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Sasha

Sasha

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Hiking & Camping
Running
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Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing

Sasha's Bio

Marathons in very odd places (North Pole! Antarctica!), anything that involves horseback, anywhere that the pup can come too

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Sashawrote a review of on November 1, 2015

5 5

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

A while ago I reviewed this jacket purely from the wind-protector perspective, since I wore it to run the Antarctica Ice Marathon. Then I wore it to raft the Grand Canyon, but it's tough to determine water-proofness when the water is coming at you like a fire hose. But this summer, I wore this jacket on a long backcountry horseback pack trip in the Washakie Wilderness, and it proved its rain-worthiness beyond a doubt. One day we were on the horses for about 10 hours and over 20 miles, and it rained the entire time. And wherever this coat was covering me, I stayed dry! In fact, my brother was so jealous that we just ordered him the men's version as a birthday present for him. This is a fantastic coat for any adventure I can come up with, and that's saying something.

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Sashawrote a review of on June 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I LOVE these shirts. I bought one for my base layer for the Antarctic Ice Marathon, and it was perfect because it was soft against my skin, allowed me to move comfortably without being restrictive or sliding around, and it definitely kept me warm. I just wore one as my top layer (over a Tshirt) to hike Mt Katahdin in Maine, and again it was perfect-- didn't ride up or slide around while I was scrambling around on rocks and kept me warm in the wind on the peak. I wear Larges because I don't like shrink-wrap fitted base layers (that whole movement thing), and the sleeves fit perfectly!

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Sashawrote a review of on June 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Bought these to stay dry while rafting the Colorado River for a week, and they definitely did the trick (until a rapid sent water UP my pants legs, but that's not Marmot's fault!) I like that they're thin, so even in hot weather, they're comfortable. I bought Large to be able to wear them over hiking pants and boots, but I don't think a smaller size would have been long enough for my 36" legs. Definitely like the ankle side zips to slip them on over shoes without having to take anything off.

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Sashawrote a review of on June 3, 2014

4 5

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

I tested the wind-protection in Antarctica, and I just tested the water-protection on a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. Two thumbs up on all accounts. The jacket does not have any insulating capability at all, so if you're getting cold you'll need extra layers underneath (and there's plenty of room), but it will definitely keep you dry and block the wind!

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Sashawrote a review of on February 4, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

When it comes to keeping your feet warm, these boots are perfect. I rented a pair for a trip to Antarctica and cold toes were NEVER an issue .... stood out on the ice runway for over 30 minutes, went hiking for an hour, went cross-country skiing for three hours .... feet stayed warm and toasty the WHOLE time. I only wore one layer of wool socks.

My only problem is the fit. My rented boots were way too big; nothing I can do about that. I bought myself a pair when I got home, and they feel slightly too snug in the toes but the heel slips. I wore them snowmobiling anyway and again, feet were comfortable the ENTIRE time. I'm just skeptical about if these will be useful for activities that involve a lot of walking .... a size down will not fit, so hopefully the heel slippage doesn't get any worse and the liner forms around my toes and feels more comfy over time.

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Sashawrote a review of on January 3, 2014

3 5

Wore this for the Antarctic Ice Marathon and I'm still a bit conflicted if it was the right choice. I could breathe ok, which was good. It stayed on my face well, and the velcro allows you to modify the fit as necessary. But it froze from my breathe condensing. And by the end, it had rubbed the skin off the bridge of my nose. The most annoying thing was that it caused my goggles to fog up, and then they froze over. How does one defeat that problem?

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Sashawrote a review of on January 3, 2014

3 5

Very warm, very comfortable, glad I had them when I got stranded in Antarctica for 5 days longer than planned. However, they're just not really meant for athletic girls. Or tall girls. As with most long-johns, they don't go all the way down to my ankles (I'm 5'10") and they are tight through the thighs and around the calves, but loose on the hips.

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Sashawrote a review of on January 3, 2014

4 5

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

Wore this for half of the Antarctic Ice Marathon and it was warm and comfortable for the run. I like the loop in the sleeves to help keep them down when you're putting other layers on top of the shirt. I thought the sizing was fine. 13.1 miles of running apparently maxes out the odor control capability though, because when I had to wear this shirt again a few days later (we got snowed in and I ran out of clothes) it definitely reeked.

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Sashawrote a review of on January 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Wore these for the Antarctic Ice Marathon, over a pair of winter running tights, and they did exactly what they were supposed to do - kept the wind at bay. They're light and comfortable. Quite slim fitting; I'd order up from your usual pants size, especially if you intend to layer.

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Sashawrote a review of on January 3, 2014

4 5

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

I bought this jacket specifically for the Antarctic Ice Marathon for wind protection, and it worked out perfectly. Roomy enough for layering underneath and to allow me to move comfortably while running, but fitted enough to not be bulky. I really like how the hood stays on when the jacket is zipped, regardless of how windy it may be. I'm not sure I agree with the tech specs comment that it's guaranteed breathable .... there is condensation on the inside whenever I wear it to run, and my fleece was covered in frost during the marathon because there was no air moving in the jacket. But it did a darn good job against the wind, and that's what I wanted! Love it!

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Sashawrote a review of on October 10, 2013

5 5

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

THESE SHOES ARE FANTASTIC! They took me through my initial transition to barefoot, which involved a lot of walking for the first several months. My very first pair lasted for about 10 months, with over 100 miles of running and countless miles of regular daily wear, before I noticed a hole wearing through the bottom of the right shoe. I wore them on trails, on pavement, walking, running, hiking, for rafting ..... I love how light they are, and I never ever had a single blister. Absolutely love them, will never go back.

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Sashawrote a review of on October 10, 2013

2 5

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

I have been living in Merrell Pace Gloves for almost a year now, and I wanted to get a second pair of shoes specifically for road runs. This seemed like a comparable option. However, these run larger than I expected, and I felt like my feet were slapping with every step because I was wearing clown shoes. For whatever reason, these shoes also blistered my right big toe and the ball of my right foot on the side, which has never happened in my other barefoot Merrells. I sent them back. Guess I'm sticking with the Pace Glove!

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Sashawrote a review of on April 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When it comes to the intended use of these gloves, they are fantastic. The windbreaker mitten works really well, and they are warm without being overly bulky. Every time a blizzard hit the northeast US this winter, I was out running wearing these and my fingers stayed toasty the whole time. If I started to get a little warm, I would take off the mitten part for a few minutes to let my hands cool down. My only complaint is about the fit of the gloves, which is really bizarre. I do not have small hands, and I have quite long fingers. However, the first pair of these gloves that I had were a size medium, which is what I usually wear, and the pointer finger and thumb were SO long that I could completely fold them over down to my first knuckle. So I exchanged them for a small, and the thumb is still about a quarter inch too long! The rest of the glove fits snugly, so going down yet another size isn't an option. If you have really long thumbs, these will be perfect. If you have average or short thumbs, these gloves will not fit properly.

*Update after the Antarctic Ice Marathon: Wore these with a thin glove liner underneath and my hands were warm and toasty the entire race. Being able to flip off the wind mitten for some temperature control was great.

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