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Sherpa Benet

Sherpa Benet

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Stephen's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running

Stephen's Bio

Peacekeeper, truth-seeker, vagabond warrior poet.

Sherpa Benet

Sherpa Benet wrote a review of on December 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

These have pretty much replaced my Ramparts and even older Candidate pants from Arc'Teryx. These are a great material; they are softer, smoother, and stretchier than the Ramparts and shed water better. They pack down small and don't hold a wrinkle.

I don't know how so many reviewers are saying these shrink; they're a nylon/poly blend of fabric. I've washed and dried mine dozens of times over the past 6 months and they stay the same size & length. Having said that, they are like nearly all of the Arc'Teryx hiking/climbing pants, which is to say that they seem to run about 1/2 to 3/4" short in length. This is great to keep them out of the way for outdoor pursuits, but they do tend to look a bit 'high-water' for urban adventures. For the sleek look and comfort, though, I don't mind terribly, but if they were available in a 33" length I'd choose those.

These are also an 'athletic fit', meaning they're pretty slim. I have an 'endurance' build and these don't leave me a lot of room. They're not tight, but if I were to miss a couple weeks of training they could get that way. Definitely not made for guys who spend their gym hours at the squat rack.

Only other place I'd look for improvement is to have cargo pockets on both thighs, and maybe add a zipper or 'credential flap' to the rear pockets, and a hidden zip to one of the hand pockets to keep gear secure.

If these came in olive or coyote/crocodile I'd buy them again without hesitation.

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Sherpa Benet

Sherpa Benet wrote a review of on November 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As someone who has seen their hairline come and go, this is the perfect solution for daily wear. As a weekly Bic user, my noggin' tends to get a bit chilly. Add in a dash of cool, damp Northwest weather and you can see there's a need. A full wool or fleece beanie is too hot for 24/7 wear and can make one's head itchy.

This solves all my problems. The material is a little thicker than standard T-shirt material and the texture is about the same; a little softer, since it's merino.

Fits my 7 1/4 head perfectly with a cut similar to the military polar-tec beanies.

Breathable, quickdrying, and just enough insulating power to keep the chill away without overheating your dome. I pretty much wear this all day and overnight from September through April.

It also fits well under thicker beanies and helmets. Works well for bicycling and running or just laying around the house during the rainy season.

My favorite gear purchase this past year.

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Sherpa Benet

Sherpa Benet wrote a review of on November 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having worn merino from Arc'Teryx, Minus 33, SmartWool, and IceBreaker, I have to say that this is my favorite. The blend includes just enough polyester to increase the durability of the shirt without undermining the advantages merino has over synthetics.

The problem I've had with the other brands is that despite following the care instructions, if you use them daily and not just for trail excursions, they wear out far too quickly for how expensive they are. The Tolowa solves this problem. The fabric looks, feels and performs as well as the 100% wool shirts, but has lasted much longer and retained it's sharp appearance (no pilling).

Sizing and fit are good. Fits like a standard T-shirt, not a compression fit. At 5'9" and 165 lbs a Large fits perfectly. Medium was too tight under the arms and across the shoulders.

I only wish this were available in more colors (e.g. olive drab). Availability appears to be limited.

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Sherpa Benet

Sherpa Benet wrote a review of on December 23, 2011

5 5

I would have balked at the price for a single pair of drawers, but with a $20 gift card and some birthday money, I went out on a limb for a bit of luxury. No regrets.

Synthetic skivvies tend to go rank in a few hours and they're petroleum based materials. These are made from sustainable all-natural materials. Wool is naturally breathable, moisture-wicking, odor-resistant and retains its insulating properties even when wet. The merino wool isn't itchy at all and is softer than cotton, but it breathes and wicks like a synthetic. Best part was that after 5 days on the trail these still weren't too rank. Amazing.

Well-cut and good seam placement means they don't chafe or ride up. Superlight material- about as lightweight as the ExOfficios.

Only things I dislike are the lack of a fly (just a personal preference), and the waistband is so thin it tends to roll up on itself. I'd prefer a comfort waistband like on the SmartWool shorts. But I'd buy these again. Highly recommended.

5'9"/170 lbs. 30-32" waist. Ordered size Small. Perfect fit.

Hand wash, cold with a mild detergent and these will normally hang dry overnight.

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