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Travis's Passions

Backpacking
Hiking

Travis's Bio

I love hiking and camping, and, the combination of the two, backpacking. Recently, I started trail running. I do some mountain biking and gym climbing as well.

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Darksider wrote a review of on November 11, 2009

5 5

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.

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Darksider wrote a review of on August 18, 2009

5 5

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!

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Darksider wrote a review of on July 28, 2009

5 5

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!

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Darksider wrote an answer about on July 21, 2009

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.

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Darksider wrote a review of on July 21, 2009

4 5

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.

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Darksider wrote a review of on July 21, 2009

4 5

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.

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