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MCwrote a question about on October 13, 2017

Can the Smartwool 250 Merino wool clothing series be worn by itself indoors esp. to bed?
Many reviews state that it's great when worn outdoors with 'activity' but No mentioned if it can be worn by itself in COLD, WINTRY temperatures (30-40F) indoors esp. if one wants to wear it to bed by itself or underneath something like flannel/fleece sleepwear. Thanks!

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MCwrote a question about on October 12, 2017

Is the Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Crew warm enough to be worn by itself on Cold, wintry nights (go to sleep with it only)? Or is it meant to be worn literally as a base layer under fleece/flannel for warmth?
New England winters Are harsh and bitterly cold with shivering winds even in the 40s at night so it can get VERY cold when it drops ~32F freezing.
Thanks!

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MCwrote a review of on September 22, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Have a Snap T for a few years now and Patagonia still makes the same version without hardly updating the classical design or materials.
The Synchilla fleece is fuzzy to the touch, warm for Cool weather wear and is a good midlayer under a jacket or shell for warmth though it is bulky. The sleeves are somewhat short as it extends barely to my wrists and does pull up when arms are extended. The pullover does pull up as well when you lift your arms.

Some issues you may encountered:
1. It 's true to size but does shrink over time esp. if using low heat in dryer
2. The fleece slowly gets harder over time so try not to wash with harsh detergents to help slow that though dryer on low dry setting does help
3. It does NOT BLOCK OUT THE WIND! It's the SAME thing with many North Face fleece! The wind WILL CUT THROUGH the fleece.
- In cool or warmer temps, it's not much of an issue esp. in warmer areas.
- But when you wear it as an outer layer during COLDER temps and there's a chilly wind, You WILL freeze! You'll find out if you live in New England with chilly arctic air weather conditions.
- Patagonia obviously has Not made its Synchilla fleece dense to block out the wind.
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MCwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought the Team Red Jacket XL when it was on sale.
It fit true to size though a bit roomy. That roominess works well during colder weather so you can wear a base layer and up to a midweight fleece/wool jacket for warmth.
The jacket is very lightweight and can be rolled up into one of the handpockets and the hood can also be rolled into the collar.
The zipper is not a 2 way zipper in that it can be unzipped from the bottom as well as from the top but that would probably add to the overall cost.
There's no chest pocket but there are 2 hand pockets with mesh lining.
The jacket is relatively waterproof but it won't stand a continuous downpour as the jacket will get wetted out and you'll feel the cold. The jacket doesn't breathe that well but has pit zips to let moisture out from inside the jacket.
People may claim that they get wet from wearing the jacket but I'd suspect that it may be their perspiration or sweat and that they weren't venting the inside of the jacket to let the moisture out.
After a few months, esp. the wet and cold autumn/winter seasons, you'll need to clean the jacket and may have to re-apply the DWR treatment to keep it waterproof. Otherwise, the jacket will naturally lose its waterproofing which will eventually need to be re-applied.
The jacket is light and thin enough to be stowed away into a small pack for travel.
During the autumn/winter months, I keep it in my car's trunk in case of wet weather.
But the thinness means that you should be careful about using the jacket should you do any active activities as it may tear, say, if used while hiking/backpacking.
It's a relatively jacket when it's on sale usually during the off-seasons in summer and autumn.

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MCwrote a review of on September 14, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought XL when it was on sale.
It's true to size but roomy enough to a midweight fleece/wool underneath for additional warmth.
It's good for cool weather for 3 season wear but NOT for chilly winter wear. Don't know why other reviews say it's good for winter when it's NOT! Contacted Patagonia about it directly and even the reps said that it's NOT for winter wear!
If you're active in cold weather, then the jacket is fine as it's also lightweight and blocks outs some wind but not all.
Otherwise, it's relatively warm down to mid-40s F for Spring through Autumn wear. It's not waterproof and not meant to be water resistant but it will dry faster than a comparable down jacket. It'll keep you dry under light rain but only for a few minutes before it gets soak so wear a shell (over it) instead.

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MCwrote a review of on September 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Wanted a down vest and found this version on sale so bought the Ramble Red which complements my Patogonia French Red Down Sweater Jacket. The Ramble Red is a bit darker than the French Red which is slighter brighter.
It's not yet cold yet but autumn's cool weather has appeared with winter's cold temperatures coming.
The vest fits over a t-shirt and a lightweight fleece with enough room for a heavier base or mid layer. It's not thick as a regular down vest but appears to be warm enough, at least indoors.
The fabric is lightweight so it probably won't hold up well if you use it harshly.
There's no inner liner in the hand pockets so you'll need to keep some gloves in those pockets.
Buy it when it's on sale ~50% off :)

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MCwrote a review of on November 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought this rain jacket when on sale.
XL fits true to size and roomy enough to layer underneath for colder weather wear. Wore it on rainy days and it works well.
It's very lightweight and probably meant for warmer weather but seems good enough to try wearing during the winter with fleece layer underneath to keep warm and block out the wind. Wear gloves, though, to keep the hands warm.
Price was relatively affordable especially when it's on sale and you use a coupon to get additional savings (bought slightly over $50) though bought elsewhere.
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MCwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Size Purchased: XL

Owned a Denali jacket and hooded version for years.
It's warm but ONLY IF:
1) you're indoors or
2) it's worn underneath an insulated or shell jacket/parka.

The fleece does NOT BLOCK the wind!

WARNING: The wind WILL CUT THROUGH the fleece especially on Cold, windy, freezing days and You WILL FREEZE!!!

It's bulky and somewhat roomy so you can layer underneath properly during the colder winter season for warmth. But do NOT EVER Think you will be that warm on Windy days! Better to use on cooler days.

Watch people wear the Denali jacket OVER a sweater, sweatshirt or whatever clothing underneath which TELLS you that the jacket is NOT warm enough to shield out the cold or wind!

It's Overpriced and too focused on Fashion as TNF lost its way Years ago when its products went mainstream.

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MCwrote a review of on September 24, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

The XL is true to size but there's barely enough room to wear a midweight fleece underneath. I'm 6' of average build with broad shoulders and XL fits relatively well.
Bought this on sale in Underwater Blue [teal] and it looks nice.
Autumn temps have begun to fall into the low 50s and this jacket will NOT keep you warm. You MUST wear a midweight/heavyweight fleece underneath and have to keep moving. Warmer clothes underneath and a shell on top is a Must if you want to keep warm!
It's lightweight and it just blocks out light breezes.
You MUST wear something underneath or above it for better warmth.

The hood fits well without any drawcords but really needs a cinchcord to pull the hoodtop back and it needs a built-in hood visor. The sleeves really need some thumbholes at the end which some other jackets have which pulls the sleeves over the wrist further for more warmth protection. The elastic wrist cuffs just barely forms
a nice fit to keep out the wind.

The inside hand pockets are NOT lined, just with the fabric but should block out the wind but won't provide any addition warmth so gloves are needed for colder temps.
The price of this hoody is similar to a lightweight down jacket (Expensive!) with the difference that down doesn't stay warm when it gets wet.

Update:
This jacket is definitely NOT meant for Cold, windy wintery weather when temps drop into the 40s to 30s. Best to use the jacket as a midlayer for insulation and still wear appropriate winter weather clothing underneath it like a long sleeved shirt and light-/mid-weight fleece/wool under this jacket.
Maybe if you're active outdoors will this jacket keep one warm but not if you're NOT active outdoors. It should NOT be worn as a top layer for True winter wear.
Wear a down or other insulated jacket/coat instead to keep warm but can use this jacket as an insulating layer in place of a fleece/wool jacket/sweater.

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MCwrote a review of on September 24, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Size Purchased: XL

TNF creates the illusion that this jacket is warm. Maybe.
IF you're Inside or wear it underneath a shell/coat.
Otherwise, wind literally passes Right THROUGH the fleece so you'll literally FREEZE on cold, WINDY days/nights.
Pay attention and notice how many people wear a sweatshirt underneath as that'll help block the wind but not by much.
The nylon covered areas will block some of the wind but you'll definitely feel it throughout the body.
Best to NOT wear it as a main jacket but underneath another.
Also, wear it when it's relatively cool but NOT cold as it doesn't insulate that well.
It's roomy throughout and true to size but use a fleece DWR to help keep fleece water resistant. Use it underneath a jacket for warmth but not by itself.
Almost ALL TNF fleece sucks as they're NOT wind Proof or even Resistant unless it specifically says so (i.e. soft shell or Windblock type material).
Save money and buy a Non TNF fleece unless you want to be fashionable as TNF is more of a fashion brand nowadays.

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MCwrote a review of on September 15, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 6' 0"
Size Purchased: XL

Received the jacket and quickly returned it!
The jacket is a darker grey instead of the lighter whitish grey pictured.
It feels like a cheap rubber-like material with NO fleece inside. How the heck can this be warm?
TNF's description of their clothing is absolutely terrible and their pictures are non-existent if you want to see the interior of the jackets.
TNF should just stop making all variations of the fleece jackets to sell and just concentrate on the existing Quality of its products.
It's ridiculous!

Just pay for the return postage cost!
Backcountry provides a postage paid UPS label and, if used, the cost will be deducted from the total purchase price. The prepaid label cost less than the actual shipping UPS charge when you have the item weighed at a UPS store.


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MCwrote a review of on December 22, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6'
Size Purchased: Xl

Looks nice but it's a Relaxed Fit per the TNF tag description!
NO cinch cord for hood or waist!
The wrist cuffs are open ended so wind comes up the sleeves.
The hand pockets have a light cloth lining so gloves are still needed when it's cold!
Buy normal size or one size Smaller because it is a relaxed fit.
Sherpa like fleece is thinly lined on inside body & sleeves.
This is a lightweight jacket NOT heavy weight!
Outside fleece layer is NOT densely knitted to block out most wind.
Overpriced!

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MCwrote a review of on December 22, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6'
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Looks nice but it's a Relaxed Fit per the TNF tag description!
NO cinch cord for hood or waist!
The wrist cuffs are open ended so wind comes up the sleeves.
The hand pockets have a light cloth lining so gloves are still needed when it's cold!
Buy normal size or one size Smaller because it is a relaxed fit.
Sherpa like fleece is thinly lined on inside body, sleeves and hood.
This is a lightweight jacket NOT heavy weight!
Outside fleece layer is NOT densely knitted to block out most wind.
Overpriced!

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MCwrote a review of on July 24, 2010

4 5

- It's basically the boxer jock which is more of a brief!- Be careful as the size is Form fitting!- This means that skinny people order their true size while "average" males order 1 size UP (i.e. size 36 is large but you better order size XL)!- It fits comfortable mostly when it fits correctly and you don't feel it.- It's relatively EXPENSIVE considering that other makers' Cotton versions sell for at least HALF the price!- Remember: boxer shorts do NOT provide support during strenuous conditions like running! Briefs (i.e. boxer briefs) DO!- Some people online already complain that the longer versions DO have the lengths run up!

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