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Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Davis

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

Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 39

These shoes are so subtly chic, with their pointed toe and unique cutout detail. They are more comfortable than you'd think they'd be, and they're definitely true to size. I wear a 38 or a 39 in Dansko and bought a 39 in these - they fit magically! I'm a true 8.5, wearing a 9 in road running shoes, for size reference.

But seriously, these shoes. So gorgeous and versatile. An easy way to class-up an outfit.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 38

I love these boots. I've been eyeing them for the past couple of years, but never bit the bullet and bought them - which, has obviously changed since I'm writing this review!

The taupe color is a hint lighter than the picture shows, it's like Peter Cottontail bunny taupe colored. I love it. It's such a lovely deviation from my black and dark-brown or whiskey-brown shoes....

I had heard mixed reviews about the fit, and waffle between Dansko's sizing admittedly. I'm not sure if I'm a 38 or a 39, regardless of the suggested amount of room Dansko has you wearing (per their fit recommendation). I just hate the feeling of being sloppy floppy and my shoes flying all over the place! That being said, I bought a size 38 and I'm as true to an 8.5 in shoes as it can be. I wear a size 9 in running shoes, but it is a little bit on the larger side for me. The 38 is a shade tight when I pair the Maria with a thick sock (think like Darn Tough cushioned hiker sock). And, it's largely tight in the instep, which I figure will stretch out over time. Buuuut they fit pretty damn near perfect with a no-show sock or a thin wool sock. Granted, I didn't want to buy a 39 and have it flopping all over the place on my foot. I did buy a 39 in Dansko sandals recently and it was a hint larger than I wanted it to fit (but it still fit well and I wouldn't return them).

I plan on wearing these with everything come cooler weather. Probably going to replace my black chelsea boots!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

4 5

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

Two words: cute and convenient. The wallet itself is a bit on the clunkier side, so it's not exactly stuff-it-in-your-jeans-pocket and carry on the with the day, but it does have the removable zippered pouch that allows you to transition easily between purse and on-the-go needs. The Bedrock color is true to the picture!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

4 5

Bought this for the manpanion - admittedly I'm more of a bipedal adventurer than a pedal-pusher, so forgive me if this review is sparse / nondescript (because I have noooo idea what I'm talking about / what he's talking about when it comes to this stuff)... but he says it gets the job done accordingly and was well worth the dough!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs

I bought this as a birthday gift for a girlfriend and it went over magically! The hoodie plush, soft, and hella cozy - it's really perfect for wind-down evenings on the porch or patio, especially post mtb ride or trail run. The fit is true to size and the silhouette itself is very flattering despite it being a conventional hoodie. Super cute and the grey is highly versatile!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 3, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 39

Oh my gosh the Demetra is SO stinkin' chic. I kind of wish I bought them sooner, but I speculate the silhouette will be suitable for early Fall, too. These sandals are deceptively lightweight and the cushioned footbed is SO comfy. I love the fact that there isn't an abrupt heel-to-toe drop, so I'm not walking around like a lanky weirdo. The upper is super luxurious and really gorgeous - I think I like the Taupe color more in person than I thought I would.

I agree about the slickness - for some reason these are really slippery shoes! But I think they'll break in and not be so slick. So strange!

Also, the closure is not in fact a real buckle but a velcro closure, which I'm not 100% stoked on, but it makes for easy-on, easy-off.

As for the size, I typically waffle between 39 and 38 in Dansko, but bought a 39 - and it fits perfectly! I think I could have gone with either size, but I was worried that the upper would be too taut across the bridge of my foot if I bought the 38. There is a little bit of room at my heel, but it feels really comfortable either way!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 1, 2017

5 5

Durable, yet lightweight. Manages moisture like a boss and keeps my foot feeling comfortable and relatively sweat free. Had them for about a year and half now and they're holding up great with regular, hard-on-'em use. True to size. Also you can't beat Darn Tough's lifetime guarantee, which is in fact legit a lifetime guarantee. Plus you get to support a small town in Vermont!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on August 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are some of my favorite boots. Back in the day I primarily used them while working in the horse barn, but now I wear them every day come cooler weather. I do add an extra insert in there, mostly because I like the added support. Super durable boots - I do treat them every couple of months with some saddle soap and it helps preserve the leather and give it a bit more a weather-resistant edge.

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

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I much prefer to consume whole foods (be it pureed or whatever) or homemade gel-ish-stuffs when I'm running long distances, and this little banger helps ensure that I don't bonk. The valve provides fast and easy access to your nutrition, and the packable design makes it easy to stuff the softflask into a pack pocket once you're finished. I have put it in the dishwasher (on light wash) before (in the silverware doo-hickey), but I'm not sure I'd do it again. Ahah. It's relatively easy to clean out if you hand wash it.

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

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Bottom Line: This is a car camping, lounge-around-the-house, run-your-errands staple.

The material is the same fleece-y goodness as the Snap-T pullover, so know that it's hella cozy, durable, and warm. The collar enhances your defense against cool evening air, while the hood ensures that you're really able to snuggy-down-in-there. I kind of felt like a fleece-wrapped turtle in it, in the best of ways of course.

I love the zippered pockets and the fact that you can create sort of "mock sleeves" if you will with the interior snaps - or go full fledged poncho if you care to. The full-length zipper is really convenient if I want to use the poncho as a lap blanket.

Initially I was thinking this piece would be sort of limited because it's really bulky, but after taking it car camping I can't believe I ever went [camping] without it. It's a really lovely companion while I sip my morning coffee, and it's super convenient during the evening. I run really cold, so I like how I can layer a light jacket underneath it without feeling like a giant marshmallow. Also, my favorite part is how it doubles as a blanket for my mini-heeler when we're cozied up by the fire.

I bought an XS and it fits perfectly - for size reference XS is in Patagonia items is pretty true to fit for me, while a size Small lends a bit of wiggle room.

Basically, this is one of the most magical things I have ever owned.... aside from JK Rowling's Harry Potter books.

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

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

I really liked the Saucony Peregrine and Kinvara, but found that they both kind of fell short in terms of structure and durability, which is why I picked up the Xodus ISO as opposed to another edition of the Peregrine. And while I really dig the Xodus ISO, it does have a few shortcomings that I'm not 100% in love with. That being said, I'll note the positives before the negatives.

Positives:
1. The 4mm drop. Your selection is sorta limited when it comes to acquiring a 4mm drop shoe, so this was a huge sell for me when it came to the Xodus.
2. The midsole. I love Saucony's Everun midsole technology. It's springy, attenuates impact, and provides swift energy return without compromising on protection or support.
3. The outsole. Often times I find that outsoles with a bevy of varied lugs make for a slightly unstable experience, so I wanted to try something that was structured like the Peregrine but with a little more umph.
4. The heel cup. This is a pretty fun feature - it definitely balances out the sorta sloshy mesh (which I touch on that below), and it offers smooth, comfortable stability when navigating varied terrain.
5. The plush heel cup. WHOA I love this feature. It's sooooooo comfy and provides a real snug fit without overwhelming your Achilles.

Negatives:
1. The sizing is a little small. I ordered a 9 and it still felt a little snug in the toe. I very easily could have gone up to a 9.5 - For size comparison, I ordinarily wear an 8.5 in trail shoes and occasionally a 9 in road shoes (though I do wear an 8 in Altra's Lone Peak).
2. The upper is a little too sloshy. Saucony had the best intentions with the stretch mes upper, but sometimes I felt like it was a little too prone to mobility when I was navigating varied terrain. It kind of reminds me of my Altra Lone Peaks.
3. Such short laces! I'd read a review somewhere that mentioned that and I was like "pshhhhhh that's silly" but it's actually a kind of annoying attribute. If you want to do the marathon lace, be prepared to have some pretty short laces.

Bottom line: I'd buy again if Saucony updated the mesh upper and fit.

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

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

Saucony's Kinvara shoe has been my go-to for awhile, but I wanted something that could give me a little more structure and support underfoot when running longer distances, which is why I picked up the Ride 9.

I took the Ride out for a 6-mile test spin and I was really, really impressed. The upper breathed super well and seemed to have a hint of stretch to it for mobility. I was most impressed with the midsole - it was firm yet forgiving and offered dependable energy return, while the outsole seemed to hold up to varied cadences really nicely - without obstructing my overall mobility, dexterity, or "road feel." Also, the midsole didn't collapse throughout the heel-to-toe transition, unlike the Kinvara.

By the end of the run I did have a hot spot on my left foot, but I think that's more based off of "human error" and my occasional flipper foot than it was the actual shoe. I typically wear a size 8.5 but ordered a 9 and they fit gloriously.

I was a little apprehensive of the 8mm drop, simply because I prefer a 4mm drop, but I found that the 8mm was really nice to have while road running. Not that noticeable of a difference, admittedly.

The laces are kind of long and a little too skinny so if you really batten down the hatches they're a little hard to loosen mid run or what not.

Bottom line: They're plush, comfortable, supportive, and seem to be really sturdy. I'm really looking forward to taking these out on longer runs and seeing how they fair. I'd say if you're looking for a more sturdy and neutral alternative to the Kinvara, the Ride is a great option.

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

5 5

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

I really like Injini socks - they look utterly ridiculous, but the toe sock design helps reduce chafing and hot spots. Plus it's super comfortable. I have a pair of the merino wool ones and they perform magically - and the Coolmax ones perform no differently! Granted, they are a different material, but they kept my foot dry, cool, and comfortable while running in hot weather. Also that Spiffy color option is truly spiffy. I'm a fan! I wear an 8.5 / 9 and the Small fit perfectly

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

5 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs

Bought this as a gift for my husband - the fabric wicks away moisture, dries quickly, and holds up against stink really well. He wore it for 4 days straight this past weekend (while camping / trail running) and it was in pretty solid condition towards the end of the trip. Kinda gnarly from bug spray and sunscreen, but still solid overall. Sizing is pretty true to fit, but if you're a Smedium, I might recommend going with a small. He bought the medium (and is a Smedium) and it's a shade over-sized on him. Not too bad though!

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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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