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nosp17132wrote a review of on May 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I walked the second half of the Appalachian Trail wearing this bra. I pretty much kept it on unless I was washing it. It wicked great, was warm when I needed it to be warm, and it didn't feel cold and clammy when wet.

I'm 5'4" and was around 130 lbs on the trail but mostly leg muscle. So I'd say I was a 34AA at the time and the 2012 model fit great in a small. I ordered the small again, as my original one is a little thread bare and stretched out in the straps after about 6 months of near continuos wear. And the 2014 small feels a bit small. I have certainly gained back some weight on top since 2012, but am still around a 34A. I wouldn't say it cuts into my curves exactly, but a medium might have been better this time. The 2012 said "Climb the Mountains and get their good tidings." and the 2014 one says "The art of wool." I will still wear it and hope it stretches a little or will save it for another backpacking trip where I'm likely to loose weight on top again.

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nosp17132wrote a review of on May 8, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I generally wear a 34 A, bought a medium, and it looked really cute on. I bought it for spring and summer backpacking, but it turned out to be too thick and heavy of a material for me to use during aerobic and sweaty activities. It does not stretch much, which I think is probably good for high impact activities, but this feature also makes it really difficult to take off by yourself. Especially if you have anything nearing broad shoulders like I do. It was surprising for it to be so hard to take off even though I sized up from my usual small. I find it is ok for slow yoga and ice skating, but would not wear this backpacking again.

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nosp17132wrote a review of on May 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I walked the second half of the Appalachian Trail wearing this bra. I pretty much kept it on unless I was washing it. It wicked great, was warm when I needed it to be warm, and it didn't feel cold and clammy when wet.

I'm 5'4" and was around 130 lbs on the trail but mostly leg muscle. So I'd say I was a 34AA at the time and the 2012 model fit great in a small. I ordered the small again, as my original one is a little thread bare and stretched out in the straps after about 6 months of near continuos wear. And the 2014 small feels a bit small. I have certainly gained back some weight on top since 2012, but am still around a 34A. I wouldn't say it cuts into my curves exactly, but a medium might have been better this time. The 2012 said "Climb the Mountains and get their good tidings." and the 2014 one says "The art of wool." I will still wear it and hope it stretches a little or will save it for another backpacking trip where I'm likely to loose weight on top again.

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nosp17132wrote a review of on March 30, 2013

5 5

I pretty much agree with the June 2011 review. I wore these on my Appalachian Trail thru hike for about 4-5 months or so? With intermittent washings, of course. I can't be sure if I ever messed up and put them in the dryer but they held their shape well. I'm 5'4', 130-135lbs, hippy, and usually wear a dress size 6. In my case, I wore the small and kept them even though they were a little tight. I'd have gotten the panty line effect if I had been wearing see through bottoms. But I didn't want them too big so they wouldn't ride up. I agree that the angle is a little steep, but not too steep for my body type (think Jlo...). I wore exofficio, smart wool, and icebreaker underware also, and these tied for my favorite with smart wool. The icebreaker ones I had gotten were too heavy for summer and not stretchy enough. Exofficio stank up fast. These were really up there in quality for backpacking undies. I didn't get any holes or runs in them. The only problem I had with them was staining. I got a teal blue color and stains would never come all the way out.

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nosp17132wrote a review of on March 30, 2013

5 5

I used this shirt on a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail between mid September in Maine south to northern New York in January. It developed minimal stink compared to my long sleeved lightweight Patagonia capilene top that I often layered over it once it started getting cold out. I am a size 6, 130-135 lbs, 5'4" tall woman and the small not only fit me well but was really flattering. It was well fitted and not saggy like a Patagonia shirt I tried. It was also not skin tight like the Icebreaker Atlas short sleeved shirt in a small.
I agree with the other review I read that this shirt is not super silky soft, but I am sensitive to itchy wool and this shirt though a tiny tiny bit rough was not itchy on me at all. I got use to the texture very quickly. I tried any icebreaker running shirt with similar glowy piping on it that was intolerably itchy.

I think this shirt performed very well. It had all of the plusses of a wool shirt. When it got wet or sweaty, it didn't feel cold next to my skin like silk or polyester can sometimes feel. I didn't use this shirt in the summer, so I can't say where the line is when it starts to feel too hot. The only issue I had with it was that I got an ink stain on the front that I couldn't get out.
I'm going to get another one of these shirts to go to the gym in now, since even though my old backpacking one wasn't that stinky, I'm pretty sure it's not pristine after three months of continuous use. Oh! I almost forgot, this shirt did not run and shred like a lot of knitted wool shirts do on the trail. It seemed more durable than some I saw others wearing.

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