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Amanda Ravensbergen

Amanda Ravensbergen

Salt Lake City, UT

Amanda Ravensbergen's Passions

Yoga
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Amanda Ravensbergen's Bio

Living in SLC to ski, climb & learn to fish! Stoked to work for the coolest business, Backcountry.com!

Amanda Ravensbergen

Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these socks for some spring hiking, because I love Darn Tough's warranty policy and company ethics. I also wanted a low top sock, but something that would not be an ankle sock. This sock truly fits the bill! It's so comfy I never want to take them off and I feel great about the brand I'm supporting. 5 STAR HIKING SOCKS!
I found their sizing chart to be accurate for my foot.

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought this jacket after having this brand and style of hoodie suggested to me a bunch. I find the performance/athletic fit is not exactly what I was hoping for but when it comes to functionality in the mountains, it would definitely be my go-to layer now. I'm usually a S/M - more on the Medium end, but I fluctuate enough that I wasn't sure - and I'm happy I bought the Medium.

I've layered underneath it with my Melenzana hoodie, wool layers, and T-shirts. it's very warm and it also does surprisingly well in wet conditions. I got caught in a downpour the other day and it beaded for a while, repelling the rain, then it dried out nice and quick!

Overall, very impressed with this jacket. I wasn't convinced when I first tried it on, but it's quickly becoming a favorite layer!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I just put this bra on and I'm already psyched on it! I am a 36A-B and I ordered the Medium since I always feel like things are tight around my rib cage. I ordered this bra because I'll be doing a lot of backpacking this summer and I just wanted a quality item that isn't just a polyester sports bra that smushes instead of supports! Granted, it is a casual fit, and I could understand if you need more support that this may not be a great bra for high activity days, but for me it's perfect.

I relate to some of the other reviews, as I have always hated wearing bras - mostly because they just never fit right and sports bras have never been super flattering, supportive, or comfortable for me. This has been the best thing I've put on my body in a long time. The Dusk color is also beautiful, so it makes me feel GOOD to be wearing something that looks nice and isn't just a classic black sports bra.

Thanks Ice Breaker for an AWESOME product!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I learned how to trad climb on BD Camalots. I love climbing with these cams in the desert and on granite. There is always a use for in between sizes, but I can always seem to find places where these cams work. BD is also always trying to make things better and lighter weight, but these are classic and I can't imagine I'll be needing to replace them any time soon. They'll be lasting me a while!

This is a great option if you're looking to get into trad climbing. It will give you the experience to get familiar with sizing and opens a while new world of rock climbing vocabulary once you start "speaking in sizes." Naturally, when my rock climbing friends are over, my roommate can't understand a thing we're saying. We're just fighting about baggy 3s and toight 0.4s!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these for my BD Camalots. I've always found them easy to clip, light, and I can match the colors with my cams - not sure why this matters so much to me, but it keeps things looking clean and it's easy to identify cams on your harness!

If I was looking for carabiners for another use I might spend more time looking at options with different gates and do some research on what's best for my application, but this is definitely a solid non-lockers and I'll keep using them!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This pack is so comfortable, lightweight, and versatile. The slim shape of it is perfect for narrower and smaller bodies. The rope, ski, ice axe, and helmet carrying features are all amazing bonuses - making it suitable for all activities! The adjustable/removable hip belt is also super nice and fits well with a harness on. I really like how the brain is adjustable and removable for extra space. It also packs down small and doesn't feel or look ridiculous if you're just carrying a few small things.

My two small complaints would be that there's Velcro instead of a zipper on the hip belt and not much padding on the shoulders or back - but I guess that is the price you pay for the lighter weight aspect of the pack!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The addicts have been the perfect compromise for a long search for the perfect slipper. These are comparable to the mocs by 5.10, except I have noticed that the addicts have a couple of more perks! The toe box is a bit bigger than the mocs which I find to be helpful on cracks ranging from 1" to 1.5". The addicts do not expand as much as the mocs, so you can get a closer fit to your actual shoe size. I also think that the addict's edge is way better. I have used them equally on long Indian Creek splitters and also big days on vertical face climbing in Red Rocks. 10/10 would recommend.

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 30, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I washed my Outdoor Research Gortex shell with this wash a couple of weeks ago, and I did notice a renewed water repellency and that the wash removed some stains and signs of wear from a jacket I have put through the wringer!

I didn't notice much beading of water or true return of water resistance in my jacket, but I feel like it'll last longer and give me a little more time than I expected before it's wash. I really like that this was is more eco-friendly than other options. I once used Nicwax on my jacket and I definitely found that this worked better. Since it's a rain shell and I know that the chemical components of the wash I use will end up on our water, grass, and whatever environment I"m in, I feel great about using this brand's products from now on.

I'd love to see the down wash available soon!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I put these sunglasses on I was immediately transported to the top of a mountain with a pair of straight 210s strapped to my feet, about to race against some corporate dweeb for supremacy. I went full send and won the race, and was carried off on the shoulders of the cheering locals. Totally tubular! Highly recommend.

These glasses look rad. They are polarized and when worn make things look more on the blue/grey spectrum. They come with two pairs of sunglasses arms that you can interchange - I prefer the hard plastic ones to the rubber ones. You can adjust the angle of the arms as well, which allowed me to get them in a more comfortable position. My one complaint is that this angle adjusting mechanism does not take much force to move it to a different angle, so I have to adjust it to the position I want nearly every time I put on the glasses again which gets annoying. I worry that this adjusting mechanism may wear out with use and will become flimsy. To be determined.

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm just getting back into running after breaking my leg two years ago. I'm slowly getting my legs back in running shape by sticking to dirt trails and these shoes felt amazing. The cushion helped with the impact of running, and they fit my wider toe box very nicely.

I wore them more most of the day after my run and the shape of the bottom definitely give you a spring in your step. Something else I loved is that I didn't have to tighten them down a crazy amount for my heel to not slip out of them. The tongue of the shoe and the rest of the body really cradled my foot perfectly. LOVE THESE RUNNING SHOES!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 145 lbs

I'm usually wear a womens fit, but ended up borrowing these bibs for a few days of skiing. They were super awesome for skiing, keeping me warm and comfortable on morning skins as well as on a very cold resort day. To be honest, I like the colors available in the Men's version more than the women's version, but the part that goes around your torso was definitely wider. I just wore a belt in the belt looks to tighten it up for my morning skin when it was snowing and I just wore these and a lightweight layer underneath.

Nice color, good quality, lightweight, and easy to move in them. I wore a small, but am typically a Medium in women's.

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

I felt like these goggles gave me super powers! ...
Just kidding, but I DID feel super cool wearing them. They're nice and large which fit my face but also made me feel like it didn't hinder my vision while skiing. They're light weight so not uncomfortable on my face. Sometimes goggles will give me a headache when they put pressure on my nose, but these were awesome.

Highly recommended!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I AM! This jacket is incredible! SO lightweight and very waterproof. It has a nice flattering fit and the hood can fit a helmet underneath it. I ski in it and even on blizzard pow days this jacket keeps me dry. I also plan to use it as a shell for other activities, as it's super light weight and I can move well in it. The color looked more yellow in the photo (it is a very bright orange), but I still love it!

I purchased a Medium which is my usual size. I can layer underneath it with my Patagonia Nano Air, and it fits pretty perfectly. Not much room for anything beyond that or else I'd go up a size. New favorite shell!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got these shoes and climbed in them for the first time this morning, and I could just shout from the roof tops about how much I love them. I've been climbing for a few years now and haven't invested in a precise/performance fit -- previously climbed in Scarpa Helix and BD Momentums for comfortable gym shoes and outdoor sport shoes.
Putting these shoes on for the first time was AMAZING. It felt like slipping on a sock and my foot filled in every part of the shoe. I typically wear a street shoe size 7.5-8 (usually 8), and I have a wide foot - which makes many climbing shoe brands too uncomfortable for me.

I was looking for a performance fit with a stiff sole for sport climbing and bouldering, but was not looking for anything extremely aggressive or 10/10 stiffness. This shoe is stiffer than the Iati and Oasi. They felt good too, but the stiffness of the sole and the rubber on the toe of this shoe for toe hooking really caught my eye.

Green is kind of a crazy color for me, but I am SUPER happy with them and couldn't care less what color they are based on how they climb. I've found the brand that fits me best! I hope these will work for you too!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on February 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this case because my batter drains in the cold, and I'm really please with it all around! I have the case in the purple color. It pops on easily and has a lanyard that is attached on the back. My phone isn't bulky and it doesn't impact my ability to speak on the phone - which was an issued I'd had with a lot of previous cases.

I'm really pleased with how slim it is and how it has protected my phone. It definitely seems to be holding batter longer than when it was uncovered. Great product!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on February 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got these a few days ago and have them on every minute I am home. The footbed of this slipper is really comfortable, very cushioned and thick. These slipper can supposedly just be thrown in the washer and dryer to be cleaned- even though I haven't cleaned them yet I am psyched that it is a simple process.

I am typically a size 8, but I ordered the Medium (6.5-7.5) and I'm happy I did! They are snug but perfect for my foot and I wouldn't want them much bigger or my foot would slip out of them.

Super comfy, easy to clean, cozy slipper with a rubber bottom! Love them!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought these about a year ago and have to prevent myself from wearing them TOO often, because they're so comfortable! I have pretty strong athletic legs and am typically a 2-6 depending on brands (crazy!). I was looking for something that would hold up well, have good construction, and be flexible and breathable. Most importantly, I wanted my strong quads and substantial booty to fit without low waistband issues I sometimes have with brands like Prana. This pant fit the bill!

The construction was great and the materials are hardy! Flexible in material AND waist size -- with a velcro adjustable strap -- they fit my smaller waist and stronger legs.

I take these ski touring, hiking, and even ice climbing this past weekend. I accidentally caught my crampon on the leg TWICE and they DIDN'T RIP! Crazy :) Love these pants!

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Amanda Ravensbergenwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

Took this baby down the Grand!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this PFD for my 21 day Grand Canyon trip this past October-November & it was awesome! I bought it because at the time it came in a bright orange color and has a higher buoyancy than my older one. It's not the sleekest fit, but that's not what I was going for! I felt safe and comfortable wearing this beast.

The hardy construction and functionality were awesome! I never felt the fit of the PFD impeded my ability to row or swim well & I looked GOOOOD while doing both! Two things to note -- the bulkier nature of this PFD meant the zipper was a little tricky to start zipping at first and to find. The pockets are also fleece lined -- yay these kept my hands warm -- but a tad small! Just a thing to note, but I'm so happy I went with this bad boy anyway.

I'm 5'7'' and 145 lbs with a more athletic build. This PFD is adjustable! I hope to see more sizes and colors soon for more people to try!

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