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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!

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Re Wikstrom posted an image about on September 16, 2014

Arctic all-round adventure ski!

The megawatt is my perfect ski. I tried the Justice and the Amps, and came back again and again to the Megawatts. I have 3 versions of them at this point. Some people call it a problem. I call it a solution. Perfect length, width, sidecut, and rocker for me. Skiing mostly in Utah, but I have taken them anywhere from west coast powder to east coast groomers to that weird in-between-winter-and-spring-time in Norway. I have some mounted with barons and some with tech bindings. great for both, but I will say i wish I mounted the tech bindings a touch back of where I mounted the alpine bindings for easier kick turns.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on August 18, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Oh my, I had a bit of the opposite problem. I bought my usual size and a half size down to try on. My usual size was too long, and thus loose in the heel, but the half size down was then perfect for the heel and too narrow in the toes. I was afraid I would find nothing but pain if my feet swelled up in the slightest.

I also found the tongue to be uncomfortable against my angle. I don't understand the short hard leather-edged tongue on a bike shoe when you are constantly flexing at that very spot. Sure they put a slit in it to help it flex a little, but I'm not sold. A bit of neoprene, or molding/seewing it away from the ankle, or something would have been great.

I am bummed on those things, because otherwise I really liked the soles and the stiffness (as much as I could tell without using them) and I prefer the velcro straps to laces any day.

The tongue may not bother everyone (and if I give them the benefit of the doubt, I would hope that is something that breaks in and softens up and becomes a non-issue?), so if this happens to be the right shape for your foot, you may be stoked on these!

I guess overall I'd say they seem to be made for more narrow feet, or narrower toe-box.

Hope that helps!?

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on August 7, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Loving my Juliana overall, but decided to try some thicker diameter grips and wider bars. In the process however, a nice feature of these grips was brought to light... They allow you to use every millimeter of your handlebar widths.

It sounds so obvious, but in the process of "upgrading" to a wider bar and a different brand of lock-on grips, I'm realizing that a good chunk of my bar width is getting eaten up by the lock-on at the end and some extra grip molding (unlike these Juliana grips).

So... in wordy conclusion... a tip of my hat to Juliana for saving a little weight and hardware by only using one lock-on on the inside, avoiding the need/use of a lock-on end cap that will probably fall off and get lost anyway, and creating a grip that uses every available bit of width in one's bars.

Also of note.... they say the Juliana lock-on grip is only compatible with the Juliana bars, but I noticed that they fit just fine on both the RaceFace SiXC DH and the RaceFace Next Riser 35mm Handlebars.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Could have gone with the L or XL, but since this is cut more of an a-line and wider in the waist I decided to keep the L. I'm generally a 12/14 top and 14/16/18 bottom (depending on brand) and often I have to buy a shirt for the waist size and end up with something huge in the shoulders and bust. So it's nice to buy for the shoulder size every once in a while.

It's also nice to find a tank that is not too revealing (especially for someone who needs a L or XL) but still leaves your shoulders free to breath and has some nice details without being gaudy.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

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

Color: Actual gray is a heather gray, the photo above is not acurate

Back Detail: the top third of the back including the sleeves is a contrasting solid color block. If you look close you can see the color on the corner of the lookers left sleeve. I think this is an awesome detail, and while I wasn't expecting it, I love it for being different than your average one-color shirt. They gray has contrasting blue (I would describe it as a warm blue, or perriwinkle, some might describe as a cool purple).

Fit: The collar/neck is a bit on the wide side, and the band at the waist is tighter than the rest of the shirt which gives it more of a relaxed fit through the middle, or a "poofy" or "slouchly" look. Not in a sloppy way, I just don't know the best way to describe it.

Fabric: It's merino, have to love it's versatility, especially for travel

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Re Wikstrom posted an image about on July 9, 2014

mountain town in june

I think these look nicer in person and the style has grown on me even more since purchasing. They seem reminiscent of an ancient Greece style. They also seem very durable. I bought them last summer, so they are going on summer number 2. I don't wear them every day, but still seem durable and like they will hold up for many seasons to come.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

Very VERY comfortable fabric.
Pockets are a nice detail and look flat/flush when the skirt is on (unlike the photos of the skirt laying flat). It's actually a much more streamlined and clean look than I expected from seeing the flat photos.

The waistband was too loose. And I like a loose comfy fit, but I was afraid if it stretched even the smallest amount I wouldn't be able to keep it over my hips. This was a size XL, and I'm 5'5" and wear a 14 or 16 bottom depending on brand. I think the Horny Toad XL is more of a 16-18 leaning towards an 18 in this particular skirt.

I debating trying the L, but I was worried it would then end up being too slim in the bum and thigh so I just returned it.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start with the downside first... his shirt seems to be getting shorter every time I wash it. I never put it in the dryer, and always hang dry it, and it's still shrinking/warping. It's doing "that thing" where the shape gets a little wider, and a little shorter at the same time. I bought it this summer, it seems a bit early in it's lifespan for this kind of problem to arise. I am only 5'5" but wear an XL and still find it short.

Otherwise, it had a very nice design. Relatively standard semi-soft feeling cotton and nice details near the shoulders.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

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

I started with one of these and wore it so much it seemed wise to get more. The first was an older version that was cut longer and had thumb holes. This version is cut a little shorter in comparison and does not have thumb holes. I'm pear shaped, and would usually prefer the new cut, but while they both work, I actually liked the previous one slightly better.

The bottom line though, is that this is a merino hoody you can, AND WILL, wear for almost everything in life, and it won't stink.

I have used this for many purposes including biking and jogging in cool early spring temps, sitting on the couch, sitting in a yurt, camping, travel (hello! No stink merino! Perfect travel hoody), every day wear (in fact I have worn a couple holes next to the ribbed cuff in my grey one, had to pull out the ol' sewing kit), and I work in a casual office, so I wear it to work constantly, I'm sure my co-workers are bored of it by now, have also used this as a layer for ski touring, as a layer for post-skiing or biking depending on the season...

And it looks like an everyday normal hoody. i.e. not some skrink-wrap-too-slim-active-wear layer.

I'm 5'5", 175lbs, and pear shaped- I got the XL.

One small note of caution on the Cognac color though... it is not as purple as it looks on screen. It is almost black. Maybe closer to a midnight navy, but pretty much black. It was close enough to black that I returned it, as I already have a black one and was looking for something different.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I was pleasantly surprised by the fit, as Patagonia dresses have a tendency to be slim fit, even if the style looks like an A-line. This one was perfectly flattering for my curvy and pear shape.

In the XL, I wouldn't trust the shelf bra. It was a touch shorter than I was expecting, and the fabric wasn't quite what I was hoping for..... was hoping for a softer perhaps "jersey-style" polyester knit, but this fabric is more of a shiny, verging-on-swimsuit, material.

Not bad, just not what I prefer. Otherwise, I think the style and the fit are wonderful.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

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

I was looking for a lighter hoody for spring/summer/fall. I usually wear an XL to fit things over my hips but this was way too long to be flattering on a pear shape.

But because the fabric is SO SOFT, I decided to try a L and see if the shorter size would work and it's great. Maybe a little bunching, but not bad. It's a casual hoody afterall. Still on the long side, but plenty of stretch and give.

The "viscose from bamboo" is such a nice fabric.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Great top. I love that the straps gather to a smaller point, but are still just wide enough to conceal a bra strap. Thank you for that! Fabric is wonderfully soft. The ruching is a great touch, especially for the curvier among us, but is a nice detail that adds interest either way.

I could wear a L or an XL, but am choosing to go with the XL for now, for both comfort, and so I know I can toss it in the dryer without worrying if it will shrink too much. If it shrank a touch, it would still be perfect.

If you prefer a more form fitting look you might want to size down.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Low rise, which is nice, and not too tight in the waist, but could be a bit revealing on the backside if you don't have the right belt or longer shirt.

The thighs were too slim for me in comparison to the size of the waist. I actually had a little extra room in the waist, which is rare for me, but still found the thighs to be far too slim.

I'm a curvy 14.

In comparison, I found the Aventura Arden Capri to be a perfect fit in every way, from the low rise, but not too low, great fit in the waist (not too tight, and loosens up just enough after a few min. of wear), to enough room in the thighs. http://www.backcountry.com/aventura-arden-capri-pant-womens

Also tried an XL in the prAna bliss capri: http://www.backcountry.com/prana-bliss-capri-pant-womens
the waist was great, and the drawstring a nice touch to avoid needing a belt and still being able to control the gap in the back of the waist, but these also had slimmer thighs. So if the Marmot Rock Spring works for you, the prAna Bliss Capris might, too.

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