EmilyF

EmilyF

Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon, Indian Creek,UT. Index, WA., Yosemite, CA.

EmilyF's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

EmilyF's Bio

What get's my heart going? A beautiful splitter crack. Whether granite or sandstone, traditional climbing is what motivates me most to train and try my hardest.
In the winter months, you can find me ice climbing and learning how to alpine ski in the beautiful Wasatch range of Utah.

As a petite, female athlete in a sport primarily dominated by men, I find it inspirational to teach my other girl friends how to climb hard and be safe.

EmilyF

EmilyF wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

Purchased this for my husband who is a true medium build: 5'7 1/2", 155 lbs and broad shoulders. The medium fits great with the shoulder seams hitting right at the shoulders. The material has the tiniest bit of sheen to it, which makes it look "dressy" for the outdoor guy. Really soft and smooth fabric lays nicely and hardly wrinkles at all. Again, perfect for the guy that doesn't iron and for the wife that doesn't want to!! Snap buttons are strong and durable.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: Runs small

I bought these for my husband who lives in sandals and needed a supportive pair that he could "dress up". He wears an 8 to an 8.5 in men's and the size 8 in these Kumu's were too short for him and the arch did not fit him well because of that. We went up a full size to the 9 and that worked well for him. He says that they're extremely comfortable and supportive!!

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned a pair of Cabrio Professional Clogs for years and wore them from time to time, however when I began waitressing, I purchased a new pair in a size up and absolutely love them. I have collapsed arches, a bunion from breaking my foot years ago and calsifications from climbing. My feet have seen better days and there are VERY few shoes that I can wear all day long. The Professional Cabrio are one of those few pairs and wouldn't trade them in for anything. I have the Black Cabrio and it looks very professional, doesn't scuff and are easy to clean.
I am a steady size 7 and wear a 37. I can fit into a 36 but find that my toes rub after a while. The 37 is perfect.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

5 5

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

Sometime you just don't need a Solution-like downturn. Sometimes you need something more sensitive and aggressive than a lace up. The Miura VS is what Goldie Locks meant by: this is just right! The Miura VS is an ideal amalgamation of what La Sportiva is great at: narrow and secure heel cup, custom Velcro cinching, quick and fairly pain-free break-in period, and just enough toe edge to be powerful on any route. I am a rock solid 37 in La Sportiva climbing shoes. My street shoes run a standard 7 and I feel that a 37 is tight enough to be effective but not too tight that I am not cursing out loud when I put the shoes on. Rock on and climb hard!

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Read from a professional, the BW Icon Double Dry Bipattern rope is hands down the most durable and steady thin, single rope you'll ever climb on. I have climbed with many a skinny 9.0 ropes before and have never quite felt completely safe on them. The Icon feels like a workhorse 10 mm rope. All the time, in any situation, on any rock. The thicker sheath is the secret weapon for this rope, while still staying light weight and ideal for those redpoints we dream of.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

5 5

I was in desperate need of a new thermos that held the heat and didn't leak after a month's worth of use. The Stanley is it. I don't think that I will ever go back to the other brands. Even walking a mile to class in the middle of the winter here in Utah, my tea was always pipping hot still. It is easy to use and easy to clean. A bit heavy for a backpacking mug, but great for those alpine winter days and for school or work.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband and I both ice climb and mix climb. We have used these picks for both sports on the Nomic and the Quarks. When new, this pick can do most anything and is phenomenal on steep, technical ice as well as launching to a pocket that you hope will be good. These do wear down like any ice and mix gear, but hold their point and sharpen well.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

5 5

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

I have never been able to wear this style of hoodie before (long and slim fit) as I am pretty petite (5'2" and 105 lbs.), they usually swallow me up. Armada's masterminds created this very flattering sweatshirt that is every bit unique as it is warm, cozy and smart. From the toggles on the front of the hood, to the thumb holes, to the hidden pocket, this sweatshirt hits the spot every time. I always get compliments on it as well. The XS worked well for me and am pleased with it. Will use this for a long time to come.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

5 5

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

This top is buttery soft, wicks moisture AWAY from the body and is just the added warmth for those brisk early morning training runs. The top has it all with the coveted thumb holes, high neck and ability to vent with the front zipper when needed. The length is great for under a climbing harness or tucking into your long underwear for a day of skiing or ice climbing. It layers well underneath other clothing nicely without bunching. Great top and really nice quality. Cute colors too of course helps!

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My entire sport rack is compiled of the 12cm/14mm dogbones. They're lightweight and thin, yet I have never worried about them holding up to weekly use. They are a non-fussy dogbone and paired with a neutrino, petzl ange s, or a wild country helios and you'll be sporting an ultralight rack to crush with. These work really well for long trad routes as again, they're don't get in the way, but when you need them, you're glad you have them.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have found that the more narrow opening of the Ange S is best for clipping bolts or as a super-light weight biner on select pieces of trad gear. I would refrain from using this for an entire draw set up on both the bolt and the rope end of a dogbone. Using a little larger carabiner for the clipping end ensure that you don't miss when you're making a tough clip.
That all being said, I have small female hands and love how the Ange S fits well in them. The trigger is ridiculously smooth and quick and with the blunted nose, it will never snag.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on July 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sterling Evolution Velocity rope is by far the most durable and longest lasting rope in my quiver. This is true today, as it was years ago. Owning multiple ropes does for different types of climbing does not come cheap, but the Velocity stands up to any test. It performs extraordinarily well as a long sport climbing day, or for that hard, single-pitch trad project. As an ice climbing rope the thicker diameter of the Velocity ensures that you feel safe with all of the pointy hardware flying around you and performs when wet and semi-frozen.
It is true that Sterling ropes get a "fuzz" on the sheath of them, but do not let this fool you into another brand. The Velocity is the most durable rope that I have ever had and have been amazed at what type of abuse it can withstand.
Great rope and would recommend this particular diameter for the one-and-only rope you'll need.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on June 29, 2012

5 5

I purchased the original neoair two years ago, use it regularly, and still really appreciate it. So, I was hesitant to purchase this newer model. After some consideration, I felt that it was time to try this new and improved version out.

I LOVE IT! I spent 10 days camping in Yosemite with a friend, he was on my old neoair and I was on the new one. The all-season model kept it's loft morning after morning when the temps would drop. It also is significantly quieter than the original, which is a really nice, upgraded feature. I have not slept in negative temperatures with this pad, but so far on the colder nights (25 degrees), it feels like it insulates well.
I would highly recommend this pad, for car camping, and for those looking for the best, lightest pad on the market.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on June 28, 2012

5 5

I am very petite and was hesitant as well to try this style of dress. I am so pleased that I tried it out, as it has quickly come to be my go-to dress for nearly any occasion. At 5'2", 105 lbs. and with athletic shoulders, the x-small fit me perfectly. The scoop neck is flattering on a smaller chest and the wrap waist hits at the natural waist. The length is ideal for work as it is about an inch above the knees. With a slight sheen to the fabric, heels and accessories, you can easily go out in this dress as well. Fabric hardly wrinkles at all too, which is a major plus for me.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on June 28, 2012

5 5

I have used many locking carabiners, and the Petzl Attache is by far and away the best that I have used. It is the ideal size for most setups, such as for multi-pitch anchor set-ups and it is the only locker I use for belaying. The size is large enough for multiple hitches. For belaying, it stays in place and does not seem to ever cross-load.

The one draw back that I have found, is while ice climbing, the gate can easily freeze shut. If you don't send in the dead of winter, then the attache will win you over.

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EmilyF wrote a review of on April 21, 2012

5 5

I am 5'2" and 105lbs. and a 24" natural waist and the xs fits me really well. If you are wearing a heavy rack and smaller than this, it might be too big for you and you'll have to go with the luna or the selena.
I can fit a double rack on the gear loops of this harness and it has a place for your ice clippers as well to go during the winter.
Not the most comfortable harness for long belay sessions or as a big wall harness. It cuts into my lower ribs quite a bit after a long route. All in all, a must for the alpine and trad women!

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EmilyF wrote a review of on April 21, 2012

5 5

As a women, I have to say that these look really good on my partner. As a consumer, these are great because they last longer and are more durable than other popular brands that I have gotten my boyfriend. He is a guide and wears them all of the time and so far after a year, not one of his pairs has a hole or rip in them.
The waist band is very comfortable for him under layers and a harness.
He is 5'8" and 150 lbs. and a small works is ideal for him.

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