Re Wikstrom is a top photographer in the ski industry specializing in shooting female skiers. Her work has been seen across the globe in the likes of Powder, Skiing, Freeskier, Backcountry Magazine, The Ski Journal, Down Days Journal, and has been given honors in national and international competitions. Her work began with a passion for skiing and an internship with Powder and Bike Magazines. Eight years later Re is still pursuing her mission of supporting women’s freeskiing, while also working as a full time staff photographer for Backcountry.com.
When not shooting photos of ripping women in the winter snow, or mountain biking, road biking, hiking, camping, rafting, etc. in the summer, she can be found go-karting, laughing, skiing, mountain biking, or camping anywhere within a 5 to 25 hour drive of Salt Lake City.
Re loves Contrejour 35 and says of it: “Before the Contrejour 35, I had to buy the lightest and smallest backcountry gear (often the most expensive, too) in order to fit it into my pack, such as the short handled shovel, ultra light and short probe, ultra light skins missing half their fabric down the center, ultra light layers, sample sized cliff bars, and generally would have to fore-go any thought of carrying water. Sure I like eating snow, but I hear that’s pretty inefficient for hydration. Extra goggles, mittens, notebook, headlamp, or even, heaven forbid, a 3rd layer? Forget it. Hiking or biking with my camera pack in the summer was also not an option unless I was looking for a reason to pop some painkillers.
I tried on other packs, but my torso is short, I wear a helmet for a lot of the activities I shoot, which tends to get in the way, and it seemed to me like other companies forget that camera gear is heavy. I now have the Contrejour 35 stocked with 1 – 2 more lenses than before and I can finally carry my good probe, water, two extra layers, extra mittens, and extra goggles for those really wet days and still have room for more! And, the beauty of this pack is that when I put it on, fully loaded, it feels the same, if not lighter, than my old pack. I am always tricked into thinking it is a smaller pack until I see my reflection and remember, no, no, it’s just a much better design!