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wordsofglass wrote a review of on July 23, 2010

2 5

I had the old backcountry.com version of this shirt and freakin' loved it. Wore holes through the elbows and wore out the thumb loops. This new version has sleeves that are at least 3" too long and a little bit baggier than previously (the body fits about the same as before, but the sleeves are just wrong). Made in Canada if that's enough of a bonus for someone to excuse the poor proportions. I tried to shrink it in the drier, but ended up sending it back. I'm 5'10" and 145 lbs and wearing size small if that helps anyone...

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wordsofglass wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

4 5

Just got this out of the bag (super fast, I ordered it on monday at 2pm and it's here, wednesday at around 7pm). Out of the bag, this shirt looks awesome. The small fits just right on me (5'11" 145lb). A little tighter than most t-shirts, but just barely. Sleeves are maybe 1-2 cm longer than a normal T-shirt. Doesn't look weird or anything, but noticeable. The "wall" print on the front has an interesting texture somewhere between a nice screen-print and those band shirts you have with really thick design on the front. The weirdest detail about this shirt is it has a faux v-neck (I don't know what else to call it), check the picture above to see what I'm talking about. Finally, it's a tad scratchier than my old Merino Bliss, but less scratchy than my Icebreaker SuperFine 190 Tech T, (which I hate), so I'm going to rank it in between those two.

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wordsofglass wrote a review of on October 1, 2009

4 5

I like these so far. I needed a good liner and like these much better than some slightly thicker synthetic fleece gloves I have. I kinda wish they had some rubberized dots on the fingers, though. The fit seemed a little off, just make sure you realize the sizing is unisex. I wear a medium in most men's gloves and needed a large here. It helped me appreciate Backcountry's great service for the first time.

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wordsofglass wrote a review of on February 10, 2009

3 5

This shirt seems to be *okay* merino wool, but it is much itchier than other shirts eg. my Backcountry.com zip, Patagonia Wool 2 zip and all of my girlfriend's Icebreaker shirts. Because it touches more skin, it's closer to ragg wool stuff I've worn than the merino wool that I've gotten used to. I would send it back if I could, but it was ridiculously on sale, so I'm not too torn up about it. The sizing also seems a bit oversized. I got a small hoping it would be semi-form-fitting, but it isn't it hangs loose and...looks awkward I think.
On the plus side, it does seem slightly more durable than similar weights of wool, but maybe that's just because I wear it much less.
I wouldn't knock it just because it's from China (like some reviewers). I blame Icebreaker for the poor quality. Those hard-working sheep and chinese factory workers do a fine job on plenty of other similar items.

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wordsofglass wrote a review of on February 4, 2009

3 5

This shirt is great. The neck looks a little shorter online than the one I have; I think my collar is a full 3 inches, basically going up my whole neck. This feature is great for breezy days. The little pocket is kinda cool, but I've only used it about...5 times over the year or so I've had this shirt. Durability is pretty good.* I wear it more than any other shirt so it has a few rough spots, especially around the thumb loops, but that is to be expected. I love the thumb loops for keeping my wrists warm when it's cold enough to wear gloves. I am sad however about the hole developing in the elbow. I have sharp elbows and prop them up a lot when on the computer and eating breakfast, etc...it's happened with every long sleeve merino wool shirt I owned. Anyhow, if it had some reinforced elbows and I could make the high-wear thumb loop areas last forever, I would probably wear this shirt every day it was below 65 degrees out. Note: I've washed this shirt like 5 times in the year I've worn it and it never stinks!

I ended up sending this shirt back recently. The thumb loops and cuffs were just too worn out and I felt like I could only wear it in the backcountry anymore. No more wearing this shirt multiple times per week all winter long. :-(

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