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Lauren Weibert

Lauren Weibert

Breckenridge, ColoRADo

Lauren Weibert's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Biking
Running
Yoga
Climbing

Lauren Weibert's Bio

Hi, I'm deaf. I'm a normal person otherwise (Ha! Maybe a little crazy), it's just that my ears don't work. Don't be afraid of me.

I snowboard, mountain bike, hike, travel... basically, I like fun!! I try to travel somewhere awesome at least once a year. This year (2015), I went to Russia to compete in the 18th Winter Deaflympics. It was my first games and I won a gold medal in the first-ever Snowboard Slopestyle event! I also picked up a Silver in Boardercross, something I never tried before! I used a jib snowboard, haha!

Returning home from the games, my goal is to try to grow the action sports community in the Deaf community. The biggest thing is accessibility- I can't even begin to tell you how bummed I am that I can't go to various retreats because of no sign language/accessibility. I would love to try to change that and see more Deaf people participating in various retreats and sports.

Speaking of various sports, I have a GREAT adventure buddy. She is an Australian Cattle Dog named Gypsy; I adopted her from the local shelter. She was born in the mean streets of Texas and is faster than a speeding bullet! She does everything with me and loves it all!

Follow me on instagram! @thedeafness

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on January 18, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I want to love this jacket.... I've always liked L1TA products and always wanted to get some. I finally ordered this jacket after wearing Roxy outerwear for years and I had high expectations for this jacket.

I was disappointed in the material.... it just looks and feels so cheap compared to my Roxy jackets. I was also disappointed in the fit.... I had to double check that this was a womens jacket and not a mens jacket. There's no shape to this jacket. I feel like the Michelin Man in this thing. I got the military/duck camo color and I do like the colors, but that's about it.

It;s really tough to get the zipper zipped up. Front pockets are awkward (zips at the top... sides would be ideal), however I do love the discreet inner breast pocket. What's with the boob pockets on the outside, though? So I can stick my hands inside and grab my boobs? I don't like the cuffs at the wrists.... sigh. They're awkward. I'm bummed, I paid around $150 for this and I'm not even happy with it. I will be going back to Roxy for outerwear.

But hey... it is warm!

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs

I got the Blue/Brown Tortoise ones and OH MY GASH, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM!!!!!!! At first, I wasn't sure about the style, but after wearing them and getting used to how they look, I think they are the best! I want more colors! I found these on Steep and Cheap and they were around $30.... come on, that's a screaming deal for awesome, stylish sunglasses!

They fit my small face perfect and the lens are amazing. I love the.... what do you call it. The nose bridge? It's a great little touch to these fabulous sunglasses.

My only complaint is that one of the arms is screwed REALLY tight. SO tight, I'm afraid to fold that arm down and back up, it feels like it's gonna snap off. I can't get the arm to open up all the way so it makes the sunglasses sit crooked. I did loosen it a little with a pocketknife which helped them to sit straighter, but I still gotta be careful.

UPDATE- I happened to be in a sunglasses store in town and the super nice guy working there loosened up that tight arm for me :) No more fear of it snapping now... yay! And it's much easier for me to stash them away in my purse or pocket without having to struggle to fold that arm back down!

Personally, when I buy something from Smith, I expect quality products. I don't want to have to fix something right out of the box. Just something to be aware of. :)

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on January 11, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs

I got these off Steep and Cheap and hoped like hell they would fit my little head. They're a little bigger than I would like, but they do fit my head and the polarized lens are really nice!! I CAN SEE EVERYTHING!

My only complaint is that when I pulled these sunglasses out of the box, I noticed stains on the sunglasses bag... it looks like coffee or chocolate?? MAYBE POOP?!?!?! Nah, it looks like maybe the person packaging these sunglasses drank some coffee at the same time... kinda weird, but okay. I can understand needing fuel while working, but dude/dudette, maybe be more careful next time. Maybe that's why they were cheap?

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on December 3, 2015

EN FUEGO!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is THE COCAINE OF SNOWBOARDING! I LOVE LOVE LOVE MY GNU SMART PICKLE!!!!

I am 5'2 and 115lbs and ride the 144. I find that to be the perfect size for park and also all over the mountain. I love the asymmetrical design of this board... I feel like I can carve really well on my heels compared to my non-asymmetric boards. It also just feels so natural. I freaking love laying down carves on this board!

This thing is pretty poppy and it's also got some flex to it. I never have a bad day on this board, it's SO MUCH DAMN FUN. I love to pop off the rollers and butter around. I've ridden this in some powder already and it was great.

If you want a fun board you can ride everywhere, this won't disappoint!

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Lauren Weibertwrote a question about on November 7, 2015

Not a question but an update.

I can't seem to update my review but.... I just wanted to say now it's winter, this jacket has become my favorite go-to jacket! This thing is seriously warm and I love the hood. I'm really happy with this jacket and have nothing negative to say. This is definitely a quality product that will keep me warm for a long time! I'm pretty stoked on this. I also wanted to mention that the sizing chart on backcountry.com is inaccurate- please go here for the proper measurements so you don't order the wrong size! :)

http://www.us.craghoppers.com/sizing-guides

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on October 22, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I would like to extend a thank you to Woolrich and Backcountry.com for hand selecting me to review this shirt for the benefit of the backcountry.com community!

First things first, I am 5'2 and 115lbs. I was sent the Forest Buffalo Green in a size medium. The backcountry.com product photo accurately reflects the green color. Although it is a little bigger than I would have liked for casual wear, it is the perfect size for going snowboarding on those warmer days.

I was bummed to see that this shirt was made in China... Isn't Woolrich supposed to be a Made-in-USA company? It even says right there on their website... I guess it's only certain pieces that are made here in the good ol' USA.

The shirt is also 100% cotton, not wool. It's still a warm shirt regardless! I especially like layering it underneath my thin puffy jacket on those chilly fall mornings.

The quality is good, this seems to be a well-made shirt. The buttons are thin and sometimes it sucks to button up, but you know what? I tell myself, "Suck it up, buttercup!" and get that top buttoned up. The material is soft and not scratchy. It's a cozy shirt for sure.

When the top is buttoned up, it's noticeable how loose it is on me. The shirt is baggy and pretty long; it covers my butt. I feel like the XS would have been the best size for me if I wanted the shirt to really fit me (I have the medium). I would get the small if I wanted it to fit better, but still loose. My boyfriend begs to differ though, he thinks the medium is a great size on me and he says, "That's how it's supposed to look!" Yeah, maybe for men. Haha. I'm swimming in this thing!

To summarize, I do like this top. If I had a smaller size, I would wear this thing DAILY. I mostly wear it for a warm layer under my coat or around the house if it's chilly inside. This top is especially cute with leggings! I recommend it, just make sure it fits :)

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

It's alright!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great snowboard, it doesn't really fit with my riding though... but I will say that this board is a BLAST in powder. Riding powder is soooo easy and FUN on this snowboard! It's a loose, playful feel when I turn in powder, I love it!

This board boasts BTX+; I personally prefer snowboards with C2 or XC2 (which has more camber compared to BTX+). BTX+ is banana (reverse camber) between the feet with mild camber outside. See here for an easy explanation of the technology compared to the other boards: http://www.gnu.com/about/technology/

This snowboard is definitely for the girl that likes to cruise around all mellow-like. You can definitely hit rails with this board too. I feel like the boards with more camber (C2 or XC2) lock onto rails better than BTX/BTX+. With the BTX/BTX+ boards, I feel like the board will slide out from under me if I 50/50 big tubes... when I boardslide, the board feels fine. This board is awesome on all different rails other than tubes. This thing is great on boxes too, especially for spinning on.

This snowboard isn't too stiff- you can press this thing no problem.

I would definitely recommend this board for a girl who's just getting into park or becoming more confident on the mountain... beginners would do great on this board too! This would make a fantastic board to learn on and grow with.

I am 5'2" 115 lbs and I rode the 142.

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on October 6, 2015

SO FUNNNNNNNN
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This snowboard is THE BEST BOARD I HAVE EVER RIDDEN! I received this snowboard in a 146 back in March for the Winter Deaflympics (thanks Nichole & Roxy!!). I intended to use this for boardercross because I was doing that for my first time (I usually ride a 142-144... I am 5 feet, 2 inches, 115lbs) and I chose this board because I was familiar with how it rode. I had a Torah Bright C2 board in the past and it was my absolute favorite, especially for going fast.

This snowboard is FUN FUN FUN! I've always been a huge fan of C2 and when I finally tried the XC2.... It blew my mind. XC2 is more aggressive than C2. Go here to learn more about the technology and to compare: http://www.gnu.com/about/technology/ and scroll down to "BANANA TECHNOLOGY." This snowboard is the XC2, under the "PERFECT/AGGRESSIVE" title.

I love this board. I can haul ass and still play around with it. This board isn't too stiff, I was able to butter around on it right away without needing to break it in. With this board, the whole mountain is my playground.

This board is F-A-S-T and lightweight! When I used this board for Deaflympics Boardercross, the snow was slushy and slow... I waxed this snowboard and to my amazement, it held the wax well. I was able to do all heats without needing to re-wax it.

Even though this snowboard is not made specifically for boadercross, I managed to get second place among other women who used boardercross-specific snowboards (I got the second-fastest time during qualifiers). I'm telling you, people, this thing is quick! This snowboard was extremely stable at high speeds as well which is a huge bonus and I had a blast going through banked turns and jumping... fast AND playful! What's not to love?

This snowboard rides the same switch as it does regular. Riding switch is breeze! This snowboard has plenty of pop and is really easy to ollie. The snowboard is easy to spin with as well... I rode the halfpipe with this too and had no issues with spinning off the wall.

The graphics are dope as well! Usually, when I think of Roxy, I think of girly-girl things.... this isn't too girly-looking. I would call it "badass babe-looking." This is a snowboard for badass babes.

Now that the Deaflympics are over, I am going to trade my 146 in for a smaller one so I can ride it all over the mountain. I prefer to have one board for everything and this board is it. I can take it in the park, trees, off cliffs, haul ass down steeps, everywhere!!

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Lauren Weibertwrote a review of on October 2, 2015

WARM!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I would like to give a shout out to Backcountry.com and Craghoppers for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community. Thanks for having faith in me!

First of all, ignore that sizing chart, it's for men. Go here for the women's sizing chart.

http://www.us.craghoppers.com/ilkley-jacket.html

Click on "Sizing chart" underneath the price. I received the size 6 and according to that chart, that's exactly right for me. However, I am short (5 feet, 2 inches) so I feel like this jacket is a little long for me. I feel like if I went a size smaller, the sleeves would be too short and the shoulders would be tight. Other than that, the jacket fits real nice. There's even a drawstring inside to help cinch at the waist to give you a more feminine figure!

This jacket blows me away! I've never had a jacket that was so technical... this thing has pockets everywhere! I counted 8 pockets, including the small one on one sleeve (maybe for a tea bag? This is a British brand after all). Some of the pockets are discreet too, that's awesome. I tend to ditch the purse in winters and keep my wallet and phone in my coat pocket. I definitely will feel at ease knowing that my stuff are safe in discreet pockets. Most of the pockets zip shut which is really nice.

Additionally, the hood and fur are removable. Want the hood but no fur? That's fine, the fur comes off and the hood can stay on! Options!!! I personally think it looks good with the fur on, even though I'm not a huge fan of the fur-on-the-hood in general.

This jacket is insulated, waterproof, and breathable! It's not quite cold enough for me to wear this jacket daily just yet, but I felt really comfortable wearing this for photos even though it was 60 degrees. It was breezy though, so that was most likely the beathability in action :) Even though I'm not wearing this jacket daily yet, I do wear it when I step outside at night to let my dog out. It's been in the 30s at night and this Ilkley jacket keeps me warm and cozy as all heck!

The sherpa fleece lining inside is REALLY nice! It's oh-so-soft and will definitely keep me warm on the coldest days of winter. I wish that I had this jacket with me when I went to Western Siberia a few months ago!

I had to go out in the rain and to my surprise, this jacket was really waterproof. I stayed dry and warm while my exposed legs got soaked. The water beaded up on the material and flew right off when I shook my arms.

The outer material feels really nice, this does not feel or look like a cheap jacket at all. I can tell this is a quality piece. The color is also really nice, I received the olive green one... it's called "Mid Khaki." The product photo here on Backcountry.com accurately reflects the color. It's a nice green, it'll go with anything. I am confident this jacket will last a long time.

The two things that I'm not a big fan of are the buttons and how poofy this jacket is.

While the buttons look nice, it gets old having to button up every single button on the front. I'm used to my snowboard jackets with the "fake buttons"... those had either magnets or velcro to give the illusion that the jacket had real buttons. I actually thought this jacket had the same thing but quickly realized it didn't when I tried to pull open my front pocket.... oops. Nope. Can't do that.

I feel like this jacket is a little poofy, but that could be due to it still being new. I'm hoping that the more I wear it, it'll break in and look less poofy. It is a big jacket- it's heavy compared to my other jackets- Backcountry.com says it's a 3lbs jacket.

Overall, I definitely would recommend this jacket if you're looking for a warm, technical jacket to hit the town with during cold, inclement weather. I do wish it was a slimmer fit and the buttons were magnets or velcro, but that's just my personal preference :)

All photos taken by Cobie Harloff

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