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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.

Karen Lindsey

Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these for an easy on-an-off boot to wear in the winter when sloshing around in wet, snowy weather, or just on a cold day. Great with leggings, denim pants, or most anything. I'm between sizes and found that when I went with my smaller size, which I often do with winter boots, and while the footbed width is classic Keen-Roomy, it ended up being too short when walking around (toes slid forward just a bit and were pushed against the front of the toebox--not comfy that way); I went up 1/2 size to "my other size" and they fit perfectly. I gave them only 4 of 5 stars because the loop on the back of the heel--a must to get these on easily, can comfortably fit a pencil, leaving no room for a little leverage when pulling the boot on. I'll work around it, but it's very annoying. A simple design fix and this will not be an issue at all--hopefully, the next generation will take care of that. Like them nevertheless and will keep and wear them!

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the fabric (very durable, excellent for waterproof--booties have never wet through, awesome features--adjustable, watertight internal access chest pocket and exterior chest one, great articulation if you size them right--be sure to move around and bend-zee-knees when trying on, nice color and looks flatter a really great design cut. The attached bootie tends to be a little big (I'm 5'10" and purchase Lg, have 9.5 shoe size and could use a smaller bootie/sock but they work fine anyway in my amazing Patagonia Ultralight Sticky wading boots purchased at the same time). I've been winter fly fishing here in Utah in some cold rivers and am still dry and warm after a morning/afternoon session. I tried on some other great brands for comparision but still stayed with my first love---this Patagonia Spring River Wader.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My second pair--purchased these because I liked the first so much, and those are still going strong. Durable, warm, waterproof. I picked up the Candy Apple/Red Element this time around and the color is so so sweet. I don't size down in every Sorel boot, but this one I do. I'm a women's 9.5 and I get the 9.0. I don't wear thick socks (thin/ultralight merino) and I'm warm and comfortable.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on December 17, 2017

4 5

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

Great performance top, great colors; love Mammut and great purchases in the past have instilled alot of confidence in this brand, but not sure what's going on with the PIT-FIT.... Even when in between sizing and tried both going up and down a size, both have issues with a very tight arm-pit opening which translates into an annoying fit and some constriction...and this applies to an athletic, medium, average build. Medium would have been better than large, but couldn't make arm/shoulders work. Even being fit and trim didn't help the sizing of this armpit cut. A little design tweek there and this top will be absolutely amazing in every way. Past versions of this top didn't seem to have this issue. Missing that last STAR because the pit size was a deal-breaker, unfortunately. Note: feedback is from a long-time fan and user of Mammut, male, 5'11" 170lbs

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on December 6, 2017

5 5

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

This awesome jacket "sweater" is classic because of its simplicity, and extremely well designed and constructed. Timeless--pick a color you love because you'll have it for a very long time. It has structure to hold its shape, it cozy and warm, and I can wear it for activities or everyday casual; goes with everything. I love the Birch White for versatility, but all of the colors are great. This sweater has a place in ANY apparel collection for all different lifestyles and tastes. I found I'm in-between sizes so I sized down and it's perfect. While I don't want a skin tight fit, I definitely don't want a sloppy baggy fit so sizing down 1/2 size worked well for me.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

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

They really are soft, comfy and nice looking; love the wide waist band--no constriction or annoying thin bands. I wear them pretty much with anything, sandals to casual hike or run shoes, boots and long jacket, whatever. Black is my basic but I'll be picking up another color to change it up. Great legging

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

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

Best on the go, casual, activewear/performance wear, ANYTHING polartec fleece; I take one in my car for those impromptu dusk hikes, a quick warm layer for the game, take-along for the multi-day hike, everyday casual; pretty much the coolest versatile thin but warm layer you can get-----the R1 has been around for a long time and for good reason. Not meant to be trim body hugger fit; wouldn't be the R1 if it were; instead, Patagonia holds firm to this more Regular fit; has thin but effective, soft, scrunchable waffle fleece lining; breaths and insulates. In light rain or moisture on a hike, water is deflected; when it gets too wet and soggy, this is perfect to layer under a rain shell. I have the women's version, my guy friends love this men's cut.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on December 4, 2017

5 5

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

This jacket is awesome! It's warm, the outer fabric is durable, it's slightly longer to keep the chill out, colors are really well-done. I've bought Patagonia down puffy's for the little ones in my family year after year, and they come through every time. Tons of unsolicited compliments too. Really a warm and protective jacket.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on November 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fantastic boots, used recently kayaking in NW and they came through like a charm; very warm. When it comes to sizing however, after following the chart and having to exchange both 2 different sizes that were purchased (one for a man, the other a woman), both had to be exchanged for a larger size. I'd recommend AT LEAST a full size up.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always been the proud owner of at least 15+ beanies (at all times), all carefully hand-picked to be the perfect fit, design and for the right use. I'm not surprised that I'm fast tracking this Byron Hat/Beanie right to the very top. Love the fit, love the soft feel and warmth, love the quality, love the colors, love the durability and love the style. This is NOT like all the other beanies. Awesome and worth purchasing, no question.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on November 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this pot. I picked it up to add to my backpacking light setup. I wanted one pot to go with my MSR Universal Stove as well as my MSR Pocket Rocket. The down-n-dirty--the size is versatile and allows me to pack just one pot, the ceramic coating is awesome for non-stick and beats out teflon for environmentally friendly (skip the metal utensil interaction in order to preserve a long and healthy ceramic life), handy drain holes in the lid, solid handle locks into place for cooking and is heat-resistant, easy to clean--just stick with something softer and non-abrasive. GREAT FIND

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on November 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this sock--outstanding quality and feel (soft but structured support, thin, breathable (that's the "Course" design), I also picked up this "RTR" sock because of the reflective stretch dots on all sides which is especially great because the reflective part is in constant motion as you pedal. A nice addition on my rides where additional visibility is needed during poorer light conditions on the road.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on October 16, 2017

4 5

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

Great jacket, slightly longer length = more coverage and warmth, the fabrics and insulation have been great for warmth, water resistance and wind block...especially on the chairlift when a storm is rolling in here in the west; fabrics are soft and supple, and this has a few cool features like thumbholes on the linner wrist, arm pocket, detachable hood for a clean look for casual wear. Since the temps here in Utah keep us out of the "soggy" storms for the most part, this jacket works well in this climate.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on October 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The convenience of a bluetooth combined with some noise isolation (for flying, don't expect all-out noise cancellation), frees your hands and ears to hear the massive bass sound this hot little item can produce (lowest tones will cause earpiece to literally vibrate). They're wirelessly handy and keep you bumpin in your own private little world, and if you're a bass loving sound seeker, then this is it. If you're looking for a purist sound symphony with a balance of clear resonance, power and precision across all ranges of sound--lows, mids and highs, you may have to move on to another option for your music pleasure. Nice headphones, fun, portable and bumpin, but I want more than bass amping my musical stoke.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this as a "second boot" when my toddler outgrew her original tiny ski boots. This is a little beefier than her 2 buckle entry level boot and has more even more structure for performance (who doesn't like a boot that does what you ask it to? Even little ones like a boot that works well with their skis and reacts efficiently to their demands). Soft enough flex to be comfortable, but supportive enough to enhance their progression. Worthy to be handed down to the next one in line when they've outgrown it. I've taught many kids and adults and having a boot that is the REAL DEAL is critical to their learning. (Caution: I know they grow fast, but don't buy more than a smidgeion too large or your little one can become frustrated or overwhelmed because of the sloppiness and lack of performance.) For more must-haves for your child's full setup, contact klindsey@backcountry.com.

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