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brett_colv2126859 wrote a review of on December 30, 2010

4 5

The Bodyfit 200 is definitely a dedicated baselayer. Personally, I wish it had been designed a little more like the 260 crew in terms of fit, because the 260 looks great as outerwear and is far more versatile (which I think is important given the cost).

I will mention here that I'm not quite sure how Icebreaker sizes their stuff. I wear an XL in almost everything - Arc'teryx, Smartwool, Mountain Hardwear, Under Armour, Patagonia - it all seems pretty standard. Putting on the XL Bodyfit 200 made me look like Ralphie's little brother in A Christmas Story when his arms stick straight out to the sides and he flops around like a trout on an ice sheet. The XXL fits snug, like a compression layer.

I do like the 200 as a baselayer though. The feel is excellent, it's comfortable, and has all the properties that make merino great.

Overall, I think I prefer the Smartwool NTS crew to this particular product - based entirely on my personal preference for fit and cut.

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brett_colv2126859 wrote a review of on December 30, 2010

5 5

The great thing about the 260 is versatility. It works as a baselayer, it's great-looking casual outerwear, and it's an ideal mid-layer too. This shirt breathes well enough to be comfortable at 65° or so, but gets pretty toasty if it's warmer.

If you want the 260 to fit very snug as a dedicated baselayer, order your usual size. If you want more flexible use as I mentioned above, order a size larger. I am 6'5" and 250lbs, and wear an XL in almost every brand, but I much prefer the XXL Icebreaker stuff. The XL fits almost like a compression layer.

Great product - don't hesitate to pick a few up if you're undecided.

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brett_colv2126859 wrote a review of on January 12, 2010

4 5

I disagree with the comments in the previous 2 reviews. This material is exactly what I look for in a fleece layer. It probably could have a draw string at the waist, but unless I'm just bumming around town I always wear a jacket like this with a shell. It's the outer layer that I expect to have a spray skirt and waist cord. This jacket looks great is a solid value at $120. Personally I do slightly prefer the Marmot Ignitor to this version due to pocket placement.

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brett_colv2126859 wrote a review of on January 12, 2010

5 5

This is a great fleece jacket. The Polartec material is exactly what I look for in this type of layer. In terms of style the Ignitor is my favorite of all the brands with an athletic cut and nice accents. Marmot jackets run small compared to most brands I use. Size XL fits me well almost universally, but I always take XXL with Marmot gear.

The only quibble I have is that the cut of the sleeves does not articulate quite as well as I would like. Reaching straight out or above the head will retract the sleeves several inches above the wrist. Mountain Hardwear and Arc'teryx seem to have really figured this element of sleeve design (possibly because of roots in climbing). This is a relatively minor thing, especially since a shell is normally worn over a fleece layer anyway. This is still my choice for the best fleece jacket out there today.

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brett_colv2126859 wrote a review of on January 8, 2010

3 5

For the first time I'm disappointed in an Arc'teryx product. The quality of the materials and workmanship is still top notch with the Venta SV, but it's not as described or pictured. As mentioned in a few previous reviews, the cut is not nearly as athletic as the photo. It is also waffer thin, and while it does stop the wind effectively I have always looked to softshells to provide light insulation. This jacket simply lacks any loft or substance to insulate, which makes it a very expensive windbreaker. Go with the Mountain Hardwear Synchro lineup, their Conduit fabric is what softshells should be.

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