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Natalie Wall

Natalie Wall

SLC, UT

Natalie Wall's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Yoga
Climbing

Natalie Wall's Bio

GEARHEAD//here to help.

Chased the snow from Arizona (it exists, believe it or not) to Utah.

While my soul isn't devoted to studying for the MCAT, I can typically be found rock climbing. In the colder months, I call Brighton resort my home away from home.

Follow my outdoor adventures on Instagram: @nataliewall

If you'd like to get technical and chat gear, feel free to hit me up! Always looking to share knowledge, opinions, and insight!

nwall@backcountry.com

Get stoked!

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on November 15, 2015

5 5

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

Buy. This. Item. Now.

I am not joking when I say, aside from my climbing shoes, this has been my most-used item I've gotten from backcountry. At first I was like "hmm, leather iphone-case-wallet-thing..sounds nice". Then it swooned me quicker than Prince Charming on a first-date.

This has completely eradicated my use of a purse. It has a slot for cards, a pocket for my phone, and a couple other little nooks and crannies. At all times, this has my credit cards, drivers license, cell phone, and some gum. I mean, what more does a girl need?

But my favorite part about it is its weather-proofed leather and water-resistant zipper. Seriously, the people who designed this thing are brilliant. Living in Seattle, you learn that rain seems to find its way into just about EVERYTHING (even my Goretex running jacket..). I throw my phone in this and pack it in my jacket pocket for long hikes in the rain, or trail runs in the forrest. It's a great added protective layer for both falls (I'm as clumsy as a baby giraffe), and that pesky precipitation. Which means I can focus LESS on my $700 phone and MORE on the fact that I can't-breathe-because-I'm-out-of-shape when on the trails.

This case also comes in handy while climbing. It's the perfect size to fit right in my chalk bucket, and it keeps my phone chalk-free. It also alleviates the need to keep your purse/valuables in your car while hitting the crag. I just pack my ID and monies in my case and bring it with me.

I have the slate color, which is a little darker than pictured. The size is great: just slightly larger than the iPhone 6, allowing your phone to slide in/out without excessive prying, but not too large that it takes up even more space than the bite-sized iPad (errr, iPhone) already does.


I'll post some photos soon.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on September 14, 2015

5 5

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

Took this out this weekend, I'll have to update my review when it sees more water.

Initial impressions: Good material quality. Straps are padded, seem like they'll hold up over time. I like that there's a chest strap buckle. Color seems to be a but muted compared to the green color pictured, but not by enough to dissuade you from purchasing it if you're set on the green.

Things it could improve: the backpack straps could stand to be separated a bit more where they attach to the back at the top. Simple fix is to loosen the straps so the bag hangs down a but lower, making your neck/head fit more comfortably between the shoulder straps. However, I am not sure how feasible this would be as the load increases in weight. For me, it worked just fine. I found that the velcro strap was also a bit too long to do much when the pack wasn't full, but the clips on the side alleviated any worry of my contents falling out.

Things it does great: Well, for starters, just LOOK at it - Filson has always been one for racking up style points. Secondly, it kept my contents dry; the whole damn point of the bag. Granted, I only had it in some soggy Seattle rain. However I plan on taking this with me on some upcoming Steelhead fishing trips, so I will check back with a more accurate review of how it holds up in actual water. The small zipper pocket on the front is a great addition, as well. Makes a great place for storing items you'll need to access quickly.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on July 29, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're new to fishing, it will be fine. However, I found that after trying to cast anything more than about 20-25 feet of line, it wasn't very smooth. For short casting, it was great.

For the price, you can't beat it. But I invested in the Rio Gold and was much happier. But also paid twice as much :-O

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We recently moved into the heart of downtown Seattle, a week after adding a 3 month-old pup to our family. He's an active little guy, and getting him out of the city to some wide open spaces is quite a commute. I am convinced it's in the how-to-be-a-dog guidebook that after you swim you must roll around in dirt/sand/charcoal/dead bugs. Luckily our Ruffwear Seat Cover protects our brand new seats, and allows our little GWP to romp the rural-lands of Seattle.

Allows you the option of strapping the bottom of the cover up to the driver & passenger headrests, creating a little bucket. Also has slit-openings for seat belt use.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

While the cost of this line is equivalent to market-value of your left kidney, it's worth it. Effortlessly moves through the guides, throws well at all lengths, and doesn't sink like I do after I eat a pan of cookies.

So go sell your Pokemon card collection and invest in this line.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own the 5 wt 9' Redington Path. I love the length and weight combination - a great all-around rod set-up. I would, however, recommend a different line than the one used (Rio Mainstream). I didn't notice how big of a difference the line made until I used some Rio Gold 5wt. World of a difference.

Great package for a beginner, though - and you really can't beat the price of it.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on July 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my Patagonia Arbor Duffel! It's the perfect size for packing (light) for a week, and getting away with just a carry-on ; because we all know avoiding check-in lines is key to easy traveling! I own the underwater blue color way. It comes just as pictured. The thing I love about this bag is the separate front compartment. This makes organizing a little easier when traveling. The inside also has a small mesh zipper pouch.

Fits great in an overhead compartment on airplanes, and under *some* airplane seats, depending on the size of the plane/amount packed.

My only wish is that it had backpack straps like the Black Hole.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great, lightweight biner. Also love how well the colors match up to the Black Diamond Camalot series. Makes gear organization a piece of cake (but that piece of cake might add some unwanted pounds to compensate for the weight shed by using these biners).

Seeing as they hold a vertical force of 21kN, which is 21,000 N, which, if you divide by 10 m/s^2 (rounded gravitational force, kids), is the amount of mass you could hang from this bad boy (in kg), I think it's safe to say that I trust my 56 kg frame on this light, simple, and elegantly beautiful carabiner.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

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

Before I say much, I will say this: if you're buying a canvas skate shoe, don't expect it to last for life. Plus, the holes add character. Other than than that, it's a must have for all mall-rat skaters alike (kidding..).

Super comfortable, looks great, true to size, yada yada. I liked to dude's colors better, so I bought some mens' shoes. Judge not.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

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

Bought this for a friend. Looks great, feels great, and is a warm jacket. If you're looking for something technical, this isn't for you. But if you're looking for a casual piece to wear out and about when you aren't gloating about your goretex, git' dis' jacket.

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Natalie Wallwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

5 5

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

I really love these specs. The shape is eclectic enough to pull off a vintage, fashion-forward vibe on casual days, but also subtle enough to wear when catching fish on the river (or whatever it is you do that gets you in the sun). I have the matte black crystal/gray, and the color is identical to the photo. Haven't scratched them yet, and I just kind of toss them around my car everyday. Based on that, I'd say they're durable ;)

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