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Emily Jenson

Emily Jenson

Gearhead

Utah and Idaho

Emily Jenson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing
Running
Yoga
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Biking
Fly Fishing

Emily Jenson's Bio

I'm a Utah native and love being outside. I want to help everyone do the same! Let me know how I can help you get and stay outside. You can shoot me an email, or give me a call.

My list of favored activities is ostensibly endless, so, there's a good chance I've got you covered! I climb, ski, run, kayak, bike, backpack, fly-fish, attempt yoga and snowshoe.

I'm looking forward to working with you.

You can reach me at:
801.746.7587
ejenson@backcountry.com

Emily Jenson

Emily Jensonwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

4 5

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

If you are shopping for a grigri and want to know the difference between the 2 and the +, you can reach out to me as well. Basically, the updated + will stop the rope, even if the gate is open. This a great feature, especially for the more inexperienced belayers.

Both are awesome products!

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Emily Jenson

Emily Jensonwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 40.0

You'll perform well in every condition, with these, except long trad days.

I wear a 9.0 street shoe. The 40.0 is perfect for me. The heel is a touch big, but it's doable. And, I'd be wearing the Boostic for major heel hooks, anyway. In the Boostics I wear a 40.5, but size down for this one.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 40.5

These are really comfortable for an aggressive down-turned shoe. Performance is solid.

I am size 9 street shoe. I wear these in a 40.5. I wear the Instincts in a 40, for comparison. In La Sportiva Katana, I'm a 38.5.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

Light, 3 season bag
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The sleeping system is rad. It's nice to not roll off your pad. You can also join your two bags together, and not have to get a double wide pad, because the single pads stay in place.

Zipping bags together is quite nice and a lot warmer, especially when you sleeping in below freezing temps. So, I strongly recommend getting opposing zippers on your bags, so you can do this. Also, with Big Anges' sleeping system, your pads stay put, so you aren't rolling off them all night.

This isn't a super warm bag, thus the 4 stars. It's comfortable closer to 35+. But, I have discovered that the slightest covering over the top of the bag, will increase the warmth significantly. So, I recommend getting a sleeping bag liner and putting it over the bag and pad, to trap the heat. Or, taking a light blanket or even your backpacking towel, and draping it over the bag. This will increase the comfort rating dramatically.

Everything else I like about this bag. It's light and durable, even against my dogs claws. I just wish the temp rating wasn't 20 degrees off.

I do want to mention that it's crucial to fluff your down bag, before you use it for the first time. The down settles, and gets smashed while it's on the shelf, leaving dead spots that get cold. Put it in the dryer with tennis balls for a full cycle and you'll be set!

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

Pair Up!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Zipping bags together is quite nice and a lot warmer, especially when you sleeping in below freezing temps. So, I strongly recommend getting opposing zippers on your bags, so you can do this. Also, with Big Anges' sleeping system, your pads stay put, so you aren't rolling off them all night.

This isn't a super warm bag, thus the 4 stars. It's comfortable closer to 35+. But, I have discovered that the slightest covering over the top of the bag, will increase the warmth significantly. So, I recommend getting a sleeping bag liner and putting it over the bag and pad, to trap the heat. Or, taking a light blanket or even your backpacking towel, and draping it over the bag. This will increase the comfort rating dramatically.

Everything else I like about this bag. I just wish the temp rating wasn't 20 degrees off.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 13, 2017

Size Down
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

These do stretch, so get a size down from you normal size in other brands. The only color you don't want to size down in, is the Indigo. The dye makes them tighter, for some reason.

These are incredibly comfortable pants. I don't even notice them when I'm hiking or climbing. They also last forever. It's the only jean I wear any more.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 13, 2017

Runs Small.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.0

I am posting this about the sizing. These are really small. Size up on these, maybe even a full size. The width and the length were tight. I am normally a 9.0. With Altra, I'm more like a 9.5 , but no one else. I think I might me a 10.0 in these version. I'm never a 10!

Other than sizing, they are the same good shoe you love, from Altra. I haven't run in these, since I haven't picked up my right size yet, and thought I could get away with the 9.0 for hiking at least. But, the grip is good on the dirt and the rock.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 13, 2017

Easy, Light
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well, this is a luxurious pole. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know that I am typically off-trail with my botanist husband, who searched for rare native plants. So, trekking poles are basically necessary for me. They are incredibly helpful, going both up and down hill. I'm no spring chicken, so my knees love me, when I take the poles.

I feel so spoiled with these super fancy trekking poles.They aren't my first Leki poles, but they are my first carbon. I have to say, the carbon is really nice when they are in the pack. Who wants to carry the extra weight?

I should do 4 stars, since they are new to me and I don't know how they will hold up. However, I handle Leki customer's all the time and rarely see issues, if ever. Also, my Makalu's have lasted for many years, without any fail. So, I just went ahead and made these the All-Stars I think they are.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a perfect Japanese gardening tool. But, it also works fantastically well for camping and backpacking. Thus, the reason we carry it.

This is a multi-purpose tool. It has a sharp blade, saw, notch for cutting rope, plus a spade for digging holes. It also has a full tang with a blunt metal end for pounding stakes and whatever else. It's a bit weighted, so it has some real power.

this is a very handsome knife and has a strong and beautiful sheath with a hook for your belt. that hook isn't super secure, if your really hiking around. but, it was just meant for the garden. So, just keep on your pack.

This is also a rad company that gives back to communities, world wide. Check them out! http://www.barebonesliving.com/

You can also use it to stir your coffee. Win.

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