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Re Wikstrom's Bio

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 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 Wikstrom

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

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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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Nice all purpose synthetic midlayer.

The stretch panels on the side are a really nice touch. The sizing runs a bit small so the stretch is helpful!

I would compare this to an Arc'teryx Atom LT and note that the Backcountry version is sized at least a half size smaller.

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Re Wikstrom

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

The XL was too small to be of use during actual activity, but these are a great idea.

I was impressed with the amount of stretch built into them. That is not something I was expecting of a quilted and insulated layering piece. So kudos on that nice touch.

Also, even though they were too small overall, the general silhouette/cut seemed to be made well to be flattering for skiers with muscle in the thigh/hip/rear.

Would love to see a XXL version, or an update on the sizing so the XL actually fits a women's 16.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

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

I love the quilted fabric.

I tried some quilted hoodies from other brands and was really bummed they didn't fit my shape right. Somehow, this one works great, so I'm loving it!

I am a pear shape, and a full size larger in the hips vs shoulders. I admit this is a little on the tight side in my hips, but since it's cotton I was able to give it a good stretch and make it work. It's a fitted fit, but it fits!

I love the breathable cotton, the tall neck, and the zipper is great quality. I'm just impressed.

The "black heather" color is not exactly black or grey. It's a very "cool" black/gray - I would dare argue it's more of a navy/black/heather. The photo looks pretty accurate on my screen.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

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

Have worn this a LOT since I got it. I find it perfect to and from skiing, and around town. If it every gets cold again I would consider wearing as a mid-layer under a light shell while skiing, too. It has good mobility, and the interior fleece texture is very soft and comfortable.

It is fitted, but has enough stretch to be comfortable, and the overall shape is flattering. I have a pear shape that is often hard to fit, and this has enough stretch to work without being awkward or uncomfortable.

Dig it!

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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

This is similar to the tried and true Patagonia Houdini jacket - which is amazingly lightweight and packable. Great as an extra or emergency layer while ski touring, or a wind layer while biking or hiking.

The big differences I see are the vents on this jacket and the fit.

This jacket has vents, nice touch!

The fit is smaller and straighter. It was too narrow in the hips, shoulders, and arms for my shape. I wear an XL, so I don't have room to go up.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A+ for looks, the regular portion of the grip, the top portion of grip, and the extra long portion of the grip - comfortable in all kinds of scenarios.

A for swing weight.

Solid B for the straps. They are ok, but a bit overkill in my opinion because I rarely use straps unless I'm bootpacking up something and don't want to drop a pole. Something thinner and more maleable would be nice.

D- for the baskets and ability to stand upright- these poles rarely stay standing up when I need them to, though they work slightly better than the ones I replaced. Perhaps a basket that wasn't perfectly round would help them grip and stand upright better? I don't know. I never thought this would be a problem with poles and I've now seen it in two different brands.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a HUGE fan of the Glidelite Mix, and only replaced those because of a long story that resulted in cutting them down with a dull leatherman to fit an emergency pair of yurt skis, I needed to replace them, so I thought I'd go ultralight.

Cutting these was easy. And the tip loop attachment wasn't too difficult.

These do not glide as well as my older Glidelites (I had the older version with the gremlin camo print - generation before the current striped geo patterns). I wasn't using these in warm temps, but figured I would try adding some skin wax. This has helped somewhat, but it's not nearly as awesome or efficient glide as the old glidelite skins.

They grip well for the most part, minus a couple issues on steep ridge kick-turn sections, but hard to say if the old skins would have been any better there.

They do roll up nice and small, which is EXTRA nice when they are cut for a 125mm waist Megawatt, and they ARE light, which is nice in general, and I especially appreciate that when I'm lugging camera gear around.

I did find the glue super sticky for the first few tours - enough that I had to take my skis off to remove them. This has eased up a little, and I can rip them off with skis still attached to my feet now, though they are still sticky enough to be a bit of a battle.

So I haven't reached the point of glue failure, or used them for any super warm spring days yet, but will update as I get more days and see how things shake out there.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I have the t-shirt version (3 of them), and I'm equally in love with the tank top.

Such a flattering fit, and I'm a difficult pear shape to flatter. I will probably buy another one!

I wear an XL in most brands and the size Large Kavu is a perfect regular/relaxed fit for me

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