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David F.

David F.

David F.

David F.wrote a review of on March 30, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 188 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I just recently got this, and would like to share my initial impressions. For me, the fit seems true to size. I'm 5'11'' and #188, with large shoulders and chest, and the large fits me well. Arm length is good for me. It is fairly heavy compared to a hard-shell, and therefore probably won't be my choice for backpacking, trekking, or overnight mountaineering. The heaviness, stretchiness, and inner lining do have a nice feel to wear, though, and so I think that I will be using this a lot just around town, as well as for spring skiing, and day-hikes or climbs when prolonged rain seems unlikely. It does have a fairly trim fit, and I can wear a fleece under it, but probably not a down jacket. The inner lining fabric does have quite a bit of friction against your other layers, so expect to get your sleeves pulled up to your elbows when pulling this on over a fleece, unless it has thumb loops. An inner pocket with media port would be a nice addition, and I'd also like it if the hood was a little higher around the face, for more protection there. It will likely be too warm for much use in the summer.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on January 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 186 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

I've had many different base-layer 1-piece suits over my 4 decades of mountaineering, skiing, and ice climbing. This may be my favorite yet. The waffle-like fabric is similar to on my R1 hoody, maybe a little thinner. The zipper drop seat is a necessity, and better than the throgh-the-crotch zippers I've used. The hood is nicely fitted with no irritation from the zipper on the neck or chin. The thin web loops work well with less bulk in your gloves than traditional thumb loops. The only things I'd like to have seen different would be the addition of at least 1 pocket, either on the chest or thigh, as it's not uncommon to wear this alone in camp/hut, and also the ankles are a bit baggy and can bunch up under your ski socks. I'd like to have seen a more form-fitting elastic fabric for the bottom few inches of the ankles for that reason (or stirrups). They are a bit more expensive than many similar pieces, and I hope they last me a number of years.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 188 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I've bought 2 of these shirts so far, as the sale price is hard to resist. They are great for travel, don't wrinkle in your suitcase, the stretchy fabric feels nice, and I like the snap closures instead of buttons. On both shirts, the arms are a bit long, and may slide over my hands, since the cuffs are fairly wide. If I didn't have a big chest and shoulders, I'd have gone for the medium size.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I love the lightness, looks, and sweat-wicking properties of this shirt. I loved my first one a little too much and got a few snags in the fabric from trimming rose bushes while wearing it (stupid of me!). It's my go-to underlayer for winter, as well as the dry shirt always in the bottom of my pack while hiking, to change into when I get to my destination all sweaty. Looks nice enough for casual wear and travel, and hardly wrinkles while packed.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on November 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These are beautifully designed and constructed, unique and attractive in appearance, and very functional. They aren't super light for backpacking, and given their price, I'd hate to risk shredding them by canyoneering in them. My only criticism is that they should come in different inseam lengths, as they aren't tailor-able, given the ankle cinching strap.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on September 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Really well-made pants, good looking, and feel durable. I have fairly muscular legs, and they were too tight in the thighs and seat for me, so unfortunately I will return them. They are a bit too heavy to use for backpacking, and too expensive for me to want to rip them up canyoneering, so not sure how often I would wear them anyway.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on August 12, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is quite big, too big for the beach, I think - it would block everyone else's view. At a concert, I set it up at the very back to not bother anyone else. Since it has a vinyl coated floor and fiberglass poles, it is also quite heavy, compared to a backpacking tent. Setup and takedown are tedious, and downright frustrating if only 1 person is setting it up. The metal ferrules between the pole segments are quite bulky, and have sharp edges, so that they catch and jam in each fabric sleeve they have to get through. The storage sack ripped the first time I used it, and is too thin a fabric for this heavy load. Once up, it is roomy, pretty stable, nice ventilation with the 3 windows and nice interior pockets. I returned it and will get something lighter and smaller.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on December 19, 2011

4 5

This bag has a good capacity for a week-long trip, plenty of grab handles, shoulder strap, and compressor/reinforcement straps. Since it has no frame and no hip belt, it's not made for using as a pack to hike around once you reach your destination, rather just for short carry's around the airport and en route to your hotel. I'm a little concerned by the light-weight clips that attach the bottom of the shoulder straps to the pack, and hope they don't break at some point. It seems decent for the price, but not the right choice if you want to do some serious hiking with it at your destination.

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David F.

David F.wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

4 5

The fit and feel of the boots are great. A little hard to lace very tight, as the fabric 'eyelets' have a lot of resistance, but it's better for circulation in the cold to be a bit loose, anyway. I spent a few days camping and doing photography in single digit F temps with deep fresh snow and, as expected by their thin walls, they are only warm enough if you keep moving. For prolonged standing still at temps below 10 degrees F, something with more insulation would be better, but these are perfect for snow shoeing and winter hiking when I'll be moving for most of the time. The soles also have good traction on rock and scree.

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