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Backcountry.com's Lead Photo Editor & Staff Photographer specializing in Outdoor and Action Sports. Her biggest passions are skiing, biking, and camping with some misc. rafting, hiking, and driving (go karts, road trips, rentals on dirt roads, whatever...) thrown in. Smile on, pass it on!

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Could have gone with the L or XL, but since this is cut more of an a-line and wider in the waist I decided to keep the L. I'm generally a 12/14 top and 14/16/18 bottom (depending on brand) and often I have to buy a shirt for the waist size and end up with something huge in the shoulders and bust. So it's nice to buy for the shoulder size every once in a while.

It's also nice to find a tank that is not too revealing (especially for someone who needs a L or XL) but still leaves your shoulders free to breath and has some nice details without being gaudy.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

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

Color: Actual gray is a heather gray, the photo above is not acurate

Back Detail: the top third of the back including the sleeves is a contrasting solid color block. If you look close you can see the color on the corner of the lookers left sleeve. I think this is an awesome detail, and while I wasn't expecting it, I love it for being different than your average one-color shirt. They gray has contrasting blue (I would describe it as a warm blue, or perriwinkle, some might describe as a cool purple).

Fit: The collar/neck is a bit on the wide side, and the band at the waist is tighter than the rest of the shirt which gives it more of a relaxed fit through the middle, or a "poofy" or "slouchly" look. Not in a sloppy way, I just don't know the best way to describe it.

Fabric: It's merino, have to love it's versatility, especially for travel

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Re Wikstrom posted an image about on July 9, 2014

mountain town in june

I think these look nicer in person and the style has grown on me even more since purchasing. They seem reminiscent of an ancient Greece style. They also seem very durable. I bought them last summer, so they are going on summer number 2. I don't wear them every day, but still seem durable and like they will hold up for many seasons to come.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

Very VERY comfortable fabric.
Pockets are a nice detail and look flat/flush when the skirt is on (unlike the photos of the skirt laying flat). It's actually a much more streamlined and clean look than I expected from seeing the flat photos.

The waistband was too loose. And I like a loose comfy fit, but I was afraid if it stretched even the smallest amount I wouldn't be able to keep it over my hips. This was a size XL, and I'm 5'5" and wear a 14 or 16 bottom depending on brand. I think the Horny Toad XL is more of a 16-18 leaning towards an 18 in this particular skirt.

I debating trying the L, but I was worried it would then end up being too slim in the bum and thigh so I just returned it.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start with the downside first... his shirt seems to be getting shorter every time I wash it. I never put it in the dryer, and always hang dry it, and it's still shrinking/warping. It's doing "that thing" where the shape gets a little wider, and a little shorter at the same time. I bought it this summer, it seems a bit early in it's lifespan for this kind of problem to arise. I am only 5'5" but wear an XL and still find it short.

Otherwise, it had a very nice design. Relatively standard semi-soft feeling cotton and nice details near the shoulders.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I started with one of these and wore it so much it seemed wise to get more. The first was an older version that was cut longer and had thumb holes. This version is cut a little shorter in comparison and does not have thumb holes. I'm pear shaped, and would usually prefer the new cut, but while they both work, I actually liked the previous one slightly better.

The bottom line though, is that this is a merino hoody you can, AND WILL, wear for almost everything in life, and it won't stink.

I have used this for many purposes including biking and jogging in cool early spring temps, sitting on the couch, sitting in a yurt, camping, travel (hello! No stink merino! Perfect travel hoody), every day wear (in fact I have worn a couple holes next to the ribbed cuff in my grey one, had to pull out the ol' sewing kit), and I work in a casual office, so I wear it to work constantly, I'm sure my co-workers are bored of it by now, have also used this as a layer for ski touring, as a layer for post-skiing or biking depending on the season...

And it looks like an everyday normal hoody. i.e. not some skrink-wrap-too-slim-active-wear layer.

I'm 5'5", 175lbs, and pear shaped- I got the XL.

One small note of caution on the Cognac color though... it is not as purple as it looks on screen. It is almost black. Maybe closer to a midnight navy, but pretty much black. It was close enough to black that I returned it, as I already have a black one and was looking for something different.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I was pleasantly surprised by the fit, as Patagonia dresses have a tendency to be slim fit, even if the style looks like an A-line. This one was perfectly flattering for my curvy and pear shape.

In the XL, I wouldn't trust the shelf bra. It was a touch shorter than I was expecting, and the fabric wasn't quite what I was hoping for..... was hoping for a softer perhaps "jersey-style" polyester knit, but this fabric is more of a shiny, verging-on-swimsuit, material.

Not bad, just not what I prefer. Otherwise, I think the style and the fit are wonderful.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

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

I was looking for a lighter hoody for spring/summer/fall. I usually wear an XL to fit things over my hips but this was way too long to be flattering on a pear shape.

But because the fabric is SO SOFT, I decided to try a L and see if the shorter size would work and it's great. Maybe a little bunching, but not bad. It's a casual hoody afterall. Still on the long side, but plenty of stretch and give.

The "viscose from bamboo" is such a nice fabric.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Great top. I love that the straps gather to a smaller point, but are still just wide enough to conceal a bra strap. Thank you for that! Fabric is wonderfully soft. The ruching is a great touch, especially for the curvier among us, but is a nice detail that adds interest either way.

I could wear a L or an XL, but am choosing to go with the XL for now, for both comfort, and so I know I can toss it in the dryer without worrying if it will shrink too much. If it shrank a touch, it would still be perfect.

If you prefer a more form fitting look you might want to size down.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Low rise, which is nice, and not too tight in the waist, but could be a bit revealing on the backside if you don't have the right belt or longer shirt.

The thighs were too slim for me in comparison to the size of the waist. I actually had a little extra room in the waist, which is rare for me, but still found the thighs to be far too slim.

I'm a curvy 14.

In comparison, I found the Aventura Arden Capri to be a perfect fit in every way, from the low rise, but not too low, great fit in the waist (not too tight, and loosens up just enough after a few min. of wear), to enough room in the thighs. http://www.backcountry.com/aventura-arden-capri-pant-womens

Also tried an XL in the prAna bliss capri: http://www.backcountry.com/prana-bliss-capri-pant-womens
the waist was great, and the drawstring a nice touch to avoid needing a belt and still being able to control the gap in the back of the waist, but these also had slimmer thighs. So if the Marmot Rock Spring works for you, the prAna Bliss Capris might, too.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Like the previous reviewer, I also find it impossible to find bottoms that fit my hips and thighs well. I find it even harder to find a pair of capris or shorts that work because those have a much higher rate of turning large thighs into awesomely-unattractive sausages by default. I barely got these and just wore them around the house. The little bit of lycra is perfect and the waist band loosened up just enough to be comfortable, but not too much. If we had more colors, and more size 14's I would absolutely buy another pair. These will be perfect for the summer.

For comparison, I also tried on some marmot and prAna capris.

The Marmot, size 14, was great in the waist, and had a low rise which I really apprecited, but the thighs were cut too tight. It was an odd mix. I will return them: http://www.backcountry.com/marmot-rock-spring-capri-pant-womens

The prAna was interesting in that they are "slip-on," without a zipper or button fly, but the draw string is a nice touch to customize the fit of the waist, especially to avoid gaps in the back. These had a little more stretch to them, but they were cut a little slimmer overall, and much slimmer in the thighs (size XL compared to the 14's above). So again, returning these. http://www.backcountry.com/prana-bliss-capri-pant-womens

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

The rise was too high for my liking (and my "pear" shape). If you're into the high rise, these might be good for you, but I find anything with a higher waist to be extremely uncomfortable for anything, let alone bending at the waist to ride a bike. They did have great coverage in back if you're worrying about plumbers crack that definitely won't be a problem.

I'm also not a fan of any elastic waist bands, but since these just have two small patches of elastic on the sides, I thought I would give them a chance thinking it might be helpful with the fit. But it turns out these shorts have a thick elastic band lining the entire waist. If you're worried about keeping your shorts up, I'm sure it's quite helpful. On the other hand, I found it too thick and uncomfortable. It would have been better to ditch both the full inner elastic and the scrunched elastic look on the side for some hidden elastic velcro tabs and a smooth waist band. Maybe next year's model?

Another plus is the fabric and construction seemed very durable and well put together.

Overall I did not like the fit and decided to return them.

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on June 7, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I liked the cut/fit, but found the fabric too thin for my personal taste. This might be a plus to someone else looking for an extremely light summer tank top, though.

With the a-line styling, I would have worn a size large as my wider hips are usually what create my need for an XL. So it's hard to say if this style actually runs large, or if I was just able to wear a size down due to the style.

I also agree the "fire brick red" is not a traditional red, it's more of a coral or a pink/salomon/orange. However, the color I see on my monitor is pretty accurate to how it looks in person. (and to be fair, I use a color corrected monitor for work)

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

Fabric seems to be great quality, seems like it would hold up to a lot of active use, is not overly thin and flimsy, and the shelf bra seems to have a little more support than most of it's kind.

I'm 5'5" 175 and have hips that are a size bigger than my shoulders. I tried on the XL. While this tank fit great in the shoulders, it was a little bit too skinny for my hips combined with it's length (I really liked the length, just a little too narrow for me at that length). I could go with the "scrunched" fabric look and it would work great, but I'm trying to constrain my gear buying habit to things that are 100% perfect for me, so I'll probably return it.

For anyone not overly pear-shaped though, I think this is a great top!

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Re Wikstrom wrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This fabric is so much softer than I expected (nice!), but not in a flimsy cheap way. It is on the thin side, good for summer, but not so thin that is hugs every lump, the fabric still has a nice structure to it. It's awesome to find a nice, comfortable t-shirt with a few extra style points without being stupidly-girly.

Can't comment yet on how it holds up over time, but my initial impressions are quite good.

I'm 5'5", 175, and a size bigger in the hips vs shoulders. I tried on both the XL and L. The L fit great in the shoulders, and decent in the middle and hips, but in the event it shrinks and for the casual comfort and hip size, I went with the XL.

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