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E Blackburn

E Blackburnwrote a review of on May 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm not a huge fan of big logos on my outdoorwear. I'll live with it for this performance. Quick drying and soft but solid sun protection, aided by the unobtrusive hoodie. As noted in other reviews, this will fit a bit baggy, but not obnoxiously so. Hoodie easily allows room for a hat to help keep even more of the sun off.

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E Blackburnwrote a review of on May 25, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shoe looks good, has great grip and drains well. I really wanted to love it. But it fits surprisingly narrow. Perfect fit in heel and toe - with an expected amount of space to stretch in the toe - can't make up for rub on the inner and outer foot. I'd hoped continued wear would settle out the fit. Persistent chafing just behind the ball of the foot at the eyelets meant painful travel, whether rock or sand. I have to accept defeat.

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E Blackburnwrote a review of on September 7, 2017

Almost Perfect
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 lbs

Terrific fit, extremely comfortable and a perfect weight for even Texas in August. They move well and dry fast. So what gives with those missing stars?
After their first 10 mile hike on flat forest trails with sparse underbrush, I discovered pilling or fraying near the base of both legs. Is this nit-picky? Absolutely! These are lightweight pants. It is not noticeable while wearing them. But it does raise some concerns about their durability, and I'd want to know about it for the price.

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E Blackburnwrote a review of on July 21, 2014

4 5

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

These are great shirts, and even the midweight works well in Texas summers. But be aware the graphite shirt is not exactly as pictured. Smartwool for whatever reason added light gray material under the armpits and down the sides offsetting the darker graphite of the shirt. I'm not sure why it's not pictured, but I don't blame BackCountry -- it's the same shirt picture used everywhere. I recently ordered one thinking they'd finally stopped only to discover the picture was wrong, and chose to send it back (with no hassles) since I already had one.

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E Blackburnwrote a review of on July 21, 2014

4 5

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

This light, breathable shirt has been great for coastal Texas summer heat. I wouldn't normally think wool for our scorching temperatures, but the NTS series stays cool, cleans easily and, unlike synthetic workout clothes, don't announce to everyone several washes later that you spend a lot of time sweating in them.

I have the red shirt, which does not have any showy stitching.

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E Blackburnwrote a review of on March 8, 2011

4 5

I was one of those that loathed North Face for a long time because so much of it that I saw I knew would never see a trail. I figured it was more city-worthy than backcountry ready. A friend of mine cured me of that bias by vouching for this softshell. It's a comfortable, stylish gust-buster. Only thing I'll note is that the arm pits feel just a little high -- hard to describe, but that's the best I can think of -- and the material used to tighten down the armsleeves at the wrist feels more like plastic than fabric. These really are mild points, and the wrist fastener has shown no signs of weakness so far.

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