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Koly Swistak

Koly Swistak

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Koly Swistak's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga
Climbing

Koly Swistak's Bio

I am a Midwesterner transplanted to Utah by way of Montana. I currently live in Salt Lake City for the proximity to the mountains and In & Out.



I grew up snowboarding on a *literal* trash pile called Canonsburg and learning how to fall gracefully on ice. Since then, I've boarded all over Utah, Montana, Colorado, and the Spanish Pyrenees.



I love being in the backcountry whether its on a splitboard, snowblades, or my own two feet. As long as there's no uphill biking involved, I'm there. Sometimes I even bring my cat along.



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Let me know if you have any questions you can always give me a call 801-204-4694 and I work Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Follow me to learn about the gear I use. If you would rather skip the phone call, you can reach me at my email, kswistak@backcountry.com


Instagram: @kolyswistak

Koly Swistak

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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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 4, 2017

Feedback from my customer Angie:
5 5

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

We received the Ruffwear Life Vest that we ordered from Backcountry. They arrived very promptly and fit perfectly. The quality is excellent and we could not be more pleased with your customer service. I’m attaching pictures of Max & Juno (she the larger of the 2) in their new life vests as promised. Max’s is a little big, but I knew that when I ordered. He is just so small , 3.6 pounds, but I’m hoping he will grow into it. They were sized exactly as described. Angie bought the XXS size for both of her pups.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2017

Too Much Much
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I demo'd this pack for a month and at the end of my time with it I was less than impressed. For a backcountry touring pack, there are just too many straps. Some of them I'm still not sure on the function! Even on my FULL day tours, the brain seemed to be too much and more often than not, I left it at home. The side straps for adjusting ski carry/ pole carry were very hard to adjust with the "snap to hold" system Osprey chose to use. I couldn't work this system with my gloves on - which to me is a major flaw for a winter specific pack. The avy tool pocket is also hard to get to! Major flaw! The J zipper is red and the tools fit well in the pocket - same as the 22 and 30 L version of this pack. In order to get into the tool pocket with the J zip, you have to unclip the brain and the top straps for ski carry. I could see this being an awesome trip for a Yurt trip but I think it's more trouble than it's worth.

Some features I did like: Back panel and top access to the main compartment, lined goggle pocket, decent sized hip pockets, color schemes available.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The gear pockets and J strap for your avy tools are what make this pack great. Easy to access and not a struggle to close. The ski/board carry is great and I never felt like my trekking poles would go flying while I was in snowboard mode. I would not recommend this as your main Backcountry ski pack. It's a little to small to carry all the essential gear for a full day tour. This pack is best suited for a trip off the sidecountry at the resort or a quick lap before work.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2017

5 5

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

This is the jacket I wish I had when I was trekking in Nepal. Much warmer than my Patagonia Down Sweater and equally as packable. The hood has a great pull cord to adjust over a helmet or to hold 'er down when it's windy. I got the small and it fits with enough room to layer. The pocket on the upper chest is great for storing your phone while climbing with your harness on for easy access to your phone or a snack on cold days. I look forward to bringing this on backcountry splitboarding tours next winter!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 26, 2017

Room With A View
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this tent out for the first time this spring to Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and I have to say, I'm in love. It gives you the freedom of your high clearance 4x4 but the comfort of having a pop up tent. We drove around on the backroads most days and by the end of the trip we were able to pop her open and ready to be used in under 10 minutes.

The mattress it comes with is quite comfy - if you really want to upgrade, I think adding a 1 inch memory foam would turn this into a moving 5 star hotel. I definitely recommend getting the sheets that Tepui sells for this and getting a down camping blanket. We used sleeping bags for the first trip and folded them up into the tent when we were moving camp. It worked well but I wouldn't recommend leaving your pillows in.

The initial set up is, for a lack of better words, a b!tch. We had 4 guys help get it on top of the car. It then took us about 30 minutes to screw in all the nuts tightly.I think it's easier to set up if you have taller towers on your crossbars but on my standard Subaru Forester rack, we weren't able to use my socket wrench. I have some friends that instead of taking off their tent from the towers when they want to take it off, they take off the whole rack.

If you are interested in making this basecamp investment, have questions about tech specs or installation, give me a ring or shoot me a message: 801-204-4694 or kswistak@backcountry.com

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So you want to take your fancy bottle of wine on a camping trip with your 2 kids, a dog, the neighbors, and crazy uncle Steve? HA! It might not even make it out of the door. Until now. The GSI soft sided wine carafe is here to save the day. Not only does this handy piece of gear keep your trash haul smaller, it will impress all of your camping buddies. It is also a great addition to backpacking trips, backcountry proposals, sneaking wine into sporting events, and bringing smaller amounts of boxed wine on trips (if that's your thing).

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