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Matthew S. wrote a review of on December 4, 2008

3 5

Obsessive compulsive and in the market for a new backpack, I ordered this pack, three North Face packs, and the more technical Osprey Atmos 35 to see which one I liked best. Like all Osprey products, the Circuit pack is made incredibly well -- great stitching, zippers, compartment design (including a dedicated semi-firm compartment for a 17" laptop, etc.

But unlike the Atmos 35 (same great quality AND great fit), the Circuit's fit was quite poor. The shoulder straps did not tighten enough for me, causing the pack to sit about 1.5 inches off my back and uncomfortably shift the weight of the books I inserted into my lower back. There was no way around this problem. If you have a wide torso (wide as viewed from the profile), this shouldn't be a problem, but if you have a narrow torso like me, I'd recommend you look elsewhere. (Incidentally, I ended up choosing the North Face Box Shot -- not as well made, not made from recycled materials, but a better fit. Because I needed a more school/work-oriented backpack, I didn't choose the Osprey Atmos 35, but that would have been my first choice for a more technical pack.)

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Matthew S. wrote a review of on September 16, 2008

5 5

I have two of these beanies and can't wear them enough. As other reviewers note, they are thin and so not suitable for really cold weather. But for all other conditions they're great -- soft, durable (despite some other buyers' experiences), warm, and good looking. Of particular concern to me was sizing -- I have a small head for a man (6 7/8 inches). These fit great (but also could fit normal-sized heads too -- you might pause, though, if you have a really big head). Note that the red version is much more the color of its name (merlot) than its photo (i.e., it's not as red as it looks), and, as another reviewer noted, the brown is substantially darker than it appears in its photo.

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Matthew S. wrote a review of on August 9, 2008

3 5

I am surprised I'm the only one who's had this problem (at least among the reviewers), but there just isn't enough material up front, in the crotch, to make these comfortable. The material is fantastic and the cut is otherwise great, but there's a definite effect of compressing and pushing down the goods with this product. I'd be all over these if they had some more room in the front.

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Matthew S. wrote a review of on June 7, 2006

5 5

This jacket is as light as it looks, and yet it offers great water resistance and remarkable stretch at the elbows and in other places where you need it. Seams are sturdily constructed. The fit runs on the small side, often size small is too big for me, but this one wasn't. No hood and "razor"-thin material means it can't be used for heavy downpours, but it's a great jacket for short outings.

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Matthew S. wrote a review of on April 26, 2006

2 5

I never write reviews, and I really like most of The North Face's stuff, but I feel compelled to sound a warning note here. I bought two of these jackets, one for me and one for my friend as a gift, and both of us experienced MAJOR pilling of the fabric after very limited use. Anywhere the fabric comes into contact with a pack or even itself, it pills. Until The North Face changes the fabric, I'd avoid buying this product. (As for the other reviews, I am small and ordered a size small and it fit perfectly -- I had no need to size down as others seemed to. Also, the monkey holes are a great feature. If only the jacket did not look like it was made of cotton balls after a few uses.)

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