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Kalen Thorien

Kalen Thorien

The World! Home Base: Salt Lake City

Kalen Thorien's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing
Paddling
Running
Fly Fishing

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

Kalen Thorien

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 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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