Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

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Lexi's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Lexi's Bio

Position at Backcountry: Community Manager -----

I grew up in the shadows of the Wasatch range in Salt Lake City, Utah. Practically all my buddies are East Coast transplants who came to Utah for its bountiful snows and general gloriousness. Together we share delicious powder feasts, mountain biking, paddleboarding and a deeply rooted love for the wilds.

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. 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.

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

Check out my ramblings on Instagram!

Instagram handle: kaPOWder

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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

4 5

I needed to grab a rear light for my circa 1995 ex-mountain turned commuter whip. This would require something that functions and cost me fewer than 20 bones.

Enter the Lezyne Femto!
It works, and it hasn't let me down yet. It took me a hot minute to figure out that you depress the actual light for 3+ seconds to turn the light on. But I never claimed to be good at bikes, so I eventually figured it out.

For a cheap light, this does the job and it's a cinch to install - which I like. Simply snap the rubber around the bicycle part of your choice and pedal into the dusky horizon.

Wear a helmet too. Helmets are cool.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

Great Value
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a commuter light for my circa 1995 commuter whip.
Obviously, I'm not going to spend a fortune on that.
I just need something that flashes.

At first I was puzzled because I could not get this thing to work.
Then I realized I was an idiot, and you actually have to press the light in for 3+ seconds before it will activate.

There are 3 different modes - I've been using this frequently with no issues for a month now. Good enough that I grabbed a set for my roommate as well.

We are stylin and the bank is not broken.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I like the coverage on this bottom.
I grabbed a Maaji swimsuit earlier this year that I'm too embarrassed (read: em-BARE-ASSED) to wear because it's utterly CHEEKY.
This Carve Designs bottom is a much better option for me.
It covers a good amount of rear without crossing the line into the 'MOM ZONE'. It's a more modest option for sure, but it still flatters.

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs, the size small was perfect. I would say my rear is average in size - nothing too big but also not invisible.

I love that it has no strings, so I'm not constantly worried about it coming off or untied. It's great for paddleboarding, river running and general swim.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is a great top for activewear.
I wouldn't call it my most flattering top, but it is very secure.
I am a B cup, and I do imagine girls with larger chests may struggle with the zipper sneaking down. (Fear not, there is a solid panel of fabric behind the zipper - so the girls won't be roaming free).

The fabric is very comfy and the thing I like most about it is that there are no strings floating around or coming loose.
I like this top just fine, I don't think it's the sexiest option in my drawer. I will continue to use it for paddleboarding, river running and cliff jumping but I probably wouldn't take it to a pool party.

I am 34B and the size small was the correct size.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is rapidly becoming a wardrobe stable for the nearly intolerable desert heat here during the Utah summer.
It's comfy, easy to wear (oh hey....I'm wearing it right now).

It's a medium weight fabric. Incredibly comfy to sport around for many activities.
The 'Blackberry' purple color is very deep and rich. My mom says it's my color and moms know best.

This is perfect for vacation as I can wear it biking and still feel cool, or throw on a skirt and sandals for a casual dinner.
I love the vesitility in pieces like this.

I think Carve runs the tiniest bit bigger than other women's brands like Roxy, Billabong etc. This tank is loose but still flattering in a size small. I am 5'3" and 120 lbs with a B cup chest.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

Backcountry.com Bike Expert Recommended
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I know very little about bikes.
In fact, it's rather embarrassing. Seriously.

And while I am taking small strides to change this terrible dearth of basic knowledge, I consult folks around the Backcountry / Competitive Cyclist office in the meantime.

In asking our most knowledgeable, experienced and veteran bike nerd employees - 4 out of 4 agreed.
THIS IS THE BEST LUBE. THIS IS IT. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE.
I didn't even say anything...all 4 recommended it independently of each other.

What do I know about bike lube? Nothing.
But these strong recommendations were enough to convince me that this was the only option for lube.

My nO_Ob observations:

*It's a nice yellow color.

*The texture is viscous without being nasty - I kept hearing how the 'lite' part is sposto be really nifty. Sure. It's great. I think?

*I don't mind the smell - It's a weird combo of sweet, candy (smarties maybe?) with the acrid scent of a rubber tire. Interesting but not offensive.

* Pretty easy to clean up, though I have nothing else to compare it to....what do I know?

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't often give 5-star ski reviews - it just doesn't happen.

This ski....is effin' rad.
I got to try it out for about 30 days towards the end of the 2014 spring, and it was a game changer for me.

I'd honestly always been a little terrified of Volkl skis because people always say "If you're not careful, a Volkl ski will SKI YOU."
Add a layer of metal in there and I was practically quaking in my ski boots with terror. As a smaller skier, I am pretty intimidated by metal skis and haven't spent a great deal of time on them.

This ski can handle ANYTHING! Literally....anything.
After getting used to the weight (heavier than the VJJ) I was able to fearlessly charge through really nasty stuff on this ski and felt solid control and didn't have trouble staying out of the backseat - which was my fear.

Yes, this ski needs to be skied forward.
Yes, you should pay attention. Yes, she will give you the ride of your life. Stable at speed, ripping on groomers, or surfing pow, this is one of the closest skis I've found to 'quiver' standards.

I love, love love it.
What started out as a game of fear factor has ended in a full-blown torrid love affair.

You seen my Aura lately? - because that thing is glowin'


I am 5'3" and 120lbs - aggressive/advanced skier and was very comfortable on the 170cm length.

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