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Meg wrote a review of on September 14, 2012

5 5

Considering its thickness, I found this fleece is surprisingly lightweight and fast-drying, making it a great choice for traveling. I've used it in Antarctica and the Norwegian mountains, and it has held up well and kept me warm on the ship or in the cabin. (When I'm more active, I usually have to switch to a lighter fleece.) It is a bit bulky, so it took up a bit of space in my pack when I wasn't wearing it.

I'm 5'3, 128lbs, 34"chest, and the Small fits fine over a light- to mid-weight base.

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Meg wrote a review of on November 25, 2011

5 5

I bought the "prickly pear-lemon balm" green on sale to use as a base layer, figuring that the color wouldn't matter if it was underneath something else. It's such a great top that I'm now thinking of buying some of the other colors to wear on their own (it's definitely bright green, and I generally wear more neutral and dark colors). The fit is relaxed without being boxy or loose. The fabric has a nice texture and decent wicking. And the odor-fighting properties definitely work! I'm too ashamed to admit how many times I wore this top between washings!

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Meg wrote a review of on November 25, 2011

4 5

I bought these to wear as liners under a pair of GoreTex outer mitts on a trip to Antarctica. I wanted the dexterity to be able to adjust my camera settings, so I thought I would just slip my mitts on/off as needed. After one landing, these gloves ended up relegated to ship duty. I found that I was taking pictures most of the time, and these gloves weren't holding up against the wind chill (the temperatures themselves were very mild). I ended up using a bulkier but more wind-resistant glove liner during landings.

However, these gloves are very comfortable and definitely provide the dexterity I wanted, so I'm looking forward to using them in more mild weather. And they were a great option on the ship when I needed to hold on to the cold metal deck railings. Overall, a great little light-duty glove.

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Meg wrote a review of on November 25, 2011

5 5

I bought a pair of Latitude Mittens for a trip to Antarctica, and they were just about perfect!

The outer mitten really was waterproof and windproof, which meant I had a cozy place to tuck away my hands when I wasn't using my camera. The temperatures at the time weren't particularly cold, so I really just needed good wind/water protection to stay warm.

I tested the waterproof quality time and time again, dipping my mittened hands into the near-freezing water to fish out sea ice from a zodiac or rock samples on the beach. The fabric is definitely waterproof, but my slight criticism is that the opening wasn't quite wide enough to easily fit over the sleeves of my parka. I got lazy about struggling to get my sleeves tucked in, and the mittens aren't particularly long, so in one case a stray wave washed over the top of the mitt leaving me with icy frozen fingers inside.

The glove liners were a bit bulky for me, but I was still able to adjust the controls on my camera. And they were wind resistant enough that most of the time my un-mittened camera hand didn't freeze during landings.

The drawstring idiot straps on the mitts were invaluable when quickly pulling off the outer mitts for sudden photo ops.

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Meg wrote a review of on November 25, 2011

3 5

The texture of the fabric is pretty much the same both inside and out, and it gives them a very casual look (along the lines of a velour track suit). Along with the flared legs, this should produce a comfortable, relaxed look. Unfortunately, in my case they were far too tight across the posterior, leaving me with unflattering pantylines instead of a cozy, laid-back look.

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Meg wrote a review of on November 25, 2011

5 5

I bought these to wear around the ship on an Antarctic expedition, but they were so warm and comfortable that they quickly became my permanent choice to wear on landings and zodiac trips. The inside has a soft fleece feel, but the smooth outer texture made it a breeze to slip in and out of my GoreTex rain pants in the mud room at the last minute. The combination of the GoreTex outer layer with this cozy inner layer was a perfect pair. And on colder days, the pants were roomy enough to wear over a pair of wool thermals.

In terms of fit - I'm very curvy, and most travel and outdoor pants fit too tight across my bum. While they were definitely a bit more fitted over my posterior, these were much more comfortable and flattering than the other styles I tried.

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