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lovetonomwrote a review of on December 3, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5'
Weight: 105 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Got this because it was packable and great for traveling. It does that but not much more. It is very lightweight and can be packed into a small bundle. At the same time it is still very warm. However it is not meant for everyday wear. I've been wearing it for a week or two straight and it sheds considerably. My shirts are not only covered in the down but now my jacket is losing its insides. Soon I'll be left with a completely flat jacket. Afraid I'll have to pack it away and only use it for traveling/emergencies...

Sizing for Stoic is usually smaller but this jacket runs true to size. I usually get a Small in tops for Stoic but the jacket was huge on me so I exchanged for an XS which fit better; it still left enough room for me to wear a sweater underneath (I'm 5ft 105lbs). The length is a little longer for me but most clothing are because I'm so short. Only issue is that the pockets hit right at my hip so when I put my phone in the pocket (and it only fits in portrait orientation) it gets in the way when I bend. But not the jacket's issue, only a problem if you're short like me.

Another drawback is that the zipper busted open one time because of the phone-in-pocket issue. I bent over without adjusting my phone, which made it protrude out at the bottom and the zipper split open from the bottom of the zipper :( took a while for me to fix it but it still works normally after that. Hopefully it's not a continuing issue.

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lovetonomwrote a review of on August 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got the size 6 in black and it fits true to size. I am a size 6 in everything. The strap is super soft and thick, which helps create a snug fit without the shoe flip - flopping too much. Strap is comfortable and durable, and I like the contrast stitching that makes it interesting without it being too distracting.

Footbed is like gel memory foam. Sinks in just enough with every step and eventually becomes a mold especially for your feet. Still provides support for every arch and curve in your feet.

I wear them everywhere now, for urban hikes, hanging out, driving... so far they are still holding up (been almost 2 months).

Love these so much that I went back for two more pairs in other styles/colors.

Highly recommend!

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lovetonomwrote a review of on November 4, 2013

5 5

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

Great shirt that I got on super sale! I wear them for hiking and biking.

Fit: I got the size XS and it fits me pretty well (5ft, 95lbs). The neck is a little small so I have to squeeze through it; maybe I just have a big head? There is a little stretch to the fabric. Otherwise, everything else fits well; thumbholes line up, good length, fitted throughout torso (waist 24in, hips 35in).

Appearance: I got a super deal on these so I ended up with three of them (black/coral, boysenberry/forest, jade/agave). The contrast colors give it a nice style and trim to show off natural curves. The colors are a shade darker in person.

Material: Nice breathable fabric with little stretch.

Use: They keep me warm but not sweaty at the same time. Great use so far. The thumbholes help keep my hands warm. I have been able to wear just this for fall hiking/biking in Bay Area, California weather.

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lovetonomwrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

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

I love this jacket! I got the Grape Juice color which is a nice bright purple that adds a pop to my outdoor adventures.

Fit: This is my first Salomon product and the XS fits me perfectly (5ft, 95lbs). Most other brands in the same size that I have tried tend to be a bit large for me, so I imagine Salomon has a smaller fit for their clothing. It has nice cutting so it hugs my curves and doesn't leave that boxy frumpy look that some outdoor gear tend to do. As a result, I have been wearing this around town as well! :) The hood is perfect size, not too tight, but close enough that it keeps my head and ears warm.

Material: It has a very nice stretch to it. The inside is lined with a super soft fleece-y material; I find myself wearing sleeveless shirts or short sleeves underneath it for comfort. The elastic trimming that they use is also quite durable. Zippers are smooth and covered at top so it doesn't scratch the chin.

Use: The description is a little off. There are no chest pockets, but two side pockets with zip. The zips are hidden along the seams so when zipped, they disappear into the jacket for a sleek look. There are also no reflective things, which doesn't matter to me. I have been using this is mild fall/winter weather around the Bay Area in California. It keeps me quite warm for it's thin and light size. I use this jacket for hiking, biking, and running errands.

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lovetonomwrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nifty little bag that packs a lot & is quite versatile. Been using this bag for hiking & biking every weekend for 4 months now.
Size: This bag is slightly big for my 5ft frame & it sticks up a little when I bike (I'm bent over the handlebars). This isn't a problem for me as it helps air out the lower back actually. The pack itself has a built in mesh-y back that is designed for airflow & keeps the bulk from the body to prevent it from getting sweaty. The pack sits flush against me when I am upright & hiking with it.
Adjustability: The straps are fully adjustable so I can wear it on my lower hips (35in) or up at my waist (24in). The side straps help hold the pack down so it doesn't bounce about. There are also two compression straps along the front to make the pack smaller (more aerodynamic?). What I really like are the adjustable straps on the two water bottle pockets. It holds different size bottles if you don't want to use the bottles that it comes with. It can also shrink the pocket down so much that I actually keep my phone (inside a wallet case) in it without it bouncing or falling out. The release pulley gives me quick access to my drinks or my phone without needing to take the pack off.
Pockets: The front compartment has a key holder that gives me quick access to my bike lock key without digging to the bottom in addition to holding my tissues, snacks, hand sanitizer, lotion, & emergency kit. The main compartment has double zippers that is large enough to hold my windbreaker. There are two zip hip pockets on the side that gives me easy access to my chapstick, eyedrops, gum, & more.
Appearance: I got the meteorite color & it is a nice light black that goes with everything. The design gives it a nice sporty look without it looking like an old-school frumpy fanny pack.
Use: Used to use a backpack but it made my back sweaty, was too heavy, & I never needed that much room; this bag solves the problem. The pack doesn't get in my arms' way when they swing.

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lovetonomwrote a review of on October 16, 2013

4 5

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

Fit: I got the black pair in size XS and everything fit perfectly except for the problem that others have mentioned; there is a lot of excess fabric at the waistband area. The cutting just seems like it is made for women without any curves whatsoever and go straight from their waist to their hips to their buttocks. I am not that curvy (hips: 35in, waist: 24in) so everything else fit (hips and below). I was able to sew an elastic onto the waistband which solved the problem, but it would have been better if I didn't need to do that. The thigh and leg area is nice and loose for lots of movement. The legs are a little long for me, but this was expected, being only 5ft tall (everything is always too long for me).

Materials: The fabric is very stretchy and so far it does appear to be wrinkle-free. It is slightly thicker than my other hiking pants (NF, Marmot, prAna, MH) so I'm assuming it will be tougher in terms of wear and tear. I haven't tested this directly as I am not that hardcore in my hikes. I like the black color contrasted with the teal trim and zipper pulls, which makes access to pockets easier. Unfortunately, there were only three pockets, not 5 as advertised. There are two back pockets and one side leg pocket. In the picture the flap over the pocket appears to reach the front so I thought those were pockets; however, they turned out to be the design of the trim and there were no front pockets under the flap. There is a nice softer fabric trim along the waistband which makes longer wear more comfy.

Overall, these are a decent pair of pants. I got them on sale so I will be keeping them. I took one star off for the waistband and lack of front pockets.

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lovetonomwrote a review of on June 16, 2013

5 5

Always avoided sunglasses because I could never find a pair that would stay on while I hiked/biked. I have an oily/combination complexion and a rather flat nose so most sunglasses tend to either sit too low and not cover the top part of my vision or would slip off due to sweat/oil. Tried these out and am still using them now for all my outdoorsy activities and driving too. Been four months and I am enjoying how these glasses help block the brightness of the sun without dimming out too much. Frameless style covers all of my vision without blocking anything out! Also easier to clean; no cracks for dust and such to embed. Lightweight and nose support help minimize the dents on my nose and help them stay on without much slipping. Sleek design sits flush against my face/head and fits under my helmet.

After four months of flipping the arms open and closed one of the screws began to loosen a wee bit. Managed to catch that and tighten it back up before falling out/losing it. I imagine most glasses have this problem anyways?

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