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bru100403060 wrote a review of on October 24, 2011

5 5

These target compression perfectly: they're tighter than other comp sox where you want it but not tight at all elsewhere, so your calf doesn't feel like it's been stuffed into a sausage casing. This is important because too much compression everywhere can mess up your gait and head you straight for tendonitis city. The ventilation works: you don't roast in very hot weather. And they wash fine in the sink and dry fast, so you don't need several pair to use them daily. I'm glad I shelled out for them.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on October 24, 2011

5 5

Well, on a trip to Vegas, they did double duty and were perfect on the trail and in the casino. In the mountains, provided light support and superior comfort trail running and climbing, with no chafing. Washed them in hotel sink and wore them the next day/night under jeans for a 16-hour poker session: didn't chafe or bunch there either, which is unprecedented for me.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on September 16, 2011

5 5

Lately, it seems like the quality of Prana has declined some. But not these shorts. They're thin, light, and extremely comfortable, maybe the most comfortable shorts I've ever had--but also tough as nails. I've scraped them, dropped ash on them, swum in them, and no effects: they still look new. The fabric seems to slough off dirt somehow. And the elastic is still perfect. Just a great item. But Prana runs very small: size up.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on July 15, 2011

5 5

I like the PhDs for running and tossed my old Thorlos in favor of them, so I asked Backcountry for some recommendations for tennis and/or soccer-worthy wool socks so I could toss my old socks for that too. They recommended these and a pair of Darn Tough hikers (also good but I prefer the padding on the Smartwools). Like the PhDs, these wick sweat much better than the Thorlos or any other non-wool socks I've tried, but unlike the PhDs, they're also thick enough to provide support and prevent blistering. The pile barely compresses: after two hours on court in roasting heat, they're almost as thick and comfortable as when I started. Performed equally well in soccer cleats. Not cheap, but neither are Thorlos or any good dedicated tennis or soccer socks. It's a joke given the size of the tennis and soccer markets that running/outdoor socks (and gear generally, esp. shoes, tech and compression clothes, sunglasses, hell, everything) are still so superior to tennis/soccer gear, but there it is.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on July 7, 2011

5 5

Can't believe how high quality and durable both the lenses and frames are considering their (feather) weight. Never fog because of vented top. Easy to switch lenses but they never pop out on their own, nomatter what. I wear them for all sorts of sports and they've survived all sorts of collisions, crashes, even a snatch and run by our 90-pound Labrador. I've broken my nose a few times (baseball to the face once, other times, don't ask) so I can't tolerate heavy frames or lenses. The Natives, I barely notice they're on. As somebody said below, Native is a great company to deal with too if anything does go wrong. For my money, these are light years better than the more expensive boutique brands--give 'em a try, you won't regret it. They are unbeatable.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on July 7, 2011

4 5

Very comfortable, breathable hat. I've washed mine at least ten times and the brim's still fine, in fact it still looks new: like a lot of MH stuff, this cap appears fragile but isn't. My only complaint is that the material is rather thick, even thicker than Nike dry-fit, for example--it breathes well and is light, but your head does heat up some beneath all that fabric. Still, a great cap for anything (used mine for running, tennis, gym, tackling the dog) in non-roasting weather.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on June 30, 2011

5 5

These have amazing support for their weight. Because they go up pretty far, a bit above the waist, they really hold your back steady and the crisscross seams stabilize your knees perfectly. But what really surprised me was how they managed to compress my hamstrings and quads while still being perfectly comfortable (as compared, say, to Under Armour compression tights, which I find uncomfortably tight, yet less supportive because the support's un-directed, just pressure). I'm fat-ass out of shape but these tights felt so good that I ran intervals in them, which normally would mean hobbling soreness for days. But with these, the next day, presto, I felt fine. For really hot weather, I like the ventilated stabilyx shorts, but the 3/4s aren't roasting--yesterday was in the low 80s and I didn't overheat. Oh, and I would recommend going a size smaller than you think you need: they're quite stretchy except in the target zones. The chart has me as a solid medium (5 9, 165) but trying them on at the Backcountry store in SLC I liked the tightness of the smalls and I'm glad I went that way.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on June 24, 2011

5 5

I've used Thorlos for forever but my wife swears by these so I tried them. They're great: remarkably cushioned and supportive for their weight and they don't pack down after a few miles. Plus the sweat wicking just can't be beat. I have bad feet and ankles so I don't like a micro-thin sock but these seem to combine the advantages of both thick and thin. Beats Thorlos, hands down. I'll be buying more.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on June 24, 2011

5 5

Great stuff: so far I've used them for running intervals, jogging, and working out at gym. Like magic, no soreness (and I'm old and out of shape). Ventilation is surprisingly good: it's been in the 90s and I feel no warmer down there than in loose running shorts. Warm up the bank card, they're worth it. I'll be getting the full tights in the fall.

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bru100403060 wrote a review of on June 24, 2011

5 5

Got 'em on Monday and have run them every day since, both trail and pavement. I've torn up one ankle badly and sprained the sh*t out of the other a few times, and these are the first shoes I've worn since my surgery (fifteen years ago) that really feel secure. I never thought I would be able to stop running scared. I love them. No twitches, no soreness. If your form is great, you're light-footed and secure, you might prefer a faster shoe with more feel (Speedcross in Salomon or S-Labs for the truly hard-core or deluded). But if you're a normal, beat-up guy who just wants to run, these just might be your sole-mates.

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