Kristin Carpenter-Ogden

Kristin Carpenter-Ogden

San Juan Mountains of SW Colo., SE Utah primarily

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Kristin's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Kristin's Bio

I moved to Durango in 1994 for the mountain biking and to start out living in a small mountain town instead of hoping to retire to one someday. I used to climb much more, now I boulder mostly, and I am a former raft guide. I've just discovered stand-up paddleboarding on the Animas River and love to go! The winters here have brought me to love getting outdoors on snow as much as possible. We have two kids, a VW Syncro Vanagon, and a Malamute (Neve). I founded Verde PR & Consulting (www.verdepr.com), an outdoor, snowsports and bike PR agency. We have offices in Durango and Boulder, Colo., and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Backcountry.com is one of our clients.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on May 8, 2013

4 5

It's about time that there are advances in helmet technology - after doing my research I found that the MIPS technology is just that - pretty revolutionary. Because I am not the most smooth out on the trail and I live in a place with single track that's bordered with all kinds of objects that can dent my head, I felt this was a good investment. It's an investment but it seems like the technology is there to call for it. The only drawback is that it makes my head look even larger than it already is... Sigh... :)

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on January 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am not an amazing skier, but I get out a lot and hike. These are super complimentary to my Scarpa Aliens - honestly, I don't feel that I need to use the heavy metal set up anymore. They have solid turn capability (good edges and shape) and get the job done while remaining lightweight and intuitive.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on January 26, 2013

The new daily driver
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Why wouldn't you use this boot (and a Ski Trab set up) to hike and ski? It's so much lighter and it's durable - it truly defines today's lightweight touring set up. (Full disclosure: Verde PR, my agency, works for Scarpa and Ski Trab, and I am not the most bitchin' skier. I like to get out a lot, and I like to HIKE. I like lightweight gear that is reliable - this works.)

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

5 5

Lole has done it again, coupling the trend with stripes, with the best colorways possible in this reversible number. I bought the multi-stripe black suit and have been super happy with it! I've worn it stand-up paddleboarding primarily, but it's super cute and works very well under board shorts (despite the fact that it has ties at the hips). The design is SO cute - very flattering. If you're going to buy a string bikini buy one that's super cute and stays put for athletic endeavors (note: I have not body surfed in it, or surfed in it, only swam and paddleboarded).

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

5 5

Lole seemingly has nailed its Spring 12 collection, as I've bought a TON of their stuff. This was one of the first things I bought this year, and I liked it so much I bought one for one of my dear friends too. I wear this on the trail, at work, around town. It's "athletic" in cut (meaning, it's pretty form-fitting) and it bridges this season's stripe / nautical trend with a timeless cover up/light jacket. I love that I can wear it basically everywhere. I have not put it in the dryer because I am worried it might become smaller (and it's already form-fitting).

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on June 3, 2012

5 5

So, I bought these because I really like Lole and needed some shorts that I could feasibly wear to work with flip flops, or maybe with a more dressy (heel) and top to wear out. They are crushing it for both. They are super comfortable, first of all. They are cut well and are high quality, and they are wearable for just about everything. I started with the Sahara but am going to buy the Castlerock - they are true to size. Love them!

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on November 8, 2011

4 5

(Full disclosure - My agency, Verde PR & Consulting, does the PR for both Backcountry.com and Outdoor Research). I bought this as a layering piece as it is made with a nice weight waffle-like fleece that is much warmer than the weight would indicate. It has a great drape and the size large is long enough (sleeves especially). I've worn this as a layering piece ice climbing and skiing, and on cold-weather runs, and it's a great daily driver, a great basic. I think that the fit could be a bit more fem, but as a utility piece, that is not so much an issue.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on November 8, 2011

5 5

This sweater is really fabulous - I bought a large (5'11" and usually wear a women's medium in prAna, but sized up on this and I'm glad I did). Length is spot on (torso and sleeves) and the detail work/finish work is so cute! Can be worn for casual and work - I wear this with skinny jeans and boots, just as easily as with yoga pants on the weekends. Love this sweater! I bought the grey, but the white and red are both cute too (friends of mine have them).

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on November 2, 2011

5 5

(Full disclosure: Outdoor Research and Pertex are clients of my PR agency, Verde PR). The Helium Jacket is a light and fast wonder that offers strong rain protection. This jacket comes with me on most of our outings (in the pack or in the SYNCRO) for the unplanned deluges that can peg the San Juan Mountains. It's a little overbuilt for mountain biking but can work, and is perfect for hiking or peak bagging during warmer-weather months. The medium fits well (I am 5'11" and usually wear a men's medium, but the sleeve length on this is good). Styling is super clean - you only get what you need in this piece...

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on November 2, 2011

5 5

Is an acronym that we use at my company, which stands for "For the Love of God" to add an element of impact to a statement. This is a very cute silhouette, super warm fleece and the collar/neckline treatment is as cute as it looks. This is an awesome piece - I wear it around town because it's my "nice fleece" but I am sure it would be excellent for a day (in area) on skis. The neckline almost acts like a scarf, in terms of adding a warmth in a layering system. I am tall (5'11") and wear a medium in this. Sleeve length is great, as is length of torso... Overall, great execution!

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on September 23, 2011

5 5

I've tried to beat the tar out of this top, and it keeps on ticking... I bought the pink one, size large. At first I thought the large might be too big but I have ended up liking the length more than I thought I would. It has retained its shape very well through two months of abuse. It's flattering yet loose-fitting (kind of an A-line/Asian cut). I highly recommend this top! Fabric is very comfy too.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on September 11, 2011

5 5

(Disclaimer: My PR agency, Verde PR & Consulting, represents SCARPA)
I want to share my experience with these shoes, as they are so high quality and versatile, a combination that's tough to nail. The craftsmanship of these shoes is highly evident and the sole/rand combination do combine to make this shoe a true approach shoe. These shoes also carry just the perfect amount of stiffness as well, for scrambling or even climbing very low-angle stuff. They have enough structure and support built in to carry a pack too. I have to wear custom insoles, and I was happy to realize that I could swap those into these shoes and still have a great fit and not have the addition of the insoles negatively affect the performance of these shoes. I've worn them for long hikes of 14ers and they work exceptionally well, and I've also worn them to set up top ropes. I also have to note that they are truly versatile even with all of this performance (I would not wear them trail running, but for hiking, they are fine). I don't have a particularly narrow or wide foot, and they fit very well.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on September 4, 2011

5 5

I've been wearing my women's Ferrosi Capri's for long enough now to report in. They are great under a harness, stretchy enough for hikes, bouldering and climbing and have a clean, nice fit. I go between size 4 and 6, depending on manufacturer (prAna I am a 4, Patagonia, I'm a 6). I am a 4 in OR women's bottoms. I have been super impressed with these - they are built to perform!

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on August 12, 2011

5 5

These are very flattering but also can hang with the big dogs in terms of versatility. These pants move easily from a bouldering sesh to a town ride, to going to the office. They have washed and worn well too. They have just the right amount of stretch and hold their shape.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on July 2, 2011

5 5

I wear this skort literally 4 times a week. It's perfect for warm-weather bike commuting and actually (the black version) works for meetings if worn with a more dressy top. I think that the a-line fit of this is great, the fabric drapes well and it's holding up very nicely through a LOT of abuse. I would buy it in tan but it's not available ...

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on July 2, 2011

5 5

This is my version of a Pucci dress - I love love love prAna's prints, they have always been awesome. But this print is really great! I usually wear a medium in their dresses, but I am a small in this one. This is a great work dress (in my line of work anyway) and I can also dress it up. I look for opps to wear it! And it's really comfy.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on April 19, 2011

4 5

Yes, I admit. I have owned no less than thousands (it seems) of PrAna's Cargo Capris over the past decade. I bought this as my 2011 version. It's not the "Cargo Capri" per se, but it captures the same deal (similar silhouette, cool pocket treatment). They are true to size and go with everything. I was secretly hoping that they would have been as cute as my new PrAna Cargo Skirt, but they are not, which is why they don't get five stars. They get four because they are already proving to be a workhorse for me. I've even put them in the drier and they've emerged in tact. I will wear these into the ground this year, I'm sure.

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Kristin Carpenter-Ogden wrote a review of on December 2, 2010

3 5

This is a great top, and I love the fabric, as usual (prAna does a great job with fabrics, always!). I bought a size large, being a tall glass of water, and it's skin tight. I swear that's not because I drink a sixer a day.... It's likely a performance design, and I do like it, I just need to put on my confident demeanor when I wear it...

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