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ban5624442 wrote a review of on June 27, 2012

5 5

Nice weave on this 150 weight. Soft, warm, versatile. I could wear this in relatively cold weather for vigorous activity..granted, I run a bit warm compared to some, but that makes light merino layers like this invaluable. The extra long sleeves are fine due to the relative tightness on the forearms..they don't get in your way. 5'11 185 and I have the Large, fits great..doesn't look like I'm wearing compression gear, yet still form fitting enough for easy layering.

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ban5624442 wrote a review of on June 10, 2012

4 5

Thinner and softer than my Icebreaker 150, which I also love. I like the collar on these Stoics though..better for a base layer..the Icebreaker neck is a bit too big. Just depends on your preference. Definitely a softer feel to these Stoics, but I'm afraid a little more fragile. I snagged it a bit and got a rip in one of my sleeves way too easily. Overall, thumbs up..I wear these shirts solo for cooler weather activity or spring temps about town, and am plenty warm. I have several heavier weight merinos (Icebreak et al.) and I love 'em, but I am starting to prefer these lighter weights (150 and 200). Granted, I run a little warm, but even in our coolish Montana weather, these lighter merinos are fine on their own for strenuous activities in all but the stormiest weather. Add a shell or insulated out layer and can go hard all winter. I put a 260 Icebreaker over one of these tops and am usually crazy warm in freezing temps. 5'11" 185 and have the Large, and is just right for me..form fitting but not a spectacle when worn alone in public. Mediums would better for thinner builds or without a slight beer repository to cover up. As other have noted, sleeves run crazy long, but is not a real bother due to adequate tightness in the wrist cuff. By contrast, Icebreaker have more normal, i.e. correct, sleeve lengths, but are also looser in the forearm. In a nutshell, I love these tops when they're on sale, worth every penny. However, it's a harder sell for me at full price over Icebreaker..as price gets about the same, I'd lean toward IB.

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ban5624442 wrote a review of on June 1, 2012

5 5

Great material to these shorts..very soft, easy to move in. Great pockets, and comfortable liner (should you choose to leave it). 5'11 and wear 33" waist in pants, and the Medium is good. I have the 8" and it's plenty of coverage, ending just a bit above knee. No zipper fly on these, so you need to fiddle with the overly long belt every bathroom break, if that's important to you. Very versatile..dip in the pool, hit the hiking trail, kick back at the bbq. Seems to sort of be a hybrid between athletic short comfort and casual short versatility.

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