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Sydney McDowell

Sydney McDowell

Salt Lake City, UT

Sydney McDowell

Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love the color and design of this tank, but it ran a lot smaller than I anticipated. It's a bit short in length and the fabric is thin so it would be an awesome top in the Summer time. I tend to go back and forth between a Medium and Large in sizing for tops, but I would need a Large or even an X-Large to wear this one.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

Life Saver
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My 3 month old puppy LOVES this thing! He's been tearing up toys like a mad man, but the Gnawt-A-Cone has held up beautifully. I've been freezing peanut butter in the center of the toy to keep him occupied while I'm at work and he stays busy for hours. The funky shape of the cone also makes it fun to use for fetch, because it keeps the dog running all over the place when it bounces on the weird edges. Overall, 10/10 would recommend.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am super stoked on these sunglasses! They are bigger than most women's lenses without overpowering my whole face, so I get the sun protection that I want for my eyes but don't end up looking like a bug. The Chroma Pop lenses are phenomenal and I've really appreciated them this Spring; the greenery outside is especially vibrant. I'm excited to try them out on the water now that the weather is getting warmer so I can see how the polarization pans out while fishing.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use my MLC along with a 70L Black Hole Rolling Duffel and it's the perfect combination for just about any traveling that I do. The MLC holds WAY more than you would expect out of a 45L bag and the rectangular layout makes it super easy to keep things neat and organized. The zippered pockets help keep things structured so my stuff doesn't end up all over the place in the bag, regardless of I'm carrying it. Plus, the slide on feature along the back of the pack makes it super easy to partner the MLC with my rolling bag.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These socks have been my go to socks when it comes to fishing. They fit comfortably with my wader bootie and aid in keeping my feet warm in even the coldest of waters. I have been wearing smart wool for over 10 years now and they never cease to amaze me. From hunting, skiing, fishing, or camping this brand lives up to its expectations.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on April 11, 2019

Mind = Blown
5 5

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

I bought these for my dad when his old ski pants ripped. He was super skeptical about how waterproof they would be when he felt the fabric because it's so soft to the touch and moves with ease. After skiing through a powder day in Utah and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as well without any wetting out, he's been convinced that these pants are all they're cracked up to be.
My dad is 6'2" and very lean, but the Large work well for him in length and in the waist thanks to the built-in belt. The fit isn't too tight, but they certainly aren't a super steezy, baggy pant either. If you're looking for a comfortable, bombproof pant with a pant leg width that's somewhere in the middle, these are going to be your best bet!

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My Birks are so incredibly comfortable! I am normally a size 11 in women's shoes and went with the size 42 - they fit great! I don't have excess room in the length and the width of the sandal is spot on for my narrow feet. The straps adjust to customize the fit, which is a nice touch to prevent extra movement while walking in the Birkenstocks.
The sole of the sandal is breathable in warmer temperatures, and the arch support is pretty phenomenal for a sandal.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

Perfect Puppy Accessory
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Hoopie Collar in the Brook Trout pattern in the 11-14 inch range for my 11 week old Golden Retriever. The collar is easy to put on, has a super convenient loop for attaching the leash, and is super durable. So far he's been camping on a sandy beach and gone some swimming with the collar on and it hasn't held on to any stinky smells or dirt. I would highly recommend this collar!

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn’t think that Umpqua could improve on their previous boxes, but oh boy was I wrong! The slim profile is easy to handle while searching for the next menu option, the profile also gives me more room in my pack for more than just boxes (cough tallboy cough). The magnetic closure is super easy to use and is a strong enough to ensure that errant flies don’t go astray. The foam in the box is very similar to Tacky Fly Boxes foam which I prefer, this foam seems to withstand the constant removal of hooks better than the older foam. Well done Umpqua!

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 11, 2019

A Road Trip Must Have
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We love this Ruffwear Seat Cover! Our Golden Retriever puppy just went on his first road trip and, thanks to the seat cover, managed to go the entire trip without chewing up any leather seats or seat belts. The cover prevented him from climbing into the front seat and he was perfectly cozy the entire ride (as you can see in the photo).
The cover fit the back of my boyfriend's Dodge Ram Crew Cab with just a small amount of room left on either side of the cover, which was easily managed with a towel.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I loved the way that these fit on my face! These provide a cute feminine look without being too dainty. The matte finish on the tortoiseshell frame is a great look that differentiates these sunglasses from others I've seen. I ultimately returned the glasses because I needed a polarized lens for fly fishing, but I would still highly recommend these to anyone who just wants a good daily driver pair of shades.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I splurged and grabbed the Kelty Loveseat after my camp chair broke. I wanted to be able to sit with my boyfriend while camping without the nuisance of multiple camp chair arms between us and this did the trick! The loveseat itself is super comfortable and doesn't feel at all crammed when the two of us sit down (and we're both over 6 feet tall).
The loveseat is definitely on the heavier side of things so I wouldn't use it anywhere that requires a long trek to my destination but it's great to pull out of the truck bed and set up quickly. Generally speaking, if you're camping with your better half (whether they are human or canine) then you need the Kelty Loveseat!

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I was a huge fan of the fit and feel of this top! I went with a Medium (I typically fall right between a Medium and Large) and was happy that the shirt was flattering without being super tight or baggy. Ultimately, I returned the shirt because the Curry color ended up looking darker than I anticipated but I will definitely consider picking up a different color thanks to the quality of this shirt.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on March 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My previous wallet was looking a bit worse for wear, so I picked up the Clover Tri-Fold and wasn't disappointed! It is roomy without being too bulky thanks to its wide panels that lie flat while still holding my cash, cards, and checkbook (why I have a checkbook still I couldn't say). Also, it's easy to take my ID out of its clear sleeve, which is a small perk that has proven to be extremely useful. The fabric on the wallet's exterior is durable and surprisingly resistant to dirt despite the lite color (I got the Coral Reef).

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

5 5

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

These socks are amazing! I am constantly struggling with socks slipping down in my shoe throughout the day. These socks didn't move at all! They are super breathable (even when wearing them in ankle boots) and stayed put for the entirety of the day. I will definitely be getting a few pairs in each color!

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on January 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've wanted a FitBit for a long time but could never convince myself to cough up the money for one. Now that I finally pulled the trigger, I wish I had bought it years earlier!
I love the low profile design and how comfortable the band is. I got a size Large because it's all that was left in stock and it worked well. I got a replacement band in a size Small and that fits as well, so it's nice that a wide variety of wrist sizes can work in each size.
I use my FitBit to track my runs and have found that the distance and time are pretty darn accurate. I haven't taken it out for a long run yet (the Winter weather here has been inhibiting my running schedule), but am excited to try it out once the ice melts off of our trails.
A feature that I was surprised by and have really loved to use is the Sleep Tracker - it's not uncomfortable to sleep with the band on and I love having data on what my nights' sleep looks like.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs

The R1 Pants are the BEST. They're not super warm, so they're perfect under your waders for late Fall or early Spring fishing because they're soft to the touch, have a fantastic temperature regulating grid on the interior (just like the R1 tops from Patagonia), and don't look super frumpy.
I gave these as a gift for the holidays to a guy who doesn't fish, and he's super stoked on them for around the house.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5/11

These shoes have been a game changer for me. I'm not a huge fan of wearing boots so these were the next best option for me and they have knocked it out of the park! They keep my feet warm and dry, even in sketchy weather and have grip to help navigate everything from snow to ice. Plus, they have the comfort of a high-top shoe with the function of a winter boot. If you're in a mountain town or navigating any winter conditions, I would highly recommend picking up a pair.
I wear a women's size 11 and went with the Men's 9.5/Women's 11 in these. They felt a tiny bit tight at first, but I was able to break them in quickly and without much discomfort.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on December 27, 2018

4 5

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

I picked up the FitBit AR 2 for my mom and she is loving it so far! The app is super intuitive and easy to use and she's had a ton of fun with all the stats that the FitBit tracks. As an avid runner, hiker, skier, and overall fit chick, she's been able to get a ton of use out of the FitBit in a short amount of time.
The band is also really convenient. With tons of interchangeable options, she can get away with wearing the FitBit at work without it looking super bulky or out of place. There are also tons of sizing options on the Large and Small, so in most cases you can get away with making either size work.

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Sydney McDowellwrote a review of on December 27, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These boots are SO cute in person and I wanted them to work so badly! Unfortunately, the foot opening was super loose on me and looked a bit ridiculous. Additionally, the toe box was pretty uncomfortable and pinched my feet together (and I have a relatively narrow foot). I hope these work out well for someone because they are a super cute look!

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