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Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Utah desert, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, B.C., Argentina, Norway...

Anne Marie's Passions

Alpine Touring
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Paddling
Alpine Skiing

Anne Marie's Bio

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 wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

4 5

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

Fabric seems to be great quality, seems like it would hold up to a lot of active use, is not overly thin and flimsy, and the shelf bra seems to have a little more support than most of it's kind.

I'm 5'5" 175 and have hips that are a size bigger than my shoulders. I tried on the XL. While this tank fit great in the shoulders, it was a little bit too skinny for my hips combined with it's length (I really liked the length, just a little too narrow for me at that length). I could go with the "scrunched" fabric look and it would work great, but I'm trying to constrain my gear buying habit to things that are 100% perfect for me, so I'll probably return it.

For anyone not overly pear-shaped though, I think this is a great top!

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

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

This fabric is so much softer than I expected (nice!), but not in a flimsy cheap way. It is on the thin side, good for summer, but not so thin that is hugs every lump, the fabric still has a nice structure to it. It's awesome to find a nice, comfortable t-shirt with a few extra style points without being stupidly-girly.

Can't comment yet on how it holds up over time, but my initial impressions are quite good.

I'm 5'5", 175, and a size bigger in the hips vs shoulders. I tried on both the XL and L. The L fit great in the shoulders, and decent in the middle and hips, but in the event it shrinks and for the casual comfort and hip size, I went with the XL.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

5 5

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

After a good 4 or so year run of my Arc'Teryx Stingray jacket I needed a replacement. I wanted the same goretex "shoftshell" because I love the tiny bit of stretch and quieter fabric (looks like they now refer to it as N70-p) and it was perfect timing for Arc'Teryx to introduce the Sentinel. Same great fabric, but an updated scuba style hood and slightly better contour throughout for women. In my opinion the scuba hood makes it MUCH more functional and the collar fits MUCH better around the face as a result, I now have plenty of room to fit a scarf or neck gator for the windy snowy blizzard days. The fit is still a good loose fit so you can actually maneuver in it and layer (unlike other ski jackets that focus more on fashion and are barely good for standing up straight let alone actually being active). I like to give all my ski outerwear the crouch-squat-and-hug-test for that reason. This passes with flying colors. The pockets are also in a great place that you can still use them with a backpack on, and big pit zips are awesome. Don't let the weight of the fabric fool you into thinking you need a ton of layers either. That tiny little fuzzy interior traps a lot of heat, and you can dump it with the giant pit zips if needed, or fit a good insulator under on the mega cold days. I put this one through the ringer last season from touring and resort skiing in the Wasatch (Utah) to two weeks of ski touring above the arctic circle in Norway.

I'm 5'5" and pear shaped. I generally wear a L or 14 on top, but a full size bigger on the bottom with a 14/16 and XL to XXL on bottom depending on brands and the XL Arc'teryx Sentinel fits great through the hips.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

5 5

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

After a good 4 or so year run of my Arc'Teryx stingray jacket I needed a replacement. I wanted the same goretex "shoftshell" (looks like they now refer to it as N70-p) and it was perfect timing for Arc'Teryx to introduce the Sentinel. Same great fabric, but an updated scuba style hood. In my opinion this makes it MUCH more functional and the collar fits MUCH better as a result, I now have plenty of room to fit a scarf or neck gator for the windy snowy blizzard days. The fit is still a good loose fit so you can actually maneuver in it and layer (unlike fashion ski jackets that are barely good for standing up straight let alone actually being active). The pockets are in a great place that you can still use them with a backpack on, and big pit zips are awesome. Don't let the weight of the fabric fool you into thinking you need a ton of layers either. That tiny little fuzzy interior traps a lot of heat, and you can dump it with the giant pit zips if needed, or fit a good insulator under on the mega cold days. I put this one through the ringer last season from touring and resort skiing in the Wasatch (Utah) to two weeks of ski touring above the arctic circle in Norway.

I'm 5'5" and pear shaped. I generally wear a L or 14 on top, but a full size bigger on the bottom with a 14/16 and XL to XXL on bottom depending on brands and the XL Arc'teryx Sentinel fits great through the hips.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on November 24, 2013

5 5

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

I finally wore holes in my favorite merino capris (made by I/O Bio several years ago, and no longer available).

I wanted merino, capri length, and loose fit. These are absolutely great. I am 5'5" and depending on brand I wear a 14 or 16 bottom (i.e. I am NOT the usual icebreaker super model tall and skinny). The XL actually fits perfectly, no sausage legs or tight waist bands. They are made to contour and compliment.

So far I have worn them on the treadmill and to the crossfit gym, but the back pocket will be really handy for a house key for some outside runs, too. They will also be perfect for traveling, being that they are merino and will not smell bad!

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 12, 2013

5 5

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

Love this top. I wish more companies would make a-line "performance" tops. I admit to sometimes wearing it to work and then leaving it on for biking or cross fit. It might be the most comfortable top I own now as far as things I would wear biking, hiking, camping, and to the gym. I was a little torn on sizes, the XL fits my hips better and the L fits my shoulders better, but I am generally a size difference between the two so I was not totally surprised. I decided to go for the XL so I could put it in the dryer and not worry if it was prone to shrinking. So far it does not seem to have shrunk one bit.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Dealing with "skier-butt-and-thighs" makes shopping for shorts one of the most frustrating things. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these actually fit. The fit could have been slightly better in the thighs, but it was good enough for someone who can never find good-fitting shorts. And the fabric is awesome. It has a nice smooth feel, but also feels durable, it's not too thin (some shorts are too thin, and with the stretch it ends up being extremely unflattering) has a nice hint of stretch (arguably essential for all pants/shorts), and the rise is not too high (i.e. low enough to actually be comfortable), but still has good coverage for the backside.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I very much like the cut and design of this dress, but it's so hard to tell what this black fabric was really like from the photo. It turns out that it's more akin to swimsuit material, and that's not what I was looking for.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I absolutely love the fit and fabric of this hoody, and it's always hard to find truly great fitting clothes as I am a size wider in the hips vs the shoulders (although I think the cut would still work for a variety of people/shapes). The fabric is claimed to be a "french terry" but it's lighter, with a bit more stretch, and has a smoother feel than any other french terry I have seen. It would be perfect for spring, summer, fall. I wasn't sure about the stripes though, and some dear friends admitted they made their eyes hurt. I wish Lucy made a solid color version of this hoody, I would probably buy 5 of them.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

4 5

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

I bought these to wear as liner shorts with a baggy pair of over-shorts for mountain biking, so I enjoy the thinner material. It's very comfortable and perfect for my use. I find mesh liner shorts to be itchy and generally poorly constructed and uncomfortable, so I'm happy to find these! I liked the waist band on Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. In R Cool short better than these, but I liked the thinner, lighter material better on these Ultrastar shorts, so these won.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Peal Izumi got it right with the design of this short, especially the seams and panels up to the waist band. The best fitting and most comfortable shorts as far as the waist is concerned that I have tried on, especially for a curvier, pear-shaped person. (For reference, I have probably tried on a good 15 or so different pairs of shorts in the last couple months). The chamois is pretty thick though, and I've been looking for thinner chamois, so I ended up returning them. Otherwise I think they are great shorts and I wish ALL Pearl Izumi women's shorts were constructed in the same or similar way.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice work Marmot. Nice and simple design, less is more, with a nice hint of something interesting in the rusched shoulders and back. Subtle style without trying too hard, and still being simple. Also a great cut, at least for me with pear shaped curves. Love the fabric as well. Great for casual office, around town, camping, biking to the farmers market, hiking, and mountain biking in dry, hot, arid climates where a little cotton to keep some cool moisture in can actually be a good thing! A good all-purpose tank, nice and useful!

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 18, 2013

5 5

Bought a few pairs for skiing and hiking this winter. I have tried Ibex and Icebreaker and these have the best fit and fabric by far. They also held up great for two weeks of touring, skiing, and hut living above the arctic circle in Norway. I am slowly stocking up on more and more for every day use. I also avoid the dryer and hang mine to dry. Something I do for all the merino I own, just to be on the safe side.

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