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Murphoutwrote a review of on January 29, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 235 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I describe the fit as simultaneously too tight and too loose. Waist is too big and thighs too tight. Doesn't stay up. No support. Also length is far too short barely comes past my knee. Spent an entire afternoon wearing these and regretting every minute of it.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on October 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 235 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I wore the shirt for a few workouts and a four day hiking/camping trip. It handled lots of sweat and transitioning to chilly temperatures as well. Minimal funk at the end of the trip and it dried out quickly.
I describe the fit as true to size. It's kind of tight fitting, but that's what I'd expect on a base layer. I didn't expect it to fit like something I'd wear out.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on October 2, 2017

5 5

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

I owned this bag for a few weeks and have been using it to transport work gear/clothes. I recently took it on a week long trip that included miscellaneous travel and a few days of hiking. the multiple strap configurations were super convenient for carrying it in the airport, trains, etc. The lid configuration is really good for opening it up and digging around without things spilling out. Bag has some scuffs and scrapes, but it just looks like some character on the surface. Not enough to damage the integrity. Zippers are good too!

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Murphoutwrote a review of on March 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

240 lbs side sleeper. Tried to make due for years with foam pads or thinner self inflating pads. OK, but never really comfortable. Always sink through a typical therm-a-rest. Finally bit the bullet this year and couldn't be happier. Used it on a couple -20F nights in the ADK this winter as well as indoors when visiting family. Super warm and comfortable. Packed down size takes some getting used to, but it's not that bad. The integrated hand pump takes a couple minutes to fill up, but again is really not much sacrifice for the improved comfort level.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on March 26, 2015

4 5

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

I wear these under a pair of OR mittens (the shell kind with only a thin fleece insulation). Worked great. I usually measure XL, but went with L because I figured they'd stretch and they did. Most of the fingers were a little short at first, but not uncomfortable and the tight fit allowed good dexterity.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on February 12, 2010

5 5

I've had this jacket for 3 years. I wear it on regular basis from during the winter season. It has served well as an extra layer to throw on during rest stops or in camp when on a winter backpacking trip. It has also held up to construction work. I've worn it to walk through thorny brush and although it's snagged several times - no rips or tears. So it has been durable. I also haven't experienced the down loss that some other report. I haven't worn it in serious rain, but the conduit material keeps everything dry in mist and wet snow.

I am tall (6'-4") and don't have much of a problem with the fit/length on an XL. I wouldn't mind a little longer torso, but until more manufacturer's start offering tall sizes that is a general complaint of mine with almost all jackets out there. I normally wear a 37/38 sleeve and find the sleeve length on this jacket to be perfect.

I've found it to be plenty warm for most of my usage during winter in the northeast US including January/February trips to the Adirondacks and Mt. Washington.

I really like this jacket. I originally purchased it for a 'camping only' use but found that it is so convenient and comfortable that I now wear it whenever temps get into the 30's or below. I considered subtracting 1 star on my rating because it does not pack down as small as I'd like. In fairness that is somewhat of a subjective expectation on my part and I don't have another down jacket to compare it against so it may be as good as possible in this respect.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on December 3, 2008

4 5

Although I work in an office, I frequently have to rush out to get things done on construction sites. I was looking for something that would fit the 'business casual' office environment, but also provide some cushion and blister control in my work boots. These work well in this role in spring through fall. I ordered the XL for my 13's and they seem to be maxed out, also very tight on my ankles (and I have skinny legs).

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Murphoutwrote a review of on December 3, 2008

4 5

I've used this on sunny days using the 'car adapter' to re-charge AA and AAA baterries (using separate battery charger) as well as my cell phone. It works good as long as the sun is bright, a brief cloud passing overhead shut it down. Does not roll up very tightly - I was hoping to roll it up into a cigar sized diameter, but could only manage to get it down to a water bottle size as mentioned by others.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on December 12, 2007

4 5

Fit: 6'4" 235 lbs. 36/37 sleeve. I ordered a size XL and am happy with the fit. The sleeves are plenty long. I'd prefer if the torso was a bit longer. It comes to the top of my hips. Some may like a shorter jacket, but I'd prefer a bit longer. The jacket is not excessively loose or baggy by any means, but I can comfortably wear a light fleece or sweat shirt beneath it.
Performance: I haven't owned this jacket very long so I can't speak on durability. I've worn this softshell for a week and a half backpacking in Europe and it handled rain, wind, and cold temps with ease. As an added bonus it seemed to shrug off the odors of SMOKEY German bars. Lately I wear it all around to work, to run, and camping and find it to be a very versatile fall jacket during temps into the lower 30's. I also wish it had pit zips - I find that my armpits feel especially clammy when I wear this jacket with a warm layer beneath.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on December 7, 2007

4 5

This light is a good buy. I've found the battery life to be excellent. It isn't bulky and doesn't get in the way. So far it's been plenty bright for nighttime hiking and setting up camp.
It would be nicer if there was a band coming over the top of the head to prevent it from falling down when running.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on January 23, 2007

4 5

Fit: 6-4; 235; 46-47" Chest; 37/38" sleeve. Fit well in the body, not too tight. Sleeves were too short - could've used another 3 inches or so.

Performance: Not as absolutely warm during periods of inactivity as I was hoping for. My first experience with Capilene. Seems better suited to active pursuits. I wore it alone as a top for a run on a 30 degree morning and was fine - warm and dry. I wore it beneath a heavy work coat and The North Face Magic softshell on a few 15 degree nights where it was stop and go at work and froze when I wasn't laboring.

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Murphoutwrote a review of on January 23, 2007

3 5

Fit: 6-4; 235; 36 inch waist. 35/36 inch inseam. XL fit pretty well. A little looser than I wanted, but I have a feeling the small would've been too tight in the thighs and butt.

Performance: Not as absolutely warm during periods of inactivity as I was hoping for. My first experience with Capilene. Seems better suited to active pursuits. I wore it beneath a pair of shorts for a run on a 30 degree morning and was fine - warm and dry. I wore it beneath a heavy overalls and jeans on a few 15 degree nights where it was stop and go at work and froze when I wasn't laboring.

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