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Amy C.

Amy C.

Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on July 17, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Definitely size up on this one. It's form-fitting, even in the larger size, and I mean form-fitting. Not sure if a busty woman could wear this, except maybe in an XL. But for me - athletic build with small chest - oh, it is a lovely fit. Long enough (often a challenge); stays put below the waist; fantastic pattern (got black/grey). However, for a hot weather top (it's sleeveless, after all), boy, is it hot. There's no mesh or lighter material anywhere - just kind of heavy lycra-like material. I understand performance wear should have no drag but how about a little mesh in back or on the side? The material does kind of wick (I wasn't soaked, just hot), though. It also has a high back and a high neck so no air there. And the zipper is so short, it may as well not be there (no ventilation). Smaller nitpicking - the inside waist tags must be cut off or else they scratch; the little label outside at the top back neck snags on ponytails or braids (gonna have to cut that one off, too); some of the seams around the chest/armpit chafe a bit (those same seams that make the form/fit of this so sexy, sigh). Glad I got it but it's a high price for a top that can't quite serve its (warm weather) purpose.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I got this jersey (jacket, really) on sale also, but at Rapha before BC carried it. It is the highest quality item of bike (or running) clothing I own. Merino wool - bravo for versatility and function. Classic, classy old-school style with snazzy colors and subtle stripes. Sleeves are plenty long, torso is somewhat short but long enough in back, and jersey doesn't ride up. Fit is true to size but size up if you want to layer a lot underneath (I'd wear just one light layer, if any). Plenty of back pockets including one zipped; and bonus, pockets all lie flat when not full of stuff - no flapping around or puffing out. I do NOT like colder weather but having this jersey makes me actually look forward to it again. Finally, this jersey is so gorgeous, warm and classy, that I may also wear it for running and some day-to-day (not fitness). It'd be a good travel jacket, for example.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I sometimes have trouble with the toe loops (too tight). But I got a pair of Chaco's without the toe loop and couldn't keep them on securely. So figured I need the toe loop. Worried about the multiple straps of this style - figured there'd be more chances for chafing/rubbing. BUT - I got these and they are perfect. The straps adjust more easily than I remember (last pair I had a few years ago, only wore out now), and the toe loop isn't too tight. The arch is perfect, the sole is solid but moves well (not clunky), and I got the fabulous tangerine color which (why not?) I wear with almost everything and brightens up every day. We had a spell of warm spring weather but now it's cold again and I can't wait to wear these every day of the summer and into fall. Oh, I've worn these about 10-12 times so far with a fair amount of walking, and no sores/rubbing whatsoever (I cannot explain why except maybe I got the straps just right?). Love love love.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I wanted warm winter boots I could just pull on to run out and get the mail, walk the dog, etc. with. These can do those things and much more! I can hike with them, go to the store, wear them all day. They are warm (my feet are always cold), supportive/comfortable (good arch support and traction), and to boot (pun intended), kind of cute, too. There's a tab-like structure at the back top that lets you easily pull 'em on and off. And the laces let you adjust to varying degrees of looseness or tightness. About to put 'em on now to do some things in the snowy yard. No more ordeal of putting on the "big boots" all the time! (Plus, my BC "connection" helped me get these and shipped them overnight. Bonus!) Note: I only need one pair of medium wool socks with these but if you prefer to wear thicker socks, you may want to size up a half size.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on December 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is the warmest, coziest, non-itchiest top I have ever worn (in 50 years). After I run on a winter morning, I usually can't warm up (even with a hot shower); this has solved the problem. It's like a giant warm hug, a hot bath, putting the heat up to 80, etc. The fleece inside is so soft, and the front hand pocket is awesome for quickly warming up cold hands or for stashing something. Re: the fit, I did size down (athletic build, usually a medium in tops) to a small. The sleeves, torso length, waist are perfect. The only weird part (mentioned by others) is the boxy, voluminous chest area. I am small-chested but broad shouldered, and still totally lost in that area in this shirt. It just bunches up between my midsection and neck, especially when sitting. I think if I got true to size, the top would be more tunic-like (like the model photos on Duckworth's site) and boxy all-over - may be an option for some (or for me if I get another). Plan to keep and wear this one in the house and yard, though. The comfort is too good to pass up.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on October 14, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I ordered this jacket with excitement. It looked like a fabulous, functional item - and what a great/unique print for winter workout gear. However, I had to return it. I'd planned to use it for long cold winter runs but it's so thick/hot (with no "breathing" materials or capabilities), voluminous and bulky that it would not work for this. I considered using it outside of workouts (just for going to town, etc.) but the fit isn't flattering enough to justify wearing it in situations where function doesn't matter (i.e., I'd favor function over flattering look for a running item). If I sized down, the sleeves and torso would be too short, so that's not an option.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on February 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

As a recently converted fan of/to Duckworth baselayers, I ordered this top because it was different from my others - hooded, buttons for flexibility with ventilation, and heavier weight. It is almost all those things ... but it's not a Henley! There are no buttons so the neck is pretty tight (snorkel hood, really). Not what I ordered but not worth losing $10 or so plus time to send it back. Maybe check with the BC folks before ordering this, if you indeed want a henley.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I discovered DW here on Backcountry and have now bought directly from DW and from Backcountry. This was the second baselayer I got (first was heavier weight, also awesome). This shirt rocks. Perfect weight/warmth for 30ish degree temps under a jacket, or 20ish if being more active. Will wear this alone in spring or on chillier summer eves. No itching whatsoever (and I normally itch!). Breathes well. Fit is perfect. Sits nicely just above the hips with subtle tapering at the waist; sleeves are long enough; shoulders are broad enough for an athletic build but the fit is still feminine and flattering. Will be hard not to buy another (or go to DW for other lines/weights). Will never again buy any other wool baselayer (Patagucci, Smartwool, Ibex, etc. - as good as those are, this is the best ... for me). 100% made in the US with sustainable methods, too. Rockin'!

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 23, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love OR. Got the Acetylene jacket a couple of years ago (buy it if you can find it!) and it's the best all-season, all-purpose jacket ever. But got this one b/c it has a hood and rave reviews (from outside of Backcountry). Only the grey was available in my size. True to size - 5' 8", 135 lbs, athletic build, medium was perfect (wear small for some things but not jackets; surprised other reviewer ordered small and was surprised it was too small). Functional, pretty much (warm for winter running). But (pettiest first) grey is super dumpy-looking (for a chick). Fit is not as flattering as the Acelytene (fit for a chick) - baggy. Wicks moisture to outside of jacket but doesn't release it - soaked after a 5-6M winter run with just baselayer underneath (temps in the 20s + wind). And augh - inside of sleeves stick to whatever you're trying to put on underneath. HOWEVER, if used as a spring/summer/fall jacket with a tee or tank under, as it looks like most folks wear this for (have read many reviews elsewhere), then it'd be great, I bet. Glad I did not pay full price for it, though, and will likely be giving it to a friend.

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on January 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've been running seriously for about 15 years (started late in life). I have athletic/fit legs and all other shorts rode up, flapped around, chafed, or otherwise made me very sad. I found these shorts and have been wearing the same pairs for almost 4 years. No wear and tear whatsoever. (But I do keep buying spare pairs in case they are not available in the future.) I run 6-15M runs, 3-5 times a week, and race halves and shorter distances. I get compliments on these shorts all the time. They do not budge but have enough room "to breathe", and sit nicely and not tightly. The wide waistband and strategic seams make the shorts comfortable and flattering. The rear pocket is the first I've used that actually can hold a gel, tissue, money, and/or a key securely and comfortably. They are a little thicker than the "fly-weight" split leg normal shorts, so do not dry fast if they get wet, but they do not chafe or feel heavy if wet. Best ... shorts ... ever ... for female runners with athletic legs + butt.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on April 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Wore these today in 40s + wind, was actually almost too warm in them. The brushed fleece inside is subtle - not like a whole other chunky layer - but super warm. I did size up (as suggested) and the capris are probably the best fitting spandex-y type thing I've ever worn (I am a lifelong runner and cyclist) - fitted but not sausage-tight, and not sagging anywhere, either. Very flattering on an athletic build and colors (pink/orangey) are great for staying visible. Waistband is comfortably wide and does not ride down in back. Yeah, per the other review, these

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Amy C.wrote a review of on March 11, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs

I wrote a review for the size medium I got for this potentially great, versatile top. I ordered the large, thinking that would solve the issues I had with the medium. Now the arms are ok but the body is still short. In a baselayer (especially merino wool), one really wants it to cover the hips, at least. This does not. Also, now that I sized up, the chest and neck area is weirdly gaping and loose. Still, I'll use this top (and give my medium to a petite friend).

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on February 25, 2015

5 5

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

Bought this vest based on other good reviews and because I have a base layer with the same Omni Heat technology that works amazingly. This vest does, too. I wore it this morning running about 6M in low 20s with wind chills in the low teens, with just a merino wool baselayer underneath. Got the aqua/green and love it (being visible is a good thing on country roads!). Only bummer is that it's pretty large and boxy on me. I especially like my active wear fitted to keep out cold and not catch wind. I bought true to size (medium), saw the great photos posted here of someone wearing it, thought I was a curvy/normal gal but guess I am less curvy than I thought. Vest is very big in the chest (and has darts - augh) and waist. All that's fine if you want to really layer underneath but not so great if you don't - wind gets in, vest moves around a bit. Still, a great vest. (Would exchange it for small but already wore it and would have to pay for shipping - a major bummer with Backcountry purchases.)

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Amy C.wrote a review of on February 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I ordered this hoodie for its lightweight warmth (and hoodie) and it gives me what I sought. The merino wool is very warm, especially around the torso and when you are active outside in the cold. The only downsides are that it's very slim fitting and the wind blows through the relatively thin material (my arms get cold, especially). The description of the item noted its slim fit but as an athletic woman, the arms are super tight and a bit uncomfortable; and it's not as long in the torso as I'd hoped or as the photos show. All other Patagonia items run large on me so this was a surprise (I ordered true to size, medium). I'll keep this one as a base layer for winter only but it's not as versatile as I'd hoped (e.g. to be a go-to mid layer or something you throw on and off in warmer weather).

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Amy C.wrote a review of on January 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got this jacket last winter. I used to stay warm running in any weather until I hit my 40s (age). Last year and this, wore and wear it running in very cold temps (down to teens) with just a base layer underneath. Just wore it running today in 20 degrees, feels like 6, winds 20 mph. Do not overheat in it but stay warm; any sweat seems to disappear - key for cold long runs. Body temp (either way) is a non-issue wearing this jacket. Anything else I wear as an outer layer is too warm or not warm enough. In warmer weather (fall/spring), I use this as a post-race or post long run jacket getting coffee, or alone as a perfect travel jacket (layer over tees or tanks in any kind of spring/fall weather). Love love love this. Slightly feminine fit but moves well as one is active. Only wish it had a hood but I use a buff and a hat, sometimes a scarf in single digits with wind.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on February 27, 2013

2 5

I got this shirt in the cool blue + white striped pattern and was really looking forward to adding it to my winter running/biking/hiking wardrobe. But, as shown in the pics (but even more exaggerated in real life), the shirt balloons out in a funny way well above the waist (so not intended for hip room) - not as in, flare out subtly, but bubbles out. Very strange. I even ordered on the small side (Patagonia runs a size big for me). I had to return this shirt - bummer.

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Amy C.wrote a review of on February 27, 2013

4 5

I got these boots just in time for the Blizzard of 2013 here in CT. We got 33 inches and my driveway (1/4M long) was unplowed for 6 days. So I needed these boots! They kept me warm and dry (although I wouldn't wear them in the rain or slush, they're fine for snow); the arch support and "athletic" sole are great for long walks; and they're pretty sporty/decent-looking as well. I have large (muscular) calves, so the option to loosen laces in addition to using the snug side zipper made these boots a perfect fit and function. I'd give 4.5 if there was that option.

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