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IdaJimwrote a review of on May 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have two of these shirts and will likely get another soon. They are definitely my favorite summer shirts. The weight is light but not too light, the fabric is very soft, wrinkle-proof out of the dryer and breathable. Fit's my build perfectly, loose fit without being boxy or baggy. Super comfortable and looks great. I just wish they had more colors.

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IdaJimwrote a review of on May 23, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Shirt looks great and is very lightweight...almost transparent in the Starfish color, which is a bit more yellow than in the pictures. It has a more fitted fit, which made me wonder if a Large would have been better before I decided that would be just a bit too big. If between sizes, you may want to size up.

Being thin and all cotton, it does wrinkle like crazy in the dryer, no matter the setting or heat. You'll have to iron it, unless you like knotted up collars and sleeve edges. That only takes a few minutes, tho. Would definitely recommend.

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IdaJimwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

So, after experiencing a weird and unacceptable fit with the Arcteryx Fissions, I tried several other gloves of similar weight. While not nearly as bad as the Arcteryx, these gloves had fingers a little too long for me, which doubled-over on themselves when I gripped something. If you have slightly long fingers or like space above your fingertips, these would be good for you.

Another thing is that the glove liner has a tight wrist closure, and it pulls out partially when you remove the glove...even when your hand isn't warm. Putting them back on at that point was frustrating. I just pulled the liner out, put it on, and then put the shell on over it. Kind of a hassle in the comfort of my home much less out on the slopes.

Lastly, it has some sort of stiffener that runs diagonally across the back of the glove. When I gripped anything, it would "pyramid" up, which was mildly annoying.

On the plus side, they do seem very well constructed, and the leather is super-soft and pliable, not the least bit stiff at all. They would probably be good for moderately cold days, so most days out. I ended up getting the Helly Hansen Ullr Sogn HT gloves. They're a little warmer, and much less expensive with the same features and better fit.

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IdaJimwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I had ordered Arcteryx Fission gloves and found them to have a bizarre and unacceptable fit, so I ordered a 3 others that seemed similar, including these. These won and were kept. The fit is true to size, and my fingers reach the end of the glove's fingers, which helps with dexterity. In fact, given how warm these are, they're very dexterous.

They come with wrist leashes that can be easily removed, if you don't want them on the glove. They have a loop at the base of the gauntlet to help pull them on, although they go on easily anyway. The leather is very soft. I was afraid the leather on the back across the base of the knuckles (where the embossed logo is) would be stiff, but it is soft and pliable. They can be cinched tight at the wrist and the end of the gauntlet with one-handed operation to tighten and loosen.

They have either Helly Tech Professional or Helly Tech Performance membrane. I say "or" because the tags that come with them say both! The Professional is like 20,000/20,000, and the Performance is something like 15,000/15,-20,000. Either way, they keep out heavy wet snowfall during storm skiing, and they seem to breath pretty well. They are very warm, and anything over 30 degrees may be too warm...unless worn with the closures open wide. For a typical ski day in the teens and 20's, they're perfect. Also light with impressive dexterity.

It is still early, but I'm thinking these may be the best overall gloves I have ever owned. And they're nearly 1/2 the cost of the less warm Arcteryx Fissions. Strongly recommend.

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IdaJim

IdaJimwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I gotta agree with the other reviewer about the unacceptable fit of these gloves, specifically the fingers. They are freakishly long! I wear a Large in just about all gloves, bordering on Extra Large, and I have average-sized to maybe slightly long fingers for that size hand. On these gloves, the heel of the palm was slightly loose, and the fingers were wayyy too long, maybe 50% longer than my fingers.

I sent back the Large and had the Medium sent to me. I probably haven't worn a medium-sized glove since grade school. That said, the glove fit pretty well...except on finger length. Even in Medium, the glove fingers were probably a full inch too long, easily doubling over when I gripped anything. Back they went.

Such bizarre sizing seems pretty inexcusable for how expensive they are. They do seem very well constructed, and they look good. Warmth seems like it would be fine for mildly cold days, which is most days on the mountain during ski season, but not for anything too cold.

So, if you have freakishly long fingers that would be at home in the circus, or if you don't mind the excess finger length, these gloves are for you! Definitely size down. I ended up going with Helly Hanson Ullr Sogn HT gloves, which fit perfectly, are also well-built and seem warmer than these. They're also much less expensive for what appears to be similar quality.

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IdaJimwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Got these hoping they would work as gloves for really cold days when my more mid-weight, day-to-day gloves aren't quite warm enough. Took them out skiing yesterday on a day when it was 5-10F and slightly windy and found them perfect for that role. They were super warm, just a smidge shy of being a bit too warm actually. In the wind and sitting on the lift were all perfectly warm, and I get cold fingers pretty easily. Not in these!

I almost always wear a Large in gloves, and the fit of these was as good as I could hope for. My fingers reach the end of the glove fingers, which helps with dexterity. That's important on these gloves, because, they're mildly bulky and not the best for dexterity. They're perfectly fine for skiing and pulling zippers that have pulls and working the drawcords around the wrists and gauntlets, but not for anything requiring much more dexterity than that. Still, for how warm they are, the dexterity is actually great when that is considered.

As mentioned, they have a wrist closure to cinch, which is easy to manipulate with them on, and the gauntlet ends have a drawcord closure that can be tightened or loosened with one gloved hand. The leather on the palm is nice and soft and the pertex fabric seems pretty burly.

The removable liner is held in very securely by a velcro band that encircles the inside of the glove just below the wrist cinch. The liner does not bunch up or pull out, even with sweaty hands. Good gloves, and I could not be happier with them for the purpose I got them...unusually cold days on the ski hill.

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IdaJim

IdaJimwrote a review of on June 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This has become my favorite summer shirt. I wear not just for outdoor activity but as a casual around town shirt. It has a nice soft feel to it and is very comfortable, and it looks good. I'm kind of a "tweener" on sizes between Large and Medium depending on the shirt. I got this in Medium, and it has a generous fit, which means it fits perfectly on someone like me who is kind of between sizes. It's also wrinkle-free out of the dryer. I love this shirt.

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IdaJimwrote a review of on April 3, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I ordered the Smoke, and it runs just a bit small. I'm often between sizes Medium and Large and usually Medium, but I had to go with Large in this. It looks really nice and is super-comfortable. It's a heavier flannel, and it is very soft and warm.

As comfy as it is and as nice-looking as it is, it appears I won't be able to enjoy it much longer. After only 4 months of occasional light wear with no abuse, the seam that joins the bottom of the sleeve to the cuff is pulling out, leaving a larger and larger hole between the two. The sleeve slides off easily, so it isn't subject to unusual wear or strain.

For an 85-dollar shirt, that's absolutely ridiculous, and it has put me off buying any more products from this company. So, if you like to wear shirt a little over a dozen times in just over 4 months before they start to literally fall apart at the seams, this shirt is for you!

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IdaJimwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The material on this jacket is great in that it's kind of soft and a bit stretchy unlike a lot of other G-T shells. Plenty of pockets, but I wish the hand-warmer pockets were a little lower and with wider openings. As another reviewer said, the sleeves are tad long, but not crazy-long.
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The velcro on the cuffs also needs to be longer in order to cinch the cuffs to your wrists. They were obviously intended to be worn over your gloves, but I prefer to wear gauntlet gloves over my cuffs. Oh well, I'll get used to it.
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The angled pit-zips actually DO work better than the vertical ones. Open from the top, and you'll be cooled off super-fast! I'm surprised other companies' jackets don't place their pit-zips the same way, since it works so well.
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There is a thin flannel lining inside the jacket making it comfy to wear, but it doesn't add warmth. It's a shell and requires layering on cooler days.
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I checked "true to size", but it does run just a wee bit big, and the red is not as bright as in the photo. I recommend this jacket!

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IdaJimwrote a review of on December 10, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I just received these in the mail, and I will be turning right around to return them.

1st) These run super small. The length is right, but I have a 35" waist, and I had to inhale a little to snap the fly closed on the Large I got. That was after loosening the velcro belt adjustments to the point where they were hanging loose. I can usually suck in my teeny-tiny gut to squeeze into a Medium, and I had to do that with these in a Large. Aside from the discomfort, tucking anything into them would have been out of the question.
Size Up!

2nd) They are heavy. I wanted a hard(ish) uninsulated shell, but the softshell material used in these is very thick, and it weighs a lot. According to the listed weight of both, they're less than 2 ounces lighter than my insulated Patagonia Powderbowl pants.

3rd) I can't speak to how waterproof they are, since I'm sending them straight back, but even if they're super-duper waterproof, I suspect the thick softshell exterior will hold water like a sponge. It may not penetrate to the interior, but it will make these already heavy pants a lot heavier.

The 2nd star of the 2-star rating is because they do look nice, have a good arrangement of pockets, and I like the vents on both sides of the thigh.

So, if you like a heavy, spongelike...yet still supposedly waterproof...pant that runs a full size too small, this is the pant for you.

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