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Sheena

Sheena

THE WEST

Sheena's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Climbing

Sheena's Bio

Family of four exploring the West, collecting memories instead of things.
follow our adventures at:
www.inthelittleredhouse.blogspot.com

IG @_sheenarae

contact: sheenajibson@gmail.com

prints: http://society6.com/sheenarae/prints

Sheena

Sheenawrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 32/30

I'm writing this review for my husband, who literally as I type this sentence is wearing these pants. I'll admit, I took a risk picking these up for him--he's a pretty die-hard Prana pants guy, and it's hard to convince him to try anything else. But the second he tried these on he was completely sold--I have a feeling there will be many Performance Twill Pants in his future.

The fit is spot on for guys on the slimmer side. Many of the previous Patagonia pants he's tried have been too baggy and sloppy looking-- but the cut of these make them the perfect pants for literally just about everything. He wears them to work--they look great with a button down, but also work with a t-shirt and sandals or slip-ons and a flannel. He's hiked in them, camped in them, made fancy schmancy business transactions in them, and taken me to sushi--all in the same pants (I do believe they were washed in between).
He says, and I quote, "they are a little too stiff to climb in, but other than that they are a pretty awesome all-around pair of pants. I think I may actually want the green pair too....."

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Sheenawrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I have just got into biking the past few years and have pretty much hated trying to find clothes to ride in. I'm not built like your typical buff biker chic, so I always felt like I was swimming in bike shorts--and had yet to find something that was actually comfortable.
I was able to snag these for a killer price at an outlet sale, and I've been wearing them several times a week since!

The chamois is soooooooooooo comfortable. Seriously--it fits perfect. The wide waistband stays in place and doesn't dig in. It's fitted in all the right places without being too tight, and super cushy for hours in the saddle. I am usually dying to get out of my shorts after a ride, but I've had no problem keeping these on for dinner and the car ride home. The chamois is so good, I really wish Patagonia would consider selling it separately.

I'd give the shorts themselves 4 stars--they are almost a 5, but I think Patagonia could make a few changes to get that extra star. The material is perfect--super cool, comfortable, quick drying. I really have washed them a million times and they still look great.
BUT: the look is a bit frumpy--I think they could be just a little more fitted on the leg--not tight--they just need some more shape to them.
And hey Patagonia--WHY DO THE GUYS GET A ZIPPER POCKET?! (That's me yelling for equality ;) The front pockets are extra deep and fit my phone, but when I'm flying down the mountain I want to make sure it stays secure--give us a zipper too!

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Sheenawrote a review of on July 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

As much as I've loved wearing this jacket around town on warmer winter days, crazy Utah spring weather, and cool summer evenings in the mountains, it really has been more of a casual jacket for me rather than a technical piece. I just can't find where it fits in to my jacket arsenal as far as layers go. If I want a warm layer, I'll just go with my down sweater, if I want a lighter piece I'll go with something breathable like the Nano Air hybrid. I'm sure there is a place for it, but I tend to be freezing or overheating, so when I find my ideal layering pieces, I don't tend to stray to far from my favorites.

That being said, I have been reaching for this one as my camping layer this summer, and as far as an every day jacket goes, here's why this pullover is great:
THE POUCH: Honestly, all jackets should have a pouch like this one. I can run into stores without a purse, and put my phone, keys, and wallet in the magical pouch--it's holds SO much--plus there are still pockets for my hands. I also have an irrational fear of being somewhere without a snack--I can stash all kinds of goodies in this pouch!
COMFORT: Super soft, super comfortable. I love my pullover Patagonia fleece, but you know when you try to take it off and all your shirts underneath come with it, and your arms are stuck, and your head is stuck, and you kinda look like an idiot when you have to ask for help to get the pullover off your head? (You know this has happened). This actually just pulls right off you head--no flashing your friends, no asking for help.
It's not baggy, it's not fitted, it's just right.

The hood doesn't do much for me--it's tiny, but I'll for sure take this into some chilly canyons in the fall-I know it will fit great under a helmet.

Overall, really cool every day piece!

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Sheenawrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I am pretty much Goldilocks when it comes to body temp--I have a hard time finding a happy balance between too hot and too cold. I have been pulling out this jacket for the last several months for all different weather conditions.

Cold Temps: When I'm running in the cold, I heat up pretty quickly, and often find myself overheating in 20-30 degree runs in most jackets. I've tried every combination of layers but if the sun is shining I usually end up too warm and sweaty--even in two feet of snow. I honestly don't understand how this jacket breaths and vents like it does--but it makes it extremely comfortable to run in cold temperatures. With 20-30 degree temps I was comfortable with just a tank and this piece--it keeps my core warm, and my armpits breathing, with NO overheating and no sticky soggy layers--where does all the moisture go??! I have no idea how it works, but it does!

Rain: I have worn this jacket in light to medium rain/sleet/ hail/ snow, and literally watched the moisture bead up and roll right off. It's so breathable, it doesn't offer up the same wind protection as something like the Houdini or Airshed, but for running in moisture it has been great.

Summer climbing: We love to head up high to beat the summer temps, but again, since I'm Goldilocks, I tend to be cold standing in the shade belaying ,or early morning climbs before the sun hits the wall. I love this jacket because it's super comfortable, allows for full range of motion, and I can belay and climb without having to take my jacket off--I don't heat up too much when I start to climb.

Fit/Features: This jacket does run a bit larger than other Patagonia jackets--it's more of a relaxed fit. I love the thumbholes on the sleeves, and this jacket does a pretty good job fending off the stink--I really can't remember the last time I washed it. I was nervous with how soft it is that it wouldn't do well against the rocks, but I've climbed in it and there is no wear at all.

A definite must-have if you tend to be like Goldilocks in your outdoor adventuring.

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Sheenawrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I have been running in strider shorts for the last 5 years, and honestly have no reason to buy any other shorts--they are the BEST! Super comfy and wearable for hours.

To reply to the review that said they are big compared to last year's--last year's sizing was messed up! I have consistently worn an XS in Patagonia shorts, and last year they were so tight I felt like I put on 5 pounds--I couldn't wear them for more than a couple miles without being annoyed at how awkward they fit. This year the sizing is back to where it was, and the fit is perfect. I love the wide waistband, the leg holes are fitted yet roomy. The back zipper pocket is a nice addition too. Super happy with these shorts :)

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Sheenaposted an image about on June 19, 2017

Keeping it real....

This is a photo of my dirty car floor. I've had this black hole cube for the past year, and I keep it full of first aid supplies shoved under the front seat. We pull it out and stuff it in our packs, my kids raid it for bandaids and leave it on the floor where it gets stepped on and kicked around the falls out of the car....you get the idea. It gets pretty beat up...yet besides being dirty, shows no wear and tear. I reviewed these cubes last year because I was so impressed with their durability, but just wanted to update that one year later we continue to kick them around and beat them up, and they still impress us with how tough they are.

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Sheenawrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I have to confess: I have been loyal to my Houdini for the past year of running, biking, hiking, and didn't think anything could be better....and then I met the Airshed. At first I felt guilty leaving my Houdini stuffed in my closet, but the more time I spent in my Airshed, the less I thought about my once favorite jacket.

My favorite thing about the Airshed is the breathability. Spring weather runs are hard to dress for--you're hot, then you're cold, repeat. I have found that for runs in the early morning when I need a light layer--this is perfect. I can keep it on even when I warm up--I just unzip and I cool off surprisingly quick. Chilly bike rides can be tough to dress for--you're cold on the downhill but don't want a jacket sticking to you when you're climbing--the Airshed doesn't stick! It somehow keeps the air magically flowing so you stay comfortableg going up and down.
Also, you know when you're running or riding in the Houdini, and you SWEAR someone is right behind you because of that classic windbreaker sound? The airshed is softer and there's no mysterious "whoosh whoosh whoosh" noise.

I've worn it in light rain, and watched the water roll off. I haven't been in any crazy winds yet, but I'm excited to see how it compares to the Houdini cutting the wind when I'm up on summits.

I have used this multiple times a week for the last three months, and it still looks new every time I pull it out of the wash. While it's not stink proof, I feel like I can get a few more wears out of it than the Houdini before I start to think, "oh wait, that's ME that stinks."

Just like the Houdini, it's super portable and I usually just keep it balled up in my pack.

I can't praise this jacket enough--can I give it 6 stars?

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Sheenawrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs

I fell in love with Patagonia's Black Hole line last summer--it's really hard to even look at other bags once you've seen how these things hold up!

I'm a super active, outdoorsy, loves to play, busy mom, and I have a million totes lying around my house/garage/car, but this is the only one i am reaching for lately--why? It's TOUGH! I started out using this as my bike bag--I can throw in my shoes/helmet/gloves/glasses/clothes for after I ride, AND my camelbak and I still have room--it's surprisingly large, and the bottom isn't going to rip out. But what makes it better than your average tote is that it's SO easy to wash out. After a muddy ride I literally took the hose to it. I've also been using it to take to the lake--I can put sunscreen, snacks and towels in it. And when I accidentally leave it in the car all day (ok two days) full of wet towels (oops) and it smells....I can hose it out, wipe it off, and it's just like new.

I do wish the price was just a bit lower, and I wish it had a larger internal pocket (although the pocket it has does fit keys/phone/chapstick/snack), I would still highly recommend adding this to your Black Hole family.

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Sheenawrote a review of on October 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: xs

I'd been eying this piece ever since they released it but figured I was set with my trusty old synchilla. And then I tried it out, and I'm converted! The synchilla is super cozy, but it's also boxy and not the most flattering for petite frames--I usually save it for camping. This sweater is cozy AND really cute. I've worn it out all day in the mountains, and then around town--there's no need to take it off. It's not fitted, but it's not baggy--it's a great fit, and the perfect layer for fall.
The true test for me is always how well a piece washes, this one passes the test! It comes out just like new--no wear or fading.
I think Patagonia really hit the mark with this jacket--a great combination of performance and style!

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