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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!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on May 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A friend brought this along with a multi-day ski tour in the Eastern Sierra. We also brought enough jet boil fuel for the 4 days, ended up using less than half of that fuel since we found enough running water.

In an alpine environment where you have access to clear water, this SteriPen was SO AWESOME to have. So easy to use!

There are some people who would argue the water was probably clean enough to drink without treating, but when the Steripen is so small, easy, and quick to use, there is no need to take chances and worry.

It works best in a wide mouth nalgene. I also had a platy bottle with a much smaller opening, so I would treat the water in the nalgene, then pour it into the platy bottle. Then refill the nalgene and treat the final liter.

For hiking somewhere like southern Utah where the water is a lot siltier, I would suggest something like the MSR Guardian Filter instead, but when you have relatively clear running water sources, the Steripen is where it's at.

I have also heard of many friends using it for travel to treat questionable tap water and avoiding sickness where their other friends did not.

Quite the handy little gizmo!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I went for the obnoxious orange for fun. And they are definitely fun!

Also functional. They actually stay on my face, head, or hat and don't end up in the dirt (or.... the truck stop bathroom floor, gross!) like so many other sunnies that just fall off.

As a photographer who is frequently checking the screen on the back of my camera, I was also looking for a non-polarized lens that is still great at cutting the glare, and spectron 3 is great for that.

I took them for a test spin backpacking in the desert last week. Super happy so far!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used various incarnations of these skins over the years from the blue cow to the black and grey gremlin camo, to this geo print version and always been happy with performance.

I am finding however that this version seems to be slipping in the skin track a little more than my previous one, which I am still running on another pair skis.

It's possible I have become accustomed to extra grip with my other set up at 120 in the waist, or that the spring conditions I have used them in so far have truly been funky, so I'll keep this updated as I get more time on them.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

4 5

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

These seem good quality, but the fit is better for a straight figure vs a curvy pear. They fit, but the waist was gaping in the back for me, and a little too slender in the thighs to be practical for active use.

For a straighter figure these would probably work out great. They seem to be generally flattering, and the fabric feels durable, but still has some stretch to it for movement.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't know where these have been all my life. These just solved my biggest Utah hiking problem, which was constantly kicking dirt, sand, and small rocks into my own shoes. I don't care how careful you are, you WILL do this while you walk.

These attach perfectly to my Altra Lone Peak shoes with the toe clip and heel velcro. I love that I don't have to mess with a band around the sole of the shoe. https://www.backcountry.com/altra-lone-peak-3.0-trail-running-shoe-womens

I spent 3 days walking through sand and water and they survived just fine. Though if I start to run into wear issues, as others have, I will add an update.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Size Purchased: 9.5

I wanted to go the lightweight, breathable, water draining, quick-drying route of a trail runner for backpacking...

I tried on 8 or 10 different options and finally settled on these for overall fit and comfort, as well as a bit of protection around the sides from small particles getting in. I have a medium to wide foot, and really wanted to try out the Altra toe box. These fit my feet great from the heel to the toe (by comparison the Altra Superior has a narrower heel that didn't work for me).

I ended up pairing them with a pair of Outdoor Research Sparkplug Gaiters (super light gaiter) which clip to a small metal ring near the toe, and velcro in to the heel. It was a major winning combo for keeping small rocks out of my shoes! SO STOKED!

Here are the gaiters: https://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-sparkplug-gaiter

For 3 days of backpacking these fully lived up to my expectations and I was extremely thankful for the comfort, lightweight, breathability, and quicker drying times.

After getting full submerged in water, they have also maintained their shape just fine.

The only small-ish downside is that I would often prefer a vibram sole for the extra grip on all the rock we hike on around Utah. These do have really good grip to begin with, but there were a couple spots when I did wish for a full on vibram sole. I had to make a compromise those, and I am still extremely happy with this purchase!

Sizing also runs normal as I wear a 9.5 in most street shoes, and the 9.5 in these was perfect.

I should also mention the color looks better in person. Still not winning any fashion awards, but the blue is a darker blue with a hint of green, and to me, looks a lot better in person.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What an amazing step up in being lightweight, packable, AND SO COMFORTABLE.

I am a sprawling stomach and side sleeper. I'm hardly made for sleeping in a mummy bag, but I love camping, and this has definitely become my favorite piece of backpacking gear, especially for the side sleeping.

It packs up smaller than a 1L Nalgene bottle, and they are pretty accurate with the 10-15 breaths estimate.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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