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Rhea's Passions

  • Skiing,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Yoga,
  • Biking,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Fly Fishing.
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Rheawrote a review of on July 17, 2020

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Great fabric, and I like the roll-up snaps for making these into crops.

Pockets are useless in my opinion. The front two pockets are not deep enough to hold anything securely, and they flare out when I am both standing and sitting. The zippered security pocket is nice for a credit card or key, but won't fit a phone. The back pockets are smaller that I had hoped-and difficult to access one-handed with the velcro closure.

I wish these were a little higher waisted! I sized up to a 4 from my usual 2- and glad I did. They fit snug but well- kind of short in the waist to crotch measurement.

I'll be returning until I find a pant I really love along these lines- these were close!

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Rheawrote a review of on June 30, 2019

Lightweight and easy to use!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I guide many first timers on snowshoe tours with these snowshoes- and they make my job so much easier! The simple straps are easy to adjust and stay put through miles of walking. They are lightweight and provide plenty of float on deep snow.

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Rheawrote a review of on June 30, 2019

Not the same as the old Patagonia cords
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 25

I love a good pair of cords! I had my favorite pair of Patagonia corduroy pants for years- until they were mangled in a big mountain running (beer in hand) accident. I looked to replace them with the newer style. The sizing has definitely changed. I love the mid-rise fit as opposed to the low-rise fit of other Patagonia pants. They were fitted well through the thigh and butt, which is always difficult for me. The crotch area seems to have some sag after hours of wear. They were also extremely long. Being 5' 4" I am used to longer fitting pants- but these I had to hem. I got a 25 and they fit my waist well, but I find myself pulling them up as they stretch out over time. The Bence Brown color is gorgeous- but these need a little work on the fit!

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Rheawrote a review of on June 30, 2019

My favorite hat!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the perfect hat to dress up an outfit- or to go for a hike in cooler weather! Just the right amount of flopiness in the brim and it holds its shape over time. I love the heather green color- but it has had a little bit of fading over the years that I have had it, which is expected when it has been in the sun. I think a lighter color would be both cooler and resist fading. Just got it in another color!

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Rheawrote a review of on June 17, 2019

Water Bottle--> Thermos Transformation!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I didn't expect to love this Cup Cap as much as I did! With the high quality insulation on the Rambler bottle, a friend and I were able to enjoy hot tea at the end of a cold and rainy walk. Twisting the cap opens a small slit where I could pour out my drink without losing my teabags and lemon slices. The small cup was the perfect size for me, and it did not burn my hands even with a piping hot beverage inside. This is going to be a great addition to my road trip or camping arsenal- turning my Rambler bottle into a thermos for coffee or hot mixed drinks around the fire or during those long drives. The high quality construction will definitely keep this is my rotation for years to come. The Cup Cap looks a little big on the bottle itself, adding about 3.5 inches of height versus the shorter classic rambler lid. The slick construction makes it a little more difficult to hold and carry, but fits perfectly in a pack. The polished stainless steel finish will go well with any color bottle. Tell your friend to bring their own cup and celebrate at the end of your hike!

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Rheawrote a review of on May 29, 2019

Don't Blow Your Lid!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was given this product from Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. The YETI MagDock Cap keeps the lid secure without being permanently attached to the bottle (and flinging back to hit you in the face on its tether like so many other lids- am I the only one?). The magnetic lid sticks strongly to the cap, and still sticks lightly to the YETI Rambler bottle itself. I can tell that this is going to be a game changer in not losing my lid. The small mouth is a change from the wide mouth bottles I am used to, but it keeps ice securely in the bottle and helps to prevent spills. The lids' seal stays in securely and doesn't get twisted- which is a big issue I have had with other brands that leads to leaking. I love that the lid is made out of durable plastic- it's more comfortable for my mouth and doesn't get as cold as the metal bottle interior and the contents. This will be the perfect lid for hiking and for staying hydrated at the office. The only thing I missed with this bottle was a handle or easier way to carry it like with the classic Rambler lids, but that is my only complaint! If you might be a bit clumsy like myself, the MagDock lid is a great solution.

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Rheawrote a review of on May 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are stylish, comfy, stiff for great power transfer, and don't get hot thanks to plenty of vents. I think that the Backcountry size chart might be a bit off for women's Pearl Izumi bike shoes- I am a true size 8 and a 39 fit perfectly. The only thing I wish these had was some kind of strap to cover up the tied laces. I have been shoving them into the small elastic strap on the top- but it just doesn't work that well and feels kind of janky. Regardless, I don't care too much and once I am biking I am stoked to have them on! I am a big fan of actual laces because they can be adjusted easily and are replaceable.

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Rheawrote a review of on May 15, 2019

Great pack!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

LOVE this pack! I am a huge fan of women's specific packs; I have a shorter torso and men's packs are often too long. This size is perfect for day hiking and can fit my binoculars, lunch, water bottle, first aid kit, and more. The hip belts are solid and supportive, and I can't live without hip pockets. My phone barely fits in the hip pocket which is a bummer, but I love using them for chapstick, treats, and trash that I pick up while hiking. I was looking for a pack that could securely fit my water bottles on the outside- but a 32 oz classic Nalgene bottle is a bit tight and feels sketchy on the side. A smaller or skinnier bottle would fit better. Other than that, I can tell this is a quality pack and I'll be using it for years to come.

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Rheawrote a review of on May 15, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

I am usually a size XS/25 in Patagonia pants- and had to size up twice and get these in a size 6! After finding my correct size, I do enjoy them. A small zippered pocket on the side fits my phone. I was looking for shorts that included a chammy, and these fit the bill. Hoping they live up to the Patagonia quality I have seen in other products!

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Rheawrote a review of on April 15, 2019

Perfect pack!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dakine's Mission Pro is a classic that has been unchanged for a long time- for good reason. The 25L size is perfect for both inbounds and backcountry. It is compact and low profile, with lots of pockets and slots for gear. The ski carry worked great and didn't budge when I hiked through howling winds. Glad I went with the 25L size to fit a water bottle and lots of snacks.

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Rheawrote a review of on January 13, 2019

Best Hiking Boot!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I tried on over 15 pairs of hiking boots while shopping and was so excited to find these. As soon as I put them on my foot I knew they were the ones! The Renegades have a perfectly snug fit, great support, and are built to be bombproof. The price tag was a bit intimidating but these will hold up for years to come. I am an 8 and they fit true to size.

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Rheawrote a review of on January 13, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These "foot shape" shoes give your toes enough room to splay naturally while doing activity. As someone with a history of foot problems, Altras are my holy grail.I used these shoes for hiking and field work for a season, and they did not hold up so well. I would stick to trail running in these shoes as the sole tends to wear away quickly. The large amount of cushion sometimes felt sloppy on my foot. And DO NOT WASH THESE- I washed a pair and they completely warped even in cold water, gentle cycle, and air dried. I went through a couple of pairs until I got a dedicated hiking boot, dedicated gym shoe, and keep these for trail running.

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Rheawrote a review of on January 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love all things Altra. I have bunions and had developed a neuroma in my foot, and seriously changed the way I shop for shoes. These are a great gym and running shoe. I had used the Lone Peak model for a long time, but was looking for something with less cushion. I have gotten a ton of compliments on how cute they are which was not my goal but is a plus! I was worried that they might be too small right out of the box, but after I used them for a bit they fit true to size.

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Rheawrote a review of on January 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these skis! These stiff skis can handle crud, moguls, traverses, and anything you throw at them. They still have some float through the pow, but the the Sheeva 11 would make a better powder specific ski. I spent a long time looking for a stiff and burly women's ski that wasn't just a a girly dumbed-down version of the mens. My go-to ski for an Alta day!

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Rheawrote a review of on January 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been looking for a slip on boot for a while and these ticked all the boxes. They look polished and can be dressed up or down, while the serious sole is always ready for an unexpected hike. The weatherproofing shows, and I have been able to wipe mud and dirt off these boots and they still look new. I am hooked! They fit true to size.

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Rheawrote a review of on January 13, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This shirt is great for keeping the sun off and providing a little more warmth. I love the material and hidden zippered pockets. Unfortunately, the sizing is a bit weird. The shirt itself is pretty long on my torso, but the sleeves are too short, while the shoulders have a bit of extra room. While I am normally a XS/S, I think a XS would have been too tight in some places with some of the same issues in others. I will keep using it, but probably with the sleeves always pushed up.

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Rheawrote a review of on January 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: S/Reg

I have used these pants for 4 seasons and they are still in near perfect shape. The Keprotec instep guards are a game changer. Every other pair of ski pants I have ever used have eventually gotten thrashed from sharp edges, but these have held up season after season. Skiing, snowshoeing, dancing, and maybe a couple of nights sleeping in these and they are still going strong.

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