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wrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not someone concerned with total weight reduction, or a dirtbag climber. I'm a weekend warrior sport climber, but nonetheless, these draws are fantastic. I mean, a draw is a draw, but these are just nice to handle, the have really smooth gate action, and are just a pleasure to clip. They rack up nice, and they are easier to clip with. They look funky, and people always ask about them. I bought them when they were on sale, and I was drawn to DMM since they make most of their gear in the UK, and I tend to believe that leads to slightly tighter quality control. In a way, it shows. All the gates are uniform on my set of 8 draws. I have another brand's biners, and the difference in gate tension between two of theirs is considerable. DMM makes some nice gear, and these draws are no exception. I hope to climb on them a long time. They are pricey, and there is no denying that. But this is a little luxury I'm enjoying.

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wrote a review of on August 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought this for biking in for my daily commute. My other wool shirt for biking was heavier weight and black, and I wanted something cooler for the summer months, and more brightly colored. This fit the bill perfectly. The vented back is very airy, and the coloring is pretty bright (although not a true neon color)
There's a little patch piece on the front of the next that I'm not sure what it's for, and it looks a little awkward, but I chose function over form with this garmet, and it's doing a great job. As usual, the wool doesn't smell even after several days of wear.

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wrote a review of on December 8, 2012

So far, so good
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used this jacket the day after I got it on a weekend backpacking trip in New Hampshire. When an unexpected snowstorm rolled in, and the wind picked up, i was pretty happy to be wearing this thing. The lack of hip pockets take a little getting used to. The side vents and the internal pockets are not an exact replacement. The triple zipper thing seems pretty cool though. The yellow/green color is highly visible which is nice. The hood is about the best hood I've every had the pleasure of wearing. The hood has got two drawstrings to adjust for perfect fit/positioning, and the visor is awesome. Only time will tell how well the DWR holds up, but for the conditions its seen so far, it's keeping me dry and warm. The length was just perfect, partially covering my butt, and with the drawstring to keep the jacket from riding up. There are probably other softshells that are cheaper and nearly as feature-full, because at $200+ this jacket isn't cheap. All said and done, and happy with my purchase, and hope to keep this jacket for many years, and bring it with me on many trips.

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wrote a review of on August 14, 2012

5 5

Love it. Super comfy (although not quite as itch-free as smartwool, at least for the first few wears) The grippy piping on the back actually works. The wool breathes, and doesn't stink. The reflective piping is, of course, just a gimmic, but between that and the red stitching on one shoulder, it keeps me from accidentally putting it on backwards. I haven't used the pocket yet, but I'm glad it is there.
I wear this every day on my commute. I wish I bought this sooner.

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