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Tricia wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

5 5

I love Smartwool...I've done my best to convert my entire wardrobe, and this shirt has stood up to expectations. It's light enough to be worn in the 90 degree heat, but kept me from freezing when the temperature dropped to 50, the wind kicked up, and I was already sweaty.

I wish that the shirts were either slightly less expensive or less prone to snagging...it's a bit sad to tear a hole in a 60 or 70 dollar shirt (and all of my shirts have small holes in them, but we did quite a bit of hiking through vicious plants). I'll probably address the problem by buying another set of these to wear when I'm not on the trail and save the damaged ones for the woods.

The grey is basically as seen in the picture: nothing too exciting. I have the microweight v-neck in violet; it's quite a pretty color and it has a nice subtle pointelle pattern in it...I really like it.

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Tricia wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

4 5

I bought this because of all the reviews that said how awesome it was (yes, I gave into peer pressure), and because I've never been disappointed with a backcountry.com branded item. When I got it I seriously considered sending it back; I just wasn't sure I'd ever really use it...I'm glad I kept it! Wore this every day for a month-long hike. Works great as a headband to absorb sweat and keep hair out of your eyes when it's 90 degrees, and easily can be pulled down over your ears to keep the wind out and help you warm up when the temperature suddenly drops to 50 and windy on the mountain. It's pretty amazing the difference it makes. Now I carry it around in my purse...never know when it might come in handy! Only thing I might want is one in a slightly more muted color...I bought the green and it's pretty bright (but more than fine for the trail).

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Tricia wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

4 5

Used this a few times during a month-long hike. Seems to work well (i.e. it repels water), it's easy to put on, and it's light enough that I didn't mind throwing it in my daypack just in case. I could still grab stuff out of my pack while I was walking without the whole thing falling off, and it was secure enough that I could shove my rain jacket between my pack and cover for easy access and storage during on and off rain showers. I subjected it to the abuse of plane-side checking twice (gentler than normal checked luggage, but still can be a bit rough) and we hiked through some rather brush-filled areas...it held up through all of it. I'm not sure I'd test the durability too much if I didn't have to, but it seems to do well, particularly for being so lightweight.

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Tricia wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

5 5

These are really great. Only brought a couple pairs of these with me for a one month hike...definitely didn't regret it. They dry quickly, and the towel-drying technique they recommend in the instructions also significantly decreases drying time of other clothing (yes, it's obvious, but I didn't think of it until I read it for these). When you have to hand wash everything for a month and dry it in a cold environment you'll be happy you have these!

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Tricia wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

4 5

These shirts are great. I spent a month hiking every day and wearing long sleeves kept my arms from burning, but these weren't too hot, even in the 90 degree weather. If I was in a pinch I could wear the shirts multiple times without washing them and still not smell too bad. Basically the entire upper half of my wardrobe was composed solely of Smartwool...couldn't have been happier.

A couple of minor things - I wish they were less prone to snagging. I don't think there's much to be done about it, so I didn't deduct a star, but it's still painful to get a hole in your 60 dollar shirt (and all of mine have a small hole somewhere). I did deduct a star (probably only half of one if that was an option) because the left sleeve on my shirt always seems to twist around so the seam is on top of my wrist. It's fairly minor when hiking, just slightly annoying, but it's a little more of an aesthetic bother when I want to wear it somewhere other than the trail.

I really like the violet color (and it has a nice pointelle pattern). The natural is fine for layering under something, but it's a bit transparent on its own.

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Tricia wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

2 5

I bought a pair of the mids and the Alp Trainer hiking shoes for the same trip. I figured the higher boots would be better if we encountered snow (which we did...quite a lot of it). After the first day wearing these I decided that I would rather risk wet feet and wear the shoes. The back of the top of the boots pressed against the back of my leg; it was quite painful. Full disclosure: I've never liked boots, and it looks like that preference won't change. I liked the shoes...hiked more than 250 miles in them. I had an issue with the durability, but the fit was great and I think the fit on these was very similar.

Summary: if you like boots then these might work really well for you; I would buy the shoes instead.

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Tricia wrote a review of on June 20, 2012

Good Fit, Questionable Durability
3 5

I bought these shoes right before I left for a month-long hike. Yes, I know I should have broken them in a bit first, but time was a bit tight. Anyway, the fit was great; I didn't have any trouble with blisters for the first couple of weeks wearing them right out of the box; we hiked around 12 miles per day. We hiked in deep snow for a number of days, but, unlike other waterproof shoes I've had, these shoes almost always dried overnight.

The reason I only gave the shoes 3 stars is durability. They broke a few days before the end of the hike (after ~220 miles)...the seam on the outside of my foot split (which meant wet feet all the time). The soles aren't overly worn (see picture), and for 160 dollars I really expected that they would hold up a little better.

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Tricia wrote a review of on September 5, 2009

5 5

I bought this pack before going to Italy for two months; I used it every day to walk the 2.5 miles home from work as well as on weekend excursions. Even loaded down with a laptop or two (and accessories), textbook, and various other things it was quite comfortable. I also took it on a 25 mile day hike with more traditional equipment in it...it was great for that too. It has stood up to abuse well, and the back panel does help to keep your back cooler, if not dry. Put this on last weekend for a hike and realized I actually missed wearing it. Gregory makes some great equipment and this pack is no exception

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