Big_Jim

Big_Jim

My body lives in Middle Georgia, but my mind resides in the Rockies

James's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Running

James's Bio

I like to be outside - that pretty much sums it up!

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Big_Jim wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

4 5

I'm 6'5", 190 lbs and this shirt fits great in size large. I would go with a capilene for working out, but for car camping/playing around outside this shirt is perfect. The material is really comfortable and it doesn't stink up. Unfortunately it will still smell like smoke after being around a campfire but such is life! Great logo, fit and material.

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Big_Jim wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

1 5

I think this logo is cursed - I had the old cotton version of this shirt is the yellow colorway, and after one wash it shrunk so wonky that it was more comfortable to wear backwards! When I saw they came out with a new version I ordered it straight away. The shirt itself is great - long, fits great, comfortable material. It's too bad the logo is misapplied and therefore is STILL WONKY! Hopefully the entire run isn't bad, but I was burned 2x on this one. Won't get fooled again.

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Big_Jim wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

4 5

Got these and loved them from the start. First of all, they are super comfy. I wear them to work because they breathe well and have just enough style. I think the height on the socks is perfect for trail running - short enough so you don't notice them, long enough to keep your ankles from getting scratched up. They are my go-to trail running socks now (over my Smartwools) and they have been holding up nicely. I hope they make more colors next year - I would definitely buy again.

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Big_Jim wrote a review of on July 3, 2011

4 5

So, I have been using this shirt for about a week (I have two and have used & laundered both), but haven't truly put it through the paces until this morning. I did the Crossfit workout "Murph", which lasted just under an hour and let me experience the pro's and con's of the Breathe 90 material.

My recurring thought is that the material is fairly analogous to merino, but lighter. The lightness of the shirt can't be overstated. It's a "barely there" material that feels great and is really smooth. Similar to merino, it breathes well until the point of saturation, then simply "holds" moisture and becomes heavy/ceases to breathe. In fact, it became so saturated this morning that I removed the shirt until the workout was over due to the "heaviness" of the garment.

As to fit, I'm 6'5" and 200lbs and the shirt fits perfectly, slim but not formfitting. I especially like the little bit of extra length in back for when I'm riding my bike.

For me, nothing on the market can beat Patagonia's Capilene 1 material for wicking performance. I have used them in the heat and humidity of GA summers and they continually perform like a champ. The only downside is in the cost of a capilene garment. That is where the Stoic Breathe shirt kills it - if you find it on sale/SAC, it's a deal you can't pass up.

So, for the TLDR'ers out there:
PROs - extremely light, great fit, price is right, works well for many different applications
CONs - reaches sweat saturation fairly quickly (YMMV)

Good job Stoic!

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Big_Jim wrote a review of on February 26, 2011

2 5

So i lusted for this jacket for quite a while. I wanted the Arc'teryx Atom LT but the price was too much - and I went w/ the Thermawrap BC after getting a deal. Plus, the orange is an awesome color and looks even better in person. I agree w/ the below reviewers on two main points: 1) the fit is not as advertised and 2) the stretchy material at the sleeves and sides degrades fairly quickly. I ended up sending this back and going with the Atom LT, as I should have done in the first place.

For reference, I am a lean 6'5", 190 lbs, and the Atom LT fits like a second skin.

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Big_Jim wrote a review of on December 15, 2010

4 5

So I am currently using the 12 in version to keep my pants out of my bike chain. Just one of the many daily uses I get outta this piece of gear. Keep it on you at all times, and you will continue to find uses for it. Good, solid stuff.

Ideally, this strap would have a TINY bit more elasticity, but I'm guessing that would compromise it's strength, which is substantial. So that's why only 4 stars, but at this price w/ so many uses, you shouldn't hesitate to purchase.

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Big_Jim wrote a review of on October 26, 2009

4 5

Three reasons this garment is worth the price:
1. No stink - you could wear this for a few weeks and never know it didn't come right out of the laundry.
2. The fit - nice and tight, very performance oriented cut. It looks great under a button down and all by itself. You get so much value out of this shirt because you can wear it with anything, rock it just with jeans, or lounge around in it at home. Plus, since you don't have to wait for it to make it out of the hamper, you get that much more wear out of it. Hands-down a terrific value.
3. The length - nice and long, even on me (I'm 6'5"). Long enough that I can tuck it in and it will stay put. Also, when I wear the shirt by itself, I don't have to worry about it coming up too short.

It easy to see why these have almost sold out. One last thought - even though it's a thin, fine grade of wool, it's very warm and will keep you toasty even by itself.

The only reason why I do not give 5 stars is becuase my shirt was mis-sewn - the seams are not symmetrical and it bugs the hell out of me. It just wears funny, plus it doesn't look as nice.

Great job Icebreaker!

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