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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

Monique Seitz-Davis

Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs

I'm a big fan of merino wool, so having a dress sock option that's also merino wool is pretty stinkin' awesome. Dependable temperature regulation and moisture management paired with timeless, work-appropriate style. Can't complain there! These do fall down a little, so they're better suited for ankle boots or Blundstones (at the highest in terms of shaft height).

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 28, 2017

4 5

I've been a long-time fan of the Slackline leash, but wanted to give my pooch a little extra wander-room, so I picked up the Roamer. I do have two dogs, one of whom does not dig the Roamer - but the other smaller dog definitely seems to enjoy it.

I love the fact that the plastic waist clip is back: the metal one on my Slackline drives me totally bonkers. Though, right off the bat (when running and wearing the Roamer fastened around my waist), I noticed that if my little, 30-pound mutt decided to launch herself (for whatever reason), the Roamer absorbed some shock and didn't near rip me in two, which the Slackline sometimes does. Definitely appreciated that detail. However, the Wavelength tech also makes it tough to wrangle your pooch when you need to. There is the "oh-shit" handle at the bottom of the leash near the clip, but the ratio between the time-to-grab-it-properly and when you REALLY need to grab it isn't... ideal. Maybe the Wavelength has to be a little shorter in order for the handle to work or maybe I just have to be a little faster on the uptake, who knows.

Also, fair warning: avoid getting wrapped up around trees or poles. My little dog took herself for a ride around the street post the other day, which was an alarming experience for her and hilarious thing for me to observe. But yeah, the Wavelength definitely has some strength behind it.

Bottom line: this is a pretty nifty little leash. I definitely prefer it overall to my Slackline and my dog seems to dig it more, too. She seems to be really into the bounce-back of the Wavelength, which cracks me up. As I mentioned before, our dog who requires a Gentle Leader does not like this leash as much, so we just use it for the other little dog.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

I bought these for a friend as a birthday present. The silhouette is versatile, yet unique thanks to its chunky frame. The lenses, in typical Smith fashion, offer pretty-darn-near premium optical clarity despite the fact that they're not polarized. And the blush colorway is absolutely gorgeous - definitely fitting for people with warm skin tones and mid-to-light brown / blonde hair.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Makes staying hydrated easier, for sure, especially when I'm driving or on the go. The straw comes in one length, so you have to cut it to fit your Hydro Flask. I do remove the straw from the lid when it's not in use as to prevent the build up of bacteria in the straw. Sometimes I toss the straw in the freezer for good measure (to kill gnarly buildups and what not) if I haven't used it in a hot minute.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 28, 2017

5 5

Some like it hot, some like it cold. Whatever your choice is, the Tumbler can do either. I've been way impressed with the pint glass and the water bottles from Hydro Flask, and the Tumbler isn't any different in terms of dependable beverage regulation. It's got a sleek design and isn't tippy, which was kind of a concern of mine because the pint glass has a propensity for the lean-and-crash / spillage situation (either that or I'm super clumsy). It fits in the cup holder of my 2016 Subaru Forester, which is awesome, and the press-in lid is way sturdy. Also, the lid has a smooth lip (rather than a prominent crease), so it makes it easy to clean. Annnnnd the mint color is awesome.

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

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One word: Awesome! I clip this little light to my dogs' collars when I go running around the city at night as to increase our visibility. I've had a few people comment on how nice it is to be able to see us coming or how fun the light itself is. Additionally, I've found the lights to be super helpful during nighttime trail runs or hikes as it helps me keep an eye on the dogs and where they're at on the trail (if they're off leash). I typically take the light off once we're back at home base, simply because our little dog has gotten it stuck in her water bowl set up and freaked out a few too many times, but they do stay secure relatively well. Definitely worth stashing a few in your car or camping pack, as well as keeping one or two at home. You never know when a little extra light will come in handy!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 23, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size

As a wardrobe staple, the Granada offers a slightly more unique spin than the otherwise traditional Arizona. This design feature is definitely something I appreciate, because while I really dig my Gizehs, they're definitely more of a city shoe and less of a "wear-this-with-socks-after-a-long-hike" sorta deal (when you get back to camp, that is). In typical fashion, the Granada does take a little bit of break-in, so I do recommend wearing them around the house with socks for a bit before you take them on a full-day walkabout. You can loosen up the leather ever so slightly by treating it with plain, unscented moisturizer or better yet, try saddle soap, just don't get the cork footbed wet (otherwise it'll rot and get disgusting and you don't want that!). Backcountry also carries a Birkenstock-specific shoe kit, which I've never tried but I assume it works really well. These shoes are true to size, if anything having a few extra centimeters of room is a good thing rather than having your toes pressed up against the lip of the footbed, which can cause hot spots or irritate your arch (which, I've done in the past and it's resulted in a really uncomfortable wearing experience). Follow the size chart accordingly, so if you're a 7.5 pick up at 38 and if you're an 8.5 pick up a 39: it's comparable to Dansko's size chart. However, if you at all have a narrow foot, there are narrow-specific options for you!

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

Two words (and excuse the language): hella chic. The silhouette is super stylish, think Hepburn meets Arlo Guthrie almost. The construction is super high quality, and the lenses are crystal clear, which is awesome. I'm a long-time fan of Smith sunnies on account of their lenses, but I might be a Raen convert - the optical clarity is unlike anything. The Myer does come with a soft case and microfiber cloth, (instead of a microfiber drawstring bag). I got the Black/Smoke and it's as pictured (though, the lens is less purple-y, but that might be my computer).

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs

Bought these for my 5 year old nephew. The kid legit goes through a pair of jeans a week it seems, which is to say he's super hard on his stuff. He's also a Grade A Rabble-Rouser and is constantly on-the-go, so I figured these sandals would keep up with him and his constant need to wander. He's stoked on them, too. The Split Blue was his choice in color and it's purrddy primo.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 16, 2017

5 5

I get why people rave about RAEN, now—or, at least, I get why my hubby has raved about them for years. The construction is obviously very durable and thoughtfully made. Lenses are awesome quality despite the fact that they aren't polarized - I'd venture to say that they're far superior to Smith's non-polarized lenses (which IMHO are really good and offer dependable clarity). Admittedly, I always find that non-polarized lenses end up distorting my vision and rendering it difficult to wear them, however with the Squire I don't experience that at all.

This frame is very beatnik-meets-80s inspired. I think it's akin to Ray-Ban's wayfarers, but a better-fitting shape for my small face overall - they're a little more narrow in the bottom width of the lens compared to my Wayfarers. I bought the crystal frame and it's every ounce as awesome as I hoped it would be. Buying shades before trying them on can be a hit or miss experience, but I think the Squire is a universally appealing and attractive silhouette for all face sizes. I'll definitely be buying more RAEN sunnies in the future.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

My hubby's been chomping at the bit to get one of these bags, so I figured now was as good of a time as any to get him (read: us) one. Between the two of us, we own two extra large duffels: a North Face Base Camp Duffel and a Black Diamond Black Hole Duffel equivalent, so a smaller duffel seemed like an appropriate next step.

And, truth be told, I'm not a huge fan of either the TNF base camp or BD duffel. Size differences aside, my number one complaint about the two duffels is that the backpack straps are a huge pain in my butt because they don't stay secure. They often wiggle free or just decide to elongate on their own, which makes for an interesting experience when you're crossing the tarmac in a throng of people.

However, the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag straps remain stationary and don't suddenly wiggle loose, which if you're hucking the bag around is a really convenient feature (one that should be intuitive IMHO). The material is extremely durable, yet more lightweight than the TNF Base Camp bag and the BD one for that matter. Additionally, I like the shape better: it's more ergonomic and feels less like I've got a giant piece of tubing attached to my back.

Thus far, we've found that the small duffel is ideal for short adventures: overnight work trips (three day max), gym sessions (be it climbing or fitness), dog items (food, toys, etc - we have a manic-snacker so a durable zippered bag is a must when we're traveling with her), or daytrip emergency necessities (first aid kit, reflectors, blanket, extra jug of water, etc). My husband and I often trade-off who takes the BH duffel and who takes the Lighweight Black Hole Tote (which, I highly recommend as an complementary piece to any Black Hole Duffel purchase) as both pieces offer dependable tote-age and durable performance.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Timeless silhouette, paired with polarized lenses? Please and thank you. The frame material is more heavy-duty seeming than Smith's non-polarized spectacles, which I wasn't expecting. The tortoise a sort of mixed media frame, too, meaning that it's both matte and polished which is pretty unique looking without going too haywire. I'd venture to say that the fit is pretty comparable to the Oakley Frogskins, however the Clark is a shade more wide in the frame with less height in the lenses. If that makes sense. Would highly recommend, super styling and classic.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 9, 2017

5 5

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

I purchased these "moon" boots as belated birthday gift for an old friend who was headed on a winter camping backcountry ski trip to the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, and this is what they had to say:

"Initially I thought I would just use these on my backcountry trip, but little did I know that I would begin using them daily...

On the trip, they packed down flat and easily slid to the bottom of the pack. While at camp, these boots lived on my feet. The thick foam on the bottom kept my feet warm while walking/standing on the snow. This was something the other members in my group wished their booties had, a thicker foam sole. The sole also was great at shedding snow, meaning when I crawled into the tent at night, the snow (and moisture) stayed outside. The high synch on the boot also allowed me to walk through the snow, away from camp to take care of business, without worrying about snow entering the booty. Not to mention the DWR coating worked extremely well preventing the down from wetting out.

I have to be honest, every time I put the booty on, I thought that it would not be warm enough. 5 minutes later, my feet were always toasty warm, a tiny luxury when in the back woods.

As for the fit, I highly recommend following the size guidelines! I purchased the Large and my feet are size US 10. Down needs to loft up, and although it may feel like there's extra space in the boot, that space is important in heating efficiency and effectiveness."

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 110 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

When I pulled on the Happy Hike Skort, all I wanted to do was bust out James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and sing it loudly—from the trail head to the summit. This skort has a feel-good design. I'm unbelievably stoked that there's a well-fitting skort out there built for hiking, travel, and beyond.

The fabric is lightweight, stretchy (yet durable), and dries quickly, so I'm able to lunge, high step and even cartwheel should my little heart desire it. There's an internal drawcord, allowing me to really batten down the hatches. The side pocket is great for gels or granola bars, too.

My most favorite part of this skort is the built-in liner. I was not expecting the built-in shorts to be as well-fitting as they are. That being said, the built-in shorts are NOT booty shorts or a brief liner: they are a true, mid-thigh short on me, which in turn prevents thigh chafing and discomfort. For me, that's been my biggest beef with other skorts: the liners are always riding up, too tight, and way too short to actually serve a purpose. However, the Happy Hike Skort has me coming back for more.

As for the fit: I probably could have gone with an XS, but I went with a Small as I wanted to avoid the whole "pinched hips" sensation that sometimes occurs for me. The Small is definitely relaxed on me, loose in the elastic, but this allows me to comfortably wear the skort on my natural waist rather than awkwardly low-slung.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 7, 2017

5 5

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

What's easy, breezy, and beautiful (in the technical sense)? The Capilene Lightweight Tank, obviously. I really dig this tank's effortless breathability, while the lightweight fabric is super quick-to-dry and wicks away moisture with ease. The narrow racerback has a barely there feel that's ideal for running, climbing, and hiking. I'm not the best at navigating hot summer months, so I know this piece is bound to become a summer staple.

However, the fit on this piece seems to be a bit off. Most of the Capilene line has a slim fit, so I picked up a Small thinking it would be subtly relaxed (I loathe stuff being super slim fit)... but the tank definitely has a boyfriend-inspired cut. It's like breezy tank meets muscle tank meets old lax pinnies. Quite frankly, it doesn't bother me, because more ventilation, the better! But I'd definitely recommend sizing down in this piece if you have the option to.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 7, 2017

5 5

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

I'm a big fan of the Nano Puff series, it was no surprise that I totally fell in love the Nano Puff Bivy Pullover. It effortlessly waffles between a true technical piece and a lifestyle jacket. I'm able to wear this pullover while skiing or hiking, though I do foresee myself wearing it while climbing come warmer months. And (best of all), I can wear it to work without having to think twice about whether or not it looks out of place. The under-the-helmet hood is awesome not to mention, actually fits under the helmet, which not-so-subtly hints at the versatile design of Patagonia's products.

Meanwhile, the coolest part about this pullover is the fact that it touts a largely recycled construction. The exterior material is entirely recycled, which is awesome if you're an eco-conscious shopper, and the Primaloft Gold Eco insulation touts a 55% post-consumer recycled content—so I'm able to feel good about wearing this piece.

The pockets are stellar: the kangaroo pocket provides quick and easy respite for cold digits—an ideal detail that has come in handy for me when I walk the dogs. The zippered pocket keeps necessities (e.g. snacks!) close at hand and secure without getting in the way of my arms. The center front zipper allows me to dump excess body heat quickly without forcing me to remove the jacket in its entirety.

As for the fit: I long struggled with the cut and design of the Nano Puff pullovers - I really liked the idea of them, but could never get the right fit. In the past, they were either too tight in the shoulders or too short in the torso which made reaching for holds while climbing not only difficult, but kind of unpleasant thanks to the hem lift and the restrictive shoulders.

Thankfully, the 2017 rendition seems to have absolved this issue just about entirely. In comparison to years' prior, the Nano Puff Pullover is more "true to size" than it does run large. I typically can wear an XS or Small in Patagonia items, with XS being a more "true to fit" and a Small being more relaxed. I own a Small and the fit is definitely relaxed, thus being true to size. That being said, this is intended to be a proper midlayer, so how you prefer your midlayers to fit (be it snug or slightly relaxed) is entirely up to you. I prefer to have the option to layer underneath the jacket should the conditions call for it, hence why I chose the Small rather than the XS.

Bottom Line: This piece provides me with the dependable and versatile performance I've come to love and know from the Nano Puff series, but now features a better fit design than years' prior.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on March 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Reader's Digest Version: I'm in love. This well-fitting, minimalist pack has just-enough storage capacity to accommodate a day's worth of necessities—without overwhelming my small frame.

Unedited Version: When it comes to daypacks, I'm mega picky. I'm short and as a result, I'm often stuck wearing packs that are way too long in the torso or too wide (as to compensate for the lack of length in the torso, yet maintain an ample storage capacity). This design flaw with other packs can prohibit my ability to navigate tricky terrain easily, or it weighs down my upper body, forcing me into a hunched over position..... and it drives me crazy.

However, the Lightweight Black Hole Cinch is a proper daypack that actually fits well, ensuring that I'm able to navigate all sorts of terrain with ease. The slim back panel fits my build just about perfectly, in turn allowing me to focus on the task at hand—be it biking around town, hiking, or wherever else my day takes me.

Also—at last: the cinch top construction doesn't get in the way of my bike helmet or force me to crane in a precarious manner as I cruise around town.

I don't like using purses, so this pack is my purse if you will. I use this pack for work and play—the pack easily fits a day's worth of necessities when it comes to hiking.

In regards to work, the generous main compartment easily fits my 15in laptop, lunch, and plenty of room leftover for other necessities. I typically stash three granola bars and some First Aid Kit items in the internal zippered pocket so I can transition from work to the trails with ease. The zippered front pocket is great for items I need on-the-fly access to (glasses, work ID card, etc) and is deceptively deep.

For freelance work, I've stashed a camera, two extra lenses, and a few other small addendums without any problems whatsoever. The external lash points allow me to compress the pack should I desire or I've used them as reinforcement lash points for a camera stabilization strap.

I love the fact that the sternum strap is customizable - a great design addition for women, especially considering the fact that a great deal of packs are designed by men and don't account for certain differences in anatomy.

All in all: if you're a short gal like me who has long struggled with the too-long or too-fat pack designs, I'd highly recommend picking up this pack. It's extremely versatile, hard-wearing, and comfortable to wear.

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Monique Seitz-Daviswrote a review of on February 27, 2017

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold.
5 5

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

From time to time, I feel like Goldilocks from Goldilocks and The Three Bears when it comes to layering: sometimes I'm too hot, others I'm too cold. And as I start to increase my mileage in anticipation of longer spring/summer/fall runs, I have less and less patience for too-bulky or too-hot layers.

So when Patagonia debuted the Airshed Pullover, I was really, really excited and kind of felt as though the company had been reading my mind. I say this only because I was out on a run the other day, daydreaming about how awesome it would be to have a simple, weather-resistant layer that was also highly breathable: something that was less thick than the Wind Shield Jacket, yet more stretchy (and a little more breathable) than the Houdini Jacket. And while it probably sounds like several shades of kooky for me to be daydreaming about gear while out on a run, I was pretty fixated on the fact that my choice in layers REALLY wasn't working for me. I was way too hot despite my strategic layering system and as a result was having difficulty focusing on my run. However, had I been wearing the Airshed, I doubt that I would have been in such a tizzy.

The Airshed's material is resistant to wind and water, yet extremely lightweight, highly breathable, quick-drying, and super stretchy. Initially, I was thinking that the material would be more akin to the Houdini, but it's not - think more stretch and even more thin (and less swish). I'd venture to say its maybe 3 sheets-of-paper-thin, but its pliable constitution makes the Airshed ideal for aerobic activities, like running. I can even envision the Airshed being a great companion for spring tours through the backcountry or to be worn while mountain biking.

I foresee the Airshed being a staple in general come spring. However, I largely foresee wearing the Airshed on steep climbs and ascents that require lightweight protection and ample breathabilty, yet due to its thin construction, it will be easy to layer atop it and accommodate for colder descents that might require a little insulation... which is what I did the other day!

I recently took the Airshed for a cruise up the Bonneville Shoreline. It was 32-degrees, sunny (so deceptively warm), with some pretty bite-y winds and the Airshed performed spectacularly. It was highly breathable on the uphill, yet provided me with wind-resistant protection on the straightaways and flat zones. The stretch promoted a full range of mobility, which is an obvious benefit for runners.
However, I threw on a vest during the descent to insulate my core, to which the Airshed maintained its breathability and expedited the buildup of moisture to prevent me from catching a chill.

As for the fit, it's definitely true to size. I picked up a Small thinking that with the slim fit it would fit comfortably, but it's definitely a bit more relaxed than anticipated - I think I probably could have gone with an Extra Small. However, the Small certainly isn't impeding the overall effectiveness of the piece so I'd say its largely general preference. I don't like my clothing to be super form-fitting, so that's why the Small fits just fine for me.

Oh! And the zippered chest pocket accommodates an iPhone 7 plus - a nice convenience when you're transitioning from the trails to the grocery store.

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