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Polartec Hi Loft
I mentioned this previously in another thread, but Richard Nilsey commented that Polartec Power Dry Hi Loft (the furry stuff) seems to retain loft over time even though Primaloft, Climashield, etc,...

In GEAR » Question about Polartec Alpha
April 20, 1:47pm

R1 for cold
The R1 is without a shadow of a doubt warmer than the Cap4. The Cap 4 dumps heat readily, but dries surprisingly slowly compared to the R1. The R1 is pretty permeable to air too, but not nearly to ...

In GEAR » Confusing info about Cap 4 vs R1
April 16, 8:32pm

Re: Re: degradation
Richard, You mention something that perked my ears up here: > It is interesting to note that the latest fleece versions (Thermal Pro) will also experience a maximum of 30% clo loss after a...

In GEAR » Microfleece 100
April 16, 3:37pm

Atom LT = active
I wouldn't bother with the Atom LT. It is a great jacket but the fleece sides make it a poorer, less efficient choice for backpacking. I would consider the Nuclei instead, which compares favora...

In GEAR » Arcteryx Atom LT or Montbell Thermowrap jacket
April 10, 7:03pm

I'll take it
Please pm me your pp address.

In Gear Swap » FS: Zpacks 6 x 9 cuben flat tarp
April 05, 3:16pm

Still available?
If available, I am interested

In Gear Swap » FS: Zpacks Hybrid Zero Backpack
April 02, 9:15am

Quarter Dome 1 or Dash 2
REI has two excellent tents that meet these criteria. The Quarter Dome 1 and the Dash 2. If you search for Quarter Dome T1 you can also find last year's model which is at a significant discount...

In GEAR » 1+ man tent sold at backcountry or REI?
March 27, 2:42pm

Hennessy hammocks are many people's entry point into the hammock world and considered pretty darn good. REI now stocks a pretty decent selection of those. They may come out cheaper (and lighter...

In GEAR » Hammock to start with?
March 27, 12:37pm

Jetboil Zip
The Jetboil Zip would be a great option, at $79 MSRP and sometimes found on sale. Might not be as light as the Caldera cone, but it is fast. It's just a bit short of 4 cups (27oz vs. 32oz) ...

In GEAR » economical UL water-boil cook kit for 2
March 26, 4:03pm

I was considering buying an MSR Windboiler, but I found a clearance bike that got marked down on a third round of markdowns and walked away with a carbon 105 bike for about 1/3 its price. After spe...

In GEAR » REI Sale 03/27/15 - What are you getting?
March 24, 10:01am

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