Jen A.

Jen A.

Detroit, MI

Hello everyone! My name is Jen and I've been in the outdoor industry since 2011. My experiences include hiking the UP of Michigan, contributing to a white water kayaking society, canoe guiding, teaching various classes at the local climbing gym, and I have worked at multiple major outdoor retailers.


My Products

Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device

Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Love

I use this for TR and Sport belays when my partner weights more than me.

Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth

Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Love

Works well, dents easily. Looks weird seeing one without stickers.

Platypus GravityWorks 4.0L Filter System

Platypus GravityWorks 4.0L Filter System
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Borrowed one and had to by my own

I borrowed a friend of mines GravityWorks and was so impressed by it I bought one as soon as I got back to civilization.

Thermarest Neoair Mini Pump

Thermarest Neoair Mini Pump
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Convenient if you’re patient... or athamatic

The first time I ever used this my camping buddy asked me if I’d brought a hair dryer because it sounds so similar. It’s not the most efficient pump but it’s better than blowing up your air core entirely by yourself.

Arc'teryx Beta SL Hybrid Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Beta SL Hybrid Jacket - Women's
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Use and abuse and love

I put this through more abuse than it deserves but it holds up to my high standards and hasn’t set out after owning it 4+ years.

Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket - Women's

Arc'teryx Beta LT Jacket - Women's
Jen A. Detroit, MI

prAna Stretch Zion Pant

prAna Stretch Zion Pant
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Waist deep mud with no stains

I ended up purchasing the men’s Zions because I could not find the women’s equivalent in talls before I left for my first summer of guiding. Two pairs of these lasted me through 100 days on trail portaging through the Canadian crownlands and the trails were either wonderful or bushwhacking through waist deep mud. You can’t even tell I took the tag off with how well they look after.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent
Jen A. Detroit, MI
100+ Nights

I beat the snot out of this tent and you can’t even tell. Between backwoods hailstorms and front country car camping I have no qualms. My only suggestion, if if you plan on having two people in the tent, like them a lot. It’s snuggly.

MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Go to stove

This was the first stove I’ve ever owned and I’ve never needed another. It’s light, compact, and works like a dream.

MSR WhisperLite Stove

MSR WhisperLite Stove
Jen A. Detroit, MI
Creative camp cooking

The guide service I worked for supplied us with these stoves. I was cooking for anywhere from six to fifteen people and this stove allows you to get creative. It’s very user friendly and work well in all weather conditions. Very easy to do fiend maintenance to a point where wearing the fix it took became a fashion trend because you never needed it. My favorite feature is the low simmer to be able to make backcountry blueberry jam in the Canadian Northwoods.

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody - Women's

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody - Women's
Jen A. Detroit, MI
My Favorite Jacket EVER!

People say, “Look to the staff, see what they’re wearing because it the best.” Of all the outdoor shops, climbing gyms, and guide services I’ve worked for, almost everyone on staff owns this jacket. It’s incredible for everything, a stand alone fall jacket or a winter mod layer for skiing and snowboarding. I own it in three colors.