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EDIT -REPOST - IR - OR W Radiant LT Zip Top - Kristine Mar

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  • Ralph Ditton
    Hello Kristine, Thank you for the amended version. Normally you do not have to repost an article for further edits on test items, unlike the Owner Review
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 1 1:22 AM
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      Hello Kristine,

      Thank you for the amended version.

      Normally you do not have to repost an article for further edits on test
      items, unlike the Owner Review process when you first start out.

      The print (font) size is good.

      Delete the test copy and upload.

      No further edits.

      Look forward to your future reports.



      From: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of kmar546
      Sent: Monday, 1 November 2010 8:05 AM
      To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [backpackgeartesters] REPOST - IR - OR W Radiant LT Zip Top -
      Kristine Mar


      I've made the recommended edits to the report and look forward to your
      review. The html version of the file can be found here:

      Test Series by Kristine Mar
      Initial Report - October 29, 2010
      Field Report - December, 2010
      Long Term Report - February, 2011

      Biographical Information:

      Name: Kristine Mar
      Age: 45
      Gender: Female
      Height: 5'3" (1.6 m)
      Weight: 120 Pounds (54 kg)
      Email address: kmar546ATyahooDOTcom
      City, State, Country: New York, New York, U.S.A.

      Backpacking Background:

      My love for the outdoors began about ten years ago, while I was living in
      Northern California. Most of my hiking experience includes day hikes with an
      occasional 2-3 day backpacking trip. I'd consider myself an all season hiker
      and generally like to keep my pack as light as reasonably possible. I am
      currently living in New York City. I've hiked in various parks in several
      states and countries and enjoy hiking in various terrains, but prefer
      mountainous terrain for the vistas and views, and enjoy forest/river hikes
      for the scenery.

      Initial Report - October 29, 2010

      Product Information:

      Manufacturer: Outdoor Research
      Year of Manufacture/received: 2010
      Manufacturer Website: http://www.outdoorresearch.com
      Colors Available: Espresso, Salsa, Berry, Peacock, Black
      Sizes Available: XS, S, M, L, XL
      Sizing Chart (Courtesy of Outdoor Research):


      Product Tested: Size XS - Berry
      Manufacturer's Average Weight: 8.5 oz / 240 g (size: M)
      Measured Actual Weight: 7.6 oz / 215 g (size: XS)
      MSRP: US$70.00

      Product Description:

      The manufacturer's website as well as the label attached to the shirt
      describes the product to be designed with their new: Radiant LT Fleece™. The
      label is both in English and French and advertises the Radiant Collection as
      a product which provides full-body thermal insulation for the most extreme
      conditions. The fabric is made of a highly breathable grid fleece with the
      fabric strategically placed to provide maximum warmth and breathability to
      exposed places where it is needed most. The technical features of the fabric
      allow for minimizing bulk thereby allowing maximum comfort and ease of
      movement, while at the same time pulling moisture from the skin.

      The wicking zip top is ideal for either a second layer or base layer. The
      shirt has a trim fit but seems to fit me slightly looser on the under arms
      perhaps to allow greater ventilation. The zipper which runs from the neck to
      the chest can also be unzipped to regulate body temperature and allow for
      further cooling when necessary. On colder days or when my movement slows
      down, I would expect the Radiant LT Zip Tip™ to offer me a light insulating
      layer of warmth without being too much.

      <IMAGE 1: Courtesy of Outdoor Research>

      Other features of the product as stated on the website include:
      - Radiant LT Fleece™
      - ¼ length front zipper
      - Flatlock, and wrap-around stitching
      - Thumb loops on cuffs
      - Lycra® binding on thumb loops and cuffs

      The product is made from 95% polyester and 5% spandex and the care
      instructions are listed as follows:
      - Machine wash cold separately, rinse thoroughly
      - Do not bleach
      - Do not use fabric softener
      - Tumble dry low or line dry in shade
      - Do not iron
      - Do not dry clean

      The web page also states that Outdoor Research offers an Infinite Guarantee.

      Initial Impressions:

      I received the Outdoor Research Radiant LT Zip Top in a size S as requested,
      but the fit was a little loose, so I called the customer service center in
      Seattle, Washington to see if I could exchange it for an XS. The service was
      excellent with the representative agreeing to ship out the size XS the next
      day without waiting for me to return the size S. I received it approximately
      six days after contacting their office, and the XS was a much better fit.

      My initial impression of the LT Zip Top was that the product is well made.
      The seams are sewn together well, with no signs of fraying at the edges or
      loose threads. The fabric has a dense, waffle like feel, but at the same
      time is extremely soft against my skin. The top is lightweight and it feels
      as though it is dense enough to block wind and keep me warm, which is
      perfect for my outdoor pursuits either as a base layer on cold days, or as a
      second layer, especially when fall hiking. I ordered the top in the berry
      color, which I find is very attractive. The color is a deep magenta, with
      more purplish than pink tones. The sleeves also contained thumb holes which
      is an added convenience, especially on colder days, or if I am wearing the
      shirt as a base layer to prevent the sleeves from bunching up. The zipper
      allows for regulation of my temperature, and so far, seems to pull open and
      close smoothly without sticking or catching on the fabric.


      So far, I like the weight of the fabric, the color, the flattering fit, and
      the soft feel of the fleece on my skin. In the coming months, I will test
      this product both as a base layer and second layer and determine if it wicks
      moisture and keeps me warm without be too heavy or light as advertised. I
      will also determine if the material is breathable and determine if the
      fabric holds up after numerous washings. I will also comment on other
      features including the thumb holes in the sleeves and whether or not the
      zipper continues to work smoothly throughout the testing phase.

      This concludes my initial report on the Outdoor Research Radiant LT Zip Top.
      I would like to thank Outdoor Research and Backpackgeartest.org for allowing
      me the opportunity to test this top. Please follow up for the results of my
      field tests in two months.

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