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Katie Harker

Salt Lake City, UT

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's Passions

  • Biking,
  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Skiing,
  • Fly Fishing.
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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on December 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

Carhartt quality in a tiny package will instantly escalate the cute factor of whatever baby you are shopping for. These run true to size and have snaps for on the job diaper changes. Pairs perfectly with Carhartt Active Flannel Quilt Lined Jacket (CHT00HN)

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 1, 2019

5 5

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

Confession- I love jackets. Of all sorts. Especially cycling jackets. This FRC-Pro Lyte is forcing me to re-think my strategy of owning 20 jackets for 20 different types of riding. It has been so versatile that one jacket and 2 different weight baselayers allows me to ride in temps ranging from 30-50. The vented back dumps heat when working hard., while the windproof front keeps the vitals toasty. Snug fit will keep you from wearing it over a jersey, but the same rule of fewer, more efficient layers applies here too. Pair with a well-fitting baselayer and you won't be left wanting for more.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

While this is not a true winter piece, I find that it works great in all but the coldest days. Don't let the low-ish price tag trick you into thinking that this is not a high-quality piece. With a cycling-specific fit, small highlights of reflective, and four pockets, it can be hard to find any other needs in a staple piece.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

After a few rides with this tights, I am ready to sing their praises! Giordana makes a top of the line chamois which will make even your longest rides feel like only a few miles. The excellent chamois is paired with a very warm, yet compliant fabric throughout the rest of the tight. This was the biggest initial standout to me. Many winter weight tights are stiff and a battle to get on. These fit just like my favorite pair of summer bibs, but provide wind and water resistance to keep you off the trainer as long as possible. The straps sit nicely over a baselayer attaching to a higher than usual waistband to provide support when in the cycling position. Have ridden in these in dry temps down to 20 degrees F. Stoked to continue to test them out through what promises to be a cold UT winter.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on August 13, 2019

Nap worthy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This board was an excellent snag for summer lake days. The carrying bag keep it manageable while you're hunting for a spot on the shore. Using the included pump, I did work up a bit of a sweat get it up to 15 PSI, but the effort was soon forgotten when I was cruising around the lake. Super stable, even if you just want to use it as a napping platform! (Demonstrated by my sister in the photo). Even when the wind picked up, this board stayed maneuverable and stable. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a inflatable, all-around board.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on July 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The stretch fabric, high waist, and trim fit makes these a constant staple whenever I plan to play outside. Tailored but not tight means I can even get away with wearing them to the office! The fabric is on the heavier side so these will stay in the closet during Utah summers, but they are more durable due to the heavier weight. Love them!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on June 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Many outdoor concert venues restrict the chairs that can be brought in to a height of 10". This one measures at 7" off the ground so is well within the restrictions. Took a few times assembling to get the hang of it, but with some practice I had it down. Not the most sturdy getting in and out of if one is not fully aware. Overall, for a small, lightweight chair it rocks! Here is my Gram with her broken foot giving it 5 stars!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on June 19, 2019

5 5

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

Already scored SRAM's new AXS group? These gloves in Oil Slick are a must have! Will match perfectly, but will still look great when you're riding your lesser drivetrains. Solid construction; super durable unlike many other non-padded gloves. Agree with the other reviews, they can take some wrestling to get on, but the lack of velcro is worth the effort

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on June 13, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Snag this jersey if you want to stand out from the crowd this summer. Loud colors and varied patterns will be sure to catch attention on your group rides. The jersey is a bit heavy for the hot, middle of the day rides we get ourselves into here in Utah, but should work for most days below 85 degrees. My favorite part of the jersey is Giro's commitment to using recycled and sustainable fabrics in their "Renew" line. You're already ditching plastic straws, time to make a positive difference on Mother Earth with your kit!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on June 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Giro recently updated these bibs with some substantial changes! I loved the originals and appreciate the changes.
A few things to note:
-In my experience, sizing has felt the same between the current and previous version.
-New version has mesh continuing to the back for extended breath-ability.
-Chamois extends forward with perforations laser cut in. Keeps things cool and clean.
-Giro made most of the bib with their "renew" materials making it more environmentally friendly!

Overall, it seems that Giro aimed to build upon a great bib by making it more versatile for all temps. Highly recommend!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sleeping in a hammock can be a lightweight, yet comfortable sleeping option for any type of camper. But, any wind or cold temps and you'll end up cooling down quickly. This hammock pad not only provides support, but warmth to make it difficult to pursue another sleeping option. The V chamber cradles you to keep you from rolling off or sliding in the hammock. It also keeps the hammock open, reducing some of the closed up feel that can come with hammock sleeping. A solid investment for anyone using a hammock!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on June 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These are an outstanding bib to add to your summer rotation. Giordana makes it a point to match their high-end women's and men's lines so you can count on the NX-G being worth every penny. Sizing felt typical to my Silverline bibs and other brands like Machines for Freedom, Castelli, Assos. 135 and 5’3 and the medium was best. I definitely noticed the compressive difference between these and my Silverlines. Super comfortable and supportive while riding. Straps are tight and feel like a well-thought piece of the bib instead of just sewing them to a half short. Chamois is incredibly supportive and comfortable over long rides, just like the rest of Giordana line. I was most impressed with the combo of durability and lightweight material that the NX-G bibs provided. I took a spill on a gravel road fully expecting the find a tear in the bibs. No way! I was blown away that such a lightweight bib held together.

Initially, I was a little surprised at the roughness of the leg seam on the inner thigh. It was pretty uncomfortable and rubbed a fair amount on the first couple rides. It seems to have softened up after a few rides and washes. Only reason for a star deduction.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Won't work for standard Elemnt or Roam. I know the name specifically calls out that this is made for the Bolt or Mini, but I thought I'd give it a try for my standard Elemnt. The attachment point is the same, but the distance from the blue mount to the bend at the bars is a touch too short. The computer catches on that bend with each time it is put on or off. The dimension for the Roam is the same so I imagine it will have the same issue. K-edge quality is the best and will be snagging a different option soon!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

An oversized version of the impeccable Shiny Object. Comes with a 38g CO2 to tackle those plus and fat tires. The inflator itself is larger to make use with gloves an option. Will work just fine with standard CO2's as well. PDW makes the best CO2 inflator. Time to give up that frame pump!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

PDW's Shiny Object has long been my favorite CO2 inflator for its durability and ease of use. The updated Tiny Object got gold anodizing and became even smaller than the Shiny Object. Still is just as bombproof! Snag a couple to put in each of your bike bags. Leather sleeve keeps your skin away from cold CO2.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

Upgrade!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A simple, yet pivotal upgrade for most cable actuated dropper posts. Currently using this with my SDG Tellis. Setup was quick and I love the lever feel! The bit of rubber gives great grip on the lever when the trails get rough. Mounted great to the SRAM lever and has 2 positions to dial in the fit. This will work with cable-actuated posts that have the cable head at the post, Fox, Raceface, SDG, Oneup. Basically anything except KS posts.

Comes with a derailleur cable, but no housing or ferrules.

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