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Sonya wrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

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

I'm a paramedic and have used this boot full-time in the winters for 4 or 5 years now. It held up great, and I am only now getting some creasing at the heel causing the fabric to break down. I did get a little warm in these if I was stuck inside for awhile, but a change of the ol' Smartwools did the job. I have wide feet and did find them a bit narrow in the beginning, but they packed out nicely. Can't recommend them enough. I'll likely replace them with... well.. the same thing.

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Sonya wrote a review of on June 16, 2012

4 5

Got these for trail and obstacle runs. On the whole, it's a spandex running short. Like it. It stays put and didn't ride up. They stayed light even when wet, didn't dry real fast but didn't feel soaked, and I didn't particularly notice I was wearing them, which is a big win. Zip pocket in the back is deep enough to carry an ID, maybe two gels -- it's actually a better size than many I've seen.

I did get a little bit of sag when they got wet, but just a little, and it's unfortunate there's no crotch gusset, of which I'm always a fan. Still, worthwhile, and I'm gonna grab another pair.

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Sonya wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

3 5

So, when we say "light cushioning," what we actually mean is a sock that is as thick as my cushioned IceBreakers or Darn Tough socks, but these socks are like that all the way around. I wanted something pretty minimal for my trail run shoes, but these make them too tight to bear. If you've got some space, though, the sock is comfy and soft, and I love asymmetrical fits.

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Sonya wrote a review of on June 7, 2012

2 5

Comfortable to put on, comfortable and light to stand in, but when I lifted my leg, the fabric pulled against my thigh and immediately rode up to my hip crease. Put that leg down, lifted the other, same deal. If I squat down, you can directly see cheek. Since I do trail and mud runs, I do have to lift my legs forward, and could only begin to guess at the chafing I might get to experience. Back in the bag.

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Sonya wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

2 5

I heeded the advice of other reviewers that this was big in the chest, so I ordered a small and a medium to test-drive. Upon receiving, I found the both sizes to have arm holes that rubbed and bound in my armpits signficantly. I'm athletic, but not huge, so order with care.

Otherwise I found this to be slightly larger than I'm used to, but it was universal, not just at the top. Nice fabrics, too, with a soft hand.

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Sonya wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

3 5

I'm 5'7, 140 lbs, athletic, got these in the medium (the same size I wear the Lucent knickers in). The waist was big, like, actually baggy (this is the same material as in the Lucent knickers). In addition, the middle seam of the front leg panels wasn't sewn taut, leaving small billows on each side. Finally, the material for the legs isn't stretchy at all, and there's no stretch panel, so even though they were loose up top (where it is stretchy), the legs pulled at my thighs when I moved in them.

The fit was just too weird. Back they went.

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Sonya wrote a review of on May 31, 2012

4 5

Houdini managed a funny one here. I wanted a short for obstacle racing. I'm 5'7, 140 lbs, got a Large. The waist rests lightly and is perfect. Except it rests on my hips, where I like my shorts, but the rise is really long, so the crotch hangs down.

The fabric is light and airy and very smooth, so light that it flows over and clings to every imperfection (that little padding on the side of my hip? yeah...), as well as the outline of the mesh pockets in the front. odd. They are really comfortable, though. I find them pretty baggy, not flattering at all, but I'm trying to decide if I care...

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Sonya wrote a review of on April 28, 2012

5 5

Love these for running and fitness! The fabric is a little thicker than other capris I've tried, so it's comfortable and supportive without being full compression. Fabric is soft and seams are flat, and I've been chafe-free so far. Only slightly odd bit is the fit below the knee, which is positively baggy, though it's tight above the knee. Not uncomfortable, just not what I'm used to.



Haven't tried the DWR yet, which was my motivation for trying these.

The back zip pocket is just the size for a key, maybe an energy gel or bar.

They're running knickers, and exactly the quality I expected for a not-bad price. Stoic For The Win!

UPDATE, 06/03/12: Just put these through a Spartan Sprint. Survived the rocks, survived the barbed wire, survived the brush. A little fuzzing from sliding over rocks, I suspect, but not really noticeable. Not sure how I cut my knee without damaging the pants. They shed water great, too, and felt really light and not particularly clingy. I'd give them a 6th star if I could.

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Sonya wrote a review of on March 25, 2012

5 5

I bought these for hang-gliding, looking for something that would keep me warm and dry during set-up on those dewy mornings, but that wouldn't kill me when the sun came out.

I took them out today and they came through in spades. It warmed my heart to see the water beading up, and they even survived a rough landing dragged across the ground! One of my friends brought his doberman, and when the dog jumped, his claws made a tearing sound across my leg. "No-o-o-o-o," I thought in slow motion, but never fear, pants were fine!

Mushed them around in the NikWax TechWash and some hot water, rinsed x3 as per instructions, and all mud and grass came off. No scrubbing needed. They look like new. Perfect.

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Sonya wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

4 5

This hat is awesome. My head actually overheats if I take this thing inside. For convenience I flip the ear-flap section up, which helps cool it down a lot.

My only complaint? Completely dorky. This hat is pointy beyond reason (ear flap up gets me comments of "Robin Hood" and "you need a feather"), not sure why, and there's no good way to mash that down. The outer layer points up and beyond the air shield. Wish they made this in just "round".

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Sonya wrote a review of on January 3, 2012

5 5

At least, that's when I got mine, and I still wear it snowboarding and for general outdoor things. Mine has an Ultrex membrane, haven't seen anything indicating that anymore (too bad). It warms up pretty well, but I do tend to layer for cold days or if I'm going to be out for awhile (I just picked up a MH Monkey Man for exactly that purpose).

Bottom line: This thing's quality. It's held up and still looks like new. Old-school Bombproof. Colors stayed bright, cordura is in great shape. Couldn't ask for better.

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Sonya wrote a review of on December 30, 2011

5 5

My first backpacking stove in a long time, I found it on sale at Cabela's ($30! A steal!). I was impressed. More efficient on fuel than the employee suggested. I used it hammock camping for 6 days, breakfast and dinner, sometimes lunch, and didn't even use half the canister. Piezo is easy and reliable. Boils water super fast, even in my titanium pot.

Packs down so small it fits in my Ti pot's included coffee cup, or stashed in my hammock kit bag.

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Sonya wrote a review of on December 30, 2011

5 5

I wanted a winter-weight softshell for rural living and snowboarding. This one gets the prize. The fabric is soft and moves really smoothly, with no pull at all at the armpits or elbows. Even lifting my arms up and waving them about, there's no lift at the waist. I'm 5'7, 140, the M fits me perfectly. The high loft fleece is super-soft, I can barely tell I'm wearing it. Sleeves are a little long, but the velcro at the wrists solves that problem for me (EMS Fader felt almost as nice, AND no wrist velcro).

Haven't tried it in water yet, but outside in this and shorts, with low exertion in 30 degrees, I was comfortable. Not too hot, not even cool. Perfect.

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Sonya wrote a review of on December 30, 2011

4 5

I'm giving it four stars because the fabric is savvy and this things totally feels bombproof. Serious zippers. Serious fabric.

Unfortunately, compared to other MH jackets (I most recently purchased the Cutaway), this is kinda snug. I know they say softshell, but it's definitely different, with much less stretch and moveability. It's also cut kinda close in the armpits and sleeves. I'm no giant, (5'7, 140, got the medium like my Cutaway), but this thing seriously pulls at my armpits and elbows when I move around. The sleeves are also shorter than the other comparable softshells I've tried (MH, Stoic, EMS, Arcteryx). And there's crinkle. I definitely feel crinkle. Not awful, but this is definitely more firm-shell than soft.

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Sonya wrote a review of on November 27, 2011

4 5

I got these to wear under base layers for outdoor work and for under my compressions for working out, and they're pretty nice. All soft and pleasant, and they weren't all sweaty after working out -- awesome. They do stay put, and they're a little longer than many boy-short-cut undies, which I like -- that why I want boy-shorts instead of hipsters. The only downfall I might mention is that there is a band of double-layer wool around the leg, presumably to keep them in place, but it's tight. I opted for the Sm/Med because I'm in Medium range, but the leg band is noticeably snug; while athletic, I'm not huge. Maybe it'll work better for you. Otherwise, I dig 'em!

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