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Koly Swistak

Koly Swistak

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Koly Swistak's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga
Climbing
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Koly Swistak's Bio

Midwestern transplant. Currently in Utah where the ski hills are actual mountains and snowboarding involves powder not ice sheets. In the summer I climb rocks, hike until my feet are blistered, and drink a lot of wine when I get to camp.



As a gearhead, I'm here to be your one on one contact at Backcountry . I'm here to help find the right piece of gear to get going on your next mission.. and make sure you get the right size the first time around.



To Connect:
Phone: 801-204-4694

Email: kswistak@backcountry.com

Instagram: @kolyswistak

Ambassador for: Fjallraven (@fjallravenUSA)

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 20, 2017

5 5

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

I was super impressed with this sleeping bag on a shoulder season camping trip earlier this year. The temps in the night got near freezing and I was TOASTY in this bag. It feels super lofty for a down bag and packs up to a reasonable size for PNW backpacking. The zipper never snagged, even when I was a little drunk snuggling up for the night. Unfortunately I don't have any photos to share because my phone actually died, not just the battery on this trip.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 15, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Am I an anomaly? Are my hips wildly out of wack? Am I wincing in pain putting this pack on? Am I a bad person for hating this pack?

I think the answer to all of those are possibly yes. I used this pack for a 5 day backpacking trip to the Bob Marshall and I didn't end a day without bruises on my hips. I bought the right size for the center back length as well as my hips. Anything larger I would have swam in.

I don't know if my issue was a break in problem or what but the way the hip straps are angled in didn't work with my body. I winced every time we took a break and I had to put my pack back on. I could never get it comfortable even with loosening the hip straps. It was like the were there to pinch, squeeze, and torture my hips.

That's my biggest gripe with the pack. Outside of it being entirely miserable to wear, it did have some upsides:
+ great side pockets that let me carry my coffee thermos, water bottle, bear spray, and tent poles with easy access to bear spray and hydration as needed.
+brain that turns into a tiny backpack! My favorite piece of gear I brought on my last big trip was my stuffable 18L pack. It's so nice it's integrated on this one
+DURABLE. I whacked a good number of branches across the pack and dead dropped it onto the ground a number of times. The pack was 43 pounds, I couldn't help it!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this flannel about a month ago and I wear it at least twice a week. I'm typically a Smedium and I bought a Medium in this shirt for the extra flow factor. It's long so it looks great with leggings, worn over a t shirt with a vest, and just buttoned up paired with skinny jeans.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Truth be told, haven't worn this to ski yet because it's early in the season but I know it will be my go to piece. I'll try and come back and update this review this winter!

I have a Medium in this layer and it fits perfectly. It is slimming but it's not next layer of skin tight. I've worn it this fall to camp and it's perfect during chilly days and then with a down jacket over it during the evenings.

If you're looking for a baselayer with a great fit, performance, and aesthetic, Kari Traa is the way to go! Designed by ladies, for ladies.

Give me a call if you have any questions 801-204-4694.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

First off, you have to know this jacket will make you feel like a ninja. This increases the intensity of your workout by at least 5 fold. It's science.

The fit is slim and perfect. The hood is possibly the best part of the garment because it doesn't just cover the back of your head but the front has a little cuff that comes up over your neck for chilly morning starts.

For how thin the fabric is, it is crazy toasty because of the wool! I personally have used this on backpacking trips, for late day climbs, and as a cozy top to wear at home after a long day.

The only con I've found is that it has some piling near the shoulders and waistbelt area but I think that is my own fault. This shirt was designed for fitness not carrying 45 lbs on your back.

10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride a Voile artisan 149 and the short size is perfect. If you have questions on the right length for your split, give me a call and I'd love to help.

These skins are durable and have a solid traction. They're not the lightest on the market but you sure as heck won't be sliding down the skin track backwards.

They come with G3's easy to use skin trimming tool to get you the perfect fit for your skin.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my day to day bag. I throw in my macbook that fits perfectly in the back sleeve, chapstick, notebook, novel, lotion, and wallet and there's room for my jacket when it gets too warm. It's versatile and I prefer it to a purse. I even used it to hike! Give me a ring if you have questions about the sizing on the pack to see if it's right for you.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't let you phone + camera battery die on you again when you're out in the thick of it miles, possibly days from a plug. It weighs as much as a sleeve of oreos, if that! I used my recharger on the Everest Base Camp trek and it was great! My phone was in airplane mode most of the time and being able to pay for this puppy to re-up power I got more than 1 charge out of it. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If you have questions or concerns about sizing, please reach out to me directly at 801-204-4694 or kswistak@backcountry.com.

This sweater is so marvelous! It has a classic, flattering cut and POCKETS. Everyone loves pockets and it should end any argument you have to not order this right this second. On top of that, its warm without a lot of bulk.

I am typically a Schmedium and ordered a Medium in this sweater. If you are in between sizes or have a large bust, I'd size up because it might fit but the length won't quite hit right.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have questions or concerns about sizing, please reach out to me directly at 801-204-4694 or kswistak@backcountry.com

THIS HAT IS AMAZING. First off, it's cruelty free fur and being a kind person is in style for everyone - not just vegans. This hat will keep you toasty warm in snowstorms, massive wind gusts, and when your office doesn't turn the heat on quite high enough.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on October 3, 2017

5 5

If you have any gear or sizing questions on your next splitboarding set up give me a shout! By phone at 801 204 4694 or email at kswistak@backcountry.com

This season I'm super stoked to use Voile's upgraded Speed Rail bindings. Just as I thought I was getting good at telemark splitboarding, Voile swooped in with the heel lock down. In addition, they upgraded the materials on their touring bracket to avoid the cracking that was reported in the 16/17 model. AND THEY HAVE WALK MODE! It's Christmas for Voile lovers.

Upgrades aside, the east of use and transition in the Speed Rails is top notch. I can switch from uphill to downhill mode in the same time my skier friends do on the hill.

One point I'd like to hit on in the review is that emergency repairs on the hill are pretty easy and straight forward with the Voile Set up. I've had to do on hill repairs for Karakoram and Voile in the past and Karakorams are definitely a nightmare in comparison.

These bindings are far superior to their Light Rail or plate set up. The weight you lose the and the responsiveness you gain with this set up is well worth the cost.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on October 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have any gear or sizing questions on your next splitboarding set up give me a shout! By phone at 801 204 4694 or email at kswistak@backcountry.com

This season I'm super stoked to use Voile's upgraded Speed Rail bindings. Just as I thought I was getting good at telemark splitboarding, Voile swooped in with the heel lock down. In addition, they upgraded the materials on their touring bracket to avoid the cracking that was reported in the 16/17 model. AND THEY HAVE WALK MODE! It's Christmas for Voile lovers.

Upgrades aside, the east of use and transition in the Speed Rails is top notch. I can switch from uphill to downhill mode in the same time my skier friends do on the hill.

One point I'd like to hit on in the review is that emergency repairs on the hill are pretty easy and straight forward with the Voile Set up. I've had to do on hill repairs for Karakoram and Voile in the past and Karakorams are definitely a nightmare in comparison.

These bindings are far superior to their Light Rail or plate set up. The weight you lose the and the responsiveness you gain with this set up is well worth the cost.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 9

These boots are the bomb. They feel good out of the box and great after getting a few miles under them. I am not always a fan of the big boots on backpacking trips but if you're carrying a heavy load or you're on a trail that's super talus-y, these are the best option. They're stable and with the shank, talus fields feel like asphalt roads. Seriously. If you have questions on sizing please reach out to me directly.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on September 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I purchased this belt because I thought it was a full leather belt. Turns out just the front portion of the belt is leather and the rest is an elastic band. Not really the fashion statement I was looking for but not to say it won't work great for someone else.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on September 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I love this shirt! It has a sleek athletic fit. When you put the hood up you almost feel like a ninja. I wear this mostly for backpacking or hiking. The merino wool makes it naturally anti-odor so it stays fresh for days in the backcountry. Like the other reviewer wrote, it stays put when you're active and even with a pack. I did notice a bit of pilling on the shoulders where my pack sits but that is after extensive use and easily fixed. The thumb holes in the sleeves are a great additional feature for hikers.

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