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Stephanie M.

Stephanie M.wrote a review of on August 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 38.5

I got these when I needed a back-up shoe while my other pair were getting resoled. That was a year ago and I've worn my original pair twice since. These shoes are awesome. I got them really tight (I'm a US street size 8 and got these in a 38.5) and tried to break them in in the Uintas. While that was one of the most painful foot moments of my life save the injury that caused me to get foot surgery, I'm really glad I listened to my boyfriend and stuck with breaking them in.

The padding on this show is great, and if purchased in one's street size, these would probably be a good beginner shoe. Getting these tighter has helped me break solidly into intermediate in the gym and has also been great the few times I've gone outside. If you're comfortable with being uncomfortable, this is a great shoe. It's doesn't stretch much, but the suede upper has a little give that has formed to my crunched toes, making them much more comfortable and less of a medieval torture device than they were initially.

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Stephanie M.

Stephanie M.wrote a review of on August 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this bag for an upcoming multi-week trip to Chile where we will be using various modes of transportation through the country, and therefore shlepping our bags all over the place. I love the way this fits in backpack mode. I've taken a few small trips and carrying this fully-loaded through an airport was no big deal. I'm a smaller woman, and this fitting me well is amazing. It's deceptively roomy, the material is great, I love the color selections (it makes it easy if you need to pick yours out of the line-up at baggage claim), and I can tell this bag is going to last me for awhile. I have a large version of the North Face duffel and, for me, this is a better fit

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Stephanie M.wrote a review of on August 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 38.5

Initially I was not sold on this shoe. I bought it smaller than my street size (got the equivalent to a size 7 1/3 when I wear an 8) so I could have a more aggressive fit. Unfortunately, after taking them climbing my feet were in agony, and looking at other reviews I was afraid the shoe wouldn't stretch enough. However, after pushing through the pain for a few sessions I can say I'm really happy with these shoes. They give me a surer footing than my other pair (5.10 Siren, which I love but are not at all aggressive), and, while not comfy, are a bearable discomfort for the added aggressiveness.

These are still an intermediate shoe, so not recommended if you want a really aggressive shoe. But for me (5.7 outdoors, 5.10 and starting on 5.11 more in the gym) they're perfect.

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Stephanie M.wrote a review of on April 15, 2013

4 5

I got these boots for my backcountry set-up and finally used them (inbounds at Snowbird). It's a super light boot but is still stiff; coming from using the Fischer Trinity (a really stiff race-type boot) I was pleased by the flex index being nice and high. My only issue with these boots is the fact that the tongues punched into my shins and left bruises. It made skiing them fairly painful, especially when I hit the crud wrong. Since they're a complete therma-fit liner I'm hoping a few small tweaks will sort this out because these boots are great.

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