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hikervalwrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I've recently switched to hiking in long pants (sun screen allergies) and these pants have made the switch painless. I hate zip offs, it's hard to find hiking pants to fit me (5'7, 120 #), and often the fabrics are too stiff. These are exactly right for me. I fit perfectly into a medium (they're a tad long with sneakers, but right on with hiking boots) because of the drawstring waist, but they fit great through the seat and legs, too. The fabric is really soft, and breathable enough. The fit is loose, so I can climb, scramble, hike, stretch, whatever and they're always comfortable. Most important to me is that on really hot days of backpacking, I am not melting. Durability... not bad. I had a pair last through 6 months of backpacking, but did sustain a small rip on the bottom of the pant leg.

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hikervalwrote a review of on January 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I bought these pants to use for hiking/backpacking on hot days to minimize needing to use sunscreen (allergies). I've only used them for hiking and walking the dog so far, and I absolutely love them. They flex in all the right places, are loose enough to be comfortable all day, and look great for wearing in town, too. I don't know yet if they'll be super breathable for hot weather, but they're very comfortable with temps in the 50s - 70s. I've got them in graphite gray (awesome color) and moonstruck (which might work better when it heats up again). Super comfortable!

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hikervalwrote a review of on October 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

These are not grandma's wool undies -- they are soft, cute and highly functional. I wear them backpacking, hiking, etc., plus travel. Since they're wool, they're not stinky ( 2 pairs fine for a week of backpacking, or longer). They dry fast, and have a low profile (so panty lines). I've mostly found them to be durable. I've had several pairs for about 3 years, and they're in excellent condition. The last pair I just bought showed up with a hole after a couple washings. Not sure what happened there, if the hole was there from the start, or just caught an edge of the drier. As for size, I'm right in the middle of a small & medium. Smalls are a tad snug, but in no way obscene or unusable. Mediums are a tad roomy, but not weird. Next time I will stick with the medium size.

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hikervalwrote a review of on October 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I tried the Sol Patrol out this summer on three Sierra week-long trips, and it was exactly the right shirt for me. It kept me cool (and protected) above tree line, and I never overheated in it. Notably, it's not a warm shirt -- early mornings I was still in my fleece over the Sol Patrol, just as I would have been wearing a wool tee. After 3 weeks in the woods it shows no scuffs or abrasions to the fabric, and the snap closures are strong and secure. The feel of the fabric is wonderful -- if Patagonia made pants out of the same fabric I would get them. Very soft and comfortable, with just the right stretch in the side panels, and quite breathable. I'm really narrow, 5'7" & 120 # and a small fit perfectly. I was able to rinse it out most nights and it never got stinky.

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hikervalwrote a review of on March 28, 2013

5 5

Very comfortable and lightweight for all seasons. In winter, I use these as a base layer; for spring & summer they are great by themselves, and not too warm for summer backpacking in the Sierras. It's also a great shirt for knocking around town, very presentable. Size small fits perfectly; I'm 5'7" and weigh 120#.

These shirts are pricey, but they are long lasting -- after 4 years, I'm finally retiring one of my shirts.

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hikervalwrote a review of on March 25, 2013

5 5

Just took the Rab Infinity out for its first spin: several days of minus 4 degree temps in Bryce Canyon, Utah. This jacket was outstanding! Tired of being cold wearing my Patagonia down sweater in sub 30 temps, I purchased this jacket based on backcountry.com reviews and online help. I got exactly what I was looking for: outstanding warmth in low temps,even during long lunch breaks.

The fit is perfect. I am 5'7" and weigh 120#. I bought the size small, which fit perfectly over layers (wool tee, long-sleeve shirt, beanie and even a fleece sweater, but that was overkill). It also layered nicely under my waterproof jacket.

Two pluses (beyond the incomparable warmth) are the handwarmer pockets and the hood. Wearing only liner gloves for picture-taking dexterity, the pockets kept my hands plenty warm. The hood fit easily over my beanie, and the elasticized edge is a nice tough, keeping the fit very comfortable and helping to hold in the heat. Also, the soft fabric near the chin was a very pleasant discovery.

Only gripe -- the color and odd sheen. I have the Shark color, shiny and not flattering by any stretch of the imagination. But I bought the jacket for warmth, and it has delivered in spades, so I would highly recommend it for anyone whose priority is to stay warm in bitterly cold temperatures.

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hikervalwrote a review of on April 1, 2011

5 5

This fleece is outstanding for staying warm with one layer, or over long-sleeves for unlimited warmth. Great for outdoor fun, walking the dog, etc. though more bulky than I would want for backpacking or even hiking; I prefer lighter layers (and more of them) when I'm in the backcountry. The jacket is not cute enough for going out on the town, but it's perfect for functional warmth (nice handwarmer pockets.) It fits wonderfully, a nice slim look without lots of bulge. I'm 5'7", weigh 120, and the small is perfect, with room to layer.

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hikervalwrote a review of on January 22, 2011

5 5

I bought 2 of TNF Khumbu fleece jackets as presents for my husband, as well as my dad. My dad is 5'6" and weighs 14? and the small fit perfectly. My husband is 5"9", weighs 160 and the medium was a perfect fit for him, too. They both love these jackets. It's a slim fit, but with room for a thick sweater underneath (my dad.) The slightly longer fit to the hips seem to appeal, too. The jackets look nice enough for town, too.

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hikervalwrote a review of on March 11, 2010

5 5

These fleece pants are part of my essential outdoor wardrobe. I layer them over shorts for cold Sierra mornings, layer them under my waterproof pants for snowshoeing, and wear them just as stand-alones for walking the dog on winter days. I'm 5' 7" and weigh 120; the size small fits perfectly.

I really like the fit. Other fleece pants sag and billow like grandpa pants; these are sleek, form fitting and completely flattering. I like the smooth outside finish and fleecey insides. They are not as indestructible as standard fleece, and I've had to mend a tear here and there.

Thank goodness they're still available on Backcountry.com!

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