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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

Little Cottonwood >> UT >> WY >> Revelstoke

Lexi Dowdall 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Yoga
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

Lexi Dowdall 's Bio

Position at Backcountry: Marketing Writer 
Life Passion: Skiing 
Secret Hobby: Arts & Crafts of all types 
Weakness: Cheese & Thrift Stores 

I grew up in the shadows of the Wasatch range in Salt Lake City, Utah. I left for a spell and realized the great mountains of Utah are nothing short of spellbinding. 
I LIVE for skiing and try to log as many days as I can. 

I'm slowly improving at mountain biking, but I only just started a few summers back because someone told me it would improve my skiing. I hated summers for the longest time, but mountain biking is helping, as does my new found love for paddleboarding. 

In my free time, I also write reviews for Blister Gear Review (www.blistergearreview.com) because I think reviews are crucial to making gear purchases. (ditto) It's so important to know what to expect when spending $$ on gear. I try to be as fair and unbiased in my reviews as possible and I avoid buying crappy gear at ALL costs. 

My hobbies include terrariums and other crafty pursuits because I don't own a television. 

Check out my ramblings on Instagram! 

Instagram handle: @kaPOWder 

Lots of people think Utah is an effin' weird place, and I'm here to tell you different! Check out my daily photo blog and prepare to shatter the curtain of Zion : 


http://daysndaysout.blogspot.com/

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on April 15, 2015

Beautiful Construction!

I bought these, but ultimately returned them because they looked (not felt) a little too narrow in my opinion.
I don't think I can pull of the really narrow, witchy look so I opted not to keep these. Other more fashion forward ladies may be utterly stoked, but I'm frightened of the really narrow silhouette.

In terms of fit, they felt great - true to size. I ordered a 6 and I typically take a 6 or 6.5 in most brands. I do think it's a little difficult to get these boots on because you have to unbuckle the leather strap to guide your foot in. A little too high maintenance for me. They do feature beautiful construction.
I really wanted to keep these, but didn't think I could 'ROCK' them, if you know what I mean...

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I fondly recall the days of my childhood, wearing a glistening yoke of string around my neck upon which dangled 14-16 of my favorite LipSmackers Lip Balms...because, you know, every 9 year old needs OPTIONS when the need for lip moisturization occurs.

They were sparkly, bright in colors, delicious and smelled like candy. In fact, I probably ate them straight from the tube like a popsicle.

The bad news: It's no longer appropriate to wear 15 shades, colors and flavors of LipSmackers around my neck.

The good news: These Sun Bum Lip Balms are secretly disguised LipSmackers (Note: this is only a hypothesis).

They smell like DREAM. They contain no glitter (blissfully), and they are delicious while rolling on with the smooth action of a mermaid slipping through a kelp forest. I must restrain the urge to eat the balm straight from the tube as I once did - they are that delicious. I opted for Mango, I'm going back for more, captain.

I have not yet awarded this product 5 stars because I still have to perform one critical test.

Will the balm survive 140+ degree temperatures in my black Subaru on a blistering summer day in the cruel heat of the Utah desert without liquefying?

Most brands don't pass the aforementioned rigorous test.
I've only found Burt's Bees Pomegranate flavor to survive the test.
If SunBum can do it, I will update my review to 5 stars and die happy.

That is all.
Thank you for reading.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on March 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

***** NOTE******
My review is for the older, 2014 bag

In a futile attempt to hold onto my childhood and also look cool, I've been lugging my work stuff around in a rather faded and now-pathetic looking Solomon Jammer backpack from the 80s.

I decided it was time to maybe add a little more sophistication to my wardrobe - enter the United By Blue Aidan Messenger Bag. -

DETAILS: I really like the thick canvas material and the timeless look of this style. Holding this bag in your hands you can just feel it will age gracefully and beautifully. I enjoy the leather details and the rustic brass fixings. People are complimenting me on this thing all the time and asking for info about it.

SIMPLE: I like that this bag is so simple and straightforward. No superfluous bells and whistles, just simple, functional design. There is one large, zippered interior pocket. And two additional smaller interior pockets with no closure - I wish these were a bit bigger or deeper, as my iphone usually falls out. Thus I can only use the zippered pocket for my phone.

CLOSURE: The snapping mechanism on this bag is actually a magnet, which is a nice touch. You can easily and quickly secure this bag, you don't actually use the buckle. I thought the foldover style was a little weird at first, but I quickly grew used to it, and I like that you can sneak your hand in to grab something like a phone or pen with ease.

FIT: The strap is really adjustable and also comfortable, no issues there. If UBB had added a little padding or cushion, that would be a nice touch, but it isn't crucial to utility unless you are carrying something really heavy.

CONS - I wish this bag were the TINIEST bit bigger so it could accommodate my 15" laptop. While it actually fits inside, it's just too awkward to actually carry or close. However, overall this is a lovely bag and I've been using it as a purse to haul around lots of stuffs. It will be perfect for a computer if yours is 13" or smaller.

Pleased with this and would recommend it to a friend.

UPDATE** Have been using this mostly for bike trips around town, it's really comfy and easy to use while biking as long as your load isn't heavy. The material is so durable that I don't have to worry about treating my bag gently when out and about. Always get tons of compliments when I take this bag out.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on March 13, 2015

Magnificent! Full o' Magnets

FROM THE JUIL WEBSITE:

"Studies have shown that maintaining a direct connection between your body and the Earth's surface can be beneficial to your health. Wearing Juil Shoes allows you to make that connection.

In our everyday lives, we're exposed to toxins and stress. Stress can come from anywhere, work school, friends or family. Toxins include anything from the obvious - like breathing polluted air...to the not so obvious - like our cell phones. Exposure to these stresses and toxins leas to a buildup of free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals attack healthy cells and cause inflammation - the root of almost all medical ailments.

Fortunately, we have the Earth, a giant magnet with an endless supply of electrons. Through earthing or grounding, these electrons are absorbed to neutralize and release the free radicals in our body.

While the easiest way to stay grounded is to walk barefoot, that's not always possible. And unfortunately, most footwear has rubber or plastic outsoles that insulate your body from making a connection with the earth.

But not Julis..By placing copper dots in our shoes, these electrons are absorbed to cleanse your body free of radicals, just as if you were barefoot.

You stay connected and balanced!"

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on March 9, 2015

Well - THAT'S NEAT!

Having a blast testing out the Tentsile Connect Tent just hangin out over Millcreek!

I'm scared of heights so this was both exhilarating and terrifying. Though this wouldn't be a very practical place to pitch a tent, it was cool to test the limits of this product. I love that you can get so utterly creative with Tentsile, the only limitations are your creativity and perhaps some know-how with rope work if you you wanted to get TOTALLY crazy and start Tenting off rock faces or over chasms in Southern Utah ; )

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