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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 May 16, 2019

5 5

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

This Goretex pant held up to some gnarly, wet conditions recently on a stormy mountain in the east. Stood up to hours of rain, dry on the inside (thanks to strategic thigh venting zips and fabric breathability) and kept the wet on the outside. True story:

"“The BL Pro Bib's got put to the test this weekend - I did my AIARE 1 course [avalanche hazard management class] on Mt Washington in NH and spent two days touring in them. The second day was 6 hours of hard skin/ski charging in the pouring rain and not only did my legs stay dry but they kept the sweat to a minimum with the dual thigh vents.
Super happy with them and going to be using them a whole bunch more this season and many to come."
--Thanks IH for sharing this

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 15, 2019

Great Skiventure Jacket
5 5

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

North Face stepped up to the plate with their outerwear this year and this Ceptor Jacket is no exception. Stylin' looks meets versatile performance--a jacket for freeride, touring, deep-pow skiing and more. The deep front zip makes it a breeze to use.

A fellow Utah skier and a ripper by her own right (pictured here) put it to the test this year in Utah: "The Ceptor jacket is comfortable and soft, but still super tough. I've put it through the ringer this season and it barely has a scuff on it. I would recommend using water proof spray on it before you take it out though."

If you plan to make this an outfit and pick up the pants.................
"The pants I would say size up unless you like your bottoms really fitted. The insulation, cut, and low waist make it a tighter on the thighs than some of TNFs other pants." (thanks NW)

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on April 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Too many features to talk about? Nope, there's plenty of them to be sure & all are worth a mention. This is a high performance boot meant to slay it like a solid alpine boot on the descent (130 flex is stiffer with great power transfer) but pop the tongue out for the uphill climb and is turns into a soft cuddly baby lion. Put it back in for the ride down and the claws come back out. Accommodates for the different demands of touring in the backcountry for those who are accustomed to skiing in ripper boots.

A few other quick callouts--3-piece shell for great climbing, great range of motion, grabby rockered GripWalk sole, designed to perform at a high level while being versatile enough for both backcountry and resort; heat moldable liner for a more custom fit. 98 Last means business when it comes to a custom fit for flight. A fellow skier (& Backcountry.com customer) sums it up:

"one hell of a winter in the west! Today was my 103rd day of the season, so yes I have taken advantage of it!! I have enjoyed the new Lupo Boots . . . I miss the buckles from my previous Lupo's, they seem more sturdy than this years model [note: I could've taken away 1/2 a Star for this but they're still going strong so the Star remains]. At first I thought the removable tongue was a bit of a gimmick but that feature is RAD. It most definitely feels like a tour specific boot on the way up, and a SKI boot on the way down. 130 flex. " Thanks for the info and the stoke DM.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 15, 2019

4 5

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

Great bib pants, relatively lightweight, very breathable, love the upper side zips for easy on and off; the bib area did feel a little constricting/snug however and not as loose as other bibs I've owned. (I checked with a friend who has these and had the same thought). However, not a big deal if sized right or you're petite up top. Great performer and value and would recommend for versatile use too. Not as technical as some, but doesn't carry the same price tag either. Great choice!

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

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

Love this light jacket, smart design, cool style, great price and has enough features to make it a legitimate contender, but simple enough for practical use in (and out) of the backcountry...STOPS water, STOPS wind, STOPS heat & moisture buid-up (this describes what NeoShell really is--very breathable and protective at the same time). I'm between sizes and the smaller of the 2 worked when I was touring and didn't have puffy layers under to speak of, just some lighter thinner insulating ones; when at the resort, I felt I needed the larger of the 2 sizes to have room to layer without any constriction. I'd go for the larger of the 2 in order to keep it versatile if you're looking for one shell that does most everything.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome binding, delivered as expected. Medium stiff but designed to deliver response, comfortable (highback and straps) yet charges when you want it to and easy to use (love the way the strap is designed to lay flat when opening for easy boot placement in the binding). Works well for hard fast charging and fun when I dialed back for some playful riding too. Hit some great pow and groomer days at the 'bird this week. Didn't need a super-hero, just my Cartels....

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

This was purchased by my customer who is a fit, athletic 6'1" person who loves climbing and being active outdoors. He's typically between a medium and a large shirt (depending on product) and went with the large--it was perfect. Colors are true and look nice, the weight seems to be more of a lighter summer weight (good for layering in winter or alone for warmer days).

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 146 lbs

Fantastic shirt, arrived as hoped--nice color, the fabric is a bit thicker than your summer weight T-shirts, for size: usually between a medium and a large, went with the large and it worked out (note: comment is straight from the user who has an athletic, fit build--loves to climb, approximately 6'1")

For color, the color seems to be 1 or 2 shades darker in person than what's showing on the sites, however, colors are rich and very nice.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

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

I purchased these for a gift (and own the women's version myself) and they've been fantastic. Super durable, slightly heavier than some of the thinner feeling GTX pants, have mesh lining so adds a little extra warmth to this shell pant, and yes, they are baggier than some--perfect, if that's what you need or like. These were for a very athletic guy with well developed thighs and glutes; since most of the "straight" or slender-technical style pants were too constricting, these were absolutely the ticket. Great thigh venting too.
They look fantastic and he's got room to move while tackling the steep and deep, inbounds, and out of bounds cat skiing (note: a little heavy for touring).

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for my trail running days where I'm headed out to literally get some running and training in, away from the black ribbon and into the mountains. Once you've found the size that works for you (I purchased the same size as I have with my other Salomon (and other brands) trail running shoes and it has worked for me. My foot is medium-narrow and this wraps it well so that there's no wasted movement in the shoe; makes for better performance and nimble quickness when I'm dodging rocks and obstacles on the trail. The lugs are grabby and dependable. Great trail runners.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I tend to like to go lightweight when hiking here in Utah, Idaho and the NW and have chocked up many miles in my Salomon Trail Running shoes. They've been great for the short hikes that aren't too rocky, but when you're hitting a trail that is mixed with plenty of rocks and rougher terrain, and my longer distances where I've carried a few more supplies (and weight), I needed to up my game and get more solid support and cushion between my foot and the ground but still stay light and relatively minimalist; these have been the perfect answer. They're more comfortable and solid, have great grip and I'm confident with the durability. Ordered true to size for my hiking shoes/boots (1/2 size up from my street shoe size but no more).

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been eyeing these shoes for my trail running for a long time, finally pulled the trigger on the purchase and couldn't be happier. I'm still breaking them in but some initial thoughts--they're stiffer than some of my "natural fit footbed" shoes but once you break them in they provide excellent support & comfort, and I've heard great things about their durability. My foot is medium-narrow so from a fit and performance stand point, this works better for me than my relaxed-natural fitting running shoes, providing quick response and my foot does not feel cramped--even after a few miles. On rock slabs and trail, the grip is amazing. Definitely recommend these shoes! True to size.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great helmet! Fits well and works great for a smaller heads too. It's comfy to wear. I ride alot in the alpine mountains of northern Utah and hit the Moab area in the SW desert every chance I can get; down there the temps can climb quickly but the is well vented which helps tons. I picked up the Matte Iceberg color which totally rocks.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always been a Birkenstock fan...have the Arizona Narrow women's sandal and it's been so comfortable, breaking in to perfectly fit my foot/sole, that I had to try these London shoes for casual and for days when I spend many hours on my feet. I ordered the same size as the sandals and they fit perfectly. They take a little time to break in, but worth it.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great setup with the AAAdrenalin 13 bindings (HEA003R), however, if you're pairing this brake with this specific binding, offered in Short or Long, you must have the "F" version of this brake (typically, it's stamped on the box) and not the "B" version (the B version does not seat itself perfectly into place w/the Short and Long binding). Here's a link to this info on Tyrolia's website: https://www.tyrolia.com/shop/us-US/brake-f-110mm.html. Ask a Gearhead for assistance if you have questions or would like to ensure you're getting the right brake.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great neck/head/ears/chin/nose gaiter! Long enough to layer on my head under a helmet and still cover my face, chin, nose, neck--whatever the weather and temps demand. Maintains nice warm for such a thin weave (if you're going for max warmth, check out the Polar Buff for extra cozy warmth without too much thickness). Love all the colors and patterns. Fits undetected in a jacket pocket, until needed.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

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

Wow! What a great lightweight jacket! Colors are awesome, great for casual or layering (we let this lightweight jacket stay on in the car seat where the warmth is needed--'til the car warms up--here on a Utah winter day). Many compliments too. Happy with the jacket and the quality.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 2, 2019

4 5

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

Great jacket, warm, substantial insulation does the trick. Layer with a thin or thick fleece, depending on the temps. Love the color design and the bright hood is sweet (and easily visible). My only complaint (thus 4 stars, never 5) is the removable hood. I'm personally not a fan of removable hoods when it comes to kids, mountains, weather and warmth. (I'll save the removable version for a lighter, casual jacket). In addition, the hood is attached with snaps, not a zipper, creating potential weak spots and air channels for wind on the gnarly cold storm days. Thankfully, the jacket is well insulated, there's a medium-sized collar (could be a bit taller), nice snow skirt so bottom draw cord not needed, and since we have a great selection of neck gaiters and helmet-compatible beanies, that if cold air does sneak in these weak places, it will hopefully be inconsequential. The pros outweigh this one con, but we're prepared, and the jacket stays.

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Karen Lindsey wrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a long-tube neck gaiter, like my numerous Buff gaiters but a warmer one that wasn't too stiff or bulky. Hit the jackpot with this gaitor. Suprisingly light, warm, supple and not thick (the word "polar" fleece had me wondering. I can still layer this under my helmet and down my neck without bulk. Love this soft warm addition to my skiwear. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for the very frigid days.

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