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Serindipitie

Serindipitie

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Serindipitie's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Climbing
Running

Serindipitie's Bio

I've walked the Camino de Santiago, hike often, avid road-biker,, runner, traveler, hot air ballooner and writer. If it goes fast or it goes somewhere, I'm in!

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From the dog:
Twitter: @hankahoula
Instagram: @hankahoula

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on March 6, 2016

Great adventure pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hank: 50 lbs
Pack size: Small

I got this for my dog Hank to serve two purposes : a comfy hardness with a handle for occasional quick carry up hiking large rocks, and so he could carry his own water/poop bags/snacks, if necessary. I didn't like the other large and lopsided packs I'd often seen on dogs.

The design is sleek, breathable and comfy. It is not bulky and cumbersome like many of the packs I've seen.My aussie/catahoula mix Hank wears the small and I find it just the right size to work solely as a comfortable harness for hikes, but it is also useful for loading up (with small things, there isnt much extra room with two full water bottles) with gear for longer hikes. The straps are very adjustable so it can be made to fit snug enough to keep it from moving around. It is comfortably padded enough for picking him up with the handle for technical hikes. Added bonus: the two water bottles that are included with the pack are great. They don't hold a lot of water, but enough to be useful. I think any more weight would be too much for his 50 lb. size to carry, anyway.

I easily give this 5 stars, Hank doesn't hike without it! Love the added tag on the inside for name and info.

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on October 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is super handy to have camping. You can cut veggies on it, keep your coffee spoons off the ground/dirty picnic table with it, and then fold it right back up and be on your way.

If I was going for a lightweight / tough hike adventure, I'd probably leave this at home. Its definitely not a necessity, just really handy.

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on October 9, 2015

Super cute, super comfy.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this bag. I purchased it actually on accident and am glad I did. It is my first down bag. Coincidentally the petit size was on sale, and I just fit the height recommendation for the bag, so I went with it. I'm just over 5'6 and make it work comfortably, but I'd recommend going for the regular size for anyone also on the cusp.

I sleep very comfortably in this bag down to 40 degrees, and haven't yet tried it any colder. I pair it with the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad (20x66x3.25) and all fits perfect. I also prefer to sleep with a sleep sack (the neon green one seen in this pic supposedly bug repellent) In the summer time in the desert I actually just laid the bag on top of my Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite pad and slept okay. You definitely want some sort of padding beneath you. I feel spoiled while camping sleeping on the Air Core pad.

I enjoy the extra padding that tucks up around my neck and face, and the pillow pouch where you can tuck in your pillow, so it also doesn't slide around as you sleep. You can't beat this lightweight little bag for the price and comfort!

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

The Comfy Hike Pants
5 5

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

They do the job! Cool and comfortable (also great in cold weather with another tight layer underneath them, I use my running pants.) They are quite baggy in some areas, and slim around the bottom, but they make a girls butt look great! And they get lots of "super cute!" comments. They're just huge in the thighs. Awesome great hiking pants, especially rolled up, and very light, and dry super fast which is awesome for backpacking trips.

Another perk is that these don't seem to ever wear out, this is now 2 years after buying them. They've been hand washed, washing machine washed, (never dried) and have no signs of wear, even after going through the Camino de Santiago 200+ miles in Spain.

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

Hank is one happy hikin' dog!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hank has all white feet, which means all pink pads. He regularly goes hiking with me and would continuously come back with "tender " feet, and on some hikes he would just come back with ripped paw pads. His feet just never toughened up.

Not taking him hiking was just not an option, so I decided to cave and invest in the Ruffwear boots for him. These are almost crucial on some of the desert hikes we go on, protecting him not only from sharp rocks, but cholla cactus and hot ground as well! He also has added traction with the boots on, allowing him to almost stick to the side of slippery rocks when climbing up.

Hank is 45 lbs and has slightly smaller than average feet, he wears a size small in these boots.

* I think the Ruffwear Bark'n Boot Liners are also crucial to these boots. As expensive as they are, I am always paranoid about losing one of the boots on a hike while running or at night. As far as I know, you cannot purchase individual boots on the off chance that you do lose one! They did occasionally slip off and gather dirt before I purchased the liners. The liners though, seem not only to pad his paws and keep them more dry, but it allows the shoes to strap on a little bit tighter and keep them from ever falling off. You can see more of Hank's hiking adventures (with his boots) on www.instagram.com/hankahoula

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I take this pad on all of my adventures! Great for sitting on for a picnic, super lightweight, and it tucks nicely into the outer straps of my overnight backpack. It's not a pad you will try and squeeze into your backpack, but rather strap onto the outside.

Added bonus- the little dips of egg-carton pattern collect any moisture that may collect overnight in your tent, keeping your sleeping bag dry. It keeps your sleeping pad elevated enough to keep the cold from moving up into the bag, and it's squishy enough to protect your hips and shoulders from the ground.

You can also rest assured, your sleeping pad will never deflate. ;)

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

Super cool, comfy summer cycling tank.
4 5

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

I ride in the desert a lot, and this super cool and comfy tank is just what I'd needed.

I will add, as far as fit is concerned, I'm a curvy/athletic gal and found the tank to be oddly fitting around the chest. It's almost too big in the chest area, or perhaps on the sides of the chest. It doesn't keep it from still being a comfy cycling shirt.

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

5 5

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

These are my go-to cycling shorts. Hearing rumors of Pearl Izumi's "epic padding", and especially women's padding, I had to try a pair. They are affordable, tuck in your tummy ever so slightly as you ride and offer amazing comfort for 40+ mile rides. Fit great, durable and comfortable!

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

My favorite go-to comfy camp shirt.
5 5

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

I love this shirt! It's super soft, drapes down over my belt loops, great with yoga pants, hike pants, blue jeans, or even to sleep in. I've taken it on every camping and hike trip I've been on since I bought it, and that's quite a bit.

I would call myself a curvy or athletic build gal and didn't find this shirt shapeless at all, in fact it fit very femininely.

Its been washed numerous time and has shown no signs of fading or wear. Definitely my favorite hike/adventure shirt!

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These extremely comfortable shoes gave me the hike support and lightness I was looking for in a new shoe. I'm usually partial to Merrell's shoes because they almost always have a wider toe-box than most shoes (which fits my wide feet). But these, like my Merrell Ascend Gloves, which I use for trail running when less rocks are involved, seem to get scuffed and rubbed out at the widest part of the foot first.

I bought them in my regular shoe size and they fit wonderfully, with enough room in the toe for going down hill for long periods of time. They are also very breathable, which is great for hot days and living in the desert.

Still, while they show slight wear after just 30 miles, the rest of the shoe is sturdy and I actually went straight out and did a difficult day hike in them, with no rubbing or issue. No break-in period. Very comfy and agile with grip on the sides for light trail running up and down rocky mountain climbs.

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on January 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this for my boyfriend for his birthday because his old hydration pack was difficult to put water into and the seal kept coming off. It also didn't hold more than a set of keys and a cell phone, and I ended up carrying our snacks and food.

This pack has a lot of room for lunch/snacks/extras and the water reservoir slides in and out easily from the pack itself. Something I wish my own pack could do. Essentially, he does a lot of running and needed something to fit closely to his body that wouldn't annoy him while running up and down mountains. This does just that! He can now also carry his fair share of the food ;)

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Serindipitiewrote a review of on June 16, 2013

3 5

I get the see-through comment that someone mentioned, they are rather clingy for a girl with a booty. They are also big in the waist area, tight around the back side and thighs, and overall oddly fitting on a girl with curves. I still get a lot of use out of them, but next time I would get a darker color, the brown I thought I ordered turned out more of a khaki-camel color, making it of course more "see-through"

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