Great fit, except for super skinny forearms

Reviewed by budding trailnut from MI on Saturday, January 16, 2016
This sweater has an extremely nice fit, for the most part. I have a slim overly-hourglass figure and this was very comfortable through the body and on my neck. The fit seems typical of SW's most fitted styles and the layout of the design is extremely figure flattering. Smartwool really did a great job with that. I bought the black/gray colorway and it's very sophisticated looking. Were it not for the shrinky lower arms, it would have been suitable for work as well as play. I don't care for the tight fitting lower arms. It's not comfortable, especially if I want to layer under it, and looks odd. I didn't subtract a star since this aspect is clearly visible in the photos (not that I noticed before trying it, doh) and it's probably a positive attribute for some activities. I elected to send this back so I can't comment on performance, but the knit characteristics seemed comparable to other Smartwool garments I've gotten tons of use from, mostly running in ~20F weather solo or in colder temps as one of my layers.

Speaking of which, a sweater I have that's very similar to this served me well on a messy run in Chicago recently. It was ~35F, and lightly sleeting and the only coat I had would have been too hot. Decided to just wear my Smartwool sweater, knowing wool helps regulate body temp even when it gets wet. Figured I'd end up soaked anyway, from sweat, if I wore the coat. At the end of my 1.25 hr run, the poly and nylon layers I had on my legs were soaked through but my torso was still dry, even my shoulders. (The only other layer I was wearing was my sports bra.) The sweater was wet on the outside but the wet never penetrated to my skin. I was very comfortable temp-wise the whole time (thanks also to my ultralight Smartwool running socks, I'm sure). (This sweater would have been too warm for running at that temp if it hadn't been a wet and somewhat windy day.)
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