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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: The North Face

Koly Swistak

Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 14, 2018

4 5

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

Truth be told, I haven't had the chance to take these to the great outdoors quite yet but I've been wearing them around the office all day and have some impressions to share.

First off, it's a miracle these fit on my wide feet compared to the approach shoes from sportiva I've tried in the past. These shoes have no such problem! I typically wear a size 9 hiking boot and the 9's fit great in this model.

I will say the arch is a little high for me in these shoes for my mid-to-flat arch and would be better suited for someone with high arches OR someone who tends to over pronate.

I think these shoes would be be a great choice for a through hiker who wants to go lightweight but still have some ankle support. They're definitely not as stiff as a standard pair of leather, burly hiking boots but if you're looking to reduce weight/fatigue on trail these are the boots to go with.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: 34DD

This bra is super cute and for someone with a true DD or maybe just a bigger D cup the largest size here would probably work but for someone above the DD it just doesn't work. Unless you're trying to have your girls bouncing up and down and generally wiggling out the top of the bra, this bra ain't a good fit. It's pretty low cut . I wore a 34DD in original Moving Comfort Bras and a 34E on my regular ThirdLove bra.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Best $13 ever spent for backpacking. Say goodbye to "eh it works" coffee methods in the backcountry. This pour over system is so easy and compact! I used it with my partner on a 5 day trip in the Bob Marshal and it was so much better than the insta coffee our other companions were drinking. More recently it's made its way into our scamp camper where space is cramped and it's a great addition there too!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I LOVE this wallet! I used to carry around my cards and cash in a ripstop backpacking wallet when I was living up in rural Montana and found out quickly it's no good for city life. I found this wallet and loved the simplicity and smallness of it. I don't need a bulky wallet that some ladies carry around. I rarely use a purse and only carry my ID, 2 credit cards, and a few membership passes and they all fit neatly in this little guy! It even has room for a few bills when I'm traveling. Stoked for this wallet that will last for my lifetime!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For winter in salt lake these boots are perfect. Not so insulated that I can't wear them when it's 40 degrees in the valley and still perform great when I'm driving up the canyons to go snowboarding.

IF YOU THINK YOU SHOULD SIZE DOWN BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE JOAN OF ARCTICS IN A SIZE SMALLER THAN YOUR STREET SHOE: DON'T!
The Out n About boots run SMALL unlike their sisters the Caribou and Joan of Arctics.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you're having trouble finding the right size for you. My direct email is 801-204-4694 and email is kswistak@backcountry.com

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

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

High quality, modern look. I'm so excited we carry Filson's women's line finally. Their products are so beautiful. This fit is a bit boxy but not in a "ew" sort of way. The shirt is a stiffer fabric than some of the oddly boxy flannels I've gotten from Patagonia and they still look great on. I have a larger chest so I went up to the Medium and I'm glad I did. It's the perfect fit for my frame. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a flannel! I wear it out for drinks and camping. Great all around product. If you're unsure on sizing feel free to give me a ring - my direct number is 801-204-4694.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

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

I got the Large originally for my brother's Christmas present and it fit great throughout except for the length. We exchanged it for the XL and the length is much better. I think we may end up getting it tailored because my brother is quite the string bean. Stoked to have him rock it during the Olympics!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

4 5

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

I got these shorts to use as liner shorts for MTB and for road cycling in the summer. I used them for their first MTB ride last weekend. 15 miles of pedaly single track and 6 miles back on a dirt road. I can't say they were SUPER comfy but they definitely held up. For anything over 30 miles I'd recommend finding a higher quality short.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

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

These pants are cozy AF but look good enough to wear to the office and not look like a frump. You can dress it up with a button down chambray shirt or wear it with a tshirt and hoodie for a road trip. They're nice and stretchy for how structured they appear. Seriously buy 12 of these. I typically wear a small or medium and went for a small in this pant and the fit is perfect!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I ordered these I was skeptical that they would stay in my ear but they've proven their value! I wear them to bike commute, climb at the gym, watch netflix on the elliptical and more. For the price compared to most other bluetooth headphones on the market these are a great addition to your iphone X or whatever those phones without jacks are. Give me a ring if you have questions!

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

5 5

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

In the days since Moving Comfort merged into Brooks finding a great sports bra has been nothing less than depressing. Does anyone else feel betrayed by this? The sizing is totally different than the MC fit! In the original MC sports bras I was a comfortable 34DD. I tried a 32DD when I was skinnier but it was just a little too little on the coverage front. I've been wearing the same MC Juno bra for 2 years and finally decided I need to expand the sweat holders.
CUE PURE LIME.
I'm so excited about this brand. I ordered this bra a month ago and I have been so excited about it. I ordered a 34E (my regular bra size in ThirdLove is the same) and it fit perfectly out of the package - no need for exchanges or anything!

Performance: I would classify this bra as a high cardio, low bounce activity bra. With my cup size and the compression this offers I wouldn't go trail running in it but it has performed perfectly for ski touring, snowboarding, mountain biking, yoga, and gym work outs so far!

Lacking: I wish this bra came with a connector for the straps so I could wear it with all my racer back workout tops. For all the things to complain about, this seems pretty minimal all in all for finding a workout bra for a larger bust.

If you are struggling to find the perfect work out bra feel free to contact me. I've been working my way through all of our bras to get a good gauge on how they all fit. My direct number is 80-204-4694 and my email is kswistak@backcountry.com.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

Like other Stoic bras, this isn't the best for anyone above a B cup. The band below isn't supportive - it's basically a continuation of the stretch fabric like the rest of the bra. There isn't even a seam to keep it tighter and keep the girls from drifting below the fabric. Free people bras are more supportive... or at better at keeping your boobs in the bra.

If you are struggling to find the perfect work out bra feel free to contact me. I've been working my way through all of our bras to get a good gauge on how they all fit. My direct number is 616-914-2390 and my email is kswistak@backcountry.com.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on February 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I unfortunately had to return this bra do to fit :( I'm so sad because it's so cute! In normal bras (from ThirdLove) I wear a 34E and it is a challenge to find bras that don't look like wire traps to do yoga and climb in. This one was so close to being perfect but the side was cut a little to low. I think for someone with a 32-34 band and B-D, maybe DD this would be a great fit.

If you are struggling to find the perfect work out bra feel free to contact me. I've been working my way through all of our bras to get a good gauge on how they all fit. My direct number is 616-914-2390 and my email is kswistak@backcountry.com.

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on January 16, 2018

Look no further for a RIPPIN pow board
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like Lawdoggy said in his earlier review, this isn't the board for couloir jump turns. It's for ripping turns in the great wide open and smashing cliff drops into endless powder. I was only able to demo it in low angle pow due to avalanche danger but DAMN was this fun. The swallow tail gives you great control as your rudder in those waist deep days and crushes turns down the powder field. If you're thinking about making the leap and adding a powder board to your quiver, this board is a rippin' fun time. To make sure it's right for you please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly.

SIZING:
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 137 lbs
Board Size: 159

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Koly Swistakwrote a review of on January 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was able to ride the backwoods split this weekend and H*lySh*t do I want to sell everything I own to buy this board. It's incredibly lightweight on the uphill and almost feels hallow but rips on the downhill. It's stiff and set back for the perfect float in pow. We took the boards up for a low angle riding day during high avy danger and the turns on this thing FELT LIKE MAGIC. If you're riding deep pow, carving hard, and taking tree laps, this is the board for you.

I am 5'6" weigh 137 lbs and rode the 152. I think this board is great for male and female riders alike. I usually steer away from boards longer than 150 because it feels like driving a boat. The fact that this board is lightweight and incredibly maneuverable made the 152 the perfect ride.

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