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melp76937 wrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the extra small (5'4 105 lbs) and I also got the Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Chakra 1/4-Zip Top. I prefer the Icebreaker so far in that this shirt feels really clingy. I realize as a base layer it's supposed to feel this way but with the thickness of the fabric it's an adjustment for me (not a bad thing, just different). Compared to the Icebreaker this one has absolutely NO itch factor and this base layer has a stash pocket. This shirt would be great on it's own for fall running/hiking where as I would be hesitant to wear the ice breaker base layer by itself. The zipper on this one zips far enough down to see the top of my sports bra. Also the lenght of this shirt is very nice, the bottom covers just a tad bit lower than my stomach and the sleeves can be pulled a bit to cover the tops of my hands. Great shirt.

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melp76937 wrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

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

I got this one and the Stoic Breathe Composite Zip T (long sleeve). I got the extra small (5'4" 105 lbs) The stoic is a nylon/poly blend while this one is strictly wool. Honestly I love both shirts but I favor this one in that it's more breathable and doesn't feel as constricting as the stoic. Which I think is strictly due to materials. The Isle color is gorgeous and it is very soft. The good thing about merino wool (in my experience) is that it gets softer every time you wash it. The chest zipper really doesn't zip far down (The stoic zips so far it showed the top of my sports bra - not a big deal but noted). It came with some really cool facts about sheep in New Zealand, but my only downside was that it was packaged (by manufacter-er) in it's own cardboard box AND had tags too, seemed a bit of a waste of materials. Still a badass shirt

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melp76937 wrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is worth the cash. I bought a large and it's still smaller than your average bath towel, yet it dries twice as well. I also use it at home as a hair towel or allow guests to use it if I have run out of regular towels. I hear no complaints just people saying "Wow this thing dries fast!". Having this towel has convinced my boyfriend to buy one as well. It also has a hook on it so it can hang dry. The only downside- it's possible to lose the mesh bag it comes it, but no big deal, I can make another.

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melp76937 wrote a review of on December 29, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this jacket on sale and I compared it to the REI brand soft shell. Hands down this jacket beats it. I'm crazy about inside pockets and this jacket has an inside chest pocket that zips up (REI brand did not). This jacket is waterproof (tested, and true to word) and wind proof (REI brand left me shivering with the slightest breeze). I live in CO and I work out on the plains. It gets EXTREMELY windy out there. And this jacket has gotten me through 15 degree days (with wool layers underneath of course). There is a chin gaurd that keeps your face warm and the inside of the jacket is super soft. I've taken it camping, hiking , fallen in the dirt, and taken it to work. It's my go to jacket, honest. I'm 5'4" - 105 lbs and got an xsmall, fits like a dream and can still layer underneath.

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