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Katie Harker

Katie Harker

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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 June 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 38

I have worn Chacos exclusively for my sandals for 4 years now. I love my Chacos so much that I was skeptical to try anything else. But, I bought a pair of these for the days when I wanted to let my feet breath, but also look a touch more dressed up. I've worn them 8-10 times so far and still deciding how I feel. Overall, pretty comfortable! With my Chacos, I could stand for 8 hours at work with no pain. Not able to do that so far in my Birks. I probably am still breaking them in though. I understand that Chacos and Birks are for different purposes so keep that in mind.

Overall: they have done what I needed them to do, provide a fancier sandal that is still pretty comfortable.

Sizing: I have never thought of myself as having a narrow foot, but I read the reviews about the standard running big so I gave these a try. They fit great. I wear a 7-7.5 in every pair of shoes. At the widest part of my foot I measured 3.5" straight across. No pinching or odd hot spots. Seems the narrow was perfect!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Use this roller before a workout to getting your muscles ready to work and after to keep soreness at bay. It will hurt if used properly but totally worth it! Use on your friends to help them stay loose. but also to exact revenge on whatever grievances they caused you. Comfy handles make it even better.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this pack for traveling, bike commuting , riding trains, and schooling. The amount it holds is amazing! I primarily got it after my other backpack did not protect my laptop in a few downpours. This has been put to the test in rain and done great. So far, I have stuffed it with a pair of shoes, extra clothes, 15" laptop, 2 books, a notebook, pens, wallet, sandwich, and 40oz hydroflask. Love it! Get one!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 130 lbs

This cotton/wool blend blanket is so soft and warm! I am certain that I am sleeping better with it on my bed. The queen size is plenty big with at least a foot and a half off either side. The enormity of this blanket makes it difficult to steal from your partner, although you might want to try! Keep in mind it is dry clean only so don't get it too dirty.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this lube for dry, dusty rides and wet, muddy rides alike. It works great in all conditions. Be sure to put on a clean chain or you will make a huge mess. This kit comes with a large 16oz bottle for replenishing the smaller bottle. I will put a small bearing in the bottom of the bottle just to help mix things up.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Adding Stan's is (almost) always the solution! After waking up to a flat on my tubeless setup, I quickly added more Stan's and air. The tire was still holding air at the end of my ride! It sealed a small hole and has been holding for a week now. Love this stuff. Be sure to replenish every 4-5 months, especially if you live in a dry climate.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love a pair of bib shorts that are so comfortable that I forget I have them on! These fit the bill! The straps are so soft and disappear instead of rubbing on my shoulders the whole ride. The chamois is among my favorite, even though it is larger than some. And the legs stay in place without irritating leg grippers! Highly recommend these if you want comfortable, technical fabrics to make those long rides a breeze! I do ride mountain as well and tried these under a pair of baggies. The way the chamois is shaped was not as comfortable on the mountain bike so I will keep riding these just on the road.

Sizing is so relative but I ranked these as "runs small" because you will want to size up from your current size in "american" fits like Pearl Izumi or Giro. I wear a small in those brands and found the medium to be perfect. They will fit like other European cuts such as Assos or Giordana.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

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

I've worn these shorts on 4 rides, totaling about 80 miles, and have been very happy with them so far! The length is long enough to go over kneepads but not so long that I feel like I can't pedal all day in them. The fabric is tough enough to withstand the occasional fall, but stretchy enough to allow full range of motion. It is not as breathable as other, lightweight shorts which may be a problem on the 85+ degree days, but so far it hasn't been an issue.

While everyone has different body shapes, I have found these to be a great fit for me. I have 3 other pairs of Pearl Izumi shorts, all in smalls. Small waist but larger booty and thighs. Don't feel any binding while pedaling or descending. For reference, I wear size 4 jeans, small in Pearl Izumi, medium in Castelli and Assos, size 6 in Shredly shorts, size small in Nike clothing.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After using grips that tore up my hands, I turned to these from Ergon. They are incredibly comfortable, even after 50 miles on the bike. I do agree with Davis that I don't feel quite as connected to the bar as with a thin, round grip. However, being able to feel my hands after a long ride is crucial so I run these on all my mountain bikes. Play with the positioning a bit on the first couple rides to really dial them in to your hand shape.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After getting bikes that come spec'd with other brakes (XT and SRAM Level), I immediately swap to these. The modulation allows me to brake later into turns and technical descents, keeping my speed up. If you want an on/off feel, then go with the Shimano XT's. If you like to take off a touch of speed at a time, then these are for you! The bleeding procedure is super easy, unlike previous SRAM brakes.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 39

I got these shoes as a bikepacking and gravel riding/commuting shoe. They provide a very stiff pedaling platform but are also great when I have to get off the bike. The Vibram sole has held up great so far and I love the adjust-ability of the upper closures. This is my second set of Giro shoes, and overall I would agree with the "runs small" description. I normally wear a 7/7.5 and am in a 39 in these shoes and my other Giros. The shoes felt very tight when I first put them on; I almost immediately swapped to a larger size. However, after a couple rides, they have broken in nicely and I have been very happy with the fit. I wouldn't recommend going more than a half size larger.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are a limited number of things that I don't want to drink out of this cup. It makes even a glass of water more fun! Great for serving cocktails. Even when your drink is forgotten about for a few hours, the cup still keeps it cold/hot. Comes with a lid to keep critters out while camping. Get yourself a full set!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I have been searching for a women's "shacket" for 6 months now. I was about to deal with a large fit and just get a small men's until I found this! Love the fit as it is slim but leaves room for layering a light sweater for the cold days. It is great for running errands or doing work outside. It is my go-to jacket for most days around 30-40 degrees. It does keep you warmer than it might appear so don't layer too heavily on those warmer days or you will sweat out!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I love this jersey so much that I have three different colors. I love the weight of it for the days when I get a little loose and don't want to ride out with a torn jersey. It has held up in a few crashes, but doesn't feel bulky. Great length and fit for me. Slim throughout the body and in the arms. And the colors are fun without being too obnoxious!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on May 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Love this jersey for the cool weather rides and damn patrols! It is just heavy enough to keep me warm sub 40 degree days, but breathable enough to keep me from sweating at the top of the climb. Very soft and comfortable interior with a glasses wipe in the corner. Only complaint is the sleeves are a bit long.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 7

I bought these as my first rain boots and couldn't be happier! It is so nice to walk around and not have to walk amongst the puddles like Frogger. I actually seek them out now! The only time my feet have gotten wet was when I made a user error and got into to water that was higher than the top of the boot. Took a star off because these are hot! I know they are not meant to be breathable but my feet sweat quickly in 40 degree and up weather. Do run a little big. Normally 7.5, bought a 7.

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