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Rachel O

Rachel O

Seattle, WA

Rachel O's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Rachel O's Bio

Mostly snowboarding and skiing with some part time snowshoeing . Summertime switch to hiking and backpacking in what I think is the best part of the country for all of the above within arms length reach!

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Rachel Owrote a review of on November 8, 2017

5 5

I own the previous version of these thermals as well as the new redesigned version and think Patagonia did a great job on the update. Another reviewer did not approve of the new elastic waistband however i think it was a much needed addition. The previous version albeit a super warm thermal would constantly shift down and sag below my waist. Often times showing some lovely crack if I wasn’t careful! The new waistband addition was exactly what these needed to fit well under an alpine climbing pant, shell pant for skiing or anything else that you’re going to layer these under. They rest of the features really speak for themselves. They have a nice grid pattern which is both warm but simultaneously breathable. I’ve used these skiing, hiking and climbing big mountains like Rainier. They are perfect.



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Rachel Owrote a review of on April 19, 2016

Needs Latch Points
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall this is a very comfortable pfd and I do recommend it having used it on several trips thus far. I just got back from an extended 3 day trip with many many hours in this guy and thought it was a good time to give a review. Overall it checks off most of the boxes. It has a good cut that doesn't interfere with paddle stroke. It doesn't ride up on you over time. But I do wish that Stohlquist would add one or two D Rings to the top chest portion above the pockets where the branding is. That way you can clip various items to the pfd itself. I like to keep sunscreen on a carabiner and a small whistle easily accessible on the outside for quick and easy access. That would be a nice addition to an already good product.



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Rachel Owrote a review of on April 10, 2016

Awesome Pack - Great For Multi-Use
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't say enough good things about this pack! I've used this now for about 40+ ski days and another 10+ snowshoe/hiking days and it has performed extremely well. The construction quality of this bag is top notch - my biggest annoyance with ski touring bags is when they fail to hold their shape and structure the more use and packed they get. This bag is sturdy and has a great ergonomic fit when riding.

The pockets for avy equipment - probes, shovel etc is adequately sized and functions exactly as it should. Just know that you probably can only fit one shovel in it, although I haven't tried you'd probably be hard pressed to squeeze two in there. The helmet carry works perfectly and keeps it snugly away from banging the back of my head when strapped in.

Access to the back panel for hydration sleeve and main compartment is made suuuuper easy by the zipper pulls (thank you Osprey!) they are so great when you need to open it up with gloves on.

Last thing I'll say is just a comment on Osprey in general; in my humble opinion, they make the best packs around. I've used another one of their packs for my multi-day backpacking trips and this one from hiking/skiing/touring etc. You really can't beat the craftsmanship and thoughtful design for practical use. I'd give them 6 stars if it were possible.