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Kayla Weiser

Kayla Weiser

Wasatch, Uintas, Moab, the Swell

Kayla Weiser's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Paddling
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing

Kayla Weiser's Bio

Born and raised in UT/CO, my main squeeze being skiing. I've telemarked for 13 years, and grew up competing in Big Mountain. I prefer ripping big lines, although I still love riding park days, building backcountry booters, and touring.

Also love to climb- trad, bouldering, sport, as well as getting out camping, hiking, and backpacking. I grew up running rivers, and prefer to row but enjoy getting out in a kayak as well. I've also had extensive experience with outdoor dog gear- I have a three year old Newfoundland- so if you or your furry companion need any doggie gear advice, Camber and I would be happy to help!

Follow me for updated reviews on the newest and greatest gear and adventures. You can email me personally at kweiser@backcountry.com, or ask for Kayla on the Live Chat system.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

POC Eyes
4 5

I picked these up for my man to replace his old Electrics. Same POC quality in both the frames and lenses. They offer a very crisp picture, and are good protection in both bright and medium light days. I also like the thicker glasses arms, seem to help with the durability factor! The only downside is that they seem a bit tight. He wears an XL POC helmet, head measures at about 59cm, and if he wears them for extended periods of time his temples get a little sore. Hoping that with a little more wear they get stretched out! They do seem to fit the dog perfectly fine.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 21, 2015

5 5

Fit: True to size

I'm a lil lady, but wanted to get a full finger POC glove. I liked the look of these because of the adjustable wrist, and they've held up to my expectations. According to the size chart I went with the Small, and they're perfect. They don't give me that funny fuzzy/itchy feeling that a lot of gloves do, barely notice that they're there and they don't leave me with swampy hands. I've put them to the test as a beginner mountain biker and I'm really happy that I've had them- protected my hands in multiple falls! I also like that they're not bulky. All in all, I'm diggin' these

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is precisely the top that I wanted for mountain biking. It's super comfortable- the fabric feels great against the skin, and breathes pretty well. I like that the fabric is more on the soft side compared to some of their downhill jerseys as well. Plus it's SUPER durable- taken quite a few spills and it doesn't look like it's taken a beating at all. Colors are vibrant, and don't fade with washing. It does not have a droptail hem, but I'm not sure I would really want one. The length fits me fine, and the cut isn't tight- I generally run into issues through the shoulders and bust. Definitely want another one, fingers crossed more colors are released!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this helmet up as a commuter helmet, and I'm confident there is nothing better on the market to fit my needs. If you've read my reviews before you'll know that I'm a firm believer in POC- they fit very well, they're very durable, and they're mighty fine lookin'.
The Crane Pure is an excellent basic helmet. It's super comfortable, actually makes me want to wear a helmet on the roads. My head measures 57-58cm and the M/L is the perfect fit. I also love that they come with removable and additional padding so you can dial in the fit that's right for you. The open vents are nice, nothing fancy but they definitely do help get some airflow moving. Plus it's just a good sleek look! Another awesome POC make, two thumbs up!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My boyfriend and I each have a really nice bike, and we figured that with 8K in bikes we should probably invest in a nice rack. After much research, this one definitely took the top spot.
It was a little bit interesting to setup- but once we figured it out it was a breeze. I love how easy it is to use! I'm pretty small, and swinging my bike around isn't the easiest of things. The rack is very easy to fold up/down, and to secure the bike. Been using it for both the mountain bikes and road bikes around town, no trouble!
One thing to keep in mind is how easy it is to lose the Trail Doc- lost it within the first week. It was carelessness on our part in not making sure that the rack was up and secure, but still! Thankfully Kuat is awesome and has all of the replacement parts available for separate purchase.
The biggest thing I wish I could change is the lock system. It's pretty tough to run through two bikes- we can do it so the cable goes through one part of the rear frame on each bike, but it's still not secure enough in my opinion to leave in some places. I understand that there's only so much space within the rack to store those cables, but I can still wish. Just need to use it with a separate lock if you plan on parking somewhere and leaving it for a while.
We use it with a Jeep Wrangler so we do have a hitch extender and it STILL is very solid. Just took it on a road trip with a bunch of off roading and it felt great knowing that our bikes were solid in the back! The one odd thing is with all of the friction bouncing around when driving on dirt roads is that the piece that sits in front of your fork can actually rub and cause indentations within the rubber on that piece.
All in all, it's not perfect- but it's pretty close. And it's great knowing that you can easily replace any one of the parts on the rack. Yeah, it may be a $550 rack but I promise it's worth it for both the function and steezy looks.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hate the typical bug sprays, they make me feel all gross and like my skin might melt from the DEET. Picked these up as an alternative, and couldn't be any happier. They work just as well as the nasty stuff- which is saying something considering I'm pretty sure all bugs within a mile radius can smell me and flock my way. Plus you can make one wipe last for more coverage than you would think. I have pretty sensitive skin and these don't cause any irritation, definitely my go-to for buggy times

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 19, 2015

4 5

This is my first pair of mountain biking shoes, and for that purpose they work very well. They are a very comfortable shoe- I've used them on rides of about 30min to multiple hour rides and have never felt any pain or hot spots. They do have a pretty wide toe box- I typically prefer a more narrow fit, but these will do for now. I wear a street size 7, and got the size 38.
Now on to the more technical aspects. They are very easy to adjust and get a tight fit. The ratchet system works well- I haven't ever found it to get stuck, and it works fairly quickly to get on and tighten up. My gripe comes with their durability. On my first ride- which literally lasted 20 minutes before night set in- one of the loosening pieces on the ratchet busted. If one of the release pieces breaks, there is no way to loosen that belt piece across your ankle- you must have both pieces working. So I used a steak knife to loosen them up. THANKFULLY Louis Garneau really does stand behind their products, and sent me replacement buckles without any question. I also just found that one of the screws on the bottom under the ball of my foot came out- and I have no idea how.
All in all, they are a good shoe but they are not the most technical out there. They're serving their purpose as my first shoes pretty well, but I will most definitely be upgrading them.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 5, 2015

5 5

Got the 60L Black Hole, and it's a great addition to the duffel stash! I love how burly the material is, it's super reliable and love the protection. Plus it stashes really well, not as bulky as you may expect from such a thick bag. The biggest plus I love is the pockets- the external pocket is easy to access, and it's awesome that there are two internal pockets as well so the small goods don't get lost in the vortex of your other stuff. And the zippers work seamlessly, seems to be a common issue in working with such thick materials. Overall, great bag for shorter trips or packing light!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 5, 2015

Heaven in Shorts
5 5

Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Apparently it is possible to love a pair of shorts this much- I had no idea. These are my first pair of bike shorts, and I don't think I could possibly go with anything else now, POC has ruined me!
To start, these are incredibly comfortable. I could wear them all day on the bike without any pain points. The bands are awesome and keep the shorts in place without being uncomfortably tight. The padding is divine- yes, it's really that good. And the fabric feels great against the skin and breathes wonderfully. Especially on the back! I also love the length. They are also SUPER durable- I've taken quite a few spills on some harsh trails and they keep me protected and don't get torn up.
As far as sizing goes they do fit pretty true to size. I have a 25-26in waist and an athletic build, have them skier legs. I got the XS and they're perfect. The band is a little tight on my quad but not uncomfortable in the slightest, I would prefer that they stay in place- hate when things ride up!
All in all, POC has done it again. 100% worth it, and they obviously make you ride real nice.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 5, 2015

5 5

Fit: True to size

I've been on the hunt to find a good pair of flip flops that would last longer than a year, and I think I finally found the winners. I've been a fan of Reefs for a long time, but couldn't find the right pair to fit the ticket. I decided to give Rainbows a try and have been super impressed so far!
To start, I really like the fit. I was a little hesitant at first because they seemed a little short in length. I wear a 7 and got the M, and turns out they're basically perfect. My toes don't run to the edge- so I'm not constantly stubbing them on everything- but there's not a ton of extra length to stumble around in either. When I first picked them up they were pretty tight through the straps- I had to wedge them on my feet. But with some use and breaking them in, they've become SUPER comfortable and very easy to slide on and off.
I love that the footbed is designed to be imprinted by your own foot. Truly makes them the most comfortable individualized pair of sandals! It took a couple of weeks to start breaking them in and loosening the straps up, and after a month they're still molding to my feet which I think is great- they can only get more comfortable from here on out. Also have to say that I love the leather- makes them easy to dress up with a skirt or dress, or wear day-to-day with casual shorts. All in all, I think these sandals are KILLER and would recommend them to anyone and everyone!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on August 5, 2015

4 5

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

As far as socks go, these are pretty swell. They fit true to size- I wear a size 7 and got the S/M. The socks are comfy for socks, not itchy at all and no blisters. I also like the low cut, they fit just above my shoe and always stay in place. Yay socks!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on July 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These lights are KILLER. I picked up a set for me and the man, and refuse to bike in anything less than broad daylight without them. They have a great attachment system- easy to adjust too, so they'll fit a variety of bar widths. They are easy to turn on and off, and easy to change settings. I do like that they offer so many settings for both front and rear, and these lights are damn bright. I feel MUCH more comfortable meandering around town now!
Another great feature is that the light will reduce its number of available settings once the battery gets low- so it doesn't just die on you. The battery life seems great too! Super easy to plug in and charge up. Hands down the best lights I've used, would recommend them to one and all!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on July 22, 2015

4 5

Six really is better than one. These draws offer the same durable quality BD is known for. They're super easy to clip, they're strong, and come at a great price for a 6-pack. I'm not very picky about weight, but what I do know is that I can take two packs up the wall without any annoyance or trouble. Hats off to Black Diamond, you've done it again!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I've always been a fan of Scarpas, and these are no different. I picked up a pair for a friend, but have tried them out myself and will definitely be getting some (yay twinners). They are pretty flat- I prefer my Vapor V's for the aggressive days- but they are perfect for days when you're on the rock longer. I love the slim fit, I've always had trouble finding a shoe that has a slim enough heel cup to keep my foot solid in place. Easy to adjust to dial the fit, easy to climb in for a long time! Love the Scarpas.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I finagled my best friend into the sport of climbing, and picked this up as her first harness. She LOVES it. The fit is great- easy to adjust, and there is a wide range on the waist which is great for climbing in different seasons. She said it's super comfortable- both for hanging out at the base of the rock, belaying, and climbing. It packs up pretty small to stash away in the pack. All good things so far!

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