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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 April 27, 2015

Nifty Lil' Guy
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm enjoying this classy lil table from Snow Peak immensely.
It took me a moment to figure out how to fold it up, but once I figured out the mechanism I'm hooked.
I take this thing with me everywhere, it lives in my car.
I whip it out at any and all opportunities. From backyard BBQs, to car camping, beach times, lake times, post-bike ride beer fests in parking lots...etc.

I love the simple Japanese design, these guys really do a nice job.
I like the size, it's not too small and it's not too large. It's super easy to carry by the handles and it comes with a little protective case (which I never use) - hah.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on April 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was pretty sick of buying $5 fold up chairs at my local grocery store. They always seemed to either fall apart after several uses or go missing because I wasn't attached to them and I didn't care about them.

I've needed a decent camp chair for quite some time now, probably going on 3 years - so this is a pretty big deal for me.

Construction is just beautiful. It's durable and easy to use.
I really like the height, which is somewhere between a low boy and a normal height chair. I like it much better than the lounger style chairs because it's so easy to get out of.

And comfy - man this thing is comfy. I curled up in this chair and read near a lake for a good 2 hours with no discomfort. Try that in your run-o-the mill 5$ Grocery store chair?!

I do however, miss the ease and convenience of a cupholder, which is why it only gets 4 stars.
Otherwise this product is perfection.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on April 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm one of those people that is constantly taking pictures on my iPhone. In fact, I don't even own a camera yet I would consider myself an avid photographer.
Luckily the iPhone 6 photo quality is pretty stellar, but being that I don't own a 'nice' camera there are situations where it falls short.

This Olloclip 4 in one is a pretty neat, affordable add on to my iPhone. Considering that you are getting 4 lenses for $80, this is pretty nifty indeed. Camera lenses are thousands of dollars! This is much more my speed.

With this product you get a fisheye, a WIIIIIDE angle, and 2 macro lenses. I find myself using the wide angle most frequently. In fact it's really fun to capture your feet, ski tips, or bike tires and be able to put them in context. The Macro lenses are really great quality, but you do have to focus precisely. Just be patient and watch the amazing stuff that pops up on your screen - amazing. It takes a bit of practice, but it's worth it.

- It's nice that this item is so small, so it's super easy to stash in your pack for any/all adventures. (Think about how heavy/huge camera lenses can be --- this is a huge advantage). With that, however, I've misplaced mine on multiple occasions so I find that it's somewhat easy to lose because it is so small. Just make sure you keep really good tabs on it, it's much easier to lose than something that's actually attached to your phone, like a hitcase.

I have noticed some distortion and blurring with the fisheye lens, but it's still great for the price IMHO.

I'm convinced the lenses are pretty durable as I have yet to scratch one. I'm notoriously bad with things like sunglass lenses or phone screens, so great work there Olloclip!

One thing to note, if you have any sort of protective film or cover over your phone's screen you may not be able to fit the olloclip system over your phone. This was the case for me, I actually had to remove the protective film cover on my phone screen to use the Olloclip, which was a little bit of a bummer. I'm sure it will depend on what brand of protector you are using, but that's something to keep in mind.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on April 22, 2015

The Sexiest
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs

Every time I pick this purse up, I think of that phrase from the Anchorman:

"I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal.
People know me.
I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."

This is because the rich, luxurious smell of the buckskin leather on this little number is truly overwhelming. I keep having to resist the urge to bury my nose in its soft buttery feel.

I additionally love the pattern inside. The material is really thick and I predict it will withstand the test of time. The hardware is clearly high quality. I like the addition of magnets to the closure points, you get smooth, secure closing action that secures your valuables.

The texture and feel of the leather is absolutely phenomenal. You really know you've got something special as you handle this satchel. I'm undecided about the tassel, but the good news there is that it's detachable!
If you're feeling fancy, just swing that tassel around, if not you can easily detach it and tuck it inside the purse.

This is something that will last forever, a gem you'll be proud to carry. LOVE IT.

Only thing I don't like is that if you shorten the shoulder strap for this purse, you do end up with a fairly long tail.
I'm petite so this is a bit annoying, but shouldn't impact the average user.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on April 15, 2015

Beautiful Construction!

I bought these, but ultimately returned them because they looked (not felt) a little too narrow in my opinion.
I don't think I can pull of the really narrow, witchy look so I opted not to keep these. Other more fashion forward ladies may be utterly stoked, but I'm frightened of the really narrow silhouette.

In terms of fit, they felt great - true to size. I ordered a 6 and I typically take a 6 or 6.5 in most brands. I do think it's a little difficult to get these boots on because you have to unbuckle the leather strap to guide your foot in. A little too high maintenance for me. They do feature beautiful construction.
I really wanted to keep these, but didn't think I could 'ROCK' them, if you know what I mean...

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on April 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I fondly recall the days of my childhood, wearing a glistening yoke of string around my neck upon which dangled 14-16 of my favorite LipSmackers Lip Balms...because, you know, every 9 year old needs OPTIONS when the need for lip moisturization occurs.

They were sparkly, bright in colors, delicious and smelled like candy. In fact, I probably ate them straight from the tube like a popsicle.

The bad news: It's no longer appropriate to wear 15 shades, colors and flavors of LipSmackers around my neck.

The good news: These Sun Bum Lip Balms are secretly disguised LipSmackers (Note: this is only a hypothesis).

They smell like DREAM. They contain no glitter (blissfully), and they are delicious while rolling on with the smooth action of a mermaid slipping through a kelp forest. I must restrain the urge to eat the balm straight from the tube as I once did - they are that delicious. I opted for Mango, I'm going back for more, captain.

I have not yet awarded this product 5 stars because I still have to perform one critical test.

Will the balm survive 140+ degree temperatures in my black Subaru on a blistering summer day in the cruel heat of the Utah desert without liquefying?

Most brands don't pass the aforementioned rigorous test.
I've only found Burt's Bees Pomegranate flavor to survive the test.
If SunBum can do it, I will update my review to 5 stars and die happy.

That is all.
Thank you for reading.

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