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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

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on June 18, 2018

Teach Your Children Well
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

This is my son's first pair of hiking pants. He's never cared about what he wore hiking, previously. But finally, he trusts dad and is now living full-time in the Brion pants. How could you not?! They are everything you want in function and fashion.

The fit is true for my family. I would not call this a slim cut, like the previous review mentioned. They are definitely just normal to me. So, don't size up. Just get your normal size pant and will work for most people.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on June 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

After trying a few kid carriers, my customer was really happy with this carrier. Here is what he had to say:

The Kelty is actually relatively comfortable for a kid carrier. It carries almost like a normal backpack other then the awkward higher center of gravity. Adjusting for different torso lengths is ridiculously easy and is as 'on the fly' as they describe it. The harness isn't as intuitive as the osprey but does seem relatively snug for our tiny peanut (barely meets the weight requirement) once we tighten it. The lack of side pockets and CamelBak reservoir didn't bother us, so we went with the slightly lighter model. None of the Kelty packs comes with a full rain cover, which is annoying - but I think the Deuter rain cover will fit.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on June 7, 2018

Light, Simple, Functional
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this pack. I had a hard time fitting it to my body, at first, though. I think the reason why is that it is a womens specific pack, and I am used to unisex. So, once I just set the hip belt in the right place, I realized that the shoulder straps naturally fall into place, and you do not have to adjust them much, at all.

This does have a hydration sleeve. It carries a heavy load well. I was responsible to carrying everyones water. So, I was very relieved to feel the weight transfer right to my hips, and not my shoulders. It also stays in place, scampering up rocks and leaning over to assist your dog or kids and whatnot.

The hip pocket is rad because it half-detaches, so that you have easy access to the pocket, without dropping it. I really like that feature. The other pockets are smartly placed as well. They are simple, but really useful. There is hidden pocket that is good for your keys and things you do not want to lose. And then the big main pocket for everything else.

The sternum strap is not adjustable, but it is comfortably placed for me at least.

The shoulder straps are really cool, as part of it is cut out for more breathability. I also like that I can loop the the hydration tube through it and it stays put. The straps also have a mesh fabric to help with ventilation, as does the back panel.

There is an expandable strap on top, to secure a rope. I plan to use this trad and multi-pitch climbing, so that strap is crucial for my needs. I have not climb with it yet, though. But, I am confident it will be light enough to climb in, but still carry everything I need and keep me hydrated.

I have no question on the durability. The fabric is solid and the zipper are all smooth and strong. The mesh pocket for water bottles is thick as well. Also, I've roughed it up quite a bit, but it doesn't hold on to dirt or discoloration at all. So, it still looks perfect.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 7, 2018

Perfect for biking.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You gotta hear people behind you, when you are on the trail or road. So, getting a speaker like this is a must, if you are addicted to music, like I am. The directional speaker sounds good, but still allows you to hear the other bikes, cars, and even rattlesnakes.

The black buckshot is camouflaged on my grey bike, but it's there, on the handlebar. It requires no screws; easy to take on and off, and very secure. Genius!

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 7, 2018

Serious cushion, when in play.
4 5

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

I'm not doing 5 stars, since I just demoed these.

So, standing around, trying these on, they didn't feel particulary soft to me. I run in Altras and Hokas, so I thought there was no way that they'd have enough cushion.

Weird thing though. As soon as I started walking, they did have a cloud effect, just like my Altras and Hokas, but without all that height. So, I'm incredibly impressed. I'm already recommending these to people and plan to get a pair asap.

For sizing, they definitely run small. This style runs maybe 1/2 size small. Another style I tried was probably 1 full size small. So, size up.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

Good trad shoe, maybe not for hot slab?
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've liked this shoe a lot, for multipitches. I sized up, got the 9.5 even though I'm a size 9.0, and they fit perfectly after a pitch or two.

But, I'm not sure how much I like the rubber in the hot slab. The rubber slipped after a couple hours in the sun and I couldn't smear at all. I really needed my feet, so that was a bummer.

Not giving up on them yet. I will definitely take them out a lot more this season and wait and see if it was just me, or if the rubber gives out in our desert sun.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

Breezy.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I know this technically isn't a sun shirt. But, it's working really well for me! I've been using to cover up but still stay cool, while I'm baking on the rock like a lizard.

This photo doesn't show the shirt very well, but it does show how happy I am with the Fallbrook shirt, in that hot sun!

It does run true to size. I'm usually a medium in Prana tops. It's a loose fit, but didn't bother me climbing, or with my climbing backpack on.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

Performance. Oh, and cushion.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am usually running Hokas for their cushion aspect, for obvious reasons. They really do make your joints sing! I am no spring chicken, so I definitely know what I am talking about.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these are giving me some performance aspects that I did not expect. I feel a lot of spring action coming back at me, which I am pretty darn happy about. Must be the EVA foam.

I am also finding it easy to work a mid-foot strike, which I prefer. I have been in zero drop shoes for a while and found mid-foot strike to be a little bit tricky in the past, with Hokas street shoes. But, I am having no issues with that in the Speedgoat, since it has a 4.5 millimeter drop. I'm so happy they offer this option!

The lugs are great on the descent. I feel secure and do not think twice about my footing. I have run on any slippery surfaces yet, which I need to do and test. But, for the most part you want to avoid those anyway. Still, I will take them through some streams and see how they do. They have been great on loose dirt and gravel, so I am not too concerned.

I am VERY happy about the color options this year. I know bright is their signature look, but I do think it scares people away that would otherwise, be hooked. So, I am happy that I can answer people’s questions about these shoes on the trail, and they will not run from the super bright colors. Hahah!

Size is true. I am a size 9.0, almost always. These are just right. If you run really long-distances, where your feet swell and you are on the cusp of sizes, then size up half a size. Otherwise, go true.

I've had Hokas in the past, and they are durable for miles and miles. So, gave these 5 stars, even though they are new to me.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

For any occasion.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had my eyes on these Rumpls for years and finally decided to see what all the fuss was about. I was debating between the down and the synthetic. I plan to keep this in my car most of the time, so I went with synthetic, in case a jug of water spilled on it and I still needed it to keep me warm. Now that I see how much I've used it though, I think I will need to get a down-throw for backpacking. They are awesome.

I have been using this on the couch, as well as taking it outside. It's a lot cozier than a fleece blanket, which I did not expect. It also looks prettier because it does not pill, or collect dog hairs. So, now I need one for my couch too. I think I am going to end up with a lot of these. Hahah!

I liked the rainbow color online, but was nervous about how I would like it in person. I thought that it would be a bit loud. But you can see that it is gorgeous and I want to post a million pictures of it. If you are attracted to that style at all, get it. You will love it. The colors are both exhilarating and calming.

Does it keep you warm, like a blanket should? Yes. Definitely. You will warm up quickly with this. I want down for everything, but I forget how awesome synthetic is these days. This feels just as warm as down.

I have taking this on hikes, but it does not pack down really small. Get the down throw, if you need to save space or want to take it backpacking.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 1, 2018

Waterproof all-day comfort
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had these for a few weeks now. So, technically, I'm not sure how durable they will be since I haven't put them through the wringer. So, that's why I didn't do a full 5 stars. Knowing Keen though, they will go the distance.

I got these day hikers just to demo and ostensibly haven't taken them off since. I keep finding excuses to wear them, even though I'm not hiking. So, they are a keeper. I'm stoked! My new best friends, for this summer.

These are VERY comfortable, out of the box. There is no break-in period. Because of that comfort though, these are definitely day-hikers. There isn't the stiff support most people want, while carrying a heavy backpack. If you don't like a stiff boot for backpacking and want something closer to a running shoe feel, then you will love these.

My favorite feature has to be their wide toe-box. BUT! They don't look boxy at all! Somehow they designed the top to look "normal", but you'll quickly feel that you have a lot of room for the ball of your toe to make full contact with the ground. I like to splay my toes for balance, so this is an incredible important feature to me and I like the added bonus that they still look slim.

I gave the waterproofing a few good tests, walking right through the streams. They stayed dry as dirt, so 5 stars on that front. There weren't any slippery rocks to test, since it's still early in the season. So, not sure how they will do on mossy rocks, yet.

I did take it up near-vertical sandstone rock walls, just to see how the sole performed. I'm always cautious at first, but they were golden. No worries there.

Sweat-wise, I didn’t have a problem in the high desert. I was concerned because I wore thick socks, and it was hot. But, turns out, it really wasn’t an issue. I didn’t get soggy feet or slippage or blisters. But, the desert will get much hotter, so I will definitely get thinner socks for the summer.

For size, go TRUE. My hiking boot and running shoe size is almost always 9.0. The size 9.0 in this is perfect, so go with your most normal size for active shoes and boots.

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