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Rebecca's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Rebecca'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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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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RT wrote a review of on June 3, 2014

4 5

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

I have been wearing/abusing Timex watches for the past 10+ years - I rarely take mine off (typically only when forced for dressier events) - you never know when you are going to need to time something - right?
The band on my last one recently broke so I decided to try this one out - the band on this one is much sturdier than the past few I have had so that's already a big plus since the watch tends to outlast the band. I recently traveled across the US for vacation and the 3 time zone feature came in very handy - its easy to use and allows for a quick change in each part of the country without having to reset your main time zone setting.
Another fabulous feature is that you can change modes without having the watch beep each time you press a button. (If you have had a cheap Timex 1440 you have dealt with the beep)
I haven't had a chance to try out all of the functions and don't see myself ever using the Occasion alarm that lets you set alarms for birthdays/anniversaries, etc (I use my phone for that sort of thing).
You really can't go wrong with a Timex.

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RT wrote a review of on May 3, 2014

5 5

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

I have a tiny head and tend to have to wear youth sizes in headwear - which in the past has meant big clunky/ugly kids helmets. But the XS/S Trabec helmet is perfect - I even have room to make it smaller if need be. I have a Smith Vantage ski helmet in Small which also lists the size as 51-54cm but I can never get that helmet tight enough or get it to stay tight enough. The Trabec has a lot more adjustability and it stays tight once you find the size you want. The visor is great in the hot Utah sun and the holes keep you nice and cool since this allows for a lot of venting.
I definitely recommend this helmet!

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RT wrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

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

This sweatshirt is like wearing a dream. So far, it has stayed super soft, even after a half dozen or so washes (haven't put it through the dryer yet). It has a typical Patagonia fit, on the slender side, and not too long of a torso. I'm 5'10", ~185#, with a shorter than normal torso, and the medium fits perfectly over a t-shirt.

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RT wrote a review of on March 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this to act as my work/travel laptop bag. It is TSA compliant, so you don't have to worry about pulling your laptop out to put through the scanners. The carbon twill color looks ultra classy, but the bag appears to be bombproof (my other messenger is also a Timbuk2, and it is almost 10 years old and in GREAT condition still). There is an absurd amount of pockets on this thing, to the point of being overkill. I'd almost need a crib sheet to remember where I put my stuff. I wouldn't put a full-sized desktop replacement laptop in here, but an ultrabook like a MB Air or a Lenovo X1 fits really well.

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RT wrote a review of on March 25, 2014

3 5

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

Great winter everyday shoes, well constructed with some protection from the wet and snow while still breathable. Still can't vouch for the durability after only a month but so far so good. My only complaint, at least for my foot is that the ankles run a little high and rub under my medial and lateral malleolus. This was corrected with an extra foot bed insert.

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RT wrote a review of on March 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What a great upgrade. After years of using an old hemp bag, having this well constructed weatherproof bag has been a joy. The shoulder strap is well padded and comfy and having the water bottle pouch on the outside is a great addition for easy access on the move. The adjustment for the shoulder strap is a bit annoying as it can be hard to get the pad over the bulky plastic adjustment piece (my only complaint).

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RT wrote a review of on March 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My mom recently got these skis after returning to skiing this season after tearing her ACL & MCL for the second time last ski season. These skis have brought renewed life to her skiing and made her start to enjoy it again! She says "I have been skiing on the K2 SuperGlide skis for a couple weeks now and I am extremely happy. They are so easy to turn and feel very stable. I usually only ski about 4 hours, but with these skis I can ski all day. I would recommend these skis for any women from intermediate to expert skiers."

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RT wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We first encountered one of these lights on a backcountry trek that went long and kept us out in the woods past dark. Our friends dog was wearing one of these lights and we could easily see him whereas our dog (all black lab mix) instantly became an invisible ninja that we could only see occassionally when there was enough snow/moon to make her stand out. We ordered one of these as soon as we got back from that trip and we keep this clip-on light on our dog's collar all the time now. This little light is small enough that it stays out of the way and doesn't bother her and its bright enough that we can always see where she is on night time adventures.
It is an inexpensive but very sturdy light.

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RT wrote a review of on February 18, 2014

5 5

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

I have fallen in love with this coat. I use it for skiing on resort, touring in the backcountry, and around town when its not puffy down coat weather. The hood and neck area are great with a helmet - there is plenty of room to pull the neck up over your first when the wind is howling. The pit zips are ample enough to quickly drop heat when working hard and are easy to reach so you don't need a friend to help open/close them - they also work in both directions so you can choose if you want the zippers to hang out by your ribs or elbows. I bought this jacket in Black and the purple zippers add a nice touch of femininity and style.
I would definitely recommend this jacket!

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RT wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

3 5

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

This is a really nice sweater, but the fit just isn't right. I have a pretty broad chest combined with an average waist, so if anything, tops are generally too snug around the top. Not so with this sweater. The waist fits fine (I ordered a medium, and I have a 33" waist), but under the armpits it is just sloppy. If I raise my arms, it looks like I am wearing a squirrel suit. I generally wear a 40 or 42 jacket, so this would fit really strangely on anyone with a more slender frame. I've received sweaters from Jos A Bank and Brooks Brothers, and the fit is similar to those (which I refer to as "banker fit").

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