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Koly Swistak

SLC, UT

Koly Swistak's Bio

Hey, I'm Koly! I love getting outside. I spend my time geeking out about gear and the best places to use it. I'm originally from Michigan and transplanted to Utah where the mountains and valleys are seemingly endless. I love hiking, splitboarding, backpacking, traveling, paddling, camping, and generally anything that gets me outdoors.





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. Let's get to know each other!






To Connect:

Phone: 801-204-4694

Email: kswistak@backcountry.com



Read my article on backpacking with Fjallraven here: https://www.backcountry.com/explore/the-fjallraven-classic

Koly Swistak's Passions

  • Hiking & Camping,
  • Snowboarding,
  • Yoga,
  • Paddling,
  • Climbing,
  • Biking,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Skiing,
  • Running.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 30, 2020

5 5

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

I just got this fleece last week and although I haven't been doing any big trips I've worn it for early morning gardening and dog hikes. It's quite breathable and packs really small so I can fit it in a small side bag. I look forward to taking this backpacking this summer when more access opens up here in Utah! I would recommend this for anyone interested in lightweight warmth for running, backpacking, or hiking.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 13, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Don't be fooled by the title of this product, It is a great unisex anorak shell. I'm typically a medium in women's Haglofs jackets and am a Medium in the Anorak as well. It has great buttons on the waist to bring it in and make it a bit more "feminine" in shape. I'm 5'6" so this style is fairly long on me and full covers my butt - which is great for pow riding! Looking forward to updating this review with a photo after riding on Friday.

The color is a bright white/cream color that's super fun and looks really great with ski pants. The white color is badass because leaving the colorway of the fabric raw it saves SO MUCH WATER in the production process. I look forward to using this piece for years to come.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on December 23, 2019

Super Stoked
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Last winter myself and my gearhead colleagues sat down with Burton to design our dream splitboard. We wanted to create a board that is super fun to ride on low angle pow days and riding our favorite chutes in the Wasatch. It's slight taper sink it in deep pow but isn't so dramatic you can't make quick turns in trees or in a chute. I'm also super stoked on the mellow swallowtail design we were able to create.

I am excited to update this review as I get out this winter. I've been in NYC since the season began and look forward to riding it this weekend.

NOTE: regular splitboard skins will not work with this board. We found that the Pomoca Splitboard skins and the Black Diamond Ski skins work best with the centered tail clip.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on November 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Honestly, I haven't taken this off since I got it. It's a warm fleece that can be worn as a jacket alone in 40 degree weather or layered under more jacketswhen the temps drop below freezing. I have the white color and have done yard work in it and doesn't hold much dirt surprisingly! I'd recommend this for anyone trying to be stylish and warm this fall :) It runs large compared to other TNF sweatshirts/tops I have. I'm normally between a small/medium in most brands, typically a medium in North Face, but was a small in this piece.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on October 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I'm super stoked to use this jacket this winter! The Kurbits pattern is a modern take on a traditional Swedish design from Dalarna (where haglofs is from!) and looks super rad riding in powder. I love the lime green zipper pulls and velcro instead of using just basic black.

Let's talk about features tho! This thing is super waterproof and breathable. I plan to wear it touring and at the resort. The top part of the zipper has a perferated mouth piece you can button in do your goggles don't fog up. The collar/hood on this jacket is super nice because it's wide enough that you don't feel like you're being choked while riding and it's rigid enough with the zipper and button system to stay up and protect your neck at the same time.

It has two small pockets at the waist that are nice for your phone (I have the iphone XR), snacks, keys, wallet, etc. It has a pass pocket on the shoulder and under the buttons on the chest there is another pocket.

SIZING:
I wear a size Medium in the Khione jacket and it has room for layering. I could wear a small but I have a larger chest and it's a little too tight for wanting to ride in.
For reference: I am a Medium in Arc'teryx, Outdoor Research, and Backcountry and a Small in Patagonia, Houdini, Madewell, and Carhartt.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on October 10, 2019

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 fleece two days ago and have worn it every day since! It was 40 degrees outside and I wore it with a beanie and was perfectly warm for my walk this afternoon. Great for bonfires and general cold weather hangs. It's quite a boxy cut so you can wear a big sweater under it in the depths of winter. I get loads of compliments when I wear it - I have it in the white/tan color.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on September 26, 2019

5 5

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

I received the turquoise color as a gift from the Backcountry team and ended up purchasing the grey color because I love it so much! I wear it climbing, to yoga, traveling, and to work. It isn't super dressy but can look nice with a sweater layered over it. I wear it climbing in the wasatch and it moves will with me and it's fun that the cut off shows off your cool sports bra straps. I'm typically between a small and a medium and got a medium in this style to accommodate my larger chest. It fits my top perfectly and slightly loose at my waist but not baggy.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm no biker but love his hip pack for hiking. I don't need much for an after work hike with my dog but a few poop bags, a snack, and a water bottle. It's also nice for hiking in bear country to put your bear strap on when you're on a short hike. I have also used it as a purse around town. Great multipurpose pack!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like the idea of this rope bag. Super nice that it integrates with the BackcountryxBD pack but it doesn't fit if you have the bag stuffed full. I agree with other reviewers that a shoulder strap would be nice especially for scrambly approaches. It was cumbersome to carry it by the handle straps at a creek crossing. ALL THAT BEING SAID, I do really like the tie in points, material, and handles for throwing it around the crag. It's much easier to pick up and move quickly than the current edelrid bag I have.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

I got this for my partner to come sport climbing with me. He typically top ropes and this is a great, comfortable harness for him. He typically wears a 32 in pants and wore the Medium harness. I'd recommend it to anyone getting in to sport climbing or gym climbing. It has ice tool loops on it but I prefer a harness with adjustable or buckled leg loops for getting on and off with crampons.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

Great SUP
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used a good number of SUPs in my day and really liked the tracking on this one for the flat water I've taken it on so far. The shape is super nice for tracking and cutting the water but my dog would have liked a better platform to sit on. He likes to be at the very end of the bow.

I liked that the fins were integrated - no parts to lose on them but for some of the rivers I run it's nice to have the option to take them off. They're not as long as some other boards where they come off. The backpack carry on this is just okay with the hip belt. There are no compression straps or rails on the back (because there are no wheels) the carry can still feel a bit wobbly compared to some other brands I've used.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

Great Low Rider
5 5

My pup loved it! He's small and the short jump is nice for him to get up and curl in to at camp. We used it for a camping trip to Nevada and loved it for relaxing and watching the stars. It was a little short for the super deep campground fire ring but for our off grid camping trips it's super nice.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on July 1, 2019

5 5

Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I really love this jacket! Truthfully, I took it out of our gear closet here in the office because the A/C was so cold but I have fallen in love with it since! I didn't know it was wool originally and knowing that I would say it's the best midlayer fleece I've used. It has a similar warmth to the Patagonia R1 but the Wooler Hoodie is much softer and a bit smaller folded. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a midlayer piece for mountaineering to travel. The fabric is much like the polartec fleece grid but stays much fresher smelling because it is wool. Only thing it's missing is thumb holes.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

5 5

I used this pack on short day hikes and a canyoneering trip in Moab and I love it. It fits everything you need plus more. The side clips were super nice for throwing our canyoneering rope over the top of the pack! I really like the hip belt and pockets. It's super comfortable and fits my iphone 7. Sometimes packs will fit phones but it makes the hip belt uncomfortable or it's impossible to get your phone out while it's on and that was not the case with this pack!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great little lantern. Nice to have a USB charge for it so you can charge it in the car while you drive. I used it in our hammock tent and the hooks on the top made it so easy to hang from the center and illuminate the whole tent. I recommend this to anyone looking to light up camp! If you're backpacking a smaller option would be the Black Diamond Moji so you can save some packed weight :)

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I went from the women's 9 to a men's 8 (half size up) and still felt these shoes were really small. My heel cup was almost cut while wearing them. Maybe with a good break in period these would work eventually but they were so painful I had to take them off before lowering. I think going up to a men's 8.5 would make the shoe a good, snug fit. Aside from fit, these shoes performed great on the slabby sandstone I climbed in Moab on them.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the perfect pack for long hikes or sport climbing. I was able to throw in my rack, rope, helmet and shoes in to the bag and have space in the side pockets to put a phone and snacks. The brain is super nice for securing a rope externally and the hook/loop closure over the main compartment. My only complaint is the brain could be larger to fit an item like a mirrorless camera. The fabric is super waterproof even though the pack itself isn't seam sealed and waterpoof totally. I think this could also transition well for a commuter pack with the laptop compartment!

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