maplegirlie500

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maplegirlie500 wrote a review of on January 2, 2009

5 5

... because they are HOT pink. But, hey, they are a base layer and easy to find in the dark amid all my other black/dark clothing. All joking aside, I really like these. I wear them under my everyday pants when I walk the dog and they keep me surprisingly warm. Not too hot and not too cold. As Goldilocks would say, "They are just right." Oh, and they're not very stretchy so if you've read the sizing chart and your hip size is on the edge between the medium and the large, go with the large. I have 38.5 inch hips & bought both a medium and a large. The large are more comfy and have more room to move without being baggy.

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maplegirlie500 wrote a review of on November 3, 2008

5 5

Smartwool and another company called Icebreaker have gotten me hooked on merino wool clothing. I'm so enamored with SmartWool's socks and shirts that I own several of the same shirts in different colors (and I have about 10 pairs of their socks).

These shirts are soft and cozy, not itchy, have a flattering cut and keep me warm, but if I do start to overheat, they don't produce that clammy feeling some of the synthetic fabrics do.

On cool fall days, I'll wear just one shirt, and on colder days I'll layer a lightweight shirt (size medium) under the midweight shirt (size large).

One thing to keep in mind when ordering is that they run small (and at the time of this writing, Backcountry has the sizing chart for the Men's shirts linked to this page, not the Women's so the sizing chart is inaccurate).

I have about a 36' - 37' chest and the medium is almost too small, but I guess these are base layers so they are meant to be form fitting. I bought a couple of the lightweight shirts in a size medium and a couple of the midweight shirts in size large so I could layer them w/o everything being too tight.

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maplegirlie500 wrote a review of on September 22, 2008

2 5

I know these are *water* shoes, but I bought them to hike in, thinking they would cool off my feet. ... Every time I wear them hiking I think, "Why did I wear these? They have no traction!" ... Recently I was belaying a climber and the only place to stand was on an incline comprised of dry, hard-packed dirt covered with a sprinkling of pebbles and loose dirt. I was very unhappy and nervous about wearing these particular shoes at that time, and I did slip just trying to walk to the base of the rock wall to get into position. ... The times I have worn these hiking on slightly steep to moderately steep terrain, they have mostly aggravated me, especially on the trek down. These are *not* good in the dry, Utah mts. where there's a thin layer of loose dirt & pebbles on top of hard packed dirt, as previously described. ... My bad choice.

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maplegirlie500 wrote a review of on September 22, 2008

5 5

I've owned 3 pairs of these pants since March of '08 and they've stood up well to frequent wearing and washing. I just wear them around town, to the office and on the occasional hike. ...

I liked the fit and fabric so much that I bought all of the colors available at the time (sand, green, brown and black, but I returned the black b/c they had white stitching which I didn't care for.) ...

The drawstrings at the ankles bothered me because at times I would trip over them or they'd drag around in the dirt and puddles and look sloppy. Plus if you don't tie them before you wash them, they will come out of the pants. Luckily, for me, I didn't like the strings so I pulled them out. ...

Aside from the drawstrings, I like everything about the pants so I'm rating these pants a 5 out of 5 stars.

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maplegirlie500 wrote a review of on September 22, 2008

3 5

Typically I like to load my pack with every possible item that my 'What if I get stranded' imagination can think of. This is not the pack such paranoia. ... There's very little room for much more than water, keys, ID, $, chapstick, a couple of power bars and maybe one or two other flat, durable items (no sandwiches unless you want them smashed). .... There aren't even any straps to lash an extra shirt/shell to. ... The good news is, your water won't freeze in the tube and you can wear the pack under your jacket because it is so low profile. ... Also, the bladder is removable, but it takes a minute to figure out how to get it out. It's not as straightforward as some of the other CamelBaks that simply have a pouch or a sleeve that the bladder slides into. ... I think I own the '07 model, and it came with a locking bite valve which I love and apparently need. Why just today, I rested a backpack on top of another one of my Camelbaks with a non-locking bite valve and drained about 80 oz of water onto my LR floor.

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maplegirlie500 wrote a review of on April 1, 2008

5 5

I bought this for a friend and I liked it on him so much that I bought 3 women's versions for myself. The fabric is mid-weight and good for layering or wearing alone on cool to warm spring days. We haven't had a chance to try them out for summer yet so I don't know how they will perform in really hot weather, but the fabric doesn't snag on every little thing it comes in contact with (like the more expensive Patagonia Airius T-Shirt, which I also bought for my friend, does).

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