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Boulder, CO

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Caroline's Passions

Alpine Touring
Nordic Skiing
Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Yoga
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing
Swimming

Caroline's Bio

Big-Mountain Skier, High-Altitude Endurance Athlete, Road Cyclist, Mountaineer, Globetrotter, Football Fanatic, Former CU Soccer Goalkeeper.

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USAKeller wrote a review of on June 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have tried just about every hydration product out there and Skratch is the only one that has truly worked. As a high-altitude endurance athlete who sweats a lot and has a sensitive stomach, Skratch does not use any artificial preservatives or colors. Its all-natural flavors are very easy to digest, leaving me without any cramps for the first time. It has a prime ratio of electrolytes and enough calories to help optimize my performance during long 12+ hour days out climbing high mountains. I also instantly noticed my times improving by at least 5-8 minutes while out on long bike rides as well. I will not go back to anything else!

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USAKeller wrote a review of on March 30, 2009

5 5

Just bought this bag and love it. I used to use the orange Black Diamond crampon bag and always found it hard to put crampons away in that small bag, especially when conditions are frigid and you don't have time to mess with such precise fit. The ToolBox is nice and spacious and I can EASILY put my spikes away and don't have to worry about them poking out through the holes (like the orange bag has) and ripping my other gear.

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USAKeller wrote a question about on March 29, 2009

I'm thinking about getting a pair of these boots. I currently use the Scarpa Tornado (25.5) and Scarpa Hurricane (26.0) for AT and alpine skiing (both Scarpa boots are the same shell size, 300mm). I know with Scarpa boots that the half size and next size up (like my 25.5 and 26.0) are the same size, and that Garmont works opposite (25.0 and 25.5 are the same size).

1) I'm wondering how Black Diamond does their sizing? Would a Mondo 26 work for me in the Factor? Or is it best to just get a professional boot sizing done to see what BD Factor shell would be best? I'm hoping a 26 would work.

2) Has anyone used both the Hurricane and Factor? How is the stiffness of the Factor compared to the Hurricane? Thanks!

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USAKeller wrote a review of on March 9, 2009

5 5

For awhile I was using GoLite ski packs and finally got tired of the poor durability. I bought this pack and just tried it out on a bc ski trip. It took me awhile to figure out where all of the straps were (when the pack comes new, the straps are hidden). You have to pull out the diagonal ski strap from the bottom. Plenty of room for avy gear, extra clothes, crampons, food, etc. I am highly impressed. The only thing I'd like to have is an insulated water sleeve on the shoulder straps, but it's not a huge problem.

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USAKeller wrote a review of on March 9, 2009

5 5

I debated between the Concourse bag and the cheaper Single Fall Line bag. The Concourse has internal straps to cinch down skis and poles, rather than external cinch straps, which I found to be a huge plus. I really like the full-lenthg padding too. My alpine skis are 169cm and my backcountry skis are 175's so I went with the 185cm bag. I also have extra room to stuff ski socks and base layers in too. Very happy with this bag!

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USAKeller wrote a review of on December 29, 2008

5 5

I have a normal-sized head and this hat fits perfect (I'm female). It fits to just below my ear-lobes. I really like the inside fleece-liner around forehead and ears so it doesn't itch. I also have room to wear a fleece headband underneath for extra cold days.

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