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rkinslow wrote a review of on January 26, 2010

5 5

Just received my Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon beanie, and wanted to comment on its fit.

I don't have a particularly large head; I wear 7 1/4 hat size. I originally bought a one size fits all North Face beanie, but it was way too small. I exchanged it for this, because it had great reviews, and you could choose a size.

I went with large, which fits very well. It's not constrictive, yet seems to stay in place if I'm moving around. The fleece ear liner covers my ears and doesn't ride up, and is very soft.

The only negative is the "cone head" affect that the hat has. Not sure why it's made that way, but the other reviewers were correct.

Also, the wind stopper material is somewhat crinkly sounding when on your head, and does muffle sound a little bit, but it's no big deal. I bet the crinkly sound will go away as it wears in.

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rkinslow wrote a review of on January 21, 2010

3 5

I don't have a particularly large head. I wear hat size 7 1/4, but this beanie was too small for me. It's too tight on my head, and barely covers my the bottom of my ears.

If it fit, I'd love it. The fleece ear lining seemed nice.

Very disappointed that North Face only has a "one size fits all".

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rkinslow wrote a review of on January 19, 2010

5 5

I've gotta say - I don't understand why reviewers knock this item for not being windproof or waterproof. It never claims to be either.

It IS warm and comfortable. It has a square cut, which can be useful for layering. On dry days, I've used it as an outer layer in 0 degree temps, and been pretty happy.

I'm 6-2 185, wear a 17 size collar with 35 inch sleeves, and found the XL to be a good fit. It's slightly baggy around the waist if you just have a t-shirt or polo underneath, but fits really well over a sweater.

One thing I particularly like is the strength of the waist drawstring. The cord is pretty strong, and you can cinch it down tight, and the clasps will hold nicely.

And FYI, the hand pockets are not fleece lined, unlike the women's version.

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rkinslow wrote a review of on January 18, 2010

5 5

I am 6-2 185, wear a 17 collar with 35 inch sleeves, and have a fairly athletic build.I purchased the XL, and it's a great fit, kind of slim cut. It doesn't billow out around the waist, and has a tailored appearance.I live in near the beach in California, where the temperatures don't get that low, but the wind can be chilly on the water. It's great for walking the dog along the water with a breeze in the early mornings, and holds up to a light rain well.The fabric is very soft, and kind of stretchy. The hand pockets have the zippers down in the open position. I really like the lining; it feels great with just a t-shirt or polo on. It has a professional look and nice cut, so I sometimes wear it into work over a button down shirt with khakis.Price is kind of high, but it's a quality piece of clothing.

My only complaint would be that the elastic around the wrist is not very strong, and my sleeves underneath have a tendency to escape. One of the seams on the wrist starting coming undone, but it was a quick sew.

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rkinslow wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

4 5

I bought this jacket a year ago, and after a year of use, I thought I'd share my thoughts:

Sizing: I'm 6-2 190lbs, relatively broad shouldered, and the XL fits snugly. I can wear a longsleeve shirt underneath, but not a lightweight fleece.

Performance: I live in southern california near the beach, and purchased this jacket primarily to keep the wind out while walking the dog, but also wanted water resistance when I go sailing or to endure the occasional light rain. It's great for wind and water, but isn't very warm. If you're sitting still and wearing just a t-shirt underneath, you'll be chilly in 65- weather. Definately meant for active use.

Aesthetics/feel: Smart looking jacket. Sometimes I wear it to work with khaki pants and a button down shirt, and it fits in with a professional environment. Very soft, and very stretchy.

Negatives: The pockets aren't lined. The elastic at the wrist doesn't do much to contain long sleeves, and is quickly worn out if you have a watch beneath. Would have like draw strings or velcro closures.

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rkinslow wrote a review of on October 27, 2008

5 5

I bought this bag (large size) to toss in the back of the car for weekend trips, or to use as a carry-on for flights.

When it arrived, it displayed the quality you'd expect from North Face for a durable bag: Thick Material, Beefy Stitching, Large Zippers. Inside, there is a zippered mesh pouch on the back of the lid, which has a plastic clip in it (perfect for keys).

I've taken it on a few flights as my carry-on, and it fits in the overhead bins pretty well. If it's more than 3/4 full, there could be some issues.

Large size was perfect for me: you can stash a pair of shoes, a couple changes of clothes and maybe a sweatshirt with room to spare.

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