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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!

Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 17, 2018

4 5

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

I tried this on, along with the Arcteryx Maven, Arcteryx Kenai, and the Outdoor Research Transition.

This is a great and simple fleece hoody. The fabric is soft fleecy on the inside with a smooth outer face. I would call it a midweight. The right handwarmer pocket has a smaller hidden pocket inside for something like a chapstick or key, possibly a credit card (it does not zip though).

The fit did not totally work for me (5'5" and curvy/pear shape in an XL). I did like the length, but it ended up being too big in the shoulders/top and too fitted through the hips. It will be better suited for someone who is a bit straighter, and I think would definitely work for taller women.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 15, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tried these on, along with a handful of other lightweight touring tech-compatible boots.

As I suspected going in, they were too tall (especially in the back) and not able to accommodate my large calves. I wanted to give it a shot, just in case since they are one of the few stiffer flex options.

The buckles are interesting. I like the way the micro adjustments work. The buckle itself is like snapping into a metal button (of sorts). It's an interesting design, but I wonder if it gets difficult to operate with gloves on, and if they are prone to getting caked with snow.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 15, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This boot was very comfortable straight out of the box, it was GREAT at accommodating my super wide amazonian calves. No pinching, and no issue buckling. The volume in the foot was much larger than I expected, maybe too much if I was going to mold them, but if you need high volume this may be your boot.

The issue I had came when I leaned forward though. Rather than staying tight, the cuff stretched out, and the calf opening got wider/sloppy. I think this boot would benefit from either two buckles up top or a better/stronger power strap, or a much lighter skier.

The flex against the shin did not feel smooth all the way through either, definitely some pressure points along the way. As a result it was not confidence inspiring for being able to lean forward and drive a ski properly.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 15, 2018

4 5

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

The style of this shirt is not what it appears in the above photo. The back is long and the front is much much shorter. If you're into that style then you may love this top. The front was way too short for me, and I had purchased a size L (and often wear a M in Free People).

The fabric has a great feel, the back detail is interesting, and I love the orange/rust color. Unfortunately the hi-lo style looks terrible on me, so it had to go back.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 9, 2018

4 5

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

I dig these so far.
My sunclouds had stretched out and kept falling off my face. These have a much better and more snug fit for me. They don't fall off and they don't squeeze my temples. I estimate a med sized face here.

I ordered the "Marbled Tortoise/Grey-Green Polarized", and the current photo above shows an incorrect green lens. The lens is a gray fade (semi purple-ish grey at the top to lighter grey/neutral on bottom), which might be their "smoke" lens? It wasn't enough of a bother to send them back, but should be noted to future customers.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on January 3, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 16 and 18

I agree with the below comment, they are thick, stiff, and tight, even when I tried to size up. Not stretchy or comfortable. Maybe they would work better for a very straight and slender figure, but unfortunately did not work for me. I didn't find them comfortable for standing or sitting at home let alone all day around town, or the rock wall alluded to in the description.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

4 5

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

The fabric is so wonderfully soft and comfy. And I love the copper color. I tried both the M and the L and both fit, but they were not totally compatible with my shape.

The mannequin photos above are not accurate at all, they have been pinned back too much to accurately show how this top looks and flows on a person, both in the arms and the torso. The on-model shots are pretty accurate.

The sleeves are difficult to see in any of the photos... this has a MAJOR flying squirrel style, super loose through the shoulder, bicep, elbow, and then it's SUPER tight towards the wrist and doesn't stretch on account of the stitching/seams - too tight to comfortably roll up your sleeves if you wanted to.

The side slit on the left side is a cool detail, but was one of the issues in fitting well for my pear shape. A taller or straighter figure would work better. Wish it worked for me!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

3 5

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

I wanted to love it, but I think my body is just not meant to ride with a fanny pack. At least not when it's loaded with water. I guess to be fair the description claims this is made for SUP and not biking, but I didn't think that would really make a difference.

On the upside, it's more low-profile vs a hip pack with a separate storage pocket, and the hose is long enough to be usable, and relatively easy to access while riding or generally on the go.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

4 5

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

I liked this fleece, especially the woven texture, but I found the shoulders to be a little boxy. It fit well overall through the torso, but on account of the boxiness, I wasn't totally in love. Otherwise it's very well made, has good thickness if you're looking for a winter layering piece, too.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

4 5

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

Love the overall design/style. With so many tops having large necks, strappy backs, or extra wide arm holes, it's nice to find another option to layer underneath then.

The XL fit well overall, but dug in a bit near the armpit. I usually wear a 38C. The fit issue may be different for a different shapes though.

I found one minor hiccup, in that the fabric around the holes on the inside that are cut so you can remove/replace/adjust the padding was irritating to my skin (and to be fair, I generally have sensitive skin). I found I could wear it inside out and avoid that issue, but I didn't want to do that.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 19, 2017

4 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

I am 5'5", pear shaped, and generally wear an XL. This makes it super difficult to find a long jacket that fits over my butt and hips. This one actually fits! So that's pretty darn exciting. Roomy enough to wear a hoody or sweater underneath it.

I would put this in more of a lightweight and packable category. It's impressively packable for being both long and synthetic, which makes it great for traveling.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 18, 2017

4 5

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

I have the regular Dia Full zip and was taking a chance to try the Long version because I love the Fawn Heather color and was interested in a longer version. This one definitely lives up to the Long-ness. It was too long to work for my pear shape, but it's definitely cozy, well made and well tailored (nice details in the shape of the panels they use and the seaming). If I was 5 inches taller, or had less junk in the trunk it would have been money. So for the tall ladies out there, you'll love this one!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 18, 2017

3 5

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

I didn't realize it before purchasing, but the zipper is the style that fully zips up the hood. On trend, but personally I have really fine hair and it gets extra stuck in all my normal zipper, so not messing with extra zipper all the way up the hood.

It is definitely lightweight and packable, and the XL fit perfect, with enough room to wear another layer underneath.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 13, 2017

4 5

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

I have two pairs of the Centered Crop Leggings in a "heather" which are SO incredibly soft and comfortable. In these Centered Tights I went for the solid black and found out that the solid color is not nearly as soft as the heather fabric. The solid black is a typical nylon spandex feel. They do feel sturdy, like they will hold up well. And the cut is very flattering with a wide waist band and medium-ish rise.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tried these on along with the Scarpa F1, Scarpa Freedom SL, and the Scarpa Gea RS. And I'm coming from the Black Diamond Shiva.

I am trying to fit a med-wide foot, low arch, and HUGE calves, and looking for a boot that can handle my weight, and skier type, plus the weight of my camera gear/heavy pack driving the boot.

I would say these are very comparable to the Black Diamond Shiva's all around. They are not the lightest weight touring boot, they fit more like a traditional alpine boot with a thicker cushier liner and traditional 4 buckle design.

This boot fit pretty well straight out of the box. It felt a little short in the toes at first and I worried about that for half a minute, but as with all boots, you need to get fully buckled in and flex forward first. Once I did that, the length was perfect.

The buckles have enough adjustment to fit my calves. And once I pulled the tongue into place and let the liner relax for a few minutes, there was no pinching around the calf. It seemed to get more comfortable the longer I wore it.

There is a handle on the tongue of the liner, but it does not have a handle on the back of the cuff. This seems like a strange omission when you are trying to get your foot to sit comfortable inside a ski boot.

The tongue itself is pretty beefy and has an extra rubber piece that can be repositioned as you like. Hard to say how it works in practice, but it seemed like a cool feature.

The walk mode doesn't have as much rotation as I'd like, though it claims to be 44 degrees vs the claimed 40 degrees of the Shiva. The shiva feels like it has more rotation so it may be a function of needing to break it in.

Overall seems like a great boot, and would be a very comparable replacement to the BD Shiva. A bit heavy for just a touring boot, but would make a great versatile one-quiver boot for both in-bounds charging and ski touring.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 12, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tried these on along with the Scarpa F1, Scarpa Gea RS, and the Technica Zero G Guide Pro.

I am trying to fit a med-wide foot, low arch, and HUGE calves, and looking for a boot that can handle my weight, and skier type, plus the weight of my camera gear/heavy pack driving the boot.

These were definitely high volume in the foot, maybe a bit too high volume for me, especially when the liners had not been molded yet. This would certainly be great if you're looking for extra high volume boot option.

After getting them buckled, there was a serious lack of comfort. I am sure molding the liners would be 200% crucial for this boot. I find most liners will give you a decent baseline for comfort, especially if you leave them buckle for a few minutes, but not these. There seemed to be something extra weird about the tongue and I just couldn't get past it. In comparison, the Scarpa F1 and the Technica Zero G Guide Pro fit wonderfully for me straight out of the box.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on December 12, 2017

5 5

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

I tried these on along with the Scarpa Gea RS, Scarpa Freedom SL, and the Technica Zero G Guide Pro.

I am trying to fit a med-wide foot, low arch, and HUGE calves, and looking for a boot that can handle my weight, and skier type, plus the weight of my camera gear/heavy pack driving the boot.

I was impressed with the width, especially the 1mm difference between this and the Gea RS, it made a really noticeable difference.

I love the simplicity of the Boa, and how smooth it is to tighten vs traditional buckles. I do worry about longevity, but time will tell, and the comfort is enough that I might be willing to find out.

The combo power strap buckle is interesting, and easy enough to manage, though I'd say that is a place where I might prefer a more traditional buckle that I can always leave at the correct setting. But again, time will tell. It might grow on me. I do worry about the velcro wearing out before the boots.

On the other hand, I do love how light they are, this would be a major improvement over my current touring boots.

The liner is not overly cushy, but it still fit smooth throughout straight out of the box, including the top of my calf, no major pinching.

The one drawback is the flex being lower, but otherwise these F1's have the best combination of lightweight, range of motion in walk mode, and comfort for my feet and calf issues.

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