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sparky wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I've got two now since it's so awesome. The weight is perfect - not too heavy, not too light. The fabric is not fleecy but smooth. And the length is great for me - a little longer so it covers your hips and won't ride up and let a draft in. Also the sleeve length even on the small is long enough for my arms which is sometimes an issue for me. I also love the double zipper thingy so you can unzip up from the bottom if you don't want it snug around your waist like when you're sitting down. The grey is a great color, medium to dark, doesn't look like just a cotton hoodie in sweatshirt fabric. I also got the hot pink a while ago and love that color and get lots of compliments on it. I got small and it's perfect - I'm 120 lbs and 5'5". Since I normally take a medium in most brands but small in TNF I'd say this runs slightly large.

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sparky wrote a review of on June 28, 2012

4 5

I had to return these due to fit problems but the fabric and the cut are great.It has enough stretch to be comfortable, feels silky, heavy enough but not too thick so I would think they'd work in all temperatures.I should've paid more attention to the review below that says the thighs are tight.They really are and that's why they went back.The zipper is high on the thigh (would actually be fairly short shorts if that's a problem) so there's no give there. I'm 5'6", 120 lbs and ordered the size 4.Way too tight around the thighs.

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sparky wrote a review of on June 28, 2012

2 5

I wear a size 7.5 shoe & ordered the medium socks -- the foot part was loose to the point where it would bunch up inside a shoe. Conversely the calf part was super tight and I don't think I have big calves or anything (I'm 5'6", 120 lbs, avg build - maybe muscular legs but not fat). So they were returned. Maybe I just got a pair that were cut wrong at the factory.

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sparky wrote a review of on December 23, 2011

4 5

Really pretty colors (squid ink) and nice quality. I only wish the fleece lining covered the whole interior rather than just the earflaps and around the headband area. One other MINOR quibble - the edge of the hat sort of rolls up instead of laying flat across your forehead. Or the one I got did anyway - maybe not all do.
All in all very cute and good fit - but one star off for the rolling forehead.

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sparky wrote a review of on June 16, 2011

4 5

This is a beautiful shirt - the color Island Bud is so pretty. BUT as with other Icebreaker shirts I've ordered and returned I can't find a good fit. The medium in this fit okay except for around the arms - that was snug - there's sort of an elastic bit rather than just a hem. I'm 5'5" and 115 lbs with a slim build but I guess my arms are kinda bigger than "normal." Anyway, for an avg sized person with thin arms this would be awesome.

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sparky wrote a review of on June 16, 2011

4 5

Anchor is a pretty periwinkle color and the fabric felt nice but the cut was a bit odd. I ordered small (5'5", 115 lbs) but it was too loose in the armpit area. I think you can see in the picture that the sides kind of flare out under the armpit -- well that's just what it did on me. Not good. I think if you have boobs (i'm a 34A) it would fit because it would pull the fabric taut but it was pretty weird looking and even felt odd - like it was poking the inside of my biceps. Anyway, it went back but it seemed like it would be great for someone with a bigger chest.

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sparky wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

5 5

I love every smartwool item I've gotten & these are no exception. The wool is amazingly soft. I ordered small (I'm 5'5"; 120) and they fit just right. I think I read a review that said they were low-rise and good for not coming up too high on your waist. I would disagree and say they are going to show over the waist of most low-rise cuts of jeans. But I really don't care about that and would rather have them stick up and not allow a gap for a cold draft to blow in.

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sparky wrote a review of on March 4, 2011

3 5

I've got a lot of smartwool socks and they all are a lot softer than these feel. I don't know if washing them would've made a difference but I didn't try it since I knew I needed to return them. In addition to feeling scratchy they were also pretty tight and I have very average calves, not cankles or anything. I think I'll stick with smartwool in the future.

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sparky wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

2 5

This is only regarding size - it seemed like a very nice jacket in every other respect but it's being returned. Got it for my husband in size L - he's 5'11", 175 lbs. - pretty average build - not long-waisted or anything. The jacket doesn't even come to his waist. It seems very short - looks silly, I thought. But also if he raises his arms at all it lifts up and exposes his stomach. Just our opinion (I got the women's version and it was cut really short too & is going back) but it might work better int he parka version of the Venture.

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sparky wrote a review of on March 29, 2010

2 5

I think I'm a pretty average sized person - 5'5", 120 lbs. I ordered a small which is what the sizing chart and other reviewers recommended. It hits very short -not even to the waist, I'd say. And if I raise my arms it comes up to mid-abdomen. I'm returning it. Other than that it seemed very nice - very lightweight. Made a good bit of crinkling noise but maybe that's the case with all waterproof jackets. My quest continues...

One other note - got my husband the same (in a different color!) in large. He's also pretty average size/build & his was too short also & is getting returned. I think the parka length version of this jacket might be the better choice.

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sparky wrote a review of on December 28, 2009

5 5

All of the in-between weather jackets I have allow wind to cut through so I gave the Windwall a try. Wow - what a difference. Not feeling wind allows it to be worn in much colder temps than you would think for a thin jacket -- especially if layered over a fleece vest or a sweater. The wind block does make the fabric stiffer than I would normally put up with but it's so worth it for the excellent blockage provided.

I normally wear a medium but in North Face I've found smalls fit me best. Sleeves are long enough but not too long. The length of the jacket is perfect - long enough to cover your waistband so no drafts blow in. The small fits over a thin sweater but probably wouldn't over a bulkier one.

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