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Tara McGarry

Tara McGarrywrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: 37

These are the kind of shoes you buy for yourself, then for your best friend, and then for your mom, and maybe then in another color for yourself. For anyone who's been searching for a clog that doesn't look like it belongs exclusively in a barn, but that still stays true to its roots, the Sonja is your answer. I'm pretty sure this clog supports my arches better than my running shoes (kind of kidding, but kind of not?) It's crazy comfortable, hasn't required a break-in period for me, and feels solid and durable. The tan sole is a chic addition, and the 2ish inch heel height is perfect for everyday wear. Can't say enough good things, and also can't stop wearing them. It's been days since I've worn other shoes to work.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: 24

I'd been searching for the perfect pair of cords since I grew out of my old favorites around...age 12. Seriously--good cords are hard to come by, and these are it. Thick, soft fabric that feels like it'll hold up for years, and rich colors that offer a refreshing departure from denim, especially with a flannel.

I've had similar experiences as other reviewers with the legs giving with time, without stretching out so much as to seem like an entirely different pair of pants. If I could change 2 things: slightly higher rise (to accommodate those of us with skiing/biking butts) and different stitching on the belt loops. While yanking these up on my 2nd or 3rd wear, I heard a loud snap on mine. Luckily, it wasn't anything a talented friend and a needle couldn't fix. Even with a few imperfections, I'd buy another pair of these cords again in a heartbeat (and might well).

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Gave this bag to my best friend as her first chalk bag, and she loves it. She has small hands, so the size hasn't been an issue at all. In my opinion, the bigger the bag, the more chalk you'll spill when you forget to pull the drawstring, so I wouldn't want anything bigger than this. But, maybe I'm just spill-prone. Regardless, if you want a smaller, solid bag, this one's a great buy.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 32 B

Even though Moving Comfort is now owned by Brooks, I'm so happy to see they're still making the best high-impact bras. This is my third MC/Brooks bra, but my first time with this style, and so far, I love it as much as the other two I'm about to (sadly) throw away. It seems like Brooks updated the fabric slightly on this model, and I love the change. It's softer but still stretchy and supportive. I definitely worried that the back clasp would be annoying to fasten once I got this bra on, but it actually hasn't been terrible. I'll end up eventually just leaving it clasped and pulling it over my head, but having the clasp is a nice way to prevent stretching, for now.

The biggest sell on this bra for me is definitely the adjustable straps. For anyone who's struggled with straps sliding off or stretching out long before a bra is past its prime, this feature is amazing. It's what kept me using my Fiona long after I should've retired it. Aside from that, this bra is a true high impact bra, and I plan on using it for running, skiing, biking, and anything else where I don't want to worry about being supported. If you've never owned a Brooks bra, treat yourself already!

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on March 24, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size

Bought this pant as a Christmas gift for my brother, and he loves them. I wasn't entirely sure if Craft's sizing would fit true, but at least with these pants, it does. He's typically a small/medium, and a small fits great. They were a gift to go with a Nordic skiing setup, but the warmer East Coast weather has him using them when he's outside in wet, cool conditions on a run or hike as well. A really versatile buy, and based on what I've seen, just as well-made as the rest of Craft clothing.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on March 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these spikes for added traction and grip on mostly icy, sun-baked roads and trails. When I go for a run or hike in the afternoon as the sun goes down, they do a great job and digging in on trails that become slick and variable after sundown. They've been easy to use and secure to my shoes, and I don't really notice that I'm wearing them at all once I have them on my feet.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on March 21, 2017

4 5

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

Bought these pants as a gift for my brother after raving about my own pair, and we found they definitely fit on the roomier side. He was on the edge of needing these in an XS according to the size chart, and he's usually a small across the board. Once he put them on with a shell and boots, they looked fine, so if you like a baggier fit, you'll like these pants. Aside from fit, he found they were as breathable and waterproof as I'd been telling him mine are. We tested them out on in record-high spring skiing temps all weekend, and he was dry through the end of the day, even with the slushy conditions. Really great pant for the price.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: 30B

I didn't think having an expensive sports bra would make a difference to me, since I'm small-chested, but luckily, I had a few wise people to tell me I was wrong. Warning: once you try Moving Comfort/Brooks bras, you'll probably have a hard time switching back to anything else. It's really tough to find a true high-impact sports bra for running, but this company knows exactly how to make one. The Fiona's been supportive, chafe-free, and really comfortable for miles and miles, and its adjustable straps are amazing for those of us with short torsos. Though you're supposed to replace them after a year or so, I've had mine for 2, and I'll be buying another soon. I would say they might run a bit on the large side, as I usually wear a 32B in casual bras and sized down comfortably to a 30B in the Fiona, but as with any bra, it probably depends a lot on your individual build.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on February 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dry mountain air drives me crazy when I'm trying to trail run or Nordic ski, so this Camelbak is pretty much my constant companion when I'm running or skiing, year-round. It's lightweight, holds an impressive amount of water, and I appreciate the added visibility too. The zippered pocket in front is just big enough to squish a set of keys into, and I can always fit a phone and snacks in the main compartment. I've had a few issues with water leaking when I fill the bladder too much, but nothing consistent. I only took away a star because I wish Camelback added a waist buckle. I get around it by just tying the lower straps around my waist to get weight off my shoulders, so it's really not a big deal, but it would be a good update.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running in these all winter, and they're fantastic. They're quick and easy to put on at the trailhead, and they really make a difference on slick, packed-out snow, especially during descents. I can always tell I have them on when I first start running, but after a few minutes, I pretty much forget. I use them primarily on trails, and I've been impressed with the durability.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I was pretty indecisive about what kind of softshell to buy for Nordic skiing, but I'm really glad I ended up going with this pair. I went with my normal size and though the waist is a little big, I haven't experienced any of the fit issues that other reviewers mentioned. The roomy waist isn't even something I notice once I'm out skiing. The pants have a slim fit, but leave enough room for me to layer insulated tights underneath, and they've been breathable and easy to move in so far. I love the wide waistband and ankle zippers too. If you're looking for a softshell for Nordic or winter running, I'd highly recommend these!

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on February 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I've known about CW-X for years now, and have never quite been able to trust that their stuff does what it says. After needing to replace my thin, stretched out ski baselayers though, I finally caved and decided to try these with the hopes of using them for winter running as well. After skiing in them for a day, I have to say I'm pretty happy so far. The material feels cold at first, but seemed to insulate pretty well while I skied. Not sure how they'll do on a colder day, but they were really breathable, which was a nice change.

Based on reviews, I sized up to a small, which I'm happy with. I think XS would've worked too, but I'd say go up if you're in doubt. If nothing else, it'll save you time when you're trying to wiggle into these things and get out the door. As for the compression's benefits, I'm still unsure, but it's certainly not hurting anything. Skiing and running in the cold often make my knees achy, and having some extra support felt nice.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on January 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

These leggings are pretty much what I was hoping they'd be. They're soft and definitely not see-through, so I'll be able to wear them at home or out with long sweaters and boots. I like the wider waistband a lot, and my only complaint would be that they seem a bit big. Maybe I'm just used to the fit of yoga and running tights, but I wouldn't have minded something just a little slimmer. Still, they're really comfortable and don't look oversized, so I'm keeping them. I actually haven't noticed that they run long, but I'm pretty used to just about everything being a bit long on me, so I'm probably not the best judge of length.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 0

Like other reviewers, I've had a tough time wearing anything besides this flannel since I got it. Everything wonderful to say about the Fjord has pretty much been covered already, and it's spot on. However soft you imagine this flannel will be, it's even softer in person. And Patagonia nailed it on the warm, rich colors of the Windrow/Violet Red. It's tailored without being too fitted to take camping or hiking, and has the feel of something that will last years. Not sure how long I'll be able to resist ordering a second.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: XS

If you're on the fence about ordering this sweater like I was, take the plunge. I love it so much more than expected! It's got a chunky, soft knit that doesn't itch at all, and a slightly longer, relaxed fit that will work equally well with jeans or leggings. Can't say how well it holds up just yet, but I'll know soon, as it's definitely a new favorite.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on January 3, 2017

4 5

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

I don't have anything miraculous to report about these socks, but they've certainly served me well so far. I grabbed them after finally getting ski boots in the right (small enough) size, and they stay out of the way and never bunch when I'm wriggling my feet in and out of my boots. As far as warmth goes, I've still lost feeling in my toes a handful of times this season, but I'd attribute that more to tight boots and sub-par circulation in my feet than the socks themselves. If you need an ultralight sock and a true compressive fit that won't move around, these are a great buy--just don't have any crazy expectations for warmth. I'm also a size 6.5-7 and the small fits great.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the only chalk bag I've ever owned, but unless I lose it, I can't imagine needing to replace it. It's durable, cinches quickly and doesn't release chalk all over my stuff. Plus, its bright colors mean I can always spot it when I wander away from it at the gym. Repurposed fabric is a nice plus too.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

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

I'm new to climbing and when I do climb, I mostly boulder at the gym, so this has been a perfect first climbing shoe for me. I started with a borrowed pair from a friend, so having something my own size has obviously been a significant improvement, but I picked the Force X over other options for it's cushier feel. Maybe it's just me, but after cramming my feet into ski boots, running shoes, and bike shoes, it's nice to have a little extra cushion in a climbing shoe. After reading other reviews about this shoe not stretching much, I decided not to size down too much from my street shoe size, mostly since I'm still a beginner. I wear a 7ish in most shoes, so I went with a 38. If I really wanted an aggressive fit, I'd have sized down another half size, but I haven't experienced any slipping in the heel or numb toes, so I'm pretty content. I already imagine I'll get another pair of these when mine wear out (which hopefully won't be for a while!)

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

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

My boyfriend wanted a down puffy that would be significantly thicker than his Patagonia Nano Puff or a similar down midlayer, and after going through just about every option on the website, I settled on getting him this one.

Neither of us had any experience with Mountain Equipment before, but so far I'm really impressed. The face fabric feels tough and durable, like it can stand up to plenty of wear, and he's thrilled with the puffiness of the jacket. We both thought it looked huge in the bag, but when he put it on, the sizing was true. Mountain Equipment packs enough down into this jacket that it doesn't sag or compress after having it on for a few minutes, and my boyfriend's excited about how soft the inner liner is, since I'm sure he'll be throwing this on with a t-shirt for quick dog walks in the morning and evening. Overall, really impressed with this jacket so far. If you want a step up from down midlayers but don't need to go all the way to an expedition jacket, I'd highly recommend the Lightline. And if you do take it outside, it has a technical hood that looks like it'll be toasty warm in a snowstorm.

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Tara McGarrywrote a review of on December 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I'm usually the opposite of an impulse buyer, but when I saw this beanie, nothing could stop me from ordering it. After seeing it in person, I can confirm the small splurge was worth it. Snag one of these cute beanies now if you need to cover up helmet hair or just like the way it looks. It's soft and cozy, and Coal beanies last forever.

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