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Re Wikstrom

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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 August 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall, I love this little bag, and I'm still using it.

Perfect size for a weekend using smaller travel size bottles for soaps and what not, and I'm still able to squeeze in a few larger items like a regular tube of moisturizer. I love that it's so lightweight, every little bit counts if you're flying these days.

I've had mine for a couple years now and the stitching on one of the outer pockets has started to come un done. It should be a relatively easy fix when I get around to it. But I knocked off a star as a result.

As far as the zippers, they are still going strong.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros:
Super sturdy design and construction, feels like it will last for years!
Great looking fabrics, color combos, and design in general
Modular camera system is customizable to your needs, with easy access side zips
Magnetic top closure is nice
The small and stretchy interior pockets for cards are a nice touch
The back side has a sleeve for sliding over the handle of your roller luggage while traveling - LOVE THIS.
It has a hard bottom and will stand up on its own (i.e. your expensive stuff won't flop on it's side)

Cons:
Not large enough for a 15" Macbook. The tag claimed it would fit a 15" inch, but their website does say 13" - If I slide my 15" in there vertically I can just barely get the top to close, but it's tall an awkward. Alternately I can wedge the 15" in there sideways and make do, but it's not ideal as I need a separate sleeve to protect it.
It could use an extra medium sized interior pocket for things like misc cords, phones, pens, sunglasses, etc. and would be nice to have a zipper. Right now I am tossing those misc. things into the main compartment and it gets messy.
The backpack conversion is not comfortable and has to be loaded carefully to ensure the whole pack doesn't awkwardly pull away from your back.
The tote straps could be longer, it would be rad if they were adjustable in length on both sides, and not just the backpack-conversion side.
The buckle closure over the magnet is needed, functional, and looks nice, but is a time consuming operation.

Takeaway:
Best as a more incognito suburban travel camera bag when traveling more by car vs walking alot, with smaller/lighter camera (such as mirrorless), and ipad or 13" or smaller laptop users.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large and XL

I originally went with the L vs the XL because the XL seemed to run REALLY big, but I ended up putting the L in the dryer and now it's a fair bit shorter than I wanted, so I re-ordered the XL, let that one shrink a little, and finally... it's just right.

Fit Option #1: Size down, but always hang dry if it's a perfect fit to start.

Fit Option #2: keep the oversized version and run it through the dryer once or twice.

Otherwise, I love this shirt, and stoked to find an Arcteryx top made with Merino. The neck is pretty wide, so I like to pair it with the Ibex Balance Dance Bra. It has straps that look more like a tank top, vs looking like you are showing off your skivvies. https://www.backcountry.com/ibex-balance-bralette-womens

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 3, 2017

3 5

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

I was hoping for a more comfortable top. I tried both the L and the XL.

The fabric doesn't have much give to it, so even the XL, being roomier, still felt a bit stiff and not conducive to movement.

I love the design, just wish the fabric had more stretch and movement to it.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 3, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Solid choice for a short sleeve casual top that still has a few nice details that upgrade you from the super ordinary t-shirt.

The length is just a hair shorter in person than I imagined based on the photo. It's built with more of a boxy drape than a fitted curved seam as the photo might lead you to believe.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 3, 2017

4 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The photo of the "Urban Army" color looks more like a pastel here on the website. In person it really looks like more of an army green. It's a great color, but I was looking for a much lighter color to use this as a sun shirt and help reflect the sun.

I do like the overall style though, so I might keep it anyway as a nice everyday layer rather than a sun shirt.

I would also say compared to the size chart this runs a little small (though it still fits). I would have expected it to be a bit more roomy for a sun shirt you will likely layer over another top, though you could still describe it as an average or more form fitting fit vs a looser or layering type of fit.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 30, 2017

4 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

This fabric is impressively soft!

I ordered the large, and their size chart says 12-14 and 32 in waist. I would say it runs slightly large but also has a nice flowy style on the bottom. The armholes were a little big, too, but given the see-through nature of the fabric, I would suggest a sports bra underneath it anyway.

It has an interesting juxtaposition of really soft luxurious fabric with the ripped and raw edge details, which make it much more of a casual top.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Medium

Giro has always made great helmets. I am a medium in this one, which is what I expected from past Giro helmets.

Ember Pros:
Good ventilation
Simple to adjust straps
Super simple to adjust the overall fit with the dial in the back - I LOVE this dial over other types of helmet adjusters, it's easy, works well, and it's comfortable.

Ember Cons:
My hair gets stuck in the MIPS liner, even if I am just placing the helmet on my head for a second or two. There is no way around it and it rips my hair out. So, I've solved this issue by always riding with a cycling cap, which has the added benefit of a visor when the sun is in my eyes, so it turned into a win/win in the end. Not to mention it's easier to toss a sweaty cycling cap into the washing machine vs the helmet.

For the super hot summer days I like the Castelli Summer Cycling Cap (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/castelli-summer-cycling-cap-womens) and for average hot days, I like the POC Resistance Pro XC (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/poc-resistance-pro-xc-cap)

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this for coffee while backpacking and bring along a koozie so I don't burn my hand and can help insulate the hot drink. This way my coffee mug can double as an extra water bottle during the day rather than being dead weight. The lid also keeps it from dripping on anything else in my pack.

I also use this around town if I want to bring a small amount of water with me. And sometimes use it as a whiskey flask for car camping. I've had the same one going strong for over 10 years.

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