Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstrom

Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Utah desert, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, B.C., Argentina, Norway...

Re Wikstrom's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Re Wikstrom's Bio

Backcountry.com's Lead Photo Editor & Staff Photographer specializing in Outdoor and Action Sports. 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 Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
1. Simple
2. Easy clean up (especially vs a french press)
3. Collapsible for storage and transport
4. Will fit any size mug opening (unless you drink from a bowl or large pot? Who does that?)

Cons:
I have yet to find any.

Side note: I lost this java drip for a while and replaced it with an el-cheapo, non-collapsible from the grocery store which takes up too much space, AND it has this silly base that slides into the top of your mug, which is too big and DOES not fit half my mugs, or my favorite travel mug. SO DUMB. We FINALLY found the missing GSI Java Drip. THANK GOODNESS! I was about to buy a 2nd one to avoid this trouble in the future and then it sold out. So apparently everyone knows how awesome these are. Get on the bandwagon!

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After ten years, I have found the most perfect travel coffee mug. Pair it with the flip lid http://www.backcountry.com/hydro-flask-hydro-flip-lid-hyf0011 and the GSI Java Drip http://www.backcountry.com/gsi-outdoors-collapsible-java-drip (when they are back in stock!)

Hot drinks stay hot for a LONG time (sometimes too hot at first, so be wary if you want to drink immediately! This is the one "downside" to a mug that insulates SO WELL), and cold drinks stay cold WITHOUT sweating.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was given one as a gift... and then I left it behind in a tree for some lucky camper. I missed it enough that I bought a new one! I like the smaller size and portability. As a trade-off you won't get as much of a BIG camp lantern light output, so keep that in mind when choosing the right light for you. I generally hang this in a tree above my small table/camp kitchen setup. I'm not an ultra-light camper, but I appreciate more space in my car, so I appreciate the smaller car camping items.

Another thing I like about the Lumaspot Mini are the options.. you can rotate the top to use it as more of a spotlight/flashlight, leave it in traditional lantern mode, or use the color changing mode for some fun camp-party mood lighting, or as a non-intrusive light to mark something

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
1. great female specific fit
2. magnetic attachment for the hydration hose to attach to the chest strap - LOVE this
3. stretch mesh on the sides for shoving a jacket or layer into the outer flap/pocket area
4. side stretch mesh pocket - perfect size for my phone, and so far keeps it secure but is easier access if I want to pull it and take a picture, or check the stats on my gps tracking app.
5. separate main compartment vs tool pocket vs sunglass pocket
6. mesh back panel
7. It's nice to be able to carry 3 liters of water, and I will sometimes add another .75 liter platy bottle for 20+ mile rides in the summer

Cons:
1. I put holes in the bite valve pretty early in it's life, and while it has a locking feature, it doesn't always work, and still slowly leaks. I have taken to blowing the water back down the tube so it's less likely to leak, but this is harder to do when the bladder is full.
2. in it's 2nd summer of use, I have had issues with the hydration bladder leaking, I now have to make sure the lid is screwed on as tight as possible and always double check that it's not leaking.
3. I find the pack to be most comfortable with only 1.5 liters of water. When it's maxed out at 3 liters the pack is bursting at its seams and becomes less comfortable on my back. Great for after work rides, a little bit of a bummer on the 20 mile weekend rides. Nice to have the capacity, but it could be more comfortable.
4. I think they could have done a better job with the tool organization.... I keep my pump and extra tube in the main compartment, along with a layer if I have it, or sometimes a point and shoot camera. Then I keep my multi-tool, tire levels, patch kit, etc in the smaller organizer pocket. I wish there was a separate pocket somewhere for food/snacks/bars etc.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Get it for this: http://www.backcountry.com/hydro-flask-18oz-wide-mouth-water-bottle-hyf0008

You will use it everyday if you like coffee, tea, and/or water, no question.

Save trees. Save whales. Save yourself from luke-warm coffee or tea. Or keep your cold water cold and refreshing. The Flip Top is a welcome addition for quick access to the coffee!

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a photographer with a lot of stop-and-go, and as a generally hot-and-steamy person, I can't live without these on storm days. The smallest bit of moisture in any other goggle used to fowl up my day. I have used the turbo-fans for YEARS now, maybe 5 or 6 years at this point? And I can ski all day, no problem.

The batteries last a surprisingly long time, too.

Also, I would always recommend skiing with a helmet to begin with for safety, but you will get even more performance out of these goggles with a helmet vs a hat.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in a desert.
I'm active outside.
I LOVE a dose of cold water hydration after a long stupidly-hot summer bike ride.
I leave this full of cold water in my car.
It gets hot enough to fry eggs on the hood.
I return after HOURS on my bike and the water is still VERY COLD.
Awesomely refreshing.
It's amazing.
I wold love to see a 24 and/or 32oz wide mouth version.
I wold collect them all.
You should, too.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in a desert.
I'm active outside.
I LOVE a dose of cold water hydration after a long stupidly-hot summer bike ride.
I leave this full of cold water in my car.
It gets hot enough to fry eggs on the hood.
I return after HOURS on my bike and the water is still VERY COLD.
Awesomely refreshing.
It's amazing.
I wold love to see a 24 and/or 32oz wide mouth version.
I wold collect them all.
You should, too.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With the flip lid, this becomes the best, most bad-ass travel coffee mug in the history of coffee mugs. I have two. It is a rare day that one of them does not get used. Hot coffee stays hot for a mega long time. Yes, that's a technical term. MEGA LONG time. This mug goes to the office. Travels in the car daily and for long road trips. It goes camping. It goes on airplanes. It saves trees. It saves whales.

IF I had to complain about anything... a really hot drink may stay too hot if you want to drink it immediately. My remedy is to add a bit more milk, or leave the lid off for a few minutes. But really... that's the kind of problem that every other travel coffee mug WISHES it had. You could fill up two of these for a road trip.... and by the time you needed the second one, it would probably still be hot.

Get the lid: http://www.backcountry.com/hydro-flask-hydro-flip-lid-hyf0011

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think this light is great to use around town, helps other ppl/cars/cyclists see you. But is not a cheap replacement for a more powerful riding light.

I was also hoping to use it as a back-up light for mountain biking night rides.... I did not expect it to be bright enough for full speed, or even half speed, but it's only good for about a walking pace. It will get you out of dark trail eventually, but you'll probably be walking.

Otherwise, this light is great for it's real intended purpose. Also very small, light, easy to stash in a pack, and very easy to attach and remove for your bars. And great price!!!

I also used this around camp when I couldn't find my camping headlamp.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First pair of Scarpas, and I love the fit. I have had them for about a year now.

I tried on both this leather version and the canvas version, and kept these. VERY happy with the decision. The leather was already more comfortable from the get-go and has only gotten better and more comfortable with time.

As an outdoor photographer, I find myself scrambling into odd places, which is why I purchased these shoes, but they have also proven to be a great every day shoe, and especially great for longs days of travel and running from opposite ends of airports.

As another comparison, I also have the Five Ten Guide Tennie and while I prefer the looks of the Five Ten, I MUCH prefer the Scarpas overall. This could be part personal preference and foot shape mind you, but I find the Scarpas more comfortable after long hours on my feet, and they have a much more solid heel cup and hold on my foot. The Five Tens feel shallow and as if my heel will walk out of them.

I do have one small complaint about the Scarpas, in that the tongue does not stay centered or in place, but my overall love for these shoes, their fit, and performance has so far trumped the minor issue with the tongue. Perhaps they will try to fix that in later versions.

For some fit comparison, my foot is slightly wider than average, and I prefer low arch support. On average I wear a 9.5 US and in these I wear a 41.0

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

VERY soft. No itch. SO cozy. Nice and warm. Perfect for casual wear. I wear a helmet anyway, but it doesn't strike me as a good active beanie. I would also say it's a little longer in person than the photos seems to indicate. Also, a great way to cover your hair in the office after skiing all morning.... And soft, did I mention soft?! It's really soft. Going on season number 2.

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