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Atlanta, Dallas, Lake Tahoe

James's Passions

Hiking & Camping

James's Bio

Reitred AT thru-hiker looking for life's next adventures.

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basp42737 wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

5 5

This is a very short-term review, but for the last three days it has performed well. It has accurately recorded my mileage in the rain these past few days. The unit is smaller than I expected - very discrete and sleek on the bike. I went wireless purely for the look and I'm not disappointed. Update to follow in the future...

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basp42737 wrote a review of on April 1, 2013

5 5

I've been using these arm warmers for cycling in South Lake Tahoe's bi-polar Winter/Spring for the last month. From 2,100+ miles of backpacking I've learned that less is more when it comes to clothing for high-output activity. When it's hovering around freezing or just above, I prefer layers of merino rather than a windshirt or jacket. If it's sunny and 40+ I wear my Icebreaker Circuit jersey and these arm warmers. For anything colder, I wear a 200 weight Contour Crew as a base layer in addition to my jersey and these sleeves.

Basically what I'm getting at is that these arm warmers are super comfortable and warm - but more importantly, they are breathable. They are great to have around for changing seasons and as a permanent piece of cold-weather kit.

I'd also recommend these for backpacking to replace a long-sleeve shirt.

Peace and love

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basp42737 wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these to replace a pair of "knit" style Smartwool mittens that had torn up very quickly. I'm happy to say that these have proved very durable. I wear these alone for cool afternoons in South Lake Tahoe or as liner gloves with GoreTex mittens for sub-freezing (and sometimes sub-zero) mornings.

Super comfortable - I love the Reel Fleece material. As with all of the other IceBreaker products I own, I'm very pleased.

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basp42737 wrote a review of on December 28, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shirt is 1 of my 5 merino tops and is the one I wear the least. For me (5'9" 115lbs.), it fits like a medium. It's advertised as a relaxed fit, but it's just a bit more relaxed than anything "relaxed" I've ever owned.

I find it useless for anything active as the loose areas bunch up and rub my body, but it's a great casual shirt.

If you want a merino shirt for casual wear this a good choice. If you want something for casual and active wear, consider a different fit.

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basp42737 wrote a review of on December 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this vest at the last minute for my AT thru-hike earlier this year. I ran into a bit of extra cash and decided I'd take this as my insulation layer rather than a 16 oz. fleece jacket.

From what I understand, we experienced unseasonable warmth on the trail this year (March 12-July 21st). It only dropped below freezing on a few occasions. If you are expecting this to keep you toasty warm in consistent winter temperatures, it might not be right for you.

For me, it was exactly what I needed. I never hiked in it - only used it for breaks and evenings. It took up almost no room in my clothing bag and kept me plenty warm when worn with everything else I had (merino baselayer, long sleeve shirt, and rain shell over top).

I've been careful to avoid embers from fire and snagging branches, but it's in as good of condition as when I bought it. All these months later, I still wear it pretty often. I'm very glad I had it on the trail and I'm happy to still have it.

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basp42737 wrote a review of on December 28, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the fit, feel, and look of this shirt. Every shirt I own is merino wool - some Smartwool and some Icebreaker. This was my first Stoic merino shirt and I've been pretty pleased with it for the price.

I've had it for a little over 3 months and worn it a few times a week. No holes yet, but the stitching at the collar (for the tag, not the actual collar stitch) has come undone a bit. Other than this, it's holding up pretty well, but I feel like it's not going to last more than a year or so.

I recently bought an Icebreaker 200 weight shortsleeve shirt and rarely wear this one anymore. Overall, for the price, I'd pay a few extra dollars for Icebreaker or Smartwool. Hope this helps. Peace and love.

P.S. I wear my merino shirts on all occasions - for casual wear, daily bicycle commute, outdoor work, dayhikes, etc.

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basp42737 wrote a review of on December 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shirt is my 3rd piece of Icebreaker clothing. My other pieces survived an AT thru-hike and are still worn nearly every day.

Icebreaker clothing lasts an incredibly long time and continues to look as good as the day I bought it. I've had this shirt for less time than my other pieces, but I'm sure it will perform just as well.

I'm 5'9" 115lbs and nothing "contour" is exactly skin tight on me, but this shirt comes very close and I like the look. I would definitely consider this an undershirt. I've worn it alone a few times, but I don't dress in skin tight clothes so it feels a bit awkward. I have a Bodyfit 260 longsleeve shirt I generally wear over it.

I wear this shirt just about every day of the week with 3-4 washes a month. I sleep in it, ride a bike to work, [work], ride a bike home, hang it up, take a shower, put it back on - ad infinitum.

Icebreaker is great - this shirt is great. Enjoy.

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