Lexi D.

Lexi D.

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Lexi's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Yoga
Paddling
Skiing
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...

Position at Backcountry: PROFESSIONAL HECKLER -----

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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/

Lexi D.

Lexi D. wrote an answer about on October 2, 2014

Hello Free Heeler!

170cm sounds good for your cousin at her height and ability level. The rockered tip and tail remove a bit of effective edge from this ski, making it ski a little shorter than the 170cm measured length. Rossi will take into account a female's weight and lower center of balance when recommending a mounting point, so I'd stick with the factory recommended mount line.

I'd also consider something from the Blizzard line, they make amazing, stable skis that are great for both East and West coast skiing. I'd check out the Black Pearl which I've heard tons of intermediate skiers RAVE about as they find this ski helps them easily progress. I've thrown in another really great option from 4FRNT. I wrote a super detailed review on this one for Blister Gear review, that link is included as well.

http://www.backcountry.com/blizzard-black-pearl-ski-womens

http://www.backcountry.com/4frnt-skis-madonna-ski-womens-fts0105

Madonna Review:

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2014-2015-4frnt-madonna

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Lexi D. wrote a review of on October 1, 2014

Initial Impressions
4 5

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

I've paid a bundle ($60+) for compression socks before, but I found the price point on these FAR more attractive. I've only tested these out a couple times, but will update this review accordingly.

* FIT: I'm really stoked on the fit because I really have a tough time finding socks (especially ski socks) that aren't too big for my small feet. (Size W's 6). These in the size small perfectly fit my foot and left no extra fabric bunching around the heel or forefoot. Seriously - can't tell you how many ski socks I've had to abandon because the heel cup is in the wrong place. These fit awesome.

* COMPRESSION: These are quite a bit looser than the CEP socks I've had, which for me is a good balance. The CEP socks I tried were so restricting I found them uncomfortable and never use them. They are tight, you have to finagle them to get them on, but they aren't painful like my CEPs were.

* Height: Height of the sock is great.
It hits right below the bend in my knee, so they are comfy while providing ample coverage. I also like a longer sock because it ensures that my 3/4 insulating pant layer covers the sock with no exposed skin.

* FUNCTIONALITY: I've taken them out on a couple cool-weather trail runs and my feet have felt warm, protected and comfy. I've used them in 40s and 50s with no problems. Will update this review once I test them in skiing temps.

Comfy, warm and I love the color.
So far so good! Will update this review in terms of durability and ski performance once I log some ski days : )

Do a ** Snow** Dance !

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Lexi D. posted an image about on October 1, 2014

AMPED - why YES I am!

Took this paddle on a 1 month journey to explore the wilds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. I took another composite paddle to easily compare performance between this paddle and a fiberglass one (Item #BWK000J) Here are my findings.

* AESTHETICS - I'll be the first to admit this paddle has been on my wishlist on Backcountry for over a year. It's the most beautiful paddle we carry. The wood grain is unique and gorgeous and everywhere I went I received comments. Blade shape and angle was efficient, I had no problem keeping up with other paddlers.

* WEIGHT – This paddle was 1 oz heavier than the fiberglass one I was also testing. The Amp was 5.5 oz heavier than the carbon/Kevlar paddle I used last summer. That being said, I didn’t notice the extra ounces and the paddle felt lively and responsive in my hand. It has a great swing weight and unless you are racing in a professional capacity 5oz isn’t going to be noticeable. Paired with the carbon shaft the paddle was very solid and wasn’t fazed by fast-moving water. I felt I could paddle efficiently and tirelessly which was especially important when I was paddling upriver on the Columbia River, which was CRANKING!

* COMFORT – Easy to use for longer journeys. I found the wooden T-grip secure and comfortable (which is not always the case because I have small hands). I thought it might be slippery, but that wasn’t an issue.

*ADJUSTIBILITY – I really appreciate this feature, though it does add weight. I find that as SUP gains popularity someone ALWAYS wants to try my board and as a shorter paddler this feature allows me to let people give SUP a go. I think the mechanism was easy to use (just a push pin system) and liked it better than the clip lock system I’ve found on Boardworks paddles. It was easier to adjust on the fly but you are restricted to the 2 inch increments.

*DURABILITY – This paddle is durable since I banged it on the pavement and rocks on multiple occasions – no scuffs or dings.

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Lexi D. wrote a review of on September 25, 2014

Alpine Touring Around
4 5

This discontinued model is a SCREAMIN' deal - so let me share my experience.

PROS
* Love the portability. I don't have storage space to store a rigid paddleboard. And to be totally honest, I also don't posses the muscles required to lift one on a car or lug it further than about 30 feet. This board weighs 22lbs (about 25 with the bag, pump, etc). I can easily carry it, toss it in my car, lug it a mile (deflated) and for me - this WORKS.

* I've even been able to travel on airplanes with it, which opens up a TON of possibilities when traveling.

* Included pump is of better quality than pumps that came with Boardworks boards. There is a PSI guage and I've used it 20+ times without any issue. (Boardworks pump began breaking after 2 uses).

*The bag is also of better quality than that I received from Boardworks. It is NOT ergonomic by any means (Tahoe SUP should SERIOUSLY consider adding a waist strap) but it is constructed of good quality materials. I was able to hike about 25-30 minutes uphill with no problems before a rest was needed.

* Board itself is very stable and rigid. I like the 6 inch thickness because it keeps my feet dry. This board tracks very straight with the 2 fins and she glides like a dream. This board is not recommended for surfing, but I used it in choppy, ocean water and it was fine.

For an inflatable board - I think this is a really good value.

CONS
As mentioned below, the center rib is a bit awkward and it prohibits you from sitting comfortably on the board or doing any paddle yoga. If I'm doing those things, I usually deflate the chamber, which does not inhibit performance to the point where it becomes problematic.

BOTTOM LINE
I love the adventures this SUP inspires me to take.
I've paddled in 2 countries and 7 states and I'm not about to quit.
The wildlife you get to encounter is also pretty amazing...

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Lexi D. wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

HEART <3
5 5

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

Just like the Calm Me Dress, the Calm Dress is of the same ilk. You get the function and feel of a Snuggie with the curvature and fashion sense of --- well something that is really fashionable.

Fleece lined, form fitted, and comfortable as your favorite fleece blanket - it should be illegal to feel this fresh yet enjoy unadulterated comfort. This is my winter UNIFORM.

I have 4 of these Lole fleece-lined dresses, and I wear them so often in the winter people probably get sick of looking at me.
But guess what - I don't care. Nope. Snuggle on.

5'3" and 120 lbs (small chest) and size small is PERFECTION

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Lexi D. wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

Initial Impressions
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Wore this briefly for a BC outing.
The fabric was insanely comfy and I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

I am 5'3" and 120lbs and the size small was the correct fit (small bust). Fabric is extra soft and snugglish. It's a baggier style/boyfriend fit, but it would be absolutely perfect for lounging around or cold fall days.

Nice work prAna.

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