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Lexi Dowdall

Little Cottonwood >> UT >> WY

Lexi Dowdall 's Bio

Paddler
Rambler
Artist
Skier

To contact me or check out my current work portfolio please visit:

www.kapowder.com

To stay connected on Instagram, you can also follow my wanders: @kapowder

https://www.instagram.com/kapowder/

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Thanks for checkin in!

Lexi Dowdall 's Passions

  • Biking,
  • Paddling,
  • Skiing.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on September 19, 2019

Slick Upgrades for a Sweet Rack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a Kuat NV rack from 5-6 years ago. I gave that to a friend and have been using the newer model of the NV 2.0 for the past two months. Kuat has incorporated some thoughtful upgrades to their already innovative and user-friendly rack. Some of the upgrades I personally appreciate include the following:

* Trail Doc: This has been modified from the older version to increase ease of use and simplify the number of steps you need to take to get it set up and running. Clumsy levers have been replaced with switches and a spring loaded hanger. (Previously you had to twist a metal rod to capture your seatpost while simultaneously holding your bike (tough but not impossible). With the new design you simply load your bike in the hanger and clamp it on - WAYYY easier.

* The new pivot lever is WAY easier to use when switching between the 'open' and 'closed' mode on the rack to access your trunk. It's easier to reach, easier to deploy, and way more conveniently placed.

* The front tire pivot to secure your bike has been improved. It is more self-explanatory to use (friends always used to struggle with this, now they can load their bike without asking questions or fumbling). It also must have been extended in length because it's a lot easier to saddle up my 29" bike now. Button system is better/easier to use.

* I like that I can install this bike rack all by myself with no tools. I am NOT mechanically inclined and it took me about 45 mins to build the rack and install (including watching YouTube). I would recommend grabbing a friend though, because it's a bit unwieldy to piece together without an extra set of hands.

* What I MOST appreciate about this rack though, is how easy it is to take on/remove. I live on a dirt road in the summers and it is surfaced with this nasty compound meant to reduce dust. When it rains, it hold onto the water turning into some sort of THICK disgusting gloop. I can easily remove the bike rack when it's raining and it isn't much of an inconvenience.

- Durability is TOP NOTCH. My 5 yr. old rack has tons o life left in it and continues to haul bikes on the regular. Looking forward to MANY years ahead with this bomber rack.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on May 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Not a review, as I only tried this on in the warehouse, but I found it to run very tight and small. Of course, a rash guard *should* be tight, but I do think sizing up would be best for this piece. I am 5'3" and 125 lbs with a 34B chest - could barely squeeze into the medium and often times I take a small some brands.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 23, 2018

Essential for Active Types
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once upon a time, I bought a pretty crappy, low quality single boot dryer from Backcountry. And it cost me over $80. It lasted one season. I was not about to repeat that mistake. Boot dryers across the board seem to be pretty low in quality and astonishingly high in price. The GearDryer is a bit different. It's an entire gear drying system that can actually be used for ALL your gear, not just ski and snowboard gear. I initially got one for my ski gear because I ski around 100 days per year, often for work and need dry/warm gear to get through the entire day. I found that I use it for far more things than I thought I would. Here are some surprising things I was able to dry with my GearDryer unit.

* Camping water jug
* Sun Shower after camping
* Hydration bladder (No MORE MOLD!!!!)
* Mountain biking shoes
* Rain boots/muck boots
* Mountain biking gloves
* Hiking boots/running shoes
* Fly Fishing waders & boots

The nice thing about this is that you can dry gear as soon as you get home. Doing so helps combat any stink or nasty smells that build up in gear you use while outdoors or being active. By drying out the sweat, you vastly impact the bacteria's ability to stinkify your stuff.

The ability to completely tweak and dial the different ports of the GearDryer to fully dry any piece of gear or up to 2 ski or snowboarding kits is also awesome. This thing hold permanent residence in my home and is constantly humming on winter evenings. I like the ability to tailor the drying time cycle and add heat or not. For example, I always use heat on my ski boots but I leave the heat off whenever I'm drying my hydration bladder. This product is so versatile, durable, and features insanely better quality than any boot dryer I've wasted my money on in the past. Treat this as a one time $$ investment and it will serve you and your family for years to come. I'm super happy with mine. Friends are always jealous and house guests who visit to come skiing in Utah are ALWAYS psyched.

Had mine for 2 years now, absolutely zero issues with performance and durability.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 23, 2018

How Did I Live...Without You?
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once upon a time, I bought a pretty crappy, low quality single boot dryer from Backcountry. And it cost me over $80. It lasted one season. I was not about to repeat that mistake. Boot dryers across the board seem to be pretty low in quality and astonishingly high in price. The GearDryer is a bit different. It's an entire gear drying system that can actually be used for ALL your gear, not just ski and snowboard gear. I initially got one for my ski gear because I ski around 100 days per year, often for work and need dry/warm gear to get through the entire day. I found that I use it for far more things than I thought I would. Here are some surprising things I was able to dry with my GearDryer unit.
* Camping water jug
* Sun Shower after camping
* Hydration bladder (No MORE MOLD!!!!)
* Mountain biking shoes
*Rain boots/muck boots
* Mountain biking gloves
* Hiking boots/running shoes
* Fly Fishing waders & boots

This is in addition to the ability to completely tweak and dial the different ports of the GearDryer to fully dry 2 ski or snowboarding kits. This thing hold permanent residence in my mud room and is constantly humming on winter evenings. I like the ability to tailor the drying time cycle and add heat or not. For example, I always use heat on my ski boots but I leave the heat off whenever I'm drying my hydration bladder. This product is so versatile, durable, and features insanely better quality than any boot dryer I've wasted my money on in the past. Treat this as a one time $$ investment and it will serve you and your family for years to come. I'm super happy with mine. Friends are always jealous and house guests who visit to come skiing in Utah are ALWAYS psyched.

Had mine for 2 years now, absolutely zero issues with performance and durability.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on February 3, 2018

Puff - Puff - Don't Pass
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I've been waiting all my life for this puff. A jacket that fully captures the performance of down feathers...BUT...it's not down. Too many times I've used a down jacket in wet or inclement weather only to find a droopy, sloppy mess. (Thanks to all those years living in Washington.) This thing retains its warmth, even when damp.

Things I most like about it:
* Flattering, comfortable fit
* A hood that actually fits!
* Packs up cray small (a boon for us overpackers)
* Super duper lightweight
* For the weight, the warmth of this thing is honestly startling

Now, granted, we are having an unseasonably warm winter here in Utah, but there have been many occasions where I've ventured out up at Alta, just wearing this number over a baselayer. For the super thin nature of this jacket, I'm continually surprised by the warmth it encapsulates. The insulation is so neat, you wouldn't even realize this puffy does not contain down feathers if you didn't know any better. It's an awesome option for backcountry ski touring because it packs up so small and it weighs practically nothing. I've been stuffing it in the front pocket of my pack and pulling it out along peaks or ridge lines when removing my climbing skins and fiddling with my boots. I also like that it doesn't add much bulk underneath my shell. I hate the marshmellow puff sensation of squeezing your shell over the insulating layer, and I don't get that this with Micro Puff because it is so low profile.

Durability - no complaints thus far, as I've come to expect with Patagonia products.

Pockets - sizable enough to stuff my iPhone 8+ inside without issue. (Another difficult thing to find in jackets these days.)

Fabric - shiny but not in the embarrassing garbage bag kind of way. I often receive complements when I take this puppy out on the town. Ladies and gents alike seem to like it. The fabric itself is also rather water repellant, Ive tested it in a few snowstorms and haven't had issue. It also does not get as swampy as other down jackets I've used while the heart rate is pumping. I think the thin profile of the jacket and this new type of insulation traps less moisture than down puffs I've used in the past. Sure, you'll get a bit moist, but nothing like the trash compactor status of days of yore.

If you crave the following things, this jacket is for you:
Non-marshmellowy insulation
Great great heat and fantastic warmth
A hood that actually fits
Generous pockets
A fetching fit
General winter goodness

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on November 6, 2017

Game. Changed.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing...where has it been all my life?
How did I live without it?
I do not have the answers to these questions.
I ski around 80-100 days in the winter and this thing has turned out to be a total lifesaver. Makes my singular plug-in boot dryer look pretty lame.
Let me just count the many reasons why I like this product:

1. Adjusting the temperature to dial in WARM or keep the air flowing at room temp is a pretty neat feature most boot dryers do not have.
2. You can from several different programs of time to warm/dry your stuff. (i.e. if it's sopping wet, go for 2 hours, if it's just a touch dry or you want to warm you boots, the 15 minute option is perfect in the AM).
3. You have the option to remove the ports to dry different things like helmet, goggles, neck gaiters, etc.
4. Nothing dries my leather mittens better (After a big pow day, if the mittens get totally soaked, they have taken as long as 12 hours to dry on their own).
5. In the AM when I wake up, I fire off coffee and ignite this thing up to warm my boots squashing my toes into their once icy prison. A preheat with GearDryer is a far far less painful experience. So in summary: GearDryer makes for a better day of skiing. Period.
6. Drying more than one thing at a time is genius. Why didn't they thing of this sooner!?
7. For all those space cases out there (myself included) instead of scattering my crap across all the heater vents in my house, it's all consolidated in one, warm/dry place so I never forget gear like mittens/goggles/gaiter - etc. I'm more organized in the AM, which is a total plus because I activate ZOMBIE mode pretty hard before the sun comes up.

I highly recommend this product to winter or wet weather enthusiasts. It's been an awesome addition to my gear room and my roommate also LOVE it.
I'm on my second season with my GearDryer - no issues to report with maintenance or durability. It's awesome.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on February 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

From the unique orientation of the back straps, to the super thick, comfy fabric, this bikini top is effortless to wear.
The fabric is very high in quality.
When comparing it to the L-space swimsuits I've been using for the past couple years, the quality is clearly superior. This swimsuit top is holding up much better and proving to use more durable fabric. I dislike spending a fortune of swimsuits only to have them break down after 1 summer of use.

This Patagonia suit is holding up nicely. I did find the removable pads weren't staying in place, so I just tossed them. The top itself is very adjustable and I'd imagine it will work well on a wide variety of bust sizes. I'm a34B cup and the size small fit well.

In terms of fit, this suit doesn't exactly do wonders for the cleavage, but it DOES keep the girls 100% locked down and in place, which is excellent if you are looking for a suit to suit active pursuits. If you're up and about hopping off cliffs, surfing, swimming or paddling, this isn't going to come off.

The nanogrip fabric is surprisingly comfy and reassuring.
If you've been on the hunt for a suit that won't budge, this is a keeper.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on February 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

As per usual, the fit here on Patagonia is perfect. Not too cheeky, not too "Mom Jeans."
The fabric is really thick and offers a truly comfortable fit. I am 5'3" with average hips and booty and the size small fits nicely.

I believe Patagonia designed this suit with surfing in mind, it does stay in place better than most suits. I like not having to constantly dig myself out of wedgie land, so that's a design well-executed.

This suit achieves a great mix between sporty, sexy, and functional. I'm pretty picky about my swimsuits. I've been using L-Space suits for the past few years, but they break down and wear out pretty quickly. This Patagonia suit is holding up much better. It's a better value for your money as it will certainly last longer than my L-space suits' measly 1 summer lifespan.

Highly recommend!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on January 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Another classic piece from Patagonia.
I've long been a fan of their everlasting, always flattering, never out of styling dresses. And this Amber Dawn number is no exception. It's smooth, flattering silhouette will take you from the farmer's market to a sexy date night...(well...if I HAD a date). That remains to be seen. Maybe when I head to the farmer's market in this thing, I can snag myself one.

There are no weird, uncomfortable, strappy built in bra situations on this dress, which I like. It's just smooth, comfy, and absolutely effortless to wear. I typically wear it 2-3 times before laundering, don't tell my mom.
It's perfect for travel, long weekends, or feeling glamorous while camping.

If you've got a lady - grab her this - points forever.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on January 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

This is a solid pair o shorts from Patagonia that will last you from years to come.
The fabric was honestly a bit thicker than expected, but it's comfy to wear and it's very durable. This I know from hiking around and camping in them all summer.

The best part about these shorts is the length.
It's a nice compromise between:

"Hi. I'm not a teen with cheeks aglow"

vs.

"Hi. I'm a mom. Need a snack?"

It's Goldilocks style juuuuuuust right. Not too long, nor too short. Perfect for cruising to the coffee shop on my bike, hiking, or an evening concert. Slap a fresh belt on there and add cute sandals and you're styling.
Pocket size is rather generous for a women's style as well, which I know all ladies can appreciate.

Fit is true to size and comfy as can be.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on January 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

True life confessions: I've never owned a windbreaker.

Perhaps that's why I find myself freezing my buns off every time I head off on a mountain jaunt in the summer. I don't think to add a jacket to my pack because 1). They are bulky & heavy and 2). I can't imagine needing any sort of protection when its 98 degrees in Salt Lake City.

This is a situation that has left me uncomfortable on MANY, nay countless, excursions. To have been gifted this Houdini pullover may be totally life changing.

IT FITS IN MY FANNY PACK.
IT WEIGHS LESS THAN A GRANOLA BAR.
IT'S WATER RESISTANT.
THE COLORS ARE BEAUTIFUL.

I didn't know that wind breakers break wind.
I mean...I had a super sweet neon one in the 80s, it was turquoise and white with purple accents. But it was lined with thick cotton and it most definitely didn't break any wind.
This thing is perfect for sporting ridgeline hikes or summiting granite peaks. It's game for anything. And it won't weigh you down. Not even a little bit.
This will be coming with me on all spring, summer, fall, outings henceforth.

GREAT!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on November 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Another wardrobe staple from Patagonia.
This one fits swell, true to size, and hits about knee length.

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs, the size small is perfection.
The fabric itself is really lightweight, but it also has some heft to it. You won't be facing any sort of Marylin Monroe type situation with this skirt. It's flirty and it loves to twirl.

I like the silhouette on this little number. But what works best is that it can be both dressed up or dressed down, depending on your evening itinerary. Slap on a pair of cowboy boots, and you've got the perfect line dancing attire. Add flats for a casual yet classy look at work. Add a tank for a hot summer stroll.

Patagonia is a brand I love to invest in because I know their clothing lasts a good long while, and they aren't prone to going out of style. I also like knowing that this company cares about the environment and takes a huge stand within the industry to redefine responsible manufacturing. Wooo Woooooooo!

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