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Cat Yu

Cat Yu

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Park City, UT

Cat Yu's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Cat Yu's Bio

Hey there, my name is Cat! I love to hike and camp in the summers and chase that sweet, soft, buttery powder all winter long.

Cat Yu

Cat Yuwrote a review of on December 9, 2019

4 5

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

I don't usually bring pillows with me since I backpack a lot and usually opt for a makeshift clothing bundle pillow, but this was a sweet addition to have for a simple car camping trip. I love how soft the material, and it's the perfect size. There are definitely bigger/smaller/lighter pillows out there but if you're not too concerned about weight or having something extra in your pack this pillow is ideal! It's the not too big not too small, just right kinda pillow.

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on December 9, 2019

Comfy!!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I brought this jacket with me on an overnight trip to Antelope Island in the late fall and it got COLD. That being said, this jacket kept me warm during the day and early evening. Once the sun completely set it was about 20 degrees out so I dipped into my warm sleeping bag inside the tent.

I love how comfortable this jacket is. It's super breathable and soft and fits well. It's the perfect mid layer when it gets cold, or a solid outer layer for casual adventuring around. It definitely protects from the wind which is awesome AND it has the highly coveted large pockets that actually fit more than a phone!

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on November 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a fantastic outer layer, great for walking straight from the mountain and into town! It pairs well with a mid layer when it's cold outside, which is why I sized up. It holds up well in the elements, keeping you dry with a layer of waterproofing wax. That stuff is handy because you can use it on a lot of your other Fjallraven apparel.

I also enjoy being able to adjust the cuffs for when I want to tighten the wrists down when its cold or loosen them up to fit gloves. The only real downside for me is the lack of hand pockets - a trend I've noticed in some Fjallraven jackets. I like keeping my hands in pockets, especially if it's cold and I forgot my gloves, so having those would've added a star to my rating!

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on November 14, 2019

Warm and Soft!
5 5

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

I recently used this liner with my Marmot Angel Fire sleeping bag on a chilly fall backpacking excursion. It got down to about 15 degrees and I don't think I would've survived the night without this liner.

I like how small it packs down, how lightweight it is, and how soft it feels! No real downsides here. I think if you're trying to save a little money on a sleeping bag, you can make it warmer with this liner!

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on November 2, 2019

Great Backcountry Shell
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I've used the Brigandine Futurelight jacket on a couple trips (one backpacking and one skiing) and have enjoyed it a lot so far! The first trip I took was for a solo backpacking trip up Mt Timpanogos before the snow fall, and the second was just to do a little afternoon ski session with some friends the weekend after. I like the jacket a lot because of it's aesthetic and design. There's a lot of room to move around, the high cowl kept my face protected from the wind, and it's still a very breathable layer. I used it while trekking across a snowfield in crampons, at the summit of Timp, and boot packing and skiing fresh fall powder.

By itself, the jacket is pretty spacious, but with a baselayer and a mid layer, it fits perfectly. I also enjoy the longer length that covers your butt when sitting! There's a ton of handy pockets and loops on the jacket, particularly the radio pocket at the collar. I didn't make use of it this time around, but it will definitely come in handy for future backcountry ski excursions where we'll be using radios!

Lastly, I like how sturdy the jacket material feels. My other backcountry shell is made with a softer, stretchier, material which feels slightly more maneuverable, but less durable. I'm not worried about scrambling up rocks or brushing against trees with this jacket.

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on October 19, 2019

Comfy and Packable
5 5

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

I recently took a little backpacking trip up Mount Timpanogos where it got down to about 15F at night. I was warned by pretty much everyone I talked to that it would be cold, and it definitely was! That being said, I opted to take out the Klymit Insulated Static V Lite sleeping pad for it's packability, insulation, and comfort and had a great time.

It was rocky all around where I set up camp for the night (at Emerald Lake), but when I lay down on my sleeping pad I didn't feel a thing. I move around a lot in my sleep both as a back and side sleeper and felt pretty dang comfy in all positions. Also, not a noisy sleeping pad which I like since I'm also a light sleeper and most noises will wake me up!

It took me maybe 30 seconds of slow long breaths to inflate the pad, which probably would've take me less time if it weren't for general tiredness at about 10,400 ft elevation.

Along with the Klymit sleeping pad, I used my Marmot Women's Angle Fire sleeping bag and Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite sleeping bag liner. I was definitely still a little cold at night, but I probably would've benefited from a zero degree sleeping bag more than anything else.

Overall impression, I'm a fan. I like how small it packs down and how lightweight it is for being an insulated pad. You could find a pad with a higher R value, but it probably wouldn't be as packable or lightweight. If you're looking for a solid backpacking sleeping pad that can hold it's own on those cool fall/spring nights then look no further!

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on October 18, 2019

Durable & Stylish
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 38

Haglofs design is always on point, and these pants are no exception. They're tapered in a very flattering way, but have plenty of room/flex to move around. I also really enjoy being able to cinch and button the ankles to keep in heat. On the flip side, the leg vents are great for staying cool if you're really sending it up a trail. There's a wonderful amount of pockets, and the thigh pockets are perfect for a phone, a knife, or some snacks.

These pants kept me warm, cool and dry while on my weekend backpacking trip up Mount Timpanogos. The Haglofs definitely aren't the lightest hiking pant, but the tradeoff is that they're super durable and functional. So in cooler climates (especially in the fall/winter) and in rough, dirty, rocky terrain these pants are perfect.

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on October 18, 2019

Great Beginner Crampons
4 5

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

I recently took these bad boys with me up Timpanogos and was the envy of everyone who was slipping across the snowfield as I easily tromped along pass them. At one point, I even lent my trekking poles to a couple of people who were struggling to cross the field.

I like these crampons (the Universals) because they're easy to get on and off and fairly intuitive. I wore them with my Salomon hiking boots and didn't have too much trouble getting around. I will say, since they're universal and not boot specific, my feet did slide around ever so slightly (usually just the downhill foot). So make sure they're secure and as tight as possible!

Otherwise, these crampons were great! I don't do a lot of hikes that need crampons, so I don't have crampon specific/compatible footwear. Having these are great because they can go over any type of shoe. The only downside was that they're a little on the heavy side. In most cases, it probably wouldn't matter too much, but I was backpacking and and every ounce counts!

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on October 18, 2019

Comfy Daypack!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a big fan of the Nine Trails pack for how lightweight and comfortable it is. It fits really well and the hip straps take a lot of weight off of my shoulders - plus the strap pockets are a great place for snacks.

I took this pack with me while backpacking Mount Timpanogos and while it was super nice to have for my sunrise summit, it's not ideal because it doesn't pack down small into my bigger backpacking bag. Other than that, though, this is a great day pack. The mesh side pockets are big enough to fit a Nalgene, and tight enough that it won't slip out if you bend down.

This pack also functions well as an everyday bag, it has plenty of room to fit a laptop, lunch, and some books or layers. From midterms to mountains, this bag's got your back both in function, capacity, and style. There are some solid color options and it has a very clean look.

What I carried in the pack:

Timpanogos Summit (full pack): crampons, nalgene, trekking poles, DSLR camera, an extra layer, a beanie, my headlamp, a knife, a couple snack bars, hand warmers, gloves, and a sandwich.

Day hikes (half full): same as above, minus the camera and crampons.

To work (half full): a notebook, lunch, nalgene, sunglasses, jacket, snacks, workout clothes

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

My New Favorite Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Wow. This jacket is the absolute bomb dot com. On a scale of 0 to rad, this one is off the charts. I recently took it on my weekend backpacking trip up Mount Timpanogos (the second tallest peak in Utah!) and I think I fell in love. It's perfect from it's fit, color, warmth, water resistance, wind protection, and it's style!

Let me preface this by saying I have slightly broader shoulders than the average lady, and fairly toned arm muscles (I used to throw discus in college) despite being a fairly petite woman otherwise. Usually when I look for fitted jackets or shirts I have to size up because if it fits my body, it won't fit my arms. And if it fits my arms, it's pretty loose around my torso. But the OR Winter Ferrosi is perfect!

It's fitted in all the right ways for someone with the classic athletic build and it's super easy to move around in. Plus, it held up extremely well in the wind and cold weather on the mountain. I actually brought this jacket and my nano puff jacket (along with a base and shell layer) and only ended up needing the Ferrosi as my mid-layer. I never once had to break out the puffy. I'd say it's on par with the puffy - the only thing to note is that a puffy is lighter will definitely pack up smaller for travel. That being said, this jacket is way cuter.

Not only did the Ferrosi protect me well from the elements, but it's also super breathable. I woke up at 4AM (15 F) to summit Timpanogos for sunrise, and came back down to Emerald Lake around 8:30AM (25 F) when it got sunny. Both to/from the summit (in darkness and in sunshine), it kept me warm without overheating. The journey from the trailhead to the lake and back was pretty sunny and warm at a lower elevation and I just needed my base layer.

This jacket holds up really well all around, but beyond that it is one of the softest most dreamlike jackets to wear. The pockets are spacious and I appreciate having the inner chest pocket - my go to pocket for chapstick, earbuds, and sometimes snacks. And honestly, it's a really cute jacket. I love the stitching pattern on the sleeves and body. It's thoughtfully designed from form to function.

Overall impression: it holds up extraordinarily well in the cold and wind and it's comfy and cute as heck. A must have in your quiver of layers!

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Cat Yuwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

Intuitive and Spacious!
5 5

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

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is an awesome tent for short backpacking trips! I just backpacked Mount Timpanogos this last weekend where I carried it in my pack for about 16-17 miles and spent the night in 15 degree fall weather to really put it to the test.

Tents are one of the things I like to rate based off their intuitiveness, and I had no problem setting it up without looking at the instructions. It's a simple design with a straightforward set up and is super spacious compared to other backpacking tents I've used in the past. There are doors and handy mesh pockets on each side of the tent, which is nice because it doesn't matter which side you end up sleeping on. Personally, I like being by the door for the inevitable midnight bathroom break!

It definitely felt like I was on the more extreme end of fall camping because it was COLD. That being said, the Hubba Hubba protected me well from the wind. It was chilly at night, but noticeably colder outside despite the amount of mesh walls on the main frame of the tent.

The only real downside of the Hubba Hubba is it's weight and how much space it takes up in my pack. Essentially, if you're going for a longer backpacking trip there are lighter tents that pack up smaller and I'd look at some of those. But if you're going on a weekend trip or car camping, this tent is perfect! The stuff sack it comes with does have handy little straps to cinch it down, and you could probably split the tent parts between two people to split up the weight/volume - I just happened to be on a solo backpacking adventure over the weekend.

Overall impression: I'm a big fan. You might sacrifice weight a little bit for comfort, but it's really nice to be able to sit up in a backpacking tent!

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