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Sergei

Sergei

Europe / Russia / South-East Asia

Sergei's Passions

Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping

Sergei's Bio

Designer at Hanno. Traveller & explorer. DSLR sharpshooter / amateur video maker. I run on coffee and adventures. I read too much sci-fi.

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Sergeiwrote a question about on April 6, 2016

I wear size L of all Icebreaker base layers, including Anatomica fit. They're not tight but too baggy either. I think they're maybe half a size larger but there's no size in between M & L, so I went with L.

For this Stratus jacket, should I go with Medium or Large? Normally most jackets tend to fit baggier than base layers because they're designed to be worn on top of other layers, so I'm wondering if Large size of this jacket might be too large for me.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This product (as most of Icebreaker products) doesn't really need any more praise, but I couldn't resist. This is definitely my favourite t-shirt -- not just base layer.

Some practical info that people might actually find useful:

All my clothing is normally size L with European brands, but with the US ones, it's always a hit or miss when I order online as it's always between M and L, and neither works.

Icebreaker has a really nice 42 chest L, which hits the sweet spot. For this struggling to fit into M and not fall out of L -- look no further.

PS: I also have longsleeve version of this and the following I can say about both of them

It's super lightweight, yet amazingly warm. I'm currently in Russia and winters are harsh, but this ultra thin base layer and simple fleece hoodie underneath a wind/rain shell keep me nice and toasty while walking in the woods on photo trips at -10C. I was blown away by the warmth and moisture wicking it provides. (It does get warm and steamy when I scramble up a hill through a sea of powder, but this shirt is incredibly good at dealing with moisture and temperature regulation).

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This product (as most of Icebreaker products) doesn't really need any more praise, but I couldn't resist. This is definitely my favourite t-shirt -- not just base layer.

Some practical info that people might actually find useful:

All my clothing is normally size L with European brands, but with the US ones, it's always a hit or miss when I order online as it's always between M and L, and neither works.

Icebreaker has a really nice 42 chest L, which hits the sweet spot. For this struggling to fit into M and not fall out of L -- look no further.

PS: I also have longsleeve version of this and the following I can say about both of them

It's super lightweight, yet amazingly warm. I'm currently in Russia and winters are harsh, but this ultra thin base layer and simple fleece hoodie underneath a wind/rain shell keep me nice and toasty while walking in the woods on photo trips at -10C. I was blown away by the warmth and moisture wicking it provides. (It does get warm and steamy when I scramble up a hill through a sea of powder, but this shirt is incredibly good at dealing with moisture and temperature regulation).

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: M-32

I really like these pants for many reasons:

- Convertible
- Comfortable breathable materials
- Stretchy
- Nice belt replacement solution
- Good pockets
- Good shorts length

The reason I'm returning them is the horrible fit.

I normally wear size 33-34 waist pants. With these I went for M-32 (which is 32 both in waist and length).

They're nice and snug in the waist and hips (perfect size) but incredibly wide and baggy from the knee down. No matter how big your shoes or boots are, they won't sit nicely on them.

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have a big head and always struggle when buying beanies. This one looked very small and I was prepared to be disappointed, but I managed to slip this one on fairly easily, considering there's an extra layer -- the face mask -- attached to the beanie on the inside.

It's warm but doesn't make my head sweat, it's comfortable, makes me look almost like Sub Zero. Very happy.

UPD: the only negative thing is it doesn't feel as comfortable when the mask is tucked away inside (over my head). Maybe I'm not supposed to do that, but it is a 'pull-down mask'... I'll blame it on my unusually large head :)

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've finally received my peppergrass green puffy and was already imagining shining bright on all the photos my friend will be taking in Norway this spring. But the only thing that gets in the way of me owning and enjoying Patagonia gear is the sizing and fit.

I have broad-ish shoulders, narrow torso and long arms. Medium is too narrow in the chest and short in back and sleeves. Large is great in the shoulders and sleeves, but way way way too bulky in the torso. It's a very drastic change between M and L in terms of the jacket's torso part width. Very unfortunate as I love absolutely everything else about Patagonia puffs.

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: One Size

I've got it to replace my Buff (after I've fallen in love with Icebreaker products, but also for practical reasons!) and it really puts it to shame.

Wool, stretchy, warm, not too long and not too tight. Perfect!

I will take it into a very stormy place for a 10-day trip soon and update my review afterwards.

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm crazy about efficient packing. I travel / change my base / relocate a lot, and my life had changed the moment I discovered PackIt.

My travel bag (NortFace Basecamp duffle) is pretty much all PackIts (and a few other brand packing solutions for other needs than just clothing) neatly packed and arranged for easy access and management.

I don't travel with a backpack moving from hostel to hostel, but I've had situations where I've used PackIts in my pack. They're equally useful and versatile then, as they are in big travel packing situations.

Can't live without it.

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 176 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've got several Smartwool baselayers and a few Icebreaker ones.

Odor resistance:
After some use I've noticed that Smartwool shirts do not resist odor as well as Icebreaker. They suck in deodorant and body odor very fast, even after 1 hour of around town wear with little to no exertion (just my natural armpit fumes;))

I thought it was me, as I do perspire quite a lot, but I don't have the same problem with any of my Icebreaker base layers.

Fit/style:
I have a skinny torso so the fit is not very flattering, with huge sleeves and tight around the torso, but I like the style and Taupe colour way especially, it looks pretty stylish, if you care about the looks of your gear as well then you'd be happy with this.

Performance:
In my case it's almost always under some other layer, so all in all I should judge it as one -- it does a great job of temperature regulation and moisture wicking, but again not as good as Icebreaker.

I was expecting more from Smartwool shirts as I'm a long time fan of their socks. Unfortunately they didn't leave up to my expectations.

PS: I wear size M from Smartwool base layers and L from Icebreaker (Anatomica series). The latter is a more comfortable and better looking fit.

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Sergeiwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

3 5

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

I have read the reviews before buying this one, and I knew not to expect too much from it. I've got the size M for a steal - $14.69.

My first impressions after unpacking it:

+ not too big, not too small. I think Medium size is perfect for backpacking (size to comfort ratio)
- but still pretty big when rolled down / compressed

- the fill felt weird to touch through the cover, at first. It's filled with foam chunks, so it feels a bit slushy, for the lack of better word. Reminded me of cheap old polyester pillows where the fill is spread unevenly and you can feel chunks of it stuck together on one side but it's empty on the other.

+ after a bit of fluffing it up and evening up the fill, it got slightly better. It still feels weird now, but it's actually way more comfortable than I'd expected. I can definitely say it's more comfortable than any inflatable pillows I've had.

+ cover material looks very durable for a pillow, no complaints there

+ it has a cinch with a loop, so easy to clip onto something

+ when rolled up (without extra compression solution) it fits into side pockets of all of my backpacks. I realise it's not very practical but thought it might be useful to someone.

- at the same time it's almost the size of a 2-person tent when packed. You decide if you want a pillow that takes up that much space in your pack ;)

I'm struggling with neck pain so I am very picky when it comes to pillows and comfortable night sleep, but I have faith in this one.

Overall I think it's worth the money I paid, and I want to give this product a fuller, proper review once I've had a chance to test it in the field. I'm going to have to fly a lot in the next few months, then going on a 10-day car camping trip in May and a 12 day Tour du Mont Blanc trek, and I'm bringing it everywhere with him, hoping to get decent level of comfort in the camper, tents and mountain hut beds.

Will update this in a few months :)

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