Yuzz

Yuzz

White Mountains NH

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Yuzz wrote a review of on March 1, 2012

4 5

I ordered these in both a 7.5 and 8 based on other reviews.

I wear a 7.5 street size. My La Sportiva Muiras are a size 37. I have a wider foot at the toes, nothing ridiculous. (For reference - Scarpa rockettes in sizes 37.5 did not fit my higher volume foot.

I mostly boulder, often indoors at anywhere from a V2-V7 in plastic land. I prefer a more down turned shoe for overhang problems.

These shoes run small, I tried for a while to cram my feet into the 7.5 (my slightly larger foot was not having it) I could get them in, but walking was close to impossible and the material being synthetic, likely wont stretch enough. The 8, I was hesitant to keep, since on one foot, my heel felt slippy.

I brought 'em to the gym and realized that the 8 had to be the right size since I rip them off my feet after a problem. They are relatively comfortable - one hot spot at my big toe, and a pocket in the heel of the other foot. The tongue padding is really nice. The aggressive toe has been helpful.

I am really hoping that these hold their shape and stay together.

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Yuzz wrote a review of on February 21, 2012

4 5

Let me start by saying I did return these (in 2 sizes).

I wear a 7.5 street size. My La Sportiva Muiras are a size 37. I ordered both a 37, and a 37.5 in the scarpa rockette. I have a wider foot at the toes, nothing ridiculous.

I mostly boulder, often indoors at anywhere from a V2-V7 in plastic land. I prefer a more down turned shoe for overhang problems. I understand the process of wearing in a tight uncomfortable shoe but these were just not right for my foot.

The construction of the shoe looks great, extremely downturned and aggressive - I was excited. However after squeezing them on my feet and wearing them around (both sizes) I still couldn't walk (read - could not put any pressure on my feet, walking was a laughable sight). The 37 would be the right size (same as my muiras), as the heel fit tight, but I think my foot is just too voluminous for this shoe. Perhaps a narrower foot may have a better chance.

I am jealous of those who can wear this shoe - I advise that you try these on if you can find a retailer.

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Yuzz wrote a review of on January 5, 2012

5 5

This Stoic jacket is much more of a fleece hoodie than anything, but met my expectations. It is my favorite winter-hiking mid layer, and also my favorite climbing hoodie & is good for really cold weather running. Its packable and light and cozy... keeps you warm even when your base layer is damp. It also serves as great insulation under a shell; does not impede movement.

I ordered this jacket after happily owning 2 powerstretch fleece hoodies. So far this hoodie does offer more wind resistance than regular power stretch fleece. It also seems to have a bit more rigidity to it, but is still stretchy enough to move around.

The fit is average for outdoor clothes, and runs a little bigger than my Stoic tees (Mediums - loose fit). I am 5'4" athletic build (bigger shoulders/arms, small waist/mid section, have hips), and am usually a small in most tops, and this fits perfectly in a size small- I can layer under it (a longsleeve flannel shirt) - and it doesn't feel/look bad. It is not at all bulky, rather form-fitting and is long enough (hits below hip, about mid-butt). Also, there is a sweet inside pocket.

For the down side, as previously mentioned - Velcro will snag this hoodie, but I can say that about all of my powerstretch fleeces. Also, it is not a shell - so it wont really act like one.

I was expecting the color to be blinding (ceramic), but it is a more subdued turquoise, with chartreuse accents. I really do love it - fun & different pallet of colors.

I would live in this thing if I could.

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Yuzz wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

Got this hoodie about a year ago (last year's light grey color), and it is still one of my favorite essentials in my pack. The fit is great (ordered a small - 5'4" athletic. It is nice and long, plenty of movement in it. The hood is nice and big, and can close down around your face. The sleeves are long and that helps to make the thumb holes extremely usable. The fleece is nice and soft, and has stayed that way after many washes (no dryer). It is warm, and works great under a windproof/waterproof shell. It is relatively lightweight, and not as bulky as some fleeces - pretty packable. I would consider ordering another - it has held up great under constant use. There is some pilling, where velcro has snagged it, other wise perfect!

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Yuzz wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

I have been searching for the perfect base layer for winter hiking in the northeast, and this is the winner. It wicks quickly, but doesn't leave you freezing like synthetics do. Even at the peak of sweatiness, Smartwool continues to keep you warm. The material feels nice, not at all itchy.

I found this to run a bit narrow/small, I am a Small in most clothes but prefer my clothes to fit loosely, and so ordered a Medium in this. It is still a tighter fit, but not uncomfortable. It doesn't ride up at all - a HUGE plus - and is a good length (below the hip bone). I am 5' 4", athletic build (~size 4 - 6).

The color (turquoise) is a nice change from the obnoxious fluorescent and black options I have previously owned. Even though the price is usually steep (I got a good deal), I am now a Smartwool believer!

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