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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstrom

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Re Wikstrom's Passions

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Re Wikstrom's Bio

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 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 Wikstrom

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 Wikstrom

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 Wikstrom

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 Wikstrom

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 Wikstrom

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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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

4 5

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

Heads up: this top has a very drapey/flowy fit, not at all what the photo would lead you to believe. It's still a sweet top, but had a totally different fit than expected. The cut is super wide, and short.

The fabric is pretty light, and soft. A nice cozy waffle weave.

Ultimately, the shortness didn't work out for me so I returned it.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I love how light this jacket is, especially for being a long down coat. Great warmth to weight ratio. And while I don't think it was fully intended, this jacket is relatively "packable" if you might consider traveling with it (i.e. home for the holidays, ski trip, etc.). It would make traveling with it especially easy.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

3 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This jacket has a slim fit, and is cut short. Which might be perfect for some people out there. Unfortunately not perfect for me. It was also thinner than I expected from the photos. It would be great for fall.

In comparison to other Lole products, I think this runs smalls.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I think the Cosmos (Blue) and Blackberry are showing the wrong images above. This jacket is LONG! The black image appears to be correct, but none of the images do much justice for the actual shape. It has a slight curve to it (vs the very straight looking photos above).

This is a great length! I am 5'5" and the XL hits me mid thigh (vs a lot of long jackets that hit my knees). I prefer this length. It's really cozy, and relatively light (at least compared to a lot of big winter down jackets, and especially compared to synthetics).

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

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

I tried both the Izzy Tavern Pant and the Izzy Leggings. I thought I might like the Taven pant better due to the looser fit, but decided to go with the leggings as a more flattering option for my pear shape.

The Tavern Pant has a higher rise/waist, and is looser through the hips and seat. I am pear shaped, and short for my size, so the Izzy Leggings turned out to be the more flattering option for me. The high waist on the Tavern Pant cut in to my sides, vs the mid-rise and wide waistband on the Izzy Leggings laying smooth.

These have the same comfortable fabric as the Izzy. Still a great pant! And great to have options for different shapes and style preferences.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 179 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The overall cut/fit is flattering, and comfortable. The rise is perfect, not too tall, not too low. The wide waist band combined with the mid-rise, makes for a super flattering waist. No sausage link syndrome!

This fabric is incredibly comfortable. It has the Ibex "boucle" texture, with a super comfortable stretch.

I'm 5'5" and usually wear an XL or 14/16 depending on brand. The XL in the Ibex Izzy is perfect for me. They are a little long, but I figure that makes sense for someone 5'5" buying an XL, and they are not overly long. If anything it helps keep the ankles covered in the cold. I recently tried on a bazillion leggings, and these were the clear winners.

I gave them a test drive, literally, on Sunday. While we drove back from the desert, we got stuck for an extra 3 hours in the car, turning it into a 7 hour drive. Not the longest day in a czr by a long shot, but a good test run. And I was pretty psyched to have such comfortable leggings!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

5 5

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

I had to buy a 2nd one. This has turned into my favorite tank for biking, jogging, and crossfit. Overall fit has a slight a-line to it. And I would say runs a touch large compared to other brands, but typical compared to other Lucy tops I have tried. I love the racer back in the summer, for ventilation and freedom of movement. The fabric is thin but not clingy. Also makes for easy layering over it during spring and fall months. Caring for it is super easy too. I always toss mine in the dryer. Never shrinks, retains it's shape, and it doesn't pill.

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