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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!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Rad little chair for car camping and sitting around the fire. Only qualm is that it doesn't fold up super small and isn't packable. I sometimes take it on day hikes out and just fold it in half under my pack. Isn't the smallest but is for sure more comfortable than sitting on the ground!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

4 5

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

A classic minimalist pad that I've used a ton of nights out on trail. Not the comfiest nor the warmest but it makes up for this with its simplicity (just open it up and sleep!). When snow camping or in colder conditions where space isn't an issue, I've paired this pad with my Klymit air pad on top which does a better job insulating me and also protects my air pad from punctures or rocky terrain.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on December 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Here is what my mom has to say: The color is gorgeous in a rich deep green. The weight is perfect on these cold fall to winter days. I ordered a medium and could have probably ordered a small. The sleeves are a just a bit long and I because it's not a fitted dress, the small would have still given plenty of room all over. I love the feel and would definitely purchase another one in a different color.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 26, 2017

5 5

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

This baselayer is incredibly soft. Which makes it so comfortable against my skin. That is my favorite part about it. The comfort of the fabric makes it easy to forget about on all day adventures. I've found it to work well on rides ranging from 30-60 degrees, with the correct layering. Baselayers are great for providing extra warmth, but also help your body regulate temperature on warmer days. I think they are a crucial, overlooked piece of your kit and this has become my go-to. Fit is true to other Giordana sizing.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Skratch designed this drink mix to be used on the daily. The sodium and calorie count is low so you don't need to worry about frequently adding it to your water. Add this to your water for anytime you are thirsty, but plain water just isn't cutting it. Flavored with real fruit so it is not sickly sweet and doesn't leave a film in your mouth. Lemon-lime is my current favorite, but the passion-fruit is super tasty as well!

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

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

This baselayer has been perfect as the weather cools down in Utah. It pairs nicely with a long sleeve jersey or a heavier jacket for the cold days. It has kept me warm down to 30 degrees (hasn't been colder than that yet, but I imagine it would do well down to 20), but the breath-ability keeps me from sweating out. After wearing a couple rides in a row, the merino keeps the baselayer smelling fresh. Next to skin fit allows for many layering options. Small throughout the Giordana line and this baselayer is no exception.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 3, 2017

4 5

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

This compass is a basic wilderness tool all seriously outdoorsman/women should have. Simple to use if you have basic navigation skills and includes a little sheet of paper with all the components and how to use them if you aren't so savvy. Lightweight and fairly small size makes it easy to toss in a daypack for those terrifying moments when you lose the trail and the ol' iPhone navigation system isn't cutting it.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on November 3, 2017

5 5

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

Caption says it all, these locks are insanely easy to install on any Yakima rack system. After spending way too much time installing my Yakima Fork Lift Bike Rack, I stoked to literally pop these locks into the rack and be ready to roll. Pack I got comes with two locks (although I only need one per fork lift rack), two keys and one blank key for installation. While this system isn't bullet proof and I would for sure not leave my bike on my roof overnight or in any sketchy place, If you have any Yakima rack for sure get some locks to at least slow down those nasty bike thieves.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on October 29, 2017

5 5

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

This is the perfect midweight baselayer that can be worn most months out of the year. Perfect for layering under a puffy jacket to keep your temperature regular on cold days. Could also go by itself or with a vest on warmer days. Great next-to-skin piece for outdoor pursuits. I ordered the small which fits well, especially if I am wearing it on it's own. Probably good have gone with the XS as well if I was looking for a snugger fit. Such a versatile piece that i will be snagging others.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on October 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Can't be said enough. These are awesome boots, if you get the correct size. I typically wear a 7/7.5 and the 8 is perfect. Once the size is dialed in, you can enjoy them! They are a great all-around wet weather boot. Not much insulation, but couple with a good pair of wool socks and they should keep your feet plenty warm. Lightweight compared to other Sorel boots so great as a daily driver.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on October 20, 2017

5 5

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

The Sorpasso are an excellent winter tight with the ability to be worn in a myriad of temperatures. I have worn them down to windy, 25 degrees and up to sunny, 55 degree days. The fleece lined tight will keep you warm and comfortable on the chilly rides when you have to pull yourself from a warm house. The Thermoflex fleece stops at the same point that the zipper starts. Great, snug fit with a high waist that keeps the band from digging into your stomach. The Progetto X2 Air chamois is the same high-end chamois found in the Free Aero Race bibs. If you are looking for one pair of comfortable tights to spend most of your cool fall, winter, and spring rides in, the Sorpasso 2 is for you.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on October 20, 2017

5 5

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

This jersey has been a great addition to my collection for the windy , shoulder seasons. The Windstopper front isn't bulky, but keeps me comfortable when the weather starts to turn. The back panel is great for dumping heat and keeps sweating to a minimum. Castelli claims that this jersey is comfortable down to 45 degrees, but I have been comfortable in it down to 35. As it provides jacket protection, but in a jersey cut, I would recommend investing in a baselayer to wear underneath. My favorites are the Castelli Prosecco (item #CST00F0) or the Giordana Ceramic Baselayer (Item # GIO007D).

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on October 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I typically prefer wearing bibs, but I wanted to give these a shot as I had heard good things about the chamois. After 4-5 rides, they have worked out pretty well. The waist band doesn't provide discomfort like other shorts I have tried. I think this is due to the thick band and the high rise of the shorts. Chamois overall was comfortable, but a bit large for my liking. Provides plenty of support on 50+ mile rides. The shorts are pretty tight to get over my rear, but once they are in place they are very comfortable. I wear a medium in Castelli and Assos, and a small in Pearl Izumi. I found the small to be best in these shorts.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on October 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is among the warmest hats I have ever worn. It is super thick and covers down to the bottom of my ear. I believe it is due to the tight,warm weave of the fabric, but the hat is also pretty tight. I wear a small to medium bike and ski helmet and found the hat to be pretty tight overall. It did an excellent job of keeping my head toasty during a fishing trip in wet, 30 degree weather though.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on October 9, 2017

5 5

If you want to stay dry, look no further. This jacket is extremely lightweight, but extraordinarily effective. It is form fitting and not bulky at all, but I was still able to fit a t-shirt, flannel and Atom SL underneath with no problem. I also have a Beta AR, which is an equally good jacket but this is definitely lighter and not as stiff- it makes less of that typical “swoosh”rain jacket sound when you move. Definitely a worthwhile investment to your gear closet.

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