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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstrom

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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 February 1, 2016

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

It's extremely difficult to find a bike short when your average pant size is a 14-16. Most XXL offerings are still made for a size 10 or 12. I was VERY happy to find these shorts from Terry. The length is perfect hitting a bit above the knee, but not so far up the thigh that you end up with "sausage links" and the waist band is a touch thick in back, but it lays smooth, and doesn't dig in. Seems to be one of the hardest things for designers to get right, so kudos to Terry for this!

I generally wear a 14 or 16 bottoms depending on the brand (which would be a L or XL in Terry), but according to the size chart for waist and hip measurement I would be an XXL or larger in Terry. That is what I bought, and they fit great.

I also love the matte fabric. It is soft and very comfortable.

The chamois is a bit thick for my liking, but I understand this is a touring short! And for the record, I generally prefer almost no padding, and that is extremely hard to find, so I'm probably a weirdo anomaly in that preference. Take this with a grain of salt.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I picked these up for a 25 hr race that was expected to have cold nights. After looking at every other pair I kept these on account of the velco closure which makes the fit more adjustable. I have huge calves and found that the zip styles were only made for skinny legs. These worked out great for the night laps during the race.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: m

I have been really impressed with these socks. They are cozier than they look! Especially for a having the arch support feature (I usually find these to be uncomfortable or too tight, but not the case here!)

Going strong for a few months now. I prefer to hang dry my merino socks. So I'm not sure how they would stand up to dryer abuse, but I suspect it would still be okay.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: XXL

I got this for my Dad along with the Smartwool NTS lightweight Zip Top. He skis mostly in New England, and heads out to BC once a year. He likes the thumbhole feature in this one, and found it to be lighter weight vs the smart wool, and not as warm. Though he expects it will be perfect for a trip to Fernie and for spring skiing.

He wears an XL in the Smartwool, and the XXL in this Stoic top.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Purchased: XL

I got this for my Dad who skis mostly in New England, and heads out to BC once a year. It's been perfect so far, and I know he was out skiing in some 19 F temps lately.

He is a pretty big guy, a bit over 6ft, and the XL fit great.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have used a few generations of the Marker Tour binding, and am happy to report I was very impressed with these first day out.

Previous ones have not felt as bomber or as well made as say, the Marker Baron or the Marker Duke, and I know these are made with more plastic to be lighter, so you might expect that. And while I felt that way about the first generation, I am so far loving these and they have been inspiring total confidence.

I mounted these on a pair of 179 Blizzard Sheevas. This is a great combo!
http://www.backcountry.com/blizzard-sheeva-ski-womens

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got this helmet for my Dad based on my brother's glowing review. This was a great upgrade as his previous helmet was REALLY old. Based on initial use, it fits great, and he found it warmer than his last helmet and didn't need to wear a balaclava with it at 19 F (when he would have with his old helmet). The vents work much better than his last helmet as well, and he likes that the closure is intuitive where "back" is closed, and "forward" is open.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a really bad concussion and cracking his old helmet in half, my brother went full nerd to research the latest in ski helmets. This is the one he settled on, largely based on the MAP protection. He's been using this for close to a year now and no complaints.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs

i was more impressed with these than I expected. The lining are just so soft and comfortable.

Ultimately I was looking for something a little taller and more year-round versatile vs a really warm winter boot so I returned them.

The sizing was also a little off for me. I wear a 9.5 in most shoes, but these are only available in a 9 or a 10. The 9 felt too narrow, and my heels came up a bit in the 10.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: m

Wonderful socks. Great to have a merino option like this. As you can imagine they will fall down if you have larger calves, so I have this problem, but sometimes you need a taller sock with a taller boot, or just for warmth in the winter. The Smartwool Over the Calf sock is more my preference, but these are a little thinner, so I still wear them sometimes.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: m/l

Winning!
I have seen SO many of my fellow BC employees rocking this sweater, and no one cares that you might have a twin on any given day because this sweater is THAT awesome. I think it looks amazing in pretty much every color.

I was worried about the limited sizing, especially for being a curvy XL-type, but the m/l fits. I was impressed. They figure out how to cut it so it flows nicely on most people.

In any other situation with a garment claiming to fit a m/l it would just look like a moo-moo on me, but this one works so well. Major kudos to the designer. If I was keeping track, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the most worn item in my closet this season.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs

I think this would stretch to fit pretty much any size head. I would say I'm a medium size, love this hat. Perfect weight for winter, and perfect "slouch" in that it doesn't look too slouchy, and doesn't look too fitted. I have been wearing it a bunch for about a month. No hint of pilling so far. Seems like it will stand the test of time well. Perfect hat to cozy up in, or disguise the helmet hair after skiing/riding.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 41

It was finally time to replace my last version of the Scarpa Crux after wearing out the soles (which was the only problem, these things are so bomber!).

I am excited to see they have updated the laces vs the last shoe which had round laces. These laces are less round, and slightly thinner. So far, I am not having the same problem with the laces coming untied.

The fit is great, thought they feel slightly looser than my last pair, even after the last ones broke in, and I feel like my foot sits "deeper" within the shoe. Not a problem though, I would rather feel secure than feeling like my heel will pop out every step. These are still pretty new, but loving them as much as my last pair so far.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I compared this top to the Sweet Dreams Cami and decided to keep this one. It has a thicker fabric, which I was looking for (though not too thick, the cami had some "sheerness" to it for reference) and the bottom hem stretches with your curves vs the cami having a hem that does not stretch. The fabric is also much softer than I expected from a ribbed shirt, so that was a nice surprise. I would also say that the Burgundy is a bit darker/richer in person vs the image on the web (of course color will vary with monitors, so take that with a grain of salt).

for comparison, here is a link to the cami: http://www.backcountry.com/free-people-sweet-dreams-cami-long-sleeve-womens

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I compared this top with the Mara Rib shirt and decided to keep the Mara Rib. Both are very similar, and both seem to be great products. This cami, as you might expect is thinner than the other shirt, which is not something I personally wanted. It also has a hem that does not stretch as much as the fabric, which didn't seem great for my hips, but may not bother other people. This cami has thumb holes, though, which I loved.

here is the mara rib for reference: http://www.backcountry.com/free-people-mara-rib-shirt-long-sleeve-womens

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs

I bought one pair for my mother and one for me. We both love them. Great for extra warmth under casual pants in the winter, VERY comfortable, and since they are knee-highs, they stay up! I have a pair of shorter mid-calf casual smartwools that I like, but I have large calf muscle so they never stay up, and end up bunching. The knee-highs are perfect, and they are so comfortable without being too bulky, that I am tempted to use them for skiing, too.

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