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4 5

My feet suffer from years of cold-weather-in-ski-boots-abuse and now they always look forward to putting these on after skiing.

Plenty of room in the toe box and the inside is a kind of furry-fleece (similar to a mountain hardwear monkey fleece or TNF osito fleece but a little shorter), so it's a good combination to help bring some warmth back to my toes.

I found this taller Cortina Pakems to be a little more comfortable than the "Classic," and it seemed like they would be a little warmer, and keep a little more cold and maybe snow out, and if I'm being totally honest just liked the look of the taller ones. The shorter may be better for even more packability, so your preference may depend on your end game.

The tread is not amazing, but I'm not trying to scale mountains in these. Also not sure how waterproof they would really be trudging through deep snow. So if it was really dumping snow I think I would still want a real full-on pair of snow boots. But for every other ski day, I'm stoked to wear these to and from the mountains. You might consider these the winter equivalent of flip-flops as far as comfort goes.

These would also be great for anyone who is hitching a ride or taking public transit to the mountain since they pack down so well for storage either in a locker or just tossing them in your pack. And for the non-weight-weenies heading out for a hut trip, or maybe you're getting a sled tow in... I would definitely take these.

I generally wear a 9.5 street shoe and the size 9 pakems work great for me.

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5 5

As a photographer with a lot of stop-and-go, and as a generally hot-and-steamy person, I can't live without these on storm days. The smallest bit of moisture in any other goggle used to fowl up my day. I have used the turbo-fans for YEARS now, maybe 5 or 6 years at this point? And I can ski all day, no problem.

The batteries last a surprisingly long time, too.

Also, I would always recommend skiing with a helmet to begin with for safety, but you will get even more performance out of these goggles with a helmet vs a hat.

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5 5

VERY soft. No itch. SO cozy. Nice and warm. Perfect for casual wear. I wear a helmet anyway, but it doesn't strike me as a good active beanie. I would also say it's a little longer in person than the photos seems to indicate. Also, a great way to cover your hair in the office after skiing all morning.... And soft, did I mention soft?! It's really soft. Going on season number 2.

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5 5

Great choice for an every day beanie. I think this one is versatile enough for many people, shapes, sizes, styles. The fabric is very comfortable. Some hats get itchy, this one does not! It's a great mid-weight choice. I have used it for ski touring and apres alike. I have even slept in it (because it's that's comfortable) on really cold nights at home or camping.

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5 5

This fabric is REALLY nice. The texture is more like a thick jersey knit, vs a fleece. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the fabric is 30% wool (70% acrylic). It is wonderfully comfortable.

The fit is long, but tailored. I used to avoid Burton because in the past, even the XL was too skinny and slim fitting, but this one fits great. It is tailored to accommodate some curves, but not too tight or too loose. It is also long, so it would be great for taller ladies. I am 5'5" and it comes down past my hips, pretty much completely covers my butt. I have a feeling I will be living in this one all winter.

I also love the scuba hood, great style and design feature, also very comfortable in the neck area.

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5 5

The fanfare green is more of a teal (i.e. more blue than true green) in person. It's still a very nice color, but just a heads up on that.

The Dune Beige is relatively accurate, but maybe a tough lighter in person.

Overall the sweater is thin, which I love, as it's great to have some thinner sweater options. The fabric is a little bit form fitting as a result of the thinner weave, but has some really nice stretch to move with you. I love the thumb holes and bit of extra hand warmth it provides. I also love the extra wide band at the waist and in the wrists, a nice style and fit detail.

I am generally curvy/pear-shaped but I didn't find the fabric too clingy, although it will ultimately depend on what fabric/shirt you are wearing under it. The XL is a great fit. I usually wear XL, unless it's a super relaxed or A-line, then I sometimes wear a L.

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4 5

Love the soft fabric and the overall print and design.

It didn't work great on my shape (curvy/pear-shaped) so I ended up returning it, but otherwise I would give this sweater a thumbs up for those that like the shape. I wanted to love it and live in it, but ultimately found some other sweaters that were more flattering for me.

I usually wear an XL, and the size was fine.

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3 5

I wanted to love this hoody, and it definitely has a lot of things going for it, it just wasn't right for me. Could be right for you.

Pros-
1. Really cool fabric that is, or at least looks, like an intricate knit weave on the outside and is a soft fleece on the inside
2. Great styling, love the high neck/scuba hood style.
3. Flattering lines. It is sometimes extremely difficult to find a flattering fit for a curvy or pear shape, but this has very nice lines, I think it would flatter any shape, but can only really speak to my own.
4. nice attention to detail in things like the leather zipper toggle and the definitely love the thumb holes.

Cons
1. I found it tight in the armpits. I ordered and XL, so there is nowhere else for me to size up. It felt like a recipe for sweaty armpits, and the overall feel was tight and still as a result, despite the soft fleecy inside.
2. small hand pockets with snaps - might be great for someone with smaller hands, and someone who appreciates the snap on the pocket, but the snap seems like it would not actually do much, and just scratches your hand whenever you want to use the pockets. I suppose it would be easy enough to remove them if they were bothersome.

For reference, I usually wear an XL unless the fit is extra relaxed or A-line, then I will sometimes wear a Large as I am a size larger in the hips vs the shoulders. Brands that I have had good luck with sizing are Kavu, Horny Toad, TNF, Aventura, Lole, Carve Designs, Ibex, newer Burton, relaxed fit Icebreaker, Arcteryx, Patagonia, Smartwool.

I would say this hoody runs smaller in the shoulders and more "normal" through the hips.

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