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Sara Gemmell

Sara Gemmell

Employee

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 November 16, 2017

Great three-season bag!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this bag a couple years ago, and for summer camping and mild fall and spring nights this bag is great! The compression sack that it comes with allows for compact enough storage for backpacking, but I have also used this bag for car-camping trips. For cool spring/falls nights in higher elevations, 20 degrees would definitely be pushing it on comfort in this bag, but if you are looking for a good all-around three-season bag I would definitely recommend the Blue Kazoo!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on November 14, 2017

5 5

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

I hadn't tried Superfeet insoles until about a year ago, but had always struggled with sore feet because I have very high arches and trouble finding shoes with enough arch support. Once I purchased these, all of that changed! These insoles offer so much support, fit in all of my running and hiking footwear and last for so long! It did take a bit for my feet to get used to them, but now that they are I can't run or hike without them! I would highly recommend for anyone with high-arches looking for better arch-support in their running/hiking footwear.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on October 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket has such a flattering fit, while still being very functional and warm! It is so lightweight and packable, so this is my go-to for packing in a carry-on while traveling. The arms are a little long, but that is usually the case with how Arc'teryx jackets fit me. The Yerba is even great for layering under a shell because it doesn't have a hood, which is nice when the shell has a hood. I would highly recommend this jacket if you are looking for something for casual use to keep you warm, but something that also functions well as a layering piece!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on October 25, 2017

4 5

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

I recently purchased these for my dad, these are his third pair and this is what he has to say about them: I have had three pairs of the Merrell Chameleon shoes, the most recent I purchased in September of this year. The shoes wear well, and I like the lace design, but I believe they have changed the internal structure of the shoe since it is very difficult to first put the shoe on and I did not see this in the earlier model that I had purchased. Once on the shoe is very comfortable with good support. I hope they “break in” more without ripping for future easier “on and off”.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

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

I love this jacket! I purchased the Arc'teryx Yerba Coat last fall and loved how it fit, so the Nuri was a great addition to have a similar fitting, but long down jacket with a hood. This jacket fits so well, it is not bulky in the shoulders, it is slimming on the waist line and the length is great hitting mid-thigh. Previous down jackets that I have had are way too long (I am 5'3"), but the Nuri is the perfect mid-thigh length. I also love all of the neutral, yet unique colors that this jacket comes in! I purchased it in Banyen and love it. The image doesn't do the deep-forest green justice! Another great feature is the double-zipper that allows you to unzip from the bottom for more comfort and mobility if you are sitting or squatting down. And lastly, it is so lightweight and packable! A major plus, because some down jackets can be pretty bulky.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

4 5

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

I bought this as a gift for a friend and she loves it. It smells amazing, it is slow burning and she is so excited to use the cute steal mug once the candle has burnt through. The tree-design is adorable and so unique! I may be purchasing again soon as gifts for the holidays.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

4 5

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

My brother and I recently purchased this kayak for my parents for their anniversary, they love it!

This is what they have to say about it: We finally graduated from our 25 year old Wilderness System Pamlico Tandem to our new Tarpon Sit-On-Top, and I have found that they are very different boats in many ways. Of course the Tarpon is really designed for warm weather paddling with the Sit-On- Top design, you really do get wet in any type of choppy water. We found this especially true for the front person when heading directly into the waves with the “4 hole” drainage system located right in front of the seat. Speaking of seats these new Air Cushion seats are really very nice for long days paddling with many adjustments to get them perfect for each person’s liking. Dry storage areas located in the front of each of the seats are very well designed and positioned, though if you want to access something quickly you better tie it off to the provided loops so the item does not migrate out of reach, these are large storage areas that extend the back and front of the boat. The Tarpon is a very stable boat and quite easy to paddle, though a little bit on the heavy side to carry at approx. 85lbs, it does track nice when you are moving in the water. As with all Wilderness system Kayaks the construction is excellent and expectations are we will have this new Tarpon for another 25 years.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on September 20, 2017

4 5

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

I recently purchased this top and have never bought anything from Mollusk before, but I really like it! It is simple and comfortable, but the boat-neck style makes it easy to dress up a bit. It does run a little big in the chest and shoulders, but not enough that I felt the need to size down.

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on September 20, 2017

5 5

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

I am so excited about the Free People Londontown Thermal Shirt! It is so cute and comfortable that it is hard to take off. My only recommendation would be to size down, as usual with Free People this thermal runs a little large. I purchased this in the Copper, but am seriously considering buying another. Love it!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on September 20, 2017

5 5

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

These boots rock. They are comfortable, so cute and very functional. The durable sole has great traction for rainy days and they are waterproof to protect the full-grain leather. Also, they fit true to size. Usually, I vary a bit in size with Sorel, but not these! They are easy to slip on and off and look cute with so many different outfits. I have a feeling that these are going to be my go-to boots this fall!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on September 14, 2017

4 5

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

I recently purchased this in a medium for my Sony A6000 and so far it is just what I was looking for! I wanted a small camera bag for my compact camera to protect it in my biking/hiking/ski pack. This does the job! It is not bulky, it has a detachable lanyard-strap and the secure pack attachment flap makes it easy to carry with you on any adventure!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on September 14, 2017

5 5

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

I recently purchased these shoes to go with a dress for a wedding that I attended. I love them! I wore them a couple times before hand to break them in and they were fun to dress up a pair of jeans and a cute top. They were great for a long day at the wedding and a long night on the dance floor! No blisters! I love how lightweight they are because of the lime tree heal and I got so many compliments on their unique look!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

5 5

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

I recently purchased two of these chairs for camping and so far we love them! They are easy to get in and out of the carrying bag, they have two cup holders, they are sturdy and they are comfortable! I would definitely recommend these for car camping!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on August 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These shorts rock! I wore them for the first time yesterday on a river float and they were great! They fit true to size, have an elastic waist band and draw-string, have pockets, the DWR coating kept them mostly dry, and when they did get wet they dried super quickly!

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Sara Gemmellwrote a review of on August 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This top is great - cute, functional and true to size! It is great for work/casual wear, but the stretchy viscose blend fabric makes it great for hiking or other activities, as well!

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