Amanda Zito, Next Adventure Ambassador

 

Amanda Zito

 

Nickname:
Street Tires

Location:
Portland, OR

What's at the top of your bucket list?
Realistically, to ride solo across the country and back, to see Patagonia, and to be able to work remotely.

Tell us about your dream trip.
To ride solo across China, with my own motorcycle and no guide. As far as I know, Doris Widemann is the only woman who's managed it.

What's your favorite thing about Next Adventure?
I absolutely love that Next Adventure does their absolute best to make the outdoors accessible to everyone. They have a solid store brand, and their bargain basement helps the community by recycling old gear, and making gear available to people with tight budgets. As well as hosting and sponsoring so many events that enable people to learn about being in the outdoors, like their Outdoor School and In-Store Clinics.

Amanda Zito, Next Adventure Ambassador

What's your favorite product at Next Adventure?
I practically live in my Wilderness Technology WildyDown 20 Sleeping Bag. I love it sooo much. I think the only thing that can rival my love for my sleeping bag is like the Merino Wool Base Layers.

Tell us a little more about yourself!
I'm a born and raised Montanan, Illustrator with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, adventure rider, amateur photographer & videographer, ex-tattoo artist, with a temper and a stubborn streak. I started riding motorcycles because I missed my horses, before I even knew anyone else who rode. I was doing solo trips back and forth from Portland to Montana before I knew it was "weird" or "brave" to do so. Once I started meeting other people in the Motorcycling community, I realized how many stereotypes there were around women in motorcycling. I set out to document my experiences and share them to do my part in breaking those stereotypes in my own weird way. Hopefully along the way I inspire other women and people, in general, to get outside and do what they want even if it seems a little scary at first.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I'm the youngest of 6 kids, and I was first chair violinist for a short time in the Bitterroot Valley Youth Symphony.

Check out Amandas's adventures:
www.asthemagpieflies.com/

 

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