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Katie Harker

Katie Harker

, Gearhead

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 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.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 20, 2019

5 5

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

Arc'teryx technical pieces are among office favorites when it comes to all sorts of outdoor activities. I frequently find myself wearing pieces intended for high-alpine adventures just around town. They do the job, but are often overkill. For example, the Beta jacket is among the best shells available. However, for daily use here in Utah, that level of weather protection is not needed. Enter the Solano jacket. Using Gore-Tex Infinium this jacket is water-resistant enough for rainy days in and out of shelter. It is windproof so is also great for the days when you're not sure about what the weather will throw your way. Infinium is a lightweight, soft layer which eliminates the typical shell noisiness . The brushed liner provides a feeling of warmth that many technical shells lack. It is not insulated, but provides room to layer on chilly days. By itself, it really shines as a shoulder season/unpredictable weather piece. Super stoked on this jacket and can't recommend it enough!

True to sizing relative to all my other Arc'teryx tops.
The Black Sapphire is more of a dark grey/blue. Still goes well with any color, but it will not be a true black.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 18, 2019

5 5

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

Love at first wear! This jersey is so lightweight and comfortable. Breathes super well on hot climbs and I never felt like the material got saturated with sweat. Loved the laser cut seams and length of the sleeves. Definitely makes me feel faster than I really am! I think the feature than surprised me the most was the durability of the jersey. Took a spill on a gravel road thinking that the lightweight material would have ripped. It did not! I’ve taken lesser spills on other expensive, lightweight jerseys and they typically tear up. Stoked on the typical Giordana quality! Sizing was perfect. Race cut keeps it tight, but wouldn’t change sizing recommendations.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 18, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
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 April 18, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This piece is an absolute must for bleeding Shimano road brake series R9120, R8020, R9170, R8070, and 7020. Shimano changed the size of their lever bleed port so the original funnel design won't thread in. Using this adapter was easy enough when paired with the funnel that comes in TL-BT03.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All Mountain Style products are among the best for keeping your frame as pristine as it was out of the box. I like to apply this to all my my builds before the first ride to avoid that gut-wrenching feeling of scratching the frame on the first technical climb. The XL kit includes enough pieces to cover almost all areas of impact. I prefer the clear to let the frame color shine through, but the colors can be an option to make your frame unique.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on March 31, 2019

5 5

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

My sister has always been dealing with cold hands on our ski trips, that is until we got her these mittens. They keep her hands nice and toasty (and dry) so she can enjoy the slopes. She weighs about 100 lbs and has small hands so the size 7's are a bit large for her. The removable liners are great for the warm, bluebird days.

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Katie Harkerwrote a review of on March 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We bought this for our 9 month old Borderdoodle. She weighs about 40 pounds and the medium fits her great. She is normally an anxious dog so we were worried she would like the jacket, but when we put it on her she ran around like she always does. We take her on some big river fishing trips and the jacket gives us great peace of mind.

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