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Kalen Thorien

Kalen Thorien

The World! Home Base: Salt Lake City

Kalen Thorien's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Kalen Thorien's Bio

I'm a 26 year old professional skier out of Salt Lake City. Life is spent chasing powder and exploring the backcountry! In search of any summit I can get my little feet on is the dream. Summers are spent sleeping under the stars as much as I can. Also started Fly Fishing which is a new addiction. The world is my backyard and I can't wait to explore every inch of it!

www.kalenthorien.com

Ski Setup:
183 Armada TST w/ Plum Guide Binding
180 Armada Magic J w/ Dynafit Radical FT
Dynafit W Mercury Boot
Armada Nova Gore-Tex Jacket
Armada Hydra Gore-Tex Pant
Armada Wildlings Mitten
Dragon AXPs and Rogue Goggle
Discrete Doyonator Beanie
Pret Helmet
Black Diamond Ascension Skins
Ortovox 3+ Beacon
Ortovox Beast Shovel
Ortovox Probe
Black Diamond Contact Clip Crampon
Black Diamond Venom Adze Ice Axe


Backpacking:
Osprey Talon 44 Backpack
Big Agnes Seedhouse 2P Tent
Big Agnes Angel Springs 3P Tent
Western Mountaineering Megalite 35F Bag (Desert)
Western Mountaineering Alpinelite 20F Bag (Mountains)
Thermarest NeoAir Pad Small
Optimus Crux Lite Stove
GSI Halulite Cookset
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Leatherman Skeletool
Patagonia Drifter Hiking Shoe


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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 April 22, 2015

Best Pant...Ever
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

I'm in love. These pants are absolutely amazing, stylish, functional, and badass. I wear them everywhere to the point where my friends are making fun of me. From the desert, to the mountains, to the bar, I can't find any reason to dislike them. Huge range of motion make scrambling and technical hiking a breeze. The waxed canvas panels repel any water, and the side vents (which is brilliant, why don't all pants have side vents?!) cooled me down when Southern Utah weather started heating up. I can't go anywhere in these pants without someone asking me who makes them and where can they purchase. You'll love them, guaranteed.

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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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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on September 27, 2014

Surprisingly Awesome
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I was a little hesitant at first to get these shoes, honestly I thought it was hilarious that Adidas even made an approach shoe. I usually wear Scarpas but decided to give these a go. I was pleasantly surprised! Second I put them on they were incredibly comfortable. I feel closer to the ground especially in the heels compared to the Scarpa approach shoe and they felt way better in the toe and ball of my foot. They're quite light and the rubber on the top of the tongue was nice to prevent rubbing.

I got to wear them out the next day on an 11 mile ridgeline scramble/traverse and came away with no blisters and overall pretty happy feet. The rubber was definitely put to the test and needless to say, it was quite sticky! Same if not better than my Scarpas.

I wish they were a tiny bit stiffer, but I didn't feel like it inhibited my climbing abilities. Overall I'm very impressed by these shoes and hope they hold up as good as they feel!

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on September 24, 2014

4 5

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

Unlike the review below, I found these shoes to be pretty average on width. I have a wider foot for a woman and sure, they were a little snug at first but pretty typical of most shoes. They stretched out in no time and I'd say they're comparable to a Vasque or Patagonia fit in terms of width. Narrower than a Keen for sure though. They're rugged, stick well, I like being able to take out the extra material in the footbed for a custom fit, and they're beautifully made. I'd definitely recommend these to someone looking for a more minimalist, aggressive hiking shoe.

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Kalen Thorienwrote a review of on June 13, 2014

New Era for the Skier Bootie
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

So I'm terrible at bathing suit shopping..

Always have been really self conscious about my big ol skier bootie and had to rock a bikini bottom with full coverage to feel comfortable, otherwise I felt like I was just letting everything haaaang out.

Well, after being told I'm wearing a diaper and definitely noticing that ladies are bearing more these days, I decided to take the plunge to a more fashionable cheeky bikini bottom. After striking out about a million times with different bottoms, I was soooo happy to find these! I never thought I'd ever rock a bottom like this and now I'm completely sold! My boyfriend looooved how sexy they were and I loved how comfortable I felt in them! Shows off the bootie but not too much and doesn't create weird pooching on the top and sides (like a bikini bottom muffin top but also on your butt cheeks if that makes sense?). Streamline and smooth. Definitely buying a few more pairs!!

I'm 5'7" 140lbs, size 27/28 and I sized up to a large.

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