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Zwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stylish and narrow enough to fit under my ski helmet! That’s why I first bought these glasses. And thought I’d give the bifocals a try. Finally, I can read my phone or a map on a sunny day! What a concept. I would say, though, that the bifocals are much bigger (taller) than they need to be for an infrequent glance. They get in my sight line a bit while skiing or biking. I’ve mostly gotten use to it, don’t regret the purchase, but I wish Smith would make them smaller. High quality.

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Zwrote a review of on April 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

So far this jacket has been the perfect layer for skinning, spring skiing, or throwing on in a breeze. Surprisingly breathable when I’m aerobic yet holds its own against the wind. The fabric is really soft, and I barely realize it’s on. It’s really packable and versatile for so many occasions.
I wasn’t sure about the Ember color, but I love it. It’s unique. Not safety orange, it has the slightest hint of red (like a lobster). Looks great with gray, khaki, or black pants. Medium fits me great.

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Zwrote a review of on April 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

These are my first bibs in about 20 years because all I could remember is how they made me sweat. But I needed new pants and realized that materials have changed over the years and I really would benefit from a bib for all those powder days. So I searched high and low for a versatile bib that I could wear both inbounds and in the backcountry in the Sierras.

I heat up fast so it would have to be super breathable but also waterproof for those storm days. Fit is an issue for me: female and curvy, big thighs and narrow waist. It’s hard to find high performance that fits. I tried a bunch of different models and I ended up falling in love with the Smythes.

The fabric is windproof yet lightweight and breathable. I just wore them on a hot 60° spring day and felt completely comfy. The material is stretchy and thin (in a good way). I have only skied in them a few days so I have yet to test their durability. The pockets are in the right places and it’s easy to do a bathroom break..

As for fit: the legs are roomy. It’s tailored in the body which is great for me, but might be challenging for anyone with a gut. The straps are a tad long so I might get them altered to give me more adjustment.

I wish it came in black, but I appreciate the subtle color options. Overall I’m thrilled with the purchase.

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Zwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I was coveting me a pair of Flylow bibs, but I read all the reviews about the weird fit of the women’s Foxy. So I ordered four different models, men’s and women’s!

I have to admit I haven’t used them yet, but I wanted to comment on fit. I have “athletic” legs and a curvy bum, and while I had to size up from my normal size to a large for both Foxy and Patsey Marley, these (P.M.) are roomier in the thighs and don’t otherwise look so bulky all around. Follow the sizing chart and you’ll be ok. (I might actually go with the men’s Firebird size small, though.)

Love the features - side zips, access for bathroom breaks (a little easier than the men’s models), lots of pockets, thigh pockets are higher than on Foxy like on the firebird, more breathable upper. Weird that the straps are a d-ring rather than a plastic snap, but maybe they’ll be more durable. I can’t comment overall on durability but I like that it’s lightweight. It seems even better suited than the Foxy for backcountry. I wish it had the inner thigh zips, though.

I wish there were a black or gray version! The colors of the patsey marley aren’t my favorite and are hard to match with my other ski gear.

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Zwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I was coveting me a pair of Flylow bibs, but I read all the reviews about the weird fit of the women’s Foxy. So I ordered four different models!

The firebird fit the best, and it looks like it’s one of the best for backcountry use. I have “athletic” legs and a curvy bum, and they all fit in there great. I followed the sizing guide and it’s much more true to size than the baker which runs big and has a weird fit in the crotch area. (And yes, the Foxy fits weird)

Love the features - side zips, access for bathroom breaks, lots of pockets, thigh pockets higher than on Foxy, Velcro waist adjustment straps, more breathable upper.

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