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Leonie C.

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Leonie C.

Leonie C.wrote a review of on April 13, 2017

3 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

I have the Halle Pant in a size 4 - which fits well. I can climb comfortably in them with no bunching or riding up. I ordered the short in a size 4 expecting a similiar fit. The pants fit the same in the seat and leg but are way too big in the waist. Interestingly, my husband has 3 pairs of the men's equivalent to the Halle pant and none of the waist are the same even though they are all the same size - different colors. Quality control problem, Prana? Material is great - need the sizing to be consistent.

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Leonie C.wrote a review of on March 11, 2017

Sparkle Skimo
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the original version of the Sparkle from 2016. I'm 5'7", 127 lbs with low volume feet/ankles. I tried on everything I could in the Seattle area, and only this boot fit. With about 75 days in them, I still love them. The only issue is some slight pinching on the left ankle which is as much a function of 4 ankle surgeries as it is a problem with the original version of the boot which has been addressed in the 2.0. I've used these boots for inbound, backcountry, and a skimo summits to include Shuksan (WA) and more recently Whitney (CA). I left my ski crampons at home for Whitney so spent the majority of the ascent in the Sparkles with my crampons (Petzel Lynx...see photo)..about 8 miles and 6000 vert ft of boot/crampon joy. The boots were phenomenal. The walk mode is amazing. They were just fine scrambling up some class 3/4 rock, and kick step up When it was finally time to get some turns on the way down (yay sun!), I appreciated the stiffness of the boot especially with a heavier then normal pack. I will absolutely buy this boot again if it's still available.

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Leonie C.wrote a review of on February 23, 2015

Solid Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I have been looking for a softshell for winter mountaineering that had great range of motion. I looked at the Marmot ROM but found the material to be very thin,. necessary for the extreme stretch it allowed. The Nabu is also quite stretchy but is a burlier material without being heavy or restrictive. I've used it skiing and ice climbing. It preformed superbly in both environments. I can fit a down sweater or puffy underneath. The hood works well over a climbing helmet. I didn't use it over my ski helmet. Good complement to my burly Patagonia hardshell for less harsh, but still fiercely winter days. I'm 5'7", 130lbs and the small fits great.

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Leonie C.wrote a review of on September 12, 2014

This is THE pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Me - 30 yr old female, 128 lbs, 5'7", size 4, athletic build w/ swimmers shoulders.
I've been searching for a pack that rides perfectly without crushing my back/hips/shoulders for entirely too long. The spectrum of packs has ranged from an EMS backpacking pack at about 60L, Osprey Xena 70, and now the Deuter Guide 45+. While the first two packs are made for backpacking, they are equipped to handle peak bagging. I never used the full expanse of volume the EMS or Osprey pack have even for multi day trips because my husband carries the stove. Even with the custom molded Osprey hipbelt and careful pack adjustment, the Osprey starts to hurt the iliac crest after a few miles.
The Deuter has been a great backcountry ski/winter mountaineering pack. NO hip problems. The frame properly places the pack weight against the small of your back and then distributes into the hip belt. The flexibility of the hip belt allowing it to move with you is also phenomenal. More recently, we were on Granite Peak (MT) which has class 4+ and low class 5 with the pack. I felt completely unhindered. Helmet - not a problem. Happy as could be sans pack free.
Volume - I had my 0 deg down bag, sleeping pad, 5 FD meals (2 servings), snacks, light weight down, synthetic hoody, extra socks/underwear, 2 wool layerings, hardshell top and bottom, softshell pants, headlamp, climbing harness and gear, and crampons in the pack with no problem. (Dropped some gear at BC). Trekking poles, ice axe, helmet, rope, and water bottle were attached to the outside. Compressions straps are in the perfect position. The avalanche pouch is great for probe, shovel in the winter (or a map in the summer). For winter use, the compression straps compress the pack way down. You can strap tent to the outside/bottom if necessary.
Basically - if you're looking for a pack that is awesome all around - winter skiing & summer mountaineering - this pack can get it done. Ladies-this pack will work for you too!

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