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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

Employee

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 wrote a review of on November 25, 2015

4 5

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

I like the price and I love the fit and fabric of this little ditty.
The fabric is super soft and warm, the fit does not resemble a sack of potatoes so I am STOKE town.

I nearly bought both colors, but luckily we were out of my size so I can reduce both consumption and personal reckless spending.
I don't have many things from KAVU, but I'm beginning to like the vibe they are throwing off.

This is both comfy yet stylish and I can tell it's going to endure the rigors of my active life.
Bring It.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on November 25, 2015

2 5

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

I agree with the review below in that the fit on this piece is somewhat awkward. I thought it cozy enough to keep, but let me say I do have my regrets.

I bought the maroon color and tossed it in the laundry. It dyed about 5-6 things pink. GROSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

DO NOT WASH THE PINK COLOR WITH OTHER CLOTHING!!!!!!!!
You've been warned!!

This is fun for layering and I like the fabric. I do not like the buttons which are basically non-functional. You really have to wrastle them to get them buttoned. I do not like the fact that this was not color-fast. If I had to do it again, I would not have kept this.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

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

This flannel is a total softie.
Pair it up with UBB's mission of removing a pound of trash from a waterway for every product sold and you've got yourself a winner.

One of the things I struggle with in the flannel department is unearthing a gem that does not make one appear to be a lumpy sack of grain. UBB has nailed a tailored fit with this Beech Plaid.
Not only is it made from super soft, cozy fabric, it is flattering too. You can feel like a snuggie, but you won't look like one!

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs with a small chest and the size small fits nicely. I especially appreciate the fit in the shoulders, I often find that flannels fit large in the shoulders but it's perfect on this front. Sleeve length is also dialed. Big fan o this one and highly recommend to anyone searching for a solid flannel.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on November 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I thought this was pretty neat and cozy in appearance.

Unfortunately I think it will look much better on someone with a little more height than me. I felt like I got lost in this garment and I didn't love how it looked on me from the rear. I don't think I quite filled it out and I felt potato-y.

Love the asymmetric cuts, cowl neckline and the fabric feels great. I don't necessarily think this shirt runs large, the cut just did not work for my body type.
But because it didn't flatter I sent it back to where it came from.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Holy Moly. this is my new fav thing in the closet.
I'm wearing it constantly.
You can enjoy the comfort of a total slouch while looking sophisticated and trendy. It's beyond comfort, I absolutely adore it. I came back to buy another in the pinkish hue, but my size is unfortunatley unavail.

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs and the size small fits perfectly.
I don't want to wear this for working out, but it's pretty darn tempting. Fancy enough to pass for a sweatshirt, but with a little added style and shape to feel like a superstar.

Highly recommend.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I ordered the size small in the Airborn Houdini Pantaloons and it was wonderful. The small in this size: NOT wonderful.
It squeezes all my wobbly bits (love handles) in the wrong way.
They are so tight they leave lines on my skin when I sleep and I wake up uneasy and uncomfortable.

HIGHLY suggest sizing up.
Otherwise the fabric is really comfy and thin.
Almost meshlike- which I was not expecting, but it's nice.

Other than sizing, these are pretty neat.

http://www.backcountry.com/houdini-airborn-shorties-underwear-womens

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 20, 2015

Where have you been all my life?
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm someone that doesn't sleep well without a decent pillow.
I always lug my gigantic 'normal' pillow around for car camping.
Which is dumb, because this is JUST as comfy and 1/4th the size.

It's reasonably light for backpacking and while it doesn't compress SUPER small, it is still acceptable. As John mentioned below, I've never been able to pack the pillow as small as it came in the OG package.

I purchased the MEDIUM size. I need something ample to provide support but I also wanted to be able to take it backpacking. I'm a slave to comfort so while it is a little large and bulky for backpacking - for me it's worth a good night's sleep.

I even took it to Mexico and it worked like a CHARM on the plane.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

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

I'm a self-processed addict to Lole dresses.
And this had a similar feel and cut so I decided to give it a whirl.
Very pleased with Bench's fit - they've got their stuff dialed.

This is total snuggie-style comfort without looking like you've given up on being a productive member of society. Love the unique shape of the collar and the flattering cut.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 20, 2015

4 5

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

Remember that really annoying puppet from the mid-90s children's television show? Well this crew has nothing whatsoever to do with that other than that it's a soft and fluffy as Lambchop's wooly goodness would have been. It's SO flowy and soft, I'm dialing the cozy factor up to 11.

I was a little intimidated by the fit. I'm petite and these longer boxy cuts typically look like trash on me, but this was great. It has a lot of awesome shape to it. The back drapes down low, providing an interesting silhouette.

The cowl neck is such that you catch yourself snuggling deep down into its cozy recesses. This is wonderful.

I highly recommend it. Bench is a new favorite brand for me. Their stuff is a little funky/edgy with really great fit.
I am hooked.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

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

I have tried a few similar flowy yoga tops, but this one is my fave for several reasons including but not limited to:
* Fit
* Softness of Fabric
* Comfort of built-in shelf bra
* Stays put in bendy positions

I've had yoga tops that won't stay put in situations such as the downward facing dog and this one does the trick.
It's both comfortable but NOT restricting in any way whatsoever, which I think is an elusive characteristic.

Cute in the back and business up front - just the way I like it.
The fabric is supremely soft to the touch and it wears and washes well. I'm a BIG (and relatively new fan of Bench) - I find myself just coming back for more. I've had great luck with their fits and styles.

Really stoked on this.

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs on a good day.
The size small is perfection. I have a small chest.
This would likely not support a generous helping of twins.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 20, 2015

Tried. True.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A greedy friend stole my 7 year old Nalg, so I was forced to replace. What more can be said about the steadfast Nalgene that hasn't already been pontificated to the masses? What trustier piece of gear IS there...besides perhaps the voile strap...?
I realize that I'm just asking questions and not actually reviewing the product. I hope you find that helpful.

Nalgenes work. They last. They are your best friend.
You can see mine here keeping me hydrated under the searing Mexican sun in an open panga boat.
The beauty of this situation is that you'll never know if my Nalgene contains beer (as its label would suggest) or a more hydrating concoction such as H20.

For this purpose I highly recommend buying a colored nalgene versus one that is clear. No need to be an amateur here...

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 19, 2015

Way to go Meridian!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs

I bought this shirt as a gift for a friend and he LOVES it! He's 5'9, 135 pounds and the medium fits great! The photo displayed is true to the actual color of the shirt. Very happy with this purchase!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 19, 2015

Not just for mountaineering
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs

I bought these for a friend of mine works on a farm 7 days a week. Bought these for a friend recently. He ruins most socks within a year, working on a farm, hunting and fishing so he was happy to hear that Darn Toughs have a lifetime guaranty! Although I'm not sure he will have to send them back any time soon! He wears an 11 boot and the Large fits great!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 16, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I loved the color and the feel of the fabric on this Gatherest Dress, but the fit was ill for my body type, at best.

It was overly clingy, so it looked a bit like a sack of potatoes, but one such that you were able to see the outlines of all the potatoes. Not flattering for me. This DEFINITELY runs small. I typically take a Small in most sizes (including Bench) and the small was really too clingy and honestly the leg opening wasn't wide enough to permit comfortable walking.
I would strongly recommend sizing up.

Fabric is really nice to the feel and touch.
It hangs nicely, if the fit had been better for me I would have kept it.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on September 28, 2015

Remains a Winner
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like the other reviews I agree that the Talon 22 is an all-around great pack! I have a long torso, so I opted for this pack instead of the women's Tempest 20. (It just felt more comfortable) I bought a s/m and it hasn't rubbed me or climbed up my back as some packs do. I don't like to put my phone in the hip-belt pockets because it's too bulky. (although it fits) I love that there are side pockets which are great for many things, including my phone/camera or Nalgene! I would recommend the Talon 22 to anyone because it is so versatile and comfortable!

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