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RT

RT

Park City, Utah

RT's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

RT's Bio

Position at Backcountry: Product Data Analyst.
----- 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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RTwrote a review of on April 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We recently purchased this 3-Person tent to more comfortably accommodate two adults and a 50lb dog. The 2 doors make late night bathroom runs less disruptive to fellow tent-mates and the size is ideal - (so much better than trying to cram into a tiny 2-Person tent).
This past weekend we camped out in Zion and a 20% chance of rain turned into over 12 hours of torrential rain. We were extremely happy to find that our tent held up to the elements - we stayed completely dry inside and the vestibules were great at keeping our extra gear dry outside the tent.
For the price, I am not sure you can really find a better tent - in warm weather with the fly off this tent is extremely comfortable since it has so many mesh sides and when it rains the fly does an amazing job at keeping you dry.

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RTwrote a review of on March 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This dog collar has some great features -
#1 Leash and id tag loops are separate! -no more having people lose our tags when they incorrectly attach her leash to the tags.
#2 Silicone tag silencer - I was skeptical at first that this little piece would make a difference but am now a firm believer - our dog is now a ninja and has the ability to sneak up on us since we can't always hear the jangle anymore. This also allows her to shake her head as much as she wants at night without waking us- Hooray!
#3 - Functionality - the buckle is easy to take on and off but also seems sturdy - this collar looks like it should last us a long time.
#4 - Design -- The Bright Green looks awesome on our all black dog and the Aspens are a nice ode to our Utah home (for my East Coast friends it's like a Birch tree but smaller)

We ordered the Aspen in Medium for our dog who has about a 14in neck and it fits great with plenty of room to adjust (she has a strange habit of acting like a puffer fish sometimes and expanding her neck)
I highly recommend this collar!

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RTwrote a review of on March 23, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Due to a D ring malfunction on my dog's old collar we lost our awesome Nite Ize SpotLit LED Clip-On Safety Light which we LOVED. I take my dog on short morning hikes 3 days a week and with the recent time change (damn you daylight savings) I am again in the dark with an all black dog to keep an eye on lest she be eaten by a coyote or chase the poor deer enjoying their breakfast. So we replaced our old light with the PetLit LED Collar Light (Jewel Crystal) and so far so good. I was initial concerned when it arrived since it looks more like it belongs on a kitten's collar than a dogs, but this mini light packs a light of bright light. I can see the light from fairly far away which makes it easy to keep an eye on my pooch!
Slight negatives: 1)the light is only on 1 side (the old light was a glowing orb on all sides) so if my dog is facing the wrong way it's harder to see the light since the back isn't illuminated.
2) The construction looks like it won't hold up in water -- I don't intend to put it in water - but my dog wears it on most walks and she finds water on some of those walks.

Overall - for the price this is a great little light to have around

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RTwrote a review of on January 26, 2015

4 5

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

I have lots of Merino long underwear, but this is my first short sleeve Merino shirt. I have been wearing it as my first layer for skiing/touring and it has been a great addition to my layering system. It breathes better and dries faster than a cotton layer and it allows me more flexibility with layering my long sleeve/jacket layers. My only slight negative is the length - as someone with a short torso - even the Small size is really long on me - but for using as a base layer it works fine since I am tucking it in anyway.
Hopefully the length won't be an issue when I transition this shirt into my summer hiking/running wardrobe.

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RTwrote a review of on January 15, 2015

5 5

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

My husband got these to replace some alpine bindings on his ~100mm underfoot daily-drivers. He had another set of skis mounted tele with some BD O1s, and he said that the switch to the 22 Designs was a night and day difference in control (he is by no means an expert tele skier). The shop mounted them and put the pin in the middle position, and he immediately felt that he had more control of his trailing ski, and a lot more confidence.

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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote a review of on November 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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RTwrote 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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