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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 June 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Giro has always made great helmets. I am a medium in this one, which is what I expected from past Giro helmets.

Ember Pros:
Good ventilation
Simple to adjust straps
Super simple to adjust the overall fit with the dial in the back - I LOVE this dial over other types of helmet adjusters, it's easy, works well, and it's comfortable.

Ember Cons:
My hair gets stuck in the MIPS liner, even if I am just placing the helmet on my head for a second or two. There is no way around it and it rips my hair out. So, I've solved this issue by always riding with a cycling cap, which has the added benefit of a visor when the sun is in my eyes, so it turned into a win/win in the end. Not to mention it's easier to toss a sweaty cycling cap into the washing machine vs the helmet.

For the super hot summer days I like the Castelli Summer Cycling Cap (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/castelli-summer-cycling-cap-womens) and for average hot days, I like the POC Resistance Pro XC (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/poc-resistance-pro-xc-cap)

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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 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

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

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

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

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

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

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 April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

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 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

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

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

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

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 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

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 Wikstromwrote a review of on March 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great seamless comfort, love that part!

One upside is the adjustable straps, but you then have the small downside of the plastic ring the straps attach to. If you are planning to wear this under a backpack, I would recommend the PHD Racerback, or the Double Strappy instead.

Otherwise, by comparison, this has similar coverage to the Racerback, and more coverage than the double strappy. And generally awesome merino comfort and stretch.

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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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