The Blue Bomber

The Blue Bomber

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The Blue Bomber

The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on April 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

Not sure how this is a minimalist jacket to be honest... it has everything most ski jackets have - including a multitude of large pockets, and pit zips. It isn't insulated (which is good, I like to layer), and it runs longer than I expected, and for the SAC price this was an absolute steal. The material is tough, the hood is nicely adjustable, and I love the colors. This will be my goto ski jacket for as many seasons as it lasts me!

NOTE: for those wondering, there are, absolutely, hand pockets on both left and right. The pockets are huge, and can fit anything you need.

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

I got these for my GF for casual use because she likes my somewhat beefier WM down booties. The red color is very feminine and she loves them.
However, on a functional note: these are so ridiculously lightweight that I would recommend them for any backcountry enthusiast with cold feet. The warmth-to-weight ratio is as good as it gets. I would make sure not to walk around much at all in these, though, as they are the most delicate bootie WM makes.

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on March 5, 2014

3 5

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

I love functional clothing. So when I was looking around for a classy coat that wouldn't make me look out of place at the office, I knew I wanted something that was also USEFUL against the weather. This Jacket fit the bill, on paper.
Pluses:
-Looks fantastic.
-Merino wool makes me happy inside.
-Liner ISN'T merino wool, and thus goes on and off smoothly.
-Nice cuffs
-Nice pockets
-Overall quite warm.... if it isn't windy

Minuses:
-Description claims this jacket is highly wind-resistant. In reality, it blocks about as much wind as the seat of my pants after a hearty Mexican dinner.
-Fit is SNUG. I had to return XL for XXL, although I wear XL in virtually every other brand on the planet (6'1" 230 lbs).
-Holy heck it's expensive.
-Terrible at resisting wind (did I mention this yet?)

So overall, it's a fantastic, classy-looking jacket that doesn't quite live up to its claims, but I kept it anyway for work because I keep getting complimented on looking sharp in it.

DISCLAIMER: This review is copy-pasted from my review for the 2012/2013 model (view it here: http://www.backcountry.com/icebreaker-legacy-coat-mens-ice1061#review-atg83262). I was annoyed to see this new model did not show my review, because seriously, for the money they're asking and the wind-resistant claim they're highlighting, potential buyers need to know the truth: this thing is NOT wind-resistant. If I wasn't using it for professional attire, it would have been returned a long time ago. I have confirmed with [presumably] an Icebreaker rep that the only difference between the old and new models is sizing, and not materials or construction (see conversation on this page).

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are above all else, a solution for chafage on long hikes. And they perform that function flawlessly. Aside from that, they are comfy, stretchy, good-looking, and just the best pair of underwear I've ever owned. I own four of these, and would wear them every day if I could afford to buy a dozen more or so!

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So light, stretchy, and comfortable. But durable at the same time. As a backpacker, you couldn't ask for more. They weigh NOTHING in your pack, the welded seams ensure long life, and they dry so quickly it's unbelievable. Another solid garment from Stoic. I love this company.

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Since I started using these liners, I stopped getting blisters on my hikes when used properly underneath a heavy wool hiking sock. For this reason alone, they get 5 stars.

As a bonus, since I got the black ones, I wear them often as professional work socks. They look great and are more comfy, cozy, and warm then traditional work socks.

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Other reviews on here hit the nail on the head. These pants are stretchy (but don't look like it), ridiculously comfortable, weather-resistant, WATER resistant (I slid on my butt down a snowy slope on Mt. St. Helen's and had a surprisingly dry ass afterwards!), look great, and feel great. These are my favorite pants, bar none. I couldn't recommend these highly enough.

ONE word of warning: these run LONG. Usually with pants, I need a 32" inseam. In the case of these pants, I was stepping on them. I exchanged for 30" and they're perfect.

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The Blue Bomber

The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love functional clothing. So when I was looking around for a classy coat that wouldn't make me look out of place at the office, I knew I wanted something that was also USEFUL against the weather. This Jacket fit the bill, on paper.
Pluses:
-Looks fantastic.
-Merino wool makes me happy inside.
-Liner ISN'T merino wool, and thus goes on and off smoothly.
-Nice cuffs
-Nice pockets
-Overall quite warm.... if it isn't windy

Minuses:
-Description claims this jacket is highly wind-resistant. In reality, it blocks about as much wind as the seat of my pants after a hearty Mexican dinner.
-Fit is SNUG. I had to return XL for XXL, although I wear XL in virtually every other brand on the planet (6'1" 230 lbs).
-Holy heck it's expensive.
-Terrible at resisting wind (did I mention this yet?)

So overall, it's a fantastic, classy-looking jacket that doesn't quite live up to its claims, but I kept it anyway for work because I keep getting complimented on looking sharp in it.

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The Blue Bomber wrote an answer about on November 8, 2012

Thanks for the pic Zoltan. Since posting this, I have actually seen the jacket and tried it on, and I can confirm it looks nothing like other Stoic pieces with "forest" color. A backcountry representative actually told me the color of THIS jacket is supposed to read "dark forest." Appreciate your pic, anyway!

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on July 26, 2012

5 5

Ultralight, durable, stretchy shorts don't get better than this. From the second I put them on when they arrived, I knew I bought a winner. They're impossibly lightweight, fit me perfectly, and somehow look good at the same time. The ONLY downside is that the material is clearly not very breathable (which is likely the reason these don't have a long-pant variant), but they're shorts so it doesn't matter anyway.

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on July 26, 2012

5 5

The key benefit of this valve is not in the convenience it provides (although that's nice too), but in the fact that it pushes AIR into your pad, and not your BREATH. Before using this valve, I had gotten used to the fact that my neoair would lose its firmness in the middle of the night. First time I used this valve in the backcountry, that didn't happen. I don't know the scientific explanation for it, but it works. And it weighs nothing. On the downside, I've already destroyed the included plastic bag, but that's easily replaceable so it doesn't matter.

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The Blue Bomber

The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on July 26, 2012

4 5

I'm glad I got a replacement before they decide to stop making these. Sweetwater system has been an integral part of my pack for years, and I don't plan on changing that anytime soon. Not sure why theses filters have to be so dang pricey (i.e. HALF the price of the whole thing), but I suppose it's a priceless piece of gear in the end.

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The Blue Bomber wrote a review of on May 10, 2010

5 5

I spent way too long looking for the perfect headlamp (as I do with most gear choosing), but I came up with this one because I really wanted the ability to easily switch between short-range and long-range modes. The remix works perfect, is very lightweight, comfortable and has fantastic battery life. One thing I especially like about this lamp is the fact that to change between short- and long- range you actually hold the button down, instead of pressing it a certain number of times (that function is for brightness instead). Also, the button is nice, big, and responsive. I even like the different kind of style employed with this lamp. Overall, I can't think of anything negative to say, so five stars all the way. You won't be disappointed.

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