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Molly Baker

Molly Baker

I am wherever it is snowing.

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Molly's Passions

Biking
Running

Molly's Bio

Molly Baker—professional skier, freelance writer, dancing freak, and pastry aficionado—lives in the snowy rainforest of Glacier, Washington, where she was lured by pillow lines and the prominence of Mt. Shuksan. A native Californian, she moved to Utah after graduating from U.C. Berkeley and never looked back. Almost half a decade in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon and Baker found her home at Mt. Baker. But record snowfall, quirky residents, and a quiet place to write, make the residence more than a coincidental namesake. A seeker of all things genuine and endless challenge, she has found the epicenter.

Molly Baker

Molly Baker wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

5 5

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

I've had these for a month and used them every single day. They are a great for around town or running errands and being outside because they keep your hands warm, but you can do anything (use keys, grip small items, open latches, etc...) because of the mitt and thumb flips, which then stay put because of magnets. Great for chilly mornings and evenings when you need to do things outside to get your day started. I will keep a pair of these gloves with me always!

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on December 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Troop for a few seasons now. It is simple, durable, and has survived a few winters with a lot of abuse--being thrown in and out of trucks, hanging on the outside of my pack, falling in the parking lot--and it is still in great shape. I really just love the simplicity in the design and color. It is a timeless piece of gear and I am sure I'll be using it for many seasons to come.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on December 12, 2013

5 5

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

I couldn't believe the difference when hiking uphill in the Valhalla set-up. It felt like I was running up the mountain. What a difference it makes to own a lightweight, comfortable, breathable jacket for long tours. The Valhalla has performed well in the wetter climate of the Pacific Northwest too.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

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

Outdoor Research perfected the best of both worlds. Thank you for a waterproof puffy. This is my go-to jacket now. Powder Magazine called it a "quiver-killer" and I am testifying that is absolutely true. Need warmth and waterproof? Put on your floodlight. This is also one of the best fitting pieces I've owned from OR. It has a great length and tapers enough to feel like a more fitted women's piece. It's not just material hanging on your upper body. I couldn't hope for a better jacket! Thanks OR.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

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

Just got my Breva Parka and haven't taken it off. It has an incredibly stylish, town-appropriate cut, so I've been wearing it everywhere--out to dinner, leaving the gym, and on some fall hikes. It's soft, comfy, and really warm with snaps and zippers that demonstrate attention to detail. I am really impressed with the Breva, as it's the best OR women's town coat I've owned. Thanks Outdoor Research! You nailed it with this one.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on October 3, 2013

5 5

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

I thought this jacket was great the first time I wore it, but I was overwhelmed by the compliments I received in it...the jacket looks really cute in various environments. Plus, it is extremely functional. The DWR finish makes it perfect for rainy, windy days. I take it anywhere I know there is going to be weather, but I know I am going to need to dress-up slightly more than just my ski clothes!

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on October 3, 2013

4 5

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

The Aria Storm Parka is a great coat for so many situations--around mountain towns, apres ski, or in your favorite winter city--I take it everywhere with me. It is warm and the Pertex shield makes it a great option for wetter weather. Plus, it packs down really small, so you can take it anywhere. If you're trying to keep baggage weight down, but need to pack a winter coat, the Aria Parka is perfect.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on September 1, 2013

5 5

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

I've used the Arete for a few winters now and I always happy to have them in my pack. They're super affordable for a Gore-tex, gauntlet glove that will definitely hold up in many types of conditions. I've also found that the material is soft, flexible and nimble, making it easy to use zippers/buckles/backpack straps. You get the warmth and durability without the bulk.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on September 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Although the Virtuoso does run a little large (it's not going to fit you like a cute micro puffy that you'll want to wear in town), this jacket is reliably warm, which matters a lot if you're going on a long tour or backcountry camping mission and need to be confident that you'll have a layer that you can wear in the tent/around camp without freezing. I've had this jacket on a number of missions and I am always relieved that I have it in my pack. Plus, the extra room assures that you can fit extra layers under the jacket. The Virtuoso is the warmest puffy I own. And it's less than $300!

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on August 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I used the Radiant Tight last spring on a trip to Alaska. These went under my ski pants on really cold days. They work great as a base layer on bone-chilling ski days and are great to use for running/yoga down day activities or winter camping. They do run a bit baggy, which can make it hard to have the perfect fit under a ski pant, but sometimes the loose fit is preferable. In the end, they are a really warm and versatile layer. I would definitely recommend having them in the quiver of fall/winter active clothes.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on August 26, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I am stoked on the color and material of these shorts, but they run very small. I am a standard medium (5'8", 135 pounds) and these are really, really tight around the thighs/quad area. I decided to keep them as they will work as a liner under another short, but if there is any question in your mind, order a size up.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on August 26, 2013

5 5

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

I don't have anything to compare the SH-WR61 with (as this is my first experience with a clipless pedal/shoe), but they've made the transition very easy. These shoes are light, very breathable (I've been riding in near 90 degree temperatures), and fit perfectly. I am usually an 8.5, ordered a 41, and the shoes are just the right size.

Thanks Shimano! Glad to finally have a clipless pedal and experience the efficiency!

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

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

Everyone loves a cozy sweatshirt. It's a must. Something you can throw on after a cold mountain bike ride, at night around the summer campfire, or after ski...the Home Base Hoodie is your piece. Great colors, nice fit, and quality material makes this ordinary piece a favorite!

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

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

A friend of mine with chronically cold hands borrowed my Mt. Baker Mitts and hasn't given them back! After showing her the great system (you can hike with a small pair of liners and the outer mitten to guarantee dry hands and when you get to the top or ready for the descent throw the glove liners back in for big-time warmth) she thought she'd try them out. She wears them every day of the winter and knows she won't have to call it a day when the temps get extra cold. I want them back! Love these gloves because you're always prepared for anything. Moisture, cold temps, hiking, chairlift rides...nothing can stop your hands from skiing in these gloves.

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Molly Baker wrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

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

I've used this as my main ski toque for a few seasons. When I am not wearing a helmet, maybe just going for a mellow backcountry mission, I'll stuff the Blizzard Pom in my pack. I've found it has stood up to years of abuse and doesn't start to fray like other pom hats I've used (the ends and pom are still in good shape and don't look beat up). The fleece liner on the inside is so warm and cozy!

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