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Sara Gemmell

Sara Gemmell

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Sara Gemmell's Passions

Skiing
Yoga
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling

Sara Gemmell's Bio

After growing up and going to school in Michigan, my itch for the outdoors found me in Utah not long after I graduated from Northern Michigan University with my Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. I grew up with a love for skiing and I couldn't stay away from the mountains, so after a ski season of instructing in Park City, I decided to try to make Utah home. I worked a number of jobs, in a variety of industries, all with the goal of pursuing a career in the Outdoor Industry. Now, after a year of working for The North Face at the retail level, I am continuing to grow a career in the industry with the Backcountry.com team.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on June 14, 2018

Sturdy and easy to inflate!
5 5

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

I was finally able to use this board last weekend and loved it! The carrying bag is great, it has durable shoulder and waist straps for a short hike to a lake or it has rolling wheels to roll the bag instead of carrying it across easier terrain. This board comes with everything that you need - the pump for inflating, a collapsible/adjustable paddle and the fin. It was quick to blow-up and the pump has two valve options for quick inflating when you just start blowing it up and then a valve that you can open to help inflate quicker at higher PSI. It is very sturdy, I took it out on Deer Creek Reservoir and floated it down the Lower Provo - it did great on both. And, when you are done with it, it is easy to deflate by attaching the pump hose to the valve and packs easily back into the bag. I would highly recommend this board for anyone looking to add a paddle board to their summer gear that is easy to store, durable and has a one-of-a-kind design.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on June 14, 2018

5 5

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

I recently purchased Granger's Down Wash and used it for the first time this weekend to wash a down jacket and sleeping bag. There were some noticeably dirty spots on both of them from camping, but they came out nice and clean after using the down wash! The convenient measuring with the top of the bottle is great.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on May 7, 2018

4 5

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

I purchased these hiking poles for my mom for a recent southern Utah hiking trip, she loved them. Unfortunately for her, she left them behind and now I have given trekking poles a try for the first time and love them too! They are easy to collapse quickly and throw into a backpack and then grab back out and adjust to hiking length. I noticed my neck and shoulders were much less sore after a couple days of long hikes and my fingers didn't get swollen like they usually do on longer hikes. I would recommend ordering the rubber tip accessory if you plan to be hiking on rocky surfaces.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This dining table has taken our car camping to a whole new level! It it very easy to pack with the convenient carry bag and it sets up so quickly! It is surprisingly sturdy, yet still lightweight and has plenty of room for a two-burner, cutting board and a couple glasses of wine. And you can't beat the price!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was in search of a neutral throw blanket for our new couch, but also wanted it to be big enough and durable enough to throw in for camping trips or summer concerts. I am so happy with my new Nipomo blanket! I purchased it in the Arena color-way and it is perfect for our living room. And, you can't beat the price! You can tell the blended yarn is very durable and that this will last, even if it needs to be washed. And, the leather carrying strap is such a cute and functional accessory!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on April 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These sling bags are the perfect balance of function and style. They come in great color offerings, have so many pockets and they are surprisingly roomy. I love that they have the external pockets on the front for a phone, chap-stick and a wallet. These bags are great!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on April 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These bowls are a great addition to the camp bin for the pups. They are very durable, hold both food and water and collapse down to nearly flat. I also love how big they are so that you aren't refilling the water often around the campsite. These are great for outdoor pups!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on April 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These shorts are great for running or hiking. They are very lightweight, breathable and dry quickly if they get damp. The power-stretch mesh and draw cord along the waist allow for perfect fit and comfort and the interior pocket is a great place to store car keys while on a run.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on April 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This light works great for keeping an eye on the dogs while they roam at night while camping. Unlike similar lights, this one is small enough that it doesn't seem to bulky to leave on their collars all of the time and it doesn't get caught on other things while hiking. The water-resistance is a great feature so that you don't need to worry about taking it off if your pup is going to get wet. I would highly recommend for any outdoor pups!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on March 23, 2018

5 5

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

I recently purchased the Better Sweater is Stonewash for my Dad for his birthday, he loves these fleeces. He already has it in the Classic Red and Bleached Stone and lives in them, so I figured another color would be great to add to his wardrobe. The Better Sweaters fit great and last forever, they look great even after being washed a lot of times. I am sure this won't be the last Better Sweater I purchase.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on March 1, 2018

Great collars for a great price!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have now owned three of these collars between our two dogs and our puppy growing out of his first one. They are great! They come in awesome patterns, the buckle makes it easy to take them on and off, they have a reflective thread weaved in for visibility, they are very durable and they stay remarkably clean!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently upgraded to this beacon from an older Pieps model because of it's ease of use and from what I have heard it is reliable. The functions are very straight forward and easy to switch quickly into search mode. I also appreciate the bungee that keeps the beacon attached to the carrier strap to avoid dropping it and loosing it in the snow while searching (my previous beacon did not have this feature). This is a great and reliable beacon that I would recommend for anyone looking for an easy to use and reliable beacon.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently purchased this hat and it has been great for xc skiing, backcountry skiing and hiking. It is warm, yet breathable and I love that it has the fleece lining. It is a great, colorful accessory to add to your winter outerwear collection and it fits very well, not too loose, not too tight.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on January 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis do it all. I purchased these skis for my touring setup, but they are a great all around ski. The multi-layer wood core and uni-directional carbon frame keeps them lightweight, but still stiff enough to charge through variable conditions and the 102mm waist and rockered profile allows for them to float through deeper snow. I would recommend this ski for anyone looking for a great, all-around ski that is a little on the stiff side with the ability to charge through any condition.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on January 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had put off purchasing a pair of these for so long (because I thought they were unnecessary) until a gnarly slip and fall while hiking this winter. After a bruised elbow (and ego), I finally ordered a pair and they haven't come off my hiking/running shoes since. These are so light weight and easy to put on, the only issue I have had with them is that the smalls are just slightly big for my Women's 7 1/2 size feet. They haven't fallen off at all, they just shift slightly when I am hiking on uneven ground and I have to adjust them. Overall, I am very happy with them and feel much more well-equipped for hiking on icy trails.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on January 3, 2018

5 5

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

My dad has traditionally been gifted a new pair of slippers every Christmas because he is known for wearing them so much that they usually have holes by the next year. Not anymore! The suede leather upper and rubber out-sole makes these slippers built to last!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on January 3, 2018

5 5

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

I purchased these for my mom for Christmas and she loves them! The faux fur insulation keeps her feet warm and the durable rubber sole makes it easy to run out to grab the mail without worrying about slipping on the driveway. She joked that she could shovel the driveway in these for the rest of the winter!

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