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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on September 30, 2013

3 5

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

First off, long jackets without two way zips are a pain for girls. Is it true for men? Sitting down or accessing pant pockets can be irritating. I was confused by the strip on the hood, almost like the non sticky part of velcro. Are there accessories that attach like a visor or netting or something creative? Otherwise, the hood just seems excessively built and not that clever. And then there are the zippers which do not slide well. Underarm ones were tedious and kept getting caught in jacket fabric and were hard to move even after getting them started. Trying to open them added heat to an already desperate need to vent and at one point I took the jacket off to unzip them. Otherwise I am happy to have hand pockets where my hands are and I had no problem with my pack belt fitting over them because the jacket was long enough. I love the color, subtle yet pleasantly warm and undrab. For that reason only, I am willing to put up with unnecessary bulk and reap the benefits of pockets that aren't quite big enough to be quickly useful, but at least there for small items and where I would look for them comfortably. Vents work well once they are open. All in all, a bit frustrating and bulky and not really worth the price.

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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on April 23, 2013

4 5

Old jean jacket feel with a nicer, more interesting look. 7 pockets, actually and long enough to cover my hips. (described incorrectly) My blue one is like the grey with two hand, two inside, and two silly outside chest pockets (mine does not zip at the angel shown for the blue but just like the grey, vertical) and an arm pocket that I will never use. (mine came with a free little white pumice rock) 6'1" monkey, 175#, the medium worked well with sleeves that are long enough. The articulated panel is great. I can feel the fittedness of the jacket, but just when I think it is going to be too tight to reach out, it gives nicely. Nice shape, long and practical with snaps on the side to give it a waist (or athletic look according to description). As a girl, I appreciate that. It will not keep me especially warm but it is a sturdy cotton, well made and thought out, and I think it will last a long time. It has snaps on the sleeves to tighten them a little and the collar stands up nicely to keep out the breeze. I don't carry a bag so I take my pockets very seriously. These are not very exciting with inside and outside competing badly and such little room in each. I wish these were more practical and held more. My camera is a big pocket camera and it will not fit in any of the safe pockets. So I am taking half a star away for silly pocket sizes. And the discrepancy between the zipper I liked better in the photo at a silly angle than the one I got, I am only going to give it 4 stars. But I also know that I will wear it a lot this summer.

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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on February 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have extra large hands with very long fingers and got 6 different types of gloves. I kept two. I look for seams that don't dig under my nails, and become a second skin to my hands. These fit the bill with the added bonus of being a nice color in blue and having longer wrists so they tuck in nicely to keep from getting cold spots. Easy on, easy off. I got 4 pairs because I always loose one.

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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on January 11, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are fun and nicely supportive...but may require special care. I ordered a medium and large (6'1"/170#/big boned female) and the med fit fine so I did not try on large. But I was curious if I could have a bit more rise because this is an issue in the med...they feel like they are falling down and do nothing for my lower back which is not a concern. I did not try on the large, but took it out of package to compare rise and found they were wider but rise was not higher so I kept Med). What I did find, was a big tear in the shin area on the large. Can't say if they experienced a sharp object or simply tore from being too tight on someone. All that said, I have worn them about 7 times and being mindful of a potentially fragile nature, I still can't help but stress them to get them on, they are doing fine. My only serious disappointment is....laugh....that I usually wear them under loose pants. They are very fun though a bit too flashy for me. They work great as a compression tight. I have a 36" inseam, so of course, I wish they were longer. But they cover my shins enough to not pinch.

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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on November 21, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a nice fitting jacket for 6'2", 170#. I took the sleeve cuff out and made them longer and it is a cozy, very soft piece for around town. Lacking in practical pockets, (reason for 4 stars, I don't carry a purse) I am thinking about installing one inside. I like the length. I would not use this for serious outdoor activity as I demand much more out of my cloths. While it seems sturdy, I got the large, and it is too snug in the shoulders for reaching comfortably. But I got it to look good and it does that quite nicely. Seems like it will continue to look nice after much washing and wearing. Sleeves would have been nicer just a bit wider for warmth and layering, but I have bigger arms than most women.

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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on November 11, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these despite the fact that they do not look like the photo after about 5 minutes on my legs. Good thing I am not trying to make much of a fashion statement. Icebreaker seemed to have a tighter weave, but did not stretch the 36 inseam I needed for comfort. Smartwool also seems to have done a better job in figuring out how to take the little remaining itch of wool, so they get my pick despite the fact that they get holes much quicker and do not come in as many cute colours. I am tough on my cloths. 170# and long legged, a medium works great! I wish they had an expedition weight. LL Bean makes a nice TALL size that comes pretty darn close! But Smartwool is my pick for overall performance on the trial, curled up at night, and kicking about town in a skirt. Heck, why take them off to shower? I live in my Smartwool!!!

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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on November 11, 2011

4 5

I ordered a few different black women's rain coats and this one was by far the best designed and most comfortable for a city coat. (hey, I like to put my hands in my pockets!!) I am over 6' tall and have very long arms and the sleeves hit my wrists.

But...the descriptions said it had underarm venting and if it does, I don't seen it anywhere! The zipper is hard to get started. I would have liked a little bit of warmth out of the fabric and it has none. Very light weight. Boring but functional in black.

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nristikp2406615 wrote a review of on November 10, 2010

5 5

I have found that all wool cloths (even cashmire) that fits snug, tends to be at least a little itchy to me. I am usually a med/large and have learned that I like the fit of the XXL (and no itch!). They fit just a tiny bit loose and even as a base layers, I like room for at least a little air. I feel warmer as well.

I am in a semi camping mode most of time. Heating with a wood stove around long hours at work, walking and sprinting with the dog, riding a bike to work, artsy stuff in an unheated garage, sitting at a desk 8-5 in an office full of barn-boys who leave the door to the freezing warehouse open all the time, and jumping into bed with all the windows open in 20F nights....all with at least one "darn" (my husbands words) icebreaker shirt securely attached to my body. With the 150, I can layer the heavier one I got last year over it and know that I am only one step away from having that fur coat I always thought I needed to survive in this damp bit of Oregon. (yeah, you would think I was living in the Yukon!)

And I love the brighter color of the blue! Finally a pretty color for the girl who wears boy cloths.

I am stunningly impressed by the lack of B.O. and how well they hold up. They can be pajamas at night and if I throw a vest over them, I can go out to dinner without ever exposing my skin to the cold air and no one seems the wiser.

It is an excellent base layer. I use to wear all plastic (at home and backpacking) and though it weighs more and I whine about every oz. I am going back to the old days of wool. I hate to get wet and showering has been a mighty task. I thought I was a stinky person who had to shower every day. Now I am good for two or three and these shirts would about a month and then I wash them regardless of how fresh they look and smell just because even this girl has a limit.

I was/am quite proud to announce that my first shirt, a thicker Icebreaker in black, was my pajamas, my day shirt, a winter hiking layer AND passed a few dressier evening hours for two months before I washed it. (I even wore it on stage for an all black attire music performance on about day 35ish....no sigh of misshaping) At the end of the experiment, I announced what I had done to a couple of regular girls, and they both expressed disbelief at the good condition of the shirt. One got her farmer friend one...and I hear he likes to wear it when he is working, but he is too hot in the house. The other could not imagine spending that much money for a long sleeved t-shirt.

So, I think I will have to get another one in case this one ever wears out!

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nristikp2406615 wrote a question about on September 8, 2008

I have a 36 inseam and find that some (very few) womans leggings stretch to fit well, and others are calf pinching capris. I do not have skinny legs or narrow hips. So my question is: can these womans 260 icebreaker leggings fit a man with 36 (6'8"?) inseam who weights 240#? I do not want a fly front as I like to wear my leggings alone. (not as scary as it sounds!)ThanksI am not sure how to find your answer....I am

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