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Koly Swistak

Koly Swistak

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Koly Swistak's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga
Paddling
Climbing
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Running

Koly Swistak's Bio

Hey! I'm Koly and I love getting outside and adventuring. I love geeking out about the gear and the best places to use it. Originally from Michigan, transplanted to Utah where the mountains and valleys are seemingly endless. I love hiking, snowboarding, splitboarding, backpacking, traveling, paddling, camping, and generally anything that gets me outdoors. Follow along on my instagram @kolyswistak or give me a call here at the office.





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

Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 18, 2018

Great Day Pack!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this pack for a weekend of canyoneering in Escalante. It's small and compact with enough space for the essentials. The hip belt fits a phone for easy access OR you can use the shoulder pouch that zips open to have it ready on the go. Would definitely recommend this pack for a lite hiker!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack on Monday and have been bike commuting and using it when I drive for the entire week. The organization is awesome. I love that the laptop sleeve is entirely separated from the rest of the pack. The front side of the main pocket has 4 smaller pockets for your wallet, gum, hand sanitizer, pens, keys, etc! It also has a tablet sleeve on the main compartment - I use it to hold my laptop charger because I don't have a tablet. The exterior pocket is great for your bike lock. When I'm driving it's also an easy pocket to throw your keys in! This is a great pack for bike commuting and commuting in general. The water bottle pocket fits a 20oz hydro flask but not the wide ones. I use it for my coffee when I drive and a water bottle when I bike! I think you could accidentally drive over this pack a few times and it wouldn't show wear.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I recently got these bikini bottoms and really like them. I use them in for my active water lifestyle - If I'm on the water I'm probably paddling or hiking. I agree with one of the reviewers before me that they run big for gals with no hips. I have the size small and they fit but in the water, I wouldn't dive into the pool and trust they'll stay on my booty. If you don't have hips, size down!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on June 4, 2018

All Around Best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I LOVE THIS TOP! It's great for beaching, hiking, paddling, yogaing, dancing, pride weekending, and basically everything in between. The colors are awesome. You get 2 for 1 with the reversible style. I wear this at least once a week -- if not for the whole weekend -- even if I'm not on the water because it is so comfortable. It's great for gals of all shapes and sizes. I have a large bust but a small band size (32) and the medium is a great fit without awkward stretching or sideboob.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 31, 2018

Great Trail Cruiser
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Please email or call me if you need help finding the right hiking boot!

I used these boots on a rainy 10-mile hike in Eastern Nevada this spring and was impressed by the features. The shoes were superbly waterproof. We trekked through water, snow, and about 1.5 hours of rain during the day and my toes stayed nice and dry.

The fit for my foot was good out of the box - I have a wide forefoot and a narrow ankle and the shape definitely fit. I did not particularly like the insole provided by Keen. It felt strange on my midfoot and was uncomfortable by the end of the hike. The design is supposed to relieve pressure on your metatarsals but I don't need/like the feel of it. I did get blisters on my heels from the boots which I don't think is something that will "break in" over time.

The materials are all high quality and I think this boot is best suited for someone with a less wildly/dramatically tapered foot than my own. This hiker is built to perform best as a day hiker. I don't see it being a backpacking boot. It's stiff enough to be comfortable on variable terrain but I don't think there is enough stiffness nor enough cushion to support you + your pack on a multiday trek.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack is a great climbing pack for all disciplines. I am not an ice climber but if I were, I would have used it this winter. I took the pack out for its first spring spin as a crag pack for a day of sport climbing. It fit my rope, sport rack, shoes, harness, chalk bag, helinox chair, beer, and wallet with lots of room to spare. For the lighter excursion I took the brain off of the pack. What's nice is the straps that clip down the brain from the front are removable so you don't have these long straps dangling about.

The red/black colors are vibrant but great for visibility. The fabric isn't anything compared to something like the BD Creek bag but if you're not a jerk to the bag it seems like it will hold up a long time.

My Center back length is 17 inches and the Small/Medium is a great fit. The features are pretty minimal.
+zip opening brain (detachable)
+top loading with draws and hook and loop closure
+attachment points for ice axes/trekking poles
+hip pocket that fits a granola bar + candies
+ski carry/side compression sacks

I look forward to using this for more overnight missions and climbing in the Wasatch this summer!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 3, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not a big fan of these ear buds. Love the bluetooth revolution, just not with these. They lose their charge quickly, constantly unpair, and the sound is a bit tin-y. I would recommend spending $30 extra bucks for a quality pair so you're not constantly re-pairing or charging the darn things!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this strap for my growing collection of yoga mats. It's a problem. this strap makes it easy to grab my mat and go and easy to pack up at the end of class. If you don't need a bag to throw your keys in as well, this is a simple solution. The patterns are super fun too!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Reasons I love this bag:
1. Packs so small! Fits in a pocket! In a purse! Under your hat!
2. Fits EVERYTHING! 4 beach towels! 3 boxes of wine! Enough Kale for 12 weeks of a juice cleanse!
3. Looks good! No longer looking like a dweeb with a grocery bag with a cheesy saying about vegetables. You can pick your style with strips or solids or tiny dogs!

Just get one already! I use it for groceries but more often I use it when I got shopping at the mall because it packs down to the size of my wallet so it doesn't bulk up my purse and I can save more than one non-reusable bag on my trip.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I own this shirt in both colors. They run true to size but the white is slightly larger than the colored shirt. I've found this to be true in most of their shirts. Easy to dress up or dress down. The stitching on the shoulder yolk gives the shirt structure and makes it a bit more visually interesting.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I sadly didn't quite fit in this suit in the size I ordered. I wear a 34E bra and tried the large and the band was a little too lose on me. I think the Medium would have a better fit but the size was sold out in the color I wanted. I think this suit is perfect for hanging out on the beach, wearing it as a yoga top, SUPing, surfing, general sporting in the water.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great helmet for road riding/commuting. I took it out for the first spin this week and it feels like nothing on your head! The dial on the back of the helmet is super easy to adjust on the fly. I got the black with pink color way because the match my gloves. I usually hate the

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I would have to agree with the rest of the reviewers before me - they run small. For $15 on sale it wasn't worth it for me to exchange and the mediums are a bit snug but will hopefully stretch a little bit over time to be a better fit. I typically wear a medium in women's gloves and a small in men's. I look forward to using these for cool weather commuting and learning to mountain bike this summer!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Seriously, it will make life so much easier. Packing is SO EASY with packing cubes. STAYING ORGANISED while traveling is SO EASY with packing cubes. MAKE YOUR FRIENDS JEALOUS of how quickly you can find your shit in your duffel bags with these puppies. Great for trips 1 week or more.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like the other reviews below, these guys are stiff when you get them out of the box. I have worn them 5 days now and every day they feel more comfortable! The style is super classic and they're made with natural materials. The wooden base of the shoe is from lime trees and they suggest you treat them with olive oil! So great! If the rubber sole starts to fall off it's very easy to repair with a little bit of glue as well. I really like the style of these shoes but I think what made me fall in love with them is the company's mindset in their design. The tags in the box *literally* tell you how to repair every part of the shoe. If you chip the wooden part? NBD you can just glue it back in to place because of how hard the wood is. More companies should follow their lead in teaching consumers how to make their products last a lifetime.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This chair fits my cat perfectly. I ordered it for backpacking because I'm a self proclaimed #diva and go UL so I can carry around chairs and disco balls in the backcountry. I set it up inside when it arrived and I've left it up since because my cat truly does love it. Seems to be durable enough for him to enjoy it at home and me to hike with it for weeks in the backcountry!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently purchased this bag and I'm so so so impressed with the quality. They're handmade in PA from recycled materials. The fabric on the bag I ordered came from an old feed sack and the leather comes from old gun holsters/carriers! It feels like a piece of history reworked. It fits everything I need for the day sans laptop. I use as a bag for biking around town (read bar biking) and it fits really well for that purpose!

Would be an awesome addition to any purse collection or a great gift!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on April 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These leggings are super cute and comfy. Love the high waist for yoga so I can wear crop tops without showing off my entire stomach during inverted poses.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY THE POCKET FITS AN IPHONE 6S!!!! Yes a tiny zipper pocket on the hip band FITS AN ENTIRE IPHONE!!!!!!

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