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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

I consider my office to be miles of pavement, open roads, fast flowy single track, wicked rock gardens, and tons of drops. I enjoy hours in the saddle suffering uphill, pushing limits and beating records. My motto: Risk being uncomfortable to become unstoppable.
For all gear questions, contact me directly:
KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on October 10, 2017

Cute Bomber
4 5

This lambskin coated bomber jacket is perfect for cooler temps coming into fall/ winter. Depending on your activity level and the wind, that will determine whether or not this jacket is suitable for your outdoor protection/warmth needs. This jacket is a pretty slim fit and will probably require a base layer/sweater underneath for added warmth. For questions about sizing and fit, please feel free to call or email me directly.

Karissa Lamb- Customer Account Manager
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on October 10, 2017

Slim Down Cardigan
4 5

I would describe this jacket as a maxi cardigan, pretty long and has a knit back. The sleeves, side panels, and back are a 50% wool, 50% cotton blend knit that nicely compliment the down puffy front and shoulders. This is a pretty slim fit and is not really meant to be worn as your outer layer in a snowstorm. I recommend this for fall days/evenings by itself, but for optimal warmth, pair it with another Parajumpers Down jacket on top with a rating of at least 3 and put this underneath. The size chart below is the most accurate for sizing on this particular piece. Please feel free to call or email me directly for any Parajumpers questions or concerns about sizing.

Karissa Lamb- Account Manager
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on October 10, 2017

High Temp Rating
4 5

For this specific jacket, the temperature rating is a 3, which means it can handle some intense cold. Anything that is a 700 down-fill and has a polyamide lining, you know this is going to be warm enough for your chilly New York winters, or your windy Chicago walks through the city in fall. The Columbia jacket is sized a little different than what is in our size chart. I'd say it runs a tad smaller than the measurements given above. Please refer to the size chart I've provided and feel free to call or email me personally for all your Parajumpers questions.

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KLamb@backcountry.com
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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on September 5, 2017

4 5

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

They call this their mid-sized duffel. The size is okay for a weekend getaway.. perfect for gear-intensive weekends or multi-week travel as well. The Exterior Dimensions are 24" x 14" x 12.5" - which include the wheels and handle but not expandability. These are just the dimensions the airlines recognize. Heavy duty polyester ripstop with waterproof TPU laminate and a DWR finish. Has a large opening to the main compartment with zippered external side pockets and a mesh pocket/lid for your smaller items. Overall a great pack with a lifetime warranty through Patagonia.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on August 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're anything like me, you find riding indoors to be monotonous, boring, or far from motivational. The thought of sitting on your saddle staring at a computer is less than appealing. Until now. The Kickr is a game changer. If you have limited time, don't feel like putting on all your gear, or sitting at every stop light, or even racing the sun, this trainer is for you. This is a great way to stay focused on your ride and actually see results. So the ride? Freakin' smooth and fluid. I use my Kickr with Trainerroad and PerfPro apps and this is perfect for what I want to accomplish. There are endless workouts and tests to have you coming out ready for race season strong as hell. This isn't your average trainer though because you're training with power. You can literally plug in the race course or route of your choice and it will simulate the exact road conditions/grades, minus the pot holes and angry drivers! This way you can follow a very specific power based training, which seems to be the most efficient way of training according to leading experts. If you want to get fast quick, have limited time to train or simply don’t ride in the rain, then the Kickr is for you. For further info on setting up and compatibility, contact me directly at KLamb@backcountry.com 801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

F10 All The Way
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to write a super long review about how much I am in love with this bike... but I'll keep it short. I also didn't want to be yet another 5 Star Employee review. But this bike is so perfect I couldn't help it. This is how a bike should feel. This is what true love is. I've had the chance to ride A LOT of different bikes during my life, and none have even compared to this. This is the Ferrari of all bikes. This bike wants to go fast. No matter what wheelset or drive chain you choose, this bike moves with you. On my own build: With every pedal stroke, the bike goes with you. Rather than feeling every single pedal stroke as a challenge, this frame and drivetrain just want to go forward, the Zipp NSW 404's could have something to do with that too.. The new updated F10 is, in fact, lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the F8. Not that the F8 is inferior, but the F10 is just an overall better ride experience. Pinarello brought over a lot of aerodynamic elements from their Bolide TT bike. Less drag, more aero, lighter, faster, stiffer, comfortable, the list can go on.. what more could you really want from your race machine? I am 5'8" with a 35.5 in inseam and went with a size 53.5. For any questions about customization, feel free to call or email me directly.
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

4 5

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

The Pinarello GAN Disc 105 is a great performance machine. With the same looks and eye catching paint job as the Dogma F8, the Gan is for sure just as curvy and aerodynamic. Although you do sacrifice a little in weight and stiffness when moving over to the T600 carbon, that doesn't mean it won't perform like a champ.
The Gan uses the same Flatback tech found in the F8 with an oval front, flattened back tubing and sleek design that slices through the wind. Internal cable routing and compatible with both mechanical or electronic shifting and a threaded bottom bracket. Disc brakes that improve stopping power to make bombing hills at top speeds worry free.
Comes equipped with Shimano's entry level 11-speed groupset, which pretty much means you are getting the most bang for your bike. This bikes shifts like a dream, the frame eats up road noise and spits it out making it a really great bike.
For additional questions, help with sizing on this or any other Pinarello bike, give me a call. Let's talk bikes and get you rollin'.
Karissa Lamb
801-204-4567
kLamb@backcountry.com

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on July 28, 2017

Just Add Some Paddles and a Rudder
4 5

Tons of dry storage and the seating is pretty adaptable. You can move the stern forward and paddle by yourself if you really had to. Or you can slide it all the way back and paddle with a friend. Or you could even slide the stern seat into the center position and put your dog in the bow or cockpit. Or there's enough for the three of you! This kayak tracks really well, with the help of a rudder (which isn't included) makes this a very easy vessel to maneuver. If you are in the market for a kayak that can hold two people, as well as a pet or child, and a heck of a lot of storage- the Manitou II is a solid choice.

For additional photos or questions, feel free giving me a call or shooting over an email.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on July 28, 2017

Pretty Solid
4 5

Tons of dry storage and the seating is pretty adaptable. You can move the stern forward and paddle by yourself if you really had to. Or you can slide it all the way back and paddle with a friend. Or you could even slide the stern seat into the center position and put your dog in the bow or cockpit. Or there's enough for the three of you! This kayak tracks really well, the help of the rudder makes this a very easy vessel to maneuver. If you are in the market for a kayak that can hold two people, as well as a pet or child, and a heck of a lot of storage- the Manitou II is a solid choice.

For additional photos or questions, feel free giving me a call or shooting over an email.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on July 25, 2017

Great In Between Jacket
4 5

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

Canada Goose is typically known for their super warm stylish jackets, but with this particular piece, they went more towards the in-between season look/feel. I'd call this jacket more of a wind/water resistant outer layer.
It is lightweight but not flimsy, so the material is durable and isn't noisy when I walk around. I'll wear this in the early fall early spring, mostly with a light sweater underneath.
Adjustable hood with a reinforced brim, grip-tape and snap cuffs, two-way front zipper, drawcord waist, waist pockets, inside pocket, lined and made of nylon.
I chose a small in this jacket as it is not fitted and has the ability to tighten the waist for a fitted look if that's your thing. For reference, I'll typically wear a small in The North Face, Prana, and Patagonia jackets.
If you need help with sizing or have further questions, feel free to call or email me directly!
Karissa Lamb
801-204-4567
KLamb@backcountry.com

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on July 13, 2017

Gravel Grinding Machine
4 5

I would say that this is one of my favorite gravel bikes we carry. The X-Trail is a nice happy medium. The geometry reminded me of an endurance road bike, with a slightly slacked out front end. Yes, it has road geometry but it wasn't super upright and uncomfortable.
Tons of clearance to roll on some beefier tires if you wanted to but the tires that come on this bike are also a happy medium. Slick down the center while also having some bigger knobbies on the sides. It rolled really well on hard pack and asphalt but it still gives you some grip when ripping on the gravel or off road.
My first ride was up and down fire service roads in the Uintah mountains here in Utah. I loved how it felt like a road bike on the smoother surfaces and then performed like a mountain bike on the rougher terrain.
A lot of people ask me which pedals they should run on their bike, I personally used mountain pedals. They're a bit burlier and more likely to take a hit better than say my carbon Look pedals I use on my road bikes.
In terms of gearing, this bike comes with compact gearing, you've got a 50/34 in the front and a massive 11x28 in the back. This is great for tackling those steeper climbs on the dirt.
Overall this bike is fun, playful, stiff, and burly. This bike runs a bit bigger.. According to the sizing chart I should be on the medium, but I am 5'8 with a 35.5 inseam and the medium was too big in terms of reach, so a small fits me perfectly. I suggest sizing down with this bike.

For additional questions, feel free shooting over an email or giving me a call directly!
Karissa Lamb
801-204-4567
KLamb@backcountry.com

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 27, 2017

5 5

I wanted to write a super long review about how much I am in love with this bike... but I'll keep it short. I also didn't want to be yet another 5 Star Employee review. But this bike is so perfect I couldn't help it. This is how a bike should feel. This is what true love is. I've had the chance to ride A LOT of different bikes during my life, and none have even compared to this. This is the Ferrari of all bikes. This bike wants to go fast. With every pedal stroke, the bike goes with you. Rather than feeling every single pedal stroke as a challenge, this frame and drivetrain just want to go forward... The new updated F10 is, in fact, lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the F8. Not that the F8 is inferior, but the F10 is just an overall better ride experience. Pinarello brought over a lot of aerodynamic elements from their Bolide TT bike. Less drag, more aero, lighter, faster, stiffer, comfortable, the list can go on.. what more could you really want from your race machine? I am 5'8" with a 35.5 in inseam and went with a size 53.5. For all questions about this beauty, feel free to call or email me directly.
KLamb@backcountry.com
801.204.4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 26, 2017

Hard Working Pack
4 5

Owning a Mystery Ranch backpack has truly been a pleasure.. seriously this pack has a lot of features you'll want when searching for that perfect pack. Typically Mystery Ranch backpacks were/are designed with the hard working American in mind. Whether that be firefighters, military personnel, hunters, police officers, or outdoor enthusiasts, etc. This pack was meant to work as hard as you do. Aka, it needs to be durable.

The Cairn Backpack is made of 420 denier nylon, why is this relevant?.. Just a brief history lesson- this specific material was actually developed for the military for use in parachute backpacks- the only thing on the guys back that holds the parachute!

This material is durable, high tenacity, smooth, and incredibly light. In addition to the 420d nylon backpack simply being a beautiful, densely woven, tough-as-nails fabric, its smooth surface entirely lacks an affinity for pet hair, lint, sweater fuzz, and snow.

I actually really like the Y-shaped zippers. They're very convenient for the specific way I like to pack my gear. Typically when I'm loading up my backpack, I'll put the heaviest gear centered and next to where my back would be. I pack my medium weighing items toward the top, and on the outsides, I put the lighter gear and then, of course, my sleeping bag towards the bottom.

The shoulder straps are comfortable, as they are made of a padded mesh material that sits ergonomically without any annoying seams rubbing or chafing. The waist belt is adjustable and also just as comfortable. For proper sizing, I'd refer to Mystery Ranch's Fitting and Sizing chart.

If you're looking for a women's specific pack that is well-fitting, comfortable, durable, and versatile, the Cairn is a solid choice. They call it a mid-size daypack but it is more than capable of carrying enough gear for a week long excursion!

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

A Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descends like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.

I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.

For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

A Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descents like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.
I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.
For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descends like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.

I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.

For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 14, 2017

Top Trail Bike
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you ever had the pleasure of riding this bike, then it was most likely love at first ride. The bike has a lot to offer and is a dream on the trail. Rider needs are constantly changing and Santa Cruz continues to give the people what they want.
The new 2017 version has a couple changes to the geometry which are good changes. In my opinion anyway. To me, they made it even better. It eats up the mountain and spits it out. No matter what terrain you come across, the 5010 is hungry and ready, giving you a fun but technical ride. Super responsive whether you're climbing or ripping down hill.
Jumping on the bike I was totally surprised it had 130mm of travel front and rear. Pedaling is so smooth! The pedaling platform is efficient with the suspension, which opens up really nicely on bigger hits and it often felt like it had much more suspension than 130 mm. Anyone who rides this bike says the same thing- It is poppy, nimble, snappy, fast and pretty much pops off everything and handles the techy descends like a champ.
Pros:
Light frame
Great up hill and down
Longer top tube
Thoughtful suspension
Lots of bike for your buck
Cons:
None
Verdict- The 5010 is definitely one of the best mountain bikes available on the market. It has been tailored to perfectly suit a large number of conditions. If you're looking for the ultimate experience, the 5010 will not disappoint.

I am 5'8", 156 lbs, 35.5 in. inseam. I rallied on a medium and it felt great all around.

For further questions, feel free to call or email me directly.
Karissa Lamb
KLamb@backcountry.com
801-204-4567

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

Great Buy
4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

Lightweight, stiff-soled, easy to adjust on the go, easy to clean, reliable closure system, comes with multiple shim options for optimal customization on the sole of the foot. The Boa dial provides the adjustability that laces simply can't offer and provide even pressure on the upper part of the foot keeping it from sliding around. Laces of different length and color can be swapped out but is a bit of a process. Overall I'd say this is a solid choice when trying to find a shoe that has the ability to fit a wide range of foot shapes.

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Karissa Lambwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

Cool Camo
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs

Yup. This hat does what you'd expect a hat to do. Covers most of your head and if you wear it the right way, it could protect your face from the sun. Choose a setting on this snap back cap, place it on your head with brim facing forward, backward, sideways, whatever. Live your life in your new hat, show some backcountry love.

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