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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 Wikstromwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

3 5

It's great that it collapses to it's narrow shape when empty. Otherwise, this design has me confused. As you fill with water the middle rectangle sections push out, but it doesn't create a stable platform to stay upright, so it's bound to fall over. You are better off leaving it on it's side. I imagine it will have a tendency to fall over and the spout will constantly end up in the dirt.

The price is great, and it get's the job done, so I will keep it and give it a try.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up in the spring and LOVE the comfort, look, and grip. They go easily from trail to almost anywhere.

I don't ride flats all the time, and my previous flat pedal shoes were the Five Ten Impact Karver which were a bit narrow and stiff as a flat shoe for me and my feet would ache on long rides. I had also sized down when I bought the Karvers (down to a 9), and while the length was perfect, I think they might have been too narrow.

So I decided it was time for a more forgiving flat pedal shoe, and I also decided to stick with my normal size (9.5) to fit the width of my foot better.

I need to lace them up a little extra tight as a result, otherwise my feet will slide forward, but the proper fit in the width is really worth it for me.

I find these to be a little soft for longer rides (certainly softer vs the Karvers), so keep that in mind when choosing your shoe.

I am tempted to turn these into my everyday sneakers though. Aside from being a bit soft on long rides, I love everything else about them. (And as a bonus, I love that they come in a lighter color - grey- which is far more ideal for hot desert climates)

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tried these on at the same time as the Sombrio Summit shorts. They seem to be the same length, and the Summit claims to be a 13" inseam.

These are a more abrasion resistant fabric, so a bit thicker vs the summit, and less stretch, but they are made to accommodate a curvy figure as needed (i.e. with the side waist adjustment tabs, gusseted crotch, etc) AND made to accommodate padded shorts underneath. I think these might run a touch larger than the summit shorts, and with the thicker fabric I found the Summit to be just a little bit more comfortable and better fit for my needs.

These would be great for accommodating pads underneath though, so keep that in mind! If you don't intend to wear pads, it sounds like you may want to size down, though in my case, I think sizing down would have been too small to pedal in. I could be wrong though?

I also like the design of these pockets over the summit. The openning is a little wider, and easier to get your hands in and out to access whatever you're storing in there.

A quick note on the green "Lapis" color above... it looks closer to a grass or true green in the photo, but in reality is more like a teal green. Personally I was hoping for a true green.

Overall, these are still great shorts if they fit your needs.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 8, 2016

5 5

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

Ohh, Thank you Sombrio! Curvy girls love riding bikes, too!

I just picked these up and tried them on, so I haven't used them on the trail yet, but I am SO impressed with the fit, that I had to leave a review immediately.

I bought the XL, and most XL's in the bike industry fit like a medium. I am SO happy to say these fit, and they fit really well, and they don't cause sausage rolls in the waist, and they are even flattering on the backside. I generally wear a 14-16 bottom in women's sizing (depending on brand), and the XL is perfect for me. Needs a little adjusting in the waist, but this is why they offer the adjustment tabs. So it's great!

The fabric here is a bit lighter overall and has a really nice stretch to it (perfect for being active and moving). And the waist has adjustment tabs on both sides for a custom fit.

The pockets will easily fit ID and credit card, and the left front pocket has a lanyard hiding inside it. The pockets are a touch narrow, so not quite as ideal for a phone, but most phones will probably fit.

They also have two pockets in the rear. One plain low profile zipper and one flap style. I think it's more for looks really, but they are both functional if you want to use them.

I also tried on the V'al shorts. They are the same length, with a burlier fabric, and a similar fit, but I liked these Summit shorts just slightly better overall for my purposes (lighter stretch fabric, and overall fit). If you want a more abbrasion resistant fabric, check out the V'al: http://www.backcountry.com/sombrio-val-short-womens

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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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