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h missy's Passions

Alpine Touring
Telemark Skiing
Nordic Skiing
Trail Running
Mountain Biking

h missy's Bio

I know the Wasatch like the back of my hand ~ trail running, hiking, ski touring, mountain biking...

I am an ultra-runner and have completed both the Wasatch 100 (2011) and the Bear 100 (2012) as well as placing second at the TransRockies Run (in Colorado) in 2012.

My favorite canyon to ski-tour is Big Cottonwood, but upper Little Cottonwood is a close second. I didn't buy a ski pass this year ~ spent my money on a new AT set-up so I can get more quality turns without the crowds.

I enjoy a mellow day off skate skiing or trail running with my two golden retrievers up in Park City.

My favorite foods post-run are Cheddar Sun Chips and a Slurpee, but I have been known to knock back several cups of coffee with countless cookies as well.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on September 17, 2013

5 5

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

These socks don't wear out! I prefer a thicker sock for trail running, and these socks fit the bill. Wear them for years and years, and they don't get holes like Smartwool socks do. They are far superior. Love them. They come in a lighter weight version as well.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on December 12, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you want to look like you sit on the couch every Saturday eating Cheetos, don't buy this sweatshirt, just go to Walmart. This wool sweatshirt has a smooth finish unlike other Ibex items. The off-center zipper makes it look pretty cool, and the fit is not baggy and frumpy like other hoody zip-ups, but rather a neater fit true to Ibex styling. Comfortable enough for daily wear, but nice enough that you could pop down to the pub and not look like a lazy mess. I like it.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These socks are out of stock because they are amazing! Price, quality, comfort... I have 4 or 5 pair and absolutely love them. I wear them for running roads and trail, or with my Danskos at work. They are better in quality than Smartwool and similar in quality to Darn Tough Vermont socks, but a better value price-wise. I wore them at the Bear 100 and they treated my feet very well. When they come back into stock, I will certainly snap up a few more pairs. I haven't had any problems with "pilling" as others have mentioned. I'm thoroughly satisfied with these socks.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

lightweight, silky soft
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I am getting dressed for a run, of all my shirts to choose from to wear, I go for this one first (I have 4). So silky soft and comfortable, and fitted but not too tight and not clingy around the mid-section. Absolute steal for the price as well. If you are ordering, get 2 or 3. You will love this shirt!

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

Amazing!  Comfortable
5 5

Love these Stoic capri tights, I have two pair. Also have the full length tights and the yoga pants. All fit true to size but ride a little low on the waist (has drawstring). I am 5'5" and 135 pounds, and the size medium fits me well. They are great for when it is 40-50 degrees outside and just a little too cool for a skirt or shorts. Wore them for the last 25 miles of the Bear 100 and they helped support my upper legs a bit too. Loose around the knee, but I think that makes them even more comfortable.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

I have two
5 5

I love this jacket so much, I decided to get another one this winter. Having worn my first one nearly every day for the last year (even in the summer, I put it on when I first get out of bed) although not showing any signs of wear, I decided to get a backup :) I have one without a hood as well, but have only worn it a handful of times. I prefer the hooded version.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

4 5

after running in the La Sportive Fireblades for a couple of years, I was "talked into" switching to the Hokas by several ultra-runner friends. These shoes are like running on a cloud. Your foot settles down into the midsole nicely after a couple of weeks of running, and my legs feel less fatigue. Honestly, after running the Wasatch 100, my legs were not tired (ok, I did do a little bit of training all summer, but still... )

If I had only one complaint, it would be that the outsole/tread wears out faster than the shoe itself. You can expect to easily get 400 miles out of each pair, making up for the price difference compared with other shoes.

As a Wasatch Speedgoat Mountain Racing Team member, I highly recommend these kicks!

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on May 1, 2012

Speed Goats team jacket
4 5

I got this jacket as part of my kit for the Wasatch Speed Goats Mountain Racing Team and I really like it. I got the clear one (that appears white in the above photo) so our logo from the shirt shows through the jacket when worn together. It is very packable, as mentioned by others, down to nearly nothing. It is very wind resistant; but offers very little warmth. I have not tested it in rain for water repellency, but with DWR finish, it should do fine in light showers. The only judgment I have is that it runs a little tight across the shoulders, so reach is impeded if you are doing activities (like biking or climbing) other than running. Overall, a great jacket.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

3 5

these bindings are classic G3, awesomesauce tele bindings. the "tour" mode is great, and takes the cable tension off, so that you can pivot from the front of the toe with ease.

the heel-lift, however, should be redesigned. while on steep inclines, if a small amount of snow gets under the lift while pivoting from the toe, the next time you put your heel down, the block collapses *nearly-every-time*. the collapsing of the heel lift is enough to make you want to get a pair of Dynafits. seriously. G3, please redesign the heel-lift on this great binding.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on February 1, 2012

4 5

This is a great pack if you are going to run 20+ mile self-supported routes. It rides quiet on your back without having to have a waist-belt. Side pockets are large enough to hold extra water bottles. Back pocket is large enough to hold an extra jacket-layer, and there's still plenty of room for snacks. The only complaint I have is that the breathable mesh used for the back panel sometimes chafes my skin if it's in direct contact with my skin. It's lighter weight than most other packs in the same category though, and because it rides without bouncing around (and no need for the waist belt), I prefer it to other comparable packs by competitors (Osprey and Camelbak).

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on January 30, 2012

5 5

Amazingly comfortable wool socks, great for trail running. They are comparable to SmartWool, but in my opinion much more durable. Seamless design and no hot spots or chafing. They keep their shape even when wet. No shrinking with usual washer/dryer care. I'm a member of the Wasatch Speed Goats Mountain Racing Team and these socks are goat-approved!

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on January 29, 2012

5 5

I got this down sweater as a gift for Christmas, and I have worn it everyday since. It's light enough that you won't overheat, yet warm enough to take off the chill. The hood is fantastic. I wear it skiing, running (I'm a Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team member), sitting on the couch, heck, I've even worn it to sleep in. This is a great, durable piece from Patagonia, and once you get it, you will wish you had bought two (so that you can wear one while the other is in the wash).

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on January 29, 2012

4 5

after running in the La Sportive Fireblades for a couple of years, I was "talked into" switching to the Hokas by several ultra-runner friends. These shoes are like running on a cloud. Your foot settles down into the midsole nicely after a couple of weeks of running, and my legs feel less fatigue. Honestly, after running the Wasatch 100, my legs were not tired (ok, I did do a little bit of training all summer, but still... )

If I had only one complaint, it would be that the outsole/tread wears out faster than the shoe itself. You can expect to easily get 400 miles out of each pair, making up for the price difference compared with other shoes.

As a Wasatch Speedgoat Mountain Racing Team member, I highly recommend these kicks!

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

4 5

The Fireblade is an amazingly comfortable trail shoe. Hugs the foot, fits well from the first time you put them on. Sock-type tongue system keeps out rocks and grit. Downsides: very low-profile tread and not a lot of cushion. They are lightweight and fast, but watch out--I thought they wore out pretty fast too.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

4 5

Better tread than the Fireblade, more cushion. Unfortunately, the upper is a little stiffer, and there is no sock-like tongue system to keep out rocks and grit. Good shoe though, and a bit beefier than the Fireblade. If you want something that fits similar, but with a bit more "umpf" the Imogene is your shoe.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on June 3, 2008

5 5

True to size: yes. Pay attention to the "euro" sizing: women's size eight is a euro 40 (typically and 8 would be a 39.5). Plenty of room in the toebox. Moderately grippy sole. Comfortable! I wore these shoes to a 12 hour shift at the hospital; also wore them on an 11 hour day in the mountains with 5.5 climbing, scrambling, and trail running. All-around good shoe.

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h missy berkel wrote a review of on March 12, 2008

4 5

Too bad dilema22 didn't have a trimming tool included, but the one i had broke. I know a lot of people who have not liked the stuff sack, but it seems okay to me. The skins are bomber, for sure, but a stronger trimming tool would be helpful. The old ones were a lot better, so if you have your old tool, you'll probably need it.

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