RT

RT

Park City, Utah

RT's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

RT's Bio

Position at Backcountry: SEM Coordinator.
----- I am a Boston native who heeded the call of the mountains and moved out to Utah. I spend my free time exploring the trails and mountains via running, mountain biking, hiking and, in the winter, skiing. My husband, Tim and Lab mutt Memphis accompany me on most of these explorations.

I am a total gear hound

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RT wrote a review of on November 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When our old thule racks no longer worked with our new Subaru (with integrated roof racks) - we decided to switch to a hitch mount rack - this also helped with the fact that my short stature precluded me from loading bikes on my own. We have been very happy with the transition to hitch mount rack and more specifically the Kuat Sherpa - this rack is so easy to use - no more taking off wheels and having to make room for a dirty tire in your trunk. If you have a mountain bike with a thru axle (like my husband) this rack is also ideal because you don't have to deal with needing an adapter for a fork mount roof rack (which is what we had before).
And, no more having to wait for someone taller to help load my bike.
Also, Gun Metal Grey looks sweet with the orange accents!
Couple of things to keep in mind - First, if you have somewhat recessed hitch it is not ideal because you can't insert the hitch fully.
Second, if you park in a garage keep in mind that you will need about a foot of additional length to fit the car with the rack on (when folded)

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RT wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

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

My husband loves this shirt as a base layer. Merino is the BEST material for base layers, and this one is top-quality. The stitching is great, as is the fit and the overall style. My husband has an athletic build, not a super long torso, and the L fits perfectly (5'10", 185#)

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RT wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

3 5

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

Bought it for my husband, but it was more of a sloppy fit than he wanted (he was thinking it would be more of a Swix hat-like fit). There is a lot of extra length, so if you pull it down tight, your face will be completely hidden. Nothing wrong with that, just not his style.

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RT wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We tried this out for this first time over the weekend on a yurt scouting trip. It never got above 35 or so degrees for the entire hike in, and after about 6 hours total, the soup contained in Stanley was still piping hot. It totally made our hiking buddies jealous (all they brought was leftover Halloween candy).

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RT wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
Fit: True to size

We bought this hat for a Mainer baby, since the poor guy didn't have any say in his parents' decision to move to blustery Portland. He hasn't showed up in sunny Utah with a little bindle asking for respite from the cold, so the hat must be working well.
We have seen pictures of him wearing the hat and its adorable and he seemed quite pleased with it. His aforementioned parents have told us that the hat fits well and seems durable.

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RT wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

4 5

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

I haven't tested these boots outside yet - as I am waiting for the snow, but I have some initial impressions from trying them on and breaking them in a bit. These boots are much slimmer looking than the average Sorel winter boot (especially when compared to the Sorel Joan Of Arctic Knit Boot which runs really big and while very cute is also bulkier).
I plan to use them as both fashionable boots that I can wear at work this winter as well as for tromping around in the snow with my dog and these are great for both since they aren't big and bulky.
Be aware that the first time you try these on it may be very hard to get your heel inside (I almost gave up on them before finally pushing my foot all the way down), but once you wear them a few times to break them in they start to slide on and off more easily.
I have been wearing mine around the house to prepare for winter and they are so comfortable I had them on for 3 hours and totally forgot they were on my feet (it was cold in the house so don't take this to mean they aren't warm - and I usually have slipper on in the house so warmth wasn't a factor here)

I will try to update my review once I have some time to use these in the snow

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RT wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

5 5

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

I am obsessed with these boots. I am a big fan of functional fashion and these boots fit the bill. The boots are incredibly comfortable and because they have a wedge heel you can wear them all day without any pain (even if like me you can't spend more than a couple hours in a typical pair of heels). These boots are great over jeans and leggings and also look fantastic with a dress. These are my new go to boots for both going to work and a night on the town.

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RT wrote a review of on November 6, 2014

4 5

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

I typically wear a pom beanie, but my husband thinks my favorite hat makes me look like I am wearing a baby's hat. So I decided this year to look for something more stylish/grown up.
This hat fits the bill completely - it is a very cute knit style hat, and what makes the hat even better is that it is fleece lined around the ears! So don't worry about it being itchy at all or not being warm enough because it is knit.

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RT wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I love this shirt, it is a great color, has cute elbow patches and the material feels great. Unfortunately the shirt runs really big. I am still giving it 4 stars for how awesome it is, but I had to return it because it was monstrous on me. I would recommend sizing down at least one size from your normal size.

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RT wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

4 5

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

When attempting athletic pursuits, I tend to have an issue with the hair that isn't long enough for my ponytail getting in my eyes. I have tried headbands in the past, but they always slip off after a short amount of time so I spend the whole time adjusting them.
This headband fixes that issue - it has a no slip grip on the inside edge so it stays put. It somehow manages to both stay put and not pull my hair - so my hair stays out of my eyes and there is no pain involved!

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RT wrote a review of on September 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

These would make pretty awesome kick-around shoes/slippers. They are comfortable and good looking, but I returned them because they were too big. I generally wear a 10.5, but I was swimming in it. It might have been workable, but the laces are more decorative than functional.

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RT wrote a review of on September 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently purchased the #3 for my keys and it's been great.
I was replacing an old mini carabiner that was on my keys before it broke. I like how lightweight and slim this Nite Ize S-Biner is without sacrificing durability. I am definitely pleased with the product!

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RT wrote a review of on September 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband was the first to start running with this watch and after weeks of me asking him about our mileage and pace when out for a run together I finally gave in and ordered my very own Forerunner. This GPS watch is extremely easy to use right out of the box, it has a user friendly interface that lets you easily navigate to the different settings (history, settings, time, etc.) and also sync your activities to the phone app via Bluetooth. I am not a fast runner by any means, but this watch has helped me pick up the pace a bit and push myself on hills (of which there are many in Utah). The display is easy to read - I keep it on the display with miles, time, and pace so that I can quickly look down and check in on all my stats without tripping on anything or having to futz with buttons to see the different information - it is all right there on the main display. The watch is low profile so it doesn't feel bulky on my small lady wrists.
Lastly, I love that this watch allows you to choose whether you want sound, vibration, or both at each mile marker (my husband likes to have the sound on as a little celebration for each mile he runs - whereas I prefer the sound off with just the vibration to let me know as I complete each mile).

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RT wrote a review of on June 28, 2014

Our dog is a burro
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our dog, Memphis, wears this backpack on just about every hike we go on - we refer to her as our burrito when wearing it since she looks like a little pack mule. We purchased this pack partially so she could carry her own water, but, also to slow her down a little since she is a speedy devil.
We love this backpack because the harness fits well and can be worn with or without the pack attached. The pack is big enough to fit the two included water bottles as well as food (if it's an overnight trip) and her poop (on the opposite side from her food).
We also like that the harness has a nice big handle on top which my husband has used on numerous occasions to carry the dog like a suitcase to get her down sketchy rocky sections.
The only thing we haven't loved about this bag is that the plastic used to make the water bottles can crack if you aren't careful with them (we have had this backpack about 2 years so this may no longer be an issue if they changed the composition of the bottles)

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RT wrote a review of on June 3, 2014

5 5

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

I recently decided to graduate from mountain biking with flat pedals to clipless pedals and spent a lot of time searching for hike-a-bike worthy shoes. I am extremely happy with these Mavic Zoyas. I typically wear a size 7.5 in most shoes but bought these in a 7.0 and I wouldn't be able to wear them any bigger.
They are comfortable and functional. In the summer we tend to ride our bikes to town, events, bars and having these shoes means that I don't have to click clack around when we get off our bikes and walk around these places.
As a newbie to the clipless scene these shoes feel secure and are easy to use.
I would definitely recommend these shoes!

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