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Re Wikstrom

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

Re Wikstrom's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing

Re Wikstrom'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 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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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After ten years, I have found the most perfect travel coffee mug. Pair it with the flip lid http://www.backcountry.com/hydro-flask-hydro-flip-lid-hyf0011 and the GSI Java Drip http://www.backcountry.com/gsi-outdoors-collapsible-java-drip (when they are back in stock!)

Hot drinks stay hot for a LONG time (sometimes too hot at first, so be wary if you want to drink immediately! This is the one "downside" to a mug that insulates SO WELL), and cold drinks stay cold WITHOUT sweating.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was given one as a gift... and then I left it behind in a tree for some lucky camper. I missed it enough that I bought a new one! I like the smaller size and portability. As a trade-off you won't get as much of a BIG camp lantern light output, so keep that in mind when choosing the right light for you. I generally hang this in a tree above my small table/camp kitchen setup. I'm not an ultra-light camper, but I appreciate more space in my car, so I appreciate the smaller car camping items.

Another thing I like about the Lumaspot Mini are the options.. you can rotate the top to use it as more of a spotlight/flashlight, leave it in traditional lantern mode, or use the color changing mode for some fun camp-party mood lighting, or as a non-intrusive light to mark something

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
1. great female specific fit
2. magnetic attachment for the hydration hose to attach to the chest strap - LOVE this
3. stretch mesh on the sides for shoving a jacket or layer into the outer flap/pocket area
4. side stretch mesh pocket - perfect size for my phone, and so far keeps it secure but is easier access if I want to pull it and take a picture, or check the stats on my gps tracking app.
5. separate main compartment vs tool pocket vs sunglass pocket
6. mesh back panel
7. It's nice to be able to carry 3 liters of water, and I will sometimes add another .75 liter platy bottle for 20+ mile rides in the summer

Cons:
1. I put holes in the bite valve pretty early in it's life, and while it has a locking feature, it doesn't always work, and still slowly leaks. I have taken to blowing the water back down the tube so it's less likely to leak, but this is harder to do when the bladder is full.
2. in it's 2nd summer of use, I have had issues with the hydration bladder leaking, I now have to make sure the lid is screwed on as tight as possible and always double check that it's not leaking.
3. I find the pack to be most comfortable with only 1.5 liters of water. When it's maxed out at 3 liters the pack is bursting at its seams and becomes less comfortable on my back. Great for after work rides, a little bit of a bummer on the 20 mile weekend rides. Nice to have the capacity, but it could be more comfortable.
4. I think they could have done a better job with the tool organization.... I keep my pump and extra tube in the main compartment, along with a layer if I have it, or sometimes a point and shoot camera. Then I keep my multi-tool, tire levels, patch kit, etc in the smaller organizer pocket. I wish there was a separate pocket somewhere for food/snacks/bars etc.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Get it for this: http://www.backcountry.com/hydro-flask-18oz-wide-mouth-water-bottle-hyf0008

You will use it everyday if you like coffee, tea, and/or water, no question.

Save trees. Save whales. Save yourself from luke-warm coffee or tea. Or keep your cold water cold and refreshing. The Flip Top is a welcome addition for quick access to the coffee!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a photographer with a lot of stop-and-go, and as a generally hot-and-steamy person, I can't live without these on storm days. The smallest bit of moisture in any other goggle used to fowl up my day. I have used the turbo-fans for YEARS now, maybe 5 or 6 years at this point? And I can ski all day, no problem.

The batteries last a surprisingly long time, too.

Also, I would always recommend skiing with a helmet to begin with for safety, but you will get even more performance out of these goggles with a helmet vs a hat.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in a desert.
I'm active outside.
I LOVE a dose of cold water hydration after a long stupidly-hot summer bike ride.
I leave this full of cold water in my car.
It gets hot enough to fry eggs on the hood.
I return after HOURS on my bike and the water is still VERY COLD.
Awesomely refreshing.
It's amazing.
I wold love to see a 24 and/or 32oz wide mouth version.
I wold collect them all.
You should, too.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in a desert.
I'm active outside.
I LOVE a dose of cold water hydration after a long stupidly-hot summer bike ride.
I leave this full of cold water in my car.
It gets hot enough to fry eggs on the hood.
I return after HOURS on my bike and the water is still VERY COLD.
Awesomely refreshing.
It's amazing.
I wold love to see a 24 and/or 32oz wide mouth version.
I wold collect them all.
You should, too.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With the flip lid, this becomes the best, most bad-ass travel coffee mug in the history of coffee mugs. I have two. It is a rare day that one of them does not get used. Hot coffee stays hot for a mega long time. Yes, that's a technical term. MEGA LONG time. This mug goes to the office. Travels in the car daily and for long road trips. It goes camping. It goes on airplanes. It saves trees. It saves whales.

IF I had to complain about anything... a really hot drink may stay too hot if you want to drink it immediately. My remedy is to add a bit more milk, or leave the lid off for a few minutes. But really... that's the kind of problem that every other travel coffee mug WISHES it had. You could fill up two of these for a road trip.... and by the time you needed the second one, it would probably still be hot.

Get the lid: http://www.backcountry.com/hydro-flask-hydro-flip-lid-hyf0011

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