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reb113622941wrote a review of on June 22, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I love this jacket! Instantly a favorite staple in my closet. It's light. It's breathable. It's protecting. It's windproof. It's NOT water resistant, if large droplets in a rainstorm hit this jacket, they'll seep through. The hoodie is fantastic! The velcro wrist adjustments are friggin fantastic, I love them, they keep all the warm air in, cold air out, all the wind out! The storage feature is phenomenal! But it doesn't have side pockets, which is strange to me. The jacket wouldn't have had that much-added bulk with side pockets, at least one side pocket. It's the only thing I would change. Otherwise, it's so light and breathable, easily packable jacket that I am in love with it. I take it on flights, hikes, runs, work, anywhere and everywhere I can. It washes nicely. I wash it on gentle and air dry it, comes out good as new. I'll likely order one in another color because its just that good. I am 5'5', 125, slightly curvy, dimensions are 34D-27-29, and Small fits with some wiggle room. I usually wear a sports bra and t-shirt underneath, but I could probably layer a light sweater underneath as well.

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reb113622941wrote a review of on June 22, 2019

These shoes are BEASTS!!
5 5

I have run over 70 miles in these shoes and I have thrown water, rocks, sandy soil, gravel at these shoes and they're amazing. I'm a heel striker and they are amazingly cushioned, feel like clouds! They run a little large so go a half size down, I probably could have gone a full size, but the extra space will give me room for waterproof socks in the winter. I submerged the shoes in creek water and not a drop reached my feet. If you fully submerge your shoe, above the rim, water will enter the shoe, so they are only waterproof to an extent if that's fair to say.
They are good to use right out of the box, no need to break them in. They have not caused any pain or discomfort for my feet. I will be buying the lighter gortex Norvans soon because frankly, these are the best shoes I've ever owned. I don't take them running on the road because they're too robust. They look like they're going to be more of a tripping hazard at first sight, but don't let their looks deceive you. They are light! Their design, I am sure, has saved me from at least three injuries! In fact, I bought them after an injury from falling with cheap trail runners.
The Vibram soles make me feel like Spiderman because of their Kung Fu grip! Including wet boulders!! The bulkier design is wicked too; when you've landed awkwardly on a rock or running narrow oddly angled terrain/paths, Norvans grip the rock--versus sliding off of it and rolling your ankle>trip>fall>ouch! They brace as well because they're quite wide at the base; if you have weak ankles and your ankle gives easily, their wider base will protect it from rolling as well.
I will never embark on the trail without them <3. AND, they make me feel safer and more capable on tricky terrain. Thank you, Arcteryx! If you are serious about trail running, have fallen in love with it like me, try these trail runners. I will say, if you are running on well-kept dirt trails, these shoes may be too much for your needs, you could step down and do without the GTX or the LD and go for the lighter Norvan model, but if you plan on doing difficult or very difficult trails with varying types of terrain--you need these shoes. I also plan on using them in the winter (snow) with waterproof socks! When the Gortex has worn out, and it does have a shelf life, I will continue to use them. What I'm trying to say is, the shoe itself is spectacular with the ortholite insoles to the Vibram stick soles, they are an engineering marvel. Love love love these shoes. They are a worthy investment.

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