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steph davis

steph davis

moab, utah

Steph's Passions

Trad Climbing
Nordic Skiing
Camping
Trail Running
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

Steph's Bio

i love climbing, all kinds. i also enjoy jumping off things, mostly cliffs, preferably with a parachute and wingsuit.

i spend the rest of my time gardening, running, skate skiing, traveling, fixing things, cooking vegan things, writing, blogging at highinfatuation.com/blog, and trying not to adopt too many animals.

steph davis

steph davis wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this pack, and there is a little tag that explains that it's made out of waxed canvas so the surface looks slightly distressed. This is the first pack I've ever had made out of waxed canvas, and I like it--the material is solid and feels very durable. The closing system is backwards of what I'm used to: the lid pulls over the top and clips toward the back, and it's very easy to get into when you have the pack propped up against something. It has the big 3 zip pocket: inside lid, outside lid and also front of the pack, which I really like. The only thing I miss is the cute little zippered "chalk forever" pouch that Mammut got me addicted to in my last Neon packs. But luckily I have two, so there will still be chalk forever in my pack. So this pack gets major cool points and also has great functionality and is definitely big enough for a crag day.

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steph davis wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My dog Cajun has the magenta one, which happens to be our favorite color. She is rarely on a leash, so this collar is mostly for attracting compliments (works great) and holding her name tag. I don't love it for leash walking, because I feel the small cord is kind of chokey (as opposed to a flat webbing collar), but since we rarely do that, this is our most favorite collar.

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steph davis wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in the desert and I'm super active. Not easy to keep up with hydration. I fill this every night and keep it by my head, because if I don't even have to sit up I will actually drink when I wake up thirsty. I also carry it every time I hike somewhere short just to catch up with hydration. Great when driving long bumpy dirt roads too....

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steph davis wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been waiting for a while for adjustable straps to come back. I like this top because it has small sliders on the straps, but it also has a hook on one of them in back, so you can clip the straps into racer style if you want. The turquoise and raspberry are really good colors: this is my favorite prAna top this season. It is very long, longer than I'm used to with a sport top.

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steph davis wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the size, shape and quality of these duffels. Perfect for air travel or road tripping to keep things organized. They're simple and well built. I especially like the side straps, of tubular webbing.

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steph davis wrote a review of on March 12, 2014

Worth It
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm using this ball with a ball tosser for my ENERGETIC cattle dog mix. So it's about 10 times more expensive than a tennis ball, but it turns out it's worth it. Tennis balls don't seem to last very long, and they don't have nearly the bounce this one does. Even more importantly, in dirt and sand the tennis balls get wet and coated and become almost impossible to find when tossed too far. This ball is too smooth for dirt to stick, and you can always find it. It also whistles when it's flying through the air, and I think it helps my dog keep track of it when there's a really big launch. It has also not gotten chewed up, torn or smushed which always happens with tennis balls after a day or two.

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steph davis wrote a review of on January 30, 2014

5 5

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

I've been working with Evolv to make these shoes for the last 2 years: the leather version was first and the synthetic (vegan) version is almost done. I've been wearing them for climbing on plastic and also for crack climbing in a bigger size. I'm really happy with the fit. The toebox is really precise. The shape is flat with a very slight, almost imperceptible, downturn at the toe, and that's why they climb so well. I also like the heel--it's low profile and clean. They are perfect for cracks because the upper is smooth and seamless, and this is what lets you put your foot in all the way and keeps it from hurting. This shoe has been a long time coming, but it was worth it.

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steph davis wrote a review of on December 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My dog waits at the base of climbs, and if it's cold she gets chilled when not moving. Covering her with a down jacket doesn't work because she never stays completely still, so this is a great solution. It's also good in snow, and stays warm. It seems to run a little big--she wears medium in the fleece jacket and is definitely size small in this one. She's a 43 pound cattle dog mix, pretty lanky and athletic, and does not have the husky double-coat, so needs a little extra layer in cold weather and when having to wait patiently :) Anyway, we love this thing--we gave one to a friend who has REALLY thin fur, and he basically wears it all winter long and is much happier than he used to be this time of year.

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steph davis wrote a review of on November 23, 2013

5 5

I have two of these: blue and brown. I was reluctant to start using them for cold weather hiking, climbing and base jumping because they seemed too nice. Finally I decided it's stupid to save things like that--you should use what you have, right? So I started wearing these as a midweight layer, like a fleece zipneck, instead of saving them for nice. I have worn them incessantly for 2 winters now, and love the weight and most especially the height of the neck when fully zipped--I'm into neck gaiters when it's cold or even somewhat cold, but don't need to wear one with this sweater unless it's REALLY cold. The sleeves are long enough, which is often an issue for me since I have a positive ape index. And they still look quite nice despite being used very hard--I can easily get away with wearing them out to dinner.

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steph davis wrote a review of on November 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a little teakettle problem, so I own a lot of them. I will not disclose the actual number because it's embarrassing. This one did not attract me initially because I like a long spout and it was lacking a certain charm visually. Over the years, it's the one that always makes it back into my car camping kit, because it's the most practical. The cylindrical shape (no cute spout) and the wire folding handles make it low profile and sturdy in the dish box. I had an issue with the top fitting too tightly and not letting enough air flow through to pour well, so I pounded a hole in the lid with a nail, which worked quite well. Though this teakettle was not my first choice based on purely superficial reasons, it's become my tried and true camp kettle.

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steph davis wrote a review of on November 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this for super deluxe car camping and I also use it for an extra guest bed because it's that comfortable. It does take some blowing up, it's true. But it's worth it. Not light or small, super deluxe for sleeping on :) Unlike other blow-up pads, it's very well protected inside the fleece cover and is much less vulnerable to those inevitable pinholes which is also a good feature.

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steph davis wrote a review of on June 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this for a Honda Fit, to get a little extra space when roadtripping. The box fits a lot more than it looks like it would, and it is shorter than most of them which is good for the small roof size of the Fit. I almost got the 14, which would also have fit the roof, but would have extended further toward the front of the car. Either would work great, but I'm glad I went with the smaller one.

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steph davis wrote a review of on June 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got these for a roofbox on my Honda Fit. I like the shape, and they seem lower than normal bars. I don't have any to compare to, but they seem quiet. The only thing I don't like is that the rubber gaskets gap open where they seat on the roof, because of the curve of the roof. It doesn't cause anything to happen, but it doesn't look finished. Other than that, they are great!

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steph davis wrote a review of on March 1, 2013

5 5

This board was an upgrade for me, since I started to use it more. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the choices--going from a pretty basic option to all the different pockets and grips that this board offers, and for the first few workouts I kind of wished there were less choices. After using it for several weeks, I like having so many small variations in the grips because I'm getting to know the board and I'm actually using them all as I progress in strength, and the pinch is really good. If I had less space and didn't plan to do such a specific hangboard workout, I would choose the Project Board.

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steph davis wrote a review of on March 1, 2013

5 5

Having narrow feet, and I guess a narrow heel, I can never get my boots to fit right--even with advanced lacing tactics (and lacing them really uncomfortably tight on the ankles), I almost always have heel slip in any boot. The green superfeet are perfect, because they totally solve that problem for me. It also makes the boots more comfortable. I like them in mountain boots and I also like them in my nordic ski boots--ideally I'd have them in all my shoes, but it's more of an investment.

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steph davis wrote a review of on November 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are excellent for base jumping. Light, minimalistic and not too expensive. The fancy articulated ones are probably great for mountain biking, but too heavy and expensive for jumping, and also are shaped for a bent knee, so these are really the best of the pack for my use....it would be nice if they came in black.

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steph davis wrote a review of on November 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge fan of the mini traxion, so I got this basically the day it came out. Unbelievably light and small, and hauls really well. I have tried to use it for solo climbing on a fixed rope, which is something I do with the mini-traxions, but it does not slide up the rope nearly as well as the minis, so I won't be using it for that.

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