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Lo wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

3 5

First for the good stuff. These fit much better than the Icebreaker Nature 200 bottoms. The elastic waist tapers in and the merino has a nice stretch in case you're of a curvier persuasion. The merino is very soft and not scratchy at all. I was worried because I often will get hives from wool fiber, but I have worn these without any incident.

At first I was really happy about how thin these are, but on further consideration, I'm wondering if that's why they don't seem quite warm enough. I actually got this in combination with an Icebreaker jacket, and neither of them have successfully warmed me up indoors. I've had wool sweater tights in the past (nothing fancy - just some that I found in a department store) and I have to say that I found the sweater tights much warmer...and cheaper! Perhaps these will do a better job under more active conditions but I'm not holding my breath.

Also - the fit seems to run a bit large. I'm 5'2" and 115 lbs and NEVER wear a XS in bottoms. I'd ordered a Small but it's too big - from the knee down it's loose and drape-y, so I'd suggest going down a size if you're smaller framed. These are also about a good 4" too long for me, so good news for the taller ladies out there.

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Lo wrote a review of on December 5, 2011

3 5

I had high hopes for this jacket. Firstly, I expected it, at minimum, to keep me warm in our house as an extra layer. Our house isn't *that* freezing (about 67 F), but even as a third layer, I haven't noticed that much of a difference. I have cheap acrylic sweaters that keep me warmer than this jacket. (Ha, and I was expecting it to help out on a trip to Iceland - what was I thinking?!)

Secondly, the fact that it doesn't have hand pockets is really annoying. Yeah, yeah, I know - it's supposed to be a layering piece meant for active sports. At least that's what the gals told me at the Icebreaker store told me in explanation about why they don't make the magic combo of thumbholes + pockets. But the reality is that sometimes you're still going to hang out, "active" person or not, and it would be nice to be able to keep your fingers warm while you're at it.

I have no complaints whatsoever about the fit - nice shapely tailored look to it. I like the high collar, but be warned that the hood is VERY snug especially if you have shoulder-length or longer hair, and it's not like I have a massive noggin.

I got the black and have found that in the few times I've worn it that it really is a lint magnet. Keep that lint brush handy if you go with a dark color!

All in all, kind of meh about this one.

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