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Jordan Kelchposted an image about on September 6, 2017

No More Watery Eyes

I've been running a long time and I've never really thought I needed sunglasses. I have a funny nose and I don't really like to carry any more things than I have to. Recently though I was asked to try these out and I was really impressed. I thought that they wouldn't stay in place or fit my big nose but I didn't have any functional issues with them at all. I'm not in love with the way they look on my face but I guess I've never noticed how much I squint when the sun is out and how tense my face is because of the lighting. It was really nice to be able to relax my face! In the summer when it's really hot and I'm sweating, my eyes water really bad and the sunglasses gave me some relief from that.

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on September 6, 2017

Love <3
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Adventure Vesta and I absolutely love it but most days I don't need that much space so I added the Ultra Vesta to my running arsenal. It is the perfect amount of space and just enough water. I love all the little pockets and awesome features. Ultimate Direction does an amazing job planning where pockets and zippers should be placed with runners in mind. My only complaint is that the bottles are located higher on this vest than the Adventure Vesta. I actually put the soft bottles in the back because I don't like them bouncing around and the placement. I have an Osprey 1.5L Hydraulic bladder and it fits perfectly in there. I haven't had any chaffing issues and I love how easy it is to adjust and customize to your chest.

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on April 17, 2017

No More Nausea!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sometimes after really good, hard long runs I get really nauseous and a couple of times I've even fainted. After doing some research and blood tests I found out I'm extremely hypoglycemic and obviously not hydrating properly DURING long runs. I emphasize during because as I've always raced competitively where I'd run with as little gear as possible and drank water or gatorade after a race or workout, never during. Now that I'm not racing and I'm out there on trail runs or long runs for 2+ hours, I feel much better if I'm hydrating throughout my run rather than just after, refueling as I go rather than waiting to hit rock bottom and trying to recover after. I've avoided these drink mixes for a long time because I have a really sensitive stomach but also because there are so many out there that I was overwhelmed with all the choices. If you feel the same way, get the Skratch packets to try out and then assuming you like them get the big bag. I haven't had any stomach issues from these so far! I run with an Ultimate Direction pack and depending on my mood I either put the Skratch in soft bottles or in a bladder. Right now I have the pineapple flavor and I really like it. My favorite is raspberry and sometimes to switch things up I mix flavors, raspberry lemon is really tasty!

For questions or just someone to talk to:
Jordan Kelch
Gearhead Account Manager
1-801-619-7467
jkelch@backcountry.com

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

Ultra Runner Girls Soul Mate <3
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been ultra running in hand-me-down and incorrectly fitting packs for about a year now and I finally decided to treat myself and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Aesthetically, this pack is beautiful. I love the colors and as much I as I wanted to run a marathon immediately upon receiving it I also didn't want it to get dirty because it was so pretty! Of course, my first run in it I slipped and fell in mud... Functionally, I can't emphasize enough how awesome this pack is. I've been running in men's packs and I thought I was fine but when I tried this one on I didn't realize how horribly the ones I've been using fit me. It actually fits my woman sized ribs and hits me in all the right places. I also didn't know how I'd like the soft bottles. I've been told by ultra runners that they're way better than bladders and being stubborn as I am I didn't take their advice until recently. I ran/hiked 17 miles in Buckskin Gulch in Southern Utah with the soft bottles and fell in love. It's actually really nice not having that bladder tube running across your chest and because the bottles are soft you can hold it for a while and keep moving while you're drinking. They're much easier to clean too. And, once you've drank the contents they collapse super small and you can throw them in the back. I didn't think I'd like the bottles being located in the front right on top of my boobs either but it didn't bother me at all. I have a very small chest though so I'm not sure how this would feel for a well endowed woman. I use one bottle as backup and put it in the back of the pack and have one out front and my phone in the other pocket. It works out perfect. When I finish drinking the first one I just replace it with the full one and put the collapsed one in the back. There is so much storage space too! They did a really great job designing the pockets on this pack. Instead of having one big pocket with all your stuff jostling around, there are multiple compartments. I don't notice anything bouncing around and you can sort of prioritize your gear with all the cool pockets. I have one with food, one with back up clothing, one with toiletries, etc. I could boast about this pack forever but you just gotta try it on for yourself. Guys, if you're trying to attract an ultra runner girl, this is the way to her heart.

If you have any questions or just want to talk:
Jordan Kelch
Gearhead Account Manager
1-801-619-7467
jkelch@backcountry.com

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

Nathan Vapor Air Hydration Vest
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know this is a men's vest but I was given it as a gift. For light hiking with some trail running it's perfect. I wore it on some hikes in Zion National Park where we ran in some places and hiked in others and I didn't notice it at all. For that trip I took the bladder out and was able to pack gloves, snacks, a 16 oz. Nalgene, maps, extra socks and a Patagonia Houdini jacket and I still probably could have fit more. I've used it in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah as well and when I'm doing a mixture of hiking and slow trail running it is perfect. When I'm doing serious runs though, there are a few things that really bother me, some of these might be resolved if I had the women's specific vest or if I had the XS size. First, the shoulder straps rub against my neck. If you have a shirt with a collar or a jacket it kind of protects your skin but I recently did a 21 miler and by the end I had a big chafe mark on the curve of my neck and shoulder. Next, the tube from the bladder is really long. Sometimes I hit it during my arm swings and it comes unclipped and it flails around obnoxiously until you clip it back in. Lastly, the only straps you can adjust are the ones in the front. I have other packs where you can also adjust the straps under your armpits which is nice because you can really cinch the pack tight so it doesn't bounce. You can't do that with this one. On the positive side, I love all the pockets. My Samsung Galaxy 7 with a big Otterbox case fits perfectly in the front pockets. I also love the bladder. It's the kind where the entire top of the bladder opens which I think is much easier to clean. If you have any questions I'd love to help answer them for you.

Jordan Kelch
Gearhead Account Manager
1-801-619-7467
jkelch@backcountry.com

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on January 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great shoe for anyone looking for light weight with a lot of cushion. Great for distance running or anyone who is one their feet for long periods of time. The fit is a little narrow so wide width customers beware of that. They also tend to run a little long. If you have any questions about this shoe send me an email! jkelch@backcountry.com

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on December 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear these shoes casually. The fresh foam feels great for long standing shifts or walking around town. I got the grey ones because they go with everything. I have wide feet and for New Balance they are a little narrow. No complaints though! I wear them with a pair of Curex insoles and my feet are super happy!

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on December 30, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't decide what to rate these because I have had Lone Peaks in the past that I absolutely loved and wore to them for a ridiculously long time and didn't have any problems. So, I ordered these for winter trail running. They are super warm and with a pair of merino wool socks I don't get any snow in my shoes or cold feet. And, as long as the trails aren't too hilly I don't have any problems. However, the moment I start to do steep climbs, I get crazy blisters. Like seriously crazy blisters. I've been a runner for a long time and worked in running retail and thought I just needed to wear them in or tie them differently and they would be fine but no matter how many times I wear them I get the same blisters. It's only during climbing though! Flat courses they are fine. I have a pair of YakTrax that fit over them nicely too. Everything would be great if I didn't get these dang blisters!

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on October 19, 2016

Eh...
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was sold this backpack as a running backpack. I was hoping to use it for really long runs during the summer. It's great for hiking but when I ran with it I chaffed REALLY bad on my lower back. It also rubs in my armpits weird. I do like the magnetic piece for the drink tube, that part is really convenient. The storage is nice too. I can fit the bladder, food, my phone, keys and my houdini jacket in it. It's tight, but I can do it. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend... Especially a female because the fit doesn't seem to be made for women.

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on October 17, 2016

Forerunner 25
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the simplicity of this GPS watch. All I really care about is time, pace and mile splits and it does just that. It fits nice and it's not too big. The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because it can only store 7 runs. I recently updated to the Garmin Forerunner 235 and I love how much history it stores. I didn't realize how nice of a feature that is. But, if you are looking for a less expensive, good starter GPS, I definitely recommend this one.

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

Never taking this off!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well unless it needs to be charged of course. I frickin love this watch! I've always just used the Forerunner 25 because I liked the simplicity and didn't think I wanted all the features of the 235 but turns out I love all the features. I also thought it was kind of big but turns out I like that too. For running I have it set to time, distance and pace which is all I really want to see. I'm sure there are a million more capabilities I could be taking advantage of but time and pace are all I really care about. I wear it all the time and outside of running I can see my daily steps which is kind of fun. I also like how much storage is has compared to the 25. I can save weeks worth of runs versus just 7 days. I'm still not very good at using the app but it I have synced it a couple of times now and it is cool to see my daily runs, daily steps and how long I slept. The battery life is great too. I charge it maybe every 3-4 days and I run 5-8 miles per day. I also NEVER take it off, like for real I wear it in the shower and the pool and I've banged it on everything and it's totally fine!

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Jordan Kelchwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

Ghost girl for life!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I LOVE BROOKS GHOST! I have been running in these for over 6 years now. I've run everything from 800m repeats to a marathon in them. The updates are never significant enough to bother me, except maybe the colors. I have a borderline wide width foot and these are one of the few shoes I don't have to order in wide. I went through a zero/low drop phase for awhile and now that I've gone back to the Ghosts I do notice the chunky heel but it hasn't bothered me. When my plantar fasciitis is bad I put a pair of Curex insoles in them and they feel even better. I just really love these shoes <3

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