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Courtney Scott

Courtney Scott

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Salt Lake City, UT

Courtney Scott's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Climbing
Fly Fishing
Snowshoeing
Yoga

Courtney Scott's Bio

I was born in Portland OR, and have lived in eight states since and Utah is by far my favorite. I have a passion for the mountains and if im not doing something in them I go crazy. I trailrun/hike, do yoga and climb on a daily basis and I also canyoneer as often as I can get down to Southern Utah.

coscott@backcountry.com

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on February 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This jacket exceeded my expectations. I took it on a Yurt trip, originally a little concerned it might not be technically enough for a 12 mile expedition into the backcountry, since the jacket seemed a little more geared toward city life (for which it does great with is beautiful color, fit and off center zipper.) The jacket is primaloft synthetic insulation which was an excellent idea; stayed dry (with the DWR coating) and warm in small snow flurries. There were times the sun was out while touring, and this jacket was also breathable and I was absolutely not too hot. Once at the Yurt the jacket was great for walking around camp, as well as chilling with peeps making dinner. There is also an internal pocket bottom right hand side which holds your phone. An excellent feature. This jacket was very functional, and looks great. A definite must buy.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on February 22, 2017

5 5

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

This little Lantern is everything I wanted and more. It rotates through Several colors which you can choose by pushing the power button. To turn the lantern off, push the power button until you reach darkness. The colors are all so beautiful and sparkly. It adds the perfect touch to my van at night, while drinking a bottle of wine or reading Jurassic Park, or the Lost World (a few must reads). If you don't get this for yourself you can also use it as a stocking suffer, or just an awesome little gift. It inflates and deflates easily, and the solar battery lasts a really long time. Ive used this thing every night for two weeks now and haven't charged it once. Lots of fun.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

light, simple, and reliable is definitely the best way to describe this probe. Its great for the price, comes with a slim little bag, and its super easy to pull out and put together. There is a small handle on the end of the probe that you pull and it pulls the wire on the inside of the probe and pulls the whole thing together, and with a small click, its ready to go. Thankfully I have never had to use this in a real life situation, however works well in practicing up in the mountains. Is a great probe for a great price.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

Gliding through life
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skins are wonderful and very easy to trim. They come with a trimmer that makes them ready for use as soon as you want to trim them to your ski. My husband and I have no problem skinning up steep terrain in the cottonwoods, and have had no issues when them so far at all. We are taking them on a Yurt trip to the Uintas this month and are very excited to use them. As with all skins, they can be a little tricky to remove since there is such a large surface area of adhesive, but once you get them rolled up they are easy to stick in the bag they come with and back into your pack.

Helpful tip when sizing your skins: You want to get skins that are as wide (or wider) than the widest part of your ski. As much surface area you can cover with your skin the better. However, if you have parts of your skis showing at the top and bottom, with a rockered ski, thats absolutely ok. So if you get them and you have about a cm on the side where the skin first meets the ski, they will work just fine.

Also for good "skin" care, make sure to let them dry out once you get home.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on January 27, 2017

3 5

Got these for a friend for his birthday. He is not a big runner, however needed a good pair of inbetween gym hiking shoes. He loved them. He says they are very comfortable, and do great on hikes. They fit true to size as well. They are a good shoe for the price. They are very adequate for the job but nothing super special.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on January 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These boots have been one of the best finds. I’ve always had a difficult time finding ski boots that fit my wide width of my foot, narrow heal, and muscular calves. These really fit the bill perfectly. When you get them don’t be detered by the tight fit. No boot fits perfectly right out of the box. Heat moulding is definitely a must. I wore these several times in the resort to break them in before taking them to the backcountry. They perform so increadibly well, and respond very well in ski mode. Walk to ski mode is a very easy transition. The top buckle also has a latch that is mobile to flex with the foot when touring (in walk mode) I am generally a size 6.5 in shoes and the 23.5, and possibly could have gone down to a 23.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on January 26, 2017

The Binding to End all Bindings
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bindings have just about nothing wrong with them. The only issue I had was learning how to step into the toe, but that took all of one day to figure out. Transitioning from walk mode to ski mode is incredibly easy, and they ski beautifully down powder and provide effortless control. However, the best thing about these bindings is the DIN settings. Most every other Tech binding doesn’t have the option to adjust the Din which is a bit scary. So having that makes a big difference. I would definitely recommend them to everyone. They are great for Backcountry skiing, as well as resort. The only reason I would not use them constantly in resort is just to avoid the wear, but they preform great anywhere you take them!

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on January 6, 2017

Functional
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Bought this jacket on a whim, and very glad that I did. I was a little hesitant, but I have not been disappointed.

Pros:
-Very warm and great for dry weather activities
-Cute jacket
-Has inside pocket, which is great for keeping your ski pass, or phone/wallet/money
-Fabric is very durable
-When soaked it still stays insulated
-If it happens to drizzle it has a SLIGHT ability to bead off the jacket, however that is not this jackets strong suit.
-Has a big hood suitable to work with a helmet.
-Fit true to size
-Warm and perfect for skiing.
-It has an oversized quality to the body, which works great for layering with sweatshirts or sweaters.
-Great for technical and casual use.

Cons:
-This will get soaked if you are in a humid environment – also gets wet in the rain, and snow (as to be expected) works great with a shell.
-The jacket, worn with the wrong pants, can either make you look like a 90’s mom, or a child over bundled in ski gear – however I would take functionality over fashion, and the functionality of this jacket definitely outweighs the fit.
-I suggest wearing this jacket with a shell unless you are skiing on a perfectly blue bird day.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on December 23, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I bought these for my little sister and she loves them. They are super unique, and trending hard right now. She fits right in at school with these and look adorable with her converse. 10/10 would buy again. They are made of very thin material which I was not expecting. So I am a little weary of how durable they will be with a lot of wear.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on December 3, 2016

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

These boots are appropriately named, as they are a breeze to transition to. There was no uncomfortable break in period. Very comfortable right out of the box, and very supportive on the rocks. It has the perfect amount of ankle support for a hiking boot. I generally like to go with something as minimal as possible, however I got a hairline fracture in my leg, and still wanted to hike, so needed something a little more stable. Got these and they were great. Sometimes they felt a little clunky, though I think that is attributed to the fact I don’t normally hike/backpack/run in heavy shoes. So these are great. I would highly recommend these to someone who is looking to get into the outdoors, and needs something with good support in the foot bed, and stability in the ankle. They also run pretty true to size. I wear anything from a 6.5-7, and these run a touch narrow, so I went with the 7.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on November 26, 2016

3 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Some mixed emotions about these leggings. I have the Blurred floral print. They are very comfy and soft, and the pattern is very cool, but they are not the most flattering. I think a large part is due to the loud pattern. It’s not very slimming. I have gotten compliments on them, but I think it’s because they are so different, not because they actually look good. I think if I had got a smaller size and a quieter color I would like them more. But in terms of use, I love practicing yoga in them. They are very comfortable, and don’t ride up or down when posing all over the mat.. I would be willing to try another color and size in these.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

3 5

Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

These pants are comfortable, but I do not think they are flattering on my body. It might be the boot cut, and the fact I’m short, or maybe the size is just too big. The fabric is great, but I just don’t like the way they fall around my ankle. Im 5’4 and there is A LOT of fabric around my ankle. Like 4 inches. I haven’t really worn them very much since they look kind of weird. But I can imagine they would be great for climbing considering how stretchy they are.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on November 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I did a lot of research before buying the Yakima. This rack is great and convenient for hauling 5 bikes. It's the second rack I've owned, and it's a clear improvement over my old one. I love the easy tilt feature and the fact that it locks to the vehicle. Bikes are easy to mount, although I wish the zip tabs were a bit easier to use and attached to the rack. I'll be surprised if I don't lose a couple before the end of the season. The bike cable lock is a nice "psychological deterrent", but it's a tad short with 5 bikes.

I totally recommend the Yakima fullTilt

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I really wish these boots could have worked for me but they are not the right fit. I have a very wide toe box, and narrow heal, which could be fixable with heat molding, but they don’t fit with my muscular calves. I put them on the loosest setting and they still cut off circulation to my legs being so tight around my calves. I knew my calves were big, but not THAT big. You must have skinny legs to make this work for you. I think they would work if I sized up to a 25 in the neck and kept the 24.5 in the foot; I’m a size 6.5 to 7 for reference. On the plus side, the flex in these is incredible, and the weight is as light as a feather. They are very easy to switch back and forth into walk and ski mode. It’s concerning to me that these are suggested for both Tech and AT bindings. It’s a little difficult to tell from the picture, but the toe box lifts about an inch from the ground, which would mount almost too well in an AT binding, and not let you out if you needed to lose your ski running into a rock or tree; excellent for breaking a leg, making the mount far too tight. However with pins these would be great.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on September 30, 2016

4 5

This under Quilt is surprisingly warm. I was worried since the temp rating said 50 degree temp rating, but winter camping. Went ahead and bought this thing, and so happy I did. I took it up into the Uinta’s backpacking. It got down to freezing, and this thing was PLEANTY warm. We used our 0 degree down bags like a blanket on top of us and it worked great.
Cons
• Make it just a little bit bigger to fit fully up the sides of the hammock – Though I know the point of an under quilt is just to cover the bottom, it would be nice to feel more secure if it was a little bigger – Our hammock was a two person hammock and we both sleep in it at the same time, so if you are a single lady (or man) this might not be an issue
• It’s a tad bulky, but taking this saves on space in other areas so well worth it – about the same size as a sleeping bag to pack
• Haven’t used this solo yet, so the extra warmth could be from the additional body in the hammock. But even so our bums did not freeze all night as they have in the past.
Pros
• Its synthetic which keeps away any undue moisture when packing it back into the stuff sack
• VERY easy to put up and down. Just clip it to your hammock clip
• It’s great to save on space by not having to take a tent and sleeping pads. – I think one sleeping bag over top of us would have sufficed; the two down bags zipped together was almost too much.

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on September 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is the perfect lounge shirt. Its so comfortable, and I LOVE the sleeves. The sleeves are longer than a normal cap sleeve which really helps to add to the cozy effect. I think it’s a great shirt for the fall. The fabric is very soft, and the body of the shirt is nice and loose, but still flattering. Love that the proceeds go towards National Parks. Really a two in one when you buy this shirt. I can wear it with sweats, or even my jeans with heals. Was a little worried the small was going to be a bit tight. But it fits perfectly through the chest, shoulders and torso. Its very adorable!

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Courtney Scottwrote a review of on September 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs

Loooooove these socks. On top of being functional they are cute. I love wearing these socks skiing. It’s the perfect amount of compression when you are on your feet all day in a squat position, in stiff ski boots. When I wear these my legs don’t get nearly as tired as when I wear just a regular wool sock. It also is completely form fitting to my toe box so there is no excess fabric to cause uncomfortable bunching. I was a little worried they might be too tight since I have larger more athletic calves, but that’s not an issue in the slightest. They are a thin so on a really cold ski day my feet do end up getting a tad chilly but not bad. I like that they are thin because they fit well inside my ski boot. I also wear them winter fly fishing which they are great for. Ive also had them for over a year now and they are going strong. No fraying, or any sort of wear that is going to compromise the integrity of the sock. The only reason I am docking one star is due to my feet getting cold.

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