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 September 23, 2016

4 5

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

I am endlessly confused by Nau's sizing. I generally wear an XL in most brands, but find that I am sometimes wearing a Medium in Nau and other times the Nau Large is too small. So perplexed.

I tried this one in a Large and the fit was fine as a fitted pullover. I was hoping it would be a little oversized for that cozy comfort so ultimately decided to return it. But it's generally a sweet hoody with some really nice details (pleats and pockets), and a fabric quality felt great, and a perfect weight for fall.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 23, 2016

4 5

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

I had high hopes because the Aria Tunic is my new favorite top, so I tried the t-shirt version here, too.

Unfortunately for me, the shape/fit of the tee didn't work for me. It felt blobby/boxy, if that can be a thing? And landed in an unflattering way.

It's still an excellent product. I just don't recommend quite as much if you are pear shaped like me.

Merino tops from Icebreaker are always great as far as the merino/fabric is concerned!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Love the fit of Aria Tunic so much I had to buy another one! One more step in my plot to convert my wardrobe to merino and be ready to travel any time of year.

I wasn't sure how the tunic would work out for me being pear shaped/having large hips, but it works out great. I can't say the same for the regular Aria T on my shape, and much prefer the tunic.

Being Merino makes this fantastically versatile, too. I would not hesitate to wear this to work and then directly to the gym, trail, golf course(!? - yep, did that, too), etc.. I wore my other Aria Tunic for two weeks in Chile without laundry. It held up like a champ!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 22, 2016

4 5

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

I try a Norrona size Large every once-in-a-while hoping to find a cut that might fit. This fit my shoulders great, but not so good in my hips which run a size larger than my shoulders, so no dice. I would try an XL if it were available.

Overall quality seemed great and really nice attention to detail with the unobtrusive zipper pockets. Would be a nice mid-layer in the winter, or a great long sleeve layer in the fall.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 22, 2016

4 5

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

Nice hoody, the fit is pretty long and slender-ish overall, I think it will be a better fit for tall and straight figures.

The fabric is a medium-to-thick weight, slightly heavier than I was expecting based on the image. It's great if that's what you're looking for. Especially cold fall days and nights.

Overall a nice design, but not working super great for my pear shape.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 16, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

As other's have said, this is not the wool blend version of the Negani fleece (which is a lovely fleece hoody if you can find it!). I have two of those, and was excited for another, but sadly, the product is incorrect.

The shape is similar, but the actual product is a different version of the Negani that is 82% polyester and the rest is spandex.

Not neccessarily bad, but not what I personally wanted as I generally stay away from this kind of poly-spandex, so I am returning it.

I also found the fit of this particular hoody to be extra tight in the upper arms, and slightly more slim fit overall (which also differs from the wool blend version of the Negani which fits perfectly throughout - to be fair, and for reference, I am generally pear shaped).

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: L

A great versatile tank. Soft and great for lounging around house, apres ski, post-work out, running errands, layering under a sweater, hoodie, etc., and super great for layering during travel.

It's fitted without being completely too tight (i.e. not a super tight euro-athletic fit) and will probably run a little looser on some body types in some places - I am pear shaped, and it hugs the middle curves pretty close, so I use it more for layering than I do on it's own, but the soft merino also stretches nicely if you need.

It runs a little short, which is my only super minor complaint, so if you prefer shorter length, you'll love this, and if you really prefer longer lengths you may want a different style.

I bought the L, so I would say the sizing is "true to size" for Ibex, and comparatively runs a little large vs some other brands (I wear an XL in most other brands).

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Love the relaxed fit and overall style. The arm holes hang low so I always pair it with a sports bra. You can wear it long under a hoody, or short and scrunched on the hips and both work out well.

Took this on a two week trip to Chile w/ semi limited showering and no laundry. Wore it most days after skiing and it held up amazing well both in terms of feeling clean and smelling clean. Given the nice style and thatI was able to travel with less shirts, I'd say it was a very worthy investment.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesomely useful, especially for organizing things inside something like a Black Hole Duffel or a Basecamp Duffel.

I use them for packing / organizing into large duffels when camping or traveling. And I use them during the week to organize gym, bike, or hike clothes for after work.

The medium was larger in person than I expected, and can easily hold a full spring/summer run/bike outfit rolled up neatly, or a weeks+ worth of socks and skivvies while traveling.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 5"

Oh yes, SO excited about this!

Fabric is a little lighter than I expected, and stretchier, which is a great thing in my opinion! It's long enough to double up when you need/want a thicker layer, and it stretches more easily than a classic buff (and I had always found the classic buff to feel claustrophobic, so I'm stoked on this wool version!)

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 181 lbs

These are every bit as great as any other Sunclouds out there. Lightweight and polarized at a reasonable price.

They work for a medium face, but I would say they have a slightly smaller shape/footprint overall, so a small or a small/medium face may prefer these vs a med/large face.

I decided to go with the Suncloud Pageant instead, but it was a close call!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I compared this with a similar tall and collapsable titanium spoon from Brunton.

For me, the Brunton wins on a slightly lighter weight and more simplistic folding and locking mechanism.

This is still a great option for the Snowpeak lovers out there. And all things considered is still very light, and very tall for reaching the bottom of that backpacking meal pouch.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I was expecting a thicker softshell, and in reality this is an ULTRALIGHT wind and emergency layer. VERY similar to the Patagonia Houdini.

It didn't work for my original purpose, but I decided to keep it because the fit is perfect for me, and it's still an awesome, and very useful jacket to have.

It may shed a few random drops of water, but definitely NOT meant to be a rain jacket. Best as a wind layer. It packs down INCREDIBLY small. I shoved it into a small purse the other day heading into town at night so I could wear it home.

The fit is your standard Arcteryx fit. It is loose enough to allow a layer or two underneath.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a long spoon for backpacking and eating out of the backpacking meal pouches. This one was the lightest I could find, and it works great.

I also dislike sporks very much. For whatever that's worth.

The compact size is also great if you just need to pack your breakfast or lunch for a day on the job.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 181 lbs

The Brown Fade/Sienna Mirror is REALLY a mirrored lens (something of a gold mirror, which doesn't show up in the product photo, so expect a little "bling" if you order that color).

I immediately took these on a day hike at altitude and they were beyond perfect.

Such a great price for polarized lenses, and I love that they are really light.

I have a medium sized face and these are a perfect fit.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Wonderfully comfortable. The only hang up I had was the weight of the hood. Since the fabric is thinnner, and the hood is SO big, you can really feel the weight of the hood in the back, and it pulls the shirt back as a result. Otherwise this is a really great top. So just take that with a grain of salt and decide how you feel about the hood. 90% of my fall/winter wardrobe includes hoodies, but this one didn't quite work out.

Otherwise I liked everything about this top, and you might, too.

The XL was a perfect fit, and I wear an XL in most brands.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This sweatshirt has log, soft, fuzzy fleece on the inside. And a very smooth face polyester on the outside. It does not stretch very well, and is cut very straight.

Would be great for a tall straight slender figure. Wasn't great for curvy/pear shape. I also prefer more stretch and mobility in my clothes. This seems to run smaller than other current Burton styles (and I own others that fit perfect, if not a little loose), but might be due to a purposely slim fit?

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Cute design, but it didn't work out for me.

Sometimes a L will work depending on the brand, but in this case I still needed an XL, and it appears they do not make an XL.

I'd say it runs true to size. And I can confirm the other reviewers' comments that the fabric is shiny - more of an old school (80s and 90s) spandex feel.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 21, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 181 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Cute design in the back, which I think is the real reason for purchasing, and seems to have better support vs many of the other yoga brand strappy-back styles.

The fit is what I would expect for an average sports bra. The band is a bit thicker, and snug (in comparison to something like a Patagonia sports bra that tend to be more seamless throughout). But the support seems pretty good (I will update if I change my thoughts after more use). I wear a 38C and bought the XL for reference.

The pads seem to stay put better than other bras, and for some of us this is nice when we want to keep the things more discrete.

The top edge of the bra sticks out a bit on me (i.e. does not disappear under a shirt), though I'm sure this will vary by body type/shape.

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