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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

Little Cottonwood >> UT >> WY

Lexi Dowdall 's Passions

Biking
Paddling
Skiing

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.

I like to show that Utah isn't a lame place to live on my blog:
http://daysndaysout.blogspot.com/

You can also follow my ramblings on Instagram:

@kapowder

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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 21, 2015

True Love
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The fit on this thing is one word: dialed.

It's flattering but not restrictive in any manner. The length in the torso and sleeves is just right and the silhouette is flattering, I'm totally in love. I do not honestly believe there has been an occasion when I've worn this jacket and someone hasn't inquired about what it is or where I got it. It's got mass appeal. Dudes and ladies alike are always dishing out compliments when I wear this thing, it's lovely.

The fabric itself is actually quite thin for the warmth provided by the jacket. It's perfect for cool days when you want to throw something light but warm on. It's perfect for fall, and I see it fitting into my ski touring layering scheme like a charm.

I like the hood, it's comfy though there is a lot of fabric around the chin. It's good for sealing out wind and cold, but it is a bit on the bulky side if you have a tight fitting shell. It doesn't bother me, but something to consider when shopping.

Sleeves are on the longish side, so if you have long arms rejoice.

I love the texture and feel of the waffle style fabric. It's interesting to look at and a funky hybrid type of softshell. You've got a softshell on the outside and cozy fleece insulation on the inside with thinner, breathable, stretchy panels on the sides to help regulate your temperature for more active pursuits.

Bonus round for Blue Sign approval, meaning this garment is held to very high standards in terms of production and environmental impact.

I' in love with the blue color, it's perfect. A real winner from Patagonia, this may well be my favorite product for Winter '15.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 18, 2015

Surprised LOVE!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In 100% honesty I did not expect to love this ski.

I always have this idea in my head that Fischer skis are stiff, speedy and all business, thanks to their years and years spent catering to the racing industry.

This Ranger took me by storm. I first tried it at a demo at Snowbasin last February and loved it so much I spend 1/2 of day two on it, and checked it out again at another demo later in the season. I found a pair to borrow and logged about 10 days in total on them. They were surprisingly slarvy and buttery smooth, again I did not expect that of this ski at all. They were playful and fun, yet rock solid at speed, which is a difficult combo for me to find.

The lack of traditional sidewalls on these skis really cut down the swing weight, so for someone small like me, this makes a noticeable difference. I had no issue with turn initiation on the 172cm length.

I was so surprised how surfy this ski felt. I didn't get to try it in any deep powder conditions because our winter was so dry last season, but in ankle deep snow I was still happy. I found them more playful than the DPS Ninas but they were actually quite sluggish to turn at slower speeds. The rocker in the tip will most likely keep you surfing in deeper pow, but I didn't get to try them in anything topping 5".

For me this was perfect, because I love speed. The racing heritage of Fischer really shines as I felt confident in chunder and choppy stuff. This ski is more business up front, and slarvy party in the back - everyone's invited.

I'm loving how light they are on my feet. I would peg this ski for someone who wants to spend time in the resort and possibly a bit of backcountry, because it is so light. The Ranger was fun to carve and shone in soft or variable conditions. I thought this ski was nimble, stable and fun. I can't wait to log more days!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 11, 2015

My Experience
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6.0

I was pretty nervous about these shoes reading the reviews below but I decided to give them a chance because I've had good luck with other Arc'teryx products.

A few things to note: These run HUGE - I would recommend sizing down a full size. I typically take a 6-6.5 and the 6's were quite large on me.

I've heard mixed results on people wearing these shoes with or without socks. Because mine were a little loose, I opted to wear socks with them. I found this to be comfy.

I was super nervous because the first outing with these shoes was a 9 mile backpacking trek into the Uintas - NO TIME TO BREAK THEM IN.
I wore them around the grocery store for about an hour the day before and was pretty concerned with how stiff they felt.
But surprisingly, they felt awesome on the trail. They definitely provided a little more give and flexibility as I put miles on them.

I tested them in near perfect conditions for what these shoes are designed to endure. Seriously rugged, rocky terrain in variable weather from pouring rain to spitting. The trail was absolutely sopping from 24+ hours of rain and I hate nothing more than wet feet trapped in swamp pits all day. These shoes kept me bone dry through all the muck, mud, rain and river crossings.

These things are rugged! They protected my toes and soles from the non-stop outcroppings of sharp rocks and pebbles we encountered on our hike in. We took 5 pack goats with us, and when saddling them up, one of the goats actually stepped on my foot - didn't hurt. Boom.

I disagree with the statement that these are 'quick drying'.
Near the end of our sojourn in a goat knocked me off my boulder perch in the middle of the biggest, fiercest stream crossing. One foot was totally submerged for about 15-20 seconds so the shoe did get wet. If you totally submerge them - this situation is unfavorable. They were awesome UNTIL they got dunked and I found that they weren't really drying out at all as we hiked our last miles in. They required a whole night and a sunny morning to dry completely, so just be really cautious and avoid submersion if you can. The really nice part is you CAN get the tongue and upper of this shoe wet without the moisture seeping inside - which is pretty cool. You won't find that functionality with most GTX hikers, but like any shoe that is completely submerged, discomfort will ensue.

Loved the SUPER knobby, traction-loving soles on these Acrux shoes. We crossed over 20 streams and creeks and I had perfect confidence scrambling over wet boulders, precariously placed (thin) balance beam style logs, and mossy outcroppings. I never had a moment where I didn't trust these shoes. If you live in a wet climate or backpack where lots of stream crossings will be encountered, these are AMAZING. I felt just as surefooted as the goats we brought along.

Color is BRIGHT. Smurf bright. I actually felt borderline ridiculous walking into the grocery store, because people definitely notice these things and will comment. Opt for a lighter color than the blue if BLINGBLING isn't your thing.

Overall: I would recommend these to hikers/climbers/packers who live in wet climates or plan to cross many a waterway. They aren't so stiff as you'd expect pulling them out of the box. Just give them a little love and they will treat your feet right.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on July 14, 2015

Grind it up

Great to be able to adjust the coarseness of your bean grinding.
You can achieve finily ground espresso quality java or rough and tumble, coarse grounds for good old fashioned cowboy coffee.

A bit small to grind large batches of coffee, this works well for 1-2 people, but you wouldn't want to be grinding the entire group's beans as I was - whew! Workout!

Turning action is smooth, and results are delicious.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on July 14, 2015

ELEGANT!

This stove system is bomb. The strainer/press is very high quality and the fit is so tight that you seldom end up with crunchy grounds in your coffee, which I hate. I've tried a BUNCH of coffee systems, and this was my favorite.

Simple to use, elegant and super versatile with the entire Reactor kit, overall a humdinger. Excellent choice for backpacking, and you can caffeinate up to 3 people with the 1.7 liter pot.

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