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iryna

Eugene

iryna 's Passions

Running
Biking
Surfing
Skiing
Climbing
Hiking & Camping

iryna 's Bio

born and raised in beautiful Ukraine. it will always be home./
i'm in love with science. the brain is a beautiful thing. it allows us to explore./
the rules and laws of nature are the same for everyone. they strip away our privileges and misfortunes and make us equal. they makes us more similar yet allow us to find our uniqueness. /
graduate student by day, outdoor adventurer by weekend

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iryna wrote a review of on May 28, 2019

4 5

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

Im not sure why people say these shoes run small, I find them true to size. I usually wear 7.5 in running shoes (Altra, NB, Scarpa, Asics) and these fit me well. I also have wide feet and B width provides enough room in the toe box for comfort.
Pros: great grip, great support + plenty of sensitivity under your toes, good protection from rocks
Cons: hot for summer days, more bulky than Hierro V3, terrible shoe laces.
I think I'll get great usage out of them in the rainy PWN, but they are not my favorite daily running shoe. I loved Hierro V3, though, and these seem to be just a heftier version of that shoe.

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iryna wrote a review of on February 4, 2019

5 5

I've been looking for a new mnt biking helmet for awhile. I have a hard time finding one that fits because I'm in between S and M sizes (56ish cm). Small sizes usually are too tight in temples, while mediums do not tighten enough to feel secure. I ordered this helmet in size Small and it fits well, I have room to add one thin layer if it's cold and it can be tighten securely around my head even with a pony tail. It's very light, which is great for me since most of my riding is xc. (I wonder is it compromises safety though?) With a few simple adjustments it stays comfortably secure without bulky weight or extra bells and whistle. It's a little costly, which is the main downside of this helmet.

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iryna wrote a review of on November 28, 2017

can be improved
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hate to be a bummer about this watch but it's got some issues.

I got this watch a few months ago with HR monitor strap. The main reason why I wanted a watch is so I could start training based on HR. I did some research and thought that this was a reasonably priced watch for the number of features that it has. GPS-navigation back would be difficult to follow but still nice to have it just in case. Compass and elevation information are also useful when I'm out on a trail or backcountry skiing. I also like that it provides average and current pace, which is nice to have to get your barring, but this is a standard feature for many watches.

First, elevation gain estimates are widely off. I have read that they can be wrong if you dont have a barometer, but I really did not realize how bad they would be. The error margin is about +/- 30% of your actual gain, so they a basically worthless when it comes to figuring out your vertical distance while on a move (this becomes super helpful when I know an approximate elevation gain for a specific route and I'm trying to estimate how far I have gone/ still need to go which is important information to decide whether I need to turn around).

Second, battery life is short ~ 8 hours for running sometimes if not enough,. I started using good GPS for skiing and it seems to increase battery life to about ~1.5 days but anything less than that is off by a significant margin. This becomes an issue during longer trips though can be easily fixed if you have a charger. It's a nice feature that not all 'medium-price' watches have I just wish the battery would be a little better.
Third, my HR monitor broke in two months. I replaced the battery twice, saw some rust on screws - though Im not sure why it broke I think the moisture might have had something to do with it. Which is kind of stupid - it should be able to handle sweat!

Lastly, I have noticed moisture accumulating underneath the screen during humid runs and that's just poor quality watch. Im predicting that it will not last long especially where I live, which is a bummer cause I really wanted to get a device that I could use for awhile and rely on.
I'm planning to contact customer service to fix the heart rate monitor, I'm hoping to be able to use it again in the near future.

In general, I think this watch has some pluses: it's accurately estimates distance and is easy to use. But the lack of accuracy of other features and immediate malfunctions are pretty annoying. Maybe paying for a better version like Peak or other models would be better.

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iryna wrote a review of on November 26, 2017

my favorite pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this was my first running pack. i did some research and eventually got this pack lightly used for super cheap to try. i ran with it for over a year and fell in love with this thing. super comfortable, simple and functional. 2 L water bladder is perfect, to be realistic it would be hard to run with more water, i usually look for water sources if 2 L is not enough. all pockets seem to be in the right spots and fit everything i need. i've run anywhere from 10- 30 miles with it and it never bothered me. unfortunately, it was stolen so i did more research when looking for a replacement pack and ended up with this one again.
i'm 5'3'', 115 lb, 34C cup., s/m fits me well. It's a bit loose when it's empty but fits perfect when I have water bladder filled at least half way and a few items. i'm thinking a smaller size would not fit me well when filled for longer runs.

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iryna wrote a review of on November 26, 2017

3 5

i was excited when i saw this pack. i run with nathan vaporairess and adding 4 extra liters for an additional 5 oz seemed like a great deal. i compared two packs when i got it and realized that extra 4 liters are not usable space.
the side pockets are bigger and nathan claims that they are .75 L. if you fill them up to their capacity you cant run comfortably, the pockets stick out and rub on the inside of your arm.
hidden ice pocket= totally unnecessary.
airess has a large pocket with a side zipper which is super useful, cause you can stuff it and not have to pull everything out of your pack when you need to get something from the bottom. in shadow that pocket is much smaller and the large pocket now has a small top zipper which makes it hard to fit large items in and if you pack it up you will need to get everything out of your pack to get items from the bottom.
extra straps that adjust the bladder are nice and will probably make the pack more adjustable but also a pain in the butt to deal with cause airess fits just fine.
in the end, i ended up returning shadow and sticking with good ol airess. it's simple, functional, comfortable. i do wish to have more space in a running pack but not all larger packs are runnable.

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iryna wrote a review of on June 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: 39

These shoes run small for sure! I usually wear 37.5-38 in street shoes and it was hard to put on 39 in these shoes. They are still pretty tight and seem to be for narrow feet. I think once they stretch out they will be a great pair of shoes, but for now it's a bit painful. They are also pretty stiff and the heal cup seems small, feels like my heal is not very secure in the shoe. In general, they seem to be made really well. I found a great deal on them so I plan to keep them, but they are definitely not meant to fit all feet.

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iryna wrote a review of on March 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

they fit super well on Dynafit radical bindings, small and easy to pack, grip well on icy slopes. ONE BIG CON: you CANT use them with heel risers! because your foot doesnt drive them into the ice when you step on your riser rather than ski. Come on Dynafit! There are some adjustments that can be made to fix that but it would be nice to have that problem eliminated sometime soon, Dynafit!

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iryna wrote a review of on March 5, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Followed the instructions to renew waterproofing of my rain jacket. I didnt notice much of a difference- it's gortex so it doesnt leak per se but still soaks up water. Maybe it needs a few applications.

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iryna wrote a review of on December 7, 2015

Yoga pants for winter sports ;-)
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

A big shout-out to Backcountry.com and Millet for selecting me to review Monterosa pants. It’s my joy to contribute to BC community!

Since the temperatures have dropped and rain has turned into snow, I have been really enjoying testing these pants in beginning winter conditions. So far, it's been a blast! They are withstanding PNW wet/cold environment .

Size: 26 in waist, 36 in hips, 5 ft 2 in. I usually wear size 2 / XS pants. Millet Monterosa fit me perfectly in XS size. They are snug around my waist and butt and have just the right length to go over my boots without any extra material bunching up at the bottom. This might be an issue for someone who is tall.

Quality: Outstanding! Dry coating works great in moist conditions, perfect for a day out in the snow or rain. The material is thick with fleece cover on the inside which kept me warm in sub freezing conditions- no long underwear needed. Monterosa pants are super flexible which makes them great for a variety of activities from touring to ice climbing. Warm and durable softshell pants have some drawbacks- in my opinion they don’t fit '€˜lightweight'€™ category and they are pretty bulky when packed.

Style: Simplicity is the key: two side pockets, one pocket in the back and two bottom side zippers that increase the calf size to accommodate larger boots (like ski boots). These pants are pretty straightforward- all pockets are large enough to fit a cell-phone and extra, all zippers work without snagging.

I’ve been enjoying these pants while skiing in resorts as well as backcountry. I plan to try myself in ice climbing this season and I will definitely be bringing Monterosa plants for more testing. So far, I have no reason to doubt their performance. Big thanks to Millet for making great quality gear for a reasonable price!

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