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Re Wikstrom

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

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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 Wikstromwrote a review of on July 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This tank, along with an Ibex I picked up recently have turned into my go-to tanks for biking, running, hiking, and cross fit this summer.

The merino/tencel blend is soft, and comfortable for all-day activity. Most recently I wore this for a 6 hour bike ride and it was perfect. The style fits my shape, too, which is smaller in the shoulders and a size larger in the hips. It's not A-line by any means, but somehow it works. Thankful for that!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Quite comfortable. Easy to install AND easy to remove. And the single sided lock-on design means you get to use the entire width of your handle bars, how novel!

You spend good money to upgrade to wider bars because it's cool, er... because of the performance and handling, so you might as well add a grip that let's you squeeze every ounce of benefit from those double-wide bars.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

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

I have had this jacket for a month or two and have already gotten such great use from it. It is BEYOND PERFECT for stuffing into a bike pack, camera pack, day pack, etc. But especially a bike pack because it is SO SMALL and SO LIGHT.

I can wear it around a windy trailhead, and perhaps start pedaling with it on, and then shove it in my pack when I start to heat up. Then pull it out again at the top of a climb for wind protection on the descent. It can even be useful in a light rain if you didn't bother to bring a full on rain jacket (I'm not saying it's waterproof, but it will certainly do a better job at protection vs your skin and tank top).

On cooler days I have been quit comfortable pedaling uphill in this jacket, too.

LOVE IT.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

4 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: Large

My hands measure 8 in circumference and 7 inches tall. The Large fits, but is still a touch snug. I'm hoping they will loosen up as they get broken in.

otherwise they are comfortable and contour nicely to the hands. The fingers seem to have a particularly smart tailoring to them where the leather is curved in at the inside bends in the fingers (reduces the bulk of the leather when bending fingers/gripping).

And you gotta love the sweat rag fabric on the thumb. That is KEY for summer riding!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

3 5

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

I really liked the fit and the feel of this fabric, but it was too see-through for my liking. Bummed to return it, but I felt that layering another tank underneath negated the awesome feel of the soft fabric, and would ultimately change the fit, too. Double bummer.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 14

I am generally NOT made for slim pants, but have been trying hard to find some non-blue jeans, so I gave these a try.

They were sadly too slim for me, but I can't say I was totally surprised, as I am generally in need of curve flattering shapes. Otherwise they seemed like really nice pants, and if I ever lose that ten pounds I would gladly give them another try.

In contrast, I ordered the exact same size in the Toad & Co. Ella and they fit me perfectly. http://www.backcountry.com/toad-co.-ella-ankle-pant-womens

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 9, 2015

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: 14

Pleasantly surprised with the fit. Great for thunder thighs, and big hips.

And the pockets seem to stay relatively flat vs "poofing" out like many slant pockets will on someone who is curvier.

The fabric is light without feeling cheap or clinging in annoying places. I think these will be great for the summer.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like to pack in multiple stuff sacks to help keep things organized on trips. I seem to break the toggle on all my stuff sacks, and personally I prefer the zipper over the drawstring in general.

Love the lightweight fabric and the rectangular shape of these makes packing them even easier (vs traditional rounded stuff sacks) to pack within a larger duffel.

I bought the set before a recent trip, and have since bought a 2nd set. I will probably get more. And it's nice to have multiple color options to help you differentiate from one cube's contents to the next.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm moving on up from the motorola walkies, so these were a great improvement for me.

I went ahead and bought two, and took them on a backcountry touring trip in Feb/March. We had a large group that would split into smaller groups during the day for tours. The batteries lasted for days. The communication was always clear between the two, and I love the clip attachment to my backpack straps.

I did experience a static-y connection when a friend was calling from a different brand. And one of my radios would very randomly switch channels even when locked. That was extremely annoying, but I am hoping to find out that I did something wrong and it's an easy fix. I haven't had the chance to really investigate that issue yet.

Overall these were better than I expected, and I'm glad to have them

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

4 5

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

I usually wear an XL, but the L was far too big for me. I might try a medium although I'm not in love with the stripes. The current "Caviar Stripe" photo is showing the plain "Caviar" which I would much prefer if it were available.

The fabric is beautiful and soft. It has a nice weight to it. It was a little heavier than I expected, but I actually prefer that, so it was a pleasant surprise. Seems like it would be durable.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

4 5

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

I usually wear an XL, but the L was too big for me. I might try a medium although I'm not in love with the stripes. The current "Caviar Stripe" photo is showing the plain "Caviar" which I would much prefer if it were available.

The fabric is beautiful and soft. it has a nice weight to it. It was a little heavier than I expected, but I actually prefer that, so it was a pleasant surprise. Seems like it would be durable.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

5 5

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

Another versatile merino tee added to the collection. I love the back detail and the bit of extra space the gathering in the back detail gives to the shape and fit. It let's this tee hang a little more free vs a lot of the other curve-hugging options.

This t-shirt is equally great for skiing and biking as it is for wearing in the office.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Love the shape and like the overall fit. Works great for a curvy mid-section. The arm holes were a bit low on the sides, but I assume this is meant more for a sports bra to be worn under it. The burnout fabric proved to be too see-through for my tastes, though. Otherwise It's a very nice top and you know you can't beat merino.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 11, 2015

4 5

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

My feet suffer from years of cold-weather-in-ski-boots-abuse and now they always look forward to putting these on after skiing.

Plenty of room in the toe box and the inside is a kind of furry-fleece (similar to a mountain hardwear monkey fleece or TNF osito fleece but a little shorter), so it's a good combination to help bring some warmth back to my toes.

I found this taller Cortina Pakems to be a little more comfortable than the "Classic," and it seemed like they would be a little warmer, and keep a little more cold and maybe snow out, and if I'm being totally honest just liked the look of the taller ones. The shorter may be better for even more packability, so your preference may depend on your end game.

The tread is not amazing, but I'm not trying to scale mountains in these. Also not sure how waterproof they would really be trudging through deep snow. So if it was really dumping snow I think I would still want a real full-on pair of snow boots. But for every other ski day, I'm stoked to wear these to and from the mountains. You might consider these the winter equivalent of flip-flops as far as comfort goes.

These would also be great for anyone who is hitching a ride or taking public transit to the mountain since they pack down so well for storage either in a locker or just tossing them in your pack. And for the non-weight-weenies heading out for a hut trip, or maybe you're getting a sled tow in... I would definitely take these.

I generally wear a 9.5 street shoe and the size 9 pakems work great for me.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 11, 2015

5 5

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

There are ONLY 2 reasons I replaced my last pair of sentinel pants... this newer version has a built-in belt for custom waist fit, and I was able to get a color I preferred better. I will have to sell the previous to afford them, but they are absolutely worth it, best pair of ski pants I have ever owned in my life (for a good mix of ski touring and skiing in-bounds, mostly in Utah, but with travel to other climates (British Columbia, Norway, Quebec, etc).

Cons:
1. A little long, but that's nit-picking. I am 5'5" and need an XL to accommodate my hips and thighs, so I'm sure the length is great for taller ladies.

2. Pricey.

Pros:
1. The N70P Gore-Tex is amazing. Waterproof, and it even has a little bit of stretch. It's also more of a soft "matte" fabric vs traditional hard-shell fabrics (i.e. the ones that make more noise). The inside of the fabric also has these tiny hairs that help keep this seemingly un-insulated pant a LOT warmer than it looks.

2. LOOSE FIT for the win. I like to do the "crouch-and-hug-a-ridgeline-test." If you can do that comfortably in a pair of ski pants, you have a winner. These are winners. Also plenty of room for layers on those stupidly cold days. So they are versatile from -20F to 45F

3. Flattering fit. I HATE to admit this, but I actually do care how my pants look. I would still use these based on function and athletic fit alone, BUT, it's a REALLY nice bonus that they happen to be flattering, too. i.e. lay flat across the stomach, and fall well off the rear and hips. The built-in belt is a huge help for customizing this fit as well.

4. thighs vents - they are huge. You can dump heat instantly.

5. Perfectly placed and sized pockets - 1 small pocket for ID/credit card tucked in near the waist, and 2 thigh cargo pockets large enough for a map. The left pocket also has a loop to attach your key to.

Check this out for other fits:
http://www.backcountry.com/collection/arcteryx-womens-collection

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
1. Simple
2. Easy clean up (especially vs a french press)
3. Collapsible for storage and transport
4. Will fit any size mug opening (unless you drink from a bowl or large pot? Who does that?)

Cons:
I have yet to find any.

Side note: I lost this java drip for a while and replaced it with an el-cheapo, non-collapsible from the grocery store which takes up too much space, AND it has this silly base that slides into the top of your mug, which is too big and DOES NOT fit half my mugs, or my favorite travel mug. SO DUMB. We FINALLY found the missing GSI Java Drip. THANK GOODNESS! I was about to buy a 2nd one to avoid this trouble in the future and then it sold out. So apparently everyone knows how awesome these are. Get on the bandwagon!

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