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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!

Elyse Saugstad

Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on January 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The womens' Mach1 105 Freeride boot is the gold standard for women who want a high performance ski boot. There are small tweaks to this boot that make it specific for a female (like a lower cuff) but with enough beef to it that you don't need to switch into a men's boot for a more heavy duty flex. I was previously in Tecnica's race boot, but I was very happy to switch into this boot just for the sole alone- race boot soles are slick as snot and these boots have grip to them for scrambling around on rocks/hiking and better grip for snowmobile-skiing. Plus, it's easier to walk across parking lots in these boots ;-)
I made the small modification of switching to a Booster strap for more direct power transfer.
The fit is like a normal ski boot, I don't know why it's saying above that it runs small.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on January 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Blizzard is known to make reliable, hard charging skis and the Bodacious do not fall short of this . The skis are incredibly stable and I have yet to find a speed limit to them. To top it off, when the pow turns to chopped up crud the ski still rips through it all unlike so many other powder skis that waffle. The ski has fun flex to them that enables one to dump speed fast (for tree skiing) and pop off of side hits, booters and cliffs. If I didn't prefer a smaller ski underfoot for regular resort days to have less torque on my knees, I would ski this ski allll the time because they just plain rip on groomers, crud, and deep pow.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

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

The hybrid belt is a great combo pack- it's a step up from just being a stretchy belt with the addition of the leather buckle, which is real leather and noticeably not cheap fake stuff that falls apart with wear.

The herringbone color way is really fun and works well whether you're keeping it classy or wanting to go casual with a flannel.

It's a unisex belt and I wear a size small in this belt. I wear a size 26 jeans / size women's small / or size 2-4.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using Scott poles for some time now and they're fantastic- I have no need for any other. FIrst off, the ergo grip works great- it's rubber so snow doesn't stick, the hand loops are easily adjustable and stay the exact size you want, they're light weight (the swing weight feels great) and they come in cool colors. Need I say more?

They're the best all-around poles, but if you do TONS of touring you may want a pole that is adjustable.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first tried on a pair of Hestras with the removable wool liner I was at first skeptical because they didn't have the typical super soft feel of Hestra's normal gloves- what they are renowned for. But because other fellow skiers swore by them I gave them a shot, and boy am I glad I did! If you spend a significant amount of time skiing/snowboarding/snowmobiling these gloves are the way to go because the wool liners help regulate the warmth and cold. If your gloves get wet, and I mean really wet, they don't get the penetrating drenched feeling because of the wool.
These gloves are the perfect snowmobile-skiing gloves. You can't avoid your gloves getting wet when snowmobiling but due to the make-up of the durable leather and the wool liner my hands never would get cold! I'm one of those people who always have cold hands and my husband is one of those people whose hands overheat easily, and these gloves work perfectly for both of us.
Once you try these gloves you'll never wear anything else again...
My hand size is a women's medium and a size 7, true to size, fits me great in these gloves.
To note, like all Hestra gloves and mittens the key to making them last is to apply the leather balm before you even wear them. As the season progresses don't be shy to continually use the balm to keep the leather from drying out. Works like a charm.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These mitts, like all of Hestra's other products, feel like you're putting on Cinderella's glass slippers on your hands. They're incredibly soft and warm, and because they're not bulky you don't lose tactile sensation that you typically do with other mittens. These mittens are not as thick as the Henrik Windstedt mittens, so if you're looking for a pair of mitts that are for those really cold days I would recommend those. These mittens are for milder temps or for someone whose hands stay naturally warmer.

The neoprene elastic cuff on these mitts are great- they fit snuggly on your wrist so no snow will get in, and they go easily under the cuffs of your jacket. Since the cuffs are neoprene they don't lose their snugness and are easy to dry out.
Like all Hestra gloves and mittens, the key to making them last is by applying the leather balm on before you even wear them, then keep up with applying the balm throughout the season so the leather doesn't dry out and crack.

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Elyse Saugstadwrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

These boots are stylish yet durable for normal winter conditions. NOTE: They run large! I'm a size 7 in shoes and had to go down a whole size to a 6 (which now fit great) in the Joan of Arctic style. I previously owned the Tofino Sorel and those fit true to size. The Joan of Arctic boot performs much better in winter conditions than the Tofino boots do. The Joans have liners while the others do not. The Jones style also seem more waterproof as well. Plus, the Joans are more breathable. My feet would sweat terribly (not a normal problem for me) in the Tofinos and thus get really cold quickly. Haven't had that problem with the Joans. The one thing the Tofinos have on the Joans is that the boots have a little less volume to them and thus look a little sleeker on the foot/don't look quite as clunky as the Joans do.
I haven't put these boots through the ringer of a whole winter yet to test how durable they ultimately are, but Sorels generally seem to be of high quality so I hope the Joan of Arctics last the 4+ years like my Tofinos did.

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