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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 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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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

I bought this dress for my wife in a size 2. She loves it for around town, dinner dates, and as a beach dress. My wife has a long waist, and this dress is very short on her. She also tried a size 4, which was looser around the torso but fit the same in shoulders and length.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

I bought this dress for my wife in a size 4. She loves it for around town, dinner dates, and as a beach dress. My wife has a long waist, and this dress is very short on her. She also tried a size 2, which was tighter around the torso but fit the same in shoulders and length.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife loves the simplicity and quality of this bag. The leather is super soft and it perfectly fits a laptop and other carry-on accessories.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

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

My wife loves this super-soft tank, especially because she can get away with wearing the Patagonia Barely Bra underneath it. The top is formfitting across the bust but very loose and flowy around the torso.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on September 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Bought these for my wife. Unfortunately the small fit like a diaper with a very bulgy butt. We didn't have time to size down but I think an XS would have been a better fit. For reference, she wears a size 26 pant.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on September 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought these for my wife in Rivermouth/Andes Blue, size small. The print is awesomely vibrant, and they are very soft. She usually wears a size 26 pant, and the XS would probably offer more compression than the small does.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on August 29, 2017

Plowability Factor Is Through The Roof
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yeti continues to adapt along with the rest of the mountain bike industry to the Boost hub revolution and the SB5.5 is the crown jewel in my opinion. I first had a chance to ride this bike at a Yeti demo last summer and was extremely skeptical going in. The Santa Cruz Hightower had been my favorite bike of 2017/18 but let's just say that was before ripping on the SB5.5. I have now been on this bike a handful of times, both in the mountains of Park City and the desert of Moab, and it continues to impress me for a variety of reasons. The only comparable bike out there is the new Hightower LT.

Quick note: This is the Turq -Series frame that is slightly lighter compared to Carbon series frame from Yeti (only available on complete bikes). I have ridden both frames and can't tell the difference. Also, the key upgrade on the SB5.5 for 2018 is the FOX Float X Factory.

There are a couple key differences between the Hightower and SB5.5. The SB5.5 has a slightly steeper head tube angle (66.5 degrees), slightly higher BB height and longer wheel base. But truth be told the key for me is that a Large Yeti just fits me better than a Large Santa Cruz. I am 6'1" with pretty long arms and for whatever reason I have always felt that Large Santa Cruz bikes are too small (and XL too big). But the Yeti SB5.5 in a Large was built just for me.

I was most impressed with how easily it plowed over everything put in front of it. If there was a plowability rating I would give it 6 stars out of 5. It handled steep, technical terrain with ease and cornered surprisingly well for a 29er considering the added lateral stiffness from the wider Boost hubs. This bike had solid pop off of jumps and was smooth in the air which I did not expect but should not be surprising considering the tech behind the Switch Infinity Link.

If you are looking for a new super bike and are considering the Yeti SB5.5 do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. I would be glad to help you build this bike from the frame up.

Kyle Livingston - Expert Gearhead
klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife has tried a couple of the flavors of these and the Bison Bacon Cranberry is her favorite. She prefers these bars for protein because they are real food and aren't packed with sugar. The venison flavor, which we do not carry, is also pretty edible.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

My wife found her new summer go-to in these Patagonia Stretch All-wear 4 inch shorts. The Scorpo/Channel Blue is a great color/pattern that is fits right in on the boat. She reports that these are very comfortable, but that the size 2 is almost too big. She typically wears a size 2 or 26.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

As with all Filson Products, this Grab'N'Go Tote is extremely well made and attractive. Unfortunately, it is absolutely gigantic, making it unsuitable for anything besides perhaps Costco hauls. Truly not an around-town tote unless you typically carry around small pieces of furniture or medium sized dogs.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

My wife loves this high neck active tank bikini top. She reports it is exceedingly comfortable and that the high neck protects her decolletage from the sun (she said other ladies would know what that word means). The style is edgy, but she didn't have to worry about readjusting while playing beach volleyball or body-surfing. My wife's bra size is 32DD, and the size 6 fits well without any pit-overflow.

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Kyle Livingstonwrote a review of on June 24, 2017

3 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

I bought these bikini bottoms for my wife. The fit and look are great. Keep in mind that if you plan to use these in the waves, they are major sand traps. My wife plans to wear her Patagonia Sunamee bottoms when body-surfing, and to save her Seafollys for the lake/pool. She wears a size 2/26 and the 4 fits well.

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