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Rhea

Rhea

Rhea's Passions

Skiing
Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Biking
Snowshoeing
Running
Fly Fishing

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Rheawrote a review of on May 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes are stylish, comfy, stiff for great power transfer, and cooling with their venting system! I am a size 8 and a 39 fit great. 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- there must be a better way for future designs. 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 in case they break vs. wire lacing systems like the Pearl Izumi BOA system ( I am sure its great but I am firmly on team laces).

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Rheawrote a review of on May 15, 2019

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 used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

I am usually a size 25ish 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. Not sure what the purpose of jeans style pockets are in any bike shorts, as things will just fall out if you're biking. 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

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! Everyones feet are different, but these provided me a 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 an 8 worked great for me.

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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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