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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 April 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 171 lbs
Size Purchased: 14

I was really impressed to find a pair of size 14 pants that fit my thunder thighs and my hips. They were actually too big in the waist, but I could have used a belt to fix that.

I'm ~33 natural waist and ~43 hips. According to size chart I fall right in the middle of 12-14/L pant for marmot which says waist is 31.5 - 34.5in and hips are 42 - 45in . So I would say the size chart was fairly accurate but maybe a touch large, but I was looking for a better shape/cut for the waist.

The fabric had good stretch, and also felt like it would be durable enough for hiking where you may need protection from scooting over rocks, and what not. And I like the option to roll them into a capri.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: 10

I went a half size up (from 9.5 to 10) as other reviews suggested, and they were spot on.

While the toe box in these allows for plenty of splay, the rest of the foot shape is still quite narrow.

I have a medium-to-wide foot, and despite the roomy toes, I felt off balance in the mid foot and towards the heel.

By comparison, the Altra Lone Peak is a perfect fit for me.

I do like the construction of this shoe. And while they call it a "mesh upper" I would argue it's more of a nylon fabric, and I think this upper vs the true mesh of other shoes would help tremendously in keeping out sand and small grain dirt. I was really hoping to find a shoe with that feature that fit me well.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 9.5

A nice looking shoe!

Ultimately too narrow and too much support in the arches for my medium-to-wide foot and low arch.

The New Balance Minimus 40v1 is a better fit for my foot shape in comparison.

I generally wear a 9.5 and despite the width, it seems to be the correct size based on length.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Size Purchased: 9.5

After trying on 7 or 8 trail runners (and one hiking shoe), these were in my top 2 for out of the box comfort for my medium-to-wide foot and low arch.

Ultimately I decided to go with the Altra Lone Peak because they were just a touch wider than these, and had a touch less mesh (I hike a lot in the desert, and more mesh = more sand in my shoes).

If money were no object I would have kept both pairs and used the Alta Lone Peak more for backpacking, and these for local trail running and hiking.

These are CRAZY light! And I really like the construction, especially the tongue. If you look close at the photo you can see the tongue is stitched all the way up the sides, which obviously keeps it in place (a major probably for many other shoes), and it doesn't make it any more difficult to put them on. They go on easy, and they are really comfortable.

And on a bonus note, I wasn't totally sold from the photo, but they look great in person!

I wear a 9.5 in most shoes, and the 9.5 was the right size in these, too.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

I am really loving the construction of this shoe, and it seemed a worthy choice for the desert based on the construction being more of a nylon fabric vs a lot of mesh (i.e. could potentially help keep the sand out vs other trail runners with more mesh).

Unfortunately for me, these were too narrow, and had too much arch support. So I think they are a great shoe, but not compatible with my particular foot shape and needs. There are plenty of other people who will love them though.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Love the style, and the fabric seems super durable. As a trade off, I do wish the fabric had just a hint more stretch and was a touch lighter for general travel use, but I can see wanting the more durable fabric for some active outdoor uses (i.e. bouldering, hiking).

I bought the XL. It fits, and it's flattering, but a little snug in the thighs and butt. Compared to the size chart, which says XL should fit a waist of 34 - 38in and hips of 44 - 46, I am 33 and 44 respectively. So I'm on the low end of the XL and they are a bit snug. I'm currently debating if I will keep them or not.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

WOW, these are crazy comfortable!

I just tried on 4 pairs of leggings to compare, the Lucy Pocket Legging, and two Nike leggings. The Lucy and Nikes were designed well with a flattering fit, but all were too snug to really be comfortable. And we're talking about stretchy spandex here!

I pulled on the Patagonia leggings and DREAMY is one word that came to mind. Not only flattering, but SO SO comfortable. The kind of legging you would want to live in all day every day.

The two side pockets are an awesome touch, though I wish they were a little deeper.

The size chart for the XL was spot on.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Nice leggings, awesome print, and great details/features in the waist.

As far as sizing, I think they run a little snug compared to the size chart.

For XL they say waist 34.5 - 38.5in, hip 44 - 47in. I am 33 and 44 and they were too snug to be comfortable long term. They were still impressively flattering at the same time though so kudos to their designer on that! They just aren't the kind of tight compression I was looking for.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Nice leggings. I think they run a little snug compared to the size chart.

For XL they say waist 34.5 - 38.5in, hip 44 - 47in. I am 33 and 44 and they were too snug to be comfortable long term. They were still impressively flattering at the same time though so kudos to their designer on that! They just aren't the kind of tight compression I was looking for.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I have the crop version of the pocket legging already and love them, though they run a hair small.

This full length legging seems to run even smaller.

The size chart says XL waist 34-38, hip 44-46. I measure 33 and 44, and while they stretch to fit, they were still too tight for long term comfort and annoying to pull on as a result.

Otherwise, they are an awesome pant, and I LOVE the pockets, and the attention to detail in creating a wide flattering waist band.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I ordered the XL and they were a bit loose. I think I will need to try a Large. My measurements fall between the two on their size chart, so I'd say it's pretty accurate.

I am impressed with the light, comfortable, stretchy fabric, wide comfortable waist band, articulated knees, and the massive side zips.

The drawstring may take some getting used to, but that's a pretty minor thing. It's a low profile, stretchy cord that is all one piece, so you have to tie a slip knot vs tying two ends in a bow. This is a minor thing to adapt to though, and ultimately helps to reduce those annoying times when you lose one end of your drawstring into your pants.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: 16

Size chart seems pretty accurate. I'm 33 waist and 44/45 hip vs the size 16 chart saying 34 waist and 44 hip.

They fit, but the cut wasn't right for me. I am definitely pear shape w/ curvy/athletic butt and thighs. These fit more straight in the waist and thighs and cut in at the waist if I bend or sit.

Fabric seems relatively durable for camping, though not the most comfortable option around. I was looking for something a bit more stretchy and/or articulated for hiking in.

if you are straighter, you may like these.

If you are curvier and prefer a lighter stretchier pant (and wear a 14 or lower) check out the Outdoor Research Ferrosi pant.

I will give major kudos to Mountain Hardwear for making a size 16 though. Thank you!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

4 5

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: 14

They were stretchy enough to zip, but too tight to keep. I wear a 14 or 16 depending on the brand, often a W because: Junk-in-the-trunk. So I tried the 14, and I can tell they are cut for an active use, which is AWESOME. The stretch in the fabric is incredible, and overall fit/cut is much more modern than so many other high-waisted-diaper-looking pants. The rise is a little lower, the waist band made to be perfectly flattering standing or bending, and cut with enough give for ladies with a little extra junk and/or muscle in the thighs and butt. I also like that they aren't baggy in the crotch because that generally leads to unnecessary chaffing while hiking. I just wish they made a 16. The search continues.... hard to say if they run true to size since the chart only goes to 12. For reference my hips are about 45 and natural waist about 33, and the 14 was a bit too small.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

3 5

Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 9.5

These run a touch narrow for me (i'm a wide end of med width), and toe was feeling really stiff, which worried me in terms of long term comfort and potential wear zones in the crease over the toes.

On the upside, I like the use of the speed lace, and the Continental soles feel suuuuuper grippy.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: EU 41.5 (US 9.5+)

Just as the size chart suggests, the 41.5 is equivalent to a 9.5+.

There was no 41 in stock (equal to regular 9.5) when I purchased so I tried the 41.5 since my feet are a touch wide anyway.

I would say the sizing chart for this size was spot on. They were comfortable straight out of the box, and I wondered if I needed to size down. It seems I could go either way, and either wear a slightly thicker sock, or simply allow my foot to spread naturally, and these would also allow for a little feet swelling after long miles.

I haven't decided if I will keep these yet as I am looking at a few other trail running style options for hiking as well, but these seem like a solid option, and I always appreciate a vibram sole.

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Super well thought out features. This bag has almost all the features I was looking for... tote bag w/ laptop sleeve, internal organizer, it even has an internal water bottle sleeve to keep your drinks upright, enough extra space in the main compartment to make it useful every day and for travel when I would want to stuff a few extras in there, AND the open panel on the outside to slide over a roller bag handle.

The downsides for me were the short tote handles, the quality of the tote handles, and I was really looking for a bit nicer, more rugged fabric overall.

On another upside, this one won't break the bank though! A solid choice feature-wise, especially on a budget.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

A really nice, classy looking weekend bag. Sherpani has really stepped it up!

Ultimately not what I was looking for, but if I needed a classy weekend bag, my search would have ended here. (I was looking for a tote to use as my work/travel bag for laptop and some misc things and this was just a bit too big for my needs).

Another nice touch that you can't see in the photos is the 4 "feet" on the bottom of the bag.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

On the hunt for a new laptop tote. This one was the closest so far.

It perfectly fits a 2016 15" Macbook Pro, and has some space for a few misc items along side it, but not as much space as I was looking for. I also wanted longer tote straps to comfortably toss over my shoulder (personal preference, but I prefer longer tote straps to one shoulder strap). They would have really sold me with an extra fabric panel to toss over the handle of roller suitcase. A girl can dream...

If they had a version that was just a little larger, I would have my winner.

Otherwise, a really really nice bag. Great looking design. Durable materials, sturdy construction, and some good internal organization pockets. The inside has a nice touch of extra-velvety fabric as well.

I will definitely keep my eye out for more Hex products!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Size Purchased: 9

I went down a half size based on previous review, and it ended up being too short, with my big toes hitting the end. As far as width, I would say they are average. Otherwise these seem like really great shoes. So impressively light!

I purchased the 9 (half size down), and should have gone with my normal 9.5

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"

Holy moly, these are warm. I was actually looking for a spring glove, and this was the wrong choice for that, but would be phenomenal for winter. The liner comes out to help dry them out faster. I suppose you could use a different liner for warmer days? Though you would definitely want a liner of some sort as the shell is not meant to be worn on it's own (lots of seams in there and they would be quite loose as they need to allow for that ultra warm hestra liner they come with).

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