I am 6'6" with a 48" chest and I went with an XXL--I am glad that I did. It has a nice athletic fit, without being skin tight which is what I wanted. The body is a great length, and the arms are even long on me (which I like)!
If you are familiar with the Backcountry.com long-sleeve merino crew shirts, you will be happy to know that the thumb-holes are usable, and in the correct spot.
Finally, the weight. I would estimate the weight to be about 120g/m2 (maybe 140g/m2 at the most). It feels about the same weight as the Backcountry.com short-sleeve merino shirts or a SmartWool microweight. The merino soft, and of good quality.
This one is pretty much the same, but for a woman: http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/The-North-Face-Impulse-1-4-Zip-Top-Long-Sleeve-Womens/TNF2599M.html
You can take a look at all of the women's, long-sleeve performance shirts here:
I have not had a problem with shrinkage in any of my merino gear (Icebreaker, Smartwool, and Backcountry brands). I wash my merino in cold water and lay flat to dry. I also use Sport Wash, but I am sure that anything that rinses clean would work also.
I was a little doubtful at first at what good 12% merino would do for a polyester shirt. It is not a night-and-day difference, but the shirt is super soft and comfortable yet still wicks awesomely.
I liked the shirt so much, I got two of them when they were on sale.
Icebreaker has them listed as 150.
As far as the color combos are concerned, you might want to open a chat with a BC employee if you think the pictures up above are incorrect.
Only as much as woven cotton fabric has. There is no Lycra or anything like that in the dress--it is 100% cotton.
I have the GTX version of these shoes, and they are awesome. My heel was locked so that it did not slip, and there was just the right amount of room in the toebox. The grip should handle anything that is thrown at it. Great shoe!
I have this hat in the 'Blackbird' color and I love it. It is warm and breathes well. It also fits my head well, and does not have any of that extra material bulging-up in weird spots. As other reviewers pointed out, it covers the back of my head behind the ears, too.
I won't lie--the big bird logo definitely shows the love!
Sizing is a good athletic cut. Great fleece vest with wind blocking abilities.
It is totally worth the sale price that it is currently at!
The fleeced back of the soft shell fabric is throughout the entire jacket, including the sleeves
This shirt has a great casual look that fits in no matter if you are in town or hanging around camp. Since it is made of polyester, it has a slight technical side as well as easy care. Makes a great travel shirt, too.
I am a big fan of this shirt and the Hopper because they have all the benefits of merino wool, but with an athletic t-shirt fit (not too tight, but not baggy t-shirt either).
The quality of the shirt and the merino fabric itself is all top-notch, and the 'devil' color is an awesome orange-red.
If only these shirts were cheaper--then I would not have to own any cotton or poly shirts!
I agree with wan2787354. I think that it works wonderfully as a shell for 4-seasons use. It is completely waterproof for use as a rain jacket, and if one wears insulating layers underneath it works during colder pursuits as well.
That said, it is still a jacket. You will be a bit warm if you are really pushing yourself during an 85 degree summer rain.
This is a decent shirt if you are looking for a quick-wicking polyester shirt at a good price (when on sale). I do not really buy into the 'odor-negating' properies, as it seems to perform like a normal poly shirt. It works if you are going for a run around your neighborhood or a workout at the gym. I would not recommend it for a multi-day backpacking/outdoor trip.
This shirt looks great (raspberry color), and performs great, too. It is a bit thin as others have stated, but 'see-throughness' was not really a problem with the raspberry color.
Because the material is thin, it works well in warm weather, but is is not the most durable. It is worth it if you like the colors, but make sure that you get it on sale as I would not pay full price.
Alpaca wool is warm and soft, and this beanie is no exception. It worked wonderfully for my wife during a trip to the Canadian Rockies.
No, there is no drawstring on the hood.
The trim is slightly bunched and the material has some stretch--that is about it as far as how it stays on your head. You can kind of see it in the picture.
No, there is no built in shelf bra or anything like that.