on a hot day? You realize you're not very good at hiding it, right? Enter, the solution to that problem (thank god).

These create a super soft barrier between your jazz and your legs so that you have less skin-to-skin contact and that's a wonderful thing.

I went with the Vibe boxers because I wanted something light and supportive (but not a compression short) to wear with my unlined running shorts-- they ended up being exactly what I wanted and so much more.

I realize this is the sort of thing that it's hard to take someone else's word for, but I really don't think you'll regret trying them out-- I honestly think that if you're going to take that dive... dive right into the two pack because you'll thank yourself for saving the money on the inevitable second pair that you'll buy.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 0

Reader's Digest Version: In sum, wearing these is like going on a tropical vacation, but without ever leaving your work desk, back patio, or house - for that matter.

Non-Reader's Digest Version: I've long loved the look of linen or linen-y pants, but I really dislike the fact that the fabric often creases like crazy. Simply from an aesthetics stand point, it drives me nuts! However, with the Island Hemp Pants, you get the same kind of look (as you would) if you were wearing a pair of linen pants, but without the material crevasses. And, to be quite frank, I think the hemp material that Patagonia uses is much more lightweight and breathable in constitution than your conventional linen. It's really quite a lovely wearing experience.

In terms of fit, I own a size 0 and the pant fits perfectly in the waist - not too tight and not too loose. For size reference, I wear a 24 in J.Crew and Madewell, 24 in Patagonia's cords, and 25 in the Patagonia denim. I'd venture to say that the waist is a true mid-rise, though, I'm short so everything is mid-to-high rise on me. I did go with the regular inseam, which is just a shade long, so I just up-cuffed the pant at the hem and did a few running stitches to keep in place. I was wary of the short inseam, simply because I didn't want the pant hitting at my ankle like a pair of high waters. Also, the pant definitely features a trouser-inspired fit, which lends a beachy feel.

All in all, these vacation-inspired pants are work or outing appropriate, floaty, comfortable, and lightweight. I'm preeettyyy much in love. Often pair the pants with my women's A/C short-sleeve shirt and it's a killer combo for combating hot temperatures!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 38

I've been a long-time fan of Birkenstocks - I actually got my first pair of Boston clogs close to 15 years ago (and they're still kicking!). And, I've had the gammut of styles: the Arizona, Florida, Gizeh, Birkis, Betula, Biko Flor and leather uppers. Birkenstocks (and Danskos) were my go-to shoe for as long as I can remember. Though, I usually end up buying the Betulas or Birkis, mostly on account of the fact that they're usually more affordable. However, I have discovered as a result that they last far less longer than the conventional Birkenstocks. I have owned the EVA Birkenstocks in the past, and they're great for wet weather, but they do get hot and kind of uncomfortable. So I figured I'd treat myself to a new pair of The Real Deal.

I did some research on sizing, because I've heard mixed reviews as to what exactly the sizing on the Arizona is like, and the last time I had a pair of Arizonas I was growing faster than a bean sprout.

Insert trial #1: I own a 39 in the Betula Gizehs, and my toes hit right at the edge of the shoe, but back in the day I owned a pair of 38s in the Florida, and they fit pretty alright. So, knowing that the Arizona ran large, I ended up going with a 38 in the narrow for a more secure fit. I figure, in the long run, the leather will stretch out and I'll appreciate having a more slim and true-to-size footbed. As for the width, it is more narrow than the conventional Birkenstock shoe platform - but it's very comparable in width to my Betulas, so it fits great for me. Also, I don't have any bunions or an especially wide foot.

Trial #2: What exactly is a soft footbed? Well, Birkenstock actually puts an extra layer of foam beneath the lining for comfort right out of the box. I remember breaking in my OG Boston Clogs and the stiff footbed was definitely something to get used to. Also, the lining itself is suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper plush. I'm way pleased with this feature.

Trial #3: What upper?! There's birko flor, suede, and leather! Too many choices. I've owned birko flor in the past, and while it's very comfortable, it doesn't provide that lived-in, molded feeling that I've come to know and love from my leather Betulas. As for the suede, my number one complaint about my Boston Clogs is that the suede, because it's not the most structured material, has lost its shape retention over time, so it's hella floppy! And there's only so much batten-down-the-hatches I have patience for. So, I went with the leather. Also the copper buckles - Oh hello beautiful!

Okay, so, for fit reference, I typically wear a size 8.5 across the board, wearing a 39 or 38 in Danskos: most Danskos I wear a 39 in, however I recently bought a pair of the heel-less, slip-on Sonja clogs in a 38 and much prefer the fit of them. All in all, I'm in love.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

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

I bought a pair of these for my husband and this is what he had to say:

"I own a pair of Nine Trails with the built in spandex liner and I like the fit of the shorts themselves but, admittedly don't love the built in compression shorts. So I got myself a pair of the unlined ones figuring I'd wear them mostly as casual shorts and less as running shorts. Well, I was wrong about that because when they're paired with the [baselayer like] Capilene Daily Boxer Briefs (because of the shorter inseam) they're crazy comfortable. I just ordered a pair of Saxx boxers that I anticipate will be even better with these for while running.

As for the shorts, they're a great fit. The pockets seem to be smaller on the unlined version than the lined version, but I could be wrong. I'm really digging these for runs, wearing casually, and worn when sleeping... so, I guess that explains why I haven't really found a reason to take them off yet."

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Reader's Digest Version: A breezy, lightweight alternative to the original Baggies shorts. Material is softer, dries faster, and is, well, lighter. The design is largely the same as the original, though I think the Baggies Light has a more modern cut than the original Baggies do..... but that might just be the material laying less stiff-ly. Size is true to fit.

Non-Reader's Digest Version: I'm a big, big, big fan of Baggies, and sort of wish that they made these for women. And as the old, gift-giving saying goes, "get someone what you would want"... so, I got a pair of these for my husband (for his birthday). And to say the least, I'm jelly! These are super light and sans the swishy noise that the Baggies often make, and the fabric seems to lay more flat (so to speak) than the stiff, flared out fit of the original Baggies. There IS a liner, which is nice for, well, erm, coverage. Unlike the original Baggies, there is no back pocket and I think the mesh pockets are fixed to the short (which is a really convenient feature when you've got stuff in your pockets that weighs more than your shorts). The true teal is more rich in color than the picture indicates, less light in color and more dark, gem tone. As for the size, my husband does own a size XS in the original Baggies, but I got him a Small in these for comfort's sake and they seem to fit a shade better. For size reference, he's a 29 in Levi's and a 30 in Patagonia.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on June 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

My hubs has been a vocal advocate of the Breeze and has constantly raved about how comfortable (straight out of the box) they are. I have a pair of all-leather Vasque backpacking boots that I love, but they're a bit much when it comes to hiking in hot weather. Typically I wear trail running sneakers when hiking in hot conditions, but lately I've been feeling like I could use some extra ankle support. So, after 4 years of hearing how great the Breezes are, I finally bit the bullet and I'm very, very happy I did.

As Vasque and my husband have stated, these are in fact comfortable right out of the box. On the first day of wearing them, I took them for an 8-mile steep (and hot) hike, and they were awesome! Super breathable, despite the Gore-Tex liner, and flexible, yet supportive and structured feeling at the same time. The arch support is pretty unreal, though I might put a Superfeet insert in there just for good measure. The shaft is the perfect height, not too low and not too high. Laces do come undone easily if you don't double-knot them, so beware of that. And that MegaGrip trail is ACTUALLY grippy - I remember someone telling me that the tread was structure in a way that was kind of slick, so I was worried I'd be scooting around everywhere, but with the exception of an intentional slide down a snowy embankment, this boot was super grippy!

As for the fit, I've long waffled between an 8.5 and 9 with Vasque. I don't have especially wide feet, but the toe box on their shoes seems to run a shade tight / narrow. However, that being said, I once owned a pair of Vasques in a size 9 and they felt like over sized clown shoes. So, I generally stick to the 8.5's and in turn, bought the Breeze's in an 8.5. They were a shade tight in the toe box width, but it never bothered me or gave me hot spots - granted, I was wearing kind of thick Darn Tough socks. So, that's just something to keep in mind for folks who are looking to buy the Breezes. I do wear a 39 in Dansko, a 39 in Birkenstocks (though a 38 in the Arizona), an 8.5 in Saucony, and an 8.5 in Brooks.

As far as the changes are concerned, aesthetically the Breeze 3.0 looks mostly different in the toe box area. The toe cap now has ventilation inserts, but the shoe largely stayed the same.

If you're looking for a comfortable, versatile boot, I'd highly recommend the Breeze. It's well worth the investment! My husband's finally kicked the bucket this weekend after wearing them while roofing in hot weather (the midsole foam cracked, which, not surprising considering the conditions they were enduring).

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

One thing's for sure, you can't go wrong with this short. The canvas fabric is durable and lends a classic look - not to mention, those pockets! Can't get enough of them. The hubs owns two pairs, one with a 28 waist and another in a 30 waist and just about lives in them come summer - basically waffling between his Baggies, running shorts, and the Stand-Up shorts. He does agree that these fit a little more snug (in the waist) than the average 29 / 30 waist, hence owning the two different size options. The thighs do flare out, but they're not offensively large by any means (granted, that's my opinion). For size reference, he's 135lbs, 5'9" and wears a Small in Patagonia bottoms and wears a 29 in Levi's.

And while I know there's a version out there for women, I bought a pair of the men's 28 waist, 5in inseam for myself and they fit great. I often like the fit of the men's shorts a little more, especially when they feature a classic rise. The rise hits my natural waist and is a shade relaxed, but super comfy. The fit in the legs is super comparable to my beloved, classic Baggies, which I much prefer in comparison to the tight fit of most women's shorts. I'd rather not waste my time yanking on my shorts. So, ladies, if you like the fit of the classic baggies, the Stand-Up short (in 5in) is well-worthy a try.

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Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Java Press has served me well in the past 4 years. I've largely used it camping, but do use it at home, too. It's super durable and makes a solid cup of French press joe. It does filter the sediment pretty well, too. I broke my glass, fancy-pants French press a few years back and had been using this thing at home for the past few years (I did get a new FP recently, tho). That being said, the gasket does throw a temper tantrum every now and then, so it's important to wet the press before pushing down, otherwise it can get stuck (womp womp).

My only gripe is that it's a bit bulky, so it's best used while car camping.

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