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Kelli Busch

Kelli Busch

Milwaukee, WI

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Kelli's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Snowshoeing

Kelli's Bio

I've got OUTDOORS on the brain. Knowing there might be a cool sunrise to catch gets me up every morning. Planning new adventures keeps me going through the work day. And knowing I'm capable of trying anything at least once gives me plenty to do the rest of the time. I love to be outside, doing anything. Hiking, biking, rollerblading, camping, backpacking, kayaking, geocaching, watching the sun set or enjoying the wildflowers and butterflies in all their glory.

In my spare time I create artwork, some of which is based on the great outdoors. For more info about everything I do from art to triathlons, visit my blog at http://www.energyofthemind.blogspot.com

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on November 5, 2011

5 5

If you're looking for an extra layer that's not too hot for your bike ride/run/walk on a chilly morning, this is a great article of clothing to have. If you get a little sweaty the wool wicks away the moisture while keeping you warm. The sleeves and back are long enough to keep your arms and lower back covered while stretched out or hunched over on your bicycle. The hood is not very bulky and easily fits under your helmet if you want to keep your ears warm.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

5 5

No need to worry about bending over and showing off your backside - this shirt will keep you covered, even with a long torso. I'm 5'4" 117#, and the small fits much more loose compared to the Smartwool Microweight tshirt. Still a flattering cut, lower and wider neckline than a traditional tshirt. This wool seems softer than the long-sleeved version of the same brand. Great for summer wear as the wool wicks moisture away and helps keep you cool.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

5 5

Got both the black and the natural colors of this shirt. Brought them both with me for my week-long backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains. Wore the light color during the day to help keep me cool; it was in the 90s and as humid as could be, but the wicking properties of this shirt worked like a charm. The seams are placed well for backpacking, as well as having a neckline that doesn't come below the chest strap of my pack. I'm 5'4" 117# with a longer torso and the small fits perfectly (waistbelt stayed on top of my shirt). The natural color picked up some dirt "stains" that have not washed out all the way, but I'd buy that color again anyways to help keep the bugs at bay. Used the black color for my sleeping shirt. A really great technical shirt overall.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on August 19, 2011

4 5

The sleeve length covers my wrists when I stretch out my arms, and my torso is fully covered when I bend over at the waist. I'm 5'4", 117 with a longer torso and usually wear a size small. This long-sleeve shirt has a flattering fit with a decent (not too deep) scoop neck. I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for the slightly more scratchy feel than the similar style short sleeve shirt.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on April 16, 2011

5 5

I sleep cold. This is the first bag I've owned that kept me so warm I actually had to take off some of my sleepwear to keep from overheating. Great night sleep while camping down at Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park in December and the overnight temp dropped into the 20s. I also toss a lot but I didn't feel too restricted in this mummy bag. Highly recommend it.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on April 16, 2011

3 5

I bought this tank top (the Natural color) hoping the material would be thick enough not to see through to my undergarments. No such luck. The tank is light weight, which is great for summer, and great to layer over or under other garments. I have a longer torso though, and my stomach shows if I raise my arms. If you're looking for a longer version tank top, go with the SmartWool Ewenify Tank instead.

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Kelli Busch wrote an answer about on December 23, 2010

It weighs 50 grams, or 1.75 ounces.  It...

It weighs 50 grams, or 1.75 ounces. It packs down to a bundle smaller than a pair of the SmartWool PhD Lightweight crew socks, which in comparison weigh 71 grams, or 2.50 ounces, for a men's size large.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on November 3, 2010

5 5

I tested these out on a multi-day backpacking trip and compared them to a different brand of "quick-dry" bikini underware that I also used on the trip. The Smartwool proved to be more comfortable; no chafing, no blisters where the backpack hipbelt sits, no circulation being cut off, and because they are so breathable, they kept me less sweaty than the other pair (it was 85 degrees and humid). In the opposite end of the weather, they add a nice extra bit of warmth on my 35 degrees and windy 4 mile commute to work. Highly recommended.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on May 20, 2009

5 5

Never realized what a difference trekking poles would make until I tried them. Tested these out on the Ice Age Trail near the Northern Kettle Moraine in WI. Made it a worry-free hike going up and down the hills with a recent ankle injury. The foam grips are comfortable and the poles are light weight. They are collapsible for travel but have no-slip flick-locks to keep them in the extended position while you hike. Make sure to check the screw tension on the locks before hitting the trail, in case you need to loosen or tighten them up a bit to make them lock easily. (Small screwdriver works for this.) There are no springs in these, but the foam grips did pretty well at absorbing the shock. Great poles for the price.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on May 9, 2009

4 5

These shoes are waterproof, UNLESS you get the inside fabric wet (the part right around your ankle). First hike out with them I was on a very muddy trail. Got back to camp and stuck my foot under the water spigot to wash them off. My foot stayed completely dry until I got a little too close to the ankle area. It got damp, but dried out pretty quickly out in the sun.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on May 9, 2009

4 5

Needed a water shoe that would double as a hiking shoe for a week long trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. These were the only shoes I brought. Pros: good arch support, footbed molded to the shape of your foot, waterproof, nice ventilation, good toe-protection. Cons: smelly feet, tiny pebbles sometimes get trapped under toes and feet, if you submerge shoes in water the fabric under the webbing stays wet for a while. To me, the good outweighs the bad, and were/are worth the money.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on May 9, 2009

5 5

For a change with Keen I was able to order my usual shoe size and have them fit just fine. The toebox is roomy. Flatter footbed and less arch support than some other Keens, but the insoles are easy to remove if you need to put in your own after-markets. Took a day of walking around at work to break them in, but are the first shoes I grab out of the closet to put on for walking around town.

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Kelli Busch wrote a review of on May 6, 2009

3 5

Fits nicely into water bottle holder on bicycle, but I'm sure you could find a plastic water bottle out there somewhere for less than $10. Unless you get it free with a Nuun purchase, which then makes it worth the price. On the plus side, since it's plastic, it doesn't dent like the aluminum bottles do if you accidentally drop it.

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