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SarahAH

SarahAH

Mt Hood, OR

SarahAH's Passions

Running
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing
Biking
Snowshoeing
Paddling

SarahAH's Bio

Northwest blessed! Adrenaline junkie. Snowboarder. Hiker. Dirty little camper. Adventurer. Always Pacific Northwest Proud.

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SarahAHwrote a review of on August 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You can definitely feel the difference going from a worn-out Maxxis High Roller to the Minion DHF on the front tire... it corners really well, even on loose dirt/dust. Haven't tried it in wet conditions yet, but already really happy with the upgrade!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on August 21, 2017

Worth it
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn this helmet 3-4 times now, on both lift-assisted trails as well as some enduro trail riding. I'm pleasantly surprised how well-ventilated and light it is, considering it's a full-face helmet. I've worn it on 80 degree days, and while it's hot, anything is going to be hot going up and down dusty dirt trails in the direct sun. It's incredibly comfortable (not to mention awfully badass looking) and I couldn't be happier with it!

I would say to size down if you're debating between two sizes or on the cusp... the padding around the jaw packs out nicely.

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SarahAHwrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

There isn't a whole lot to say about these pants that hasn't been said. But here are the top 5 reasons I love them:
1) As hiking pants, these things can't be beat. They're stretchy and flexible, while still being moisture-wicking, lightweight, and flattering.
2) I love the option of the roll-up pant leg. At 5'5", the regular (32") inseam is slightly long for me, and unless I'm wearing thick hiking boots with a taller tread, they will drag on the ground just a bit. I love the option to roll them up into longer (mid-calf) capris to avoid this issue.
3) I love the colors this pant comes in. They're really flattering and versatile (not too bright).
4) Water resistance! Seriously!? I've worn these paddleboarding, and I'm surprised at how well they keep me dry even when I get splashed.
5) THEY CAN BE DISGUISED AS WORK PANTS. Oh my gosh, this is one of the best parts. With how comfy and cute they are, I've worn the black and grey/coal versions to work as "slacks"... and no one's the wiser!

They run SLIGHTLY bigger than normal. I wouldn't classify them as "running large", but normally I wear a size 8 in pants, and the size 8 in these fit around the waist but were slightly too baggy in the legs. As you move, because of the flexible fabric, they loosen up a bit, too. So if you're on the fence, I'd go your regular size if you want a looser fit in the legs (and comfortable in the hips), or possibly even a size smaller if you want things to fit a bit more snugly.
These have been through countless hikes, paddle boarding, backpacking trips, and worked their way into my casual wear... there's a reason I have 4 pairs in different colors! :)

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SarahAHwrote a review of on April 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I am 5'5", 140, and muscularly curvy in the butt and thigh region. I was hoping that a size 10 in these pants would work, based on other reviews and the size chart.
In my head, going to use these for downhill mountain biking, and some muddy, rainy-day hikes/ walks/ romps in the dog park. I wanted a slighty-stretchy, lightweight, but also durable pant. And I really, really wanted to like these! They fit the bill in all areas, except for fit. The waist and legs fit great (not too snug, not too big), but the hips were more accommodating than I needed them to be. I tried a smaller size, but when the hips/ seat would fit, then the legs/ waist were too tight. Agh!
The proportions just didn't work out in my favor. ...Bummer, too. Because they would be a great, versatile pant to add to the quiver.

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SarahAHwrote a review of on May 8, 2016

Osprey Kyte 36
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I upgraded my Osprey day pack from a Sirrus 24 to this Kyte 36, primarily because I wanted much more space than the Sirrus allotted me. During my day hikes, the Sirrus struggled to accommodate my 3L water bladder, snacks, all-mighty 22oz of liquid reward juice, and a sweatshirt... it felt like packing my sleeping bag back into it's very snug-fitting sheath. So I went with the Kyte after doing some research into Osprey's other packs, and I'm super glad I did. I loved the fit and technical options available for my original Osprey bag, and the Kyte has all those and more-- a zippered pocket on the bottom of the bag (presumably for a sleeping bag or other gear), clipped loops on the bottom of the bag (presumably for a sleeping pad), and a floating top pocket/ lid for easily-accessible extras (phone, camera, shot blocks, what have you...).
The two gripes I have about this bag are that my previous year's Sirrus bag had a back panel that actually sat away from your back (held in place by some awesome external frame system), rather than one like this that just has an aerated back panel. Although, to be honest, I just kind of accept the fact that when I go on a hike of any merit, no matter the back panel design/ breathability on a backpack, I'm always going to end up with swamp back.
The other gripe is that the dark magenta version of this bag (the one I have) has coral shoulder harness padding. While it's beautiful and I love the aesthetic, after hiking and sweating for several miles with the straps rubbing against me, the coral color transferred slightly onto my light grey shirt. It wasn't a huge deal, as it washed out and didn't stain, but it was a bit odd and should probably be addressed in the future.

As far as overall functionality, it's just what I need for more all-inclusive day hikes!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on March 22, 2016

Functional technical shell
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got this jacket this winter season to replace many seasons of Men's Burton AK cyclic jackets that I'd grown accustomed to wearing. I loved how roomy the AK fit of a men's jacket was, it gave me substantial length and maneuverability. It was the whole reason I went away from women's coats in the first place-- I didn't want it hugging my hips, or too short in the length that it kept skooching up my back. Most women's jackets are fashion before much function, so I had just stuck with guy's jackets for awhile to alleviate that problem. But after 4 or 5 seasons of riding in dude clothes, I wanted to see if I could get back on the horse and find women's outerwear that didn't sacrifice performance, function, or maneuverability, but allowed me to regain SOME of my identity as a female on the hill. This jacket was my happy compromise. I'm SO glad I found it!

While tighter than what I was used to (anything but a trash bag would have felt constricting when compared to what I was used to), I've dramatically gotten used to my new outerwear, and it's incredibly comfortable. I usually ride with a single underlayer underneath (a thicker Cilla fleece pullover top), though depending on the weather I can sometimes get away with something even thinner. Because of the AK line's unbeatable water and windproofing, it protects a lot and helps me hold my heat in, even if it is only just a shell. Another plus: the magenta/ cranberry ("poison") color is deep, vibrant, and beautiful. It's feminine without being overtly "pink", which I appreciate.

My one gripe (as with most women's jackets) is the lack of functional pockets. I'm always ragingly jealous of my guy friends' plethora of inside and outside pockets in their coats. While it does make the silhouette of the women's jacket a little more unobstructed and streamlined, for functionality sake, it'd be great to have a breast pocket or two (it does have two waist pockets and an internal media pocket, FYI). You can never have too much storage, though!

One more downside: I'm not sure why, but on EVERY description of this jacket, it mentions a "Removable powder skirt". ....It's definitely not removable, unless you're not shy with a pair of scissors to cut it out. It's sewn in as a part of the jacket, and isn't something you can just pop in and out. Just a head's up if that's something you're looking for in your gear!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on March 10, 2016

Anon WM1
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been wearing the Anon Realm's for YEARS, but when I saw a screaming deal on a pair of last year's WM1's, I had to get them and try them out. The magna-tech was a huge selling point (I'm someone who hates swapping out lenses), as was the enhanced peripheral vision from the Realms.

I'd read the reviews about fogging, and was definitely worried. I live in the PNW, where warm temps and precipitation (especially the R-word) are common. And while I haven't worn these more than 5 times so far since getting them, I have worn them in 32 degree snow/ rain, colder blower snow, and have hiked a bit in them to see if I can make them fog that way. The only issue I've had is if I put them on my head (specifically just my beanie-- being put on the helmet is fine), then they start to fog. But it hasn't been terrible to the point where I can't get them unfogged, either. It's a quick shake, and they're back to being fine. So I'm pleased to say I haven't experienced the fogging issues that some other people have with these goggles.
I also don't find them to be ostentatiously big (I don't feel like I have bug eyes), but they still provide good frame of vision.
So far, so good! I'm super pleased.

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SarahAHwrote a review of on March 9, 2016

Space Metal Fantasy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Initial impression: "Whoa, this is stiffer than I thought it would be. Not crazy-stiff, just stiffer-stiff. Did I order the wrong one? Are there multiple Space Metal Fantasy's with different flexibility ratings?! I thought this was a jib board! AHHH!!"

Impression after one run through the park: "Yep. I get it. I toooootally get it. YAHOOOOOOOOO!!!"

This board is a bit of a mystery to me, even now. I'm not sure how it's able to be a rocker shape, feel somewhat stiff (a bit difficult to press), and yet have pop on jumps and be forgiving on jibs! I don't get it, but then again, I'm not questioning it. It's a beautiful, beautiful hybrid... like some sort of snowboard unicorn.

SUPER stoked on this board purchase!!! Thanks to Sarah S. for all the help!!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on January 27, 2016

My first snowshoes (aww!)
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these for doing some mellower winter hikes. Also am hoping to strap these on, grab my snowboard, and hike into some untouched areas around the ski resorts I live near. Because of both of these uses, I was worried that the 25" Tubbs Journeys wouldn't accommodate my hiking boots (size 8) AND my snowboard boots (size 7), but they do! I love how adjustable they are, and they really can accommodate a range of footwear. They have taken me on several hikes so far, including one backpacking trip with 30+ pounds strapped to my back. Though the snow wasn't very deep (2-3 inches at most, but mostly hard-pack), the 25" Journeys comfortably accommodated me (5'5", 145 pounds) and my 30+ pound backpack. I never felt awkward or like I was struggling to dig them out of the snow-- they worked perfectly.
I've used some MSR snowshoes before, and while I enjoy their durability, I really prefer the Journeys. Though they were 3" longer than the MSR's I borrowed, they felt more nimble, less bulky, and more ergonomic-- I could step sideways, or a little off-axis on uneven terrain, and they were very, very forgiving and accommodating.
I should add that this is the first pair of snowshoes I've owned, and I don't plan on jogging/ running in them, nor taking them in crazy-deep snow consistently. So for an everyday hiking snowshoe (and even a snowshoe on an overnight backpacking trip!), they are perfect!
The 4 star rating is only because I haven't actually tested these out in deep snow, or in terribly steep conditions. I can't assess their use in those conditions yet.

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SarahAHwrote a review of on January 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got this sleeping pad after my former (non therm-a-rest brand) pad got a hole in it and bit the dust. I had only had that sleeping pad for two years/ summer backpacking seasons, which was kind of a bummer. I wanted to make sure I'd have a resilient, light, and thick pad to replace it, and I had seen great reviews for the Women's Prolite 4. I also liked the fact that this was rated as a 4-season sleeping pad, as I would be taking it on a winter backpacking adventure for it's inaugural trip.
This pad did AWESOME. I'm a side sleeper, which usually is hard to accommodate on a sleeping pad- the weight gets concentrated, and you end up not having enough cushion underneath you. But the Prolite 4 was thick enough to where I didn't feel the ground underneath me, and yet still packed up smaller than my original pad. With a 20 degree sleeping bag, this kept me perfectly warm. I'm super happy with my purchase thus far!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on July 9, 2015

Good day pack/ resort cruising bag
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me be clear: This isn't a bag I would take into the backcountry, or for anything more than just a pack to throw some supplies in and head to the river (or to throw some beers in and stash at the mountain). That being said, for what it is, it's a solid backpack. Plenty of space for some sandwiches, water (or even a bigger water bladder), snacks, and beer. I've taken it on shorter day-hikes, and it does great for that, too. The clips on the front of the bag can extend to hold a snowboard easily, and I've used it a few times to hike up to a lunch spot on Mt Hood during the summer.
Overall, for a $40 pack, and one that you can strap your board to, I have no complaints. It's lasted me 2 years now, and still in my regular rotation!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on June 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Has anyone in their right mind ever said no to a delicious gummy treat?! Apparently these even have some nutritional value to them... bonus!
These are perfect for backpacking. Super easy to throw in a pocket or pouch and munch really quick on the trail. Provides that awesome little bit of energy you need when you're really dragging ass and need some motivation!
Tastes a lot better than the gel energy shots-- much more palatable, and way easier to save a few of them to snack on later. The strawberry ones are my jam right now!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on June 2, 2015

Great concept...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

....however, dogs are finicky beasts, and each one is different.
I wish my pup Oakley loved these boots as much as I love them for him (they have freakin' Vibram soles! Talk about puppy luxury!), however he has had some difficulty adjusting to them.
My partner and I picked up these boots for our doggy-filled hiking and backpacking trips to areas with lava rock or excessive scree rock, so his precious little pads don't get scraped or cut.
Initially, when putting them on, he walks very, VERY awkwardly... high-stepping like a Clydesdale and often stopping to chew on the ankle straps in a frantic attempt to rip them off. We have learned to just keep hiking, and to call him on... usually he gets sick of messing with them and obliges us, in which case they are fantastic and help a lot. However he's had such a hard time getting used to them, and the velcro ankle straps seem to loosen pretty often... hence the 4/5 stars. The one saving grace I've found is weighing him down with a full puppy-pack (one of the Ruffwear dog bags) on our excursions... he barely notices the shoes! :)

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SarahAHwrote a review of on June 2, 2015

Awesome Unisex Jacket!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Men's Medium

It's a huge peeve of mine to wear women's snowboard jackets-- they are too fitted and too short, and most seem to be more "fashion over function". The flip side, is usually men's jackets are gigantic, shapeless, and unappealing to wear as a female.
Luckily, I found the Burton AK Cyclic Goretex jacket. While it's a men's jacket with all of the awesome technical features (AK is a must-have for soggy, PNW winters!), it doesn't feel like I'm wearing an ill-fitting trashbag. This jacket still allows for layers underneath, without being overly baggy. It's only a shell (albeit a high-performance shell), so layering is a necessity most of the time. But it holds heat well and I've never been wet-- Goretex is amazing! It's now the only jacket I will ever get.

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SarahAHwrote a review of on June 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What's better than a hot meal while backpacking? A GOOD hot meal while backpacking-- first thing in the morning! I have been unimpressed (and frankly, grossed out) by the dehydrated meals with eggs (the breakfast skillet meal, the eggs and bacon, etc). But this is a really good, delicious breakfast that you can do hot or cold on the trail. For me, the serving size is perfect-- just enough to get you going and keep you energized for packing up and hiking out of camp. Definitely has become a staple of my backpacking adventures!

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SarahAHwrote a review of on June 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Definitely feel that this is a super important, necessary carabiner for top-rope/ sport climbing! It eliminates cross-loading while you're belaying a climber, so you don't have a potentially dangerous/ fatal situation due to improper belay orientation. TOTALLY worth the price, especially if you are being belayed by a somewhat-inexperienced belayer... you want them to use this. :)

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SarahAHwrote a review of on June 1, 2015

Great deal on the package!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a way comfortable women's harness for the price point-- not top-of-the-line (including no ventilation on the hip/ leg straps), but incredibly comfortable and easy/ quick to adjust in the moment.
The package comes with the harness, a belay device, a chalk bag, and a locking carabiner. My one suggestion (and the reason for the 4/5 stars) would be to include a locking carabiner that allows for proper belay orientation (to minimize the risk of cross-loading... which is super scary and INCREDIBLY dangerous), especially for folks that are picking everything up in a package and getting ready to hit the crag. Other than that, I dig the harness and package, and it's served me well in the few months since I purchased it.
I am 5'5" and 140 pounds, and I fit a size Small just fine.

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SarahAHwrote a review of on May 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's a reason Burton is so popular in the snowboard community, and it's not because of their price point or lower-end gear. It's because of boots like this on their higher end, and because they really, really know what they're doing when it comes to new technology. "Boots? Technology?" Yeah, I know, but it's true. I'm not sure how it's possible, but this boot is simultaneously the most supportive, structured, and comfortable I've ever ridden... and I'm not sure how that's possible. It boggles the mind.
I've had this boot for over 3 years, ride over 60+ days a season, and it's still standing-- and doing awesome. I've never had wet feet, never had cold toes, never had my toes go numb, and have not lost any structure or maneuverability in these boots... several problems I've heard about from people who don't have a higher-end boot.
I've ridden these in powder, park, and all-around cruising, and they continue to perform and do fantastic. So comfortable that I've stuck around in them for hours after I'm done riding.
The one thing I've noticed is that they run a bit big. I'm normally a size 8-8 1/2 in regular shoes, but I fit a size 7 in these boots- so definitely try them on before you buy them.

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