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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 November 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 7.5

I took these out on a 3 mile hike in 4-5 inches of snow the other morning and my feet stayed completely dry and toasty warm.
I did get blisters on my heels, but I was wearing awful socks, so I am hoping that was the issue. I wore these boots all day today at work and had no blister issues (but I was sitting down most of the day).
I bought these in my normal size of 7.5 and they fit great.

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RTwrote a review of on November 14, 2015

4 5

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

My husband has had a pair of Cushe shoes for a few years that he loves. So when women's Cushe shoes showed up on backcountry I was excited to give the brand a try. These are so comfortable out of the box. They are easy to slide into but also can be adjusted with the small lace system. You even get two pairs of shoes laces to choose from, they come with a set of light and dark laces. The dark grey herringbone color way look even better in person. These are athletic feeling but meant as a strictly casual shoe (wouldn't try running in these). And really for a pair of everyday shoes you can't beat the price.

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RTwrote a review of on October 21, 2015

5 5

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

I recently purchased this helmet for my Mom. She loves the fit and she is really happy with the Mettalic Truffel color as it isn't flashy but also isn't the same black helmet that all of her friends have.
She is anxiously awaiting the start of the ski season so she can show off her new ski helmet.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 2"
Size Purchased: XS

This is a cute little tank top with a few unique style elements.
There is a pocket on the front which makes this a bit different from the generic tank and the back has a see through meshy section that gives the tank a nice feel and airyness.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

4 5

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

I sent this bag to my dad for his birthday this year when my mom mentioned that he needed a new bag for traveling. When I think of my dad, Burton is not usually what comes to mind first, but this bag in the black color is simple enough to cross generations and styles. It is super functional - it has pockets for all of his travel docs and keeps his ipad safe. Plus it has the side pockets so he can keep some stuff separate from the main compartment for quick access. He has already taken it on one trip and felt it was a huge upgrade from the cheapo bag he used to use.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

My husband was looking for a classic red/black flannel and after scouring the backcountry.com site I found this gem for him. It has a nice fit to it, reasonable price and it is so soft to the touch.
If you are looking for a classic flannel this fits the bill perfectly.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 8

I always thought of Chacos as being wicked heavy so I never tried them before. But finally when searching for a new work horse of a flip flop and after years of my brother swearing by them I decide to give them a try. They are surprisingly light! They fit great out of the box and the sole has texture to it so it won't be as slippery when it gets wet as my normal go to pair. I have had black flip flops for the past 10 years or so, but I went rogue when buying these chacos and got the Fiesta blue color - they look great and give me a little bit more of a feminine and fun look.
I usually wear a 7.5 shoe and got these in an 8 and they are perfect.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

4 5

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

I am originally from the land of the LL Bean tote, aka the East Coast. When I moved out to Utah I was always being pegged as a tourist because I carried around the infamous boat tote that screams New England. So after a lot of searching and after learning about the Herschel brand -(how they got started, how the gear is made and seeing the neat red stripe interior) I jumped on the bandwagon. I have the bag in Black and I love how simply it is but also unique with the leather strap detail. The belt style strap is magnetic which makes it easy to use and the buckle isn't just for looks, it is actually functional. When I am traveling and carrying around layers I can loosen the buckle to allow the bag to still close and when i don't have much in there I can tighten it back up to keep my belongings safe.
The interior material is easy to keep clean and the pattern is another cute touch of color and fun (ode to the companies' founders heritage).
The only reason I didn't give this bag 5 stars is that my shoulder straps are fraying a little bit - they are still fully functional with no fear of breaking, but I was just surprised how worn they look after just a few months. I would still recommend this bag and am really pleased with it overall.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

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

Since most sunglasses these days don't come with a hard case - I grabbed this cheap little number from Chums to protect my new sunglasses. Not that my sunglasses are super expensive, but I like to be able to throw them in my bag when I get into a restaurant or when it gets dark out since I'm not Corey Hart and I do not in fact where my sunglasses at night. So anyway, this is a great little case to have around, it fits a variety of sunglasses shapes, and the round shape makes it easy to fit without feeling super bulky.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

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

Over the summer I found out about Giro shorts and now they are my go to brand for shorts. I have the Giro New Road Mobility Tailored Shorts - Women's that I wear as casual shorts all the time since they are a little shorter (but not crazy short). And I have these for biking and for when I want a slightly longer short for casual wear. I really like the way these shorts fit - Unlikely Christy in the review below I do have lady hips, but these fit me great too. They are slightly long which I like for biking, but I don't feel like they are so baggy that I have to worry about them getting caught on my bike seat (ive had other shorts that do). The material is great for biking without worrying about ruining them and they fit great over a pair of padded bike shorts. Also, they just look good - they are functional for being active without losing style points. I got the griffin grey color and have been super happy with them all summer long.
In most outdoor brands I wear a 2 or a 4 but in Giro I wear a 6.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I travel I typically pack in a large backpack so that I can carry all of my stuff on my back and not have to deal with awkwardly trying to roll a suitcase around an airport and through cities and up stairs, etc. And carrying a duffel bag can be rough on one shoulder. The only downside to my backpack method is that on weeklong trips and when I don't pack as light as I should - I find that my shoulders get sore. So with a two week trip planned for the fall, a trip without definitive places to stay every night that might require carrying the bag all day on most days, I decided it was time to find a backpack style travel bag with a waist belt to help carry some of the weight. After doing a lot of research I finally found this Osprey bag. The Farpoint is everything I was searching for and more, the backpack straps can be hidden (zipped up to act like a duffel when flying to avoid the straps getting caught on things), the daypack that can zip off of the front to act as its own bag -- this is a handy feature both for flying when checking a bag, and for leaving stuff at a hotel and still having a bag ready to go for the day. And most importantly it fits my petite frame. I got the S/M size and it is great for me at 5'2". And because we are dorks and my husband was jealous of my bag he was able to get the same one (in a different color) in the M/L and that size works for his 5'10" body.
And when you think about the fact that you are getting two bags from a trusted company like Osprey the price really isn't all that much.
If you are looking for a do it all travel bag this is it!

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the last couple years I have been using a 24oz plastic waterbottle that I thought was just ok. My biggest grips were that when I traveled it would leak in my bag and when I had cold water in it the condensation would also get my bag wet.
So I finally decided to try something new, but was at first hesitant to get this 32oz Hydro Flask because I was worried about the extra weight. When I received my new water bottle (in the awesome Copper Brown!) I was pleasantly surprised at how sturdy it felt while not being all that heavy weight wise. I added a straw top to my bottle and now I am a Hydro Flask convert. I love that I can leave it in my car while I do errands on a hot day and still have cold water waiting for me no matter how long it takes me to get things done. I also love that I can keep this in my bag when I travel and never have to worry about my bag getting wet (no leaks) and no condensation due to the double wall insulation.
This is a great product and I foresee this being my water bottle for a long time to come.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My husband and I are known to enjoy an adult beverage or two while sitting out on our porch enjoying our view of the lovely Utah mountains. We do not enjoy when our beverage quickly takes on that oh so skunky flavor after a few minutes out in the sun - these hydro flask pints are a great way for us to protect our beer from the sun and help to keep it colder far longer than the average koozie.
In my book Hydro flask can do no wrong

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ski like my husband and manage to find every rock under the snow - then i recommend grabbing a pack of these Toko Repair Candles. Quick easy way to touch up your skis after a rough winter without heavy snow. Hopefully we won't need to use this as much after the 2015/2016 el nino winter - but we will be glad we have a few around for the inevitable whoopsy daisy after skiing over a rock or stump.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

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

I recently bought this 5-Pack of socks for my husband. These socks are super soft against the skin - leaving me instantly jealous of his new socks. After his first day wearing them he was pleased to announce that these stocks stayed up all day! Yes they are just socks, but who doesn't hate having to pull your socks up repeatedly throughout the day.
These come in one size and he is happy with how they fit his 10.5 size foot.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

4 5

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

I wear my socks until the holes can no longer be dealt with and so I suddenly found myself with a need for a lot of new socks as my old pairs seemed to all self destruct about the same time. Finding 3-Packs of socks at a good price is what I am all about - quick and easy way to restock. I bought these socks after having bought the lightweight version and deciding I wanted a few more since these are for daily use. I was skeptical at first because the material was a bit more slippery than the lightweight soft version. But once they are on they feel great and my feet went all day without feel hot/sweaty. I am a big fan and I had no trouble with the sizing per the other reviewers. I bought the size S and I wear a 7.5 W US shoe.
I bought the Byzantium Assorted pack and love the colors.

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RTwrote a review of on October 1, 2015

5 5

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

These are great socks for working out or just for wearing with casual shoes that require no show socks. I love the feel, the colors, and the performance. I got the size S and they fit great on my 7.5 US size foot. And the price is great for a 3-Pack!

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