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Emma Giebler

Emma Giebler

Sandy, UT

Emma Giebler's Passions

Biking
Climbing
Running
Skiing
Snowboarding
Yoga

Emma Giebler's Bio

Coming from the Midwest and having explored parts of the West on family adventures as a child, I have always longed for and aspired to a life in the outdoors. After retiring from a short-lived career as a dancer through college, I jumped on the opportunity to pack up my belongings, and I moved West; little did I know how many new hobbies and sports I would pick up. I now am an absolute fanatic of alpine skiing, mountain biking, and trail running and have become an athlete in all three sports. I base my career now on the belief that the proper gear as well as proper planning promotes longevity and stoke in the outdoor life.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on January 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

While shopping for a "front-side" ripper for here in Utah, I stumbled across these and decided to give them a go. Keep in mind that a front-side ski in Utah is going to be wider than in other locations; typically something in the 95mm-100mm range is perfect for hardpack days here in the land of powder. I was skiing early-season on the low tide snowpack on my Moment Deathwish (112m underfoot) as my everyday ski, but then decided that I needed some rippers that would complement my pow skis, hold up on ice, and allow me to rail some big turns on the steeps.

Enter the Dictator 2.0. A new line from Faction and a bit of a departure from the brand's sister skis, the Dictator is a more traditional shaped ski. The whole Dictator series comes in a variety of waist widths for different objectives (85mm, 95mm, 105mm, 115mm), and with two sheets of metal added into the core, the skis get stiffer as the waist widths grow. I chose the Dictator 2.0 at 95mm underfoot to rip around Snowbird and Alta when there's not any more than 3-4 inches of fresh to hit (that's when the pow skis come out). With tip rocker, camber underfoot, and slight tail rocker, you get an incredibly versatile charger of a ski. Add in the two sheets of titanal, and you've got a set of planks strapped to your feet that you likely won't find a speed limit on. At 5'6" and 145lbs, I ski the 175cm length, which I admit I find to be a tad long for my abilities due to stiffness. I can, however, learn a LOT from this ski and progress with my skills.

So far this season, we've had mainly icy hardpack mixed with a few inches of snow here and there and, of course, moguls for days. The hardpack performance is phenomenal, and I have yet to find a speed limit. The stability on steeper slopes is where this ski really starts to shine, and it's surprising how quick it is edge-to-edge when flying down Regulator Johnson at Snowbird. On the less steep runs, it's amazingly fun to sit in the backseat occasionally and juice the tails a little bit. Those tails will hold you in the backseat for a hot minute and then slow-mo slingshot you into your turns. I've gotta say that this is an incredibly fun feature of this ski. On shallower slopes, this ski really doesn't carve that I would like it to, mainly due to the insignificant sidecut (dimensions 122-95-108mm), which again is better set up for stability on the steeps. See the Dictator 1.0 for better carving abilities.

In chopped up snow, this ski is quick to respond to imperfections and not toss you around even though it's about a 7/10 on the stiffness scale. This is all in thanks to the rockered tip and tail, and I am easily able to shut the ski down on a moment's notice and throw it sideways, even though it doesn't feel like it pivots sideways as easily and Faction's brothers (Candide, Prodigy, etc.).

I find bumps to be the biggest challenge on this ski, and that might be because I am in the 175cm, and this is where the 171cm may be a benefit for me. With a ton of ski in front of me, it's a bit trickier to get forward enough to stay in a charging position with my body, and if I get thrown into the backseat, I end up riding the stiff tails, sending me into a carve in the bumps. That being said, that ski is still playful enough that I could see myself learning to fine tune my technique and eventually learn to cruise through moguls smoothly. I'm curious to see how this progresses for me.

While this ski is built to handle a bit of powder, it doesn't have the float of a powder ski, mainly due to the camber and stiffer tail. If you're looking for the all-mountain/pow option, see the Dictator 3.0 and see the 4.0 for the dedicated powder option.

To summarize, I'm stoked on the Faction Dictator 2.0 as an all mountain ripper, and I can see myself benefiting from this ski. With a stiff profile and traditional shape, this ski is meant for advanced/expert skiers. I love playing around and exploring the mountain, and it's extra fun for side hits.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on December 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really like these pants! Cozy warm, even on the extra chilly days. They do run a little bit, so you may want to size down. I have a 29" waist and am normally a size 6 in pants. These are definitely large.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is my all-time favorite hooded baselayer! With a synthetic material, this top is toasty warm in chilly conditions and wicks moisture when I start sweating from Jonny Moseley-ing on a bump day at Snowbird. With key features like thumbholes and a thin hood that fits nicely under a helmet, this top is cute to boot! Highly recommended for all ladies in the outdoors.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these bindings! I've been skiing on Look Pivots for quite some time now, and these feel drastically different for the better. With a bit of lift off the ski, I put these on my new pair of Faction Dictator 2.0's to build up a solid all-mountain shred system for the hardpack days here in Utah. With how much chop we end up skiing here on powder and crud days, I'd really been wanting something that could provide a little bit of cushion and suspension on those bumpy traverses at Alta. The STH2 is almost like the front fork suspension on a mountain bike in this realm. It's nice to have a little shock absorption to smooth out the ride and give your legs a bit of a break. The carving performance is solid too and really allows you to lay the ski over on edge while still maintaining the arc'd shape of a parabolic ski. The cherry on top is that they're amazingly easy to step in and out of.

Highly recommended for any and all aggressive skiers!

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I've gotta say that I really love FlyLow products. With the philosophy of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), they know how to engineer apparel that will hold up in the toughest conditions and look good. The Jody is a heavier weight insulated piece that keeps me super warm with just a baselayer underneath, even down to -10 in the dead of winter. As a bonus, the collar has fleece on the inside, so when the jacket is fully zipped, you have a nice, soft layer to keep your face nice and toasty. This is probably my favorite feature!

This jacket in particular seems to be really well designed, and I almost want to challenge it to see if I could destroy it in any way. I love it too much to do that though. I've take a tumble or two through some tree branches, and there's not a snag. You can tell how well it's made just by looking at it and trying it on.

With a few extra technical features for skiing (pass pocket, powder skirt, helmet-compatible insulated hood), this is one of the best ski jackets on the market for ladies who run cold. As a bonus on top of everything wonderful about this jacket, it's got a timeless look to it, so you'll wear it for years after purchasing.

If interested in picking one up for yourself or a loved one, feel free to call me at (801)619-7481 or email at egiebler@backcountry.com.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on December 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If you're one who hates the cold but can't avoid standing around in it, AND you want to be friendly to animals, then try out this amazing Featherless parka from Marmot. Using a synthetic material that mimics goose down, the jacket is packed full of insulation that avoids any and all cruelty toward geese. It also uses a faux fur around the hood, which is removable if that look isn't for you. Not only is this parka incredibly warm, but it's got a waterproof membrane that will withstand the harshest conditions in the dead of winter. The fit is relaxed and built for layering if that's your jam, and the pockets have an opening that you can slide your hand into and be rewarded with cozy warm fleece lining. The tops of the pockets allow for you to drop your valuables in and snap up to protect them; this dual pocket feature allows you to keep your hands warm without having to deal with all of the junk in your pockets. Overall, this is the perfect winter coat.

If you have any questions on this or if you would like to inquire about an order, please feel free to contact me directly at (801)619-7481 or egiebler@backcountry.com.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on December 7, 2017

5 5

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

This jacket is comparable in every way to your traditional puffy down jacket, but it's made with a synthetic 3M Thinsulate material that saves the lives of many geese. It's packable, cozy, warm, and flattering. I use it for everyday wear, and sometimes for layering while in the backcountry. If you're one who tends to sweat, this is a fantastic alternative that won't wet out on you in the backcountry or on your technical mountain pursuit. The durability factor is key as well! At first I wasn't sure about the fit, but then I added some layers, and I've been playing around with different combos. This is definitely a great piece for layering. Highly recommended.

For any questions or sales inquiries, please contact me at (801)619-7481 or egiebler@backcountry.com

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

Dream machines
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I learned about the Deathwish and its revolutionary triple camber, I was quite intrigued yet terrified. This was a mustache rocker/camber hybrid profile that Moment decided to test out and didn't know what to expect and sent people out to take some risks these skis, hence the name: Deathwish.

I have to say that this design is genius. Overall the ski has camber with tip and tail rocker that allow for float in powder and helps you finish out your turns when things get a little hairy. With this camber design, it performs pretty well on hardpack for such a wide 112mm (powder) ski, but it of course does not get me the big open GS turns that I like to rail on Regulator Johnson at Snowbird. Slalom turns? It does pretty okay. Tight turns in chop and crud? That's where the ski shines.

The rocker combined with the camber, as mentioned before, helps out with choppy turns, but in the middle of this recipe is the flattened out camber underneath the bindings and feet. This allows for the skis to act like true cereal bowl powder skis in the deep stuff and gives the skier amaaaazing float. More importantly, it helps the skier to surf over chop and crud without the anxiety of catching an edge and ripping apart any knees. Because of this flattened camber, I personally am always able to maintain a point of contact between my feet and the snow, regardless of conditions. This results in the ability to easily pivot and throw the skis sideways to shut them down on short notice. This is particularly helpful on narrow, sketchy traverses that can be found when finding a sick like off the Cirque. Of course in really sketchy, choppy snow this feature is incredibly handy so that I can just coast over whatever comes in my way.

In powder, it's heaven. Don't need to say anything else about that.

In tight and steep chutes, all you need to do is stand there, take a few deep breaths, and get your act together before launching straight down and hopefully missing any rocks or trees that might have inconveniently gotten in your way. The second you pivot your skis, you'll be able to take off without having to jump turn to clear your edges of the chop. If conditions are smooth and powdery, you'll be able to surf to your heart's content and make some of the best turns of your life.

I could go on all day about how wonderful these skis are, but I'll narrow it down to just a quick summary. Overall, these are somewhat soft and playful skis that can pack a punch and tackle all conditions. Because of their unique triple camber profile, I am incredibly impressed at how well these handle technical terrain yet find a balance to smooth out in powder. Recommended for rippers out west that aren't afraid of mixed conditions and love powder in particular (but who doesn't?). Even though I am a ski bum, these are the only skis that I own for the resort because I simply do not need anything else. Best ride I have ever been on.

Kudos to Moment!

One afterthought on durability: I've skied over plenty of rocks, sharks, and gravel, and the Ptex doesn't even have a scratch on it. I'm challenged to do any damage to these puppies.

If you have any questions on these skis, please contact me at (801)619-7481 or email at egiebler@backcountry.com. I'd love to get you set up on a pair of these!

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

Cozy and comfy
5 5

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

This is the coziest flannel I've ever owned! At first I was a bit turned off by the big, boxy fit, but after one wash, it definitely fits better. It's more of a relaxed fit now, and the material has maintained its softness. For sizing reference, I have a size 36 bust and am normally a medium in most tops, but I purchased this in small, and it's still a tad large. It runs on the long side, so it covers up everything. If you're looking for a classic and casual flannel, this is it!

Great for riding bikes at the bike park and dirt jumps. Adds extra steaze to your radness factor.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on October 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this when I got a little tired of having a hydration pack over my shoulders and weighing me down while mountain biking. This pack sits comfortably around my hips, and then I just forget I'm even wearing it while riding. I'm able to carry 40oz of water in two bottles that sit on the outside, and these bad boys are DURABLE and are very easy to refill with water. A couple of mini bungee cords hold them in place while the bottle holders are made to maintain shape so that reinserting the bottles after a quick chug is an easy peasy process. The storage has one main compartment (and it's GIANT), in which I can hold a spare tube, a pump, sunscreen, tools, snacks, etc. It holds a lot!! I have yet to max it out, and yes, it's enough storage to get you down the Whole Enchilada. There's another mini pocket on the front, which is great for holding keys/phone or chapstick. The waist belt is easy to adjust, and did I mention how comfortable this pack is? Suuuuuuper comfortable! Must have!!

Only complaint is that I wish the waist straps would tuck away somewhere, but that's it. :)

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

Best flannel I've found yet!
5 5

I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of flannel shirts, and FlyLow hit a home run with this one. The material is very soft, the stitching is impeccable, the buttons aren't going anywhere, and wow is this thing robust! I've been wearing it for every day use and mountain biking, and when I get a little toasty or sweaty, I never feel overheated or like I'm hotboxing. This flannel breathes very well and seems to wick moisture too. The fit is long and baggy, but not unflattering. There's even a tab to taper the fit a bit under the armpits to create a more tailored, sleeker fit. I highly recommend this for the girl that wants to dress casually, but she may not know if she's getting into some unexpected adventure for the day. So versatile.

I want this flannel in every color ever.

Pairs nicely with the FlyLow Foxy bibs for ski touring.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these after losing a TLD Ace glove on the lift at Deer Valley. They're pretty simple without padding, and the tech tip fingers work VERY well. I am able to send texts without having to take my gloves off. The mesh material is incredible durable, and I've scraped my hands enough on rocks to damage any other pair of gloves, but these are holding up great!

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

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

I purchased this as a gift for one of my best friends as their wedding gift. It wasn't on their registry, so I stepped out of the box a little bit. Needless to say, they absolutely LOVED it and found a way to bring it with them on their honeymoon overseas. Soft material, vibrant color, and holds up well in the wash.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear this almost every day.
It's soooo cozy, and I fell in love with it while I was trying it on for the first time. I didn't even have it pulled over my head yet at that moment. The fleece is incredibly soft, the fit is flattering, the hood makes me feel like a jedi, AND it's got thumbholes. I wear this for lounging around at home, at the office, casual wear, pretty much everything. The only downside is that it doesn't seem incredibly durable, so rugged outdoor activities are out for this hoody.

FELLAS: Buy this for your wife/girlfriend. They'll love you even more for it.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is almost perfect in my eyes. It looks great, material feels amazing, warm enough for fall riding, BUT I feel like the back doesn't breathe quite like I'd like it to. There are two large pockets on the back that are used for side access to store Gu, snacks, and other things, but it's almost a roadie style. For mountain biking, I cannot put anything in those pockets since I wear a hydration pack, so I honestly do not see the point. These pockets just add extra material in a spot on my back where I sweat the most. Other than that, this jersey is pretty wonderful!

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bag because I needed something that would accommodate my lifestyle going from the office to the gym or to the great outdoors every day. Basically, I needed a laptop sleeve and some cargo space for a change of clothes and a pair of shoes. This bag comes with that and then some! There's a water bottle holder, pockets for DAYS, pen holders, etc. There's a compartment for me to keep everything organized since that's something I struggle with on the daily. Hands down the best bang for your buck for your daily commute.

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 8.5

These shoes are terrific for anyone learning to ride mountain bikes, picking up new skills, or transitioning from clipless to flats (like me!). With the Stealth rubber and right pedal combo, you won't even notice the difference between clipless and flats anymore. These are considered to be a bit more of an introductory flats shoe since they're not as stiff, but that's a HUGE advantage in learning new tricks and getting comfortable with getting air and not flying off the pedals. With the soft sole, not only can you feel the pedals under your feet, but you can also wrap your feet around the pedals for extra grip, pump, and drive on your next ride. With super wide feet, it took a few rides to break these shoes in, but now they're so dreamy. I wouldn't mind buying a few more pairs just for kicking around!

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Emma Gieblerwrote a review of on September 8, 2017

5 5

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

I really like these because you can wear them for casual wear or for getting rad and sweaty in the mountains. They run a bit on the small side... I'm normally a size 4-6 in pants and went with medium. It was the right call!

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