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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wike

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 April 20, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a replacement pair for my wife. The last pair she had was a previous version, so the shoe held up pretty long for her given that she replaces her other trail shoes every few months. The only downside is she is particular about which trails she uses these on as they can get run down with the traction. Definitely not a good option for a mixed trail/pavement route.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on April 20, 2019

5 5

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

My wife has been eyeing these for a while now, and she finally placed the order. She researched a few comparable options, but ultimately loves the Sorel brand and stuck with what works. Such a nice boot for bumming around, or having something comfortable to change into after mountain adventures.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on April 20, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

Bought this for a friend’s baby shower, and it is no joke. My first thought was that it is overkill for a day hike, but then again you are carrying a human so it makes sense to need the weight for the structure, etc. lots of carrying space for snacks, drinks, you name it. Eager for feedback once it’s used!

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs

Size S, fits true to size, trim but not tight. Color grey: matches product photos. Pockets and zippers are in ideal locations. Fabric blocks enough of the wind without feeling clammy. Easy to unzip and get the cuffs over the lock buckle of a TLT5 boot while keeping the gaiter in place. Bonus feature, there is a clip cord in the left pocket for a beacon leash or keys.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

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

Got these for my wife after a backpacking trip left her feet torn up by boots that didn't fit right. She has had good luck with Salomon running shoes and I have used the men's version of these boots for years, so we figured they would work pretty well. So far, she is very pleased. No hot spots and they're sturdy enough for backpacking while being light enough to hike fast. She's a fan.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

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

I love these boots. They are lightweight and versatile. I used them to hike in Zion National Park in snow. The sole has good grip and kept my feet warm. Also traveled to British Columbia in the boots. They are light enough for airplane travel and kept my feet warm and dry in snow and rain storms. Would buy these again.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on March 7, 2019

5 5

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

Once again Arc'teryx has created a thoughtful and functional pant that also looks and performs beautifully. I mostly use this pant for ski touring in dry climates. The material is soft and moves with you and breathes well. I am 5'3", 125 lbs and per the Arc'teryx website sizing guide purchased a size 6 which leaves ample room for base layers. However, if you wanted a closer fit and were not planning on wearing any base layers under the pant I would recommend going down a size from their site's recommendation.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

Great pair of shoes so far. Really comfortable fit, ample cushion. I bought these to rack up some miles on the treadmill during winter. They are meeting my expectations. These are true to Salomon sizing, I bought exactly the same size as my Quest boots and Speedcross shoes, fit is perfect.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These stay out of the way, dry super fast, and weigh nothing (if packing for travel). Fit is true to size, I’m 5’9”. Never not short-shorts. You may want to find a brief or short boxer-brief as these are unlined and the fabric is very thin.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 21, 2019

5 5

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

As someone who was using a hand-me-down ski mountaineering setup for the backcountry, these Black Crows are a magic carpet ride. Instead of cutting through deep powder like knives, the Navis Freebirds glide right above the power for incredibly soft turns and a smooth ride down the mountain. The width is great for powder, however I am still getting used to a larger turn radius and have had some issues in tight trees.

These are great in the backcountry and equally fun for a powder day at the resort. The Black Crows are extremely versatile and I would highly recommend them to anyone who fortunately lives in a powder zone.

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This a hard-charging boot. I bought the Cochise 130 instead of a dedicated alpine boot so I could ski my tech setups inbounds, and these have not disappointed. I have pretty massive feet with a high instep, so it’s been hard to find a 130 flex boot that has a wide enough last. With a little work, these have been awesome. They have a nice, progressive flex, and can handle things when I really put an edge in. The walk mode is solid for a boot this burly, but for longer tours I’ll stick to the elf boots. A great choice for people who want a stout tech boot, especially those with a, how shall I say, more voluminous foot. Nice work, Technica!

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Andrew Wike

Andrew Wikewrote a review of on February 8, 2019

5 5

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

Gave this as a gift to my friend Ryan, he had the following to say:

I'm fairly new to climbing, and as I start to get into leading I wanted a more secure belay device than the ATC I've been using for top roping. The Petzl Grigri+ seemed like the best bet. I like the added safety features, especially the anti-panic function when lowering. I've heard some folks who've been climbing for years say they don't like how it slows your lower, but honestly, after a few belays I've gotten the feel of it down, and I can lower someone about as fast as they't like to go without engaging the safety. Fora few extra grams, I think the added safety and durability are worth it. Easy to use. Super safe. This will be my belay device for a long time.

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