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Katy Seeberger

Katy Seeberger

, Gearhead

Utah

Katy Seeberger's Passions

Climbing
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have these set up on Reynolds 58/62 Carbon Disc Wheelset - Tubeless because I did not like the squeal I heard from carbon pads against carbon rims, and need the stopping power for canyon descents and wet conditions. I tested them up to 46mph downhill speed. They perform fantastic and stopped flawlessly!

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been shopping carbon wheels for quite some time, and really wanted something deeper than 40mm but still manageable in a crosswind. I came across these wheels and they were exactly what I was looking for. I really liked the fact that they were deeper in the rear wheel (62mm) but slightly shallower and thinner in the front wheel (58mm) but not so much so as to be noticeably asymmetrical. Reynolds clearly did a lot of research to find the optimal size for front and rear wheels without sacrificing crosswind stability. I liked the fact that they were tubeless ready and had a wider profile so I would be able to use a 28mm tire to soften the ride a little on a very stiff bike. I was a little concerned that by going for value I would be sacrificing quality in the hubs, so far the hubs seem excellent. After installing them I let them spin a little, left the room for a minute or so, came back, and they were still spinning. I did not have any difficulty getting the tires over the rims (a complaint I hear often about some carbon wheels). Took them for a ride recently and love how the deep carbon resonates. Had the chance to test them in the wind, and at 35-40mph speed downhill in a direct crosswind, I barely noticed any instability in the front wheel, and I am a light rider who has felt pushed around by the wind before. I love the fact that they are setup for disc brakes because I did not like the squeal I heard from carbon pads against carbon rims, and need the stopping power for canyon descents and wet conditions. I would definitely recommend these wheels.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

Do it all Shell!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this as a gift and he had the following to share:

I've worn this on warm spring days and deep powder days, no matter the conditions it keeps me warm and dry. The ventilation works great when they need to be open but the zippers are all excellently waterproofed so I almost always forget they're there on wet days. I'm a bit rough on my gear and this jacket keeps up with my riding style. It's taken a few clips in the trees, and where I would be concerned about tears in other jackets, this one held it together perfectly. If you're looking for a good, sturdy shell I'd highly recommend this one!

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

4 5

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

This is a great gift for those tall/lanky snowboarders/skiers in your life. I got this for someone who is 6'3" and super skinny (wearing this in a Medium). He likes that it is slim fitted but still roomy enough to layer. It's hard to find jackets for those tall guys with long wingspans but this one is awesome and the sleeves aren't overly short. It's also long enough to prevent snow from going up his back. It's pretty good waterproofing as well, which is saying a lot coming from a guy that is addicted to GoreTe.x. The pit zips are also a must have feature if you tend to run hot and need to cool off a bit. The pockets are also pretty thoughtfully designed.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

To be honest, this is not my favorite carabiner around. I liked the idea of it, but in practice I find it quite annoying. I picked this up to go along with my Smart 2.0 belay device. It seems pretty structurally sound and does prevent cross loading the carabiner, however there are other biners on the market that are more user friendly. I hate that you have to have the biner entirely locked to have the block clipped to the gate and there is no easy way to clip or unclip this quickly. So it's a hassle to clip this to anything since the block then swings free and snags on stuff unless this is locked. It's not a very streamlined design and I only use this climbing indoors because it annoys me clipping it to my harness with the block swinging loose.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This took me a minute to understand the mechanics behind how this works, but it's a pretty clever addition to the Smart 2.0 belay device to improve your peace of mind and mitigate some user error. It's quick to install and uninstall. My biggest fear is actually losing it.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a fairly simply assisted breaking belay device if you're looking for something cheaper than the GriGri. It handles pretty smoothly. However, I really only prefer it inside the gym. Outside, I prefer to use my Edelrid Jul. Pair this with the Smarter accessory Mammut makes and you've got yourself a lot of peace of mind. I'd argue this device teaches better belay habits as well that translate to other belay devices better than those who learn on the GriGri. Overall, not a bad option if you're looking for an upgrade from your tube style belay device.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 29, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I finally decided to upgrade to an actual balaclava after going all season with just a tube neck gaiter and it was a fantastic idea. I love being able to push this down past my chin when I don't need my mouth covered. It's comfortable too and handles a face full of powder without freezing to my hair. My only complaint is that it smells a little weird brand new, not really a bad smell as it can be ignored, but it was weird enough that I noticed wearing it the first few times.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is basically the Black Diamond Burrito but is specifically designed to integrate with the Backcountry x Black Diamond Stone Garden Crag Backpack. It functions as a rope tarp, a rope bag, and if you take the rope out then it serves as a rain fly for the backpack! It works wonderfully and is pretty sturdy. 10/10 would recommend if you get the Stone Garden Crag Bag.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 25, 2019

Great for Climbing and Canyoneering
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I bought this bag to be my climbing pack, but had the opportunity to test it out canyoneering in a claustrophobic slot canyon first. I gotta say, I am impressed with how well it held up considering that isn't what it was specifically designed for and I beat the crap out of it. Probably won't push my luck with this bag again though in that tight of a canyon. But it worked like a charm! It has the quality you would expect from a Black Diamond bag with the features requested by Backcountry Gearheads! I got one tiny hole and some fraying when I was honestly expecting to get more. I love the J-Zip feature which allows you to completely unzip the bag to lay it flat (which came in handy to reach things at the bottom of the bag without completely removing everything and also helped my to dry my gear out after an unexpected plunge in a pool of water) while still having the top load option for quick access. I kept my rope in the top in it's own rope bag for easy access. This thing is loaded with other useful features too! I can carry the rope inside the bag on its own or in the additional rope bag designed for this one (sold separately which I did buy and I love it too) or on top cinched with the main closure strap if the main compartment is too full to fit the rope. I had an easy time getting in and out of the bag all day. I also love the separate bottom compartment for stinky shoes, or when canyoneering it's perfect for adding the wet gear you don't want to keep on and don't want getting everything in your main compartment wet (it has some drainage holes poked into the fabric which also helps to vent the area from stinky shoes). The side zip-pocket fit my 24 oz Hydroflask snugly. Anything bigger will need to go in the main compartment. There are just enough little features to be handy while still maintaining a minimalist feel! The haul bag inspired design was extremely useful to hang the bag off my harness through some of the tighter section and could even be used for a smaller option haul bag when on some shorter multi-pitch climbs. The backpack and hip straps aren't the most comfortable in the world but they get the job done, especially if your main purpose involves taking the bag on and off all day through a canyon or bouncing from crag to crag or crag to gym.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

This is a fantastic board if you're looking for an all-rounder to add to your quiver. It's playful without compromising on the stability so you can rip in a variety of conditions. I've been able to ride fast groomers with great control and been able to float through powder with ease. It's poppy enough that hitting some jumps is just as easy. I've also found the maneuverability fantastic through the trees. It's definitely a great option for anyone who likes to ride a little bit of everything. I'd say my experience on this board was very comparable to how it feels to ride the Salomon Pillow Talk. I find the 151 my ideal length for an all-rounder like this (I am 5'8" around 150lbs, but my friend prefers this board in a 151 as well and she's around 120lbs and 5'5" ish, it will just depend on your riding style).

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on March 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

If you care about keeping your gear for as long as possible, then this stuff is fantastic to keep your gear functioning properly for as long as possible. The Green Tech Wash goes first and it truly cleaned my technical clothing. Everything came out looking brand new. It requires very little of the wash to go a long way. The instructions were a bit confusing on the bottle so I went online and found better ones on the Nikwax site, which inform you how many capfuls to use. I used the smaller ring on the cap and it worked great. After the green cleaner, the blue comes along to refresh the DWR treatment. The Nikwax site explains in better detail than I can about how the science works on this, but it definitely helps restore the DWR a bit. Obviously it doesn't restore it to brand new, but it certainly helps keep your gear shedding water for longer!

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on February 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are super awesome! They are really effective and the grip is great. They were super easy to trim to the Burton Anti-Social I use these on (took 10 minutes!) with the included trim tool. They stick almost too well (I struggle taking them off at the top when I have my gloves on), but I'd rather have that problem then them not sticking at all! I'm sure it'll get better as I get used to them and as they age.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on February 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These preform great but are a little stiffer than I was expecting them to be, especially the foot bed. They are still breaking in, but I might get an insert for these to make them a little more comfortable. The boa is fantastic though!

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on February 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have these mounted on a Burton Anti-Social Split with Voile pucks and they work like a charm. They transition really easily once you practice. The risers are easier to adjust with the basket of your poles than I was expecting. Just be aware that since these are unisex that the sizing is rough to dial down for the ladies. I bought a medium initially not thinking, then had to exchange for XS for women's size 7.5 boots.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on February 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I like the camber under foot as it makes approaches much easier. It's a little stiff for my liking, but that's probably because I'm used to a softer flex and have a more playful style. They did really well with the transition with the Voile Clips and Pucks, and I don't have a problem switching over with my gloves on! Definitely practice at home to dial in your efficiency before you're on the mountain. This is a good option to consider if you're on the hunt for a splitboard, especially if you love the specific customization of your stance that the Channel system offers. Take your tools with you up on the mountain and you can take some time at the top to fine tune your stance to fit the actual conditions you encounter up there! Weren't expecting the powder to be so deep? No problem, just set your stance back more when you get there! I'd say that's the biggest advantage this split has on other brands. But if the customization isn't really important to you then there are better, less expensive options out there for you.

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on February 7, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this bag in the 30L as well as this 50L. They both serve their purposes great! The 50L has a bit more wiggle room and I don't feel like I have to stuff my helmet just right to get it to fit. Having a separate pocket for the helmet is a nice feature, as is the lined boot compartment. I can fit my layers in here if I really want to, which I can't do with the 30L. But honestly I didn't like how creased my outer layers got and since I use this for storage to keep dust out on the off season as well as commuting to the mountains, I figured all those creases would eventually wear the shells out faster so I only keep baselayers in here now. My only complaint about this design is the backback straps can be annoying and don't always want to stay out of my way when I fold them up to open the back zipper to get to the boot compartment. Not the end of the world, but it can get frustrating when there's snow filling up my car and I'm fighting with straps to get out of the way so I can put my boots back where they belong. Do yourself a favor and get a boot bag if you don't have one already. It's seriously a life saver!

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Katy Seebergerwrote a review of on February 7, 2019

5 5

A carabiner is a carabiner, right? NOPE! You want it light? Check. You want it to be visually stunning? Check. You want it easy to clip? Check. You want subtle but amazingly engineered? Check! You want something that encourages tangle free slings? Check. Buy the best. Buy 100 of the best and make it rain carabiners on your dirtbag friends at the next campfire. And with this carabiner and a few other DMM 'biners you will probably have a whole crag named in your honor.

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