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Valorie

Valorie

Colorado

Valorie 's Passions

Running
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Biking

Valorie 's Bio

A native west-coaster in Colorado for over a decade. I'm finally learning to ski in my 30's and am trying to get my sons into it, too! Summer or winter, you'll find me in the mountains.

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Valorie wrote a review of on April 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs

Like the other reviewer, I think this hat needs a chin strap. Fortunately, the hat has built-in fabric loops so I can tie on some paracord. One bonus with this hat I didn't realize when I ordered is that it has a hole in the back where someone with long hair can pass a ponytail through. My hair is short right now, but I can appreciate this later!

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Valorie wrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Like yoga pants, I can easily wear these all the time. Whether I need something comfortable around the house and for running errands, or while camping, these feel and look great on. The fabric is warm but breathable, and the draw-string at the ankle is really nice for custom adjustment.

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Valorie wrote a review of on April 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

These are a lightweight pant for outdoors that also look fantastic on for casual wear. I like the fit - generous through the hips and thighs, with enough stretch for easy movement. The length is a little long (I have a 30-inch inseam), but not so long they hit the ground. I like that these have a snap and loop so you can secure them if you roll them up in warmer weather. I wore these for a weekend of canyoneering in Utah, and I found they breathed well and weren't too warm in 80-degree weather. The one con is that the fabric is not rip-stop. While making my way up a narrow spot in a slot canyon, the rear pocket got some holes when my bottom skimmed a rock. While the holes are small and only affect the outer layer of the pocket, they have grown a little after washing once, so I'll probably have to replace these sooner than I would like.

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Valorie wrote a review of on March 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using a Flash system for a year with my significant other, and it was finally time to buy my own. We've used his extensively - on his self-supporting kayak trips and lots of joint camping trips. He's had it for several years and it still works great and has held up well. One caution is that the igniter can fail if the flame is too high and liquid boils over, but even then it's easy to light manually with a match or lighter. As I'm venturing out more on my own for overnight cycling or backpacking trips, this was the stove I chose for my gear because of its versatility and its proven power at elevations and in cold conditions. The java kit is especially nice so you can make decent coffee without the need for extra gear or utensils. The single-pot system is great for keeping a light pack and still having the ability to cook and clean up quickly. I love the options for additional cups in different sizes.

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Valorie wrote a review of on March 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I initially bought this for a long day hike at high elevations. The 3L reservoir was plenty for all 12 miles, and the sizes and variety of pockets really helped me keep things organized for my first time using it. I was able to stow a pair of long pants, light jacket, my lunch and snacks, as well as some essentials. I have since used this on many day hikes and on some long bike rides, and it is my go-to pack for outdoor activities when a single water bottle just won't cut it. I've managed to get a couple of small holes on the exterior where I've scraped rocks getting up, down, and through slot canyons, but the rip-stop fabric has kept these from spreading. The pack has worn well for the two years I've used it and stands up to washing on the gentle cycle when it gets grimy. I'd definitely buy another when this wears out!

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Valorie wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for overflow ski gear thinking the Dakine Boot Locker would be a little small for a three-day trip. I didn't need this extra bag, but have since turned it into my cycling gear bag, as it has plenty of room for shoes, helmet, various layers, and even has a side-zip pocket for my glasses case and nutrition/food items. This makes cycling trips or just packing the car for an after-work ride a breeze, as everything I need is always stored in one, easy-to-grab bag. I've used this for short camping or weekend trips, too, and it's durable, well-made, and a great bag for just about any purpose.

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Valorie wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What more can I say?!
Whether I'm storing my gear for the off-season, or am packing it up to hit the slopes for several days, this bag is the perfect size and has the best features to keep everything dry, clean, and scratch-free. The boot compartment is lined with a sturdy, rip-stop material (think of a tarp) so the boots don't tear it up or leak melting snow out the seams. Plus, it's big, so even for larger men's boot sizes, I think this would work. The top pocket of the bag is roomy - no, huge! - to hold all of my layers, helmet, goggles, pants, coat, and even extra weekend clothes. The only thing Dakine could improve on with this one is to add a single small zip pocket on the outside for little things you need to stow, but don't want to lose in the depth of the main compartment.

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Valorie wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I originally ordered this in a different color, but the stock ran out and I never received an email letting me know my order was canceled. Backcountry.com support and gear heads were so fantastic, price-matching the color of my choice. I have this in a size small, and it fits well through the arms and chest. I wish it were a little wider at the hips, but I am right on the cusp between Small and Medium sizes. There are plenty of pockets, and the hood works great with my helmet. I like the extra zipper at the neck for those days when I need a neck gator or balaclava. I've had this out on 8-degree, 50mph gusty days on the slopes, and with a base and mid-layer, I stayed perfectly warm.

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Valorie wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I needed something a size bigger than my Marmot Davos pant in size small, as I'm a little curvier than my usual size this year. I love the fit through the hips and thighs, but the waist is very generous and gaps in the back so they keep falling down. I finally used a cam strap as a belt, which worked in a pinch, but these are not cut for a curvy gal with an hourglass waist. As for performance, they kept me dry and warm in the coldest and windiest skiing conditions over the last two weekends. Also, they run pretty long in the inseam, so unless I'm in my ski boots, they tend to drag on the ground.

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Valorie wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

For the light weight of these ski socks, they perform really well, even in cold mountain weather. The price is right and the fabric is wicking yet warm. I have two pairs and love how they stay up under my snow boots - no wrinkles or sagging.

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Valorie wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought these two seasons ago and have worn them skiing , snow shoeing, and to play in the snow with the kids. They run true to size, but with the slim boot fit, they may be tighter in the thigh than some people like. These have some stretch, so they move with you and the soft shell repels water fairly well. I like that these have a bit shorter inseam than the other Marmot women's pants - great for shorter gals! The belt is great in case they are a little loose in the waist. I wish the two zip pockets were a little deeper, but they will fit an ID/credit card or a little bit of cash. I'll re-buy as I'm getting a bit closer to a size M now.

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Valorie wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I purchased these several years ago, and they've pulled me through numerous cool-weather runs, 10ks, and half marathons. I love the compression in these tights, and the size is very forgiving. I was an XS when I bought them, now I'm almost a M, and I haven't had to purchase a new pair. I machine wash them and hang them to dry. Though the lettering has long since peeled off, they look fantastic and will last a couple more years.

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