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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 May 1, 2015

Too FuN!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'd seen a friend trying to cram her Goal Zero speaker inside her retro fanny pack - but this makes a lot more sense.
Not only do you get compact, excellent sound quality, you can actually stash a few valuables in the pack as well!

The sound quality is actually really quite good, better than I was expecting. I went ahead and grabbed a rechargeable battery set as well because I hate feeding batteries to electronics.
This JammyPack never fails to capture the attention of friends and nearly always guarantees a dance party.
I, for one, am a huge proponent of dance parties so this is a pretty big boon for my accessories collection.

The fabric is quite thick, I'm thinking it will be pretty durable.
Love the bright colors and options. It's comfy too.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on April 28, 2015

Tropical
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A goal that I am constantly striving towards is to purchase every single last thing I need in daily life from the website Backcountry.com. With the addition of shampoo and conditioner from SunBum, I am one step closer to my lofty goal.

How does it perform?

- For reference I have quite long, (often dry) hair with an oily scalp. (Or so my haircut lady tells me). I'm pretty picky about hair products because my hair is so long and often succumbs to damage because I live in a desert with intense sun beams and approximately 0% humidity.

This Sun Bum stuff passes the test, I would buy it again.
It's really creamy and easy to apply. I would add that the Shampoo doesn't get very sudsy, but that doesn't bother me.

One thing to note it has a pretty INTENSE tropical banana, coconut type smell - very similar to sunscreen. I like it, but if you are someone who doesn't like overtly sunscreen-y smells, then this will not be for you.

I will be buying this again, and I won't have to drop mad dough in stupid salons ever again!

I added a photo of this product for a size reference and also incorporated a filter to enhance your viewing pleasure and add dimension to an otherwise rather boring and unremarkable photo subject.

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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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