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Kayla Weiser

Kayla Weiser

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Kayla Weiser's Passions

Paddling
Yoga
Skiing
Climbing
Biking
Hiking & Camping

Kayla Weiser's Bio

Born and raised out West, I love to play outside. My first and foremost is skiing- I have been telemarking for 14 years, prefer Big Mountain but love mixing it up with touring and park days. #spreadtelemark

In the warmer months, I love to get out mountain biking, climbing, hiking, backpacking, camping, and whitewater boating. I also have a 4 year old Newfoundland fur baby, so if you or your pup have any questions on doggie gear, Camber and I would be happy to help!

Follow me for updated reviews on the newest and greatest gear and adventures. You can email me personally at kweiser@backcountry.com, or ask for Kayla on the Live Chat system.

Kayla Weiser

Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite true "no-show" socks. I have some of the other Smartwool "no-show" socks, but these are the only ones that are truly no-shows with all low cut shoes (including Toms). They are comfortable, they are durable, and the heel gripper works very well to keep them in place. I love these socks, and would highly recommend them to anyone!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Our household is filled with Hydroflasks & Yetis. After deciding that we needed another big water bottle, we settled on the big Rambler, and so far, we haven't been disappointed. The Rambler is very durable like a Hydroflask, and it insulates very well. The wide mouth is very nice- it really does fit over the nose, and it makes cleaning the thing a million times easier. I also like that the lid is not the standard screw top with the thin piece that connects to the bottle, as I find those to break way too easily - this one seems much more sturdy, and hopefully won't have to be replaced.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

4 5

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

POC has made another great goggle in the Fovea. The Clarity lenses are amazing, and really do help to define lines and cut down the glare. The only downside with the lens is that they are a little sensitive to scratching if not taken care of. Always store your lenses in a bag, and never clean them with anything but a goggle cloth and you'll be all set. The Fovea is a good mid-large fit, fits seamlessly with POC helmets, and provides good vision for all day long pursuits.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

4 5

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

Seriously, the two for one is a STEAL!
The fabric on these is very comfortable, and does wick moisture well. There are removable pads, and the straps are easily adjustable. I did find them to run a little big - I am a 32F, and typically have to get a M or L in "normal" sports bras. I got the Medium in these, which definitely fits, but it's not tight at all so I wear them more casually. I didn't expect this model to be the most supportive, but I thought it would be a little tighter... I plan on trying a S for more active pursuits.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After traveling a bunch within the past few years, and always having that somewhat-sickening feeling waiting next to the baggage claim in another country hoping to see my bag come out, I finally decided it was time to expand the luggage collection and get a good carry-on for the smaller trips. After much back and forth, I finally decided on the Status Roller because of it's ability to expand. My husband got this model in the Carbon, and I got the ladies model (same exact bag, just different colors).
We both love this bag. It's got ample space for a multi-day trip (clothes, shoes, and toiletries)- on one side there's a mesh zipper to hold your goods in, on the other side there are straps. We both use the Eagle Creek cubes, which really help with packing, so there's more than enough space! The zippers are easy to use, pockets are intuitive. I really like that the bag can expand, in case you're bringing home more than you originally left with. The wheels are also solid, and the telescoping handle is easy to use. The bag itself is the perfect carry-on size, and fits perfectly in the overhead bins. All in all, I can't say that either of us have any complaints, this bag is great!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on May 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A dog also got to my backpack buckle, so it was clearly time to get it replaced. This buckle is easy to swap out (I've personally used it on a Dakine pack) and it works well. Great item to grab if your buckle breaks or gets eaten, we also grabbed a couple extra to have on hand just in case!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on April 3, 2019

5 5

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

We gave this as a gift, and have received some great feedback after use:
"I have tried a few different helmets, including the Giro Zone MIPS and the Smith Vantage. I really liked the feel of both of them, but once I tried on the Obex, I knew it was the one. It is very light, and fits like a dream. The vents and fit adjustment system are very easy to use as well. I used to use the helmet with some Dragon goggles that worked well, but I finally upgraded to a pair of POC Orb Clarity goggles afterwards, and those fit even better. I would definitely recommend the Obex helmet!"

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

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

I got this for my husband, who has been a fan of Duckworth for a little bit, and this seems to be a good piece to add to the collection. It is very lightweight, and the merino blend puts the breathability through the roof. The material is still soft, not scratchy. The thumbholes are a great addition - I would say the hood is too, but since it's so fitted, it's not really every-day sort of usable... Definitely great if you're outside and trying to get it under a helmet or hat, but not really a "casual" hood if you will.
As far as fit, I would say that it is true to size- but instead of "semi-fitted" it is a slim fit for sure. He wears a Large in most shirts, including all of his other Duckworth shirts, and the Large in this does fit, but it's pretty slim. He can squeeze one light shirt underneath without it bunching up and looking awkward. So if you want a looser fit, I'd go for one of their other longsleeves, or size up!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

4 5

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

I got these for my little sister who is currently 11, but she's growing like a beanstalk. I wanted to get her a pair of solid pants that would get her through the season, but I knew there was no reason to spend a ton since she'll likely be outgrowing them by next winter. These are a perfect fit. They offer good waterproofing and insulation, without being too bulky and restricting movement. They seem to fit her well too, she's tall and skinny- depending on the brand, she's typically XS or S, and the S/Reg in these was the ticket. Overall, I think these are a great pant at a great pricepoint- they may not be super fancy or light, but they get the job done.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

4 5

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

I got this for my stepmom as a gift, and her initial impressions have been great. The material is soft and cozy without being too thick and warm. The cut is a little looser, but not super boxy. The pockets are also a great touch.
She typically takes a Medium in tops, and the Medium on this fits well, still allowing some room underneath for a layer.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using various forms of the Lobes over the past few years, and I've always really liked their fit. I picked up a pair of the new Lobe Clarity goggles this year, and I love them. The lenses really do bring a new level of definition on the hill, and they're fairly easy to switch out- it's great that they come with two lenses. POC lenses used to be a pain to switch, but they've definitely streamlined that process so it's not a hassle anymore. The anti-fog coating works well- there are obviously some conditions in which any lens will fog, and these are no different, but for most days these do great resisting the urge to fog up.
I baby these lenses- no fingerprints, and definitely no wiping the lens with mittens. I've felt that POC has a more sensitive lens coating than a lot of other brands, but they also offer really good clarity and protection. So long as you're just aware in how you handle them, they'll last you a good long while. One last comment that doesn't speak to any of the technical features- but the new POC logo on the band is great. I personally prefer the smaller logo vs. the big letters- it's minor, but it just adds to the sleekness of these goggs.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To be perfectly honest, I was a little hesitant going with one of the Spin helmets over the standard MIPS tech. But, after checking out the spin tech and taking the helmet itself out a few times, I really like it! The back dial is really easy to use to adjust the fit, and the venting system is amazing- very easy to open and close. I wear my goggles under my helmet so I haven't really dealt with the goggle strap, but it does seem like it would come out pretty easily if you use it and you're just not paying attention... Having never really dealt with it myself, the clip has stayed in place.
As far as sizing goes, I find it to be true to their sizing charts- I've always been a M/L across the board with their ski and bike helmets. Both my husband and I have one of these- he has the Orb Clarity goggles and I have the Lobe Clarity goggles, and both fit well with this helmet.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

4 5

Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this jacket to go with the Beretta bibs, and so far, the setup has been great. This jacket is solid- the 3L gore keeps you dry all day, and safe from the winds. It has a good cut to it as well- it is more feminine, not super baggy, but also not skin tight. The vents are really nice- while they're not directly under your arms, they're still great at getting airflow in, and honestly, it's easier to tell if they're open or closed... The internal mesh pockets are great too for stashing stuff temporarily. if I were to be picky, there are a couple of updates I'd like to see- first, the zippers can be a little annoying, they do really like to get hung up on the flap underneath, it would be nice if they were just a little more smooth. Second, the flaps on the hand pockets are annoying if you're cruising at speeds as they flap around. And last, it would be really nice if there was an internal zip pocket. As it is, there isn't really a good place for your phone- I store mine in the bibs chest pocket so it doesn't freeze.
As far as sizing, I feel like the jacket itself runs pretty true to size. I sized up intentionally to get a little extra room- I'm 5'2, 120lb, and I have the Medium. On its face, it fits fairly similar to my old Burton AK Medium jacket. However, I find the powder skirt to run rather tight. Even on the "loose" setting, it's small. While it certainly fits, I find that the tightness causes it to ride up a little more, so you're having to pull it down.
All in all, while there are a couple of minor things that I would improve if I had the chance, I still really love the Beretta line and would definitely recommend!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I LOVE these bibs- they're both cute and functional, and the 3L gore makes sure you stay dry all day. They've got good pockets, and the vents are really great for the warmer days. I also really like that they offer the reinforced cuffs, so they don't get munched up so easily by ski edges. The one feature that I wish had a little more to offer is the drop seat zip. The zipper opens up far down on your right side, but essentially stops at your waist on the left side. So while it certainly works and is better than no zip at all, it still takes a little maneuvering, especially if you're wearing a full suit (like a ninja suit) underneath.
As far as sizing goes, just like everyone else I sized up. I'm 5'2, 120 and I have the size Medium. They are a little long, but they're easy to roll up to/from the mountain, and with ski boots, they're perfect. I will say that a Medium is still rather slim- I can really only wear one layer on my legs, and a couple of slim-fitting layers up top (though it's of course easy to layer over the bibs as well).
That all being said, I really like these bibs and would recommend them so long as you size up accordingly!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 16, 2019

5 5

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

My husband LOVES this sweater- I wish they had a larger variety of colors, because I imagine he would get one of each. To start, the material is great- it's actually a soft wool, so a huge step up from the old granny sweaters that were super itchy. It is very soft, and warm- truly a sweater, and not just a wool shirt.
The fit is really nice- he's 5'10, 165lb, and the Large is the right size. It still allows him to wear a shirt underneath, without it being too tight. We have only washed it once so far- the tag does say to wash it at home, which we did on the gentle cycle. It shed a LOT in the washing machine, there were fluffs everywhere... We laid it out to dry, and it doesn't look like the washing machine did any permanent damage, but definitely something to keep in mind- if you have a newer washing machine without the central rod, I have a feeling it would do much better.
This is a really great sweater, would definitely recommend it!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 16, 2019

5 5

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

We got this for my mother-in-law for an upcoming cruise, and she loves it. She's been a big fan of Fjallraven for a while, but hadn't found this bag yet, so it was a perfect surprise. The outside is very clean- no extraneous bells and whistles, just a very nice looking bag with really cute straps. The inside has good pockets for organization, and offers ample space to stash things for a day of exploring. Great bag, would definitely recommend!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 16, 2019

5 5

These socks are a great addition for anyone- my husband uses them for a variety of activities, including casual wear, going to the gym, and hiking. For being a lightweight sock, they certainly do have a lot of cushion to them- but he doesn't seem to care, as they are definitely comfortable. Just something to keep in mind- if you're looking for a very thin sock to fit in a tight shoe, I would go for something with a little less cushion.

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 16, 2019

5 5

I got this for my godchild-dog, and he loves it. He is a big chunk of a dog- 150lb Russian Ovcharka- and it still fits him. It's really nice that you can pull the cover and wash that on a regular basis, and the handle is great for easy rearranging around the house. The dog loves it for comfort, and the humans love it for the good features. All in all, it's a win- I would definitely recommend!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 16, 2019

4 5

I got this hat in addition to the regular Byron, and I personally ended up liking the regular one a little bit more. The Byron-thin offers a great soft material, and is very lightweight, which is appealing. I just found the regular Byron to have a little more room in the top, it didn't hug my head so closely. I ended up swapping this out for another color of the regular Byron, but if you're looking for a smaller lighweight hat, I would certainly recommend this one!

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Kayla Weiserwrote a review of on January 16, 2019

4 5

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

My husband is a fan of the Nixon watches, and decided it was time to add another to the collection. He settled on the Ranger 40, and it seems to be a great fit so far. The face is a little smaller than the others that he has, but it still looks really nice. The leather band is a great touch- it accents the metal face nicely, and overall makes for a nice look. Easy to dress up for work or wear casually. A good looking, good quality watch- can't complain!

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