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Kalen Thorien

Kalen Thorien

The World! Home Base: Salt Lake City

Kalen Thorien's Passions

Fly Fishing

Kalen Thorien's Bio

Professional Skier and Adventurer - Writing and Taking Photos Along the Way

Kalen Thorien

Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on July 19, 2016

Minimalist Perfection
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're looking for a summer bag that compresses down to the size of your nalgene, this is it. My go to bag for spring and fall desert adventures and summer mountain backpacking! They've kept this bag under a pound thanks to cutting away all the bells and whistles. Minimal hood, no draft collars and b.s., and only a 2/3 zipper...so it's not for the faint of heart, but for savvy campers and people who are looking for their go to ultra-light bag. Only in the desert can I sleep in this thing in my skivvies, but in the mountains I recommend coming prepared with thin long johns and a long sleeve shirt - preferably with a hood. Beanie is nice too. When it dips below 40 degrees, this bag will hang on but it's user also has to be dressed appropiately. Otherwise for your standard mountain evenings, this beauty is a piece of art.

So for those who aren't shy of minimalist and aren't looking for fancy over produced bags, this is your baby.

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on July 12, 2016

Savvy Campers - This is Your Tent
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been reading a lot of the same complaints below about this tent...
Yes, it is small. Yes, there's not a lot of vestibule room. And yes, there might be some condensation. BUT for what you get - under 2lbs, easy setup, packable, free-standing - and you tweak your usual camping habits a bit, then this tent is perfect.

What do I mean by tweak? Well, instead of cramming your backpacks into the vestibule either get a rain cover and stash them under a tree - cover facing up (it'll stay dry, I promise) or get a 2/3 sleeping pad and use your pack to put your feet on for sleeping. Smaller pad means less weight and your pack will stay dry.

The condensation...yes, well you're not going to find a whole lot of tents that won't have condensation on the fly in the morning after a rainstorm. It's just nature. Don't touch or shake the the fly and you'll be fine. Drip or two never hurt anyone...

Two people in this tent is definitely a test in flexibility. Getting in and out is not easy - a side door probably would have been a smarter design, but after a few awkward spin moves, I'm able to get in and out with a partner lying down fairly easily... I've shared this tent with people that are 6ft and under (I'm 5'7

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on February 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Absolutely love these pants. Forget about the frumpy, unflattering look of a normal Carhartt, these are sexy, slim fit, badass pants that look amazing and still have the classic rugged durability you'd expect. I wear them everywhere! It's a fairly tight fit but the tapering and mid-hip fit allow for a lot of comfort and they don't inhibit movement in anyway. I get a lot of compliments on these pants and they're especially cute with a rugged boot, rolled up. Loved them so much, I had to buy a second pair!

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on August 1, 2015

Simple and Light
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just used this tent for a week long thru-hike in Idaho and needless to say, it was great. This was my first time using trekking poles and so it made sense to bring a tent of this style. Takes a few minutes longer to setup than their standard tents, but once she's up, it feels so solid. A bit of condensation happened every morning, but nothing major. Even experienced a full on downpour with some snow too, and we stayed dried even though the tent was quite wet. It dried out in about ten minutes once the sunshine hit! I brought a compression sack for the tent and wow, it shrunk down to the size of a football. Makes it so nice for extended trips because it doesn't take up any room in your backpack, and obviously it's extremely light.

Inside it's incredibly roomy and perfect for two people. A bit more spacious than their standard 2-man tents and the vestibule even fit our buddy who joined us for the first night of the trip and was caught in the rain.

Highly recommend!

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on June 30, 2015

Does it All
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Holy cow...this thing is awesome.

I take this everywhere! It practically lives in my car, or if I'm flying (especially out of the country) it's TSA approved some comes right with me on my carry on. I'm able to charge my laptop, camera batteries, iphone, battery packs, lights, headlamps, speakers, anything that takes AC, 12V, or USB. It's amazing how much power this little guys holds too. Easily makes it through a week to two week trip and if it's running low, I just bust out my Nomad 20 and charge her right up.

One of the most important items in my gear box. It's a must have.

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on June 30, 2015

Go to for Backpacking
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This panel comes with me on every backpacking mission. I use my iPhone for GPS navigation, compass, music, and photos. All that use makes the power go fast, but combining my Nomad 7 panel with a Flip 10 or 20 charger makes for a quick and reliable way to keep my phone charged. Favorite way to run this setup is attaching the panel on the outside of my pack while hiking with the Flip battery charging. By the time I'm done hiking and setting up camp, my battery pack is good to go and ready to charge my phone. Easy as that!

It's able to withstand some light moisture and quite durable, but good to stash it away in a downpour. It's about the size of a National Geographic Magazine making it easy to pack away.

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on June 30, 2015

Quick and Easy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Never miss a shot or moment with the Flip 10 in your pocket. Lightweight, small, and quick to re-charge, this little guy comes with me everywhere. Can charge an iPhone from empty to full and quickly re-charges off a Goal Zero solar panel. My favorite setup is attaching the Nomad 7 panel on the outside of my backpack with the Flip charging off of it. Spend the day backpacking around and by the time I get to camp, I have a battery pack ready to go!

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on April 22, 2015

Minimalist and Comfortable
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great balance of minimalist and comfort. First time out and it already felt like it was broken in for years! The airvent suspension system is incredibly comfortable and breathes beautifully. It has enough pockets to stow away your goodies but not so many that you start to lose things. Just enough bells and whistles to give you options but minimalist to keep the weight low. Clean, well made, and durable, I'm looking forward to having this packs for many years to come.

The photo is of the 55 liter, but you get the idea.

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on April 22, 2015

Comfortable and Low Fuss
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great balance of minimalist and comfort. First time out and it already felt like it was broken in for years! The airvent suspension system is incredibly comfortable and breathes beautifully. It has enough pockets to stow away your goodies but not so many that you start to lose things. Just enough bells and whistles to give you options but minimalist to keep the weight low. Clean, well made, and durable, I'm looking forward to having this packs for many years to come.

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The most tropical of all the Kate's bars, I love the Tiki when I'm not feeling chocolate and peanut butter. These are a nice break from your standard bar and bonus: they're vegan. Packed with ingredients I can pronounce and made in the great state of Idaho, this is my go to bar for skiing, backpacking, or just a great snack!

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on February 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely love these bars!!! Idaho made, I can name all the ingredients, and fit right into my pocket! They won't break your teeth like a Clif Bar does when it's cold out and and their packed with all day energy. Love love love!

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on December 11, 2014

Solid Binding
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Beefy binding I feel comfortable skiing any conditions in, backcountry and resort. I've taken airs on them and haven't had an issue. They ski aggressively and honestly can't tell a huge difference between them and my alpine bindings. Really impressive

Note: I am 135lbs...

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

Denim Done Right
5 5

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

Once again, Discrete makes an amazing piece of clothing essential for the closet. I absolutely love this shirt! Has a nice long length in the torso and arms and isn't insanely tight around the shoulders for us more athletically built women (you know who you are). The denim material is soft and comfortable and the buttons are a nice little added flare to make this shirt pop. Love it love it!

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