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CaliAtHeart wrote a review of on December 5, 2014

4 5

I've been wearing Icebreaker regularly since 2007. Recently purchased the Iris long sleeve because of its tunic length. It's not a slam dunk for me .. lots of pros and cons to this item.

First, to clear up any confusions:
- The fabric is IB's 200 shirt fabric. It's not lofty. It's not RealFleece. It's not terry looped. It's the shirt fabric -- the same thing as the 150 fabric except 200.
- The color "Burgundy" is heathered dark purple. Equinox is heathered blue.
- Dolman sleeves are loose sleeves. These sleeves are regular sleeves. Regular IB sleeves.

Pros: I absolutely love the Burgundy color. It's rich, beautifully heathered and pairs gorgeously with an IB scoopneck or tank in the color Vivid. I also like that the item is tunic length. Covers my rear end with no issue. And when layered over (1) a linen tank under (2) an IB 150 tech scoopneck, I actually started burning up a little with this on. That's almost never happened before.

Cons: I have no idea what to do with the cowl neck. As another reviewer commented the neckline is cut very low. You absolutely must layer something underneath if you want to guarantee decency throughout the day. Unfortunately because the IB fabric drapes as it does the cowl neck looks very limp. It's cut too low to allow a different drape. Looks fine from the front. I think it looks silly from the side. But that's just me.

I like the purple color so much I will keep it despite the cons. Not sure I will keep the blue.

For sizing reference I'm 5'4" 125lbs 34 bust 29 waist. I've always been a small in IB, no difference for this item.

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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 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 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

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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