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Rachel B

Rachel B

West Jordan, UT

Rachel B's Passions

Biking
Climbing

Rachel B's Bio

Hi there!

My name is Rachel, I am born and raised in amazing Utah, where I work at Backcountry and go to school at SLCC. Utah has so much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast. I try to take advantage of the diverse landscapes it has to offer, whether it be climbing, canyoneering, hiking or cycling. Hit me up with any questions directly at: rbarrett@backcountry.com
Follow my adventures on Instagram:
@rachettbarrel

Rachel B

Rachel Bwrote a review of on June 14, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

These pants fit pretty small.
I have a 29" waist and a 40'" hip. I initially tried a size 8, but they were way too snug, and fit pretty much like leggings. They had a cute look to them that tight, but not very functional for much movement.
I got the size 10 and they fit great! My only complaint is that the waistband is tight and a fixed size, with no room for adjustability. I had a heck of a time getting them on over my butt. So if you have a booty, be warned. Once on though, the waist fits appropriately.
Because I am so tall, the inseam on these fits like a crop length. They look a little funny as is for my height, but I roll up the hem and they look pretty cute.
Really nice, light fabric also.

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Rachel Bwrote a review of on April 18, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Before I owned this jacket I had a Patagonia down sweater which I love. I only wanted to purchase a new jacket, because my down sweater is a very bright, loud orange.
So I bought this jacket in black. I have a few other jackets (Atom LT, Codetta, Kappa) from Arc'teryx that I have been super happy with, so I thought I would like the Cerium LT.
I did not like the fit. I am very tall, so it is hard for me to find clothing that fits my body well in general. The center-back length is short, but the sleeves are long. I like that the sleeves have a cuff seam at the end. There isn't a pocket in the inside chest like there are on most tech jackets.
I did like the little stuff sac that comes sewn into the pocket. That was great for travel and storage.
It is SUPER light if that matters to people.
The fabric is not water resistant! I know that down jackets are not meant to be worn in rainy conditions, but the fabric saturates so fast and easy.
It honestly wasn't a great insulator either. I thought that the 850 quality down would keep me ultra- warm. I would wear my Cerium and my Atom LT together quite frequently to keep warm.
Some of the down punctured through my sleeve as well. To me that is either a manufacturer defect or a misrepresentation of the product. If this jacket had 850 fill down, there would be no feathers that would have quills that could puncture through the material. I tried to submit a warranty claim and they only said they would repair the hole for me for a fee. I patched it up with some gear tape for the time being (that is some good stuff to have).
I was finally able to buy a new jacket, and purchased the Patagonia Hi-Loft down jacket. It filled with 650 down quality, but the baffles are filled a lot more. The length is excellent and proportionate throughout the jacket. I am able to wear it alone and stay warm. I am very happy I went back to what is tried and true.
Arc'teryx is awesome at making technical gear, but they are not the best out there when it comes to down products.

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Rachel Bwrote a review of on April 17, 2018

3 5

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

I bought these sunglasses because I thought the style is cute, and the price was right for me. These really aren't that great of quality. I think they'd be worth a price point of around $15.
But they suit my needs.
Wouldn't recommend if you are looking for something durable or if you tend to drop your glasses.

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Rachel Bwrote a review of on December 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x35

I got these as a gift for my boyfriend.
He is quite a skinny, tall drink of water. He has a really hard time finding pants that fit him right. He's 6' 4", about 175 lbs. I got him the 32x35.
They fit super well, considering his stature. I don't actually think they are a true 35" inseam though... the hem barely hit the top of his feet.
The built in belt was his favorite feature. It secures the pants nicely, and he doesn't need to wear a belt that usually tend to weigh down.
I got him the "Tempest" color. Online they look like they are black, so I wasn't sure what color they actually are... tempest is basically a super dark blue.
These pants are lightweight, stretchy and durable for so many uses.

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Rachel Bwrote a review of on October 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I own the Codetta shell which I absolutely love. I wanted to get this jacket to wear on its own or even under the shell. I thought it was going to have the same fit as the Codetta, but it is a bit off in certain areas.

It isn't as tailored through the body and it is a stiffer fabric, so it will hold the shape that it was designed to have. I feel like they really should bring it in through the body. The sleeves aren't as long as they are on the Codetta either, but the length of the jacket is a tad longer.

I have had issues with Arcteryx before where the colors in the photos aren't the same as they are in person. I went out on a limb to see how the Mica Heather color would turn out. I wondered how grey it would actually be. It is more of a creamy, off whiteish grey if that makes sense...

I am a true medium in Arcteryx and didn't feel like a small would correct what I didn't like. A beautiful jacket, that just didn't fit my body as I had hoped.
My measurements for reference are:
Bust: 36
Waist: 28
Hip: 40

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Rachel Bwrote a review of on September 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I am a pretty true women's size 10.
These fit pretty dang tight.
Definitely size up at least 1/2 a size.
When I put the size 10 on, I had to loosen the laces quite a bit to shove my foot in. I had barely any space in the front of the shoes for my toes. I feel like they could potentially stretch, but wouldn't recommend going that route....

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Rachel Bwrote a review of on August 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I bought the XS because I have a child sized head. It doesn't show in the size chart what an XS corresponds to, so I really wasn't sure if I could make it work or not. My head measures 21.75 cm around. I know I would need to get a small.

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Rachel Bwrote a review of on August 10, 2017

5 5

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 140 lbs

I was surprised at the fit when I first tried it on.
The photo looked like it would be a more tailored fit, but it is super relaxed, which I don't mind. I bought it in a medium and feel like it has the right amount of bagginess to it. If you don't like loose shirts, you may want to size down.
The center back length is super long which I like, being so tall. The sleeve length is ok, but I could have used maybe a tad more length, because I have long arms.
Really isn't flannel material, but still good thick quality fabric.

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