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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 25, 2017

3 5

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

Unfortunately, I'm not loving the giant patch of velcro on the back. For someone who wears a helmet, this design is especially uncomfortable. It might not be as bad if you're not wearing a helmet with it, but still feels stiff and cumbersome to me. I'm going to look at their neck tube styles instead.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 4, 2017

5 5

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

This tote is really great, however I was looking for something a little wider and a touch larger overall.

Fabric seems quite sturdy. The length of the shoulder straps is great. And I love the zipper closure.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 4, 2017

3 5

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

Hunting for a new laptop bag/travel bag and this was SO close!

I need to fit a 15" MacbookPro for starters, and it was just too small for the computer.

As other reviews mentioned, the top opening is too narrow and makes it difficult to find and organize other items in the bag, and the shoulder straps are not really big enough.

If Patagonia made this wider to fit the laptop sideways (and wide enough for a 15" MBP), with a little extra room in the top access and longer straps to fit more comfortable on people's shoulders, it would be a home run.

The material is perfect (burly, appears great for travel and every day use). The inside organizational pockets are very much appreciated. And I love that they added a sleeve on the outside so you can attached it to the handle of a roller bag while traveling. Super nice touches there.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 4, 2017

5 5

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

The photo is completely deceiving and shows the tote with the ends folded in. Check the tech specs and pull out a measuring tape to get a sense for it. I would say it's closer to the size of the Ikea yellow and blue bags if you're familiar with those.

I LOVE that it has a zipper. Such a handy feature for a great multi purpose tote bag.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is a great looking bag, love the style, materials, craftsmanship, and I love that it has a zipper for the main compartment. Unfortunately it was much smaller than I expected as I was looking to fit my 15" macbook Pro (as it claims to have a 15" sleeve), and the bag is really better suited for an ipad.

If I needed a smaller bag, I would have kept it, but it's not the size I was looking for.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Nice case, and the exterior seems more weather resistant, but it was a tight squeeze for my 2015 MacbookPro. It was able to zip, but I had to stretch it and take care to get it zipped. It might stretch over time and be perfect, but I decided to keep looking. It might fit the new 2016 MBP better as they are a bit smaller vs the 2015.

It's always a gamble in style, too, when you are purchasing from an assorted bunch. The one I received was all black and white and stitched w/ more of a rectangular design vs the angled, triangular look of the photo above, so it's good to keep that in mind if you think you will be pickier about style over recycled/repurposed materials.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Nice and simple case, but it was a tight squeeze for my 2015 MacbookPro. It was able to zip, but I had to stretch it and take care to get it zipped. It might stretch over time and be perfect, but I decided to keep looking. It might fit the new 2016 MBP better as they are a bit smaller vs the 2015.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 14, 2017

5 5

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

Love it, and have gotten a lot of compliments on it from friends and strangers alike.

I usually stay way from pullovers, but the style and design caught my eye, AND it fit. Hooray!

I give mine a little stretch over the knees when I first put it on to loosen up the bottom just a touch. And I always hang to dry when I wash.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 14, 2017

4 5

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

This hoody had a great overall cut. Works for a curvier shape if needed.

The a-symetrical zip is not a problem (some feel too far over, and awkward), but this one is more of a slight a-symetry, so it's works great.

Fabric felt sturdy and durable, and would be warm for winter months.

On the downside, I found the fabric a bit itchy.

I considered keeping it, but also tried the Klattermusen Falen Pullover at the same time and fell in love with that one, so I returned the Balder Hooded Fleece.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great for photographers and really just great for life. I love the versatility with the full mitten, just the fingers, and then being open to peel back the fore finger and thumb. I realize these are meant for tying flies and other fine details, but let's be honest, if you were going to buy any of those "e-tip" kind of gloves, they never work properly, and it's best to just have access to those fingers.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these to wear as a liner glove under mittens while shooting photos in the winter and skiing. They are a great fit, not too thin, and not too bulky. Fit nicely under my mittens, and give me plenty of grip to work with them on.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 10, 2016

5 5

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

I have gotten a TON of compliments on this jacket. Everyone wants to know who makes it.

It is TOASTY warm. It utilizes a responsibly sourced down (it is RDS certified), and a box construction vs a stitched through which helps a lot with the warmth when a jacket is meant as an outer layer. The outer fabric is also windproof and water repellent.

They kept this jacket simple with two outer hand pockets, and one stash pocket on the left sleeve only. There are no interior pockets and no powder skirt. It has interior cuffs with thumbholes, and the left cuff has an extra slot so that you can check your watch without pulling back the cuff.

The cut is a touch long with a drop tail, which is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Long down coats don't fit my pear shape super well, but I wanted something with a longer cut that would still cover my rear. Most options are short or extra long, or if they are medium length they are cheap and lack mobility in the arms, so I am REALLY stoked to find this one in the middle with such a great fit, function, and feel good business model.

I enjoy the simplicity, the warmth, and the style, and have been wearing it every cold day so far this season.

This is the first time I've purchased something from Bergans, and I am definitely impressed!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I think I just found my new favorite lightweight ski and all-purpose winter sock. I just got them and immediately wore them as a liner sock for a winter fly fishing photoshoot, and plan to wear them alone for skiing. These will also come in handy for cool weather biking, and general cold weather wear.

I have "amazonian" calves and these have enough stretch to fit and be comfortable. If anything they are a little on the long side, so after wearing them for 12+ hours I was noticing them in the crease behind my knee. I'm 5'5" for reference. It's a small thing though, and ultimately I am stoked on these socks!

It would be rad if they came in solid colors or simple patterns (as long as the pattern doesn't reduce the stretch in the calf!)

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

5 5

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

I am so impressed with how soft this sweater is! I'm usually more of a hoody fanatic, but this sweater caught my eye and broke the pattern.

I think the fit is on par for a loose fit from Carve based on other products I have tried from them, and definitely has more of a loose/flare in the bottom vs how it is pictured in the product photo. I think the "side/zipper" view of the desert color gives a better idea of the fit/style.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

4 5

Super nice mug.

It's on the tall side for a 20oz, and the lid design makes it even taller.

I've been a big Hydroflask fan, but recently bought a leaky lid so I decided to give Kleen Kanteen a try. Ultimately went back to the Hydroflask because I prefer the shorter height, and I like the simpler-to-clean flip lid.

I have every confidence that the Kleen Kanteen performs just as well when it comes to keeping drinks hot. So it's a lot of personal preference here.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

4 5

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

Great top, but didn't work out for me being more of a pear shape, and this hoody being a little too tight through the hips and being cut a little longer. If it's your shape, I think you will dig it! I really like the look/style.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

4 5

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

Really nice socks, but don't stretch enough up top for my amazonian calves. Will be great for most people though!

I ended up with the Stoic Alpine Merino T3 instead (bit of a style trade off though).

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