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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on February 12, 2014

2 5

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

I bought this jacket because it was incredibly thin and lightweight and claimed to be waterproof. Wore this in light-ish rain for ~1.5 hours. Given that it's supposedly waterproof, my friend (who did not have waterproof anything with her) put her phone in this jacket's pocket to prevent it from getting wet. An hour later when I gave her her phone back, the phone was very wet. Needless to say, this jacket is not waterproof. If you're considering it anyways, I found the jacket to run short. I'm 5'4" 130lbs wear a small in Icebreaker, medium in North Face. The medium in this fit much better than the small.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on February 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I'm 34A and used to wear these in small. Bought them again this season (2013 winter) and the small was too tight even though my old pairs still fit. Returned for a medium -- more fabric but fit much better. These are the only bras I will hike/exercise in.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on December 19, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wear the Rush Tight jogging in the mornings. It is pretty much perfect for me. I am 5'4" 135lbs 39" hip. I wear a medium even though the size chart says I could be a small -- the small is most definitely too tight for me. The medium has no issues with either the waist or the hip. The pants do not fall and are not see through for me. The length hits maybe an inch or two below the knee. There is a small pocket in the back above the hip for house keys. As with all icebreaker products, these pants excel during cold weather activities that produce a lot of sweat. The pants breathe like no synthetic ever has. Next plan is to wear these to soccer.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on August 11, 2011

5 5

I'm not super athletic, so I can't speak for this thing in marathons. But I did take them hiking w/ me. They work like a charm. I can be dead tired and not able to take another step, pop one or two, chew, add water, and off I go again. My personal favorite is the blueberry pomegranate. Also I've found that if I open a pack and come back to it tomorrow (or even a few days after), it's still good, just the outside dries slightly, making it less chewy.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on January 12, 2011

5 5

Review update:
Previously I said this jacket had some serious issues with its cut. Well, considering the inevitable garment-to-garment variations during manufacturing, I exchanged the garment I had for a new one. I've since been living in this jacket for days. Here are my thoughts:

[ Fabric ] The fabric for the Igloo is niiiiice. The outer is smooth, the inside is fleece (merino wool fleece). While the fleece isn't quite as teddy-bear soft as the really nice polyester stuff, over a thin shirt it's not noticeable at all. The fabric is also substantial, so the jacket as a whole is soft and warm. It's the first Icebreaker jacket I've actually liked.

[ Cut ] I am 5'4", measurements 34" - 28" - 38", and ordered a small. Aside from the inconsistencies in cut from garment to garment (Icebreaker, quality control pleeeease), the jacket does look sharp. The cut however seems to be meant for street wear, as the sleeve-to-shoulder section is cut similarly to a pea coat (not raglan sleeves). Therefore, the arm mobility is not stellar. The waist area is smaller than I would have expected, so if you're a bit bulgy in the middle, consider ordering a size up. The arms are nice and long, but not too wide -- I don't think I'd even try to wear anything thick underneath. The hood, once zipped, is tight, but not uncomfortably so. Overall, I'd say this jacket is form-fitting but not skin-tight. It's definitely an outer full-zip sweater-jacket layer.

[ Color ] The color "divine" is a deep purple and more feminine than the Icebreaker color "Java". The "merlot" trim is medium-deep a grape purple. The hood is lined in the "merlot" fabric. The pockets are lined in the "divine" fabric. The zipper itself is "divine", but the unzipped portions have a "merlot" trim. I was surprisingly pleased with this color combination -- Icebreaker is definitely improving its color selection (IMO).

[ Verdict ] This has become my THE full-zip sweater-jacket. I love that this garment is much more robust than a cashmere full-zip, and much more normal-looking than any other sport-zip I've found. I'd definitely recommend giving this jacket a try, and I hope that Icebreaker comes out with many more fleece jackets in the future.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on May 6, 2010

5 5

This is my new favorite icebreaker shirt, and I have quite a few. I love the 200 weight fabric and prefer it over the 190. V-neck is deeper and cut is longer than the Flight V. Can dress it up or down. Have both the Abyss and Fiesta colors. FYI Abyss is slightly lighter in color than shown in the photo, and the color Fiesta is slightly more tame in real life (though not by much). I only wish the scribe print was more visible -- the photo's quite accurate. For those who are new to icebreaker, sizing chart is accurate (chest-wise).

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on November 17, 2009

2 5

I'm new to leather clogs, so I don't know how Danskos used to fit. What I do know is Dansko recently moved their manufacturing to China. The original Dansko manufacturer in Europe, Sanita, then chose to sell their original Dansko clogs under the Sanita name. I recently purchased both the Dansko and Sanita Cabrio clogs, and the Sanitas to me were way better. Here's a quick comparison: (1) Outer soles -- the Dansko outer soles were a hard and smooth plastic material, not as hard as LEGOs but not too far off. This made the shoes slippery (I could do pirouettes easily in these) and I constantly had to watch my step. The Sanita outer soles however were softer, kind of rubbery, and the grip to the floor was much better. (2) Footbed -- I don't have problematic feet, so to me they were about the same. (3) Leather upper -- the Sanitas definitely outshined the Danskos in the leather upper. The Dansko leather was very stiff and rigid, therefore uncomfortable to wear (I guess unless you constantly twist your ankle). Worst of all, it reeked of a very strong chemical smell that I couldn't stand, the effect of which is worse than smelling a permanent marker. The Dansko leather did not have the typical clean leather smell at all. The Sanita leather was much softer and more supple, making the shoe much more comfortable to wear. The leather also smelled the way leather should. (4) Color -- the brown Dansko Cabrio and the brown Sanita Cabrio basically were the same color. (5) Sizing -- the Dansko pair seemed a weeny bit bigger than the Sanita pair. Anyways, if you are thinking about purchasing the Dansko Cabrio clogs, I suggest you check out Sanita clogs too. Unfortunately, backcountry.com does not carry Sanita, but Zappos.com and other online retailers do.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on October 11, 2009

4 5

I'm a huge icebreaker fan, but have had trouble finding a pair of lightweight merino pants that I like. Figured I'd give Patagonia's merino a chance, and boy am I impressed. The merino for this pant is very soft, like buttery cotton-jersey soft -- it's a different knit from icebreaker. There is no waist elastic in the pant -- the fabric itself is stretchy enough -- so the pant does not become uncomfortable at the waist area. The fabric drapes very well and looks very nice. No pockets though :-( I'm 5'4", 39" hip. Got a medium, which fit great except it was TOO LONG. I had to sew the pant legs up a little. I'd say this pant in M is closer to 32"-33" inseam. I wear this for yoga, morning jogs, and lounging around the house since they're so comfy. Would be a 5-star if they offered it in short and added pockets.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on September 19, 2009

5 5

Loved it so much I bought two. Finally a cute pair of womens' capris with large cargo pockets! Front pockets are deep with mesh interiors. Tie waist is indeed low-rise. I'm 5'4" and the capri length just covers my knee caps, maybe a bit lower when the waist is tied looser. Have a 39" hip and the size 8 fits very well. Fabric is light weight but sturdy. Buttons are flat so I can sleep in these without the buttons jamming into me. Aegean color is more blue-green than shown in the photo -- it's a beautiful rich color. Stone color is a light khaki that goes with just about anything.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on August 15, 2009

4 5

I have these in blue and they're really nice. The color is beautiful and the print is very unique. The V-neck is not too low cut as it doesn't show the Icebreaker cami I wear underneath. Sleeves are very short and cut at a diagonal. I can and do wear these to work and for exercise. I only wish this shirt was 1"-2" longer -- these seem shorter than my 190 Tech Ts. For those who are new to Icebreaker, this shirt is a 190 weight, which is lightweight but not the lightest (lightest = 140). I'd wear this shirt up to maybe 90 degrees F. Soft and silky as are all Icebreaker 190 garments. Just bought the black one too since it's a great exercise top (V-neck and short short sleeves make this a very vented shirt).

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on August 15, 2009

4 5

These are Kaenons, so lens quality is said for. I'm only commenting on the look of the shades. These are "retro-inspired" shades, meaning they look like (somewhat) updated versions of sunglasses from movies depicting 1960-ish women in convertibles wearing lots of lipstick. I was going for a particular look w/ my shades, so I tried the Eden, Georgia, and Porter. Decided to keep the Georgia but that's just personal preference.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on August 15, 2009

5 5

These are amazing. Never thought I'd pay ~$200 on sunglasses, but I guess that's around the same price for a good pair of glasses (for those of us who are near-sighted). These things made my Oakleys look like child's play, for two reasons. (1) While my Oakleys (non-polarized) just made things look darker/gray-er, these Kaenons (gray lens) made things look darker yet somehow still bright. It's odd how the Kaenon gray lens still looked copper-ish compared to the Oakley gray lenses. The Kaenon therefore had better contrast. (2) As everybody else said, Kaenons have superior lens clarity. After I got used to my Kaenon, looking through my Oakley felt like looking out of a dirty windshield. Had to give up my Oakley shades, now just wear Kaenon Georgia. As for look, it's really personal preference. The Georgia is larger (lenses and temple width) than the Porter and it has a lot of attitude.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on June 28, 2009

3 5

As the others said, this thing has large armholes. They're cut close to the pits, which is great, but they're somehow still too big, such that there's this sag unless you've got a huge bust (even for a size small, which was what I ordered). Also, as much as I love icebreaker, I do wish their manufacturing was more consistent -- the shirt I got had a roomier left side than right side. *sigh* liked the style and hummingbird print/stitches in the back, just wish it'd fit.

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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on June 20, 2009

3 5

Shirt is very thin. Got the blue, shirt's background color is more beige than white. Actual shirt feels kind of like paper, more like the material of a really crisp men's shirt than a soft jersey t-shirt. Probably will be comfy for really warm days, but that's not the application I got this for. Not worth the $75 in my opinion.

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