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Kate Atha

Kate Atha

Utah

Katie's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Camping
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling

Katie's Bio

I'm lucky. I have a job that allows me to ski and ride bikes for a living for the most part. I am also in search of adventures and the perfect Pale Ale.

Kate Atha

Kate Atha wrote a review of on December 29, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I gave the Stoic merino layer a go. First off, the fit works for me. The sleeves are long enough. That's one of my main concerns. It's a soft layer and the black/boysenberry color looks great. I really don't use the thumb holes. Can't comment on whether or not they're placed in a good spot. Overall, wool just feels (and smells) so much nicer than most synthetics. And the little card zipper pocket is neat.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've gone through quite a few helmets. I was looking at the Maze originally, but I was drawn to the Allure because of the fuzzier liner and ear pads. Plus, the Gunmetal color is pretty sweet. It's by far the lightest helmet I've worn. I like the simple elastic deal in the back for snug fit. I use this with the Smith I/O and I/OS goggles. The fit is great. I don't run that hot, so I don't mind the simple venting system.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on November 24, 2011

5 5

3/4 length is definitely the way to go for skiing. I was always just pulling up pants legs and the bunch would sit somewhere between the knee and the boot top. Great length. I like that Stoic put a wide waist band on these. For some reason a lot of companies put thinner waist bands on women's long underwear than they do on their men's long underwear. The wool is super soft and stretchy. I am planning on buying another pair soon.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 30, 2011

5 5

I have a few 32 oz Nalgenes kicking around and they are for water and only water. Okay I mix emergen-c or an electrolyte pack in them once in a while. I drink a lot of water, so the 32 oz is great for that. This little guy is just over 16 oz.....just like a pint glass. I actually use this one to take cocktails on the go. The widemouth allows you to put ice cubes in as well. Works great on river trips when you need to cap off a drink. Always rinse after making cocktails though. Makes a good measuring cup when camping too.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 30, 2011

5 5

Not the easiest gliding or the lightest, but they work great. And that's what I want. The STS tail clip stays put on twin tips really well. I like the minimal length adjustment you get moving the clip around. It keeps the skin tight on whichever ski I have it on. The glue is holding up really well too. It might seem silly but, the bright orange bag is great when digging through a pack of black jackets, layers, and gloves.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 29, 2011

4 5

These aren't my main touring set-up. I have a few others better suited for long tours and frequent changes between ski and tour mode. These see most days inbounds, but I can tour on them if I want-no problem. I like every pair of skis I own to have touring capabilities, half my quiver is tele. If you're looking for a binding that won't break the bank and tour go for Barons (or Dukes if you're bigger). I am 5'5" and 130, so no matter how hard I ski, I just don't put the force on gear like some people. These feel close to an alpine binding. I don't care for the ice skate/pedestal feel of Fritschi's. I have these mounted on a pair of the '09-'10 Obsetheds. I haven't had any major problems with these, just a little icing here and there, but that happens on any binding at some point.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 29, 2011

4 5

This is my new favorite shirt for summer time. The fabric is super thin and breezy, but is still durable. Doesn't get soggy in the summer heat if you're doing stuff. I really like the pattern and stitching. It does have kind of a weird cut towards the bottom. It flares out quite a bit. Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars. The size chart seems on with the note that the shoulders could be a little snug.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 27, 2011

4 5

This is the best cutting saw I have ever used. It would get 5 stars if it folded up a bit, but I guess that's part of the reason it's so strong. This thing glides through firm layers compared to some other saws out there. It's a lot thicker and the teeth much sharper. I use it mainly for snowpits and stability tests. I support its heavy duty claim.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 27, 2011

5 5

favorite pants. I work outside and spend most off time in the outdoors. I wear these most of the time. The women's Carhartts fit SO much better than the men's version. They are really women's pants and not smaller sized men's ones. Not a techy pant at all, but it is a solid, time-tested, burly pant. I have both colors. The lighter ones I have had 3 years, and I have had the dark brown ones a few months. These aren't my first pairs and they won't be my last. Starting to see a lot of wear after a few years around seams and the pockets, but I expect that as much as they get used and abused. The 7 belt loops rock too.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 27, 2011

4 5

Great deal for 4 pairs of wool socks. Like the cut, just enough tab to keep from getting pushed down by a show tongue. They're medium cushion. Thicker than Smartwool PhD running no-shows for sure. The merino keeps crunchy sock syndrome at bay. Great purchase. The socks have a left and right (there's a little more padding on the big toe side of the sock).

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 26, 2011

5 5

It's pretty similar to polartec power stretch fleece. I think it's a lot warmer and it dries really fast. It doesn't hold a ton of water like some fleece items do. I am not warm by nature so something a little thicker than a standard rash guard is nice on a cooler day. Fits snug and doesn't bunch under your PFD. It's an awesome layer to wear under a short sleeve dry top or splash top.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 26, 2011

5 5

Voile straps are up there with duck tape in saving the day. I'm never on the snow without at least one. There are 101 uses for these things I'm sure. They're the right mix of stretchy and stiff. I find the BD ones a little too stretchy. Saves the day when you snap a strap on your bike rack or have a skin that just won't stay attached at the tail. Makes a great small gift or stocking stuffer.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on October 26, 2011

4 5

I really like how simple and light these bindings are. The free pivot is great. The mechanism that switches between ski and tour mode is kind of wimpy. I guess that's why they're light but I am always afraid it will break. I haven't had the durability issues that some reviewers have mentioned, but know folks who have had them, and they've had some pretty major breakdowns. But, Voile and BC.com are always happy to replace. I have a newer set (purchased in 2011) and the heel throw is a lot beefier and made of black plastic. It looks like the metal cut outs on the toebox have gotten a lot smaller than a pair I had that were a year older. I have the short rod version and it fits my 23 Scarpa T-Races with the right amount of pre-load. I like how these ski for the most part. I don't mind where the pivot is because I have such a small boot. I ski these and 22 Designs Axls.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on August 16, 2011

5 5

I wish they had more colors in these! these are the first boy shorts I've found that the legs don't ride up on. Waist is comfy and soft. I agree with the other reviewer about the waist band. It is free floating and sometimes gets twisted around inside the fabric. This doesn't bug me too much. The merino is oh so soft and doesn't get the weirdness about it like Capilene. I wash with regular detergent and dry flat with my bike clothes. Can't afford the wool detergent every time I wash my clothes.

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Kate Atha wrote a review of on April 18, 2011

5 5

I have owned T2's, T1's (lady's), and T-Races (both Candycane and the new Red). This is hands down the best if you're into skiing hard and still want a walk mode. The walk mode is improved over the T1 walk mode from a couple years ago. I haven't had issues with it going into walk mode on its own. The new tongue-style liners have a snugger fit around the ankle IMO. The ankle buckle is an improvement for sure over the ratchet-style buckle of years past. I think the pebax is softer than the previous plastic. My duckbills seems to have gotten "chewed up" quicker than previous boots. I do tour in these as well as ski resort, so the walk mode is nice to have. I found these to fit narrower than the T1's.

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