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Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Davis

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Salt Lake City, UT

Monique Seitz-Davis's Passions

Running
Biking
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

Monique Seitz-Davis's Bio

Copywriter at Backcountry.com // Fleece Aficionado // Fried Pickle Connoisseur

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Java Press has served me well in the past 4 years. I've largely used it camping, but do use it at home, too. It's super durable and makes a solid cup of French press joe. It does filter the sediment pretty well, too. I broke my glass, fancy-pants French press a few years back and had been using this thing at home for the past few years (I did get a new FP recently, tho). That being said, the gasket does throw a temper tantrum every now and then, so it's important to wet the press before pushing down, otherwise it can get stuck (womp womp).

My only gripe is that it's a bit bulky, so it's best used while car camping.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The hubs and I have long used a GSI Java press, but it's a bit of a pain-in-the-butt to clean and what not. Not to mention it's hella bulky. So, we opted to try the Java Drip and it's certainly amenable! Packs down really flat and is easy to clean. Makes pretty decent coffee, too. I wouldn't recommend reusing the grounds though - it's a very one-and-done kind of drip device. We often use it with the Hydroflask tumbler 22oz, and the system works pretty flawlessly.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 24, 2017

4 5

Raen never ceases to impress me with the quality of their craftsmanship. And the Nevin is no exception to this trend. The frame is timeless, yet features a hint of unique style - one that' so subtle, I can't quite put my finger on (what it is), but it's there. It's hard to argue with the Carl Zeiss lenses, which provide premium optical clarity and protection from the sun's harmful rays. The bright blue print on the interior of the frame is a nice touch, though barely noticeable when wearing. As for the fit, I have a pretty small face and the Nevin fits comparable to the Myer (by Raen). Can't go wrong with this daily-driver-of-a-style or the brand, especially at this price.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 24, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Yeah, superlatives have seen their better days thanks to a certain political individual, but when it concerns the Snap-T, it's hard not to use 'em. This fleece is magical and downright deliciously cozy. In so many ways, the Snap-T is to me as to chocolate is to most humans.... I think that made sense.

I inherited my Dad's Ye Olde Snap-T and pretty much live in it, so I had a feeling that I would love the newer version. The 2017 edition is certainly more lightweight than its predecessor. And its much more breathable as a result, too. But that being said, I wouldn't recommend you use it when embarking upon strenuous aerobic activities.

It does have a boxy / large fit, so don't expect it to offer a contoured look. I can get away with wearing an XS or Small as I normally do with Patagonia's stuff, and in truth I don't have a preference for one or the other. The Small is a little more relaxed, but, that's just the 'tude of the Snap-T! Super chill vibes, yo.

My only gripe is that the singular chest pocket wasn't enough for me - I'm a big fan of pockets, so I ended up sewing on a rudimentary kangaroo pocket. Turned out alright, too!

A little note on care (and I'm sorry if this is a Captain Obvious moment), but do not put this in the dryer. At all. Wash on cold (if you must wash it at all) and hang dry.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Reader's Digest Version: This bag is pretty stinkin' awesome. It's not a dry bag, so it won't safeguard your stuff from downpours or accidental swims in the river. However, it does feature an extremely durable and water-resistant exterior. And it's supposedly carry-on compatible, but I have yet to test that rumor (though I wouldn't doubt its legitimacy).

Non-Reader's Digest Version: To be honest, I've had the same carry on duffel bag since I was 7 or so. It was a pretty simple bag circa LL. Bean, and finally, after all this time, it finally had the radish this past year......Which is where the Black Hole 60L comes into play. I've now dubbed this bag Ye Olde Faithful's Replacement, and I speculate (based on Patagonia's bomber construction) that this bag will too be a Ye Olde Faithful.

The Black Hole material doesn't even bat an eye when it comes time to huck and haul, not to mention it happily withstands the often hasty-stuffing-into-the-back-of-my-car-among-precarious-objects sort of scenario. The water-resistant treatment has been especially helpful. That being said, the bag certainly isn't waterproof - so don't expect it to protect your stuff if you leave it out in the rain for extended periods of time or let it take a dip in the river.

The backpack straps are a really, really nice touch, and make transport a breeze. However (ha) they were a shade confusing to assemble at first. Despite this initial snafu, the straps actually stay put, which is a really nice feature and one that should be relatively self-evident, but you'd be surprised how frequent that kind of stuff occurs.

The two, internal zippered pockets are great, but if you need more storage options, I highly recommend checking out the Black Hole Cubes!

All in all, I highly recommend this bag to anyone who is looking for a hardy, versatile, and carry-on compatible duffel bag.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 39

These are a fun, water-friendly alternative to the classic cork footbed. I wear these relatively frequently, though I really love them for puttering around in the garden. Easy to slip on, easy to hose off, and easy to put back on. And fast drying!

They offer similar support to the classics, as the footbed touts the same shape, but they do break down a little faster than the originals, simply on account of the EVA construction. Also, I was a little suspicious of the small front strap, but the shoe is actually quite stable! It does lend a little bit of a flip-flop sorta feel, but I'm not like, gripping my toes at the front edge of the shoe to stabilize it.

All in all, very cute and very versatile! I typically wear an 8 / 8.5 and bought the 39 and they fit great!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Super rad silhouette, but the sage and mirrored lens looked real bad on me. Probably better suited for someone with lighter hair than my jet black mane. I kind of felt like I was headed to a Disco Rave at vegan noodle bar. I do love Raen Optics for their quality, but these had to be returned. Just not the right color combo on me!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 5, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size

Albeit, they are a shade Terminator-esque. Definitely great for full coverage and a sporty look if you can pull it off or that's what your looking for. The arms aren't too long, which is nice, and the megol nose / temple pads are pretty awesome. Also polarization is prime-o. I do have a pretty small face and these fit relatively well.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Whoa! This little nugget is super bright, when you utilize the specific setting. I like having options, so the variety of light features is really nice. Also, can't argue with the price, either. Oh, the new hinged opening for the battery is awesome! All of my headlamps have that old-fashioned, annoying clam-shell opening, so the door inspired one is a nice reprieve. Much easier to manage.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Gets the job done, is lightweight and durable. And the hex bottom actually does what it's supposed to do: which is disperse heat and allow you to hold the bowl comfortably. Only reason why I had to replace mine is because I accidentally melted it... user error, not the bowl malfunctioning!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 5, 2017

5 5

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

My husband has been wanting a Brooks saddle for years, but would never buck up and buy one for himself. So, for his 30th birthday I bought him a handful of bike-specific stuff that he's been talking about for, oh just the past 5 years. And the Brooks B17 was one o them.

So, the craftsmanship is uncanny. The leather is premium quality: durable, yet flexible enough to mold to your bottom. I bought him the black and it pairs beautiful with his steely grey Surly Pacer.

This saddle is pretty stiff right off the bat, but once you tack on the miles, it really starts to break in to the, erm, contours of your derriere. This saddle really will last a long time, but it'll last even longer if you take care of it! Leather needs love, so make sure you're giving it the good juju it needs with the Brooks leather saddle treatment goo.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 5, 2017

5 5

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

I bought this as a gift for my husband's birthday - to say the least, it was a hit. The bell comes in a lovely box and the presentation was present-perfect. Admittedly I was expecting a sort of rinky-dink sound, but the ping is super pleasant to the ears yet loud (without being overbearing) and has a very crisp, clean sound. The craftsmanship is amazing, too. I bought him the black and it really melds flawlessly with his black stem (as he chose to put it slightly out of the way of his handlebars). The price tag may be sorta high, but it is well worth it. Also, Spurcycle will happily re-tune your bell should it start sounding a little funky.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 3, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: S

Okay so I'll preface this review with the following: I'm not much of a legging gal - they don't really appeal to me all that much. I figure, if I'm gonna hang out in what looks like pajamas, might as well be wearing long johns or pajamas. Or, at that rate, might as well just put some pants on.

That being said, I'd heard so many awesome things about the Levitation that I decided to give them a try. And they're verryyy flattering. Whoever designed these leggings knew how to flatter a woman's assets, if you know what I mean. The rise is mega comfortable, and the waist band doesn't pinch. Though, the fabric is a little more thin than I expected, so I don't know how well they would actually hold up when climbing rock. Also, there's mesh inserts at the achilles tendon! Was not expecting that, despite the fact that the description states it. I guess I was sort of envisioning mesh at the back of the knee, like some running tights have. Though, I'm not super keen on the mesh for two reasons: 1 I'm bound to put my toe through it at some point (or at least that's sort of what I'm figuring). 2. I don't see the mesh holding up in terms of elasticity nearly as well when compared to the main fabric. It's certainly a cool addendum, but eh. I could've done without.

As for the size, I could have gone with an XS, but I bought a S. It's got a comfortable fit, albeit it's gently loose in the knees, tush, and slightly in the waist band. Which, for a gal who isn't super stoked on leggings seems like an appropriate fit. For fit reference I wear an XS in Patagonia, Arc'teryx, and Prana.

All in all, it's a pretty cool pair of leggings.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 3, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 2

Super Impressed.

Reader's Digest: The fabric not only comfortable, but also durable and that 2% of spandex lends more stretch than you'd think. The gusseted crotch is awesome and the rise, well, it actually covers my bum. Think like, comparable to a high-rise but without the whole suctioned-onto-your-stomach fit. The gusseted crotch is super cool and isn't too long, or too short for that matter.

Non-Reader's Digest: I'm super wary of women's pants, and not in a bad way, simply in a "there's a 70% chance these won't actually fit all that well." I'm on the shorter side, with a runner's body, and no hips to speak of so finding a pair of pants that fit comfortably is like finding a needle in a haystack, though I'd venture to say that most women experience pant shopping fairly similarly.

So, when a friend recommended the Stretch Font pants, I was like "cool, yeah okay, but like, what's the #1 selling feature for you?" And she was like "they actually fit, oh and they have a gusseted crotch that doesn't look funny or isn't too small." Which, as you can imagine was enough for me to pick up a pair.

That being said Black Diamond stuff has had a funky fit for me in the past, and usually runs more true-to-size in terms of its XS fit, but unfortunately the company doesn't make anything smaller than a size 2 (please make a size 0 BD, we do exist!). So, size 2 it was. The 2 fits a little relaxed, which I figured it would be. For fit reference, I wear a 24 in Patagonia cords, 25 in the denim, a 24 in Madewell / Jcrew and an XS in Arc'teryx. The relaxed-fit is mostly in the knees and slightly in the waist, but nothing too alarming.This pant is meant for mobility, so I don't think I'd want anything to fit more trim per se. The leg construction is sort of like a skinny-jean-straight-leg hybrid. I do have to up-cuff them, but ain't no thang. All in all, these pants are awesome. Oh, also, the adriatic blue - the perf color. Grey sorta makes me feel like I'm wearing oompa loompa pants... so wish BD came out with a oxblood red or even a port-y purple. Woof.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 1, 2017

5 5

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

Bought these as a birthday gift for an old friend. She's in love, which isn't hard to believe because the Gizeh is an awesome sandal. The Birko-Flor strap is Birkenstock's leather-inspired strap alternative. It has a brushed lining that sits against your foot (to prevent chafing or discomfort), and the faux leather exterior maintains a dapper look. I bought her the black, which truthfully I think will age better than the leather black ones I have. Size is true to fit. She's an 8.5 and I picked her up a 39.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on May 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: 8

Chaco is known for their dependable arch support and comfort-forward construction, and the EcoTread Flip Flop is no different. The arch support is pleasant and supportive, but not overwhelming, while the webbing strap is incredibly soft and comfortable. The sole is also super lightweight and subtly squishy, which is a bit different than the OG Chaco platform I've come to know and love. All in all, this is a great flip flop. I purchased the black and it goes with everything. Also, I usually wear an 8 / 8.5 and went with a size 8 in this flip flop as that what I wear in the Z/1 series and the fit is the same.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on April 24, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size

Reader's Digest Version: You'd think that a company like Patagonia, with climbing-specific roots, would struggle with the fit and design of a bike short. But they most certainly do not (struggle, that is)! The Dirt Craft touts a full-coverage, comfortable fit that you can depend on right off the bat.

Non-Reader's Digest Version: I've had a love-hate relationship with bike clothing for the longest time, especially with liners. Usually the chamois never fits me - at all. And I get it, I don't have the kind of body type that's in-line with most bike-specific fits. But, to say the least, it's been a very uncomfortable experience in the long run. Bibs are fine-ish. So to say the least I was super skeptical when I bought these.

At any rate, I sort of expected that the Dirt Craft would be a miss and that I'd be returning these... And I was so wrong! So, yes, the Dirt Craft does have a high rise, but I personally like that. Also, I have a short waist so everything is high rise on me. However, the manner in which the Dirt Craft is high rise doesn't lead to uncomfortable pinching or weird bulging. There's something about the liner's waist band that discourages that "lower-ab-pressure" which in turn promotes a really great fit and feel. I bought an XS and the liner fits comparable to an XS in the Capilene line.

1. Okay so, as Sverre noted, the chamois is SO INSANELY COMFORTABLE. Yes, that statement is deserving of all caps. It seems to have better contouring and coverage than other chamois I've used.
2. Liner fabric. It's soft, quick-drying and unreal how comfy it is. Also, the mesh inserts are supreme and provide subtle, yet substantial ventilation.
3. The 3-in-1 versatility. This design feature really appeals to me. I love the fact that I can wear the Dirt Craft together or separately. That being said, I wouldn't wear the liner on its lonesome - simply because of the showy mesh inserts.
4. The shorts. I can move and groove and do pretty much everything and anything in them. Patagonia has been creating movement-centric clothing for a long time, so I'd like to think they know a thing or two about designing shorts that are built for mobility.

My only wish is that the waist (on the shorts) had one of Patagonia's Oppo-Set adjuster, or like, had a built-in belt. Other than that, I love love love love the Dirt Craft.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on April 24, 2017

5 5

I've long loved the look of a 5-panel hat, but felt like I had too narrow of a face to pull it off. But, there's something about this one that's just right. And, the 5-panel construction is as comfortable and timeless as friends have chalked it up to be. The quick-adjust strapback offers a personalized fit, and the retro-inspired logo maintains a fun, timeless look.

Also, my husband and I share joint custody of this hat, which is sort of a dicey situation because he's got a giant melon and often stretches out hats, but we don't seem to have that problem with this one! Pretty stoked about that alone.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on April 21, 2017

4 5

Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

It's swingy, it's sassy and the fabric is so gosh-darn comfortable! I do love this skirt. Toad&Co never ceases to impress me with their comfy fabrics and subtly chic designs. The length hits me just-above-the-knee so I would foresee this being a shorter skirt on someone who is taller than I.

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