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Ryan R

Ryan Rwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Not sure where the negative feedback is coming from on other reviews. I am a lanky 5'10" 155lbs, all arms and legs with a short torso so that may be the reason but I find this to fit perfectly. The arms are plenty long and I have a problem with sleeves being too short. I'm a soccer player and very skinny, I don't find it to be too baggy at all and I'm always on the lookout for that. I wear a small in most brands: Nike, JCrew, etc.

I wear this while working outside in the winter (carpentry) with a Smartwool baselayer and a $20 softshell jacket to take the abuse. This setup is fine for anything above 15F, if it gets colder I add a NorthFace Thermoball jacket. The balaclava was awesome last week when when windchill dropped below. Haven't noticed it when I'm not using it, in fact I forgot about it until I my face was numb and I needed a fix. I've been wearing this for 2 weeks straight and as another review said, I don't ever want to take it off. Took it for a hike on a 40F day with a little wind. It seemed to block a reasonable amount of wind which was surprising. The hardface is great, looks brand new still.

In short, a great piece if you know what you're expecting. I already owned the Thermoball insulated jacket so I didn't want to get the Atom LT or a similar piece. I wanted a lightweight midlayer that would add some warmth, block some wind, and look good enough that I'd want to wear it alone when possible. This has more than met those expectations!