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Samantha M.

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Samantha M.

Samantha M.wrote a review of on December 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these boots for 2 years, and there's nowhere they haven't been. Rain, snow, slush, mud, mountains, street and campground. They're a quick on & off (I've worn holes in the inside lining from lazily sliding on/off instead of lacing). Cons are once these get wet they transfer the cold to your feet, even with cabin socks. Also traction on ice is hilariously absent with the herringbone tread pattern. But hey, they're rain boots.

At long last, the waterproofing is starting to give in where the sole and upper meet so I'll be retiring them from puddle jumping. These are my 3rd pair of Sorels and none of them have disappointed.

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Samantha M.

Samantha M.wrote a review of on December 3, 2018

5 5

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

I wear this top all the time- literally. I'm anemic so I'm always cold and this thing is the base of everything I wear. I've had it for over a year. I use it hiking year-round. In summer I pop it over a tank until the sun comes up and in winter it's my baselayer under a hoodie & puffy. It has this magical way of knowing what temperature I want to be and makes me that. Added bonus of somehow not being see-through despite how lightweight it is. Worth every cent.

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Samantha M.

Samantha M.wrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A super delayed review - I've had mine for five years but wanted to rave about how long this pack has lasted. It's taken me through my high school and college years and past that, into hiking mountains and camping and weekend stays. The cooler pocket is my favorite, a more rare Dakine pack feature. (Hey Dakine, make more packs with cooler pockets!!). Bonus tip: throw a hydration pack in the laptop sleeve and thread the tube through the top, throw a rubber band on the shoulder strap and boom- you have a hydration daypack. As far as maintenance, it goes through the washer and dryer every couple weeks (supposed to air-dry, never have time for it to sit around). The only physical damage is some of the interior lining is fraying inside the laptop sleeve - no biggie. Dakine gives you your money's worth for years. Your pattern will go out of style before your pack fails you.

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Samantha M.

Samantha M.wrote a review of on February 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this for a 15-mile summer day hike and a 10-mile winter day hike. Before this pack, I used a normal backpack for hiking. And I'll never go back. The anti-gravity support with the mesh back panel is amazing! Even fully stuffed, there were times I'd forget the pack was there. It centers the weight perfectly on my back vs. having a backpack sliding around with every step. Love the magnetic bite valve and the rain cover that tucks in. Other reviewers mention the pack squeaks, mine doesn't. A few cons: The hip belt pockets' zippers are at an awkward angle and my iPhone 6 doesn't fit in it, more ideal for a pocket knife or keys. Haven't figure out the trekking pole storage loops either. This pack was less practical for a winter hike, as I was frequently changing layers and having to remove everything to get what I needed & re-cinch the pack. (Bonus: you can get snow shoes strapped to the pack if you're handy with bungee cords). Overall a stellar first pack, will definitely be upgrading to a bigger size for several-day hikes.

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