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justsaygeorgia

justsaygeorgia

Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico

justsaygeorgia's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Paddling
Yoga
Surfing

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on September 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5/41.5

I tried the Adidas AX2. Too much volume, not enough support for day HIKES vs day walks. Asolos too voluminous. Salewas not quite right. The SCARPA ZENs are PERFECT in every way for my very average size 10 (I wear a 41N in Birkenstocks, 10 in Chaco, 41.5 in Scarpa and La Sportiva, for reference). Narrow enough in the heels, awesome room in the toe box and across the balls of my feet (wow! so good!). Love the suede with the rubber rand and they PERFORM. Took 'em up to 12k feet yesterday and my feet are happy! Whew! Not cheap but worth every penny.

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on September 14, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I absolutely love the way these shoes look and they are comfortable for around town, hike and bike kind of applications. But I bought them because they are 'hiking shoes' and found actually hiking in them was beyond their capacity. My feet were pretty brutalized after two days of long day hikes because there is not enough support or stability on trails with rocks and uneven terrain. Again, for around town kind of stuff or well-groomed trails, these are probably super (and they look damn good!), but for HIKING I would say keep looking.

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on September 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: m

I wrote a dual review for the Patagonia Nano and the Patagonia Houdini jackets as these two pieces have become my "go-to" pieces for damn near everything I do. When I snowboard, I put the Nano under my Outdoor Research jacket and I'm good for the day. This is so lightweight and so breathable and so FLEXIBLE! OMG! What a revolution! Can't rave enough. Plus, it looks as good in NYC as it does tearing it up on the beautiful, steep slopes of Taos.

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on September 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: l

I have two jackets I now carry with me for everything from weekends in NYC to weekends in the Southern Rockies. The Patagonia Houdini (OMG!) and the Patagonia Nano Air (another OMG!). The Houdini is waterproof for all practicality. In a long trek through a deluge? Don't know. Haven't tried it. But walking across Manhattan in constant drizzle? Yep. Bicycling or walking around Santa Fe in a summer monsoon? Yup. Between the super, super lightweight Houdini's seasonal flexibility and the super lightweight, cozy insulation of Nano Air's stretchy breathability I am in heaven.

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on April 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I bought two pieces of gear this year, both from Patagonia. The Nano Air jacket in a size medium (no hood), and the Houdini jacket (with hood) in a size large. I am so unbelievably thrilled with this combo and their combined, and separate, effectiveness AND style I can hardly contain myself. Really. The Nano Air is the most perfect thing ever and it is really amazingly water resistant. Combined with the Houdini when weather gets kinda nasty and the story is over! I've used them here in Santa Fe for spring snowboarding and hikes, and in NYC where I needed to be warm and dry and stylish. Check. Check. Check.

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on April 8, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: m

It weighs almost nothing. It's surprisingly strong and snag-proof. It stretches. It breathes. It repels water. It fits great. It isn't shiny or noisy...so I can go from snowboarding in Taos to cruising around Manhattan without feeling like I'm giving up any style OR functionality. I love it. Love, love, love it!

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on February 19, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 158 lbs
Size Purchased: 34C & 36C

I SO wanted to love this top (which I also bought in the plum print). The fit is great, it stays put while surfing, paddlesurfing, swimming, whatever. BUT, and this is a big BUT, the center front of the top, where that cute ruching is, is not attached to the base where the underwires/inside layer is, so EVERY SINGLE TIME I come up out of the water it drags/puffs up/hangs down.

The bigger bummer is that I bought them both for a month long surf trip and had to buy another suit within a few days of being in Mexico because these tops are just ridiculous. And they're too big to be sunbathing tops, so now they're living in the bottom of my drawer, too new to throw out but too frustrating to use.

I wish i could write a rave review because they look great on and they fit like a dream. But that center drag is a TOTAL DRAG.

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: m

This has been (along with my Patagonia down sweater) the most used jacket in my closet. I've had my Variant for almost 4 years and it spans seasons, uses, and settings. It wears like iron and it always is just right to have around as a stand-alone or, when it's really cold, as my mid layer. Plus, it's got a knockout fit. I love that it's trim enough to be super flattering but cut perfectly through the shoulders to allow all sorts of movement. Perfect in my book!

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on November 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: m/l

I wear these on the floor and actually get to the end of those oh-so-long shifts with my legs feeling just fine. The bamboo/merino wool combo is dreamy and not too hot. I resisted knee-high compression 'devices' :0 but I'm a convert. They wash great and they last and last. Yummy colors, too! At this point, I'm buying my 3rd pair...

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justsaygeorgiawrote a review of on October 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have spent YEARS looking for the perfect down jacket. I'm 5'11", athletic build (160 lbs, solid size 10), and long waisted, admittedly...but really proportionate for my height. I've worn Western Mountaineering, RAB, Patagonia. All beautifully made and cozy as crud but, to a one, too short waisted if I went for the right fit in the shoulders/torso (size medium), and just too damn big if I went for the right length (size large). I finally narrowed it down to Big Agnes and Arcteryx, which fit the same IMHO. Size L is long enough not to collect powder, perfect through the shoulders, and tapered enough in the body to put a midweight piece underneath for the super cold days, but not too big to wear over a t-shirt. I no longer look like a Yeti! Wahoo! Big Agnes won because of cost (Arcteryx is amazing but really spendy) and I've been loving their tents and bags for a few years now (plus, they're out of Steamboat Springs, CO!-cool). Love the thumb holes and the really soft lining of the collar. Functional with no superfluous sh.., er, I mean junk. So....at long last, the search is OVAH!

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