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kdnwrote a review of on June 7, 2018

Tiny, bright, super functional!
5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This jacket packs TINY - it feels paper thin, but it is surprisingly strong, as I found out when I threw it in my pack as an emergency layer for spring mountaineering, and ended up climbing across some sharp rocks with it.

The material is kind of see-through, but I found that flattering, and the fit was great - I can still move my arms overhead, and it sits long enough on the waist. I found it roomy enough for my athletic shoulders, and the sleeves were long enough for me at 5'8" in a size small.
This jacket is a GREAT spring/summer layer to have on hand for emergencies - whether a trail run or a hike that might turn breezy/rainy. And it's cute!

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kdnwrote a review of on June 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I'm not usually a fan of floral prints on athletic wear, but this shirt worked for me! It's a great layer to throw over a tank top on the way to the gym, and still hit that right feminine vibe to head for coffee or smoothies after. I've worn it for hikes, and like the back detailing. It's slightly tailored, but not skin tight, which is nice for hot days.
I'm 5'8" and the sleeves in the size small were long enough for me.

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kdnwrote a review of on June 7, 2018

Studio to trail...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I get tons of compliments on this tank top! It's form-fitting without being too tight, and as the other reviewer wrote, it doesn't ride up!

I found the length at 5'8" perfect, especially for wearing with a climbing harness (it comes past the waist to the hips), and the strappy details in back look really great for both climbing and yoga.

I found that the built in bra was plenty supportive for running (although I'm on the smaller side) and it wicks sweat well. Cute for the yoga studio, and cute for the trail!

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kdnwrote a review of on February 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I regularly ski tour in the Pacific Northwest, so hardshells are a necessity on those slightly "wetter" tours. I was so excited that the Falketind pro pant is fully waterproof, but also really lightweight and cut to flatter. I'm 5'8' and a size 4 in jeans, and the size S fit perfectly. They were long enough to hit right at boot-top, and slim fitting while still giving me room to layer in fleece leggings for a resort day.
Details matter, and I loved that these pants had a mesh phone-sized pocket in the larger thigh pocket, so I could keep my phone both handy and dry when pulling it out to use the GPS or camera. Side zips are great for venting on the uphill track, and they run all the way down, which made it easy to release my boot into walk mode from the side, while still having the very bottom snap fixed around my boot to avoid that "bunched" uphill look.
While there are loops to add a belt, there is no belt included with these pants, and I found that the snap waist closure came undone when I sat down in these. Easily fixed by adding an after-market belt.
These are a fantastic layering piece for the all-season athlete - from deep winter to wet spring. AND they actually look cute, which is no small feat for gear this technical.

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kdnwrote a review of on November 9, 2017

The perfect fall shirt!
5 5

I get so many compliments on this shirt- I think because the pattern is unique for flannel! Love that it is long in the torso (even for me at 5’8) so that it can be paired with leggings or skinny jeans. The material is soft, and has stayed clean even after wearing it on hikes and around town. The sleeves are a little short for me, as are most shirts, but they look good rolled up too. This shirt makes me want to drink hot apple cider and hunt for fall foliage. Love it!

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kdnwrote a review of on October 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This classic thermarest is incredibly light, if bulky to pack. It's not the most comfortable in the world, but it's the perfect go-to for sleeping on rocky bivy ledges, where an inflatable pad might rupture. It's also makes for a nice seat when pushing long days on the trail or over glaciers. Not glitzy, but very functional.

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kdnwrote a review of on September 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This harness is incredibly lightweight and packs small - great for alpine climbing and mountaineering where there are long rappels. Great to have slots for ice clippers, and the gear loops keep everything in order. The leg loops are not adjustable and can feel a little stiff, but overall a great harness for big days.

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kdnwrote a review of on May 22, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I REALLY wanted to love this loveseat, as it's a great idea. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. First, it is VERY heavy - as in don't really want to carry it up the street to the park heavy, so it only comes out if I'm camping next to the car. Second, the way the support bars are positioned means that crossing over the "middle" between the two seats is quite uncomfortable. To sit close to your significant other, you have to sit with a bar jutting into your back, and there's another bar separating the two seats. It's fine for a double chair, but it's definitely not the cozy-up next to the fire together loveseat I was hoping for.

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kdnwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are fantastic snowshoes for true off-trail, backcountry travel. I had been a snowshoe doubter prior to using the Fimbulvetr Hikr, but these bad-boys converted me.

Size: The Hikr's are wider than some other brands, and at 5'8", it took me a few minutes to adjust my gait, but it was easy to adapt. Their girth also allows them to have a shorter tail as well, which makes plunge stepping downhill a breeze. The main downside of the width for me was that they were bulky when strapped to a pack - but the light-weight design makes up for it.

Comfort: These snowshoes are great on gentle slopes, but they really excel on the uphill. Fantastic grip - from the snowshoe itself as well as the crampon, and the suspension system adds tremendous benefit when cutting across steep sidehills

Straps: I found these really intuitive and stayed locked in with ease, but my boyfriend had a hard time getting his foot positioned over the crampon. It's worth it to spend time getting the foot aligned in the system, or the bindings do tend to move a little.

These snowshoes are a great flotation system, and though pricey, are worth it if you spend serious time off-trail in steep or varied terrain. These aren't necessarily for your casual packed trail near the parking lot - but for getting backcountry, these are worth it.

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kdnwrote a review of on December 20, 2016

Heavier than your average mid-layer
5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

I run cold, so I'm happy for the extra warmth, but I'm not sure it actually delivers THAT much more warmth for the weight. Love that it is longer than most fleeces, and the color is a rich green. It's not cheap as arcteryx, but it is darn comfortable, so if this is your price point, enjoy!

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kdnwrote a review of on December 20, 2016

XC Skiing or Running
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

LOVE this jacket. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I frequently find myself running through rain, putting on mileage through wet snow, or skate skiing through dry but cold temps. A girl has got to weather the elements for cardio around here! This jacket is versatile, but protects the core for those heart pounding activities. It blocks the wind and slush, but still feels flexible and light, not stiff.

At 5'8, the sleeves are long enough to comfortably hit my wrists, and it falls at a flattering length at my hips. The cuffs are of a soft material, which stay in place under gloves, and the pockets are perfect for a trail map and a phone. On super cold days, I need to pair this with a neck warmer or a buff, since collar doesn't come up very high, but that also leads to more comfort most of the time. Looking forward to the ski season with this one!

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kdnwrote a review of on December 20, 2016

Wearing these everywhere
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I did not know how much I needed these until I replaced some tattered spandex with these soft-shell pants. They are more flattering than jeans, and more comfortable too. Wind resistant and stylish... take these onto the xc country track, or for a hike... or to go get coffee. They're built to flatter athletic women, and that's worth celebrating! I'm tall-ish, and they reach my ankle - perfect with my ski boots. The BF confirms, these are a WIN (and worth pulling out the camera for!).

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kdnwrote a review of on December 20, 2016

For high energy excursions
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I was surprised by how thin this hoodie felt when I first pulled it out of the box (it felt more like a long-sleeve jersey shirt, and less like fleece), but it SHINES when you're breaking a sweat uphill or cross-country. Wind resistant for it's weight (and the well-designed neckline makes a huge difference for that), I felt like I could shed some BTUs while moving down the trail without getting clammy or overheated. Sleeves long enough for lanky ladies (!) at 5'8 . Would love to see layer in more colors, although the pink zipper tabs on this were pretty neat!

This shirt is easy to throw in the wash, and the grey is a little lighter than it looks in the picture. I've worn this skate skiing and running, and I would recommend it for similar cardio activities - it's more technical than it first appeared, so it excels when you're working, but it wouldn't be the warmest hoodie for just hanging out. I haven't had occasion to use the hood yet, but I expect I will next time I head into the rain for a trail run. European brands always seem to make great cuts for athletic women, and Bjorn Daehlie is no exception!

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kdnwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

a) Save your callouses and your hands... don't use a dirty outdoor rope at the gym!
b) Climb on tall walls inside? This is one of the only gym ropes that comes in a 40 meter cut. Less mess than a full length rope, no short roping when lowering off.
c) Cool colors. Great size, been climbing on it consistently for 8 months with no sign of wear at all

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