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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

Snowbird

Lexi's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Lexi's Bio

Position at Backcountry: Community Manager

I grew up in the shadows of the Wasatch range in Salt Lake City, Utah. Practically all my buddies are East Coast transplants who came to Utah for its bountiful snows and general gloriousness. Together we share delicious powder feasts, mountain biking, paddleboarding and a deeply rooted love for the wilds.

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. 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.

Check out my ramblings on Instagram!

Instagram handle: kaPOWder

Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall wrote an answer about on April 17, 2014

Greetings Vlad.

If you are an expert/advanced skier you should absolutely size up on this ski. Everyone I've spoken with advises to opt for the larger size on this model.
Go 188cm.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote an answer about on April 17, 2014

Hello Sebastian.

This is a very solid all-mountain ski. It will be very good if you ski like Candide.

Here is more information about how the ski performs.

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2013-2014-armada-norwalk

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on April 15, 2014

A Scary Story...

If you can see behind me there, I encountered a wild and also untamed gaper in the wilderness.
I dared not approach it directly and was advised not to feed it.

I humbly made my way around it, providing ample space and distance. Yet it fixed it's steely gaze upon my personage and began to follow me with great stealth.

I made conscious efforts to avoid eye contact and refrained from making sudden movement. Making my way atop the barren ridge, I glanced back in fear watching it continue to track me.

It was only miles later that I realized it was after my voile strap.
See - you can determine that the skis of the gaper are not secured at the tips. I had taken the time and care to secure my own skis with my favorite GO-TO piece of essential gear: the exalted Voile strap.

The gaper fixed his beady eyes upon my treasure and pursued me across the ridgetop at great speed. It was only a stroke of sheer luck and my lightweight dynafit setup that allowed me to escape: both with my life and my voile strap.

Moral of the story: You need this in the backcountry.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote an answer about on April 15, 2014

Howdy Moe!
I agree with Patrick!
Neoprene socks are probably a great idea.
I've taken these sandals camping a few times here in Utah and also out and about in rivers when paddleboarding.
In sandy, gritty, rocky environs it is pretty easy to get small pebbles in the shoes.

You may even consider something that offers a little more protection like these:

http://www.backcountry.com/keen-gallatin-cnx-sandal-womens

http://www.backcountry.com/teva-refugio-water-shoe-womens

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Lexi Dowdall wrote an answer about on April 14, 2014

Hey there!

I think you will find that the Sin 7 is a more versatile ski for you.
The Access is geared more towards powder harvesting and while it will be decent for cruising around the whole mountain, I think you will find better performance in a wide variety of conditions with the Sin7.

The Sin will also be slightly more nimble, so you will notice a difference when skiing trees and moguls.

The Sin7 has a good little bit of rocker in the tip so it will ski shorter than expected, so keep that in mind. 172cm or 180cm would be your best bet on that one.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I thought this was a really nice, fun top, but ultimately went with the Cozumel top instead because I thought it more visually interesting.

I am a 34-B cup and this fit nicely in the size small.
Overall a very cute fit, I just found it to be a little boring.

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