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 -----

....which basically means I get to heckle all you GREAT folks on a professional level about leaving product reviews and feedback on backcountry.com! So let's start over...

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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 wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

These COME IN A BOX!
5 5

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

These panties arrive in a box shaped like a drawer.
I thought this highly amusing.
I showed lots of people - maybe that was weird.

These are great, I'll be buying more as soon as budget allows.
The fit is more flattering than the Patagonia Bikini Model.
I like very much the ruched backside - a fun, unique detail.
(I've attached a model pic for reference).

The fabric itself is very soft and moisture wicking.
I wore these on a big hike recently and couldn't have been more pleased wiht performance.
Comfy, non-chafing, and breathable.

Time will tell if the durability is as good as or better than Patagonia or Icebreaker's merino SPRITE briefs.
I am 120lbs and 5'3" and the size small was perfect.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have child-sized hands, so I really appreciate the small diameter of these bars on my Juliana Primerio bike.
They were weird to get used to at first, they made my hands fall asleep, but after a few rides I found them more comfortable and I wouldn't swap 'em.

I like the many color choices offered by Julian for grips, which keeps it fun.

My only complaint is that I can't move the shifters any further out because the bars become too narrow for the collars, which is unfortunate. This is my only complaint. Otherwise the bars are holding up beautifully and I do like the smaller diameter.

Some women may not need this, but I found it helpful since my hands are so small. Other ladies I've talked to found them to be too small and too narrow for their liking. I'm not a freerider, so I don't want honkin wide DH-bars - they work for me.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

5 5

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

Living in Utah is an epic trial for a cold-blooded winter-lover like myself.

When the Mercury soars high my spirits dip low, and when the thermometer spits out a reading over 100 - I kind of just want to crawl into a meat locker while waving a white flag of surrender.

BUT - what if I just instead decided to WEAR a white flag of surrender with a built in ventilation AC channel?

GENUIS! Lole to the rescue!
I can keep cool and also maybe look cool while remaining cool!
The fabric is so crazy soft that I don't really want to take this thing off. Fit is true to size, though the shirt is lonnnnnnnng - could definitely pair with leggings.

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs and the size small is perfection.

As I'm bicycling around town on summer evenings I feel the wind moving between my shoulder blades and down my back and the sensation makes me want to WHOOP with joy!

I don't think it's an easy thing to nail the SEXY back plunge without venturing into the realm of potentially slOOooty. This manages.

If you want to amp up the exposure and skip the sporty yoga bra layered look, I HIGHLY suggest checking out the NuBra for a great backless look. It's a sticky titty bra that is both supportive and comfortable - it changed my world!

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on August 22, 2014

Goat Drinks!

Goat Drinks!
Boys in the band ordered GOAT DRINKS!

GOAT DRINKS !!!
Waitress, I need two more GOAT drinks.
Then I'm headin south 'fore my dream shrinks.
I gotta where it's warm.

I gotta go where it's warm.
I gotta go where it's warm.
I gotta go where there ain't any snow,
where there ain't any blow,
'cause my fin sinks so low.
I gotta go where it's warm.

(Jimmy Buffet is straight cray' - I gotta go where it SNOWS)!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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 an answer about on August 21, 2014

Hey Jesse!

I think this may actually come down to anatomy.
If you scan my review and those of Amber and Jessica, you see that none of us experienced riding up or bunching.

Rosanna however DID find them to ride up and she didn't like these at all. However scanning these reviews you see most people were pretty thrilled, so I would conclude that in most cases they don't ride up. I've never had problems with mine.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

Grabbed this for the BF and while surprised by the mildly angry looking Koala graphic, he immediately put it on and we went for a walk about town. He is a connoisseur of fine and unique graphic tee shirts, so he was stoked to add this to the collection.

He was commenting on the softness of the fabric (organic - woo) and it fit him really well. I like him in a slim fit style versus a traditional boxy cut tee - so this looks quite fetching.

He is about 5'9" and the medium fit well. It IS a slim fit, but does run true to size.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 19, 2014

Yum Yum Utah!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Utah cherries are one of the most underrated fruits around.
The dry desert air creates a most excellent climate for prime cherry picking and the rich soil makes for a sweet, supple fruit.

(Ok....I totally made that up, but Utah cherries are REALLY GOOD).

I took these along on a road trip and they were enormously helpful in keeping me sated, awake, and avoiding junk food.
The cherries themselves were fairly tart rather than sweet.
They were much plumper and less dehydrated than your typical bulk bin cherries, and I found the flavor and texture to be top notch. I would absolutely buy these again.

Perfect for backpacking, hiking, road trips, general snacking, and feeling good!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 19, 2014

Luxe Nana Chips
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These aren't the dried out, withered and stale banana chips you find at the bottom of the bin in the bulk foods zone at your local grocery store.

THESE THINGS GOT CRUNCH!
The flavor I found to be very satisfying and as a notoriously bad eater, I got a few extra bonus points for eating organic. I took these on a 1,000 mile road trip and they helped increase my driving efficiency, staved off sleepiness, and prevented me from stopping at any number of fast food joints to indulge in some greasy french-fries.

Only complaint was the 2oz size is realy only suitable for 1 possibly 2 outings at best, the bag isn’t very big. But the taste was DELICIOUS and I would absolutely get these again. Love supporting a local Utah company that actually cares about their food AND the planet! 1% of all proceeds go to the 1% for the Planet fund, which makes me smile. Eat bananas for the planet, I tell myself!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I'd previously jonesed over this dress in years past, but found the fit wasn't flattering for my body.

Icebreaker has retooled the fit for 2014 and I am MUCH happier with the fit! I am 5'3" and 120 lbs and I took the size small. I have curvy hips and a fairly small bust.

Besides a great fit, I like this dress for its versatility. It effortlessly masters both casual and dressy depending on how you accessorize. It's very comfortable and I like the wide boatneck neckline. On me I would say the neckline is MUCH more revealing than that pictured on the model above.

I prefer to pair this dress with leggings as it seems to be more of a tunic fit than a dress, though I do wear it on hotter summer days with my bare legs.

This product is easy to launder and take care of, which I know is always a concern with wool. I NEVER dry mine in the dryer, as I prefer to hang it up nicely and allow the air to 'take care' of the wool.

Highly recommend.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I randomly stumbled upon these while surfing the backcountry and was immediately intrigued. I LOVE meat, like... a LOT.

So this could be the next best thing since PRO-Bar! (For culinary reference I HATE...I mean loathe cliff bars, I have a problem with both the texture and the way they freeze when I go skiing and I find the flavor flat and boring).

I wasn't, however, ready to commit to 12 EPIC bars and wanted to try each bar in its natural habitat prior to investing in a 12-pack. I was also really curious about what they would look like?
Here are my findings.

Beef : SMOKEY, couldn't really taste much of the spice but the cherries added a nice balancing flavor with a pleasant aftertaste.

Bison: I would say this one was my least favorite as I didn't love the aftertaste. Couldn't really separate the taste of bacon or cranberries and found the smoky taste a little overwhelming. I found this one a bit too salty for my liking. Probably wouldn't buy a 12 pack, but lean meat bison lovers may feel a little differently.

Lamb: 10/10! I bought a 12-pack, if that tells you anything! This was my favorite flava-flav. Really loved the savory taste of the mint and immediately wanted a bigger portion after devouring the bar while fly fishing on the Weber river.

Turkey: 2nd fav. Such a great aftertaste that I immediately wished I had more.. This will be the 2nd box I buy.

NOTE: In my findings, MEAT bars should not be consumed for very active endeavors such as mountain biking or running. It's really a much better slow-sport kind of meal replacement. I developed my own MEAT SWEAT rule continuum. If you are sweating, as in wiping moisture from your brow, it's probably not best to consume a meat bar. I don't like meat sweats, so...

...It worked best when I was paddleboarding, hiking or fly fishing. My boyfriend was able to gobble a lamb bar at the top of our bike ascent, but I declined as it would most likely give me meat burps...

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Lexi Dowdall wrote an answer about on August 18, 2014

Hey N3MO -

I am a 5'3" and 120 lb expert skier.
I grabbed the Atomic Millennium skis mounted up with Dynafits for my dedicated touring setup. I sized down further than I would normally do to save on weight. I definitely notice the shorter length, but for me the weight savings are worth it, I think (168cm). Were I using it as a frontside ski, the 168cm would not cut it - TOOOO short!

These aren't dramatically rockered, so they won't ski much shorter than the measured length. (The Millenniums have a similar amount of rocker/profile shape).

SO this question really comes down to how important weight savings are for you. Performance will obviously be better on the 181cm, but the uphill climb will be a little tougher.

If I had to do it again, I would still stick with my shorties since the performance isn't compromised enough to warrant hauling extra pounds up the mtn.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote an answer about on August 18, 2014

Hullo Annie, thanks for your question!

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs.
The size S Teeki's are admittedly a little long for my shorter legs, but I definitely wouldn't want these pants to be ANY tighter on my 120lb frame. I'm rather fit but curvy in the hips and I have muscular thighs and calves. I think a size M sounds more suitable for your frame.

These pants are SOOO cool.
I maybe, accidentally bought 2 more pairs - the patterns are awesome!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote an answer about on August 18, 2014

Howdy Dave!

I'll be the third to chime in here.
I recommend the 188cm as well.
It may buck you around a bit at first, but as soon as you get your ski legs back, I think the 180cm would leave you itching for more length. I've heard from ALL users that this ski feels exceptionally short, so 188 will leave you happier in the long run, IMHO.

Enjoy! And welcome back to 2-planking!!

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