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Elyse Saugstad

Elyse Saugstad

Kick-ass Girdwood, Alaska and sunny Tahoe, California

Elyse Saugstad's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Yoga
Skiing
Surfing

Elyse Saugstad's Bio

My roots are in Girdwood, Alaska, where I was fortunate to grow up skiing the infamous Chugach mountains and playing in the great Alaskan outdoors. My motivation and positivity in life stems from being connected to nature whether it be skiing deep pow, riding glassy waves, catching large fish, mountain biking, camping, enjoying time with my friends, or traveling the world. Ultimately I'm just trying to be really extreme. XXX extreme!

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on June 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 7

There doesn't need to be much said about these flip flops other than they are THE go-to, easiest to wear, best fitting flip flop around. They fit true to size. They're a soft rubber so they move with your feet better as opposed to other stiffer sandals that make you crunch your toes more when walking to keep them on. Durability wise they seem to hold up really well for the price.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on May 13, 2015

4 5

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

These are my first pair of onzie's capris and I'm pretty happy about them so far. The prints are really fun. The pants are of a lighter weight material which makes them a nice option during the warmer summer months. I do find myself tugging on them to pull them up ever so often, they don't stay perfectly in place. But this problem is minute and not a deal breaker.
I got them in a size small and they fit great. For reference I'm 5'5'' and 125 lbs. I wear a size 4 in lululemon and 26 jeans.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on December 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This backpack saved my life on February 19th, 2012 when I was in a massive 2700' avalanche in the backcountry off Stevens Pass. There were three others caught in the avalanche who did not survive. I was the only one wearing this backpack and was the only survivor. My ABS pack saved my life and I hope they will continue to help save lives in the future. For me, the ABS brand pack is the standard for avalanche airbags and here is why I think so.

To begin, the dual airbag system ensures that if one inflation fails or one bag is damaged by trees, etc. you will still have at least one airbag fully inflated. Additionally, ABS is using new technology with their bag materials which creates a much lighter and much stronger bag. The airbag material is the same material used on zodiac boats which means that it is nearly impossible to shred if punctured. The trigger mechanism is a nearly fail safe pneumatic system that only takes approximately 18 pounds of force over 2 cm's to trigger inflation. Non-pnuematic systems can take up to 45 pounds of pressure over 6 inches in length trigger inflation. From my experience, once you're caught in an avalanche things happens so fast that the easier a trigger is to pull the better. Furthermore, other brands use compressed air which is susceptible to fluctuation in its compression from elevation, something nitrogen is not affected by.

I also love the fact that the ABS is constructed of a base system that has the airbag safety system in it, and the actual backpack is zipped on allowing for different size packs to be attached. This, I believe, makes buying this pack a worthy investment because you are able to have different sized packs for different types of days. 90% of the time I use the Powder 15L, which fits my shovel, probe, some food, water, an extra pair of gloves, a thin layer, a few other small things, and my skins (at that point it's starting to get pretty tight). REVIEW CONTINUED BELOW

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

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

The white-grey version of this belt never leaves my pants. It's a really cool design and goes with everything. It's a great unisex belt- the design works great for both sexes. The white color holds and doesn't get dingy, a hypothetical problem but I've been wearing it for almost a year and it's in great shape.
The ultimate bonus is it's stretchy and adjustable so it'll fit every pair of jeans or ski/snowboard/mtn bike pants/shorts perfectly. Not too tight, not too loose. Just perfect.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

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

I love love love this jacket! I love it so much that I have a hard time not wearing it when it's warm out. It holds up really well in cold weather but the jacket isn't too bulky at all. I get compliments on the jacket all the time from guys and gals. The beet color is like a muted pinkish-red and looks really cool with the daisy pant in the space colorway. Both colors are awesome, I wish I had it in the heather space color too. It has the right amount of pockets including the one on your arm to put your ski pass in.

I wore this in a size medium but I believe a size small would have fit better on me (I'm 5'5" and 125 lbs).

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This boot dryer is an essential item to my ski kit. It does the job perfectly and is not loud like other brands. The model with the different timer settings is worth the upgrade. You can set the timer and you don't have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. I've had this model for several years and it's in perfect working condition. I travel everywhere with it too so it definitely takes a little bit of a beating and it's still in great condition.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on October 4, 2014

5 5

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

Good ol' quality puffy jacket right here. Keeps me uber warm as a layer under my shell jacket. Cute enough to wear around. The blue color is awesome!
Bonus to this puffy is it has pit zips, such a nice feature for a puffy.
I wear this in a size small so it fits well under my shell, but I could easily wear a medium in this jacket too. The puffy is a thicker puffy than let's say Patagonia's nano puffy, hence why I'd wear a size small to fit better under my shell jacket. I'm 5'5

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on October 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just like its matching partner, the Flylow Billie Coat, these pants were the pants I wore everyday in the backcountry. They stand up to the elements, the material moves well with the body, and they look great. Not too baggy, not too tight. There are ventilation zips for hiking in and several pockets to choose from (however I don't think I put much in those pockets because it can hinder your movement). They are just shell pants so the days that are really cold I would choose a different insulated pant.
I wore a size medium and they fit well. I'm 5'5", 125 lbs and a size 26 in jeans. I wouldn't go any smaller because of the length.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on September 29, 2014

5 5

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

Well, this belt takes the cake. I have plenty of arcade belts to choose from and I end up wearing this one 90% of the time for non-sporty dressing- I can't help it even though I realllly like some of the other designs. This black studded belt looks so dang good with everything! The leather is of quality- it hasn't warped in the slightest bit or started looking dingy from wearing this belt non-stop the last 6 months.
I wear a size 26 in jeans and a size small in this belt.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on September 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is what I wore everyday in the backcountry last year. It is Flylow's most technical jacket in their line-up and it holds itself up to the elements nicely. It is a soft fabric that moves easily with the body, and it doesn't make that annoying crinkly sound that most technical jackets do. It is also breathable.

I would wear this jacket with a puffy underneath and would be perfectly warm on those really long, cold days in the backcountry. The jacket snaps into your flylow pants which is a plus in deep pow as well as it helps with that extra warmth on cold days.

The fit is flattering and looks slimming- no billowing unnecessarily at the waist. The colors are pretty rad, I went with the bluegrass color and liked it a lot because it had pop but it isn't "look at me" too bright. I wear a size medium in this jacket and I'm 5'5" and 125 lbs. I normally wear XS-S in clothes but choose medium in shell jackets so it's not overly snug and I'm able to fit layers underneath comfortably.

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