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lvamwrote a review of on July 24, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Purchased this as gift (size S) for female family member who loves purple. Unfortunately, the picture is misleading. This tee is cut longer with a curved in hourglass shape/body fit. Thinner fabric too, with 60% cotton and 40% polyester. Lack of quality and tight fit not what we were looking for, so returned.

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lvamwrote a review of on June 4, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 108 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

Purchased these in graphene size XS. I have 26" waist, am just under 5'3" and around 108#. The inseam is 30", and the hem just hit the floor on me. The pants fabric and styling is great--but the cut off. The waist fit perfectly, but the rise was too short. First pair of pants that have given this girl a wedgie.... Also, the roll-up feature involves sliding/tucking a button through a slit--not convenient. Returned the pant.

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lvamwrote a review of on August 30, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs

Just received these and, with no inseam length given, gave them a shot. For reference I'm 5'3", 100-115 lbs. and ordered usual Size 4. The Inseam is 32", so too long for me ( and also throws off the knee articulation point) so shortening length won't fix. The knee articulation midpoint is 15" from bottom hem of pant. Also the contrast fabric, on shorter-waisted person like me, still shows after slipping on tee to try with pant. So the waistband contrast should be narrower. If you're over 5'5", these probably will work for you, but not if you're shorter than that. Will go back to another brand that offers "short" length and proportion, and sadly return these. Thought these also ran a little large, but it could be the cut of pant.

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lvamwrote a review of on August 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: S pewter/charcoal color

Purchased this hoodie last spring in my usual size S in the pewter/charcoal color. While form-fitting on my 5'3", 110 lb. frame, it doesn't feel tight or constrictive when zipped up. I have worn and taken this hoodie EVERYWHERE. Have put down vest over it, worn it over nice tees/tanks in air-conditioned restaurants, and used for walking/hiking on chilly spring and now fall days. The pewter color goes with pretty much everything, and this hoodie is one of the first things I grab for trips. Pricey, but all-around versatile wardrobe investment. Agree with another reviewer that zips on pockets would be good add-on. I wash mine in warm water and hang to dry. Has held up well with lots of wear, and has been a great year-around hoodie.

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lvamwrote a review of on April 11, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: S

Ordered Size S in Coal color. The top is HUGE. The fabric is cheap, and the neckline a long slit across the neck. When I tried it on, it looked like I had put on a garbage bag and made a slice across the top for my neck and head. While sleeves are usually long on my shorter figure--these were slightly short. Sleeves out of proportion too. All in all, a horrid mess.

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lvamwrote a review of on January 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: S

Purchased these a month ago and wear them under my OR Cirque pants for warmth in MN winters. With the Cirque's, these leggings keep me warm and comfortable during winter walks and hikes. I wear size 4-6 in pants and the size S fits great with a little room to spare. They are stretchy and layer well. Machine wash in cool water in mesh bag, and hang to dry. Have worn them in "feels like" temp of -15 and been comfortable. They start to get too warm in above 30 degree temps. So target range for me is -15 to 30 when wearing under Cirques. A great investment in warmth and comfort!

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lvamwrote a review of on November 16, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: S

Previous reviews for this sweater were over two years old, so took a chance and tried this in Isle of Sky color in Size S. The sweater is HUGE, grossly oversized for my 5'3" slender frame. Upon taking sweater from bag there was horrid smell on sweater--oily, chemical smell. Between oversizing and smell, this was huge disappointment from Patagonia. With a UPS location inconvenient for me, had to return via Post Office at almost $10 return ship cost.

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lvamwrote a review of on September 9, 2016

5 5

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

After my initial review in June, have used this jacket quite extensively this summer in muggy weather, downpours, and windy conditions on lake. It breathes well, water rolls right off, and the wind is blocked out. This has been my go-to rain jacket this summer, and it also performed well when hiking trails in and around the Lake Superior forest and shoreline. As an added bonus I found the Rab Power Stretch Hoodie on a store sale rack in the "Beluga" color, and have used it as a warmth layer under the Charge jacket. Has been a good traveling/packing set. Only feature I miss is inside zippable storage pocket.

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lvamwrote a review of on September 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I ordered this top in Olive Size S on 8/31. On 9/1 it was marked down from $70.36 to $39.58. When I contacted Backcountry and asked if I could receive price adjustment, rep said "no," that only the Olive Size XL was $39.58. While I understand different pricing for different (seasonal) colors, I don't understand pricing a Size S, same color top, at almost 50% more than a far larger XL top. I find this both unethical and potentially major price-gouging; it has changed my favorable opinion of Backcountry. The top landed on my doorstep as I finished call to Backcountry, and while it is a cute top, fits well, and a pretty Olive color, am not sure whether I'll keep.

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lvamwrote a review of on June 14, 2016

5 5

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

Purchased this in the "Ocean Water/Multi" color at a Columbia store. It's a lovely scarf for spring and summer with its blue and lavender colored stripes--lightweight and great with denim and linen tops in my wardrobe. Dresses up and for causal. My teenage daughter was impressed enough to want to "share it," and the scarf washes well. (Washed in mesh bag and hung up to dry.)

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lvamwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I purchased both the Rab Windveil and Challenger jackets and compared them. See my detailed review under the Rab Challenger jacket. Am keeping the Challenger, this Windveil too thin for me, didn't fit as well, and seemed pricey given the "micro Pertex" fabric.

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lvamwrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: S

Not sure which I would like best, I purchased both the Rab Windveil and Rab Challenger jackets (Size S) and compared them. The Windveil is a "micro pertex" fabric and is far thinner that that of the Challenger 2.5 Pertex. Both jackets measure 26" down from base of hood to hem. The bottom width hip-to-hip on both measures 19" across the front, and 20" across the back that dips lower than front. On my 5'3" slender, slightly curvy frame, the jacket just covers my backend. In a jacket, I like a little length and ease, and this is where fabric comes into decision. The Windveil, because of thinner fabric and sleeve style, fits snugger and the sleeves are very long. The Challenger, due to sturdier fabric, fits more smoothly and looks smarter on. The Challenger sleeves can be rolled up to grey (lining) small cuff, which to me looks better than the bunched up fabric at wrist on the Windveil. My impression is that both jackets are for slender frames with long arms. The Challenger jacket is more substantial and still packs small in built-in pocket. For the money, I think the Challenger jacket is smarter investment and it's the one I'll keep. Initial impression is that the fabric will do the job, and I look forward to putting it through summer hikes in rainy, windy weather in the Midwest.

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lvamwrote a review of on June 7, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased a 20-oz Flask and love it--except for the lid. During first week of use I dropped the Flask--and of course the lid flip top cracked, so had to swap out the lid for a backup I had purchased in case original lid broke (didn't take long!). And since I use my Flask for both water and drinks while driving (ice tea, smoothies) a straw does not fit in the opening. You can use a plastic one and squeeze it in--but plastic straws are filling landfills, and I prefer to use reusable metal ones--only they don't fit in the Flask opening. So, am shelving my Flask for occasional use and going back to a cup that I can use metal straw with. Very disappointing--Flask needs to design a more eco-friendly lid, and the "slider" opening I have on other drink containers are much smoother and less likely to break. Otherwise love the product and will hold off buying more until lid redesign.

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lvamwrote a review of on March 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 118 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

I purchased this top for casual wear in the Thistle color, and though darker than I expected, still a nice look. Because a size S was sold out I tried the XS and it worked fine (won't shrink due to the polyester fabric). The fabric stretches and lays nicely over body. It is a bit long for my 5'3" average frame, but not a deal breaker. Have washed and worn it several times now and always get compliments on it. Like it so much I ordered another in the Egret stripe. It packs well and I can still wear a base layer underneath if wearing in cooler weather.

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lvamwrote a review of on August 1, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I purchased two pairs of these shorts in the grey and beige, 5" length. They are close to great shorts: Sturdy fabric, well-made, wash well, and colors coordinate well with colored tops. I usually wear 6, but sized up to 8. I'm 5'3" and 125-130# with slightly curvy figure. There are five belt loops to fine-tune waist fit with belt, and nice side pockets. Two back button pockets--where I prefer zip ones. These are great casual shorts, but wouldn't use them for hiking as the fabric is too stiff and limits leg movement. (For hiking, I purchased the ExOfficio Nomad short, 6".)

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lvamwrote a review of on August 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

Purchased this short a few weeks ago and love, love, love it. Have tried many different brands of shorts this summer, and this Nomad short fits the best. I usually wear 6, but sized up to 8. I am 5'3" and 125-130#. Have slightly curvy figure. The waist runs a little large, but the seven belt loops around waistband allow belt to contour fit around waist. Nice side pockets and good-sized, secure zip pocket on right front of short. The shorts wash up great, and the slate color is neutral enough that any colored top can be worn with the short. I wear short for casual wear and power walking. Great product from ExOfficio.

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lvamwrote a review of on July 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I purchased two of these hoodies, the coral orange in size M for myself, and the asphalt grey in size S for my teenage daughter. The orange is bright, but complements my brunette hair; the grey complements my daughter's blond hair. The length is longer, and the fit just close to the body. Though I usually wear a Small (size 6), sized up to M due to close fit and v-neckline that needs (for us, we're both 5'3") a cami underneath. Nice top!

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lvamwrote a review of on December 7, 2012

5 5

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

Ordered Rooibos color, trying both S and M sizes. I'm 5'3", 128-130 lbs., and the M worked best for me with light snug fit. The S is very snug fitting in arms and chest. Sleeves are little long, as is length, but all-in-all a great hoodie. Finally a women's hoodie in a NON-pastel, cool color!

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lvamwrote a review of on December 30, 2008

5 5

I purchased this sweater before Christmas for holiday wear. It's soft, warm, comfortable, and the neutral color goes over many camisole colors for layering. It's a rich-looking, sporty sweater. This sweater runs true to size, the waist is tapered in to slight hourglass shape. (I wear a size 8-10 and ordered a size Medium.) There are knitted side panels that make for nice drape, and the zipper runs smoothly. Can't go wrong with Smartwool. And Backcountry's quick delivery will have it on your shoulders in no time!

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