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spnh wrote a review of on June 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I've had my original black Chaka skirt for years. It's the most versatile skirt I own. I wear it three seasons - it goes great with thick tights or leggings in fall. Super comfy totally non-binding waistband (binding waistbands are my pet peeve). Drapes nicely, no VPLs, and the black color is opaque. Casual and sporty, but can easily dress it up. One excellent feature is the waistband - it's made so you can wear it at the hips for a knee length skirt, or the waist for a cute short length. It has held up great thru frequent wears and washing.

I decided to get a new one for an upcoming trip. So I called up Backcountry, and it arrived here it two days later, thanks to my fantastically helpful CSR ("gear head"). The new one is exactly the same as my original one (except the size, see below). I expect great things from it.

Quick note about sizing. I'm 5'4" 112 pounds, about a 26" waist, straight-shape (not curvy). This skirt and other HT items from 2014 run larger than they used to. I ordered the XS as usual, and it is slightly big on me, even after washing. Just an FYI. Hope HT starts offering XXS.

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spnh wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

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

Love Ibex quality and warmth! But not the usual sky-high (or at least rib-cage high) rise of their classic-style woolies. So these new low-rise woolies are awesome. The cut is modern -- sits at the low waist. Everything else seems the same as the classic 150 woolies. They're super-light and non-chafing. I bought them for wearing under fitted mid-to-outer-layers (eg Icebreaker Rush tights). Washed them once so far, and have been taking them out in the hilly frozen NH woods -- so far so good. Mine were made in Canada. For size reference the small fits me perfect -- I'm about 5'3", 115 lb, about 26" natural waist, about 36" hip. Really happy with these, highly recommend!

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spnh wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

5 5

This balaclava is great. Fits my big head. Neck length is generous (most balaclava are too short in the neck for me). Well-designed and versatile -- I can wear it normally, or can cover everything but the eyes, or if I get too warm can pull it down and wear it like a neck gaiter. Comfortable and warm without bulk, as the merino is thin and dense. The only annoying thing is the big tag inside the neck part. For my hikes in the New Hampshire winter woods, it's warm down to maybe 15 F. For lower temps, I wear an additional hat and neck gaiter over the balaclava (same brand). I've had this almost a year, washed it a couple times, and it's held up fine. Fashion-wise, you will look like a scuba diver or a ninja. My husband laughs at me when I wear it :-)

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spnh wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

5 5

I've had one of these Smartwool neck gaiters forever. I got it for winter trail walking in NH but ended up using it as my everyday scarf too. Last week I lost it somewhere. Luckily Backcountry had it in stock with free 2-day shipping, and saved me a couple dollars by pricematching another store. I ordered it Monday and got it today (Wednesday), so I'm back in business for tomorrow's trail walk! The gaiter is great - brand new of course, tags attached, 100% merino wool, good length (pulls up over your nose when it's super-cold out). My only gripe is the big tag on the inside but I can live with that. Thank you Backcountry for "saving my neck" :-)

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