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Katie Harker

Katie Harker

Employee

Salt Lake City, UT

Katie Harker's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Fly Fishing

Katie Harker's Bio

Growing up in Idaho Falls, ID, I've spent most of my life outside camping, hiking, fishing, and riding. I graduated with a Bachelors degree from Utah State University and spent many days playing in Logan Canyon. After that I moved east to Denver, CO and made bikes my full-time work and play. Mountain biking has been my preferred form of cycling but I also love doing as much commuting on my bike as I can. Currently getting my masters at the University of Utah in Sports Psychology and spending as much time riding my Juliana Furtado as possible. I also love hiking, backpacking, and fishing with my 9 lb badass long-haired dachshund!

Katie Harker

Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 17, 2018

5 5

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

Check out my reviews on MFF bibs and the wind vest ( MFF0001 and MFF0008) to read more on why Machines is such a great brand. I'll try to keep this review to just about this jersey. Being a California-based brand, Machines understand the need for sun protection throughout the hottest months. This jersey is incredibly lightweight so you won't overheat even when the temps spike. The tailored fit keeps the jersey close to wick away sweat. Few things make me feel like as much of a bad b**** than when I pair this jersey with the Machines bibs. I'm almost positive that I become a better rider. I do know that my swag goes up significantly and I want to ride further which seems like more than we can usually ask from our kits. All the guys in the office are jealous of what this brand has to offer. Time to treat yourself!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Wahoo Elemnt is my first foray into GPS cycling computers and I was blown away at just how easy the setup was. Install the app on your smartphone, turn the computer one, and it will walk you through each step. I went with the Elemnt over the Bolt as I am primarily using this for backcountry navigation on my gravel and mountain bikes and wanted the larger screen. Paired with the 3rd-party app, Komoot, building routes is incredibly simple and the turn-by-turn even on singletrack/gravel is super accurate. I have found that using the speed sensor is a nice back-up when the GPS signal gets weak. Not necessary if you are primarily riding in areas with a strong signal though. Keep in mind that you can only upload routes through a WiFi connection so plan ahead before you get out to the trail!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 14, 2018

4 5

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

As has been stated before, the chamois in these is an absolute dream! So comfortable across all sorts of terrain; gravel, road or mountain bike rides with no discomfort. The support is just right without feeling bulky and there has been no chafing.
Now on to the straps. At the risk of repeating the previous reviews, these straps leave something to be desired. They feel like more of an afterthought rather than an integrated piece of the bib. I am a shorter rider and the bibs hit my stomach at an awkward spot, causing a weird rollover of my extra belly. I much prefer a bib that comes up higher and provides support throughout my entire midsection. I am going to try their higher end bibs to see if this issue has been remedied. They did feel really tight throughout my muscular thighs when I put them on, but they quickly relaxed a bit and provided the perfect amount of compression. I am a medium in Castelli, Assos, and Machines for Freedom bibs. These fit very similar to those brands so the medium was the right choice.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 14, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The relaxed cut, breathable fabric, and long sleeves make this an easy jersey to reach for in the hot summer months. It can easily be worn in cooler temps as well when paired with some arm warmers and a vest. I especially appreciated the secure lip on the rear pockets while rallying down gravelly descents. Nothing would have bummed me out more than getting to the bottom and realizing I lost all my delicious snacks! I was slightly disappointed that the front of the jersey worked its way up throughout the ride. The rear stayed down great, but I was consistently re-adjusting the front to keep it down. Sizing is true to other Giordana, Assos, or Castelli pieces. Small was the perfect fit.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This backpack has been perfect for soggy Utah commutes. I get concerned riding in weather with my laptop or tablet in other bags, but I have full confidence in this Chrome backpack. Even in heavy downpours, everything on the inside has remained completely dry. The bag feels best when you stuff your items towards the back and bottom of the bag. i have found that there are two spots on either side of my hips that will rub if I don't have something filling out the bottom of the backpack. Love the roll top feature that caters the height of the bag to whatever I am carrying that day. It also has a very breathable mesh back which keeps me from overheating when the weather turns. I have a feeling this bag will last a very long time and I look forward to many slushy, rainy, or dry commutes with it.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Wearing the appropriate baselayer can make your ride so much better! Use this baselayer to manage your body temp and perspiration on your hot rides. It is so thin that you'll forget you have it on, but it will silently do its job. I even will wear it under my normal clothes on days when I anticipate a lot of sweat.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is necessary if you'll be riding a trainer indoors. Not as necessary when riding outdoors as the GPS keeps track of your stats. However, if you plan to ride in areas where GPS coverage is spotty, this can help the accuracy of the navigation and your stats. I used my Elemnt for a month without it, and then grabbed one for backcountry riding. Mounts easily to your hub, pairs quickly, and you'll forget it is gone once you have it set up.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 26, 2018

4 5

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

Looking for a lightweight glove for all your cycling pursuits? The Covert is a solid choice. Breathable, with great bar feel. These gloves are very grippy whether riding mountain, gravel, or road. They don't have any padding which is preferred by some and not by others. Have held up great after 3 months of consistent riding with a few crashes mixed in.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 8, 2018

5 5

This was given as a gift but I was given feedback to share. The color options for this coat are awesome, and the material is durable and high quality. The recipient of the gift had a mountain hardware ski coat from a few years prior, it was a medium and loose fitting. This jacket is a slimmer fit so if you like some movement, or layering I would suggest a size up. The vents are awesome and pockets are functional. Overall, just a great ski jacket.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 8, 2018

2 5

These were bought as a gift for an individual who typically wears large sized snow pants to accommodate multiple layers. These were a great color and great price for the Gore Tex. The waist is smaller than other snow pants in equivalent sizes. I swapped out for the next size but the XLs were ridiculously long with a slim waist and thigh with excessive flare in the lower leg. Ultimately, these didn’t work for the recipient of the gift due to the fit of the pant

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on March 28, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Comparing these to my standard Footbed Chacos and I don't notice a difference with the "Cloud" support. I find Chacos to be the most comfortable sandal anyway and didn't feel any added benefit by going with these. Love the color and the gum sole is unique. Be sure to adjust the straps to the best fit before taking them into the water or on dusty trails. Once the straps get dirty, they can be more difficult to move around.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on March 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Of our two dogs, one sleeps in the human sleeping bag with me and the other usually sleeps on the ground. We usually pack along a couple blankets for him, but this got bulky and didn't ever look that comfortable. Enter the Highlands sleeping pad. Just thick enough to provide a barrier between the cold, hard ground but not too thick that it can't be easily packed. Pair with the Highlands bed for colder nights or a dog that likes to burrow. Scout gives it 5 stars!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on March 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I think that vests often get overlooked as a necessary piece to a quality kit. They are so versatile and can be easily stored in a jersey pocket. I find vests to be perfect for rides that may start chilly or ones with climbing and descending. Take the vest off or unzip when you start to put down the watts; put it back on when you start hauling the descent. I love the fit of this vest and that it has 2 large pockets. Machines for Freedom is 100% focused on making cycling a better, more inviting place for ladies. With the rad work they are doing and the amazing products they are putting out, I cannot recommend a brand more.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on March 13, 2018

5 5

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

Working in the cycling industry can drive one to constantly be searching for "the next best thing". I have been fortunate enough to ride in quality bibs from brands like Assos, Castelli, and Pearl Izumi. I was skeptical that I really needed another pair of bibs when I saw these on the site. The Machines for Freedom story inspired me to at least give them a try.

One woman started the company after seeing a need for quality kits for lady riders. She along with one other woman do just about everything within the company now. They model in the shoots, craft the emails and advertising, and even box up product bought from their website to ship to customers. It is so refreshing to have a company focus 100% on a better riding experience for women.

Back to the bibs- these are honestly my new favorites. Putting them on really feels like they were made for each of my curves. The fabric is so soft and you'll quickly forget you even have them on. Chamois feels great after even after hot, long days. Length of the straps and inseam is right where I would want them. The high cut provides great support throughout the entire midsection. Honestly, these are incredible. I would recommend them to any level of rider; the one who has never tried bibs, the one who has her kit staples, and the one who wants to support a rad company. Found the sizing to mirror brands like Castelli and Assos.

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