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steph davis

steph davis

moab, utah

steph davis's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

steph davis'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 daviswrote a review of on January 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for a few seasons, and they are significantly lighter than my old pair. I didn't think it was that big of a deal, but it really makes a difference. I like the wrist closures on the straps, and the plastic thumb shelf (my old poles didn't have that, and it's really nice for poling). There's basically nothing I don't like about these :)

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steph daviswrote a review of on January 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two pairs of these so I can use my skate boots on either my skate skis or my cruiser light XC skis (depending on snow/grooming conditions). They replaced old single-axis bindings that I had before with an old pair of skate boots. They are super easy to get in and out of, and they work great. I'm very glad I upgraded, and they're not crazy expensive either.

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steph daviswrote a review of on January 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second pair of skate boots: I had the old yellow salomons you sometimes see, picked up at a thrift store, for several years and then finally sprang for these. I've been using them for 3 seasons now, and I really like them. I normally wear size 8 in women's shoes, and I have a size 7 in these, so you definitely need to try them on. They fit well and feel good, and most importantly are very light. I have the same bindings on a pair of hybrid cross country skis and my skate skis, so I can use these boots if there's no grooming and I have to xc ski that day (I live in Moab and the grooming is done by volunteers in the Lasals). The only issue I had with them was that the second time I used them, the black plastic strap that sits behind the heel snapped. It was really cold, and I guess the plastic was just brittle. Salomon gave me a replacement strap but neither I nor any ski shop seems to know how to remove the old one and replace it. I drilled a small hole on each side of the strap, put a zip tie through it and then wrapped the zip tie with a thin strip of duct tape. It has worked just fine.

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steph daviswrote a review of on June 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every once in a while I find a gear item that is actually life altering, and it's usually a small, unassuming item. After 20 years of blowing up thermarests, it has definitely gotten a little old. This little mini pump has definitely changed my life, and I don't want to be without it ever again! It's really small, so I won't have to. While setting up the tent (or reorganizing the car, depending on where you're bivying), just lay out the thermarests (I generally have to do 2, which is way too much) and get the pump going. I usually finish them off with a few breaths to get them really firm, and can't believe how easy it is compared to how not easy it used to be... I often drop the pump and make the lid fall off, but it goes back on well fortunately (it doesn't break when it falls off, just pops off the small tabs it sits on). I keep it in the stuff bag of one of the thermarests so I don't forget it. If you use thermarests, you should buy this thing immediately.

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steph daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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 daviswrote 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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