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Melinda C

Melinda C

Tucson, AZ

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Hiking & Camping

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Complete sucker for good gear.

Melinda C

Melinda Cwrote a review of on March 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Yep, it runs a bit on the small side. I'm 5'4", about 36D, and I bought a large. It fits comfortably over a serious sports bra (I think I'd have more trouble without that sort of compression) and a base layer, and I've also been known to add another lightweight layer underneath without any issues. Runs maybe a touch longer than I'd like for my height, but I'm not in this for fashion.

As for function, it does the job. Blocks the wind nicely in the front and dumps heat out the back like a champ. Consider this a wind layer only, and if you need more warmth, dress accordingly. The nice thing about that is that I can wear it through a broad range of conditions. I have the bright yellow, and it's truly obnoxious, which is a good thing when you're trying not to get killed out there. ;-)

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Melinda C

Melinda Cwrote a review of on September 29, 2010

5 5

Just bought two of these (one in black, one in green), and I think they're probably the nicest merino shirts I own, which is saying a lot because I have a bunch from SmartWool, Icebreaker and Stoic. The wool on these is lightweight but not remotely see-through. Extremely smooth hand and a nice drape-- you could probably pair it with a casual skirt and feel okay about it. In fact, I'm sure that I'll do just that, right after wearing it running/climbing/whatever! The green color is slightly brighter than it appears on my monitor, but it's not shocking. About fit: this shirt is cut a little long (hits me mid-hip, I'm 5'4") and has a relatively deep V, though not so deep that I'd worry about needing to cover up. I think it runs just a little on the big side for something that claims a "slim" fit, which is to say that the CUT is slim but the FIT is more toward standard. I'm a 36C and the medium is plenty roomy. If I run into any wear/durability issues, I'll update, but these feel pretty sturdy to me.

Update 3/2015: These haven't been my favorite wool shirts-- they don't hold their shape especially well over the course of a day (or two). They return to normal with a wash, I just don't like how baggy they get while I'm wearing them. Like all wool shirts, they develop holes.

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Melinda C

Melinda Cwrote a review of on August 16, 2010

5 5

This is the only sports bra I have ever found that provides enough support that I can run comfortably... and I've tried them all. Really. Moving Comfort, Natori, Enell, you name it, I've tried it. I own 3 of these and just ordered 2 more. The down side: it's a double layer on the front, so it's pretty warm. And yes, I have had the bottom of the zipper cause chafing once or twice, so I use Body Glide in that spot. But really, it's worth it for all the reasons cited in all these reviews-- amazing support, easy on-off, and good enough coverage that you can wear it alone if you want to. Runs reasonably true to size, maybe just a tiny bit small. I vary between 36C and small 36D, and I wear a 36D in this bra.

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