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 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'


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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

Cool - not good for iPhone 5c
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I borrowed this for the weekend with my iPhone 5c, and I'll wait for the 5c version dropping soon before investing in my own hit case. There are a few kinks when using this case with the 5c version. The volume buttons on the side of the phone kept getting stuck as would the power button so the phone would take 16 pictures in rapid motion. This case wasn't designed for the 5c - so that's understandable. Otherwise this was a REALLY cool thing to take out on a river trip.

I only gave it 4 stars because it is really bulky. I wouldn't use this everyday, but it's perfect if you are taking your phone into compromising adventure circumstances and still need to 'gram it up.

The 3x wide angle lens attachment was SUPER cool - I had a lot of fun playing around with it.

This worked fine with my friend's 5s phone.
So all in all, an awesome case - skip it and wait for the proper version if you have an iphone 5c.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on July 15, 2014

Float Coat Musings

Clockwise from the top.

1). Exhibit A. Reason #1 why you need a Float Coat. K-9s are naughty.

2). Reason #2 why you need a Float Coat. K-9s are randy. And when your lady pup needs to evade the overly amorous attentions of a dude pup, well the handy handle will assist you in quickly rescuing her from lil Romeo. The coat will also help her keep her head afloat as she tries to evade mountings from the ever eager dude pups. C’mon bro…

3). Makes your dog look like a baller. Look how proud this pup is to be sporting such technical outerwear!? Don’t say no, because this face says YESSSSSSS!

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on July 14, 2014

The Slammin' Salmon

On any respectable river trip, you emerge refreshed, sunburned, dehydrated and if you're lucky...a new river identity will accompany you when you return to the daily grinds.

Any good river rat knows they must earn their nickname, and the best ones occur organically.

Fellow BC employee here Noah didn't have to do much to earn his new moniker:

THE SLAMMIN SALMON.

Feeling comfortable, and looking GOOOOOOOOOOOD.
The Patagonia Wavefarer is the perfect companion for river success.

Noah models the 'Coral' variant in the photo above on the Colorado River near Moab, UT.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on July 14, 2014

It floats...

Went on a river trip this weekend and 2 of the dogs showed up sporting Float Coats. They were able to jump in and out of the water as they pleased, paddled around like water beasts, and generally just enjoyed River Life.

The handles on the top of the coats were immensely helpful in assisting the dogs in and out of rafts and onto SUPS as well.
SUPS and Pups and Cups (of beeeeeeeerrrr).

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I LOVE the thoughtful name and simple aesthetic PDW put into this piece. I highly recommend it for commuting applications, but it wasn't what I was looking for on my mountain bike - I should have known better. This was a classic case of wishful thinking.

This bell was a bit bigger than I was expecting (see photo below). So much so that I ended up returning it.
I was looking for something smaller, a little lighter and more streamlined for my mountain bike.

That being said, this is a really cool commuter tool. The ding is loud, clear and tuneful. Cool product, even though it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

Wellp, that was NEAT.
5 5

2 weeks ago I was rear-ended in my Subaru by a very distracted driver. Imagine my terror when I recovered from the whiplash as it dawned on me that my 10 day old Kuat rack was on the back.

Spewing expletives as I pulled over, I prepared myself for an unpleasant confrontation...

The result: SHOCK. KUAT IS THE BEST THING EVER INVENTED!

The offender's bumper had split the plastic knob used to tighten the rack and prevent sway. All things considered this miniscule amount of damage was both shocking, and pleasantly amazing.

If anything....KUAT IS DURABLE.

I contacted the rep to get the part replaced, and had a new one sitting on my porch within 3 days. The replacement took 6 minutes, and as you can see, the rear-ender broke the plastic knob and bent the metal rod that supports the knob and tightens the chassis.

I'm SOLD on Kuat. NEVER going back to Thule or Yakima.
YES. It's expensive. YES. It's heavy.
YES, It's DURABLE. YES. It's smooth operating. YES I LOVE THIS THING SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

As you can see from my photo, it's pretty remarkable this was the only damage sustained from a rear ending. Kuat had me a new part in 3 days that took less than 10 minutes to install.

*** CLAP *** CLAP ****CLAP***

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