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Sun protection
As an albino and thus not able to tan, I found the Echo LS to be quite protective. At least when new, these shirts were more reliable than the SPF. 80 I use on bare skin. They are also very breat...

In GEAR » Outdoor research Echo LS zip tee
April 23, 3:13pm

RE: Nuclei
The Nuclei might fit the bill, no powerstrech side panels to let out heat and in wind plus it uses a denser fiber. I think the Whisperer is just not going to be warmer than an Atom LT since it&...

In GEAR » Warmer and lighter than an Atom LT
April 14, 12:51am

RE: wind/light snow
I was also a little disappointed by the wind/snow performance buy stopping by REI in Seattle last week to check out a Dash 2, I'm not surprised. If the poles at the foot-end hub went all the w...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review
April 13, 2:41pm

Warmer and lighter than an Atom LT
I'm looking to upgrade my warmth for in-camp/sleeping and I've found that an Atom LT is just not cutting it below 40F with a long sleeve baselayer and windshirt. I'm looking to pick up ...

In GEAR » Warmer and lighter than an Atom LT
April 13, 2:27pm

Core warmth
I guess the real question is are you OK with your butt/crotch being wet/cold or will this just not happen this time of year (i.e. no downpours and 70F+ weather). I find that if my upper legs ge...

In GEAR » Are rain pants necessary?
April 12, 7:34pm

RE: Twin Lakes
Thanks Peter: What time of year was this and how busy was traffic up to Twin Lakes (morning/evening?)?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT logistics
March 28, 10:50pm

WA Snow
Last year's big Sept 28th storm was actually a few weeks early for large PNW fall storms. Having grown up in the Seattle area, i'd usually predict the rain to start around Oct 7th but the ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT Start Dates
March 28, 2:09pm

Extended JMT logistics
Hi folks, I'm planning on doing an extended JMT with a start at Twin Lakes and meeting up with the JMT in Tuolumne meadows and an exit at Horseshoe meadows. Basically, want to hike the full...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT logistics
March 28, 2:03pm

RE: RE: more updates
I've updated the gear list spreadsheet to make it aesthetically easier to see the sub-category totals and added some italicized and purple text next to gear that would be need to be purchased. ...

In Gear Lists » JMT Gear List - Need to lost 3-5lbs
March 25, 6:52pm

RE: RE: thanks
I concur with Paul. If you hike into Yosemite from Sonora pass then you can just keep going I believe. If you wanted to start at Tuolumne Meadows and day hike up to Half Dome, Cathedral Lakes, or...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Your favorite 200-300 miles
March 20, 5:22pm

All Reader Reviews by Andrew Martin

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Mchale Little Big Pack (LBP) 40
I ordered my LBP 40 about a year ago from Dan McHale and was delighted with the pack we settled on after a few months of testing with a "loaner" pack. Since I've received the pack it ha...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
March 01, 4:00pm

McHale Backpacks
I've reviewed my LBP 40 elsewhere but a separate review for Dan himself seems apt. He is clearly a master of the packmaking trade and while not a UL fan by nature his commitment to customer educa...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 01, 3:15pm