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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on October 11, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to write a review that counter-balances all the amazing reviews of this shoe. I find the Bushidos are really comfortable (and cute!) for my narrow-ish feet, and I like that there is a bit of a heel drop as I tend to get achilles' tendon issues otherwise, but I think these shoes are best for trails with loose gravel or nice single track. They are NOT good for hopping through Boulder fields or rocky alpine environments. The rubber is just too hard, and I have slipped a few times in them including once descending from Torrey's peak, and I ended up smashing up my shin pretty badly. I have never slipped so much in other running shoes. I live in Boulder and frequently scramble (unroped) several of the easier flatirons in my trail shoes. These shoes made me feel nervous on the 2nd flatiron, which is really just a steep hike. The Salomon Speedcross, by comparison, never gave me trouble on the 2nd flatiron. Fine, you might say, these are not shoes meant for scrambling and climbing. But the harder rubber has made me slip while jumping across large boulder fields in alpine environments as well. They are so slippery that I don't feel safe in them. These are for low-angle trails, not technical environments and I'll continue to wear them for easy trails, but I will not take them into alpine environments or out on a day when conditions might be wet. That just gives me the shivers!

Finally, I thought that it is worth mentioning that the lugs protrude beyond the edge of the shoe on the inner forefoot. I have muscular calves and tend to brush them in my running gait, but the hard rubber and protruding nature of these lugs means that I often return from run with actual abrasions on the inside of my calves. Again, not an issue I've had in any other running shoe.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on October 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I'm pleasantly surprised by the high quality of this sweater. I just received it so have not tried to wash it and I don't know if it will pill, but I suspect it will hold up. The stand-up neck is warm without being constricting, and the material is incredibly soft for a sweater that is 100% wool - seriously! ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! This is some fine wool. The sleeves are long enough to come a bit over my hands, and the knit pattern in the arms leaves a lot of room for stretch, so i feel hugged but not constricted by the sleeves, and they can easily be pushed up. The bottom part of the front has a pretty knit pattern with gaps, but I can wear it without a shirt underneath and nothing improper can be seen (and it's not itchy to wear alone). I wish it was 1 inch longer, that would make it a bit more contemporary, but it's not too short to wear. It looks cute as is, or tucked into my jeans. I bought the Salt color, which is a rich combination of camel and white blended together.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on May 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I love these pants, they are flattering and slimming but still loose and casual. I have used them both around town, for working at the farm, and for climbing. The articulated knees and cuffed leg are very cool, and the deep pockets are highly functional. The right pocket has an extra stretchy inner pocket that holds your phone securely while climbing. I couldn't figure out how to make the phone-in-pocket work with my harness at first, but then I accidentally climbed with my phone in my pocket and didn't even notice -- it's just a matter of getting the leg loops high enough/phone tucked in enough. That's a great feature for multipitches with beautiful views that should be documented.

However I did a bit of off-widthy climbing in these and while the fabric held up, it started to pill/wear a bit and I wouldn't do that again (but no one should ever climb off-width in a pant that they care about, so that's my fault!) I wore them on a very hot day of climbing, with a long and steep approach, and found that the fabric was great in all conditions.

I'm 5'3" with muscular legs and usually wear a size 4 or 27 in Patagonia pants. The cuff hits right at my ankle, so they look cute with sandals in that athleisure sort of way, for around town. The small fits well although the waistband is quite loose, even after a run through the dryer.

The oddest thing about the pants is that the waist belt is made of stretchy yoga-like fabric and it isn't adjustable, and my waist is a tad too small for the band so it's not effective in holding the pants up. Where that 2" wide stretchy section meets the rest of the pant is a draw-string tightening system. This means that the tightening system is at the widest part of your hips, not above, which is just not the best system for most women's bodies, IMO. That's why I'm giving only 4 stars.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on October 21, 2017

3 5

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

The fabric/color of this top is stunning, but it's definitely more of a fashion piece than a functional, technical outdoor product. The sleeves are very long and tight, with thumb holes, so you can cozy up in it. But you can't fit a running watch underneath, and you can't push the sleeves up if you get too hot. For me that is a serious deal breaker. The neck is fairly loose so if you want to keep in the heat, it's not going to cut it. But it LOOKS pretty. I do like the deep zipper, which helps open it up for ventilation. The material is stretchy and just on the thicker side. I am 5'3", 34B chest, and ordered the small. It is not tight fitting in the body or chest, but not loose either. It is longer than most running tops. I'm keeping it because the colors are so pretty, but beware that this is fashion-forward, not function-forward. Oh, and if you look closely the seams are not straight and I can see raw edges of fabric that have a jagged cut to them! Overall, not a lot of high quality effort has gone into this piece.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on October 21, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

3 stars because the jacket feels very cheap. The zipper catches and doesn't look like it will hold up beyond 1 season. But it is cozy! The sleeves are very subtly bell-shaped and with thumb holes, which is a cute touch. Definitely more of a jacket/coat than a classic thin hoodie. The entire body is lined with the sherpa fleece, as well as about 6" of the sleeves (you could fold them up to show the fleece outside). The hem is not lined with fleece, though, so you get a bit of a marshmellow effect. I am returning, as I don't think it's worth the money even at a good sale price, but it is a cute idea and close to being a keeper.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on October 21, 2017

4 5

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

I read the reviews below and am not sure they give the most accurate picture of this coat. I am 5'3" tall, 123lbs, 34B chest, and I own this jacket in a size small. According to the size chart, I should wear an XS but I think that would be a tad on the small size. I find the small fits beautifully everywhere except in the chest/shoulders, which are a bit too big/boxy for me. But otherwise it's a fantastic coat that I plan to use as my emergency warm layer for backcountry skiing. If anything, the extra room in the chest/shoulders should work when I need to store my skins for the ride down. You can find lighter coats out there that pack down smaller, but not at a comparable price.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on September 2, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was very excited when I received this bag, as the material is sturdy and it is quite a handsome piece of luggage. The 3 large pockets are also perfect for storing shoes, dirty laundry and other items separately from the main compartment. The compression straps are pretty good, although I wish they extended all the way to the bottom of the bag for use when only partially full. And it rolls very smoothly when packed full. BUT, unless you only plan to use this bag between home, car and airport, it fails in other respects. The biggest issue is that there are no side handles to help you carry it up/down stairs or across uneven pieces of ground. I took it on a week-long vacation that involved several bits of public transportation between airports (trains, buses, subways) and I found it exceptionally awkward to carry up and down stairs because there are no duffel-type handles on the sides to grab onto. This is exacerbated by the fact that the bag is quite tall/long, so it's virtually impossible to carry it when full using only the handles at the ends. This seems like such a simple but crucial design flaw that I might try to return it. Marmot, if you fix this extremely fundamental issue then I'd give it 5 stars in a heartbeat.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on July 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 124 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I ordered these in a small, my usual size, and they are incredibly tight! It's very difficult to pull them over by butt and hips, which are frankly pretty narrow, and they are a bit stiff, tight and uncomfortable at the waist because of the wide waist band and pocket features. The waist just doesn't stretch much. They hit just below my natural waist, so the coverage is fuller, which is nice, and they hit mid-calf on my legs (I'm 5'3"), and I don't think they will ride up my legs and bunch in my knees because they are so tight. I think these may be great performance tights, especially for anyone who likes compression while running, but they are not necessarily that comfortable or something I would l want to spend time lounging in or traveling to a run in. Also there are no "strategically placed mesh panels" to speak of, as advertised/described. I thought this would mean different fabric behind the knees or at the top in back, but the fabric throughout is the same except for the waistband. I'm definitely a little disappointed and not sure whether I'll keep them or try for a larger size...

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

5 5

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

I'm revising my previous review. I got this shoe a couple weeks ago in my usual size 9 and found it was too small, and have now run several times in the 9.5, almost exclusively on trails. They are light but with a substantial and supportive sole. I've done several shorter runs (5-6 miles) and a 10-mile run/hike on wet and rocky terrain and they were great in all conditions. The only possible downside is that there is no protection from stubbing your toe, and on really rocky trails where you must step between the rocks, you will feel them through the sides. The neon green/yellow are also not quite as offensive in person as one might imagine. I'm bummed my size is sold out or I would have ordered another pair.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on April 8, 2009

3 5

I bought these pants at the beginning of the season and used them all winter for skiing on piste (telemarking) and for several backcountry tours. I'm 120 lbs, 5 foot 3 inches, not very hippy. I bought the small size and they fit nicely and look great (I've had many complements), but they have some serious functional problems. The waist is too low and does not cinch properly, so I get snow down my backside frequently (even with a tucked in shirt). You can use the velcro on each hip to tighten them, but as soon as you bend over the velcro pops open. A backcountry pant must sit higher on your waist to avoid this problem (or the cinching system must not be velcro). The end result is that these pants don't allow you full freedom of movement. I can't get them to sit at the right place on my hips so they fall a bit and then, when I am touring, hinder a free, full step. I find that extremely annoying.

I do like the material. It's as waterproof as I need it (sitting on a lift on a wet snow day, I was just a little damp at the very end of the day), and the side zips allow you to fully ventilate which is great. The gators at the bottom are perfectly done.

If I had to do it again, I would fork out more money for a full bib.

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caitlin.m.2063606wrote a review of on April 6, 2009

4 5

I bought this pack after borrowing a friend's for a day-long backcountry ski tour. The pockets are really well designed and the pack is very comfortable. I love the light green fabric on the inside, which makes it very easy to find things without digging around. I also like that it's not a silo - the zipper runs all the way around so it's easy to find what you need. While the hip belt is pretty basic, it is comfortable and does what it needs to. The shoulder straps are also very comfortable. I frequently wear this when I am telemarking at a resort but want to carry equipment for a quick skin up a nearby mountain. It holds the basics (shovel, probe, skins, water, snacks and a few small things like sunscreen and an extra layer) but that's it. If it's a hot day and you want to store the extra layers you wore, you'll have to strap them to the outside. I find this pack very comfortable to ski with, and I ski expert terrain almost exclusively. I have also used it for longer ski tours and it has likewise served me well. I also found it slightly awkward to strap skis to the outside for boot packing it up a mountain. The skis were a bit unsteady and swayed. Possibly I just haven't found the right system yet. My only complaint is that I wish it was slightly bigger. It's always nice to have the option to cinch down extra, unused space than not to have the option at all. I'm sure i"ll use the pack for day hiking trips in the summer too. (And my MacBook pro fits perfectly inside the shovel pocket, as does a hydration system.) Overall, I'm happy with this pack but not raving about it.

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