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BexOnHood

BexOnHood

Oregon and Beyond!

BexOnHood's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Running
Yoga
Climbing

BexOnHood's Bio

I live in a cabin in the woods on a mountain and travel all over the place so I can get my grubby little feet in as much dirt around the world as I can! Shred, paddle, camp, hike, doggies, rinse, repeat... adventures always, pants occasionally.

Instagram @beccatarbox to follow my travels

www.adventureho.net

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I wanted to love these pants so much... the quality is awesome, the material is awesome, the pockets are awesome... but the fit was super funky on me. I'm 5'9" and usually wear a size 10. Athletic build, very straight through the waist/hips and super long slim legs. The 10 fit perfect in the waist but they had some weird poofy thing going on just above the knees that was unflattering enough that I returned them. Bummer because I loved everything else about them!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on October 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these pants! I feel like the descriptions leads the reader to believe they're a little more of a dry-pant, but I would tend to say they're a solid splash-pant. Water can still get in through the waist and ankles a little bit (though not bad at all) if you're in whitewater so I ended up with wet calves and a waist, but for keeping you way warmer and way drier I love them. If you're paddling around in a lake and just getting the occasional splash or drip I imagine you'd stay totally dry. They run a little big; I almost always wear a large in letter-size pants but I'm a medium in these (5'9" 155). They're sized to fit over layers and I wear them with wool long johns and they fit just right. Great pant for the price; they'll keep you nice and toasty and the pocket is splashproof enough that I felt comfortable keeping my (water-resistant) phone in there. Love 'em!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on September 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs

The stuff that I loved about these boots right out of the box:

- they're super light
- they're nice and flexible
- the soles look BOMB
-they look pretty sharp

I put them through the paces straight out of the box with an 8-mile backpacking trip complete with nice trail, water crossing, beater trail and a crapton of scree. In all conditions, they performed admirably! Especially on rock; the soles are awesome as far as not being able to feel pokey stuff under your feet and great grip for how light and comfy they are.

They really don't need a break-in period as far as I'm concerned... I had no discomfort and no hot spots even with them being brand new and under the stress of a full pack and a hot day!

Don't get these boots if you want bomber support and a stiff boot. As far as I can tell, they're like a mid-rise trail runner with the sole of a great boot, which is exactly what I wanted. I don't need or want a ton of ankle support and I prefer lightweight flexibility in a boot so I don't feel like I'm walking on a brick and I have good ground-feel.

Runs true to size, perhaps a tiny bit long, which is perfect for me because I'm at the biggest end of a size 10 (I'd say it fits like a size 10.25, which is perfect for backpacking). The toe box is nice and roomy but the heel is snug, and they have fantastic arch support and cushion.

All in all, so far, I love them!!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on June 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cooper D. was totally right, packrafts can be expeeensive and a big commitment if you're not sure you're going to be into it. That's exactly why I got the LWD as well. I've owned it for a year now and have used it in several different states on everything from glacial lagoons to rivers and I have to say that it is absolutely the best thing I've added to my backpack since they invented hydration bladders!

First off let's talk about the weight, or really the lack thereof. This thing weighs in at just a hair over 2lbs and packs down to about the size of a couple of nalgene bottles (less if you really roll it up tight). It takes up such little room that you can ever chuck it into a daypack and not feel a difference.

The superfuntime-to-weight ratio is off the freakin' charts. The LWD has added a whole new dimension to hiking and backpacking. One of my favorite things to do is hike/backpack to lakes and rivers because I loooove water. And that in itself is fun, but being able to actually go out and play IN the lakes and rivers is exponentially more rad!

The inflation system is so cool. You use the bag that it comes it, which doubles as a handy drybag when you're paddling, to inflate it. You just connect the male valve at the bottom of the drybag to the female valve on the LWD and shake a bunch of air into the bag then smoosh it into the raft - super easy and I can get the whole thing inflated in about three minutes. The deflate valve is just a big dump valve so it deflates in less than a minute.

I was a little worried about durability since it's so light, but I have been really pleasantly surprised! I was a little precious with it at first, but now I whomp on it like all the rest of my gear and it's held up like a champ! I've gone over quite a few rocks while holding my breath and crossing my fingers and she still looks brand new!

All in all, I cannot sing the praises of the LWD highly enough... I would recommend it to anyone who likes to play on the water and wants to add a whole lot of fun to hiking and backpacking!

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on May 26, 2016

5 5

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

I've only used this backpack on one trip so far but I'm really impressed by it! For a not super high-end price point, it's a really bomber constructed bag and it's pretty feature-rich.

I was concerned it wouldn't fit me because I'm 5'9" which is usually out of the "one size fits all women" range and the Deuter SL packs only come in one size, but the torso fits perfect with still a few more bars to go if I need to extend it more! The adjuster for the torso couldn't be ANY easier - it literally takes about 30 seconds to change to torso length.

This pack feels really light to me. It's a pound lighter than a couple of other ones I was looking at, which is a pretty substantial difference to me. I think the weight-to-features ratio is awesome.... it has everything I need, but isn't overbuilt at all. I'm not a fan of packs that have SO many straps, zippers and pockets that you end up getting lost in it. This has all the straps and pockets that I need and better than too many more straps (IMO), it has tie-down points to lash stuff to it only if you need to.

The back is super comfy. I haven't worn it in hot weather yet, but imagine it's going to be a lot less swampy than others, and the support feels really nice.

The most important thing, and what I really love, is that it carries a burly load REALLY well. I had it stuffed to the gills and the suspension was spectacular. I like that Deuter doesn't sacrifice that for a lighter pack. I was really stoked on how close it carried to my body and how well-suspended a heavy load felt. My shoulders were singing for joy!

Other things I really like:

- deep stretchy side pockets
- cavernous sleeping bag compartment... big enough to fit my bag, pillow and down clothes so all the really light stuff can cram into the bottom
- the stretchy front pocket: good for wet stuff or little things you want asap
- expandable from 60L to 70L with a floating lid. This is awesome for a multi-day when you'll start out with way more food and need to compress down

Little things I would like to see done differently:

- a whistle on the sternum clip
- bigger hipbelt pockets (my beast phone doesn't fit)
- drawstring for the top load could be smoother - you have to help it some to cinch it up

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BexOnHoodwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: L

First off, the only reason that I give them four stars instead of five is that for the price I wish they lasted a little longer.

That said, these socks are AMAZING. Warm yet breathable, supportive, comfy and if you're backpacking and can't wash them all the time, they don't start to smell quickly at all.

I love the compression band around the middle - I have super high arches and the support feels awesome. Nice and cushioned where they should be, but not so much that your feet feel stuffy.

It's great that they come in sizes because I'm always at the far end of the "fits size 4-10!" spectrum. I wear a size 10 shoe and the large usually fits perfect.

I do find that they wear a little quickly, but I love them so much that it won't deter me from buying them over and over... I just get them when they're on sale so it's not such an investment. I'd like to get enough pairs that I never have to wear anything else again!

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