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Not really thermals but a comfortable base layer
on 2 July 2016
I'm 5'7 and a size 6/8. I ordered the XS and the set fits perfectly. I found the sleeve and leg lengths fine in contrast to a number of reviewers.
I've worn these as a base layer when hiking in cool conditions, with a shirt and a fleece over the top. I've also worn them alone at night on a fairly cold night camping in exposed spots and using a 2-3 season down sleeping bag. I found both of these situations adequate.
This set kept me warm but not ultra-warm. I wouldn't want to use them in winter as I don't feel they really trap the heat as much as some thermals. They seem less like a set of thermals and more just another layer (although admittedly a decently warm one).
I have a little gripe that the top isn't quite long enough. When moving around, it does have a tendency to rise up a little and leave an uncovered spot around my middle - not ideal for the circumstances in which I use thermals.
These have washed reasonably. It looks like they're going to end up with some noticeable pilling within maybe 10 washes, but since you'd never wear them without something on top (unless you're in bed) I don't really feel that that's too much of an issue. I guess if they start to look thin then it might be more of a problem.
If you need proper thermals then I'd suggest looking elsewhere as these don't really fit the bill. However, if you just need a comfortable layer to add to your outfit then they're not a bad buy. They fit close/tight to the skin so don't add too much bulk whilst giving you that extra layer for some warmth.