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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

Salt Lake City, Utah

Lexi Dowdall 's Passions

Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Lexi Dowdall 's Bio

I'm a fairly fresh mountain biker. I spend my time wheezing behind my friends on the climbs, but relish the wind in my face. I bike because someone once told me it would make me a better skier. I also enjoy trail running in the glorious mountains just moments from my front door.

Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Hard to imagine anything more delightful.
Espresso anywhere - really.
One of the coolest wedding or 'super special' gifts you could bequeath to a really, really loved one.

I'm a gadget hater (I don't have a TV and couldn't work a GoPro for the life of me) - but this thing is rad. Spend some time with the directions so you understand the process, it's worth it.
Once you get the hang of it you'll be pulling shots of delicious dark nectar in no time.

Super fun and satisfying to take the ritual of espresso out into nature without electricity or batteries. I have a plug in model at home and this is every bit as delicious, and takes approximately 1/17th the space.

Always a HUGE hit around the AM hours at camp. You can't go wrong. Period.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 14, 2015

WOAH NELLY!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Probably one of the greatest gifts you could ever provide to another human being, this thing is pretty next level.
ESPRESSO UNINHIBITED.

No batteries, no electricity - just fine grounds and hot water.
Camping just got more luxurious by about 3,000 points. It does have a bit of a learning curve, make sure you read the directions.
Once you get the hang of it, you'll be pulling shots of delicious nectar in no time flat. I'm not one for gadgets (I don't even own a TV) but this thing is rad.

Taste - because, duh, you want to know...
Delicious. I have an espresso machine at home at this tastes every bit as delicious as my electricity sucking home unit. Prettttty impressive.
I also have a battery powered milk frother that I throw in for good measure if I'm feeling creamy.

Words cannot describe this wonder. You simply must try it.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on June 10, 2015

4 5

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

Haven't tested these yet because I'm waiting for a broken hand to heal. For now here is sizing info and initial impressions.

In true Norrona style - these are the fanciest, most teched-out bike shorts I've ever laid eyes upon. Really impressed with the construction, features and fit. Especially loving the lengthy side zips and the fact that my bum doesn't look like a huge diaper with my chamois on. WIN.

I am 5'3" and 120 lbs and the size small fits very nicely. The waist tabs are very adjustable. I don't love the huge logo - but oh well.

The fabric is super comfy and not restrictive at all. I can tell it's going to most likely be very durable and abrasion resistant.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on May 26, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I really like the fun patterns by Moxie, super different.
I put this particular model on...and for the first time in my life I had cleavage from bike clothes....it was....weird.
As a quite small b-cup I do not have cleavage in my day-to-day life so it was incredibly disorienting to find it here on this bike jersey. The shelf bra is constructed in such a way that the girls are pushed up and in.
I liked it, I'm not going to lie. But it was weird.
I also found the bra much less comfortable than the one incorporated into the Layered Tank -->

http://www.backcountry.com/moxie-cycling-layered-jersey-tank-top-womens

Ultimately I returned this. It was too distracting and less comfortable than the model I linked above.

I typically take size small in nearly all brands, I think I could have easily sized up on this one, it's tight!! Oh, it's also skin tight so if you have any muffin tops whatsoever, prepare to show them off! I liked the more flattering shape of the Moxie Layered Tank too.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on October 9, 2014

Love this Rack SO HARD

In comparing the performance of this rack to the Thule T2 - the design, quality of componants and functionaliy of the T2 is laughable. We use the T2 on the Backcountry.com vans for our van pool, and they are just garbage - TOTALLY trashed after 1.5 years of use. They are clumsy, klunky and unstable compared to this Kuat I have on my own car.
I will never go back to Thule after having used this Kuat rack.
It's slick, easy to use and made of much better materials.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 6, 2014

Terradura
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the ladies below in that these shoes seem to run narrow. I suggest sizing up on these.
I find they are a bit tight in the toebox and have experienced some numbness on bigger rides with long descents (20+ miles). I'm hoping these pack out a little bit, since I've only used them for about 10 rides. The shoes feel comfy on nearly all rides but I have experienced discomfort on those real crushing rides.

I agree with Re below in that the tongue on this shoe is kinda odd. It's a little pokey and scratchy, so I only pair these shoes with socks that come above the ankle. If you prefer minimalist socks, I wouldn't recommend this shoe. With tall socks, the tongue has not bothered me.

These shoes are fairly stiff and I've appreciated the support they've given me while learning to use clip in pedals for the first time. The soles are very grippy and tacky, as I discovered when down-climbing some slickrock in Moab.

I was pretty nervous about learning how to clip in, but I would absolutely recommend these for those looking to switch over.
They are easy to clip in and out, and I've been quickly gaining confidence with these kicks.

I would not want to use these for any hike-a-bike type adventures, since they would be uncomfortable for extended walking.

I really like the Velcro and clasp closure - they have been far easier to use than my last lace up pair of mtb shoes. They are easier to put on and take off.

Pretty happy with these. Wish the toebox was a bit wider, but they work for me!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have child-sized hands, so I really appreciate the small diameter of these bars on my Juliana Primerio bike.
They were weird to get used to at first, they made my hands fall asleep, but after a few rides I found them more comfortable and I wouldn't swap 'em.

I like the many color choices offered by Julian for grips, which keeps it fun.

My only complaint is that I can't move the shifters any further out because the bars become too narrow for the collars, which is unfortunate. This is my only complaint. Otherwise the bars are holding up beautifully and I do like the smaller diameter.

Some women may not need this, but I found it helpful since my hands are so small. Other ladies I've talked to found them to be too small and too narrow for their liking. I'm not a freerider, so I don't want honkin wide DH-bars - they work for me.

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