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Emily Jenson

Utah and Idaho

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's Passions

  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Skiing,
  • Climbing,
  • Running,
  • Yoga,
  • Paddling,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Biking,
  • Fly Fishing.
Emily Jenson

Emily Jensonwrote a review of on January 7, 2020

5 5

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

I demoed this jacket in 19 degree weather. I wore just a thin base layer under it and was purrrrfect! It was super cozy. I just got a little hot, once I started skiing aggressively, but the pit zips took care of that.
I liked the pocket placement. The chest pocket has a tiny pocket for your ID and credit cards, so they cannot fall out when you are trying to get other stuff. It's perfect.

I would absolutely buy this jacket. I'm typically a medium, and the medium was just right.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on December 18, 2019

5 5

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

Just used this for two days only, so far. But, the medium fit perfectly. I'm normally a medium. I did have to wear an insulated mid layer, both days, and felt comfortable in the medium.

I skied in a storm one of the days and the moisture beaded right off. The second day was cold but sunny, so I was over dressed for a couple of the midday hours. But, that meant that I got to test out the snapping flap! Worked like a charm! I unzipped the jacket for ventilation, but the snapflap kept the jacket in place, so I didn't look like a flying squirrel. Very clever!

I loved the fit, movement and pockets. I was really happy for a pass pocket on the sleeve. The only request I have at this point is hook for my keys, in one of the pockets.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on December 13, 2019

Oh, oh the places you'll go...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The photo of me below is in the resort, with the Nebo.

I used this ski all of the 2019 season and can't wait to get back on it again. The glorious DPS Ski Company built us a Utah specific ski, that will work in a lot of other areas, as well.

First, it's carbon so obviously very quick and fast on the ascent.

Second, it has technology built into it to make it a bit stiffer and damper (I'll skip the science part here). This helps with powering through the crud at the end of a beautiful tour that was full of perfect pow turns at the top, but then you're stuck with frozen, cut-up chunky snow at the bottom.

It also helps dampen the chatter of your ski, when you are skiing at high speeds in the resort, if you decide to rock it in the resort on pow days.

I definitely rocked it in the resort a lot last year. We had a good year with many pow days, and this is my best pow ski in my quiver, at this point. I was nervous the first couple times at the resort, but I didn't need to be, and adjusted quickly. With that said, you don't want this to be your primary resort ski, unless you go on only the best days.

I don't believe mine were pre-treated with their forever wax, because they are last year's model. So, I can't speak to that. Seems like an awesome feature, though.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on November 7, 2019

5 5

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

This jacket has worked its way into becoming a classic mid-layer. And, it's still as good as ever, if not better! It has a minimalist fit and weight, so perfect to not only layer in the outdoors, but lends itself to being a comfortable indoor piece in the winter.

The other cool part of this piece is it's breathability. It will wick the sweat you kick up, hauling yourself up a mountain, while also keeping you warm. It's pretty dang magical.

I'm normally a medium and this is spot on. It's actually even flattering, which is always a win in my book.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on November 7, 2019

4 5

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

I've wanted this jacket for so long! Stoked to finally have it.

My initial report is on the sizing. I am normally a medium and love that size for me, in this jacket. I'm 5'8 and about 130lbs with athletic shoulders.

Full disclosure, I'm a wimp with the cold! It's been warm for sure and great as a stand alone in 40F+ temps, though. Under that, it gets a little chilly after about 20 minutes outside and needs a shell.

I will update this review as I use it more. Can't wait for the winter season to fully drop!

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on October 18, 2019

Size 1/2 size down.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

I've been dreaming of these for years, but not sure if they would live up to my expectations. Finally took the plunge and I'm so relieved. They are perfect!

I sized 1/2 down from normal and I wouldn't want to go any smaller. The length is just right. They are breaking in pretty fast, and should be getting comfortable, by the second day. Start with thin socks, on the first day. They are great for day hikes, around 5 miles and for car camping and trekking through the snow in the winter.

I've also heard it's good to wax them right away, for added protection. They do get warm in the office, but rightfully so, as they are Made for the streets of Vermont, and not really the office. I love them though, so I wear them to work anyway.

These are great for snow! If you need a very waterproof boot for a ton of rain, I'm not sure these will cut it. I did have an issue during a rainstorm, but never any issue in snow.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

4 5

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

Four of us used this tent and made a huge mess of it, with all our gear. But, we still had space to sleep and be very unorganized. So, that was a plus! It was really comfortable to sit up in. It was just a little too short for me to stand, at 5'8, but I could still move around without having to bend too much.

The integrated door mats are so awesome! A huge plus.

I noticed in the morning that it did ventilate well, once the sun came out, and never felt stuffy. It was very easy to set up, and also packs down a lot smaller than I expected. I don't car camp often, but would gladly have this tent.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

Use it Constantly
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack constantly. I keep thinking I will use my hip pack, except this gives me zero issues and way more space for my 3 L reservoir, tools, food, emergency kit, rain jacket, insulated jacket...and more.

It's very comfortable, breathes very well in the heat, and has room for everything I could need in a day or a session. So, I keep taking this pack, over everything else.

Oh, and somehow it still looks new....Awesome!

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

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

The weight and size on this pad is exception and perfect for a light backpacking kit. It's also insulated and comfortable. It keeps you way off the ground too, as far as light sleeping pads go.

I used this in 30 degree weather and was very warm, paired with my Ethel sleeping bag. I was very comfortable and didn't feel a difference between this and my Q-Core Insulated, which is much heavier. Strangely, I think this one is quieter than my Q-Core... Mine is many years old though, so the technology on these may be better, e.g., quieter.

The only thing I would change is to get the wide version. I have learned that I personally always want a wider pad. I am a side sleeper and often sleep with my little dogs, so the wide pads always make everything more comfortable.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

4 5

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

I did 4 Stars because I just demoed this and don't know how the quality holds up. But I have other Marmot bags and they are strong.

I've felt like Marmot is the best bang for your buck, and this bag lives up to that feeling. It's just what you'd want from a 15 degree bag. It keeps you warm and packs up small enough to use backpacking. I would use this bag at freezing or just below. I get cold easily, so personally I wouldn't use it below 25 degrees. But, my son runs hot and he was comfortable in it at 20.

I highly recommend this bag and all other Marmot bags. They make warm bags for a decent price and a decent weight. If you get cold easily or camp in 20 degree or lower, get the Ouray. You will be roasty-toasty!

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

Packs a Punch
4 5

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

I used this one time on an overnight. I have had day packs from Deuter that I really loved, so I was excited to try their larger packs. The size was easy to adjust to fit me and I liked the suspensions system. I found it to be very comfortable.

I was able to self support with this pack, taking my 3 person tent and all of our cooking gear.

The only issue I had was that the sleeping bag compartment barley fit my 0 degree bag. I get cold and camp in the high alpine a lot, so I need a pack that will fit my big sleep bag. This one works, but a 65 liter is a lot easier to pack.

The photo is of my son, wearing the pack. We switched packs throughout the trip. This is a little small for him, but he didn't have any complains about the carrying the weight.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

5 5

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

Osprey wins again. I love their suspension system and am always happy with their organization and durability. This was no exception. It's super easy to adjust to your size, as well.

I would recommend this size for mountaineering.

For backpacking though, this size will for for most people, IF you are always going to be backpacking with a friend, sharing the gear. I personally couldn't get everything I needs for myself into this pack, in cold climates. If you are always going to be in a warmer climate, you should be able to fit everything you need in this size. But, for high alpine where you need a bigger sleeping bag and more layers and jacket, it would be a tight fit for most people. I could not fit my 0 degree in the sleeping bag compartment, so something to keep in mind if you always take a big sleeping bag.

I measured my torso and at 17in, the S/Mwas great.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on September 13, 2019

Light!
5 5

This is so light and I love the tent pole structure a lot. the whole thing is metal, so very durable! I have another Big Agnes tent and the only issue I've had in 3 years the the plastic on the poles breaking. So this new design is awesome!

The size is what you'd expect from a lightweight backpacking tent. It will not fit two wide sleeping pads, but fit two regular pads nicely. It's tall enough for a 6'2 person to sit up comfortably, which is a huge win.

Did I mention it's light!?

Love Big Agnes tent. Highly recommend!

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