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Jane Hwang

Jane Hwang

Gearhead

The Majestic Wasatch Mountain Range and the Wild Southern Desert of Utah

Jane Hwang's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Jane Hwang's Bio

My love of the outdoors came from skiing in Utah at Alta Ski Resort every weekend with my dad. I started when I was 5 and haven't quit. I also spend my time Climbing A LOT, camp, hike and travel with my two favorite people in the whole entire world my boyfriend (GURU: Grant Kates) and our puppy Yuki.
Traveling is another passion of mine. I love wandering and getting lost in new cities and places. I have lived in Italy and Brazil. I have been all over Europe, South America and Asia. I am always looking for new adventures.

Jane H.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on February 8, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a huge fan of this pack. I'm pretty sure it's mens specific and would not recommend it for on the go use. It's a "fashionable" pack so if you are looking for something that will look good this is the pack for you. The compartment is huge and can hold a lot. The laptop sleeve can hold an 18" laptop. The zippers can be a hassle as the covers can catch and prevent you from opening with ease. Which I guess is nice if you are concerned with theft. Overall it gets the job done but not for me.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Uhhhh besides the kick ass name this helmet is bomber! My friend loves it. It is light. Well ventilated and fits comfortably. What more could you want from a helmet? Also comes in awesome colors and the headlamp clips make it so you are not fumbling around and adjusting your headlamp strap just clip and go!

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on January 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

So I got this as a gift for my boyfriend (Grant Kates) as he goes backcountry skiing a lot and that means cornice cutting and digging pits. To make that an easier process for him I got him this saw attachment for his Black Diamond Expedition 2 Poles. They fit perfectly together and also makes it a breeze for him to dig a bit and see the layers of snow clearly. Gives me more peace of mind knowing that he has more tools to help keep him safe and in the know when backcountry skiing.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on January 27, 2016

5 5

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

This Fitbit is awesome! It's a great reminder to be active when you have down time. It also keeps track of how you sleep too so that you can find a better resting schedule for yourself. Also keeps track of how healthy you are being so that you can reward yourself with treats on days you go extra hard! It's a really great gift for someone who always says "I need to be more active" too. If you are a metrics nerd like me this is the perfect activity band for you!

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on January 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This little guy is great for tea on the go. If you are busy and have to balance work, school and Climbing you have no time to sit and wait for the kettle each time. This Hydro flask is amazing for on the go tea anytime! it will keep your hot liquids hot for ever and keep your cold liquids cold. I highly recommend this bottle and any other hydroflask bottle. They are awesome!

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on January 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Medium

Need your feet to stay dry and warm? look no further! I got these as a gift for my father and he loves them. They fit true to size and they keep his feet warm when he walks across the street from the clinic to the hospital. Also they keep his feet dry so that his feet don't stink from the sweat.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on January 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Got this as a gift for a friend, But seriously so cool that it has a tool and a two clip modes. One is the traditional belt clip while there is a carabiner type clip that pops out. To get it back in you push the clip in and then fold. Also the knife is small and compact so it doesn't get in the way of shredding.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on January 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 0 lbs
Size Purchased: 0

Looking for a tote that is also a back pack? look no further! This bag does both! It's great for the office and school. I work full time and go to school full time as well and this pack helps me get through my day. It holds my 2 moleskines sketchbooks, wallet, pencil case, business cards, work laptop and handy Black Diamond Ember Flashlight and Charger. It's really the perfect pack for on the go as it has three modes of carry, Tote straps, breifcase style and of course the backpack carry. The fabric is durable and thick so it won't wear out on you. I would highly recommend it for anyone that is on the go all the time plus it comes in so many awesome colors!

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for an aggressive boot that comes in a mondo size 23 look no further. Scarpa is the only company that i have found that makes my boot size (tiny feet) in a kick ass boot. I am a Women's street shoe size 6 and the 23's are perfect. This is my first tech boot and I'm blown away with how they perform. The down hill performance is aggressive which is awesome for steeper angles and big drops. They are light, stiff and have an awesome range in the walk mode. Not to mention the vibram sole is so sweet and sticky so if you are ridge walking and run into so rocks just pop your skis off and walk on by. Also there are nice little indicators on the toe where the lugs are so line those suckers up and step into your tech binding with ease. The pebax material makes it easy to get in and out but does not give up on stiffness. The four buckle system is unique and effective. It locks your heels down to prevent any sort of lift and the forward lean keeps you over your skis and away from the back seat. They are not the warmest but who needs warmth when you are walking up a mountain at elevation? Also the last width is a little narrow for me (wide last, high arches and narrow heel) but went to Inkline Foot Science here in Utah to get them fitted and now they don't bother me anymore. I am very impressed with how much my touring has improved with a lighter set up. I paired these babies up with the Dynafit 2.0 and the Black Diamond Link 95 ski and it's been nothing but smooth gliding out in the Wasatch.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on December 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: small

So if you like Vans or any type of lo pro shoe then you have to have these socks! they don't show AND they don't slip off! it's great! you can walk. run. jump and skip all you want and you won't have worry about the heel coming off and bunching up in your shoe! They don't warp in the wash either! totally worth it!

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on December 7, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I love the case for the fact that it protects really well but the charging port is awful! If I want to charge my phone I have to take it out of the case. Or I have to buy the charger that apple has and it takes forever to charge. I have an off brand charger that charges 4x faster than apples and I can't use it because of the port. I know it's a stupid complaint but when you use up battery like me it gets annoying to take your case off everytime you want to charge your phone. Anyway Great color and great function just don't like the charger.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on November 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this Tail clip.. They are far superior to the BD clips that come with their ascension skin. I have these for my BD skins and they work perfectly. They clamp down and hold in place so that you are not constantly adjusting your tail clips. I highly suggest these for any one that wants peace of mind with their tail clips. Seriously you just need to clip em and leave em.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on November 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

So I got the curry color and they were so cute but just too long! like way long! I'm 5'4 and they went past my toes. They have a super cute cut but I just had to return them because of the lenght. I would not recommend them for petite sized people.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on November 4, 2015

5 5

I've never really felt this way about a backpack before but I just got it and I had to write a review. Dakine has really stepped up their game this year. I'm an so impressed with how functional this pack its. I CANNOT WAIT to take it out on a tour! It has all the things a girl needs out in the backcountry.

It has all the standard stuff, Goggle pocket, ski carry, adjustable chest/waist straps and hydration sleeve. BUT IT ALSO has a deploy-able helmet carry so snow doesn't get into your helmet while skinning. Back panel entry so you can access your stuff quickly. Did I mention the zippers are secure and it's easy to open since there are no pesky flaps in the way. Also low volume so that it keeps the weight closer to your body so you don't get thrown off balance while skiing.

Not only does it have functionality to it, it also has an awesome sleek design just for women. Specially made for female torsos and also the colors are so freaking cool! Dakine really had a woman's need in mind when making this pack. I would highly recommend this pack to any lady that likes to earn her turns. If you have any questions at all please feel free to call or chat into one of our Gearheads or even post a question here!

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on October 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you need something to keep your stove from toppling over in the wind get this guy! Not only is it affordable but it will save your food and your skin (literally from burning). If you have small children you mos def want to have this guy from keeping the kiddies from knocking the hot water over.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on October 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you need a stove that is light, durable, and reliable. Get this stove! Not only does it back down nicely it is light and durable. Jet boil really thought of everything when they made this stove! the cozy makes it so you can handle the pot cold or hot. the starter is so nice so you don't have to bring a lighter. Also it heats water so fast! No sitting and waiting around for 3-5 mins for hot water. SO it's not for sharing but! it makes an excellent cup of coffee for 1. If you are just going on a solo mission to find some inner peace this is the stove for you!

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on October 3, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So when any climber looks for a biner they want something light and easy to use. This is easy to use but it is NOT, I repeat, NOT light. I would not recommend this as a locker for anchors or taking it up a multipitch route. It's a good TR belay or single pitch belay biner. Other than that it's great to use and the screw gate hasn't gotten stuck either! Also it is on the smaller side so great for people with small hands :D

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on September 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

So I got these as a gift for my sister in law. She lives up in the northwest where it is quite wet and needs something to keep her feet warm, dry and styling! Before I sent these off to her I HAD to check them out! They have the full grained leather that sorel has been using for years. This leather is tough as nails and will keep your feet dry! Sorels classic felt liner will keep your feet warm against the cold winter snow too. the laces are super thick cord meaning that they will not wear as quickly as normal dinky shoe laces. Not only is this boot amazingly functional they decided to do a throw back style that will keep all those hipster kids in the PNW green with envy! So if you are looking for a beautifully crafted boot that also kicks winters ass get these. (not recommended for hiking at all).

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on September 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So we all have our cams memorized by color well these little guys match up with the Camalots and will help you keep your cams in order whilst climbing! Not only are they good for organizing they are light and small so you don't have a TON on excess weight. Seriously if you are JUST getting into the trad game get a pack of these for your rack and you'll be grateful! No mistaking a #3 or #1 cam in the middle of your climb because you are mixing up colors.

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Jane Hwangwrote a review of on September 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

I wore these bad boys to the company party this past weekend and I got SO many compliments on them. I was a bit skeptical at first when I saw them but as soon as I put them on it was love! Sorel is known for their full grained leather but the majority of this boot is canvas! It's totally working for them this season and will work for you too. The boot is super comfortable, classic Sorel fit, they upgraded their laces to nice thick cord and so no worries about it snapping. Not to mention the strap detail is way fashion forward and will make you stand out! I got the Major color and it's a mellow grey color that is not flashy and will match with nearly anything you pair them with. Again great for casual wear only I would NOT recommend using these for hiking or rugged activities.

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