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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!

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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 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 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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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 3, 2017

4 5

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

I tried on 5 Terry shorts for comparison.

I am generally a XXL in Terry, though maybe more on the cusp between XL and XXL, so I tried this in XL (no XXL available).

They were just a hair snug in the legs, but not too bad, and plenty comfortable with the bib style and laser cut leg holes. The top had plenty of room, was maybe even a touch large (though I am only 5'5" wearing an XL), but I'm sure a jersey would keep it all in place. It wasn't too big, I would call it a touch loose/comfortable, and it's probably better than being too tight given the halter style around the back of the neck.

Speaking of which, I love that they went with this halter style for women, genius!

I would suggest pairing with a high neck jersey though, such as the Sheebeast Divine, or similar.

Ultimately I decided to go with the Peleton Hi Vis and the Breakaway shorts, but these were 3rd on my list, so if money were no object I probably would have kept them, too. And if I do change my mind and decide I want a bib short later, I would definitely come back to get these.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 3, 2017

4 5

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

Love the simplicity and style.

Fabric is light, but not too light. Feels airy without being see-thru, or feeling too clingy.

Most cycling jerseys are pretty ugly (in my very humble personal opinion). This one looks like an everyday tank from the front which is exactly what I was looking for, with a nice simple pattern detail down the back, and the addition of the jersey pocket.

It runs a hair short, in my opinion, but otherwise I am digging this cycling tank!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 3, 2017

4 5

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

I tried on 5 Terry shorts for comparison.

I ended up keep these Breakaway shorts along with the Peleton Hi Vis.

The Peleton had the best fit and feel overall, and these were a very close 2nd.

The rise is a little bit shorter on these, so I am worried the waist may roll over a bit while riding, but aside from feeling a little short they felt almost as comfortable as the Peleton, so I decided to keep them, too.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 3, 2017

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: XXL

I tried on 5 Terry shorts for comparison.

These were just smooth overall (smooth flat waist, smooth elastic free leg bands, smooth feeling fabric and seams). These are my favorite of the 5. They had the best fit for me, which is pear shape with thunder thighs, and short for needing an XXL. I'm pretty excited to start using these!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I tried on 5 Terry shorts for comparison.

Somehow these were too big. That has NEVER happened with anything spandex related on me before, but I digress...

The cut on this was looser than the rest, and so much so that I had quite a gap in the back of the waist. With a long jersey it may have been fine, but they were loose enough that I would try a size down.

Aside from that, they seem to be a great short, with very thoughtful features to make them more comfortable such as the wide flat (not bulky) waist, the elastic free leg bands, and the fabric, cut, and seams just all felt really smooth over all. And as a nice touch, personally, I really appreciate that small pocket in the back.

Since these were running large, I ultimately went with the Peleton Hi Vis and the Breakaway short, but the next time I feel like adding to my cycling shorts collection I would for sure try these again and be sure to try the next size down for comparison.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 3, 2017

4 5

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

I tried on 5 Terry shorts for comparison.

These have a bit of a taller waist, which is awesome for ensuring that they stay up!

They have a flat thin band of fabric across the front of the waist, and then a thicker elastic band sewn in that wraps around the back. The elastic waist is a bit more robust on these, but that will definitely help keep them in place.

I love the longer length as well, that extra half inch actually does make a different, especially if you have chubby thunder thighs (like I do!), and for whatever reason, this 8.5 inseam seemed longer than the 8.5 inseam of the other shorts I tried on.

Ultimately I decided to keep the Peleton Hi Vis and the Breakaway, for their more streamlined waist bands.

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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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