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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 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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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on August 2, 2017

5 5

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

If you have questions or need help with sizing on this product, please call me directly at 801-204-4694 or send me an email kswistak@backcountry.com.

Let's just start with pockets:
1 thigh "cargo" pocket with an overlapping flap for security
1 thigh zip pocket - where I store my iPhone 6
1 waist zip pocket - great or cards and cash
AND
1 loop below the waist pocket - perfect for clipping your keys on.

What else makes these tights great?
REINFORCED knees and ASS! Wow I swore but these are just so great you can't not.

All in all, these are great durable tights full of features. I use these to hike and climb in. The reinforced knees are great when you're scrapping up a climb. They also look great as casual wear as well. Color blocking is in!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Picture: A cozy summer sunset at your cabin in northern Idaho drinking beers after a long hike on the porch.

Not only is this the perfect situation to wear your high coast knit sweater in, it is also the feeling you get when you put it on. Cozy, just like your cabin home in the mountains. It's soft against the skin and the perfect weight to make you feel secure but not suffocated on a summer's eve.

I typically wear a small or schmedium in women's tops and the small is the perfect fit on me. Not snug, but not frumpy.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The Eco-Shell isn't a shell you'll see in brands other than Fjallraven but that doesn't mean you should be scarred of it. The Eco-Shell will keep you dry anywhere from Scandinavia to Porlandia. A waterproof rating above 20K mm is enough for a day's downpour and this one sits at 30K mm.

The fit of this jacket is loose with ability to cinch the waist. The small feels big, I felt I could have gone with an XS and my friend Em who is half a size smaller than me thought the XXS would be a fine fit. I don't know if I'd go that far.

I would wear this jacket on a day hike but not necessarily on a multiday trip -- for a multi day trip I'd snag the waist length Keb Eco-Shell.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on July 13, 2017

5 5

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

Perfect length, cozy and at a great price point. They are SOLID and will probably take years to lose their opaqueness. I wear them to yoga class, to ride by bike, paired with a cute Project Social T flowy shirt to work and more. I have a long hair cat and his fur doesn't cling to the fabric.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on July 11, 2017

Perfect for Paddleboarding
5 5

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

I got this suit for alpine lake adventures paddle boarding and cliff jumping and dang is this suit cute. The shaped neoprene in the bust eliminates the uni-boob that I normally get in high neck swimsuits. The key pocket is an especially nice feature. I think if I was a surfer it would be an even better selling point.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on July 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've used this mat at home on my carpeted floor as well as in the studio and I am IMPRESSED at the stickiness of this mat. I haven't done hot yoga in it but I do live in Salt Lake so regular yoga classes tend to be warm and sweaty in the summer time. Even coated in a fine layer of sweat this mat sticks. It's also SUPER massive. Great option for tall folks. I'm 5'6 and this thing feels like an ocean when I'm on it.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on July 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You want to look classy eating that formerly frozen steak you packed in for your first night in the backcountry, Primus gets it. This set looks good. I'm buying a double set for glamping adventures but you'll definitely find me digging that shiny silver spoon into a Mountain House meal too. The leather holster is classy but easily lost, make sure you keep an eye on it before putting her in storage!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: 8.5

I typically wear a 9 but went a half size down as per the reviews and I was happy I did! I wore these for a climb the first time this weekend and was impressed with the stickiness of the rubber. I wore them on my harness for our 3 pitch trad climb and didn't notice the weight behind me at all.

On my quest for approach shoes I originally purchased the La Sportiva TX2's but my feet were far too wide. I went up a half size and was slipping around and when I went down to my regular shoe size the tongue wasn't wide enough to cover my foot! These adidas had no such issues. Comfortable out of the box and the ortholite footbed in them is incredibly comfortable.

Don't hesitate to give me a call if you have questions before buying your next approach shoe! 801-204-4694

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This fabric almost reminds me terry cloth's cotton cousin. This shirt is a baggy shirt and I recommend getting a size down and washing and drying it regularly. That being said, I don't think it is unflattering. The raw hemline and deep V are very modern and make your boobs look good. I would recommend pairing the lighter color shirts with a nude color bra because they aren't opaque.

Note: the images of the Army, Navy, and Striped Grey are not true to the fit of the shirt. They are all flowly and loose like the other photos.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Do you need the perfect, breezy summer T? Look no farther. This is your one stop shop. It runs large so don't hesitate to size down if you don't want an super baggy shirt. I find myself wearing this at least once a week. Well worth the investment. I hope to buy it in every color!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This cork tape is great quality. If you go for a lighter color keep in mind your grimmy hands will make it look gross quicker than your dark tones.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Lacking many pockets or "useful" features, this is your perfect UL running layer. There is a small zip pocket perfect for a house key but nothing for your hands or your phone. But you run to get outside away from the buzz. This jacket has reflective hits on the arms and back so drivers will spot you well before they're driving next to you. The fit is athletic but true to size. If you have a larger bust it wouldn't be a bad idea to size up one size because of the athletic cut.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

If you're deciding between sizing on this shirt, go up a size not down. I wear a small or medium depending on the brand but I'm definitely a Medium in the Parks Project tops.

The fabric on this top is soft and a higher quality than most tops you'll find in concessions in the Parks.

A perfect souvenir if you forgot to stop at a gift store or avoided the swarms of tourists on your vacation.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: D

L Space has filled the void of swimwear with Victoria's Secret leaving the market. As a tiny gal with a DD cup, finding cute swimwear is a challenge to say the least. If you want a good laugh, come swimsuit shopping with me. They don't make suits for girls with small rib cages and other wise large chests. The D cup version is this suit is the solution! I wear a 34 band and this suit fits perfectly. I think the D size of the suit could fit anywhere from a 32-36 band depending on your cup size (between D-DDD) and how much coverage you prefer. With my 34DD sizing, this suit is perfect for lazy afternoons at the pool and but not as great for activities like surfing or swimming in the waves. It's not *that* secure but it's cute so I'm going to have some weird tan lines this summer.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 31, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Please contact me directly if you have any questions on this product: kswistak@backcountry.com or 801-204-4694

I love the idea of modest coverage in this suit but it definitely wasn't for me. If I didn't want my boobs to hang out the sides (where it looks like on the model has ample coverage below the armpits) I would suffer from underboob. I would not recommend this suit for anyone that struggles to find a bralette that fits them. If your cup size correlates well to your band size you should have a better time fitting in to this suit!

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