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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 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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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

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

Used them during a 3 day backpack trip and they were my favorite! I had two other pairs to switch out on account of hiking through water.

I have since been using these for longer bike rides because I like the extra cushion during those long miles.

I just wish there were more colors, and I would buy more.

I wear a 9.5 women's shoe, and the Medium sock is perfect for me.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL and L

I was pleasantly surprised by the softness of the fabric, it's way more comfortable than I was expecting! (I had mostly stopped buying synthetic tech tees because the polyesters were all so uncomfortable, but this Stoic top has a feel that is similar to a soft jersey cotton).

I originally bought the XL and it was a little big, though super comfortable. I then tried the L which also fit, but more of a form-fitting fit. I am generally smaller in the shoulders but a full size bigger in the waist. The princess seams allow the fit to work over my hips, which is super nice. I decided to keep 1 of each size so I have options from form-fit to loungy-loose fit.

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