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    Kaylin Richardson

    Olympian & Big Mountain Skier

    Park City, Utah, U.S.

    Kaylin still remembers when she carved her first turn. That feeling of acceleration and she was hooked. Many people are surprised that Kaylin grew up on the molehills of the Midwest, but she believes it’s key to her love of snowy peaks, never taking the mountains for granted. After ten years traveling the globe competing on the US Ski Team, she traded in her race skis for a backcountry setup and hasn’t looked back. As Kaylin’s deep adoration of the mountains grew, scaling them has become just as fulfilling for her as the descent. Pushing herself to excel has been a constant source of motivation; instead of the scoreboard dictating her success, however, it’s now the thrill of exploration and personal connections. What expands her love for the mountains exponentially is experiencing it together with the larger ski community. Whether it’s just the shared stoke of a stranger on a chairlift or a lifelong ski partner, the fundamental kinship is one and the same. “My most life-affirming, as well as laugh attack-inducing conversations have all occurred on the side of a slope,” she says. It doesn’t matter if being amidst the mountains is their daily ritual or most treasured weekend of the year, people that make time for the mountains have a common ground of care, respect, and love. Equally happy sharing a cup of hot cocoa with enthusiastic groms, as she is throwing back a few with the locals, she is the girl that will happily give you first dibs on a steep, untouched slope of powder. Hesitate one second too long though and you’ll hear “see you at the bottom" followed by a big smile, her competitive streak still as strong as ever.

    BIO

    Born: 1984
    Country: United States
    Disciplines: Freeride, Super-G, GS, Slalom, Combined
    KEY FACTS

    2-Time Olympian
    4-Time National Alpine Champion
    2012 Freeskiing World Tour’s North American Champion
    7-Time Featured Athlete in Warren Miller Films
    Champion Talker and Over-Sharer (Self-Proclaimed)

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    Trusted by Kaylin

    The high visibility detailing on the Aurora Shell 2.0 Jacket is not only a fun pop of color, but it has also helped my friends see me through the fog, wind, and my favorite, POWDER! I've skied hard in the Aurora Shell 2.0 Pant on blizzard days and have been so impressed with how it remains breathable when I am working hard, but also keeps the wind out. In the backcountry it’s always a challenge to find a jacket that is light enough for the uphill, but also keeps me warm on the descent; the Odin Mountain Softshell Jacket is THE ONE I trust though. I’m psyched with how well the jacket moves with me, especially with a backpack on. It's all about attention to detail in the backcountry and the Odin Mountain Softshell Pant has all these features that make the experience more seamless - secure pocket for valuables, the cargo pocket for an easy access snack, and especially the zippered gator that accommodates the walk mode of my alpine touring boots! The movement of the Lifaloft Hooded Stretch Insulator Jacket allows for a better fit - it's unlike any other insulator I've come across due to the fact it seems tailored to me (which it is not). No more fabric bunching, it moves so well and is so light I often forget I have it on under my shell. For base layering the HH Merino Lifa Seamless 1/2 Zip and Pant is like wearing a second skin; a warmer, softer, luxurious second skin that is. In the past when I got home from a long day on the mountain I couldn't wait to change into my comfiest clothes. Now, I honestly find myself just chillaxing in the Lifa layers; luckily they also do a great job eliminating the sweat odor too.