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Eric G.

Eric G.

Eric G.

Eric G.wrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

It's a classic because it's been there done that and it works. A no-frills, cool-ass water bottle for people who just need to quench their thirst.

Sidenote: Some of the goat didn't survive being in my daypack - maybe it rubbed on something while in there. But needless to say, I now have a one-legged goat. The bottle is still awesome though, buy it, enjoy it and worry about something else.

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Eric G.

Eric G.wrote a review of on May 7, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I was prepping for a hike, wanted to go all Smartwool but also wanted to save money and ended up compromising and buying one pair of these and one pair of the Smartwool bottoms. These are by far inferior to Smartwool and felt really tight, restrictive when I put them on. In contrast the Smartwool Medium fit perfectly. As far as warmth, I think they are okay...again Smartwool is better but these would do. If you are similar in build to me (5'10", 150 lbs and thin) you may want to try the large. Again, I thought medium was a bit tight throughout.

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Eric G.

Eric G.wrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Wore for 5 straight days while hiking the W in Patagonia and it was worth every penny! It's comfy, warm and resists odors fairly well even after multiple days of heavy use. Would recommend if you have room in your budget.

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Eric G.

Eric G.wrote a review of on May 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Good overall belt that you don't need to remove when going through airport security! Because it stretches, it never feels as restrictive as other belts. It also constricts easily if you lose weight on the trail - as I did. Only minor con is that it's not the easiest to adjust mid-hike. It's a bit difficult to slide the pieces on the fabric.

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Eric G.

Eric G.wrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: M

A few months ago I decided to hike the W in Patagonia with friends and bought these in preparation. My purchase was fueled by a desire to stay warm and all the rave reviews - verbal and written. Straight outta the box, they were everything I thought they'd be (in my Dennis Green voice)...extremely comfy, light, warm and non-restrictive. And, most importantly, they kept me warm in my sleeping bag night after night in Patagonia (temps were generally in the 30s or lower). I'd highly recommend, IF (big if) you have some wiggle room in your budget. I also bought a cheaper competitive brand and the quality was not even close - Smartwool is by and far superior. Because they were amazing, I also bought two of their 250 longsleeve shirts for my trek - another solid choice.

Sidenote: I saved the bottoms for bedtime and hiked the W wearing a Smartwool 250 long sleeve and a pair of Marmot quick-dry pants. Any more than that and I got too hot. I occasionally threw on my puffy jacket or rain jacket depending on the conditions but tried to keep it simple on the trail and keep my cozy (dry) stuff for at night.

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