Kellie Okonek

Kellie Okonek

Home is Girdwood, AK and I love exploring the local Chugach/Kenai mountains, as well as the rest of the state!

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Kellie's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Mountaineering

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Kellie Okonek

Kellie Okonek wrote a review of on January 28, 2013

Holy happy place!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having evolved through the Spirit 3, Diva, original Gea, and Shaka to the Gea RS, I can honestly say that Scarpa hit the mark on this one! Light like the original Gea with the amazing walk mode, the new RS is stiffer and skis like a dream. I am currently in Japan and have a Duke/Lange alpine setup as well as a dynafit/Gea RS setup and find I have so much control/power in the Gea RS that its all I am skiing, even on inbounds storm days. I really can:t say enough about how impressed I am with these boots!

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Kellie Okonek wrote a review of on May 21, 2012

Go-to boot for backcountry powder!
5 5

I ski the Shakas all winter long, and love their downhill performance for skiing big powder skis! While lighter AT boots can work, I love the feeling of power/support from the Shakas, which make them my go-to boot all winter long. I also like that they're easy to get on/off like an alpine boot, and are comfortable to tour in . . . I definitely recommend them!

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Kellie Okonek wrote a review of on September 2, 2009

5 5

This is absolutely my go-to jacket for almost everything! I use it regularly backcountry skiing (climb in a t-shirt or light layer, ski down in the micropuff) and it's the perfect amount of warmth to prevent rapid cooling when you stop, but not too hot to ski down in. It's also a great summer layer for wilderness trips, with the added assurance that it can get wet and still insulate (unlike down). To top it all off, it's stylie :-) I'm 5'7" with athletic build and the M fits best.

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Kellie Okonek wrote a review of on August 15, 2009

4 5

I really love this jacket as a non-technical coat to wear around town in the winter. It's plenty warm for most of what southcentral Alaska dishes out and is super comfy and cozy. I love the fleece lining and, as others mention, it's not itchy at all! It's a little too bulky to use skiing, backpacking, etc. and I think there are better materials for warmth (i.e. primaloft) when weight and space are an issue. The cut is fitted and feminine and I usually get compliments when I wear it . . . nice to feel both cozy and stylish!

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Kellie Okonek wrote a review of on August 15, 2009

5 5

I wear a women's 7 and have the S/M - I got the socks on a whim, but really like them and they've become my favorite day hiking/running/mountain biking socks. They come up fairly high, but roll down nice and don't cut off circulation when you wear them that way . . . but since they are a little higher than normal running socks, they're great for keeping out rocks, dirt, etc. on the trail. I find the socks comfortably snug and haven't had any problems bunching, or with abnormal wear.

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Kellie Okonek wrote a review of on August 8, 2009

5 5

These boots are my go-to backcountry boot for day touring to long ski mountaineering trips. I use the stiffer Tornado tongues to improve downhill performance and I don't feel like this sacrifices touring performance (definitely recommend swapping them out, especially since it's super easy!). I have bushwhacked, traveled overland, and skied well over 100 days on these and they are still in pretty good shape for what they've been through!

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Kellie Okonek wrote an answer about on August 8, 2009

I haven't tried many other AT boots, so can't offer a comparison. The new Intuition liners are the best available for warmth and very light as well. I have super cold feet and have to use toe warmers for touring in temps below ~10 degF, but I think that's the way it would be with any boot. Having some additional room in the toebox (you can create this during the heat molding process) will allow room for trapping a warm air pocket or using stick-on toe warmers. If you have extra space in the boot, you could also add a piece of foam underneath the liner to add another layer of insulation.

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