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Zoe Zulauf

Zoe Zulauf

Gearhead

Salt Lake City, UT <---> Bend, OR

Zoe Zulauf's Passions

Yoga
Climbing
Skiing
Hiking & Camping

Zoe Zulauf's Bio

Copywriter, coffee roaster, storyteller. //

I'm a skier, climber, and yogi from Bend, Oregon. I chased the snow and sandstone out to Utah six years ago, and managed to get a Bachelor's in Neuroscience at Westminster College somewhere in between weekends skiing in the Wasatch or climbing in Moab and Joe's Valley.

Over the years, I've worked as a climbing guide, backpacking and backcountry skiing educator, climbing gym hold-slinger, outdoor writer, and vinyasa yoga instructor. The stockpile of gear I've amassed over the years sings a tale of woe to my savings account, but, more importantly, a tale of many sunrises, summits, powder runs, perfect pitches, and laughter with the people I've shared them with. I found my herd here at Backcountry.com, and this goat is psyched to be writing about the gear that helps me push my boundaries in the outdoors.

When I'm not talking gear at BC or out on coffee crawls in SLC, you can usually find me ripping laps at Alta or falling off boulder problems in the desert-- say hi if you see me outside!

- American Mountain Guides Association certified SPI -
-Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher 200h -
-Wilderness First Responder -

Instagram: @littleroots

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on April 7, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Sooooo.... Cute shirt. Cute cut. Soft, lovely fabric...

But whoaaaaaa nelly this thing is oversized! The medium was a straight-up dress on me--I'm talking almost knee-length. An XS fit me a bit more normally, but it was still a bit wide to wear as an everyday tee.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on April 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

First and foremost, this top has a great mixture of fabrics; it's light and cool throughout the body, but the sleeves are a bit thicker and more rugged. I have no doubt it'd hold up really well if you took a digger in it. My qualm was with the cut, though--the sleeves offer room for protection and the torso is flattering and functional, but the shirt (in all sizes) was waaaay too short for me. Even in the large, the hem would expose my waist if I lifted my arms over my head. I'm on the tall side, so I suppose this might not be an issue for more petite gals.

Oh, and the text on the top is printed in white, not black... Little bit too flashy for my taste!

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on March 27, 2017

4 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs

Yay for recycled materials! These are really sturdy blocks to help modify yoga poses to your body, rather than forcing your body into the poses. Manduka's blocks are nice and firm for support in balancing poses (think half moon etc.), but I prefer a squishier block for restorative yoga props.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on March 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I wore these on a recent bike tour of southern Utah, and they absolutely rescued me from serious saddle soreness. The chamois was worth every penny. I'd previously never tried bibs before, and the typical discomfort I experience from elastic waistbands digging into my midsection when I wear shorts was eliminated--the design is soooo comfortable!

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on March 27, 2017

4 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

Oooooh-wee, the Shakras have made me fall in love all over again. I have pretty long, low volume feet, and most aggressive shoes end up mashing my skinny toes while leaving me with dead space vertically--not so with these bad girls. The "love bump" under the toe fills in all the dead space I normally get and provide EXCELLENT power and edging. Evolv's rubber isn't my all-time favorite (Five Ten's Stealth or La Sportiva rubber take that cake), but the fit of this shoe absolutely is.

I wear an 8.5/9 in street shoes, a 39 in TIGHT women's Solutions, and went with a 9.5 for a comfortably tight fit in the Shakra--remember, these won't stretch much if at all. I could fit into the 9 if I reaaaaally wanted a performance shoe, but I like my bouldering sessions to last more than a few painful sends then retreating to flip flops.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on March 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Gross ski hair? Put a trucker hat on it. Magically, you look more presentable--and might even be able to convince your office you've showered more recently than last week. I'm an Oregon gal, so I dig the Mt. Hood design and love Dakine in general. Great balance between tall truckers and traditional ball cap fits. Zoe likey.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on February 14, 2017

5 5

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: S (size 8.5W feet)

They're pizza socks. Come on. Do they need much more of an advertisement? While I'm riding, I like to imagine I'm the little PacMan eating dots (miles) until I get to the pizza, because there's no way you can look down at these socks throughout a ride and NOT end up craving a slice.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small and Medium

BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOXERS ERRYWHERE!
BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOXERS ERRYWHERE!

I fouuuund you, Phase SL cuties
Get it together and bring it back to me
Hit the climbing gym, flash a route or two
Ski a couloir in 'em theeennn see what it do

Get it right, light boxers that fit just right
Get it right, fabric that is oh-so-light
Get it right, though they are a little tight
Skier chicks, they love these with all their might



Yeah anyway these are absolutely the best thing you'll ever put on your butt, especially if you have a skier's build and hate leg openings that roll up. The fabric is INCREDIBLE--sooooooo breathable and comfy. No wedgies/riding up/falling down. Not much leg coverage, but they don't bunch and have no VPL in the vast majority of pants. Get them.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Are you:

-A skier chick with strong quads?
-Frequently racking up lots of cams and stoppers?
-No stranger to leg-numbing hanging belays?
-Suspicious of, but interested in fixed leg loops?
-Sick of harnesses cut for people without hips?

GET THE ETHOS. IT IS THE LIGHTEST, COMFIEST, NICEST TRAD/HIGH-MILEAGE HARNESS FOR ATHLETIC GALS EVER.

That is all. Climb on, sisters.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

My favorite items of clothing are cozy pieces that make me feel like I'm slugging around on the couch with a big mug of coffee, but also don't make me look like a total slob when I (rarely) go out in public. There it is. My secret is out. Sue me.

The quilted fabric is soft and snuggly enough for my professional lounging career, doesn't look out of place at the crag with some climbing pants, and is downright cozy-chic when paired with heeled booties, cuffed denim, and a long flowy tank layered underneath. Yaaaaaas!

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think my favorite thing EVER is dumping scalding hot coffee on my face while driving to a trailhead for a 5am dawn patrol.

Unfortunately, after purchasing this flip lid, I no longer have the pleasure of feeling the burning sensation of 150F single-origin Ethiopia pour-over on my chin when my touring partner accelerates on to the freeway.

Darn.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 4

Patagonia strikes back with another beyond-bizarre sizing... Woohoo.

For starters, I'm 5'9", 135-140lbs (pizza-dependent), with bigger skier quads, slightly wider hips, medium butt. Generally, I have a 28in waist and 35in hips, and wear a 4/6 in most climbing/hiking pants.

The 6 was loose in the waist, fitted in the rear and hips, semi-fitted in the thighs... But after an afternoon of climbing around, they stretched out to the point of nearly falling off my bum. Upon trying on the size 4, they were snug in the waist and TIGHT in the rear/hips/thighs, but stretched out to a reaaaally comfortable fit after a bit of climbing. They're a teeny bit short, but not too bad. If you're generally between sizes in pants, definitely go with the smaller size in these.

I snagged the bright blue color, and hoooooly guacamole it's vibrant. Perhaps a lil' loud for me, but awesome. It does show dirt and sweat (ew), and the fabric could be a bit more durable for climbing. My main pet peeve (besides the weird stretching/cut) is that the leg openings DON'T HAVE ANY CINCHING. Woof. It's beyond annoying to not be able to see your feet and have to shake the cuff around to ensure you're really toeing into small features. I usually roll them up due to this, but if these pants had little cinches at the bottom like the Prana Avril pants, I'd be aaaaalll over them.

Bottom line:

These are the pants you want for a long session bouldering or ARCing in the gym, or sport climbing in BCC.

These are NOT the pants you want to wear while scumming on sandstone and writhing through offwidths in the desert. They will end up with some new "ventilation holes" and interesting red-dirt type stains.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When you pull on this harness, it honestly feels like you aren't wearing one. Liiiiiight as air. The gear loops are fabulous for loooong sport routes that require 12+ draws.

Though it's definitely a bit fickle, I couldn't get down with the color choices of the women's harnesses, so I snagged a size S in the men's (I have a 28in waist and 35in hips at 5'9" and 135lbs). It's not quite as nice of a fit if you've got hips, but it has all the same great features.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really wasn't wild about the fit of this tank--it's made with nice, silky/breathable fabric, but "trim and long enough for layering" isn't quite how I'd describe it.

I'm 5'9", 135ish lbs, 28in waist, 35in hips, with a 34B chest, and the medium was loose in the top half/shoulders, and SNUG from my belly button to hips. The tank just squeezed all the wrong places, and tended to ride up during climbing movement. Size down if you'd like a form-fitting tank, but size up if you're looking for a layering tank.

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Zoe Zulaufwrote a review of on January 30, 2017

5 5

Alright. Get ready for heated debate and smack-talking. I'm about to make a bold claim.

If I could only have ONE waist width for a ski. ONE. O-N-E... It would be 112mm underfoot. No more, no less. 112mm on the dot.

For resort riding on ice, chop, pow, leftovers, frozen chunder, corduroy, hero-style spring corn, ANY conditions accessible via chairlift, 112mm underfoot is that Goldilocks juuuuust-right width that's not too skinny to float fluff, but not too fat to maneuver on a dime.

I'm a card-carrying member of the Church of Chubby Skis--I'm very upfront about that bias. Any daily driver that I choose will be 100mm underfoot minimum, and I'm happy as a clam to ride 115-120mm underfoot in the fluff (or the layer of white cement we call "pow" back home in Oregon).

But if you held a squirt-gun full of blue Powerade to my head (the horror!) and made me choose ONE ski for the rest of my life, I'd blurt out 112mm underfoot in an instant--and what's more, that 112mm underfoot ski would be the Moment Deathwish.

Stiff. Rowdy. Powerful camber for railing high speed turns. Nimble mid-twenties medium turn radius zips through aspen glades, yet can open it up in wide-open bowls. Generous shovel. Generous tip and tail rocker. Nearly indestructible edges and a hardy topsheet. The Deathwish is THE rig.

I have the privilege of not only living in the American West, but also the ability to own multiple pairs of skis in my quiver (Black Crows for touring, Moments for tele, 4FRNTs for all-mountain debauchery, Armadas for deeeeep days), but if I were to, I don't know... Have to bring only one ski to Cham or Japan or Tahoe for a season, the Deathwish is the one. I appreciate having a wide selection of skis to choose from, but the Deathwish would be my weapon of choice.

Just a bit of rambling and two and a half cents from yer favorite BC ski dweeb. Carry on.

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