Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstrom

Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Southern Utah desert, Idaho, Wyoming, British Columbia,

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Outdoor sports photographer- mostly skiing, biking, and camping with some misc. rafting, hiking, and trail running thrown in. Smile!

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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstromwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

They seemed like sweet shorts, but far too tight for action.

I dig the outer short fabric, color, texture, and hint of stretch. If I was a size M or L so that I could have purchased a size up, I would have liked to try them out.

I did not measure them, but they seemed short for a 7 inch, or maybe it's the photo here that makes them look longer than 7 inches.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on March 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

So far, so good. These are a vast improvement over the XO Trails that we loved so much.
Little to no fade on long descents, great lever action, and much less of the angry turkeys than before.
Agree with the reviews that mention giving these a good bleed before the first use. Definitely worth it.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on March 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Been riding clips for the past couple seasons but decided to switch it up a little this year. Also have a pair of the 510s with a larger collar but they get a little hot and feel heavy.
These shoes are super comfortable and the rubber is just as sticky as any other 510 shoe. Fit is just a litttttllee bit larger in length but perfect in width!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

These days there are a ton of options for droppers. Chose this one for a few reasons...
* Air/mechanical construction has been more reliable than hydraulic designs in my experience
* Fast, smooth operation
* Easy to maintain
* One downside is that the post lever is super unwieldy and crowds the bar, but that seems to be typical feedback at this point

Overall, love this dropper!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

DAKINE made these a couple years back and my boyfriend put them through the wringer. This version has a better pocket and vent design. Similar bike shorts are really thin (and breathable) but these are a little heavier without being hot. Super durable build and really comfortable. Waist size is true to fit.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

4 5

It's extremely difficult to find a bike short when your average pant size is a 14-16. Most XXL offerings are still made for a size 10 or 12. I was VERY happy to find these shorts from Terry. The length is perfect hitting a bit above the knee, but not so far up the thigh that you end up with "sausage links" and the waist band is a touch thick in back, but it lays smooth, and doesn't dig in. Seems to be one of the hardest things for designers to get right, so kudos to Terry for this!

I generally wear a 14 or 16 bottoms depending on the brand (which would be a L or XL in Terry), but according to the size chart for waist and hip measurement I would be an XXL or larger in Terry. That is what I bought, and they fit great.

I also love the matte fabric. It is soft and very comfortable.

The chamois is a bit thick for my liking, but I understand this is a touring short! And for the record, I generally prefer almost no padding, and that is extremely hard to find, so I'm probably a weirdo anomaly in that preference. Take this with a grain of salt.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I picked these up for a 25 hr race that was expected to have cold nights. After looking at every other pair I kept these on account of the velco closure which makes the fit more adjustable. I have huge calves and found that the zip styles were only made for skinny legs. These worked out great for the night laps during the race.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Quite comfortable. Easy to install AND easy to remove. And the single sided lock-on design means you get to use the entire width of your handle bars, how novel!

You spend good money to upgrade to wider bars because it's cool, er... because of the performance and handling, so you might as well add a grip that let's you squeeze every ounce of benefit from those double-wide bars.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My hands measure 8 in circumference and 7 inches tall. The Large fits, but is still a touch snug. I'm hoping they will loosen up as they get broken in.

otherwise they are comfortable and contour nicely to the hands. The fingers seem to have a particularly smart tailoring to them where the leather is curved in at the inside bends in the fingers (reduces the bulk of the leather when bending fingers/gripping).

And you gotta love the sweat rag fabric on the thumb. That is KEY for summer riding!

Update: after using for a few months, I have one update to mention... these are not super compatible with touch screens. I usually have to take them off. But otherwise, the polka dots trump that small issue, and I still love them.

Update 2: I love them so much that I bought a second pair when one of the first disappeared. Still loving them.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
1. great female specific fit
2. magnetic attachment for the hydration hose to attach to the chest strap - LOVE this
3. stretch mesh on the sides for shoving a jacket or layer into the outer flap/pocket area
4. side stretch mesh pocket - perfect size for my phone, and so far keeps it secure but is easier access if I want to pull it and take a picture, or check the stats on my gps tracking app.
5. separate main compartment vs tool pocket vs sunglass pocket
6. mesh back panel
7. It's nice to be able to carry 3 liters of water, and I will sometimes add another .75 liter platy bottle for 20+ mile rides in the summer

Cons:
1. I put holes in the bite valve pretty early in it's life, and while it has a locking feature, it doesn't always work, and still slowly leaks. I have taken to blowing the water back down the tube so it's less likely to leak, but this is harder to do when the bladder is full.
2. in it's 2nd summer of use, I have had issues with the hydration bladder leaking, I now have to make sure the lid is screwed on as tight as possible and always double check that it's not leaking.
3. I find the pack to be most comfortable with only 1.5 liters of water. When it's maxed out at 3 liters the pack is bursting at its seams and becomes less comfortable on my back. Great for after work rides, a little bit of a bummer on the 20 mile weekend rides. Nice to have the capacity, but it could be more comfortable.
4. I think they could have done a better job with the tool organization.... I keep my pump and extra tube in the main compartment, along with a layer if I have it, or sometimes a point and shoot camera. Then I keep my multi-tool, tire levels, patch kit, etc in the smaller organizer pocket. I wish there was a separate pocket somewhere for food/snacks/bars etc.

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