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I have it. I can't decide if it's any better either. IN all other ways it's just like the Houdini. In breath ability, cut and fabric it's pretty similar. That said I seem to have be...

In GEAR » OR Helium Hybrid
January 29, 7:05am

Patagonia R3 Hoody
The Patagonia R3 Hoody is mentioned and pictured on The Alpine Start Looks like it'll be a great alternative to Polartec Alpha when used under a windshell. As for crampons, Black Diamond ...

In GEAR » OR 2015
January 27, 2:58pm

one big pocket
I don't share your enthusiasm for a "one big pocket" pack for traveling, but I do for hiking, so I'd recommend the same as I use for a summit pack, but made larger. The Zpacks...

In GEAR » City travel 30L packs?
January 27, 7:45am

What do you want?
Is this insulation for moving? Insulation for stopping? A wind shell for moving? From the furthest standpoint a jacket is a jacket. But if you break it down, we usually talk about layers h...

In GEAR » NF Denali vs. Arcteryx Gamma MX or Atom or Epsilon
January 27, 7:24am

Windshell
For a while on BPL everyone seemed to get the windshirt craze. That's something that's stuck with me. I have a handful of windshirts and I use them for climbing, cycling, hiking, backpa...

In GEAR » What has worked and not worked over time?
January 23, 9:17am

Not very demanding
20# is pretty easy for *any* pack with a hipbelt. Up until I got my HMG Porter I was convinced the Boreas Buttermilks was the One True Pack. It still is in many ways, but the HMG Porter 4400...

In GEAR » Looking for a new pack
January 21, 3:58pm

Helium HD
The Outdoor Research Helium HD is pretty light but has pockets and pit zips. I've been using mine a lot and it is great.

In GEAR » UL rain jacket with pockets?
January 18, 3:59pm

Sounds fine
Sounds like you're going to be just fine. For car camping like you said you can easily supplement with blankets, comforters from around the house. For the backpacking part you can just do th...

In GEAR » HELP!!! Dont want to call it off, but. . . .
January 15, 8:56am

No two are alike
I have owned and used lots of synthetic and down jackets and I find that no two are alike, with plenty of details small and large to differentiate them. That means you need to distinguish what ...

In GEAR » What is the best lightweight synthetic parka to buy and why?
January 07, 4:26pm

Patagonia
It's not talked about often because it's not new, but Patagonia's Capilene in varying weights are all phenomenal. They wick well, dry fast and are very well constructed. You won't b...

In GEAR » Synthetic thermal baselayers comparable to Mont Bell Zeo-line?
December 29, 3:42pm

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