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Nicole Sumner

Nicole Sumner

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Salt Lake City, UT

Nicole Sumner's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Yoga

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

I lost my old school Tevas last summer and needed something for an upcoming rafting trip in the desert. These are slightly updated and more stylish from the older Originals, which brings some good and some bad changes.

The Good: They are definitely more delicate and stylish - the sole and straps are thinner / more low profile making these less embarrassing to wear outside of camping in the desert or rafting. They are also very comfortable - I wore them for an entire weekend without getting any hot spots or blisters.

The Not So Good: Because they are more delicate and feminine, I think they are lacking a bit in their traction and stability. They worked for rafting and lounging around camp, but I would not rely on these to hold any traction when boulder hopping or hiking around rocks.

I really wish they made these in half sizes as well - I'm a 7.5 and usually size up when forced to choose a full size, so I ordered the 8 and wish I'd gone with the 7.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I was looking for a cute, slightly weather resistant jacket to wear when the weather is shifting and this one definitely fits the bill! It has a great style - slightly longer than the hips in length, flattering collar, drawstring detailing at the waist, zipper or button snaps depending on the look you want to go for. I also love the zippered pockets - super convenient to stash your phone or small items if you want to skip the purse. I wear this to bike around town also, so it's awesome to just throw my cards, phone and bike keys in the pocket and go. It can't replace your raincoat, but works great in variable / transitional weather. I would highly recommend this piece for someone who lives in San Francisco, LA, or someplace where it stays cool at night throughout summer!

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Originally, I picked up the 45L Black Hole and decided it was way too small for my intended purpose, and after getting this one as a replacement I've decided that it's my perfect go-to weekender bag! In the two short months that I've owned this bag (I have the light grey / purple color combo, which also happens to be unique and cute) I've brought it on work trips, car camping adventures, and on airplanes as my carry-on bag for weekend trips. It's amazing. It fits perfectly in the overhead bin and the side handle makes it easy to pull down (especially as a short person) when you're rushing off the plane. It's awesome for car camping and fits into our jenga trunk packing situation far better than an unwieldy backpack. The backpack straps are a bit thin, but still convenient. I have also used one in a criss cross capacity as a makeshift shoulder strap that makes for easy carrying across the airport. They are a bit tricky to put on as mentioned in other reviews - you need to rotate and slide the plastic end piece into the D ring, then rotate again so it locks into place. All in all, this is an incredible, well constructed, versatile travel bag. My husband certainly doesn't need another bag but he's so jealous every time I whip this out that I will probably buy him one for his birthday so he stops whining about it.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on June 12, 2017

5 5

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

I typically camp with a Big Agnes 15 degree mummy style bag and recently gave this bag a try on a camping trip to Moab - I LOVED it! The warmth to weight ratio seems great to me, it packs down nice and small, but is oh so cozy to sleep in. I like that there's a bit more room at the feet and head, so you don't feel claustrophobic and can comfortably turn over inside it (I tend to thrash back and forth when sleeping). The material is super soft as well, just thinking about it makes me want to curl up and take a nap. No complaints, highly recommend this bag!

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on June 12, 2017

4 5

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

When I'm car camping, I go for comfort first and like to have extra space in our tent and this definitely fits the bill!

PROS: It packs down to a good size, has a solid footprint (sold separately), is easy to put up and take down, the construction feels really sturdy and not flimsy at all like some tents on the market, the zippers also had a nice feel and seem like they will hold up for a long time, interior pockets are helpful for stashing headlamp and other necessities.

CONS: This seems on the small side for a 4-person tent. I slept in it with one other person and two big bags and we basically took up the whole tent. She did travel from California to go camping in Utah, so her bag was massive, but I was still surprised by the lack of interior space. The only other downside in my mind was how loud the rain fly was during a windy night - hard to say how much louder than your average tent, but it sounded like we might blow away and made it hard to fall back asleep. On a still / slightly windy night, everything was great and I had no issues.

All in all, this tent is a great value for the price if you're looking to upgrade your car camping system!

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on June 9, 2017

4 5

Picked these up when I wanted to upgrade my crappy flat pedals to something grippier, and what an upgrade! No more slipping on tough uphill sections, these let me charge through the pedal stroke with confidence. Color options are rad too. Only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because I've tried more expensive flats and thought they handled noticeably better, but for the price difference, these are a great option for anyone!

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

I've never owned true mountain biking shoes, used to use trail running shoes, so I did some research and asked friends and this brand came highly recommended. I agree with the other reviews, I feel great riding in these - they are super sticky on flat pedals (assuming you've upgraded to pedals with plastic / metal pegs - which I 100% recommend if you are on flats!) and make me so much more confident riding uphill and stable going downhill. Love the fit and style, they are super comfortable and I don't feel embarrassed wearing these post ride to grab a bite / beers with friends.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband bought this, he says: "I've had a lot of touring packs over the years and this is my 3rd BD one. I bought this because I wanted the external helmet carrier and avalung compatiblility. It's a small pack but I feel that I have plenty of room for skins, crampons, axe, food, water, harness, first aide kit and a very small amount of climbing gear (not to mention shovel and probe). I love the internal small pocket for seldom used items like glop stopper and rub on ski wax and the external pocket for things like food and a voile strap. I like that the hydration pocket isn't on the back flap, one of my BD packs has the pocket on the flap and it bugs me. I like the Velcro loop strap to hang hydration bag from. Pockets on waist belt are great. I have used this a bunch and have no signs of wear. My only issue is that I can't carry my skis diagonal with helmet on out side of pack, but have not tried putting the helmet on the upper position (this would block the pocket I keep my food in, so A frame it has been ok for me).

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm only giving these 4 stars instead of 5 because I bought this assuming I could wear as a mid layer for skiing and it's definitely NOT a technical piece. It's a bit too thick and bulky and bunched up funny when skiing. It's also quite long, which is great for a lifestyle piece, but not so great to fit under your technical shell. I think it's really flattering and a great all around piece, so I still hung onto it and wear for cold days / evenings, traveling and look forward to bringing it along on some camping trips this summer. Plus I love the pockets, they are nice and deep and can easily hold phone, wallet, keys and other essentials.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a great layer for early season hiking! It's light and packable, protects from wind, and is breathable through arm panels and back. Great fit, not too boxy or short. I ordered the bright red, which is very bright in person, as in you will stand out during hunting season. I like bright colors for hiking, so doesn't bother me.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 7.5

I was looking for a no frills running shoe to wear for cross training, gym workouts and short outdoor runs and ended up landing on these. I love the colors on these, the cushion, the tread and the overall style. Two slight issues I've noticed: the sizing is a little off. I'm a true 7.5 and have always worn this size in Nike, but these feel just a tad too big when I wear with thin running socks. Not a deal breaker, but it can result in my foot sliding forward a bit when doing cross training routines which is a bit annoying. The toe box feels a little wide too, so I hope this won't result in hot spots or blisters in the future. I also can feel a strange variation in the insole under the ball of my foot, it doesn't feel smooth. I'm going to look into getting superfeet to see if that helps.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: N/a

My husband bought these, he says: "These are great fitting for a medium to small face. I have used them for running, hiking, skiing and mountain biking and they stay on my face during all activities, no slipping. The lens is great for medium to bright light conditions. 2 issues: when wearing them in bright light there is a very visible green flair in the lenses and the frames are opaque, not solid so some light can be noticed coming through the frame. All things considered I still love them."

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wanted to love this pack so badly! I am looking for a short day hike / mountain biking pack and this fit the bill for size, compartments, waist strap AND came in cute colors. I'm 5'3" with a short to average torso and unfortunately this pack just didn't fit me right - no matter how I adjusted or weighted down, I either had a few inches of shoulder gap on the straps or would have to wear the waist strap well below my waist. Ended up returning and will buy a women's specific pack.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Picked this up because it's starting to get warmer and i was looking for new versatile summer tees. It's a great thick, slightly stretchy material and it falls just right on me. Looking forward to wearing with jeans, shorts, skirts and leggings.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on March 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I debated getting this Flannel for a looooong time and I'm so happy I finally pulled the trigger. It's so soft, has a feminine flattering cut (without being too tight in any one spot) and you can really tell how well made it is. Bonus: it doesn't pull at all across my chest which is so hard to find in a non boxy button up! The colors are as crisp and rich as they are in photos. I ordered a medium and it fits perfectly - I'm 5'3

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

Cozy Leggings
4 5

These are nice for cold weather hiking, traveling and generally lounging. Love the cozy fleece lining, but they run a little hot when I wear them to workout. The highwaist cut is comfortable and flattering, and I like the length because I'm only 5'3" - they hit about an inch above my ankle. They tend to slide down a bit during ongoing activity, so I find myself having to pull them up. Overall, quite happy with these!

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

Perfect Shell
5 5

This is my first 3L Gortex shell and I did roll tons of research trying to find the right jacket. I am so happy with this one! First, the fit is fabulous - it looks great over a baselayer on a really warm day or over 3 layers on a freezing cold day. It's slightly fitted without having an overly feminine appearance, it's a tad longer in the back to help keep your bum warm on cold days, it has a nice large hood that even fits over my helmet, and 3 nice external pockets. I use the inner pouch to stash a beanie. Keeps me warm and dry on powder days, plus I've received a lot of compliments on the mountain which a nice bonus.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

4 5

This is a solid Patagonia piece - it has a slightly feminine cut, great color selection and nice, thick feeling to it. Only two downsides for me: I don't love the little sidecuts and although the flannel fits everywhere else, it still pulls just a touch across my bust. Not a deal breaker, i just opt for a cami or tee underneath. Sizing: I'm 5'3", 135-140 lbs, 36B and ordered a size 8. I might consider going up a size next time to see if that alleviates the bust issue.

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Nicole Sumnerwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

I was looking to upgrade my goggle / helmet setup and these are perfect. I picked up the teal color and they look and fit great with my black Smith helmet. I love that the lens surface is a little larger, so you don't have to worry about turning your head to see what's going on in your periphery. They come with a bonus low light lens, and it's super easy to swap out.

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