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Sara Poindexter

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Sara Poindexter

Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on May 4, 2017

Party Sunnies
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs

I love my Collette's by Smith, but when it's time to get weird, Sydney is where it's at. I have the flecked mulberry with rose gold mirror lenses and I love them. Compared to Smith's higher-end/more expensive Chromapop lenses, they bad boys still have great clarity with minimal glare. Chromapop is something to experience, but if you want to save some $$ these are fantastic option. I can't wait to rock these and summer concerts, beach days, and festivals.

Photo: Huckleberry and I are psyched for warmer days!

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on May 4, 2017

Humbled.
5 5

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

Being loyal to the Houdini jacket, I was skeptical when the air shed rolled out. Breathable, while still blocking some wind AND repelling water? We'll see. After a fall, winter, and spring of trail running, touring, mountain biking, and trips to the gym, my skepticism was laid to rest. The air-shed slays. Sure during the most fowl weather days (insane wind, and some rain), I'll reach for the houdini, but most days, it's all air shed. Layer it with any base layer and you will hardly notice the early morning chill. Stuff it into your fanny pack during a big climb and pop it on for your descent and your good to go. Warm up at the gym or quick jaunt to the dog park, happy times.

Really what I love most is the breath-ability and pack-ability. It is seriously unnoticeable while you are wearing it, but man is it working hard for you! The DWR is also killer. Pour some water on it and watch the water roll around like fllubber! It is the face fabric of the nano-air after all, so it HAS to be good.

Photo: Spring riding in Nevada is perfect Airshed weather!

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

My husband's
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Really, my husband has never been nude since owning his first pair of camo baggies, I'll spare you the details. I was not sure when I brought these bad boys home, but for him, it was love at first site and I become chop liver. The baggies pants are made of durable nylon with a DWR, which makes them a really great lightweight shell pant for spring/winter hiking or to pull on post skiing or mountain biking. The camo print makes these his party pants, so he really has no reason to where anything else.

Photo: Post ride in Quincy, Ca. Also pictured is Patagonia's Nano Air jacket and a random panda shirt.

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

Shreds.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Favorite mountain bike shirt. Fits a bit more generously than other Patagonia tech T's, which allows for good air flow and more coverage on the back. You can also a achieve a more downhill look, if that is what you are after. The raglan sleeves help too. The back zipper pocket comes in handy for snacks, keys, end emergency TP. Tropic comfort also slays on a paddle board and in hiking boots.

Photo: Beach break while mountain biking in Jamaica with the hubby. Tropic comfort lived up to it's name!

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

Yes!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I don't always want to look like I smell of the mountains, and this is the answer to my prayers, without sacrificing on quality and performance. The mountain view is cut a bit longer in the back and has a nice high collar, making it perfect for spring/early fall bike commuting. It has even made an appearance on the ski hill this spring. It's super lightweight and soft, but blocks the wind and sheds water too. Performance aside, she dresses up really nice but also kills it post yoga.

Photo: Sometimes I have to be a train-riding city person for work. Thanks Mountain View, for blending me in a bit. Also pictured is the Refugio 28L backpack. The side straps hold a yoga mat surprisingly well!

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

Great multifunctional tank
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: xs

Finally a tank to break my obsession with Patagonia's layering tank. The Gatewood tank has been my go-to for running, yoga, and the gym this spring. It is super lightweight, fast drying, and the polygiene (ant-stinky treatment) works exceptionally well with this fabric. (Think the opposite of old capeline 2, yikes). Fit is a bit different than other tanks, looser on the top and bit snugger around the hips (this really helps it stay put during inversions or running!). Bonus: Wear with a fun strappy bra!

Photo: Running in Zion. Also pictured is the Duck Bill Trucker, everyone should have this hat.

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

Love for the mid-layer mullet.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

My biggest grievance with the classic nano-air is that it can be bit warm for high output activities such as touring, xc-skiing, and cold weather mountain biking/running . I love the stretch, breathability, and the DWR works like a dream, so I was psyched when the light hybrid came out. This has been my go-to midlayer all winter long, it will defiantly come in hand this summer to for early morning high sierra hikes and camping.

Photo: XC-skiing on the shore of lake Superior this past February. NALH for the win!

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

First, the name. Who does not want some pow slaying action in their life? This is my first pair of bibs, and I'm never going back. The fit is on point. Not too baggy, not too slim, and not too much material going up my back or chest to keep me cooler while skinning. They are very breathable and lightweight, but burly enough to stand up to trees or whatever I run into. They are also way less crunchy than seasons prior (win!). Perhaps the BEST feature on these bad boys is the drop seat. I think I can pee easier wearing these than regular snow pants (double win!). I have electron blue, and it is beautiful!

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on December 13, 2016

The raddest of the rad.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I'm really digging the Stretch Nano Storm, a true wolf in sheep'€™s clothing. I know that is not exactly how the saying goes, but it's true! She is sleek enough to wear as an everyday winter jacket, but packs a big technical punch to kill it on the ski hill. I took this jacket out for a spin at Squaw Valley this weekend and she kept me warm and dry with minimal bulk. Then I thought, let's keep this party going and wore her to one of Reno's signature holiday pub crawls. Can your winter jacket do that? A++.

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

Can I never wear anything else?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: xs

Like most 21st century women, I don't wear "real" pants anymore. Why would I when these tights are an option?

The fit of these tights is spot on, a huge improvement on previous seasons. Not only that, they hold their shape after multiple wears during a myriad of activities. No saggy butt here! Pair with tall boots and a sweater and can transform from desk-jockey to yogi faster than Clark Kent to Superman.

*note-feather grey is softer than the other colors. The other two colors are a tad thicker.

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

During product clinics, nothing evokes more excitement than the Nano Air. From the stories people tell, it seems like it's been in the line as long as the Snap-T. She might be the new kid on the block, but she has staying power.

If I HAD to keep only one Patagonia jacket, this would be it. It insulates as discreetly as a nano puff, as comfortable as an R3, wicks moisture like capeline, and breathes and stretches better than anything in it's class.

It's most notable feature (aside from all the others) is how well it breaths and wicks moisture. During a recent backcountry tour, I took my backpack off and realized I sweat through my jacket. I never would have known since my back and baselayer was totally dry! Amazing!

Nano Air, try it, you'll like it.

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Sara Poindexterwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

Always Bring a Houdini...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

The only thing better than a Houdini jacket is a Houdini pullover. It's simplistic design allows it disappear even more than it's predecessor, if that is at all possible. This piece is stellar on the trail, whether it's on foot, wheels, or even skins; always on the move between bags. The snaps go deep enough for easy on and off, you can even keep your helmet on! The lightweight, but durable polyester shell does a fantastic job of blocking the wind while going unnoticed. The Kangaroo pocket doubling as a stuff sack is a great addition and shows the thoughtfulness of this design. Who knew something so small could do so much? Magic I guess. Now if we could only make Houdini gloves...

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