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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 August 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Size Purchased: 6

To be honest, I know these are bike shorts, but I bought them as regular shorts. They are made of an incredible soft material and they are stretchy which makes them probably the most comfortable shorts I have ever owned. The length is great - they aren't super long/boyish, but they also aren't the 2in inseam that is for some reason (beyond my comprehension) the "in" style. The front pockets are for show, but don't worry, because the back pockets can fit your phone if need be. I have these in the twilight blue which is a really nice color that goes with a lot. I am considering getting another pair.

These run small, if you normally wear a 2 or 4 in generic clothing opt for a 6 (the size you probably wore before all the stores remapped sizes so we would feel better about ourselves).

I highly recommend these for general summer activities - and I imagine they are good for biking too -but I opted for the "Giro New Road Ride Tailored Overshorts - Women's" as my biking pair since they are longer and do a good job of hiding my chamois without making me look like a 12yr old boy.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Size Purchased: Small

I will admit that I haven't worn these running yet, but they are very comfortable and the style is really cute.
I wore them hiking and the inner shorts were comfortable and I wasn't overly hot with the 2-in-1 style even though it was well into the 80s on a sunny day in CA.
The inner liner does make these feel a little tighter than if these were just regular shorts so I would say these are just slightly smaller than true to size - I stuck with my normal size and am happy with them, but if you don't like things tight I would size up.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

My husband is fairly picky about his shorts. He absolutely loves these, and has ordered several pairs. They are really lightweight, fall above his knees, fit true to size, are stylish, and comfortable. They are nice enough to wear to a BBQ (or work, if you can do that sort of thing), but also bike and hike very well. They could easily be used as swim shorts in a pinch, and would likely dry very quickly.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs

My husband has a fairly wide forefoot, and these are adequate for the job. His only complaint is that they either a little too wide, or the lugs are preventing him from adjusting his cleats enough. He gets a bit of rubbing on his XX1 cranks if his feet aren't 100 square to the pedals.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This little sunscreen buddy is great for keeping in your bag and is travel friendly. I am a semi fair skinned red head, which means getting caught out in the sun without sunscreen can be bad news bears. I now keep this sunscreen in my bag wherever I go for a quick application when I have forgotten to apply sunscreen before leaving the house. I also like that I can travel with it on airplanes so that I don't have to buy sunscreen when I arrive somewhere for a weekend trip (Sunscreen is not cheap).
The first time you use it the stick feels a little stiff, but once you get it going it rolls on smoothly.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs

My husband has fairly wide feet, an these fit him fairly well, but are a little roomy in his forefoot (where he is VERY wide). Not entirely sure how these will fit someone with a narrow foot, but otherwise, they are great. You can fold the back down and wear them as slides, and they breath very well.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

5 5

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

These are my new favorite sunglasses! The slim style is great if you have a smaller face and they have a great shape to them. I got the Crystal Blue/Green Sol-X and its a fun style and the view is so clear on a sunny day. I get complimented on these every time I wear them since the coloring is a little unique and the size doesn't look ridiculous on my face like a lot of other sunglasses.
I am considering a second pair since these have a reasonable price point and are a great pair to have around .

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a pretty great product for camping. It will light up a 3-person tent pretty well, and the attachment system seems like it will work on pretty much anything. Not sure of the durability yet, we kept it inside our titanium camping pot en route to the campsite. Battery life seems pretty good as well.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

My husband claims that these, under his running shorts, keeps everything where it should be, and keeps the chafe away. They seem durable (we wash them in cold water and let them hang dry), and dry quickly (so, you can wear them under a pair of board shorts and not get diaper rash).

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Size Purchased: Small

I like to have lots of mix and match bikini pieces and these are a great addition to my collection. They fit great and don't ride up.
The boy short style is great if you are looking for a little extra backside coverage without going to full on board shorts.
These have a sporty look with some nice details sewed in that make them a little more interesting than your average simple black boy short.

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RTwrote a review of on June 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is my husband's favorite shirt (he has it in several colors). It fits him wonderfully (5'10", 185#, broad shoulders), is stylish, and can be worn several times before it holds a stink (hooray merino wool!), so it makes a great travel shirt.

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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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