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Kyle Livingston

Kyle Livingston

Gearhead

Ketchum, Idaho

Kyle Livingston's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Surfing
Yoga

Kyle Livingston's Bio

After my college experience on the East Coast I ended up in the backwoods of Idaho, enticed by a craving for mountains and snow. During my six years in Sun Valley I was able to develop my passions for telemark skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, backpacking, hiking, camping and mountain climbing.

My time in Idaho was not forever and I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to use my experience in customer service to support my travels from Alaska to New Zealand and throughout Southeast Asia over the course of two years. Most recently I have settled in Salt Lake City, drawn by its proximity to the best mountains, deserts, and rivers of Utah.

Contact me anytime with questions about my reviews or if you are interested in me being your personal Account Manager and Expert Gearhead.
Phone: 801-736-4337
Email: klivingston@backcountry.com
Instagram: kandkoffroad

My Measurements
Height: 6' 1.5"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Inseam: 34 in.
Waist: 34 in.
Chest: 39 in.
Shoulders: 18 in.
Thigh Circumference: 24 in.

Kyle Livingston

Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on February 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

My wife bought this shirt in size Small, and is still wearing it at 38 weeks pregnant (getting a little tight now). The wind weaver plaid color is versatile, and the fabric is soft, durable, and thinner than that of the Fjord Flannel.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on February 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

My wife loves this jacket because of the beautiful color, Filson quality, and versatile style. It has plenty of pockets, including an interior security pocket. Usually between a Small and Medium in jackets, the Medium was a better fit on my wife's 5'7", broader shouldered frame.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on January 8, 2018

All About the Feel......of the Free Heel
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I cuurently have the Outlaw X mounted on the Volkl Mantra and DPS Wailer 112 Tour Skis. I have skied them on the Moment PB&Js, Deathwish, Sego Cleaver 102's and a few other skis. Let me say I have been ecstatic ever since 22 Designs entered the NTN game since I was a never a fan of the Rottefella bindings. Tele skiing is all about the feel and 22 Designs always suited my tele skiing style better.

I was immediately impressed with the entry/exit mechanism on the new Outlaw X which I found infinitely easier to use than any other NTN binding (and 75 mm binding). No yoga bending required and my Scarpa TX Pro boots pop right in and out. Once I got them on the snow, the instant flex engagement makes a noticeable difference when switching from one turn to the next. I was able to make quick, nimble turns in moguls and still lay down some big turns on hardpack. I would compare the feel to the old 22 Designs Hammerhead (which I still I have soft spot in my tele-heart for). Plus the Outlaws have the 1 to 3 preload adjustments so you cater the flex initiation to your personal tele style (I ski mine on the stiffest setting).. Add in the Axl free-pivot tour mode and 6-hole mounting pattern and this binding will be able to drive any ski on the market.

I am slowly switching my quiver over to NTN (mainly for the added safety of releasability) and the Outlaw X is my principle NTN binding. If you have any questions on this binding or anything tele skiing related do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Free your heel, free your mind!

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on November 8, 2017

Tips For Assembly
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Feedback Sports Scorpion MTB Stand is low profile, easy to travel with and great for small work spaces but it can be tricky to set up. It will come with two spacers, an eyebolt and the crank adaptor. It is very important to flare out the ends of the eyebolt in order to get enough friction to hold the adaptor together with your cranks (see picture below). Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about this Scorpion Stand.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on November 8, 2017

Tips For Assembly
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Feedback Sports Scorpion MTB Stand is low profile, easy to travel with and great for small work spaces but it can be tricky to set up. It will come with two spacers, an eyebolt and the crank adaptor. It is very important to flare out the ends of the eyebolt in order to get enough friction to hold the adaptor together with your cranks (see picture below). Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about this Scorpion Stand.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife has started to wear these shoes during her pregnancy. They give her (slightly swollen) feet excellent arch support without any tightness. She's hoping that wearing these throughout pregnancy will keep her feet from flattening out- and so far, so good. She also feels they help her maintain good posture, even with a growing bump.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This jacket has a classic style and always-excellent Filson construction. Unfortunately, on my wife's long torso, the fit was too boxy to be flattering. For reference: my wife is 5'7", 125 lbs. Size small fit well through the arms and shoulders but was boxy around the torso.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I typically stay away from slim fit pants because I have big quads from mountain biking and tele skiing, But like Mark, I found that these Performance Twill Pants fit me really well. I went with the 35x34 for a more comfort fit and appreciate the fact that Patagonia is offering a wide range of sizing options (I typically wear a 34x34). I have used these hiking, traveling, and going out on the town. I even wore them to a casual ranch wedding! These are versatile pants that I would recommend to anyone. Plus my wife likes them. Enough said.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Carbon is amazingly strong, but there is a reason that Santa Cruz offers a lifetime warranty on these new Reserve Wheels. They don't want you to miss a ride and will do their best to get you back on your bike within 24 hours if anything ever happens to your Reserve rims. Just ask MacAskill.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

Appears When You Need it Most
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To say that the Houdini Jacket is lightweight is an understatement. At sub 4 oz. it is definitely one of the lightest emergency shells out there. I keep it in the bottom of my mountain bike pack on every ride, which happens to be the DAKINE Low Rider Hip Pack. That's right, it easily fits in a fanny pack. It has saved me a couple times already from some inclement fall weather, both in Colorado and Zion National Park. I cannot foresee a future ride, hike, or any adventure where I don't take the Houdini with me. I am 6'1", 190 lbs. and the large fits me perfectly. I would highly recommend this to any one, it will magically appear from the bottom of your pack when you need it most.
Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions on the Houdini, mountain bike gear, or any Patagonia products.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

Warmth for the Hinterlands
5 5

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

Not familiar with Haglofs? Think the eco-conscious business model of Patagonia crossed with the technical features of Arc'teryx. And the Floda II Down Parka is no exception. It is Bluesign Approved which means it is made with sustainable substances and it might be the warmest, most comfortable parka I have ever tried on. I have no doubt it would keep anyone warm in some of the harshest environs on Earth: think Antarctica, Siberia or the Taiga. I am 6'1", 190 lbs. and the Large was the perfect fit. Shoot me any questions on the Floda II or any other Haglofs products.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 4, 2017

5 5

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

I contacted Teravail to find the specific weight. The Light & Supple Rampart Tires have an average weight of 583g per tire with little variance. This is a great tire for bikepacking and adventure riding and taking your road rig far off the beaten path. Feel free to contact me directly with any specific questions.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have not deduced from other reviews, these are amazing skis. The Wailer 99's offer the perfect width for long days in the backcountry and ski mountaineering. Do you want to climb the furthest peak and ski the untouched bowl that lies beyond? Also, if you are lighter weight skier, do a lot of spring touring, or ski in a place that does not get a ton of snow then look no further than the Wailer 99. After skiing the 99, 106 and 112, I decided on the 112's as my go-to touring ski for the Wasatch out here in Utah. I am 190 lbs. and we are lucky enough to get a lot of powder so I wanted the extra float. Then I ruined my skis by mounting them with 22 Designs Outlaw Tele Bindings! Haha. But don't judge me....I get face shots easier than most. What really surprised me was how well these skis performed on hardpack and variable conditions. The prepreg carbon-fiber laminate is the difference maker and gives the skis a consistent dampening throughout so you don't get the chatter you typically would from a ski with fiberglass in its make-up. That being said, if you can swallow the higher price point and are looking for an on-piste ski then I think the Wailer Alchemist Series are worth the extra investment as a one ski quiver.
Enjoy my hero video from Powder Mountain on 12/25/16. This is what happens when it snows so much you end up traveling through the White Tunnel until the lifts stop runnin.'
Feel to contact me directly with questions on DPS Skis, telemark skiing or to discuss your next ski set-up.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you have not deduced from other reviews, these are amazing skis. The Wailer 106's offer the perfect width for skiing powder effortlessly and keeping control at high speeds. The 106 is the most versatile ski in the DPS Tour1 line-up. After skiing the 99, 106 and 112, I decided on the 112's as my go-to touring ski for the Wasatch out here in Utah. I am 190 lbs. and we are lucky enough to get a lot of powder so I wanted the extra float. Then I ruined my skis by mounting them with 22 Designs Outlaw Tele Bindings! Haha. But don't judge me....I get face shots easier than most. What really surprised me was how well these skis performed on hardpack and variable conditions. The prepreg carbon-fiber laminate is the difference maker and gives the skis a consistent dampening throughout so you don't get the chatter you typically would from a ski with fiberglass in its make-up. That being said, if you can swallow the higher price point and are looking for an on-piste ski then I think the Wailer Alchemist Series are worth the extra investment as a one ski quiver.
Enjoy my hero video from Powder Mountain on 12/25/16. This is what happens when it snows so much you end up traveling through the White Tunnel until the lifts stop runnin.'
Feel to contact me directly with questions on DPS Skis, telemark skiing or to discuss your next ski set-up.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Check out this awesome video of Nick McEachern and Nick Rushford skiing Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. McEachem has a pair of early generation Big Horn 106's laid up with 22 Designs Axl Bindings. 100% Idaho made set-up! Very cool. This ski would be a great choice for anyone looking for a solid all-mountain tele set-up, it checks all the boxes for what I look for in a tele ski. Made in Victor, Idaho with the Tetons as a test ground, SEGO Skis will take your skiing to next level for winter 2017-18.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on October 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Check out this awesome video from Lynsey Dyer on the SEGO Up Pro 110 (the wider version of this Up Pro 92). The Up Pro 92 is the better choice for an all-mountain crusher. Made in Victor, Idaho with the Tetons as a test ground, SEGO Skis will take your skiing to next level for winter 2017-18.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife loves this hat for gardening and days by the pool. Be aware that it is much flatter and more rigid looking than in the image provided. The hat is also pretty tall over the crown. She hasn't yet tried packing it, so we will see how it holds up out of a suitcase.

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