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 Thorien wrote 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 Thorien wrote 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 Thorien wrote 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 Thorien wrote 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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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

Love em!
5 5

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

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!!

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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on June 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't even know how many times I've worn these since I've bought them. I wake up in the morning, put them on. I go to yoga, put them on. I go for a hike, put them on. I go for a beer, put them on. I go anywhere, and? Yup you guessed it, put them on. They're super light weight, quick dry, and insanely comfortable. I love the yoga inspired waistband and they're great for everyday living. I'm going for my second pair right now!

I do recommend sizing down. I'm typically a medium in EVERYTHING put these pants were a little big. Ended up with a small which was perfect.

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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on May 26, 2014

5 5

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

Yes! I'm so excited that Dogfunk started carrying these types of yoga pants. I've been seeing them around town and absolutely love the bright patterns and unique designs so had to get my hands on them! Ended up buying two and absolutely love them! They make my butt look DAAAMMNN good, they're super comfy, fits are great, and can't even count how many compliments I'm getting! Work amazing for a quick run to the store, a nice morning yoga stretch, or a night out with friends! Buy them all before they disappear!

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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

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

This has been my go to backpacking pant for the last two years. Lightweight, keep me cool, dry fast, and they're stinkin cute! Great cut and fit. Roll up and snap in place. They hold up great and the internal waist tie helps when you start slimming down 40 miles into a trip. Highly recommend for ladies needing a practical pant that is flattering too.

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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

This shoe was great for a desert trip I recently took that involved A LOT of water. It kept a lot of sand out compared to most water shoes, drained water quickly, had great traction, and I found it fairly comfortable. I personally don't like shoes with tons of arch support and fancy footbed features so these were great. They do have some contouring and support though, so don't worry, you won't be wearing what feels like a flip flop. They're rugged too, so with how much success I've had with them so far, I'm going to just use them for all my summer desert backpacking. Great job Keen!

P.S. As for sizing, they might run a liiiittle big. I typically wear a 7.5-8 and got these in a 7.5. At first I thought I might have to go for a 7, but with socks or neoprene booties plus how much your feet swell up hiking, I'm glad I had a 7.5.

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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on May 21, 2014

Light and Roomy
5 5

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

It's no surprise Big Agnes once again made the best ultralight tent and I was stoked to get my hands on this one. I use the Seedhouse 2 person which has been great, but wanted to find something with a little more room for my partner and I without sacrificing too much weight or quality. Well Big Agnes once again came through with the lightest three person I've found. It almost weighs the same as my two man, and if it's going to hold up as well as my other Big Agnes, then I'm a very happy camper.

I took her out for a spin down in Escalante last weekend and it was great. Extremely easy to setup (I would read the directions first time around though. There's some color coordinating you have to do). Very packable, tons of clever pockets and storage, and lots of room (for two people). I'm a liiiiittle nervous for how many plastic pieces are used for the setup, but so far on my other tent all attachments have held up great so shouldn't be an issue. Didn't get a chance to use the rain fly, but checked it out and looks like lots of nice vestibule room and good ventilation.

Definitely recommend this tent for two people looking for light and roomy. Or if you really want to save weight, this is definitely a three person but someone is going to be sniffing a lot of feet on one end.

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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on May 8, 2014

5 5

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

Yes! Now I can have the same comfort and enjoyment of wearing yoga pants in the form of flowy gorgeous evening wear!! These pants are ridiculously comfortable and insanely cute. Huge wide legs make it look like you're wearing a maxi skirt without worrying about tripping over it. You can wear them high waisted with a cute bralette top, or drop em down and grab your cutest tank top to rock out in. I'm 5'7" and these puppies are long, so maybe for the shorties out there it might be a bit much, but throw on a pair of wedges and you'll be fine! Great pant and always a go to for going out!

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Kalen Thorien wrote a review of on May 7, 2014

5 5

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

I absolutely love this tank. It has a very flattering open back and covers perfectly in the front. The fabric is light and silky but almost looks like cotton; feels like heaven! Pair it with a cute bralette (volcom has a couple adorable ones) and you have a shirt for grabbing groceries or going out. Love love love

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Kalen Thorien posted an image about on March 3, 2014

Magical Magic J's

Think these are just pow skis? Think again...
180 Magic J's mounted with Dynafit Radical FT bindings on STEEP insanely firm wind hammered snow. They handled it like a champ. Stoked I was on them and without a doubt is the most versatile and insane tech setup I've ever had.

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