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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!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This cooler is pretty much living in my trunk since I got it. I just restock the cold bevies and ice as needed. I freeze water bottles to use as ice packs, and then have cold drinking water as it melts. The ice will slowly start to melt over time, but I can still have cold icy water DAYS later.

So now I always have cold drinks and snacks for post work bike rides. And in the event you decide to leave your house at 4:30am for a sunrise ride, but need to plan for a sunset bbq, and need cold storage for marinating ribs before they finally get to the grill 12+ hours after sitting in a hot car all day, this cooler can do that (and then some!)

Also doubles as a great stool for sitting, or step stool for whatever you may need to reach on the roof of your car.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 11, 2016

5 5

I have lost count of how long I have had my Therm-a-Rest stuff sack pillow (maybe 6+ years?), but I do know that I still love it.

I use it both for backpacking and traveling. For car camping I still just take a real pillow. For backpacking I use it to pack misc. items depending on the trip (down jacket, long johns, extra socks, etc). And for traveling I will either stuff it with a down jacket or the Big Agnes sleeping giant memory foam pillow insert, or often both, so I have a nice portable pillow on planes, other random napping spots, or in the event a hotel room pillow really sucks, etc).

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on May 26, 2016

5 5

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

I bought these for a few spring ski mountaineering trips and they were perfect.

They fit great, and can accommodate my wider hip/butt and skier/thunder thighs. They are cut to provide mobility and the stretch in the fabric further helps this. The rise is slightly high for me, but it still worked great (I am also on the short end for wearing an XL). And the wide leg accommodates a ski boot no problem. As others have mentioned, I found them long, and just rolled them up a couple times. If I was really ounce coating I might get them tailored, but I'm not. My ski boots would generally keep the roll in place, but when I was hiking in regular boots I used the drawstring.

The fabric is pretty light, which is great when you're skinning uphill in 70 degree heat or starting your hike close to sea-level in a temperate forest. The hip pockets are mesh lined, so you can further vent the pants by leaving those open.

I noticed that water beaded up and rolled off them pretty easy, (in fact, it seemed an impressive amount of beading for a lightweight fabric that breathes so well) and dirt seems to come clean just as easy in the wash.

For the alpine start, and a cloudy / windy summit, I was able to easily and comfortably wear a merino base layer underneath.

The noise mentioned in a previous review is not something I ever noticed. Perhaps I was just so distracted by the task at hand, or had enough hats/helmets covering my ears, but either way I never noticed it.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I recently took this tank on a 3 week road trip. It was great for so many uses!

Comfy to sleep in, great for relaxing by the lake, SUPing, bouldering, and is a comfortable tank to change into after a long ski tour. I will also wear this for jogging and cross fit now that I'm home.

The fabric is really soft, (I mean, really awesomely soft) and not too thin or too thick for a summer tank. The only thing I could possibly complain about, is wishing there was another color option. First world problems. I know.

It has a loose fit, so you may be able to size down if you are between sizes, or if you prefer a tighter fit. I enjoy the loose relaxed fit in this case.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

4 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

The XL was a bit large at first (long in straps, wide arm holes, and a bit wide in the bust area), in fact I considered returning it or custom tailoring, but I decided to try tossing it in the dryer and it definitely shrunk, so this may be the reason it runs a bit big to start!

The fabric has a heavier weight to it, which I personally love as there are enough see-through fabrics in the world. I think the fabric weight gives it more of a classy casual vs super casual look. I've only worn it on cool spring days, but it seems like it would still be great mid-summer. Also seems like a sturdy fabric that will hold up well, but I'll update this if I'm mistaken down the road.

One other warning... they used real indigo dye, which is rad, but you must be careful not to wash it with anything light (at least for the first washes). I wasn't paying attention and the dye transferred to a light yellow shirt that was in the wash, even though I used a super gentle, all-natural, zero dyes or perfumes, HE soap and all cold water. It still transferred. So I will just wash it with blue jeans and black fabrics only for a while.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

i was worried this would end up being too tight in the stomach as I am a size larger in the hips vs the shoulders, but the Hana has just the right amount of space and stretch to be comfortable.

I appreciate the strap configuration, too. I don't think I'll have trouble with them falling off, given the cross back design.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

These would have gotten the job done, but I found the prAna Millie Boardshort to fit better and be more flattering for my curvy pear shape. These were a little too baggy/poofy in the waist/hip area, where the prAna Millie has a nice flat front, and smooth waist.

As far as sizing goes, the XL was the correct size for me, and I generally wear a curvy-fit 14 or 16 depending on brand.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

4 5

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

I ordered a L and it fit great in the shoulders/chest, but was a touch too tight in the stomach. Given that it was just a hair too close for comfort on the fit, I would still say it runs L, as I tend to wear an XL in most brands. But if you have large hips you may still need to go the larger size, unfortunately I didn't have the XL to do a direct comparison.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

4 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I tried L and XL in this top and the XL was definitely too big in the shoulders. The wide stretchy nature of the neck makes it prone to exposing one's bra straps, so it may be best to layer over a sports bra, a camy, or otherwise devise some way to keep one's bra straps concealed.

I would also say it runs a touch narrower in the waist, though it can still work with hips as it has an easy stretch, and you can wear it somewhat slouched from the waist to the hips.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Love these so far. The waist band is so smooth, and I love that they lay flat in front vs some other shorts that bulge in the waist/hip area from too much elastic or oddly placed pockets. It's extra hard for a curvier person to find any board shorts that fit, let alone fit AND have a flattering look. I'm generally a curvy-fit 14/16 and the XL fit great. Nice work prAna.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

I dig the look, and I had high hopes that the pleated back would make this a good a-line fit for a pear shape. Unfortunately for me, it's still meant for the less curvy ladies and would work better on a more straight figure. For me, the pleat created a weird bulge in the back, and did not flow out in an a-line, but rather gathered in tight again at the hips.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 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: XL

This fabric is soft. REALLY SOFT. Really comfortable. Love the style, and it got a compliment from a friend the first day I wore it. So it's a real feel good kind of shirt.

I tried both the L and XL. Both fit, but the L was significantly shortly than the XL, and too short for my preference, so I kept the XL.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Size Purchased: 9.5

I compared the Brewess, the Loyak, and the Porter all from Astral.

All have super grippy soles as you might expect. The Brewess was the stiffest and the Loyak the softest. The Porter fell in the middle and ultimately I was debating between keeping the Porter and the Loyak, but the Loyak ended up winning out purely for the extra slipper-like comfort. If I was a shoe hoarder I would have kept the Porters, too, though, so don't let my final decision sway you if you dig the looks and function of these.

I normally wear a 9.5 street shoe, and these were a perfect fit in a 9.5.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

4 5

Size Purchased: 9.5

I compared the Brewess, the Loyak, and the Porter all from Astral.

The Brewess runs a touch large, and is the stiffest of the 3. Overall it appears to be a rad shoe, and super grippy. They also come with a second pair of laces in an alternate color. Our river guide last week was wearing these, and she seemed to be pretty stoked on them.

In the end, I decided to keep the Loyak (they won for most comfortable) and return the others.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Size Purchased: 10

I am so impressed with how comfortable these are. They feel like slippers that were custom made for my feet. I'm not sure if I just got lucky with the shape, or if they just have that right amount of custom stretch, but I sure do love it.

I usually wear a 9.5 in street shoes, and based on other reviews I went with the 10 and they fit perfect.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

4 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

I compared these to the Reef Walled Low and thought these fit slightly wider than the Walled Low., but overall both seemed pretty narrow. And it wasn't so much that they felt tight, but they also felt unstable in the sole.

Overall I really like the style, but I returned them on account of being too narrow of a fit for my foot. So are probably great for narrow to average feet. I run medium to wide.

I've decided to try out some Astrals next, which will also be a little more multi functional.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

When they say low, they mean it. The ankle cut out was even lower than I expected. Not a bad thing, just an observation. The footbed and sole is pretty narrow, and proved too narrow for me. I border on a medium to wide, so it just wasted a good fit for my personal foot. The toe also made a bit of a squeak where it folded on top of the forefoot when walking, though I have to imagine that would work itself out over time.

The overall styling looks great, but too narrow for me. I'm going to try out some of the Astral shoes next, but haven't received them yet to fully compare.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

4 5

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

I liked the first one enough to pick up a 2nd in a different color. It feels almost weightless in comparison to some of those thick and crazy high compression sports bras. This is a great layer under a tank top for summer and desert excursions. The padded inserts also do a better job at staying in place than most. If you use them, you'll need to fix them here and there, but overall they are easy to straighten out. I can't say the same for the Patagonia Cordelisse bra, where I gave up, and pulled them out permanently.

I wish there was another barely bra option with a different strap configuration like the cordilesse, or just something for options.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

5 5

Whether you're spring touring, or climate change is giving you spring touring conditions in February.... you'll want some of this!

I gave mine to a friend at the end of a trip last spring because it's a hard to find item where he comes from. Fast forward to very spring-like touring in Feb. here in UT and I found myself needing to restock early! I had to do the step-double-kick all the way uphill. Not ideal. Wish I had thought to restock sooner!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs

I'm a Suncloud sunglasses convert. I wanted a black pair, and lenses that don't curve too much and thus allow for more air flow. These are perfect.

The matte black finish looks and feels smooth. They are light, which I think is a huge plus for any activity from driving to hiking. (On a side note I found an older pair of more expensive sunglasses recently, put them on, and found they felt too heavy. It's the odd little things... )

In terms of fit, I am generally a medium in helmets, and a "medium face" fit for sunglasses. These are a touch large on me, but still work great. So I'd say they are great for someone who needs a medium to large fit. Might be too large for a smaller face.

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