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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstrom

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Re Wikstrom's Bio

Backcountry.com's Managing Photo Editor, specializing in Outdoor and Action Sports Photography. Her biggest passions are skiing, biking, and camping with some misc. rafting, hiking, and driving (go karts, road trips, rentals on dirt roads, whatever...) thrown in. Smile on, pass it on!

Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

3 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This jacket has a slim fit, and is cut short. Which might be perfect for some people out there. Unfortunately not perfect for me. It was also thinner than I expected from the photos. It would be great for fall.

In comparison to other Lole products, I think this runs smalls.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I think the Cosmos (Blue) and Blackberry are showing the wrong images above. This jacket is LONG! The black image appears to be correct, but none of the images do much justice for the actual shape. It has a slight curve to it (vs the very straight looking photos above).

This is a great length! I am 5'5" and the XL hits me mid thigh (vs a lot of long jackets that hit my knees). I prefer this length. It's really cozy, and relatively light (at least compared to a lot of big winter down jackets, and especially compared to synthetics).

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I tried both the Izzy Tavern Pant and the Izzy Leggings. I thought I might like the Taven pant better due to the looser fit, but decided to go with the leggings as a more flattering option for my pear shape.

The Tavern Pant has a higher rise/waist, and is looser through the hips and seat. I am pear shaped, and short for my size, so the Izzy Leggings turned out to be the more flattering option for me. The high waist on the Tavern Pant cut in to my sides, vs the mid-rise and wide waistband on the Izzy Leggings laying smooth.

These have the same comfortable fabric as the Izzy. Still a great pant! And great to have options for different shapes and style preferences.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The overall cut/fit is flattering, and comfortable. The rise is perfect, not too tall, not too low. The wide waist band combined with the mid-rise, makes for a super flattering waist. No sausage link syndrome!

This fabric is incredibly comfortable. It has the Ibex "boucle" texture, with a super comfortable stretch.

I'm 5'5" and usually wear an XL or 14/16 depending on brand. The XL in the Ibex Izzy is perfect for me. They are a little long, but I figure that makes sense for someone 5'5" buying an XL, and they are not overly long. If anything it helps keep the ankles covered in the cold. I recently tried on a bazillion leggings, and these were the clear winners.

I gave them a test drive, literally, on Sunday. While we drove back from the desert, we got stuck for an extra 3 hours in the car, turning it into a 7 hour drive. Not the longest day in a czr by a long shot, but a good test run. And I was pretty psyched to have such comfortable leggings!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I had to buy a 2nd one. This has turned into my favorite tank for biking, jogging, and crossfit. Overall fit has a slight a-line to it. And I would say runs a touch large compared to other brands, but typical compared to other Lucy tops I have tried. I love the racer back in the summer, for ventilation and freedom of movement. The fabric is thin but not clingy. Also makes for easy layering over it during spring and fall months. Caring for it is super easy too. I always toss mine in the dryer. Never shrinks, retains it's shape, and it doesn't pill.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 21, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs

Nice boot, especially for the price. They run a touch narrow in comparison to a medium, sometimes wide foot. I returned them as a result, but when I tried them on, they definitely felt warm, and like a nice bang-for-your-buck boot with a good hydrid of function with a little bit of style that doesn't go too overboard and won't look completely outdated in a year.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 17, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Great seamless feel in merino = winning. I went ahead and bought 2 more.

SO much better than Smartwool's first gen sports bras which were too tight and had very little stretch. They were hard to move in and be active in. This version is the total opposite. The seamless construction is great, I almost forget I have it on.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Had to return the large, unfortunately. Otherwise I really like this top. Nice change of pace in the choice of fabric and the seam/trim details.

I wear an XL in most brands and the L was still way too big.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

3 5

It's great that it collapses to it's narrow shape when empty. Otherwise, this design has me confused. As you fill with water the middle rectangle sections push out, but it doesn't create a stable platform to stay upright, so it's bound to fall over. You are better off leaving it on it's side. I imagine it will have a tendency to fall over and the spout will constantly end up in the dirt.

The price is great, and it get's the job done, so I will keep it and give it a try.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I usually size down when half sizes are not available. I wear a 9.5 and ordered the 9. It was too small and seems to have a narrow fit overall.

Materials seem sturdy, and the boots seem extremely warm, and cozy on the inside.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

3 5

Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: 9.5

They are really light for a winter boot, which is really nice, and as far as wearing them inside for fit, they seemed quite warm and toasty (at least compared to some other casual boots I was trying on at the same time).

I like the simple style overall, and simple 3 grommet lacing.

Ultimately, I found these to run narrow and a little short, especially compared to other Sorel's and had to return them as a result.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: L

These look really bomber and sturdy as far as the fabric/weave goes.

The fit on the calf is pretty slim, so if you have amazon calves (like I do), you may not love these. I picked up the Bridgedale Merino Fusion Trekker as a great alternative that has plenty of stretch in the calf area (and they super comforotable and cozy): http://www.backcountry.com/bridgedale-merino-trekker-sock-mens

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I love pretty much everything that Icebreaker makes. And I'm a total merino loving nut job.

That said, the cut on this T is not super good for wider hips, and doesn't have enough stretch for me to get around that, so I'm going to return it.

Otherwise, I am confident it's a great product! Just a matter of the right fit for your body type.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs

I really like the look and style of this hoody, but unfortunately the cut is best for a tall straight figure.

I tried both a L and XL and neither worked for me. I am a curvy pear shape so it's harder to find a good fit in anything.

The fabric is thick, will be good for a fall outer layer.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I would normally buy an XL, but I bought the L because I wanted the black, and it was only available in L (and I can sometimes fit a L sports bra depending on it's stretch factor).

This bra has a nice seamless construction, very comfortable. The size L fits as a more supportive option, and due to the seamless construction is still comfortable, even though it's technically a touch small (normal bra size for me is 38C for comparison). So I'll keep the L and probably pick up an XL in a different color now that I know how comfy it is.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I bought the XL, and I love the fit. It's a touch loose, but I expect it will shrink a bit. The sleeves are longer than most, but I think this is a huge benefit for active use, especially if you will have a backpack on. They are also longer without feeling restricting, so nice work there.

The body is also a relaxed fit, so if you're a little curvier, this is a good choice. And the fabric overall feels soft, really nice.

The "natural" colorway is definitely see-through, so I would probably use it as a layer vs wearing on it's own.

I think this would also make for a great ski layer on warmer spring days when long sleeves are too much.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

I picked these up in the spring and LOVE the comfort, look, and grip. They go easily from trail to almost anywhere.

I don't ride flats all the time, and my previous flat pedal shoes were the Five Ten Impact Karver which were a bit narrow and stiff as a flat shoe for me and my feet would ache on long rides. I had also sized down when I bought the Karvers (down to a 9), and while the length was perfect, I think they might have been too narrow.

So I decided it was time for a more forgiving flat pedal shoe, and I also decided to stick with my normal size (9.5) to fit the width of my foot better.

I need to lace them up a little extra tight as a result, otherwise my feet will slide forward, but the proper fit in the width is really worth it for me.

I find these to be a little soft for longer rides (certainly softer vs the Karvers), so keep that in mind when choosing your shoe.

I am tempted to turn these into my everyday sneakers though. Aside from being a bit soft on long rides, I love everything else about them. (And as a bonus, I love that they come in a lighter color - grey- which is far more ideal for hot desert climates)

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