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Min3869877 wrote an answer about on May 21, 2014

This jacket does not puff out thickly enough for a 5-degree skiing day, even if you put a shell over it. It's a great thickness for 30 degrees to 65 degrees, depending on whether you are moving or still, whether there is howling wind, whether you are wearing a wicking t-shirt, wool t-shirt, or warm sweater under it, and depending on whether you tend to get cold. The side panels are not at all wind-resistant, so I plan to sew nylon over them. I'll trim off the elastic cuffs, which are too tight. I really like the fabric, the construction, the elastic around hood-opening (instead of drawcord), and the kangaroo front pocket. It's a dandy jacket in general, a great bargain. * The thickness of the insulation is what will keep you warm, whether it is down or Primaloft. If you need an inch of warmth for a 5-degree day, down provides that at a lighter weight than synthetics; while Primaloft weighs more yet keeps you warm when it gets wet in rain or from sweat, but down collapses. Both are great in different circumstances.

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Min3869877 wrote an answer about on February 5, 2013

This dress is really soft, for me. I do not mind the texture of merino wool, generally, but am aware of it; and this dress is softest. It's also see-through; needs a slip, though I am thinking of buying it in a second color and sewing the two together, to make a lined/reversible merino wool summer tank dress. Self belt or elegant belt work well. The blue is just what my monitor shows. Well made, too!

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Min3869877 wrote a review of on October 31, 2010

5 5

Fabulous bag at this price. I've used it on several frosty nights while camping, and have been really comfortable. Our college son took us out backpacking in mountains he loves, recently, and this bag was excellent. We sleep in hammocks now, with underquilt sewn to the bottom; and this sleeping bag was more than I needed when temps were above freezing. With this bag, I skipped the tarp, saw the stars instead, and never worried about dew and warmth; great bag. Not very compact; not the lightest; but what a great price for warmth even if it gets wet. I had some wet nights in down, in my own college years; no more. The spiral design is great; the fabric is soft and light. Also, as a painter I appreciate the warm color even in the dark.

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