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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 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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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on February 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

REJOICE!
I literally try on hats and reject them by the boatload because I have a small head and your standard beanie hits me somewhere around the cheekbones.
As a bonafide beanie addict - this is a problem. My options are limited and my beanie fetish is seldom sated.

I have a 20" (ish) head circumference and often order kids hats and helmets to properly fit my pin head. This one FITS!
LOVE IT! The pom is HUGE!
A tiny bit on the bobbly side - hence the 4 stars.
But I'm so distracted by the fact that I actually found a hat that works I'm not too concerned about the pom bobble factor.

The material is soft and stretchy so if you have a medium to average sized head this should fit nicely.
People with larger heads should probably steer clear.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on February 23, 2015

Undiscovered Brand: Seea Swimwear!

Like many young girls in Italy, Amanda Chinchelli dreamed of growing up to be a fashion designer. Years later, she discovered surfing while on vacation in the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido, and fell in love with the sport. She eventually settled in SoCal, where her passion for surfing and design inevitably merged. Unable to find swimwear that satisfied her need for both Italian style and surf performance, she began stitching up her own designs. Other surfers noticed, and requests for custom suits began rolling in. Chinchelli dove right in, and Seea was officially born. Locally crafted in California, Seea swimwear blends retro design elements with contemporary prints and beautiful Italian fabrics. But it never loses sight of the chief goal of performing in the surf?or during a SUP yoga session. The Hermosa Surf Suit delivers the protection of a rashguard, yet still achieves a sexy silhouette. We?re thrilled to have discovered a line of swimwear that is as elegant, graceful, and seemingly effortless as the act of riding a wave.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on February 19, 2015

Hmmm, not for me.

I do love me a long dress, but this wasn't going to work for me.

I was really surprised by the fabric up top - it was literally the stretchy, smooth silky stuff you'd find on a swimsuit.
It looks like Maaji recycled swimwear and sewed a long skirt on the bottom - it was strange in my humble opinion, because I wanted to wear this dress to a summer wedding. But upon feeling the fabric, it felt way too casual for wedding gear (unless of course it was a seaside wedding on the beach - which it's not, it's a sweltering wedding in Milwaukee in the summer).

I also thought the back had a zipper - it doesn't.
I found this dress REALLY hard to get in and out of.
Maybe I should have sized up?
I am a B cup and went with a size small, the cups itself fit and looked great, but getting in and out of the thing was an exercise in both flexibility and acrobatics. Naaaa - ain't nobody got time for that. Possible that I could/should have sized up - but then again maybe I don't have the jugs to fill a size Medium, I never have before. This may just not be meant for my body type, needs a bustier gal??

Overall I was impressed with construction and it looks like a very high quality garment. The fabic and difficulty of dressing were what inspired me to return it.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on February 4, 2015

Choice Fav

This is Mike.
He is my #1 fav person to ski with in the universe.
He typically skis over 100 days a year. I would estimate he spends approximately 75 of those days skiing at snowbird on these skis.
In terms of skier type: Mike is aggressive, smoother than butter, and he's got the flows. He adores this ski and I think they love him back in return.
He had a major blowout on his last pair, but 4FRNT gave him no guff about getting a replacement.

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