CaitJenks

CaitJenks

Crested Butte, CO

CaitJenks's Passions

Hiking & Camping

CaitJenks's Bio

What gets me up in the morning? Powder days.
What motivates me? Some good tunes and thin air. Exceeding the goals I set for myself.
Where am I from? Vermont.
Where am I going? Up or down the mountain, depending on the season. When going up I feel powerful. When going down I feel like I am flying.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

5 5

I don't keep a large quiver of skis. My S7s are my only pair. They're good in the bumps, carve like they're on rails, and could not be more fun in the powder. They are stable, confidence boosting skis, best suited for an advanced skier. In one day they changed the way I ski. I was skiing harder and faster and having more fun than ever before. Love love love them. I am a female, 5'7", 150 lbs, and I am happily skiing the 178s. SO glad I didn't go for a size smaller, especially because the 168s are also narrower under foot.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on August 2, 2012

5 5

Love. This. Bag. It is definitely an all around go-to bag, because, lets face it, a roller bag is sometimes a real pain. I've taken this bag on numerous car camping and international travel trips. I carried it all over Peru, then to Florida, and then another separate trip to London. It has been in the hands of airline personnel more times than I'd ever be comfortable with and does not show a bit of wear. The backpack straps are incredibly useful, and it has good sturdy handles on both ends and the top. The straps pack up into their own pocket, and the whole bag packs up into one of its pockets as well. The lid is nice an large, so there's no having to dig around in it, the zipper is burly, and the compression straps both compress and give extra security in addition to the zipper. Don't go crazy packing it to the limit if you want to take it as a carry-on. It's a little too big for the over head bin when it's at max capacity.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on August 2, 2012

4 5

I bought the KEEN Targhee II a couple years ago and love them. Super comfortable, wide toe box, no break in time, rugged, and genuinely waterproof. I sill have them and use them. My only complaint about them is that perhaps they are a little hot, but this is expected with a waterproof shoe. As the other reviewers mentioned, I usually wear a size 8 to an 8.5, and in the Targhees I was a size 9. When I saw the Targhees were on sale a few weeks ago, I decided to pick up another pair and figured another size 9 would be fine. These 9s are significantly bigger than my old 9s. They are at least a half size, perhaps even a full size larger than my old ones. Perhaps KEEN has changed the sizing on these shoes. I would now say they ran true to size.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on July 25, 2010

5 5

his is very close to a terrycloth towel, but is not just like one. However, after a couple uses and one washing I have really begun to prefer it over a terrycloth towel. Unlike a cotton towel, this towel actuals leaves me DRY, not damp dry, and it continues to be able to dry me when it itself is still wet, which never happens because it air dries in an hour.

I can see how some might find this towel "grabby", and it was when it was brand new, but after one washing it lost a lot of that feeling. It doesn't drag across your skin the way a terrycloth towel does, but it's still very soft (much softer than those chamois towels that REI and MSR sell) and I found it very easy to get used to.

I bought the XL for use as a full-coverage bath towel. When packed, it is a fraction of the size of an equivalent sized cotton towel. I don't bother with the mesh stuff sack, as I find it difficult to get the towel back into it- too small.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on July 25, 2010

5 5

I originally purchased the 20" wide (standard size regular). I'm a side-sleeper, and I rolled off it or felt like I was about to roll off it all night long. Had a pretty miserable night, really. Sent it back and ordered the size large (25" wide). Those 5 inches made all the difference in the world. Slept like the dead. Didn't need any time to get used to it. It's 5 oz heavier and that's 5 oz I will happily accept since it's still a full pound lighter than my old SynMat.

The trick to it, since it's a real air mat, is to blow it up first thing when you make camp, allowing the air in it time to cool and condense. Then when you go to bed put a couple more puffs into it and it'll stay well inflated all night long.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on February 2, 2010

5 5

I love these skis. They blow through all conditions without any problem, no getting deflected, no nose-dives. They are light and lively. Easy for me (a tall skinny girl) to pick up and flip around in narrow steep spots. I don't get bucked landing airs. Awesome in the moguls. Their only shortfall is that they're kinda scary on icy groomed hard pack, but that's not what they're made for. Also, I ski on one of the rockiest mountains ever- Crested Butte, CO- and the bottom sheet and edges are holding up great.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on July 2, 2009

4 5

I don't take these out on big wet powder days (got uber-gloves for those days), but I do wear them if it is at all warm and sunny (generally at or above freezing) and really like them. Breathable. Mostly waterproof (like I said, not bomber enough for storms). Keeps my hands cool and dry. I often will bring along a pair of glove liners just in case it's colder up there than I anticipated- they layer well with the liners. I lost my last pair near the end of the season. I like them enough that I'll get another pair.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on October 24, 2008

5 5

I pretty much live in mine. So comfortable, and flexible. The high collar is really nice on cold days and the long zipper makes for easy on and off and more ventilation. The sleeves are very long to begin with, but mine have shrunk a little in the wash. The sleeves are also a little looser than other brands that make similar products and that's nice for getting layers on under it. Over all I think it runs just a little big. I go between small and medium from brand to brand and I'm a small in this one.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on September 26, 2008

3 5

My mother and I both ordered this bag within days of each other from this same exact page. I got a standard 6' bag, my mom got a 5'6" women's bag (not what she wanted and since we're both taller than 5'6" we couldn't just switch). Very odd. She, obviously, sent hers back. I gave mine a shot. I lasted one night. It's cut quite narrow- a lot narrower than I expected. I thrashed all night getting stuck in it every time I pulled my knees up. It was a cold night (lots of frost on the tent in the morning) and the bag was quite warm. So, if you don't mind a narrow cut, it's a perfectly good bag, but if you get at all claustrophobic in mummy bags you won't like it.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on August 25, 2008

5 5

I'm a side sleeper and this mat is awesome. So comfortable. No aching hips and shoulders. Full night's sleep. It's also good and compact and you can fit it back into its included stuff sack without squeezing out every last molecule of air left in it. It is a little heavier than similarly compact mats like the Term-A-Rest Prolite, but it's so much more comfotable it's worth the weight to me. The pump does work. It just takes a little practice.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on August 11, 2008

4 5

I have been very happy with this stove. I've used it above 10,000 ft in breezy weather and never had any problem at all. It also works with MRS threaded canisters (though not as efficiently, but good enough in a pinch). It folds up small and nests into my GSI Soloist cook system along with an 8oz canister.

However, the auto ignition did not last long. It broke after the use of one 4oz canister to be exact. Nevertheless, I still feel that it's an excellent stove and I would purchase it again and just bring along some matches, since these lighters are notoriously unreliable.

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CaitJenks wrote a review of on August 11, 2008

5 5

This system is smarter than me.

Reasonable sized pot is light, with a stay cool handle that is sturdy and folds up over the top to the pot. Nesting bowl has neoprene sleeve. The lid can be used as a strainer or turned up-side-down fits securely into the bowl and has sip hole. Stuff sack is water proof and can be used as a small camp sink. Little pouch houses your stove.

The whole thing nests in it as well an 8oz canister, stove, and folding spork, and easily fits into my pack, no problem.

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