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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 LINDSEYwrote a review of on March 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As noted in another comment, it's important to know that this shovel converts to hoe mode, which can save valuable time in critical burial situations (aren't they all critical?). Love the blade to cut through dense snow and ice, and you can count on the Mammut quality--strong, reliable, lightweight too. Thankfully, my familiarity with this involves several practice sessions; fortunate I haven't had to use it in real-life rescues to this point.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like all Ortovox outerwear and layering pieces, attention is paid to every detail; you can count on top quality, activity targeted performance, and durability. This shell has all of it. Great for touring, underarm zips dump heat quickly too. Ortovox is master at integrating merino wool into their products, including this shell, for warmth, moisture wicking and odor control benefits. You might find it awkward at first that the zipper pulls on the left side but easy to get used to.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Choose your color or pattern, but just get it. My essential gator (I layer this under my helmet and tucked down into the neckline of my insulating jacket) for a draft-free gear setup and for all but the high-speed, single digit (+ or - degr) days here in Utah; on those days I grab the Polar Reversible Buff or the Polar Buff for just a bit more warmth. This doesn't freeze up solid like a regular polar fleece gator on the cold days, or as soon. This fits into any pocket if needed, and takes no more room than a hanky. Buy more than one cuz you'll want to share with everyone...a warm, happy ski companion will surely let you be the first to send it on your next untracked day...makes a great beanie/hat, scarf, or sweat soaker in the off season too.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

Rab comes through again with a smart, USABLE, versatile jacket. Quality is there too. Lightweight, more of an athletic fit (you can put light layers under it just fine); compressible in the backpack or ski bag for layering under a shell. As a layering jacket, if you find that down is just too much heat, this is your other alternative. No hybrid fabrics on sides or pits to dump heat quickly but overheating hasn't been a problem. And don't underestimate the power of Pertex Quantum as the outer ultra-lightweight fabric--very strong, wind resistant, water resistant, and helps hold in the heat.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you ski, climb, tour, hike, run, you need one of these lightweight, thin-by-design beanies. I ALWAYS have this along to wear under my ski helmet for the frigid days. I picked it up for that purpose and quickly found it's great for more than that. It's so thin, it doesn't change the helmet fit. Because it's made with soft merino wool, it adds the perfect needed warmth to your setup. No itch for me either. Can fit in any pocket just in case the day and temps tank.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Aptly named, these socks are great! Comfortable, nice easy wearing weight and shape. They are such a great value too. They have a legitimate heel pocket for a good, no-bunching, fit. Love the colors and patterns too. Time to change up your sock wardrobe and show a little of your personality.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great twist to the regular racer back tanks I have in plenty; I love the shape and flow of this tank, a solid piece to add to your collection and plenty of versatility (sporty stand-alone, combine with a sweet cardy, swim coverup tank, wear with shorts, pants, leggings or whatever. The fabric is surprisingly soft and comfortable. Close up, it has tiny ribbed pattern but, again, this has a flowy, soft feel to it. I'll be buying more colors for sure. I'm between sizes, highly recommend going down in that case because it does run a little large.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll have and use the duffel for a LONG time. It's incredibly lightweight, has classic Arc'teryx clean simple look and design, VERY water resistant, and one of my favorite features, it has backpack straps for shuttling your gear and precious belongings HANDS FREE. No extra pockets or stash holes, just simplicity at its finest. I'll be getting more.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on February 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these easy wearing sandals. I was concerned they may get a little sloppy on me but with this "narrow" which fits my medium-narrow (mostly medium) width foot like a custom fit, it retains a nice look and stays put on the foot. I was a little between sizes, I wear a 9.5 street shoe, and I bought the size 40.0 (9.0) and it fits perfectly. Highly recommend this sandal!

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No messing around, this is a must-get for your 20, 32 or 40 oz Hydro Flask. I mentioned this in my review of the 32oz container. No more unscrewing the lid and dealing with larger openings on a bumpy ride...just flip up the straw and drink--no inverting the bottle either. That's great when you've got a heavier 32 or 40oz and you or the kiddos need to gulp. Glad they thought of the finger loop too. Comes in handy on the carry. Your purchase includes TWO straw attachments; each one inserts into the bottle and you can adjust the length for the size bottle you're using it with. Great secret weapon I wouldn't go without.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

5 5

If you're dog loves to fetch, if you're tired of cracked and broken plastic "indestructible" frisbees (ya, right), and if your day got away from you before you could take the pet for his daily exercise, this is your answer. The material is so durable, the wide brim truly turns this into the ultimate hover-craft, and it's easy to stash for the day trip. Best of all, your pet will LOVE getting a workout with this uniquely designed toy. My dog loves this so much, she sleeps with it if given the chance.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Get one for you, your friends, your family. They'll all LOVE you for it. I have the 20 oz and like it but run through the water a little too quickly on a hot day. The 32 oz keeps me from going to the water hole a little too often. Keeps the cold drinks cold longer, and the hot ones hot. The hand carry loop is nice, but---best add-on ever---grab the Hydro Flask Straw Lid (still has a finger-loop for easy carry) for a match made in heaven. Absolutely a must for life. If it's true that enough plastic is thrown out every year to circle the earth 4 times, even more reason to pick up a Hydro Flask and share the love with others (really does make the perfect affordable gift) and our amazing planet. Note about dents: the bottle goes along for the adventure and it's eventually going to take a few bumps and get a few bruises; as long as the double wall insulation is not compromised, it only adds character. Weight is 15oz.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With so many helmets to choose from, this Giro Savant makes it an easy choice--great value, awesome looking, still light, well designed ventilation and great price. Get one and cruise. You'll be thinking of your ride and not what you've got to change about your helmet.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This cute fuzzy boot is a great value, warm and the perfect winter slip-on. I've owned several of the more expensive brands and this boot is just a great value. Wear them with or without socks; I bought them to be a quick go-to boot and only half the time do I grab the socks. These may not last as long as some others with beefier soles, but they do the trick. They're suede and sheepskin--expect them to pack out and stretch, because they do. At first they may feel snug but that changes quickly. I usually wear a 9.5 shoe and I bought the 9s. No problem there. Also, don't plan to stand in a wet gutter or slosh around in super wet snow or rain conditions, they're NOT a rain boot, they're a cozy warm boot for cold days and nights. Waterproofing only delays the effect of alot of water temporarily. Treat 'em right and they'll love you back.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on December 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I sometimes find it difficult to find an insulated ski pant that isn't stiff and constricting; finally found a pant that will join me on the colder days or frigid nights on the mountain. Mammut generally has a slightly more slender, performance fit throughout (don't expect a dramatic hourglass cut to this pant) but the cut still fits most. I LOVE the leg length and the feel of the fabric is more soft and supple vs stiff and crunchy like most of my 3L shell pants. I can leave my heavy baselayer behind as a light to mid will do just fine. This also has the clean, quality look of Mammut with just a touch of practical detail (great cargo pockets are just the right size) and with the boot gaiters and side vents to dump heat quickly when needed, this is a classic ski pant. I plan to use it primarily for resort skiing only as I prefer a shell with layers for touring and higher output activities. If the fit isn't perfect on the first round, Backcountry is awesome to help get the right size to you.

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on November 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have nothing but positive things to say about this jacket! Patagonia comes through again for great children's outerwear (baselayers are amazing too---see the Micro D Crew & bottoms). We ski mostly in Utah and often in stormy conditions; this is HIGHLY water-resistant, always dry. Don't wonder about the insulation, it's plenty adequate for almost any condition and with good baselayers and a light fleece or other layer between the baselayer and the jacket you'll be set for even a nasty day on the mountain. We ordered a little large and because the jacket has a some shape, we've got room to grow and it's not just a giant box poised to get airborne...that won't happen. The powder skirt gives extra protection for skiing the "deep pow" (or inadvertant falls), the hood shape is nice for extra protection and the jacket is FANTASTIC for those of you looking for "just a good winter jacket". I get stopped all the time when we've got the Patagonia jacket on from people asking where to get the jacket. If you're considering, DON'T WAIT, this will be gone. Hit me up with any kids clothing & gear questions klindsey@backcountry.com

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KAREN LINDSEYwrote a review of on October 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this bicycle trailer. With this trailer comes a bit of freedom. Can satisfy my need to get out and burn some miles on my bike while keeping the little ones in site. They absolutely LOVE going "biking" too. This is so easy to assemble, smooth riding. and has protective features for the riders if the weather turns bad. Worth the investment!

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