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Tessa Hanson

Tessa Hanson

Whitefish, MT

Tessa Hanson's Passions

Running
Fly Fishing
Climbing
Skiing
Biking

Tessa Hanson's Bio

A trail-loving gal, living in Montana and working for a river restoration focused engineering firm. Passionate about protecting our wild spaces 24 hrs a day.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on December 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After coveting these for a year, my husband gifted me a pair for my birthday. It seems like everyone in my mountain town owns a pair and for good reason! I'm in love. The color is perfect (I have the Rustic Brown) and they are extremely comfortable. They also can easily be dressed up or down. I like that they are a bit more girly than the 550's or 500's. The quality is amazing, they are built to last! I definitely recommend ordering a couple pairs to ensure that you get the sizing right. I settled on a slightly bigger size to allow for a thicker sock and do not regret it.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on December 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to be a Brooks loyalist, but in switching from the roads to trails, I've purchased La Sportivas almost exclusively for the last 6 years. I recently signed up for a road marathon and purchased the Brooks Ghost 11's on a whim. I'm glad I did. They are perfect for road running and the gym. They have quite a bit of cushion, but aren't as heavy as Hokas. The uppers are similar to Nike's (they fit like slippers), but the fit isn't as narrow. They are springy and quick. I will definitely be purchasing another pair.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

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

For the longest time, I had Arc'teryx gear pegged as unnecessarily overpriced. After finally caving to temptation (after reading countless stellar reviews), and purchasing the Atom LT hooded jacket two years ago, I can honestly say I was wrong. The Atom instantly surpassed Patagonia's Nano Puff as my favorite synthetic puffy/mid-layer. I have used it for back country and resort skiing (layered and standalone), backpacking, climbing, and around town. It is perfect for every season. It's light, breathable, comfortable, very packable, and provides just the right amount of warmth. The fit is fairly slim-fitting (more so than the Patagonia Nano Puff), which is very flattering, but doesn't allow for much layering underneath (I recommend sizing up if you like a little bit of room). The colors are also great (I love Black Sapphire II). Up until this year, the jacket had shown little to no wear. I recently made the mistake of wearing it in the field for work and tore it on a barbed-wire fence. I replaced the jacket immediately and bought the vest along with it (the old one has been patched and repurposed as a field jacket). I will not make that mistake again! Officially hooked and currently eyeing the Ravenna pants.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

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

I've never been a huge fan of thongs...until I discovered Icebreaker's. Comfortable breathable, flattering, AND made from Merino wool? The perfect panties. I own both Black and Fawn Heather and have worn them to yoga and while running, backpacking, and biking. I am positive they will be just as perfect for backcountry skiing this season. Also, they dry really quickly (I was able to hand wash them and wear them twice on a recent trip). Tempted to buy two more pairs. Highly recommend!

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

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

I'm in love with this bra. I bought my first one 6 years ago and have been addicted ever since. I now have multiple pairs (in every color--my favorite is Dolomite Blue) and wear them nearly every day. It is breathable, SO comfortable, dries quickly, and is the most flattering active bra I've ever owned. I've worn it to work and yoga, biking, hiking, and rock climbing! I would even wear it running if it had more support. Like most Patagonia products, they withstand the test of time (I still have the original one!). Buy one now!

(I should mention that I have a fairly small chest (B cups) and can't speak for someone with B+ cup.)

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

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

These have been my go-to underwear for quite some time. I own multiple pairs in every color (Dolomite Blue is my favorite). Barely Bikinis provide enough coverage for just about any outdoor activity (I've worn them trail running, climbing, biking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, you name it!). Not only are they comfortable and flattering (ok, they aren't the most attractive underwear, see Icebreaker's Siren Thong), but they dry extremely fast and are very durable. I'm hooked!

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

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

I have never been a huge fan of Nike products (aside from their trail runners), especially the clothes. They always seem poorly made. I prefer brands that tend to be more expensive, but are of higher quality. With that being said, I am always on the look out for the perfect split shorts. I thought I would take a chance on these. I haven't had them for long, but I have already worn the heck out of them. They are SO comfortable (the material is soft and light and the sizing is perfect). I am in love with the cut. It allows for unrestricted movement and it very flattering. I have used them in track workouts and long runs without any discomfort. I like the fit so much that I even have worn them around town. I am hoping that they will be durable, but the jury's still out on that one.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

4 5

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

Solid short, weird sizing.

I love Patagonia, but I have yet to fall in love (completely) with any of their running shorts. With that being said, despite sizing issues, I've found myself grabbing these quite a bit when heading out for trail runs. I am in-between sizes in these shorts and for this reason, I own both small and medium. The lining is just a tad tight in the smalls and the waist is too large in the mediums. Just for reference, I wear small in SmartWool, North Face, Nike, Brooks, and 6 in Lululemon. One thing I *am* crazy about is the pockets. These shorts can haul a surprising amount of gels. This makes them perfect for long trail adventures or races. I used them last year in a 50k and they did just the trick (paired with a handheld water bottle). Also, the material is featherlight (I've never had any issues with chaffing, even when wet), dries super fast, and the length is perfect (they don't ride up). The odor control is definitely an added benefit, it works wonderfully, especially if you tend to wear the same running shorts multiple days in a row (I've definitely *never* done this). (Bonus: they are very flattering).

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

Tackling Technical Terrain? No Problem.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first pair of Speedcrosses I purchased were from an REI garage sale (in brand new condition, 2 years ago). After attempting a couple trail runs in them, I decided to use them solely (pun intended) for scrambles and approaches. They served me well. I've used them on countless 14ers in Colorado and technical peaks in Glacier National Park. The large lugs are perfect for technical terrain, they are comfortable (even over long distances), and the QuickLace system makes them extremely easy to size in a pinch. They also hold up incredibly well over time, I retired mine (after 2 hard years) only recently. I know many other people that trumpet them as their go-to minimalist hiker. Recently, I purchased my second pair and have been experimenting with using them as a trail runner again. I've found they are great for steep downhills and may end up using them for the Rut Mountain 50k next year. My only complaint is that the toe box is a bit narrow for my liking.

Sizing: A bit large, I wear size 8 (just like the S-Lab Sense 6) -- This might be personal preference

Meanwhile, Nike Kigers and Wildhorses, La Sportiva Lycans and Mutants, Hokas: size 8.5

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have only had this pack for a month or so, but am already in love. I used it right out of the box for a climbing trip to Smith Rock. It is now my favorite crag pack and I've used it on multiple outings since. It is SO roomy (almost as if it has undergone an Undetectable Extension Charm). I have managed to fit an entire trad rack, slings, a dozen quickdraws, a harness, shoes, two 1.5 liter Nalgenes, light snacks, and a couple layers in it. The pocket on top is so roomy and perfect for personal items and snacks. In addition, there is a pocket on the inside of the flap for more goodies. If needed, I can easily fit my climbing helmet under the flap. The pack itself is very comfortable (especially for a unisex pack) and straps are easy to adjust (to size up or down depending on comfort and the amount of gear you are hauling). As a female with a fairly small frame, the S/M works excellent. I have not experienced any chaffing so far, but I have yet to use it on any long approaches/excursions (treks longer than ~10 miles or so). I am excited to use it for longer backcountry ski trips this winter and for multi-pitch adventures this fall. (Bonus: the sulfur color looks pretty rad).

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

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

In the short time that I've owned these pants, I have worn them for climbing, backpacking, and even fieldwork. They are soft, very stretchy, and breathable, exactly what I look for in a climbing pant. They also dry very quickly (I used them for a river survey and was continually transitioning into and out of the water). Recently, I've gotten in the habit of grabbing them instead of my Kuhl Kendra or Prana Halle pants. I love the fit (they are very flattering), but think (like other reviewers) that the sizing is a bit off. I bought size 4 (the size I typically wear in Patagonia pants), but could have gotten away with a size 2. (Definitely recommend the Shale color).

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these socks for everything from trail running to mountain biking, but believe they are best suited for running. They are very comfortable (just enough cushioning and hug all the right places) and low-profile. Very similar to Balega's socks. I have used them on many a long run and never had any issues with chaffing or slipping. Recommend 100 percent.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two pairs and wish I had more. I hate when both are dirty, because I can honestly say that they are my favorite running socks, hands down. They are comfortable (just the right amount of cushion), breathable, low-profile, and have held up great over time. They also never fall down (like my thinner Smartwools, unfortunately, have the tendency of doing). I have used them for countless training runs and in trail races. My only complaint is that they take quite awhile to dry out (not good in races with multiple water crossings), but I usually just tough it out or divert to a thinner pair like Smartwool's PhD Ultra Light Run Micro socks.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Most backpacks, in general, do not satisfy my (intense) need for organization. This pack is a dream for any backcountry skiier that is a neat freak (like myself). It is obvious that Osprey put a lot of thought into the design. The compartments are perfectly sized, not to mention, very accessible. The front zips off (almost entirely), to reveal two vertical sleeves (one for my probe and the other for my snow saw), a mesh pocket (for my other snow tools), and plenty of room for a shovel. The top of the pack features a large , fleece-lined pocket that can easily fit my googles and a snack. The back compartment is very roomy (perfect for a couple layers, water, skins, first aid kit, etc.). The hip strap pockets are excellent for more snacks and a cell phone (it is a tight fit, but I can squeeze my iPhone 7 into one). The pack is extremely comfortable (to ski and skin with), low profile, and fairly light. I have yet to use it with a bladder and am interested to see how well the sleeve (on the strap) keeps my hose from freezing. My only complaint is one I've seen from other reviewers, the helmet pocket is difficult to use in a pinch. I can get my helmet to fit (with some effort), but it's annoying if I am making multiple transitions.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a Patagonia junky. I own more gear of theirs than I would like to admit. Out of all of the items in my possession, I can honestly say that my black hole duffels and cube are my favorites. After using my duffels (120 and 60L) for a couple years, I thought I would purchase the cube to round out my travel ensemble. I'm so glad I did. Not only do I travel a lot for recreation, but for work as well. I use this (nearly) every week. It can hold SO much in each compartment (including my electric toothbrush case), without it being too bulky, and it's very durable. Perfect for a minimalist traveler.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

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

With 110 reviews and an average rating of 4.6, one begs to question: do these even need my (stellar) review? Probably not. But, I love them (quite literally) to pieces. My OG pair was handed down to me from my mother and I instantly fell in love. I wore them until they were in tatters and proceeded to purchase a brand new pair. I have since bought two more. I wear them backpacking, swimming, around town, and even Spring skiing (haha). They are comfortable and practical, the colors are fun, and they dry in the blink of an eye. Bonus: the pockets are very large for a pair of women's shorts. However, I would not say that they are the most attractive shorts. I have tried the Barely Baggies, which seem more flattering, but was not impressed. I'm sticking with the originals.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These sunglasses are simply amazing. Before discovering these, I was using a trusty pair of Smiths (not running-specific). They got the job done, but were a little heavy for my liking. I discovered these through a gear review and decided to give them a shot. I'm glad I did. These have been incredible for trail/road running, biking, and backcountry skiing. They stealthily protect my eyes from the sun's harsh rays (seriously, they are SO comfortable and light, I CANNOT tell that they are on) and they have yet to fall off my face (despite many a crash). Do they look a bit goofy? Yes. Are the colors fun? Yes (I bought a pink and aqua colored pair). If you are looking for a solid pair of running glasses, look no further.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 17, 2017

4 5

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

I bought these as a present for my husband. These are a solid trail and gym short. They are comfortable, with great pockets, but the drawstring is a little short. The spandex provides adequate support and no chaffing so far (but he has not run over 15 miles in them). Would definitely purchase again.

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Tessa Hansonwrote a review of on September 17, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We bought this for the crag and backpacking and it does an adequate job, but is a little on the thin side. It is light weight and folds up nicely for backpacking, but I'm not sure I would recommend it. A blanket could probably serve a similar purpose.

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