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MCwrote a review of on August 27, 2018

1 5

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

Tried it on at a local store that had it in stock.
It's very lightweight and almost see through. It's an athletic fit towards a slim fit but the XL fits me.. barely.
It looks nice and you can barely feel it. It feels windproof though too light to be water proof but more water resistant.
The length extends to the waistline, the waist is a bit trim and the shoulders barely had enough room.
NOT everyone is skinny but Patagonia insists on making clothes more towards slim to athletic fit esp. for adults who generally are NOT skinny!
Besides the High price for such a thin windbreaker, which this really is, it's Ridiculous that the jacket Only has a left outer chest pocket but Nowhere else!
I wanted this jacket after seeing people wear it including a family member but it's NOT worth the HIGH price especially when there's NO other pockets even though the athletic fit is acceptable.

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MCwrote a review of on August 27, 2018

3 5

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

Very classical look since it looks like the Shelled Synchilla Jacket but without the fleece lining and other niceties.
XL blue looks and fits nicely though the body is relatively wide and needs to be trimmed. The length runs to the waistline and won't pull up much if you raise your arms.
There's a mesh inside lining but NO inner pockets though the handpockets are relatively roomy enough to store your smartphone, wallet and keys. The sleeve length is ~36 inches and roomy enough to wear a light sweater/fleece underneath if you need warmth. It's Not lightweight but feels sturdy enough to last and block the wind. It's good for the spring/autumn but will be too hot for the summer. It's Unlined so it's not meant to be worn during the winter though you can possibly wear a thicker fleece underneath but it's easier to wear an insulated jacket instead.
It's EXPENSIVE for a Basic windbreaker jacket considering that there's no inner pockets and no rollup hood.
It's a decent buy when it's on sale but NOT worth it at full price. Would've been a higher rating if it included some missing niceties with a more affordable price.

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MCwrote a review of on February 16, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs

Saw it on sale and bought it at a decent price, though elsewhere.
Men's XL fits true to size though it's slightly more roomy in the waist area but more narrow in the shoulders and arms, similar to the hoody version.
Have a matching set of the Down Sweater Vest, Non-hoody jacket and now the Hoody version to make a complete set... all in red ;)
Basically, it's the same as the hoody version but without the hood. The hand pockets are Not lined and should store gloves in them as well as a fleece cap for additional warmth in colder days.
Best to wear when it's high 30s F to 40s-50s with lightweight fleece underneath.
The down sweater clothing is NOT meant for Cold, wintry weather wear as in mid-30s F or below. The jacket then is meant to be worn as a mid-layer with base layers underneath and worn underneath an insulated jacket/parka as insulation. Contacted Patagonia help line and reps stated as much!
Wear this under a shell or insulated jacket/parka during (bitter) Cold, Wintry weather as an insulation layer. When it's warmer, then it can be worn as an outer layer with layers underneath for additional warmth.
Overall, it's a nice, relatively warm jacket for cooler temps as stated previously and it's fashionable.
It's expensive, hence Patagucci, so buy when it's on sale!

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MCwrote a question about on February 15, 2018

Can the thermoball actually, truly be worn in cold, wintry weather as an outer layer?
I've read many other reviews from online backbacking & outdoor activity websites that state it's NOT meant for cold, wintry wear esp. as on outer layer. The waffle design lets in the cold and does Not block the wind. For warmth, a Down version would be better. Similar to the Patagonia versions.
Each type is designed for different purposes.
Synthetics vs down products debate...
Synthetic for relatively warmer temps and dries more quickly
Down for warmth and blocks wind but doesn't dry as quickly.
Either can be worn as an insulation layer underneath a shell or insulated jacket/parka for additional warmth.
Thanks!

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MCwrote a review of on February 14, 2018

4 5

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

Saw it on sale and bought it at a decent price, though elsewhere.
Men's XL fits true to size though it's slightly more roomy in the waist area and slightly more narrow in the shoulders and arms, similar to the non-hoody sweater.
Already own the vest and non-hoody jacket and now own the hoody version to make a complete set. Best of all... all three are red ;)
Hoody is good for windy days so don't worry much about not carrying a fleece hat.
Basically, it's the same as the non-hoody version but with a hood.
Best to wear when it's high 30s F to 40s-50s with lightweight fleece underneath.
The down sweater hoody/non-hoody versions are NOT meant for Cold, wintry weather wear as in mid-30s F or below. The jacket then is meant to be worn as a mid-layer with base layers underneath and worn underneath an insulated jacket/parka as insulation. Contacted Patagonia help line and reps stated as much!
Overall, it's a nice, relatively warm jacket for cooler temps as stated previously and it's fashionable.

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MCwrote a review of on February 13, 2018

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: 11.5

Saw these on sale and ordered a pair, Men's 11.5, true to size. I like the Buff color version for the lighter leather color on top.
Originally ordered size 12 as some commenters, here and other online reviews for the same boots, said that you should order 1/2 size UP for better fit esp. if you plan on wearing thicker socks. That was a bit too big and loose so returned it for 11.5 which fit better and more true to size though a bit snug. I can wear regular socks with orthotics and it just fit with about a thumb's space at the toe area. If you don't want it snug, then buy 1/2 sizes up and you'll have room to wear thicker socks.
Note that the boots are lightly insulated so there's slightly less room but good enough to wear with regular socks. I wear orthotics and rag wool socks and have just enough room for my toes, about a thumbs width on top, which is almost perfect. With regular socks, I have more than enough toe room. If it wasn't for the insulation, it would've been near a perfect true to size fit.
The boots are a little hard and do need some break-in time as it is snug but toes have room to wiggle and to move around in.
The laces are Not that good and does Untangle so best to look for replacement laces. You may have to use a double knot to keep the knot from untying.
The boots fit relatively well and looks similarly like the LLBean insulated boots.
These Sorel boots have insulation from top to the bottom of the inner boot whereas the LLBean version is only insulated in the bottom portion of its boot.
It feels warm and but haven't tested it yet outside but wears relatively well nonetheless.
It's good that I can wear regular socks because of the light insulation, hopefully it will keep my feet, esp. my toes, warm when it's cold outside and provide good traction on rainy or snowy days.
You can wear the Uninsulated boots but your feet will get cold during the winter months whereas these can possibly worn in 3 seasons, fall-spring, not summer, despite the light insulation, considering that these are marketed as winter boots, similar to the LLBean insulated boots.
It's not as cumbersome or ridiculously oversized like the Sorel Caribou boots which I also own in size 11. Size 10 was Too snug so it appears that 10.5 would've been the better fit had it been available but NOT many places sell the 1/2 sizes!

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MCwrote a review of on February 9, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

Nice boots.
Feels nicely built and nice traction though nothing helps much on ice.
It's heavy and bulky but relatively warm. Still feel some cold in the toe area even with thick wool or fleece socks.
The sizing is Terribly OFF and Sorel management should be smacked!
You WILL NEED to order 1-2 sizes SMALLER than your normal size.
Another problem... it's hard to judge what size without trying them on.
I wear Men's 11.5 but ordered size 11 as NO 1/2 sizes were available (then).
It's still ROOMY and fits well with 2 double layers of wool/fleece socks.. 2 LAYERS!
IF I had known, I would've ordered 10 1/2 but NONE was available!
I tried size 10 but it was TOO Snug even with regular socks.
Whoever designed these boots did a HORRIFIC job at it!
I also use orthotic inserts and it's still too roomy. Will have to use replacement insoles to see if that makes a difference.
Decent boots. Waterproof lower half but oil the leather tops to keep it waterproof and keep the leather soft.
LOUSY SIZING!
Columbia bought out Sorel Canada and now the boots are made in China.

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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: Runs large
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. If you wear just a t-shirt then it'll be very roomy.
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!! The Nano is meant for spring/fall wear with cool temps NOT Cold, frigid temps.
If you're active in colder weather, then the jacket may be 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 put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Found this version on sale so bought the Ramble Red which complements my Patagonia French Red Down Sweater Jackets, Non-hooded and Hooded versions, making a complete set in red color. The Ramble Red is a bit darker than the French Red which is slighter brighter.
The vest fits true to size and fits nicely over a base layer shirt and a light/midweight fleece with enough room for a heavier base or mid layer. It's not thick as a regular down vest but warm enough, at least indoors and in temps from mid-30s F and above.
You'll need to wear it under a warmer jacket or shell for Cold, wintry weather.
The ripstop fabric is lightweight and relatively thin so it won't hold up well if you use it harshly.
There's no fleece inner liner in the hand pockets so you'll need to keep some gloves in those pockets as well as gloves.
It's Expensive, hence Patagucci, so buy when it's on sale :)

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