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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

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Wasatch Range, Sierra Nevada, Mt. Shasta, Chamonix

Andrew Wike's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Skiing
Climbing

Andrew Wike's Bio

Originally from Southern California, I learned to love the outdoors while attending college in Northern California. I cut my teeth on overly ambitious climbs and ski descents in the Sierra and Cascades before moving to Utah. Climbing and skiing big lines is my favorite passion. Shooting photos of the aforementioned activities is a close second.

Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on June 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

Just pulled the trigger on these for day hiking in hot weather. The lack of ankle support isn't missed on well maintained trails, and the improvement in ventilation is very welcome in the summer months. The sole is grippy and works well on a variety of trail conditions. Love the Solomon quick lace system. I'd buy them again for sure.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on June 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

It's been years since I bought a boot for anything other than alpine climbing or skiing. With hunting season just around the corner, I decided to pull the trigger on something that would be appropriate for hiking long, loaded miles on trail, and scrambling around in the deep nasty corners where elk live. I've only worn them a few times, but I'm happy with the fit and comfort while hiking. No hot spots or problems so far. I'm a fan.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on May 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These skis are the perfect lightweight ski mountaineering or long day mission ski. They are stiff enough that I felt in control on everything from hard frozen corn to chalky crud to lightly breakable crust, while the tip rocker also kept things fun when we found boot deep fresh snow. At 87mm underfoot, and without too much side cut they are very predictable on steep firm snow. 1kg per ski doesn't feel like they are even there for booters. Highly recommended.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've used previous iterations of the Skyline shirt for backpacking or climbing. This particular shirt is not durable enough for that type of use, but it is perfect for a casual night out on the town. Fit is perfect and the lines are clean.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on April 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

The helio is a great shell to have tucked away for descents in the backcountry or worn as an outer layer shell in the resort. It’s minimalist for sure with the 2 chest pockets. It’s super light, packable, and breathable. The fit is true to size and will allow for layering. I’ve worn a base layer, light jacket and light puffy underneath this shell. Black Diamond claims that you can fit skins in the chest pockets but there is clearly not enough room for them. The hood has plenty of coverage to fit a helmet underneath as well. Overall this is an awesome shell to have along to keep you dry and comfortable…and the cactus green looks slightly darker than the picture.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on January 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

These were just unpacked. The bindings were chosen after researching several options. I'm confident these would meet the needs of an intermediate skier looking to use the same set-up across several different terrains and over several ski seasons. Looking forward to trying them out!

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on January 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I was looking for a pair that could handle a variety of ski situations for a causal to intermediate downhill skier. I purchased these online without first seeing them in person after a recommendation. After unpacking the poles, I know they will be perfect for me!

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on January 18, 2017

5 5

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

These were initially purchased because they stood out from the competition solely based on their fun color (purple) and affordable price. I tried them out last weekend and in addition to receiving many compliments, they also performed well on the slopes.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Gave these boots as a gift, but asked my friend to write a review. He is a ski patroller at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

I’ve skied the Dalbello Lupo TI for about a week now and I’m very pleased. I got these boots primarily as a stiff, charging resort boot that I could still tour in. True, they’re not as light as my Dynafit Vulcans, and they don’t tour quite as well, but they’re still way lighter than a typical four buckle boot and they have a big enough range of motion that I don’t mind them on long days of uphill slogs. I also tend to do a fair bit of hike approach and scrambling, so I like the replaceable sole lugs. But it’s on the downhill that these boots really shine. Dalbello is not kidding about the 130 flex on these boots. I’m a big guy, but these Lupos are stiff enough that I can drive my 195 AK JJs hard without feeling like I want more boot. I’m also impressed by the quality of the construction. Both the buckles and the ski/hike mode switch are burly, and I have confidence they won’t leave me stranded in the backcountry. The wrap-style liner is also quite nice. I’ve only used tongue liners in the past, but this wrap-style makes my foot feel much more secure when the boot is locked down, but still tours surprisingly well. As for fit, the 98mm last required a little bit of work for my wide foot, but the tongue-style shell worked for my high arch and instep when a lot of other freeride boots (Technica Cochise, Lange XT 130 Freeride) would make my feet go numb within minutes. If you’re looking for a boot that can handle hard resort days and burly backcountry lines and still hang on the hike up, the Lupo Tis are a solid bet.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Bought these for a couple of groms in my extended family. They're getting into skiing and needed something to keep them from hurting themselves. They should probably wear these things full time. So far, so good. Nothing but smiles in terms of comfort and they seem to even dig the styling.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Well made shirt. Very comfortable and good looking. Unfortunately, the sleeves are made for guys with dwarf arms. Washed once following the directions for care and the sleeves shrank by an inch. I can still wear it by rolling the sleeves up, but it's an inexcusable defect for such an expensive shirt.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Well made shirt. Very comfortable and good looking. Unfortunately, the sleeves are made for guys with dwarf arms. Washed once following the directions for care and the sleeves shrank by an inch. I can still wear it by rolling the sleeves up, but it's an inexcusable defect for such an expensive shirt.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on December 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs

These were a Christmas gift for my girlfriend. She's not previously worn Sorel's, but has the coldest feet and is stoked about the warmth. She says they are perfect for walking around town, short dog walks/hikes, and dog park trips. They offer plenty of room inside the boot, but also run a bit large in size by a good half size (even while wearing winter socks).

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on December 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 0' 0"
Weight: 0 lbs

My girlfriend is constantly cold and wanted a warm jacket for casual wear. Got her this jacket for xmas and she loves it. It's nice enough to wear out to dinner, but still functional for the outdoors.

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Andrew Wikewrote a review of on December 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm hauling a single set of skis to France for a ski trip in Chamonix. Looking through my quiver, I realized that I did not have a ski suitable for type of big days in variable snow that I'm anticipating in France. I wanted something with enough float to make powder fun, but something I'd also be comfortable with in firm conditions or chunder. My powder skis are fun, but heavy, and my spring skis are a bit too narrow to make fun turns in fresh snow. These seemed to fit the bill on paper, and after a weekend of skiing fresh powder in the Wasatch, I can say that they are suitably light for big days, but have plenty of float for deeper snow. They like to turn and the lack of weight on the skintrack is awesome. Making turns lower down in the chunder presented no problems. I think I've found my one ski solution. Get the Dynafit skins to match, they are amazing. Ripping skins from the toe is handy as well. Never take your skis off to rip skins ever again!

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