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Beth Lopez

Beth Lopez

Wasatch, Uintahs, Southern Utah, Tetons

Beth Lopez's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing

Beth Lopez's Bio

I grew up running amok in the Wasatch mountains, fed by a steady diet of trail running and Utah powder. I traveled the world during my college years, but always found myself coming back to my home mountains. After grad school, I finally found a way to combine my love of the outdoors with my fondness for words by writing about gear, adventures, and adventures with gear. (And adventures without enough gear--buy me a beer, and you'll hear a few of those stories too.)

Beth Lopez

Beth Lopezwrote a review of on December 7, 2013

5 5

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

I don't have great circulation and my hands (and toes) are always cold skiing, no matter what I do. I finally ordered these after reading so many positive reviews, and I wore them skiing in Jackson Hole when the temps were between -11 and 4. I added my own thin glove liners since this mitten doesn't come with any (which is fine). I'm happy to report the mittens worked wonderfully and I only got a tiny bit cold, which is amazing compared to normal. If you're going to go in temps even colder than the negative single digits, I'd recommend going with the Marmot Expedition Mitt, which is one step up on the heat scale. (But those things are super super bulky--they're meant for, like, antarctic expeditions.) All in all, I'm way pleased with this purchase and this will be my go-to ski mitten for very cold days at the resort and in the backcountry. I like keeping glove liners on underneath so I can easily slip the mittens off to fiddle with my boot buckles, phone, etc.

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Beth Lopez

Beth Lopezwrote a review of on December 3, 2010

5 5

I wore these pants for the first time on a cold, windy ski tour last week. I have to say, I was surprised by how comfortable and practical they are. The styling is great too--cute trouser fit, bold new-school coloring. I dig it. And when I first felt the fabric, it was so lightweight that I wondered if the pants would stand up to abuse or if they'd simply tear at their first run-in with a tree branch. Turns out, the fabric is plenty burly, and the thick reinforcement patches around the instep and cuffs protects it from your ski edges. Since the pant is so light (clearly a boon for hiking/touring/breathability), you'll want to layer extra-warm long johns underneath if it's a really cold day like I was out in. I think it works out well; the pant will be plenty light and breathable on spring tours, and then I can wear light long johns or capri-length ones underneath. Overall, great pant, cute fit... maybe size up because it ran a little small. (I usually wear a size S or XS, and the medium in this pant was a tad big, but only a little too big.)

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Beth Lopezwrote a review of on March 3, 2010

5 5

I got these a month ago and have toured with them a couple dozen times already. I am thrilled with them. I cut 'em really carefully, with the excellent advice in the Backcountry Beacon article, "On a Magic Carpet Ride: Cutting and Caring for Your Skins" at http://backcountrybeacon.com/2010/01/on-a-magic-carpet-ride-cutting-caring-for-your-skins/. My last pair of skins was just too narrow and offered little traction. I was always sliding back down the skin track, slipping and tumbling everywhere. I was the last one to the top, shamefully covered in snow. But no longer. I have yet to find a skin track so steep that these slide off, and now I'm leading the charge ahead of my friends. It's nice to know that I don't suck. It's just my old skins that did.

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Beth Lopezwrote a review of on September 29, 2009

5 5

I just opened my package and put this sweater on for the first time, and I will want to wear it every day from now on, forever and ever. Seriously. It's classy, timeless, super-soft, and the oversized snaps at the cuffs and front give it some character. It's the sort of thing you'll have forever, so it's well worth the money you'll spend on it. And of course since merino wool stays warm even when it's wet, it'll be nice to wear outside this winter.

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Beth Lopezwrote a review of on February 10, 2009

5 5

I've taken these babies everywhere this season and haven't been displeased yet. I've been surprised at how fast they rip even on the crud and groomers. And in a long open pow slope, well, just sit back and enjoy the ride. I have to beg to differ with Cece's review- I've had no trouble keeping up with the boys on the Kikus, and the crud only throws me around in user-error situations.

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Beth Lopezwrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

I have to say, I'm in love. Singing it from the rooftops. Hiring an airplane to write it in the sky. Writing odes and songs. All to the TNF Bellflower Bomber Jacket. I'm a cold girl and I've felt fugly wearing my utilitarian puffy jacket around downtown and to work, but I always wore it because my cuter tweed and even wool coats just didn't have any insulation. This jacket's thick insulation does the trick perfectly without making you look thick- and the fabric does resist water so if you walk around on a snowy evening you'll be fine. It has a great rich texture, and the buttons are sweet. I've gotten tons of compliments on this jacket- it makes me feel like I'm a girl or something. One sizing issue- if you have a long torso, be aware that this coat has a shorter, cropped length, so it won't go all the way down to your hips. Taller folks will find that it hits more at the waist. Which is fine... it looks cute that way.

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Beth Lopezwrote a review of on December 22, 2008

5 5

I just received these boots in the mail a few days ago and have already received so many compliments on them. I live in a very snowy ski town and have worn them around outside with no problem. My feet stayed totally dry and insulated even in the deeper snow. They're cuter than you can tell in They don't look clunky at all; I wore them to a party with some jeans and a sweater and it looked great. The fluffy lining is all over the inside of the boot- so cozy. Overall, I can highly recommend these.

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Beth Lopezwrote a review of on December 11, 2008

5 5

I just mounted these up on my Volkl Kikus and I'm thrilled with them so far. They look and feel super-solid, and I feel completely secure in them at high speeds. As a lady skier, I definitely didn't need the burlier Dukes-- I'm not exactly a 200 pound dude who hucks 60-footers for breakfast. But I love getting out in the backcountry and it seems that these will fit my needs perfectly.

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