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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey

Gearhead

Wasatch Mts, Sierras, Cottonwood Right

Karen Lindsey 's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Paddling
Yoga
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Surfing

Karen Lindsey 's Bio

I love summer, fall & spring, but deep down I'm a sucker for winter, snow, skiing, cold air on my face, fresh pow, quiet storms, majestic mountains, hidden cabins, noodle legs at the end of the day, a great book, good music, time with family and friends.

I’m an avid skier, mountain biker, amateur surfer, and I’m into backpacking, camping, rivers, lakes, and anything else water (snow included). My love for Backcountry.com is naturally born from a desire to share these things and help others find their happy place. Follow along with me for adventures in all places and all 4 seasons, gear to bring, and good times to be had.

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs
Size Purchased: Lg

This is seriously the best soft, plaid long-sleeve purchase I've every made and worth every dime. The high quality screams at you, the arm length is generous but the flattering slightly trim fit is not sacrificed (I sometimes go w/a larger size in other brands to get sleeve length then end up with a boxy fit) and no way did I need to with this. Every design decision on this simple shirt is obviously well thought out. The fabric is lighter, flowy, has some stretch; as comfortable as they get. I'll be buying more.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs
Size Purchased: Large/Tall

Pants are lightweight, cool, tough-enough for performance, but I'm always using them for casual too. I'm tall (5'10") and picked up the Tall length and LOVE it. The minimalist ruching detail on the pocket is fun, but very subtle (thankfully). Great stretch for movement and comfort and flattering design cut with a slightly snug fit on hips and loose legs--totally stylin Prana pant. I'll be getting 2nd one to stash soon.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Love the simplicity of the design and the fit and cut is true to size and flattering (true to size--slightly snug when dry, but water always loosens these up so went with my true size). Whether you're using it to beat away the rays or provide a protective layer on the board, it's a great find.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up for a quick, cold drink of water for my winter days lapping the mountain skiing. Sometimes, all I need is a small hit from the water bucket to keep me going until I call it for the day., and finally I've got it. This is tough, very well made, perfect for my internal jacket pocket and not too bulky or heavy that it's a lopsided distraction. Drink from it, collapse it, stash it and go. Versatile for other times too.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Snag a fish, save your hands. Don't pay a high price for you fun in the sun. This is why I picked these up since days on the river--in the sun-- often go much longer than I plan and these keep my hands from taking a big toll. Comfortable, light, run just a little large. Simple design, good investment!

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on May 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Light, airy, slightly (just slightly) large, generous sleeve length, and great protection; I picked this up for hiking, river, fly fishing, casual, layering, pretty much everything. Super comfortable. Just what I was looking for. This is available in menswear only, so I picked up a small. Ample length in body and sleeve and it's a little bit larger than the womens med/large tops I typically buy, but not a problem!

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

Bought this mostly take along for cool days and nights in spring and fall for the toddler (when the down jacket it way too much, and going without is not an option); turns out, it's a great layering jacket too, good for hikes, pre-school, evening picnics and more. Very well made and size was pretty true. I recommend this over and over.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

The most durable, well-built stylin' flip-flop out there that I've found (I have the women's and after 5 years, still can't wear them out--no complaints). In and out of water, this holds up. I especially like the texture of the footbed--doesn't turn into a slippery fish that finds you doing the side slip when wet like the "smooth, soft" ones do.. The webbed nylon straps don't budge and the arch support and contoured footbed is one of the best I've found to avoid the ache that comes from other "supportive" sandals, even after long hours.

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

The jacket is fantastic--if you're considering it even for a moment, pull the trigger on this one. Best performance, breathable yet protective (water/wind resistant---no it's not your Gore-Tex outershell) jacket, awesome to layer under a shell (check out the Alpha FL lightweight performance shell as a nice ultra-light outer layer to pair this with when the skies let loose) or use as a stand alone for hiking, backpacking and yes, you'll be tempted to show your outdoor style and throw it on for your casual cruisin. The small yet numerous design details had performance in mind, but the tempation to use it for everything will be hard to resist. I have numerous customers as well as friends and family who have this and swear by it.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This simple stand-up stove is the only way to go for your car camping, picnics, backyard, tailgating, sunrise sesh, and more;
great for small or large groups and is STURDY, with power-packed (but adjustable) burners. Leave the trail of empty propane cylinders behind and trade in for one propane tank (not included, sorry) that lasts longer than you can count the meals it will cook. BEST PURCHASE Highly recommend picking up the Camp Chef reversible griddle to go with it for some serious cooking. This also collapses to fit into a slender case that can be transported incognito beside your other gear.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a reel that was smooth, good quality, made the grade to be the dedicated reel for my new 6'2" small creek rod, had a good reputation and wouldn't break the bank. Done and done. Very happy with this purchase.

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

I bought this for a gift and it's been the best--looks sharp, not boxy but roomy enough for light layers, sleeve length generous enough, hood is handy for the cold wind whips, great to have along for that spontaneous evening hike or out on the town for a warm, comfortable casual piece. Highly recommend.

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Whatever size you choose, these bags are TOUGH, well-designed in their simplicity, generally very waterproof (not to be interchanged with your dry bag, however) and nice looking. I have the 45, 60 and now the 90L. Since I tend to do multiple activities, and never know when and where a spontaneous one will crop up, I wanted one bag in my vehicle to keep everything in one place in my car (wow-leg room for everyone now). The 90L might have been a little overkill for that purpose--the 60 would have worked, but this way, nothing escapes. It will be doubling for my road-trips and other travel too.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Since the day Pearl Izumi released some of the newer style, breathable "mesh" liners, all of my previous purchases have either been discarded or are still sitting on the bottom shelf. Snug--not sloppy--how you'd want a cycling layer, quality feel and well designed pad. With this particular pad, I see why they give it the thumbs up for longer rides--it seems to be a little more padded than I had been looking for in my everyday short-medium rides; I'll be keeping it for both longer rides and occasionally the shorter ones too.

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs
Size Purchased: large

What a great softshell--I purchased this for my touring days and it filled the gap I had in my technical shells--medium/light weight, great stretch for movement, athletic fit--they left the unnecessary fabric back on the design table (thank you), breathable fabric AND has pit zips so overheating isn't a worry, and---bonus---it's very flattering looking. The deep purple (Dawn) is your big girl purple so don't hesitate if you're considering it. This is a keeper.

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

The list of features I wanted in a technical hardshell is pretty long with this jacket (well thought out) for my charging days on the mountain--GTX 3L, the C-Knit variety which means it's a little more soft and supple than your typical hardshell, very protective, breathable, nice length to the pitzips when winter feels more like spring, removable snow skirt when I want to go more minimalist. This is a high contender for that outershell in my layering system. For me, I couldn't quite nail the fit (I'm tall but have regular arm and torso measurements; wished this was slightly more generous in overall length)...still...very well designed and the colors are awesome.

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Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

This top pretty much can do most anything---and look good. It's breathable, soft, structured with subtle but cool weave detail, athletic looking yet has style; bought it to use for multiple activities--running, layering, training, and for sure..casual. Love the top and love the brand, which tends to bring color into the picture with all of their pieces, but the design stays true to technical detail you need when being active---or lounging. I picked up Prism which is like peppermint candy and will now be getting the Ebony. Love it!

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