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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I bought this to replace a heavyweight Icebreaker half-zip that I lost in Mexico. When this arrived I was a little disappointed because it wasn't as heavy as I'd hoped but I loved the style (the color on the collar is a nice touch) and the marksmanship is still great. The feel of the wool is much softer than older Icebreaker clothes, but apparently when they made the wool softer they also changed the fit. The body is much wider and the sleeves much shorter. I'm 5'11" and weigh 144 lbs. I'm always a large in Smartwool or Icebreaker tops but this top is too wide and too short in the body and the sleeves are at least two inches too short. When I called Backcountry about the return, they said Icebreaker had changed their style and the way the clothes fit. I'm very bummed. This is definitely going back and I'll have to buy Smartwool from here on out.

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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I got this to replace a heavyweight Icebreaker half-zip that I left somewhere along the Baja coast. While this isn't nearly as warm (it is a much finer, lighter garment) it is much more comfortable and great as a first layer. Even though it wasn't as heavy as I'd hoped, I love wearing it and am thrilled to have it! I ordered the large (I'm 5'11", 140 lbs) and the body and sleeves fit perfectly. I have long arms and it is unusual to find something that fits so well. I highly recommend this top. SmartWool is the bomb!

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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on December 26, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like the look of this jacket, though it is a little boxy. However, my main problem with it is that it started pilling immediately, upon first use. Very surprising coming from Kuhl. However, it is warm and comfy, so I have kept it anyway.

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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on December 3, 2011

3 5

I like how these look but they run small in length and they're too wide for narrow feet. I have to have them on the tightest setting and even then, they're kind of loose. They're great for wearing around the office all day, but I tried to wear them to a baseball game and got blisters within the first 20 minutes of walking around the stadium. As long as you don't plan on walking too far, these are extremely comfortable.

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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

4 5

This shoe looked very sturdy and well made. Great sole and I liked the materials used on the upper. Plus it just looks cool. However, I am a girl, and this is definitely a man's shoe. Even with a thick sock, the shoe was impossibly wide for me. Also, I was unable to tighten the top of the shoe securely enough around my ankle to prevent my foot from flopping around. Overall, way to big for a female foot/leg. Because there are apparently no water- canyoneering shoes in women's sizes, at least not that I could find, I ended up going with the men's Keen gorge boot. Still pretty wide in the toe box, but at least I am able to tighten the top enough that I think it'll work. Haven't had a chance to backpack with them yet, but am looking forward to trying!

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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on March 15, 2011

5 5

This was not what I expected. I was hoping for something a little thicker and more sweater like, but after wearing it a few times, I love it. It is very warm and because it isn't bulky, it is quite flattering. I've been hit on every time I wear it. I like that the torso length is relatively long. I'm 5'11" and have really long arms so trying to use the thumb holes is a bit uncomfortable but so far they haven't been necessary. I ordered a large and except for wishing for another inch in arm length, it fits great. Also, there is contrast stitching inside the zipper. I wasn't a fan at first, but now I think it is a nice touch.

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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on January 29, 2010

3 5

First off, let me say that I get compliments on this jacket every time I wear it. I guess it looks cool, or maybe it’s just the label. I love how stretchy the fabric is and how light it is in weight. I don’t love how light it is as far as insulating goes. This jacket isn’t much better than a windbreaker for keeping warm and it is worse if you want to put your hands in the pockets. I’m sure the pockets are supposed to serve the dual purpose of offering ventilation or storing things but I don’t like having to choose between sheltering my hands and exposing my torso to the elements. I like separate ventilation zippers, a separate pocket to store things and pockets for my hands. I think Arcteryx is overrated but the jacket is fine and the material is cool because it really does allow a lot of freedom of movement and it blocks the wind pretty well. I got a killer deal at Backcountry.com but if I would have paid full price, I’d have been pissed.

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andreabarr1004459 wrote a review of on January 29, 2010

5 5

This top was the perfect base layer on my Christmas backpacking trip in Needles, Canyonlands. It was -7 at night and I lived in this shirt. Even after three days it wasn't stinky and it felt great against my skin. Now that I'm home, I love wearing it around the house. It is sooo comfy. I highly recommend this product. Smartwool rocks. So does backcountry.com.

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