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Karissa Lamb

Karissa Lamb

Gearhead

Mother Natures Stomping Grounds, Utah

Karissa Lamb's Passions

Biking
Yoga
Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Karissa Lamb's Bio

If you asked me to describe myself I'd say, "I spin spokes and tell jokes." You'll typically find me on my bicycles. Whether that be on skinny tires, fat tires, long hours on the bike, or wrenching, these are my happy places. But I truly (secretly) have an affinity for the outdoors in general, spending time backpacking as often as I can is also my happy place. Even this past winter, I've grown accustomed to the desert life by living in a camper, down in Southern Utah every weekend just 10 miles outside of Zion National Park. "Of all the paths in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."-JM
For all gear questions, contact me directly:
KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

Karissa Lamb

Karissa Lambwrote a review of on April 21, 2017

5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

A little tip about European sizing: Subtract 28 from the size number on these. The resulting number equals the equivalent size in American pant sizes. For example, a size 34 in women's pants in Europe equals a size 6 in American sizes. As stated by Fjallraven themselves, the sizing guides are just that, a guide. Fits will vary from style to style so if you have any questions regarding the fit of a particular piece, please email or call me directly.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are seriously some of my favorite gloves I've ever owned. They fit nicely, are true to size, comfortable on the trails, breezy, and pretty durable. I thought they'd rip at the seams after one ride. But after 15+ rides, they've held up better than I thought. Highly recommended if you want a simple, comfortable glove without bells and whistles.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

Dang it I am bummed out. These were rad in the photos, they were rad in person, they were rad on, until I had to button them up. I think they run small... I normally wear a 6 in literally everything. Free People, Lulu, Prana, Patagonia, etc. But these are tight. I thought maybe I ate too much food but remembered all I had was coffee that day... These are tight. I've got a booty and some muscular legs and these made it look like I was trying to fit into a child's pair of shorts. I could zip them up and button them up... but it did not look flattering. Nervous to size up in fear that they will be too big around the waist. But I'll continue the review if I do end up going with an 8.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

99 Problems, But a Head Injury Isn't One
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So recently I went mountain biking down in Moab and wore this helmet. First, this helmet is light. Lighter than my road helmet. I barely notice it is on my head while I'm ripping and rolling. Second, it is comfortable which is my biggest MUST. Nothing drives me more insane than having things scratching my head, pulling my hair or flapping around. This helmet does none of those things which makes it the perfect helmet for me. Easy to adjust and easy to customize to your noggin. You might be thinking, "Is MIPS worth it??". To be honest, even if MIPS works, I don't think it will eliminate concussions altogether. Eliminating the rotational force might reduce the severity of the concussion. But, the fact of the matter is still your head is coming to an abrupt stop in a collision. Thus, your brain is still going to hit your skull one way or another, which is what causes concussions. Here's my personal opinion. Is there a chance that it will reduce the probability of brain injury even a little? Yes. Okay, sold. Can you really put a price on your life? When I crashed down in Moab, I hit my head pretty hard. But as far as we can tell, and by 'we' I mean I went to a couple Dr's to get checked out, I am perfectly fine after hitting my head on the slick rock. ROCK. No dirt. Rock. The only damage done is bursitis on my butt, hip, and knee. Next purchase will most likely be some knee helmets... aka knee pads.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll admit that I'm a lycra wearing roadie machine. But what I don't want to admit is I love riding mountain more. So what I've got to say about this high performing bike is not just from a roadie's perspective but from someone who gets to ride and test a lot of bad ass bikes..

The ASR: lightweight frame, smooth ride quality, super responsive, cross country race machine. This bike will annihilate any climb while easily destroying any descent. 2017 ASR is a lot longer, a lot slacker and the result is a modern cross-country race bike.It's a high-speed handler with tons of stability. Lightweight carbon seat stays, designed to flex a bit with the suspension.

I typically ride JEM Trail down in Hurricane, Utah every weekend and this bike rips. I think I rode with the shock wide open on most of the climbs and didn't sacrifice any traction. Nor did I feel like I was on a horse galloping.. it is a very compliant frame. It feels low and aggressive. I hate comparing this rig to an enduro bike because they serve different purposes.. but this can seriously handle some techy descents. The only things I'd really change about this build would be the grips, wheels, and saddle.

All and all this bike is solid and is for that person that enjoys the climb and wants to earn the descent.

Feel free to contact me directly for all your bike questions.

KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've ridden this and the SB5+. They are about the same... Some minor differences.
Again, I love the length of the top tube on the medium frame.. reach is great and felt nimble. All I could say when out on the ride was how nimble this bike felt. Nothing ever felt like it was getting stuck, it was flowy in the rock gardens and felt like gravity was on my side.

Climbing this version without the plus wheels was a little different.... ever so slightly. But not noticable if you werent paying attention. Bigger doesn't always mean better. When riding through the trail, this bike would send it. I say "send it" because it looked like I was being launched off a jump on a rocket. I mean this in a good way. I prefer to do as little work as possible when trying to get a gravity induced launch and this bike ended up doing all the work for me.

I ran this at a lower PSI without the plus tires as I wanted more of that "squishy" feel while also having a bit more control over the bike. While wider tires offer more stability, I liked the hair pins a lot more without the plus tires. This is obviously a contraversal topic so what I say isn't by the book or what everyone is thinking...

I took the SB5 through some pretty chunky, techy sections and this bike, AGAIN, delivered. The suspension is so responsive, instead of griping about how I should have gone with longer or shorter travel, everything just married really well together and couldn't stop saying holy shiz. Very little effort, HUGE rewards.

TO RECAP: If you want to do it all from XC to Enduro, this is the bike to get. Rear boost for stiffness, internal cable routing, a little bit slacker, a little longer top tube, sleeker lines. The 2017 SB5 climbs just as well as the 2016, but it is a bit more capable on the descents. Lightweight, great pedaling uphill, and a ripper goin' down. This bike delivers not only a sick ride, but a big fat smile on your face.

If you have a lady in your life lookin' for a bike or if you yourself are a lady and have questions, give me a call or shoot over an email.
KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

To start off. The biggest change with Yeti this year is every model will have two different levels of carbon to choose from. Turq and Carbon. Turq is the highest level of carbon available but can save you 250-400 grams going with that option. Which is more than you think.
This review will seem like I'm rambling on... But there are tons of things I want to get out. Let's just say I wasn't UNDERwhelmed.

I love the length of the top tube on the medium frame.. reach is great and felt nimble. All I could say when out on the ride was how nimble this bike felt. Nothing ever felt like it was getting stuck, it was flowy in the rock gardens and felt like gravity was on my side.

Even while climbing this bike performed better than I was expecting. When riding through the trail, this bike would send it. I say "send it" because it looked like I was being launched off a jump on a rocket. I mean this in a good way. I prefer to do as little work as possible when trying to get a gravity induced launch and this bike ended up doing all the work for me.

I took the SB5 through some pretty chunky, techy sections and this bike, AGAIN, delivered. The suspension is so responsive, instead of griping about how I should have gone with longer or shorter travel, everything just married really well together and couldn't stop saying holy shiz. Very little effort, HUGE rewards.

I was on pretty loose terrain- but the flowy sections were where the magic really happened. With the plus tires, it gave the bike some extra forgiveness and made for a cush ride. I came into this thinking I'd hate the plus tires and that they'd hold me back but they did not.

TO RECAP: If you want to do it all from XC to Enduro, this is the bike to get. Rear boost for stiffness, internal cable routing, a little bit slacker, a little longer top tube, sleeker lines. The 2017 SB5 climbs just as well as the 2016, but it is a bit more capable on the descents. Lightweight, great pedaling uphill, and a ripper goin' down. This bike delivers not only a sick ride, but a big fat smile on your face.

If you have a lady in your life lookin' for a bike or if you yourself are a lady and have questions, give me a call or shoot over an email.
KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567
Side Note: I am 5'8, 150 lbs, Inseam 35in, Rode a Medium.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 10, 2017

Your Go-To Parka
4 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

The removable coyote fur ruff provides the ultimate protection against cold wind, and coupled with the fleece-lined adjustable hood, is an extremely soft and comfortable way to brave the elements. The storm placket that runs down the front of the parka, protecting a heavy-duty YKK zipper, is secured with military style buttons. The Kensington features two sets of handwarmer pockets, two small snap-secured pockets at the chest and two larger pockets protected by a military button flap at the hip! Also worth mentioning, it has two snap-closed back vents which can be opened if you happen to get too toasty. The inside of the jacket has two shoulder straps for carrying the parka on your back, and a single velcro-closed drop pocket on the left side.There are knit cuffs inside the sleeves so your arms stay warm if your hands get a little cold. This jacket is rated a TEI 3 on Canada Goose's Thermal Experience Index meaning: Fundamental warmth fashioned for everyday use. Feel free to email or call me directly for specified measurements and all other inquiries.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

Hawt Jeanz
5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

These are great fitting, flattering jeans- the color depicted of each color shown is spot on. I am 5'8" and they hit right above the ankle. I am 150ish lbs. with curvy hips and a small waist. I usually take a 28 in FP pants and got the 28 in these specific jeans. They are a little loose in the waist but fit very nicely everywhere else. They are also extremely comfortable which comes in handy for those times you need to bend and squat to pick up your phone you dropped on the ground.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

Sufficient Warmth
3 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

If you're running to your car or climbing on fallen trees this winter, you'll appreciate this jacket when the weather gets a little nippy. Great for dry to light snow, offers limited protection, great for everyday wear. The materials used is a cotton blend twill. The detachable lining is a combination of down-filled nylon and faux fur. The shell fabric has been lightly waxed fur that vintage feel. This jacket fits a bit smaller, so follow the size chart provided above. For all other Parajumpers questions and specific measurements, please call or email me directly.
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-45678

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

Hey Ladies
3 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

With its slim lines and technical performance, the Noemi Down Jacket is the perfect down jacket for all your winter activities. Bogner has updated this jacket with a tailored, sporty design with function in mind. This jacket has been known for its luxurious looks, but let us look at the benefits under all that glitter. A removable inner vest; horizontal and vertical quilting; striped knit cuffs; snow gaiter and a detachable hood make for a technical jacket indeed. Complete with goose down insulation for optimal warmth, highly waterproof but also breathable construction, you simply cannot go wrong with this winter staple. If you are in between sizes, I suggest you go up a full size in this piece as most people do for this style. For the best fit: measure close to the body and see size chart provided above. Feel free to call or email me directly for all Bogner needs regarding specific measurements or best style/item for you. KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

Snow Mantra Your Mantra
5 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

What makes this CG's warmest jacket? It is rated a 5 on their Thermal Experience Index. Meaning- this jacket has been field-tested for the Earth's coldest and most harsh conditions. This coat is indestructible. The only issue you will face with this coat is finding the weather to compete with it. Long-thigh length cut provides extra protection in cold/windy conditions. A few details about this coat I feel compelled to mention are for one: it is HEAVY. If you're going to be outside enduring harsh weather but also being quite active, this is a coat for activity no more vigorous than walking at a medium pace. It is warm, maybe a few steps from too hot. The recommended minimum temperature for this style is -25 Fahrenheit and below. With 675 fill power white goose down, an insulated adjustable hood, 5 pockets, waterproof, durable construction, you truly can't go wrong with this unbelievably "warm" (an understatement) jacket. For additional questions about specific measurements or all other inquiries concerning Canada Goose, please contact me directly. KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

Flattering Quilt Design
3 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

With its quilted body, contrasting sleeves and removable fur trim on the hood, CG has done it again by creating a beautiful silhouette out of a hard to master, pattern. The Beechwood is cut for a relaxed fit and is true to size. When covering yourself from the elements, CG has in mind your comfort by offering a suede tricot-lined collar and chin guard. For your convenience, the Beechwood offers, two exterior fleece lined handwarmer pockets and two interior pockets- an upper-security zippered pocket and a lower mesh stuff pocket. If you're anything like me and get cold hands, you'll appreciate the heavy duty rip knit cuffs that keep the cold out. This parka is rated a 3 on Canada Goose's Thermal Experience Index and is meant for weather conditions between 15F and -5F. For further questions about specific measurements and all other inquiries, please contact me directly. KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

Rossclair Parka
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This parka fits true to size so look at the measurements, and order your normal size. If between sizes, order one size down. This jacket was designed with layering in mind, so don't be surprised if you are spot on in the measurements and this fits "bigger". This jacket is rated as a 3 on Canada Goose's Thermal Experience Index, meaning that it offers fundamental warmth fashioned for everyday use. The cut and shape of this coat, as well as the interior drawstring waist, has the woman with curves in mind. Contour tapering and its seamless design offer not only superb warmth but a complimentary silhouette. For further questions regarding specific measurements or any other inquiries, call or email me directly for all your Canada Goose needs. KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on March 7, 2017

THE Parka
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This jacket is rated a 3 on Canada Goose's Thermal Experience Index, this jacket should keep you adequately warm. It even comes with a storm flap over the center front zipper, fleece lined hand pockets, and it even has two lower back vents to allow a little breathing room when you're out running around. This jacket is made of Canada Goose's Arctic-Tech fabrics and materials which are durable and water resistant. This jacket and its materials are designed to help you stay warm and dry in extreme conditions. This jacket is not bulky, nor does it make you look like the Michelin Man- It fits like it was made for you plain and simple. Consider a Canada Goose jacket if you're in the market for something that will actually keep you warm this winter. It makes no sense having to buy several coats to get the job done. This jacket is an investment- you will see the returns all winter long. For questions about sizing and specific measurements, contact me directly.
KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 9

These boots are true to size. For a point of reference, I usually wear a size 9 in Sorels, Frye, and Hunter. They were surprisingly comfortable. They have somewhat of an arch support and are not constricting in any way. These are meant for CASUAL wear... which means, don't go climb a mountain and get mad that these don't hold up. Color is true to photo for the Dachshund Brown/Coffee Bean Brown color.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

"Go West, Young Man... "
4 5

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

This expression was first used by John Babsone Lane Soule in the Terre Haute Express in 1851. It appealed to Horace Greeley, who rephrased it slightly in an editorial in the New York Tribune in July of 1865. This phrase of heading west had a lot to do with the movement to get out of the city and to live out in the country. This phrase captured the minds of all sorts of people who were returning from the Civil War, many of which moved west to raise a homestead and to be a free man. Heading west is an idea and way of life.. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on February 27, 2017

Backcountry's Staple Dress Code
3 5

If you're fighting the cold winter or just heating up your street cred, you can trust that this beanie will get the job done. There are several ways to rock the ubiquitous winter staple. For that unaffected, too-cool-for-school look, wear the beanie as far back as possible, letting the extra fabric slouch in the rear. Cover your ears and allow some hair to tuft out in the front. This look has a 60% success rate of getting all the ladies to think you're David Beckham.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

I bought these for my mom, here is what she had to say, "These are great cords. I've been around for a long time and I know a good pair of cords when I wear them. They're very soft, stretchy, durable and true to size. Normally if I buy a pair of jeans I need to have a good squat session to make them feel like worn-in jeans, but these already had that feeling right out of the box. I highly recommend these pants to anyone wanting a quality pair of leg huggers."

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