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Darksider

Darksider

Midwest

Darksider's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Darksider'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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Darksiderwrote 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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Darksiderwrote a review of on August 25, 2009

5 5

I do not underestand why some of the reviewers are calling this a jacket...

Basically this is an extremely nice zip-up fleece. The Polartec material is fleeced on the inside, yet it is knit and look like a sweater on the outside. This is not a super technical piece, but it should layer well. It has the cut, sizing, and styling of other Arc'teryx pieces.

I do like the sweater, but I do not know who in their right mind would pay the MSRP! Definately buy it on sale.

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Darksiderwrote 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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Darksiderwrote 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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Darksiderwrote 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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Darksiderwrote 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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Darksiderwrote a review of on June 12, 2009

4 5

As the other reviews stated, it is see-through. One can see whatever you are wearing underneath it, and even the tag along the side. However, that has not been a problem since my wife wears it over a long sleeve shirt as a sort of light-weight hooded vest. Used in that fashion, it keeps her warm when there is a slight chill without having to put on a heavier layer.

The lilac color is a pinkish color with a hint of purple.

I would estimate that the weight of the fabric (based on other Backcountry, Smartwool, and Icebreaker merino products that we have) is between 120 and 140.

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Darksiderwrote a review of on May 27, 2009

4 5

I was looking for a shirt that would be able to function in town (or the office) and in turn could be utilized for light trail duty. The Envoy is up to that task, and it also makes a good travel shirt.

A note on the Invigor fabric... The label says it is 100% polyester, but it feels stretchy like it has lycra in it and it has a nylon-like feel to it. This is not really a con, but I wanted to let others know what the fabric is like since I could not find too many details on it when I was looking at the shirt.

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Darksiderwrote a review of on May 16, 2009

5 5

I was curious what the material would be like, and so far I am not disappointed. It is not like the fleeced-back soft shell of, say, a North Face Bionic jacket. The material is like ski pants made out of fabric by Schoeller.

These shorts are perfect for hiking and climbing, and I will probably use them mountain biking, too. They have a rugged build, yet flex well. The zippered front pockets will make sure that nothing hops out of your pockets no matter what you are doing.

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Darksiderwrote a review of on May 12, 2009

5 5

I picked up this dress for my fiancee to wear to her wedding shower. It was a hit! The dress is cool and casual, yet the embroidered pattern gives it a touch of class. She received many compliments on it.

The outer layer is a light cotton, but it is also lined with another layer of light cotton fabric as to not be see-through.

Also, Horny Toad states that this made out of 100% organic cotton on their website.

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Darksiderwrote a review of on May 11, 2009

5 5

For activities in warm weather, this shirt is going to be hard to beat. The shirt is lightweight (lighter than my Icebreaker 190), and breathes and wicks as one would expect merino clothes to do.

The merino wool is soft, and get softer with each washing. The quality is just as nice as the Icebreaker and Smartwool tops that are in my house.

Overall, great buy if you are looking to get a lightweight shirt.

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Darksiderwrote a review of on May 8, 2009

5 5

I picked a few of these up for myself and family members. The bottles are of excellent quality, and everyone has been pleased.

Of note, it is possible to use the bottle with the straw removed if you prefer tilting it to drink versus using the straw.

The designs are fun, and make the bottle a bit different from all the Nalgene bottles out there.

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