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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!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 11, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: L

These are the soft, smooth, comfortable leggings you've been looking for!

I wear a 14/16 in women's pants (often a "curvy" fit) and the size L has enough stretch to fit, with a slightly compressive feel in the legs, but AWESOMELY comfortable at the same time, and a very flattering fit overall, especially through the hips and waist.

The cut, contours, and stretch are perfect.

And the softness will have you wearing them 24/7.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 18, 2019

5 5

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

Though our description claims wrinkle-free, this tank material is quite the opposite. I don't mind it, and just let it roll as extra wrinkled as possible so it all looks purposeful (vs trying to dry it sans wrinkles).

The fit/style is a little short with nice flow, so it works especially well with a high waist jean.

I would normally wear an XL for the hips, though my shoulders would measure closer to a size L. Given the style and fit of this top, I am able to wear the size L and it fits perfect.

The tag says it is 100% Tencel Lyocell

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 18, 2019

5 5

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

I DO NOT historically have a "Chaco" foot. Read: high arches.

By that token, my lower-arched foot is so excited to find this particular Chaco.

The footbed feels sturdy, and still has enough cushion to add some cush-comfort. The super-extra-wide strap is wonderful for keeping the foot in place. I tried some other Chaco flip flops with skinnier straps and couldn't keep them on. This strap adds comfort and function.

Also, I REALLY needed a flip flop that would be impervious to sharp objects piercing my foot through the sole, AND I didn't want to fully sacrifice a little bit of cushion to do it.

True Story: A sharp stick went clear through the bottom of my old, cheap, foamy flip flops and stabbed me in the bottom of the foot. YES, there was blood. LOTS of blood, and a few tears, and good friends pulling things out of my foot and rushing around to find hydrogen peroxide to douse the situation, and trying to remember if my tetnis shot is up to date.

So, while these look like they are made to handle cocktails on the deck, they are about to get used regularly, especially while camping in the woods (and also for cocktails).

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 18, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The straps are perfectly comfortable and I especially love the design of the Blip Teal.

The soles are BEEFY for flip flops, so these are a great choice if you find yourself off the beaten path in your sandals a lot.

And the footbeds are comfy! I can't actually say that of traditional Chacos as I have a lower arch and have never been compatible with the high arch support, so this footbed design was a big win for me.

I found the weight of the sole, vs the straps ability to keep my foot in place a bit skewed, so I opted instead for the Chaco Hermosa which has a heartier strap design.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 18, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Nice pair of flip flops. The footbed is comfortable, and the sole looks durable. I have lower arches and can't wear traditional Chacos, but this footbed style works great for me. It has just enough "give" and cushion to land it in the middle of the comfort scale between stiff leather hard sole and super cush foamy flip flops.

The fit of the straps was a bit loose for my taste, and caused a bit too much "flop" and stressed out toes trying to make sure they didn't fall off my feet.

I opted instead for the Chaco Hermosa which has a much beefier strap design to hold the foot in.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 18, 2019

5 5

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

This chair pops open effortlessly, seriously, and sitting in it is relaxing and "floaty" in the way the fabric hangs on the frame.

When folded, this chair is so much slimmer than other camp chairs. A big win for those of us that tetris-pack our vehicles to fit all the camp gear in. And it has an attached strap with a clip on the end, so you simply wrap and clip when you're ready to fold and store it. No more messing with camp chairs that are loaded with dirt and sand and no longer slide smoothly in their mechanisms. Simple is king here!

I have owned a similar style, the Lafuma Maxi Pop Up, for a couple years, and love that one, too. By comparison, this one has a much wider seat area and feels like it sits a little lower to the ground. Nice for the relaxing. I'm 5'5

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was panicking the night before a sail-to-ski trip to Iceland.

Some OTHER lightweight boots (NOT these gems) that I finally got skis mounted up for and took for a test spin, inspired ZERO confidence on the easiest of terrain - no edge control of the skis, could not get them tight enough in the foot... And I discovered that my old clunker boots had broken somewhere in the last week and were no longer usable as my back-up plan!

Gasp! Help!

I said a prayer to the universe and ordered these boots.

I knew they were a hot item going into the Fall 2019 season and that Tecnica put some serious effort into this one. I also knew the last measurements looked compatible with my medium-wide foot, and the flex sounded stiff enough.

They arrived the afternoon before I left. I got home to try them on and adjust my bindings with enough time for a 45 min half dark ski tour. After an initial panic, where I thought they were a half-to-a-full-size too big, I realized the footbeds were not yet inserted into the liners (FACE PALM). Ok, moving on! Get to the mountain!

As I finished this vague-semblance-of-a-ski-tour, with a lone street lamp illuminating my car in the parking lot, I breathed a sigh of relief. THEY'RE GONNA WORK.

And when we landed in Iceland to find their worst snow year on record, it gave me a chance to really put them through the paces. AND, keep in mind, I've done zero boot work on these aside from swapping in my old (super-old and incredibly-beat-up) custom footbeds. But I new the old broken boots would give me swamp foot blisters on day one, and be heavy AF, so brand new boots with a *chance* of blisters that would at least be ultra light sounded like a worthy risk.

Hours long hiking in ski boots over rocks and squishy moss, with the occasional dirt patch barely phased my feet inside these boots. And I was SO thankful to be hiking in these vs my old cement shoes. SO LIGHT - SO MUCH ANLE FLEX - SO MUCH GRIP - SO BREATHABLE! We DID eventually reach snow and get to tour, and some days would yield quicker access to snow than others, but all days required a mix of booting and skinning.

After some hunting, downhill glory was always found. On the first descent of the trip I was grinning ear-to-ear knowing these boots would not fail me, and I could EASILY rail some big fast corn turns.

Despite the lack of boot work, and after all that awkward rock-moss booting, and spring touring complete with ALL the weather from sunny days to thick-wet-windy-fog, I am incredibly pleased to report that I experienced ZERO blisters.

Zero blisters AND they are an incredibly fun, stable, ripping, confidence inspiring boot. YES.

I will throw in two minor points of consideration:

1. They are still a touch roomier than I was expecting, but the jury is out until I get some professional boot help. And that room may be incredibly useful for situations when the feet swell. I would be curious to try a half size down.

2. Like any light or ultralight touring boot, the plastic shell material tends to be on the soft side. They did take a minor beating from our daily rock hopping, but I tend to think that kind of abuse is not the norm. So 5 stars it is!

The ski set-up for reference:
Blizzard Zero G 108 Ski with G3 Ion Bindings (mounted back, -2cm from recommended) and Black Diamond GlideLite Mix skins
Adding these boots just took it to ELEVEN!!!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 17, 2019

4 5

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

It's a great sock for skinnier legs.

I was hoping these had the signature Sock Guy mega stretch feature, but alas, they do not. So I passed them along to my partner. I think he wears them more to the office than biking, but either way, they get the job done.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

10 of 10, would buy them again. Oh wait... I did!

Awesome stretch for larger calves. They don't look stretched out and wonky, they don't dig in, or roll down.

The padding in the forefoot is extra nice for the fall, too. I hate to use the term comfy-cozy, but that's legitimately how my toes felt.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on September 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Installed the 180 dropper on my size SMALL Juliana Maverick (for the dudes out there, that's a 2019 Santa Cruz Hightower) complete with extra low standover AND a split-seat-tube-style frame. I am beyond impressed.

I dare say this is LIFE CHANGING. ALMOST as life changing as installing my first dropper post ever. I am prone to breaking out into a Super-Nerdy Happy Dance(!) just thinking about the awesomeness of this dropper (AND the fact that I no longer need a quick release seat tube collar in combination with my dropper because I finally have enough drop in my dropper that I don't have to adjust my seatpost mid-ride! And let's NOT discuss how embarrassing that was....for the last 5 years... /frowny face).

Install was easy. And if you think you've hit a snag after attaching the cable to the lever, you probably just need more air in the dropper.

I paired mine with a Wolf Tooth "Light Action ReMote" for SRAM matchmaker.

You will also need to purchase cable and housing separately.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great for light duty use, or as a redundant back up (i.e. kept inside another dry bag or cooler.

The small was too small to fit my phone (a Motorola Z2 Play). The medium was sold out, so I went with the Large.

The large fit my phone, keys, a sun shirt, and skirt. And could have squeezed in a couple more small items.

I tried to use the tie-down feature and attached this box to my paddle board with an NRS strap, however, I discovered that the Lexan box will flex as you tighten the straps, and thus break the seal. So I had to leave the straps looser than I wanted. Based on that, I wouldn't trust it on it's own if you are "rigged-to-flip."

But for a mellow lake day, or a casual and slow flatwater river, it was nice to have the easy access into the box instead of unrolling and re-rolling a traditional dry bag.

For the price, it's a great value.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on May 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfect for spring ski touring and summer hiking.

-The brim can be packed flat without damaging the hat (great for travel!)
-Easy size adjustment in back in case it's windy and you need to crank it down.
-The clip in the back is also great to attach it to a pack, or run your sunglass straps through it for extra hold in wind or on the river.
-Lightweight and breathable fabric is perfect for summer temps.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

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

Such a perfect every day tee. It has a great relaxed fit, works great for a pear shape.

I own 3 of these and hope they will keep this one and update the colors. A khaki, grey, and/or a muted orange would be nice additions!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 9, 2019

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: XL

Fabric is extremely soft. Really, really, REALLY soft!

The overall cut is suuuuper long. I am short and pear shaped, so I found a small knot helped the fit for me.

Great for relaxing or gym time.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 9, 2019

4 5

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

I tried on the XL and generally wear a women's XL or a 14/16 in pants, and often need a "curvy" fit.

These fit great overall, and were even a bit loose in the hips.

The waist was perfectly flattering. and the fabric has great stretch and a great look (as many people have said - it can easily be dressed up or down).

For my shape (pear and curvy), and size/height combo (5'5" wearing an XL), the pleating and the extra loose-ness in the hips and crotch was a little too much for me (and I usually have the most opposite problem of pants being too tight, so I guess that was a nice problem to have! hah!).

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wasn't sure if I was cool enough for the 5-panel, and this hat is awesome. I instantly feel 5 times more awesome and still feel like the every day nerd that I am.

This hat fits great. I love the micro adjustability, not to mention how easy it is to adjust on the fly (say, in case the wind kicks up).

I find myself reaching for this hat first for ski touring instead of the old beat up foam trucker, and will be wishing I had a lighter (NOT BLACK) version for summer hiking in the desert.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am super impressed with how soft and comfortable this beanie is.

To be totally honest, I got this as my "work hat" to represent backcountry while working, but I am wearing it almost daily because it's just SO comfortable.

It has a slightly oversized style/look without going too far. Just all out comfort and good looks.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

4 5

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

The fabric is hearty and soft at the same time. I love the tall neck/scuba hood.

I was a little worried it would be too short and a bit awkward for my pear shape, and it was, but that is a personal preference! Otherwise it's rad and I am certain this will be a favorite for a lot of people.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

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: XL

Wow, super comfortable fleece leggings.

I was impressed to find they fit me, too! I wear a women's 14/16 bottoms and bought the XL. They were a perfect fit. I love the pockets. All leggings should have pockets.

These are great for the winter.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

4 5

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

Nice jacket, but it runs extremely small.

I wasn't able to zip it from the hips. I had to move the zipper up to my waist in order to try and get them zipped and would have to wear the jacket bunched up if I kept it. I wear an XL so I'm out of luck, but if you can size up you'll be stoked.

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