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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 December 19, 2017

3 5

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

I wanted to love it, but I think my body is just not meant to ride with a fanny pack. At least not when it's loaded with water. I guess to be fair the description claims this is made for SUP and not biking, but I didn't think that would really make a difference.

On the upside, it's more low-profile vs a hip pack with a separate storage pocket, and the hose is long enough to be usable, and relatively easy to access while riding or generally on the go.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 29, 2017

5 5

Super light, great optics, and very easy to change lenses. I sometimes put the clear in my riding pack to swap out during the late evening rides.

The arms on these DO NOT have any rubber, which is a very welcome improvement vs my last pair of pivlocks where the rubber would trap a few strands of hair and rip them out every time I wore them. So that's a very welcome improvement, too! And they stay on my face just fine without the rubber on the arms. Smooth operating.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had at least 3 pairs of these now. The newest ones seem to work slightly better when it comes to operating a phone.

Simple, classic, comfortable, fun colors/patterns, and a couple nice (essential) features such as the nose-wipe thumb fabric, and articulated knuckles.

I am a medium in most women's gloves, but I wear a L in the Giro women's gloves (for a few years running now).

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These felt like the best fit straight out of the box. Like a comfortable, properly contoured glove. And a very lightweight glove at that!

I'm super impressed with how light they are, and the overall "lace design." It's SO simple and much easier to put on, and take off. I love how the boa can just pop open when you're SO ready to take off your bike shoes, and it makes it incredibly easy to slip your foot back in and tighten them up super quick before the next ride.

I really don't understand why SO many other bike shoes have laces right now. They get caked in mud and become really annoying to tie and untie, and are difficult to tighten after a certain point. I also find the ratchet straps to be a bit annoying. Pearl Izumi did it right with this design.

Unfortunately for me, I have a wider foot. So I've been getting a lot of foot pain once I start pedaling and my foot spreads or swells. It's possible that they might stretch, but I found another wider shoe that I've now been using instead and it has alleviated most of my issues. If I could buy a wide version of these I would jump on it! I also recently found out Giro is making "H.V." or "high volume" for us wide footed people, so that will be another one I look into for the future.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

4 5

SO MANY USES:
Extra hydration in the bike pack for extra long rides.

Packable and lightweight extra hydration while backpacking or hiking.

And they are awesome as frozen ice packs in the cooler for the weekend - creates a nice hunk of ice, AND you have cold water to drink once it melts, so you are using that cooler space more efficiently. BUT, you must be careful not to freeze them if they are too full or you will break the seal. Their older, first generation plastics seem to have held up better for me, but I totally understand they are not exactly intended to be ice packs.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

LOVE:
The Vibram grip
Lightweight minimalist style
The tongue and collar are generally comfortable (i found the other minimalist styles to dig into my ankle a bit, this one is a little more on the traditional side).

CON
Just 1, it felt short in the heel for me. I ended up finding a different pair of New Balance where my heel sits deeper. I had to sacrifice the vibram grip and overall better durability though.

Otherwise I was really digging these, and if my current ones fall apart I will probably look at trying these out again.

Also, I am a Women's 9.5 teetering on needing a wide, which is why I was trying the men's shoe in a size 8.0, and the fit was feeling good in the width and length for me.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I actually bought it for road biking. I'm a long time mountain biker, first time road biker. I find that I love it for both purposes.

The visors on MTB helmets are generally useless when it comes to blocking the sun. This visor has actually been a major help riding at sunset.

The fabric in the back is a touch on the bulky side where the elastic is sewn in, so I just make sure I line it up below the back of my helmet, and it's all good.

As far as temps go, I haven't used it in mid-summer desert heat, but for late summer, and a cool fall, it has been perfect so far.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tried these at the same time as the Freerider Pro and have been using the Freerider Canvas for about a year already.

These are rad, I almost kept them, but needed to make a decision between these and the Pro, so I went with the ultra dirt and water shedding Pro version. If money were no object I would keep these, too!

9.5 is my usual shoe size, and these seemed to fit great in the 9.5 for me.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on October 13, 2017

5 5

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

Upgraded from the Freerider Canvas (which I already loved), and love the quick drying and easier dirt shedding outer vs the canvas.
I usually wear a 9.5 and went with the 9.5 here, too.
They seem to have a touch more arch suport than my Freerider Canvas, though it's possible that will break in, so I will update after more rides.
And I love that they are available in light grey (vs black or darker colors) because I live in the desert and black is too hot!

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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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