riley ridd

riley ridd

Wasatch mountains, Park City, Jordanelle Reservoir, Southern Utah, Jackson Hole and Cody, Wyoming, Death Valley..

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Riley's Passions

Alpine Touring
Road Running
Trad Climbing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Paddling
Yoga
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Riley's Bio

Too many sports already. But wait...I think I definitely need hunting in my life.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the convenience of taking these on and off my bars. They do a great job of holding my boat- a 20 foot long carbon fiber outrigger canoe. The beauty of them is that they seem like they'd work for many different sizes and shapes of watercraft.
However, that IS a quite a bit of pressure against them when I'm dealing with wind against the boat and I have had to pull over and re-tighten these occasionally if it's a windy day because they'll move across the bars when it's really windy.
I wouldn't let that deter you from purchasing, however. I'm sure there's a way you could tighten these down even further with tools. I do it by hand, though, since the convenience is a major issue. My boat is long and light enough that I just have to assume that transporting it in variable conditions will always be tricky.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a harrowing experience tarnished my self confidence with a grigri, my climbing mentor suggested I try the Smart Belay Device. I really like the auto-lock for an added safeguard that I enjoyed with the grigri, but feel a lot more comfortable belaying lead climbs with the similar muscle memories that I've developed with years of using an ATC. I think this is a good compromise between the two.
It takes a minute to get used to the lowering motion without jerking your climber around, but that's no biggie.
This is definitely the device that I like to have my friends use when I'm showing them how to belay for the first time.
I went cheap and bought this one, but I'd recommend the double holed model, so that it's more functional for rappelling and multi-pitch climbs and so that you don't have to carry another piece of equipment with you. I'm giving it 4 stars for that reason, and because of the fact that this doesn't fit all ropes.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

4 5

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

I've only had a chance to wear these 7 or 8 times in the gym, but I'm really pleased with the shape. I'm just barely getting to the point of not having to rip them off as I'm being lowered to the climb, which seems like a longer break-in time with my other shoes, but I'm still happy I chose these. The opposing velcro straps are nice and easy for fit customization.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

Ouch
2 5

Silky cozy yarn, great looking texture, seems like quality. However, there's this tight thread along the hemline that leaves a big old welt every time I wear the thing. I've folded it over, but that ruins the look of the hat. I've thought about cutting it, but that may turn it into a sloppy mess. It's s'dang good looking that I still wear it sometimes...when I don't mind getting a headache, or asked if I had brain surgery after I take it off. Or maybe that's NOT why I'm being asked??

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riley ridd wrote a review of on August 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a lacy panties kind of a gal, but I loved Icebreaker's tank tops so much that I thought I'd try covering my whole body in the stuff. Right when I put these on, I was hooked.(On here to buy more pairs, in fact!) Super comfy, and super good looking. Stay in place, nice fit, and maintain their stretch. My only complaint is the name on the band: really, Icebreaker? I want people to be thinking of other things than your company when they're checking out my panties.Get rid of the branding and I'd buy a whole drawer full. Sorry, no pics-- (I've been told I'm no fitness model...!) But take my word for it, these panties look hot.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on June 24, 2013

Best Tank EVER...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...and I don't say that lightly. Here to order another one, actually. Wore it on a hot, dusty motorcycle trip to Baja and it still maintained its stretch and felt "fresh" on day 3. Love the fit (nice v-neck, hits me just right at the waist, fitted around the waist as well but not too tight that it rides up) and the color as well as the feel of it against my skin. This piece is what convinced me to (slowly! expensive!!) convert most of my base layers to wool. I wear it to work, work-out, and for casual stuff. I wear both large and medium shirts in different brands and could do either with this one, but ended up keeping the large for a little more room.
Icebreaker, nice work. You gained a new customer in me through this piece.Keep up the great quality.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on April 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These were my first backcountry boot, so I don't have a lot of comparable experience. BUT:
I am very happy with these. I'm a lot more concerned about hiking comfort in the backcountry than I am with downhill "high"performance. They do the job, but I'm usually skiing in powder in the backcountry here in Utah so I don't need them to be too stiff. I totally agree with the reviews below that the Shiva would be a much better boot if you want to wear these at a resort as well.They have enough features to enhance the fit to really tighten them up, but are comfortable enough to have as your "shoe" for a weekend yurt trip.
I've had to kick in to a steep icy hill in these things and even done some minor rock climbing with skis on my back. They're so comfortable that those kinds of activities are manageable and I was impressed with the traction the rubber outsole gave me for those sketchy conditions.
Love the boa tightening feature, DON'T love the buckles. It's not enough to give these less than four stars, but I've sworn at those little hooks more times than I'd like to admit when I'm trying to undo them with cold hands and I'm trying to adjust them.
I'm a size 8.5 shoe and wear a 24.5 Swift.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on April 13, 2013

I grab it first out of the stack of 20
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this hat at a Powderwhore show and I love it. Reason number one, (I'm a chick) the fit looks good and it's reversible, so I like having the color versatility. Reason number two, it's soft and comfortable. Reason number 3 that rarely seems to happen at the same time as reason 2: it keeps its shape. I wear it backcountry skiing and it doesn't get all stretched out and baggy when I'm sweating in it or when it's snowing. The fit is long enough to pull down for warmth, and when you wear it back a little more for "fashion", it doesn't get that huge pooch that makes you look like you're trying to be a 20 year old "free rider". Also, it has the goat on it- which doesn't do a ton for me but people seem obsessed with this logo. I get a lot of looks at the trailhead in this hat. I'd like to think it's me but I'm pretty sure it's the goat.
I've got plenty of great pics in this hat, but backountry.com, your "choose a photo file" button isn't working...
Lastly, coffee wipes off of it really nicely. That's important when you have an OCD boyfriend who hates coffee stains on his girlfriends hats.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on April 13, 2013

I want to squeeze my kid in this thing
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My son has been cozy and warm in this thing everywhere from ranch work in windy and cold Cody, Wyoming, to ski school in all conditions in Park City.
He looks adorable in this, which is important because sometimes 6 year old boys need all the help they can get with their mothers.
My only complaint is that it's hard to clean. NOT so great for a 6 year old who's helping out in the chicken coop and tosses his coat on the playground when he's he's playing hard. Not sure if there's any way Patagonia can improve this, probably tough with that shiny fabric.

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riley ridd wrote a review of on April 13, 2013

Looking hot while staying cool
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these pants. They're perfect for backcountry skiing. The fabric keeps the water out but doesn't feel too plastic-y or unbreathable. (I've been known to handle a full afternoon of errands in these after a tour). I usually wear a layer underneath because I get cold pretty easily, but the possibility for full-leg venting is great because I get hot on the uphills. Zippers work so great that I don't have to stop skinning to cool down-- important when I'm following my speedy and impatient boyfriend up the hill.
I wasn't sure if I'd like the style of the bibs, but I accidentally packed another pair of pants for a yurt trip AFTER I'd been using these, and my heavy pack buckled around my hips was constantly pulling my pants down. It drove me insane and I always double check that I've got these pants in the bag now.
There are two other great feature on the bib style. MH did a great job with the design and they somehow work perfect with the "ladies". Nicely accentuates them but doesn't bind. Most importantly, I've been loving the backside zipper for peeing in the woods. I used to have to hike off the trail to find a decent tree (which really annoys me when I'm skiing with guys and they can just take care of it off the side of the trail) but I realized that the zip down flap is perfect for privacy! I just step off a few feet, unzip, and voila! I've got my own little crotch privacy screen. If you're a chick in the backcountry, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
An unexpected feature is how GOOD these pants look. I'm more concerned with function in the backcountry, but I can't believe how many compliments I get on these things. My boyfriend AND girlfriends give me the appraising eye nearly every time I wear them.
I'm 5'10" and have a hard time finding pants long enough for my legs. These are perfect. I usually wear a size 10 pants and these in medium are a perfect fit with a light layer underneath.

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