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Ashleigh Day wrote a review of on February 8, 2012

5 5

Very warm and easy to layer. As others have mentioned, you feel the heat retention almost instantly after layering this piece. Just took this on a 4-day backpacking trip of Lost Coast in Jan/Feb and wore the fleece everyday and couldn't be happier. It dries quickly if you get caught in the rain. The powerstretch panels take a bit longer to dry than the hi-loft areas.

The description mentions windpro material, however, there is nothing windproof or wind-resistant about this fleece. The wind cuts through at any angle, especially if your arms are not by their sides. I happen to like this as I found the piece quite breathable, but layering a shell for wind/rain is expected.

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Ashleigh Day wrote an answer about on December 15, 2010

This question is also discussed in the Patagonia down sweater section. I have owned the '09 and '10 Stoic sweaters ('10 was replacement for stitching). I think the Patagonia may have a had the edge over the '09 Stoic, don't own the Patagonia, just seen tons of people wearing it. The Stoic is much loftier and should be warmer. The 2010 uses the same shell fabric as Patagonia, quality of materials and stitching are similar seem top notch now and are very big improvements over prior. Fit is much better than the Patagonia...for my body type.

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Ashleigh Day wrote a review of on August 4, 2010

5 5

Went from carrying a blue foamie and a therma ridge-rest to this pad. I'm a back and side sleeper and would wake up with bruises, not anymore, I can sleep however I want for as long as I need. I went back and forth between this and the new Neo Air, but this one is warmer, tougher, quieter, and happens to be substantially cheaper.

It does weigh a few ounces more, but the benefits outweigh the weight...bad pun. Also, I don't want to think about bringing a closed cell pad until it's in the low teens. The pad is also surprisingly durable and while I wouldn't abuse it, I've heard of people using it directly on the snow and as a raft.

The pad is excellent for couples too. My girlfriend bought one as well and got couplers, which is why we went with regulars instead of the mummy. Also, I don't have strong lungs, and both of us can blow up our pads in 45 seconds-2 minutes at a steady pace, even at 12,000ft. at the base of Whitney last week.

Bottom line:

These pads, plus a 2-pound JRB quilt + silk liner + Go-Lite Shangri 2=very very comfortable, warm 4-season system that works just as well in the summer at 60+ F as it does at 20 F...haven't tested lower or added clothing, all for a little over 4 pounds a person, can't be beat. Get one!

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