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Emily Jenson

Emily Jenson

Salt Lake, Idaho, and any ocean I can get myself to.

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I wish I could play outside all day, but since I need to work, Dogfunk is the best alternate.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on August 28, 2017

Solid
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have the Freerider, but wanted a little stiffer shoe. The Contact is just a little bit stiffer. It's more streamlined as well. It's not as bulky. The toes are more protected with these as well, which I very much appreciate. I find them really comfortable and breathable.

The sole is grippy, of course. I like the idea of the flat rubber section of the sole, for proper contact on the pedals. But, I'm not sure I can actually tell the difference. Either way, this is a comfortable and responsive shoe.

I sized up half a size in these. I'm normally a size 9.0. Maybe it's on account of the stiffer toe, but the 9.5 is a good fit, especially for long rides.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on August 25, 2017

Aurora is the new Magic
5 5

This is a perfect mountain biking hydration pack. The Aurora is now what the Magic used to be, which is featured in this photo. I've had it for years and it works well and cleans up nicely.

It has just enough space for tools, an spare tube, your keys and phone, chews, and some crackers or cookies. You won't fit a lunch in this, if you have it packed with bike gear.

The bladder is 2.5L, but I often put a 3L bladder and it fits just fine.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on August 25, 2017

Thick Chamois - Stylish
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The chamois on this skirt is my favorite aspect. It is very cute and flattering, but I think the fit is slightly tricky. The medium was really loose and sloppy in the waist. So, I got the small. The small is perfect on the waist, but hard to get up and down over my hips. I'm keeping the small, because the waist is really comfortable and fits right. But, I wish it had a little more stretch in it, to go up over the booty.

The length of the liners is mid-thigh. The skirt just barely covers the liners, when you are standing up. The small liners do fit my thighs, which are more of a medium size. So, I'm glad the small will fit well enough, in that area. The liners are very breathable, almost a mesh. So, they are fantastic in humid climates or on hot days.

I do find the that the skirt will hook on the seat of my bike, but you'll find that will any skirt Also, you really shouldn't be over the seat anyway. So, in a sense, it forces me to keep proper form.

Again, the chamois is very thick and protective and lends to a very comfortable ride, even over rocky terrain. It's a solid 5-Star winner. So, the only issue I have with this skirt is that the fit is maybe a little tricky for those of us that are always in between sizes.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

Tall Drink of Water
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike EATS ROCKS! It's super fun, if love cruising over rocks with ease. I've demoed a lot of different bike profiles. I really like the climb, so I expected to get a climbing bike. But, I could never get my mind off the 27.5+ tires, since they are so much fun and easy. So, I decided to ride them this year and it's been nothing but smiles.

It's definitely a playful bike, and the components are effortless. I will always support putting money in components, and they really effect your over all game.

This really is for crushing up rocks on the down hill, with a soft ride uphill. My photo doesn't do this bike justice, but it's all I have, right now. These tires are definitely not ideal for a single track. But, who cares?! It will go anywhere.

Also, I feel fine, on the uphill, which is important to me because I love to climb. So, it's really been a good balance of everything. I also like that I can put 29 in wheels on this, if I want to. So, this bike feels like so much FREEDOM!

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

Dirt Eating Grin
5 5

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

I demoed this bike, as well as their Jet RDO. My smile says it all, eh? This model is a super fun bike! Really sweet on the downhill. I definitely felt in control of the bike, when I wanted to slow down. No fishing tailing here.

I didn't struggle going up either. I thought I would, but it was great on the uphill. I would enter an up hill race or anything, but it really moved. Also, the comfort and confidence you have going over rocks and trees keeps you from hesitating at all.

I would not hesitate to make this my next bike. I'm 5'8 with a 32" bike-inseam and the medium frame is perfect.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

Fast!
5 5

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

This bike wants to go! Definitely a fast bike, both up and downhill. I demoed this and it made me feel like my cardio game is on point, even though it's not. It was much easier to keep a fast pace, than my fun 27.5+. My body took more of the impact than my 27.5+, but that's to be expected. It was still very comfortable and solid over moderate rock and roots.

This one made me wish I had a quiver of bikes...

The medium frame fit my 32 inch bike-inseam just fine. I'm 5'8.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on May 9, 2017

Fast!
5 5

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

This bike wants to go! Definitely a fast bike, both up and downhill. I demoed this and it made me feel like my cardio game is on point, even though it's not. It was much easier to keep a fast pace, than my fun 27.5+. My body took more of the impact than my 27.5+, but that's to be expected. It was still very comfortable and solid over moderate rock and roots.

This one made me wish I had a quiver of bikes...

The medium frame fit my 32 inch bike-inseam just fine. I'm 5'8.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 13, 2017

Runs Small.
5 5

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

I am posting this about the sizing. These are really small. Size up on these, maybe even a full size. The width and the length were tight. I am normally a 9.0. With Altra, I'm more like a 9.5 , but no one else. I think I might me a 10.0 in these version. I'm never a 10!

Other than sizing, they are the same good shoe you love, from Altra. I haven't run in these, since I haven't picked up my right size yet, and thought I could get away with the 9.0 for hiking at least. But, the grip is good on the dirt and the rock.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on March 2, 2017

Goofy Photo, Awesome Pant!
4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I did 4 stars since they are relatively new, so I don't know how they hold up over time.

This is a very comfortable pant that handles the cold temps really well, even at the resort. I wouldn't wear it on the coldest of days, but it will be fine down to the mid 20's, with some solid base layers. I have 3 base layers on in this photo, if you can believe it.

This is a ski touring pant that I have used ice climbing, as well. It breathes well, but the front really blocks the wind, as windstopper is know to do!

These pants are very forgiving! I feel like almost everyone can fit into and wear these pants comfortably. Any you'll all look good, too.

I could have kept the medium or the small. I kept the small, but maybe the length would have been better in the medium. I'm 5'8. I'm happy with the small otherwise.

I ended up having to buy 2 of these as gifts for friends and family, after they used and wore mine. It's the most comfortable pant ever. It definitely has been a hit, in both the grey and pink color.

PS The stars will most certainly be covered by most ski jackets.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

Legit!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These totally work. End of story.

I tested them myself and with friends and everyone reported very little fatigue, even after a day of heavy skinning and skiing. Some pain is good, obviously, to prevent over use of your muscles, but these made it far more manageable.

Use as directed and stock up!

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on December 5, 2016

Minimal
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is great. I have an older model. All the features are perfect, especially the insulated hose and housing. Your avi gear fits perfectly, in the outside flap.

I like how minimal it is, but it's not for everyone. If want to tour light, you'll love it.

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on October 11, 2016

Live in the Clouds
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these as a gift for my bestie. Actually, I've gotten different syles of Hoka Shoes for my mother in law and both my sister in laws. So, pretty much all the ladies in my life! Clearly I'm sold. We are all hooked!

I have an older version of this shoe. My girlfriend and I are not the youngest kids in the crowd, so our joints really appreciate the cushion. She runs in them and will not go back to any other shoe.

I prefer to use them for hiking. I prefer to run in Altras, since I use a natural running stride. They have a Zero Drop, where Hoka has a 4 mm drop. These also have a decent arch support, which I really like. I highly suggest using these for hiking and backpacking, as well as running.

The fit is true to size. Use your normal running/hiking shoe size, and it should fit perfectly.

Also, these are durable and the cushion doesn't pack down for years....

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Emily Jensonwrote a review of on October 11, 2016

Brrrrrright!
5 5

I gave this as a gift to my brother in law. He used it in his 100 mile race up the Jackson Hole. He actually led a number of cyclist to the finish, because they didn't bring a light at all! Weird, huh? So, this light is plenty bright!

He rode in the dark for a couple hours on that race, but has yet to drain it fully. So, not sure how long the battery will last.

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