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Mike Urness wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

5 5

I am really liking Oakley's Unification line up. I own the power dry mid-layer, and it works perfectly under the Unification Windstopper softshell. The coat has a nice DWR to repel water, is 100% windproof with the Gore Winstopper, nice hood,venting, excellent fit. I am about 58 135-140 and own the small in both, they work perfectly together. So light, yet great protection for the elements. Like Seth Morrison would wear anything that wasn't super cool...

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on March 26, 2013

5 5

I am really liking Oakley's Unification line up. I own the power dry mid-layer, and it works perfectly under the Unification Windstopper softshell. The coat has a nice DWR to repel water, is 100% windproof with the Gore Winstopper, nice hood,venting, excellent fit. I am about 58 135-140 and own the small in both, they work perfectly together. So light, yet great protection for the elements. Like Seth Morrison would wear anything that wasn't super cool...

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on February 25, 2013

5 5

I am a hoody junkie, and a layering junkie, and I love this enough that I bought 2. The shadow and white is very cool, hoody is very light and quite warm, excellent hood. I have a small for mild temps with a UA shirt under and a medium I wear over top of the Oakley Unification Power Dry Jacket, then if need be, the Burton SS Hoody or TNF Mountain Guide go on top. Oakley is making some nice cold weather/outdoor gear these days. They have the fit down, and Oakley is always stylin'.

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on February 20, 2013

5 5

This is a fantastic mid-layer. I am picky about my layering. I am thin and live in a place that can get pretty nasty in the winter. I am 5'8" 135 pounds, the small fits perfectly. My other mid-layer is The North Face Jakson Jacket, and while this is not as warm for the nasty stuff, it is more versatile. The fabric pattern is very similar to the UA 3.0 and 4.0 base layers. The sleeves are long and you have to be creative if you want a normal looking cuff if moving to a casual setting. Just pull it inside itself and you can get a clean looking normal cuff. These two mid layers cover everything I would ever need. Oakley is starting to make some nice gear. Great fit, good pockets, polartec power dry is awesome. Buy one.

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on February 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Seth is right, this is a killer mid-layer. I also own The North Face Jakson Jakcet, which although warmer, is not as versatile as this. I am 5-8 135 and the small fits perfect. Polartec Power Dry is awesome, love this jacket. Has good pockets, great fit, and traps the heat, while still breathing. Oakley is making some nice gear these days.

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

5 5

I am a big fan of TNF quality and durability. I bought this as a chore coat, something I won't mind getting a little dirty. This is great when paired with my Ice cap FZ fleece, DWR helps block some wind and percipitation, the light insulation works well with a fleece, great fit. I am 5-8 140, small is perfect.

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on February 14, 2012

5 5

This is only my 2nd pair of soft shell pants. the first being TNF Apex Big Wall pant. I am a North Face guy, but have to say these pants are miles ahead of of my other pair. I have only had for a week or so and have not put to hardcore tests, but the fit and finish is perfect. I wear a 30x32 in pants and the small fits perfect. They are very comfortable, warm and a great fit. I will be putting them to the test soon with more strenuous activities and will update. I was out for a bit today ( 0 degrees) with TNF Power Flux Polar tech tights and felt very comfortable. They also have a bit of waist adjustment with the dual snaps. The suspenders from my North Face Mountain pants also work with these. Mountain Hardwear rocked it on these. I also just received the MH Polar tech bibs and they are money under these pants.

Buy a pair...

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on January 30, 2012

5 5

I just got these, so will have to update on functionality later, but wanted to give my opinion on fit, comfort, etc...

I have several pairs of TNF boots, and if you have tried them on before, always go up a full size. I wear an 8 in my normal shoes, but my Baltoro's, Ice Storm GTX, and these are all size 9 and fit great, and I have a wide foot, cant even wear Nike tennis shoes.

These are comfy, light and work great with a slimmer fitting soft shell pant. I will get some use out of them very soon and will update on warmth and traction.

I really like these so far. More to come...

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on January 23, 2012

5 5

I use this as a mid layer under many jackets, it has turned a lot of my jackets into multi-functional pieces. Great under a gore-tex 2L Shell, also great under my TNF Sentinel wind stopper and my Burton AK Blitzer wind stopper, and Apex Bionic. It really traps the heat for minimal insulation, yet allows your pits and arms to breathe well. Also works well as a stand alone piece even in moderately cold weather if active. North Face rocks another winner with this jacket. I am 5-8 135 and the small fits perfect. Also love the longer sleeves and monkey thumbs I have no complaints, but never do purchasing Summit Series gear.

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on January 22, 2012

5 5

I am not a kid, but have small hands and recently purchased these gloves at a local retailer for $30. The boy's Large fits me perfect. I have always had issues keeping my hands warm, not that I have many heavier gloves, mostly windstoppers and and dexterity gloves. We had a sledding party planned for my son's b-day and I was out on the hill with the boys for 4 hours, hands were perfectly dry and warm the entire evening and it was around 20 degrees with some wind. I am thrilled, one of my better purchases this season. They even have small pockets on each glove. Very comfortable. TNF rarely disappoints.

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on January 19, 2012

5 5

This is only my 2nd pair of soft shell pants. the first being TNF Apex Big Wall pant. I am a North Face guy, but have to say these pants are miles ahead of of my other pair. I have only had for a week or so and have not put to hardcore tests, but the fit and finish is perfect. I wear a 30x32 in pants and the small fits perfect. They are very comfortable, warm and a great fit. I will be putting them to the test soon with more strenuous activities and will update. I was out for a bit today ( 0 degrees) with just a light north face baselayer and felt very comfortable. They also have a bit of waist adjustment with the dual snaps. The suspenders from my North Face Mountain pants also work with these. Mountain Hardwear rocked it on these.

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on October 18, 2011

5 5

This thing is absolutely amazing! I bought this to wear on my motorcycle in cooler weather. I wear under clothes body armor and needed something bright that also blocked the wind (I like to ride in a hoody). I went on my first ride today, upper 50's, sunny and about 20 mph winds, on the highway at 70 mph, this thing does the job. It is absolutely a brick wall against the wind and very comfortable. I am 5-8 135 and bought the medium (need a bit of extra room for my body armor), works great. I could go with a small for casual wear or to layer under my shell, but this will work both ways also. I am thinking about getting a black one in size small, for being out and about in Iowa winter. Burton hit a home run here (I am normally a TNF guy). This will be an ultimate layering piece under my TNF gore-tex shell for the hardcore stuff...

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on October 13, 2011

5 5

This thing is absolutely amazing! I bought this to wear on my motorcycle in cooler weather. I wear under clothes body armor and needed something bright that also blocked the wind (I like to ride in a hoody). I went on my first ride today, upper 50's, sunny and about 20 mph winds, on the highway at 70 mph, this thing does the job. It is absolutely a brick wall against the wind and very comfortable. I am 5-8 135 and bought the medium (need a bit of extra room for my body armor), works great. I could go with a small for casual wear or to layer under my shell, but this will work both ways also. I am thinking about getting a black one in size small, for being out and about in Iowa winter. Burton hit a home run here (I am normally a TNF guy). This will be an ultimate layering piece under my TNF gore-tex shell for the hardcore stuff...

Ok, I like this hoody so much, I bought a second one. It is windy where I live and gets quite cold, the small is a perfect fit without my body armor. I do not have the same issues as the other reviewer.

A huge shout out to Backcountry, needed this for the weekend and they upgraded my shipping for free, keeps me coming back. Thanks BC!

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Mike Urness wrote a review of on March 4, 2010

4 5

I was unsure about this purchase, as I was unable to find any reviews anywhere about these pants. I just got them today, so have not actually used them yet, but wanted to do a small write-up for others that were in my situation. First off, they are Summit Series, so they are very clean and have a very nice finish to the pant, they look very nice. I would say they are along the lines of an alpine\performance fit. I am 5-8 135 athletic build and the small fits me perfect, and I mean perfect( I wear a 30x32 in all of my other pants). These pants could not be tailored to fit me any better. They are very light, yet seem to be tough, and have some nice stretch to them. Definitely a running, hiking type pant. I am sure they breath well. I will be putting them to use in the next day or so and will do an update after I have used them. At $100 they are a bit pricey (probably a bit extra for that technical look and the summit series insignia), but once I tried them on, there was no way they were getting returned. I do not have the TNF Running pant or Prolix Pant, so can't really compare. I like these pants and would give 5 stars if they were $80.

I have been running in these and wearing them to the gym, fantastic pants, very breatheable.

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