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Lindsay Gray Carlson

Lindsay Gray Carlson

Whitefish, MT

Lindsay Gray Carlson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Snowboarding
Climbing
Running
Biking
Skiing

Lindsay Gray Carlson's Bio

Hey there! My name is Lindsay and I am a graduate student in Ecology at Utah State University! I study the interactions of climate change, plants, and migratory geese in the Alaskan sub-arctic. When I'm not in the middle of the Y-K Delta or in my lab, you can find me somewhere in the Montana or Utah mountains. I love the backcountry and am working on getting into a little more serious splitboard mountaineering. When the conditions aren't so safe, look for me on the ski patrol at Beaver Mountain. I am new to the sport, but am in love with climbing . Ice takes the cake over rock any day for me. I also love to backpack, bike, trail run, and do yoga outdoors to stay in good shape. I recently started a new club at USU to help promote education and experience for women in the outdoors called Mountain Women United in partnership with AndShesDopeToo and SheJumps. My favorite food of all time is orange juice.... I would drink it for every meal!
Find me on Instagram and follow my adventures! @licarlson
Twitter @li406grayc
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ligraycarlson

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Lindsay Gray Carlsonwrote a review of on March 23, 2016

I'll grab it from the dirty basket
5 5

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

The Patagonia Capilene thermal weight zip neck hoody is my go to backcountry (and resort) ski layer. I'll literally pull it our of the dirty laundry and wear it anyways... even when I shouldn't. "Why?", you may ask. This base layer is the perfect amount of warm and breathable. I find it is generally warm enough to wear on its own when the tour gets steep or sunny, but not so much that it makes you sweat profusely or want to take it off. Also, I'm a no-hat kind of ski-tourer, so I love that you can effortlessly pop the hood up mid-tour if it gets shady or windy and your find your ears to be frozen.

But wait, how does it fit?
This baselayer is listed as slim-fitting (as I tend to want my baselayers). It has a nice form-hugging feel so you can add a plethora of extra layers, but it is not uncomfortably tight. The thumb loops are great to slip on when you want to add your puffy and don't want your baselayer sleeves to roll up with it. I don't wear the thumb loops while touring, usually because I pull the sleeves up around my forearms for air anyways, but they are cozy enough that you could.

I am a little over 5'9'' and about 140 lbs. I am fairly athletically built with broad shoulders and muscular arms. I usually wear a Patagonia medium or size 6, and the medium fits me perfectly. I have a fairly long torso and the hem hits me right about at the hips. It is long enough to tuck in, but not long enough to be bulky. The sleeves are the perfect length for my wingspan, and the hood fits over my head perfectly.

I think my favorite feature of this top is the zipper/hoody combo. The zipper is great because when it is really warm, you can unzip and get good airflow. However, when its really cold, you can zip it up to your chin and pop a hat or helmet. Suddenly, the icy wind or cold snow isn't blowing down your neck anymore. Keeping your head and neck cool or warm (respectively), is one of the best ways to thermoregulate and prevent excessive heat gain/loss.

The only downside of this piece is that I find it has what I call.... the "perma-pew." Since I do use this layer for sweat inducing ski tours or ice climbs, it usually gets really stinky. After just one use post-wash, it is back to smelling like I've been living in the woods without a bath for months. It definitely doesn't have any sort of odor guard, but hey, you're going to be outside anyways right?

Hope this review was helpful. I very much recommend this top over other capilene or base layers by other companies for cold weather activities such as ski touring or ice climbing.

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Lindsay Gray Carlsonposted an image about on March 23, 2016

Ideal for Splitboarders

I'm a splitboarder, so a ski pole is a pole is a pole to me. The only thing I care about is how small it can get so it doesn't stick off of my backpack like a flagpole when I'm riding. This pole collapses in two places, making it ideal for a splitboarder. This way, it doesn't hang off of your pack to get caught on tree branches etc. while making mad pow turns. It also does a great job of being a touring pole and has yet to break after 2 seasons of gnarly cornice polewhacking and aggro riser lifting. I strongly recommend this product after having broken 2 sets of non-BD poles in 1 season.

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Lindsay Gray Carlsonwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

Perfect for alpine sports enthusiasts
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I haven't yet put this jacket through the wringer, but I bought it for some specific purposes, and thus far it has lived up to my expectations.

I bought this jacket specifically for ice climbing and ski touring. I have a hard shell that I love, but there are many occasions in the alpine that I prefer a softshell for. Since it breathes much better than GoreTex, this jacket is great for those days where is isn't super wet, and you're going to be working hard, putting in a lot of miles, or a lot of vert.

This jacket fits very true to size. I am a bit over 5'9 and I usually wear a medium in everything. I purchased a medium jacket, and it fits me perfectly. I can fit a baselayer and an average puffy under it easily. The fit is slim, but it provides plenty of range of motion for axe-swinging, pillow-dropping, or cliff-hucking. The jacket hits mid to low hip for me, a comfortable length.

I purchased the Nightshade, which appears a little different in person than in the photos. It is a little darker. To give you an idea, its actually almost impossible to see the BD logo. From afar, it almost looks black.

I would describe this softshell material as "medium" thickness as far as softshell materials go. It does stop wind fairly well, and the NanoSphere DWR technology keeps you dry (within reason).

The sleeves have a really high quality velcro, so that you can cinch them up before you slide gloves on. There is also a cinch cord around the waist so you can prevent spindrifts or powder from surprising you from below. The one feature this coat IS missing is a chest pocket. This is a down-grade in my opinion, from last season's model. The men's jacket still has this pocket, which I find frustrating. This jacket is designed for climbing, so I have no idea why BD decided to forgo that feature this year. We all know its silly to try to get into lower hip pockets with a harness on. Hopefully BD brings this feature back in 2017.

BD always uses high quality materials, so I presume this jacket will withstand the test of time and the outdoors.

Overall, I really like this jacket and am very happy with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this jacket to any alpine sports enthusiasts. Whether you're heading out to climb rock or ice, ride fat-bikes, or ski-tour, this multi-purpose jacket will serve you well.

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Lindsay Gray Carlsonwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

Hatha leggings, best fit out there
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs

I can't say I've searched the earth, but I have been looking far and wide for a rival to Lululemon yoga pants. I found one in Lucy's Hatha legging.

The fit of these leggings is snug, but comfortable. The waist rises a little higher than the hip, which I appreciate (no one wants to see my underwear mid down-dog). They are full to ankle length pants, depending on your height and how much you cinch the ties at the bottom. The elastics can create a really cute scrunched look around the ankle, if desired. These pants are very flattering to the waist, hips, and legs. I am a bit over 5'9'' and a muscular 140, so the medium fits me perfectly. I have long legs, but the high rise waist hits perfectly, and doesn't sink down every 20 steps like other pants.

The material is very soft and high quality: more similar to Lululemon's cotton than their Luon. It is thick enough to never risk a see-through issue, but thin enough to prevent you from over-heating during an intense flow. These pants do breathe well.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great legging for yoga or lifestyle-wear. This is definitely a go to pant for me.

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