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Schoeller Dryskin Extreme pants
Like the others have said, the REI Acme pants are probably some of the best pants around. But while the patterning is good the real magic is in the fabric, Schoeller Dryskin Extreme, which is the b...

In GEAR » winter pants suggestions?
September 26, 1:29pm

Reversed?
It is hard to see what is happening here but I once something similar happen on a different windshell. It turned out that the toggle had simply gotten flipped around for some reason or another. I&#...

In GEAR » Patagonia Houdini Owners
September 25, 3:05pm

terramar
Those Terramar Grid Fleece layers are a good value. It's like the R1 stuff, but a bit lighter, so excellent for fall and spring temps especially. I think it compares reasonably to Cap4 in warmth.

In GEAR » Terramar Geo Fleece
September 25, 11:38am

DriClime
I find the Marmot DriClime works best worn next-to-skin, and reasonably well over a trim-fitting t-shirt. Nothing else seems to wick sweat away better than the DriClime.

In GEAR » That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
September 12, 10:36am

Two things
For one the Squamish is really, really good. I don't care what the metrics say, the Squamish has been time and time again the one layer I grab most frequently when I get to pick from several ye...

In GEAR » That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
September 12, 12:13am

This one cool trick will keep your alcohol cold. Thermos manufacturers hate it!
Put your beverage of choice in a thin-walled bottle. Prop it up against some rocks in a cool stream for a bit before serving. Enjoy cool alcoholic beverage.

In GEAR » Luxury item to carry alcohol and keep it cold
September 02, 11:39am

the best
For me, the very best shelter I have used is the pyramid. You only need four solid stakes for structure and an optional four extra to keep the panels taut. It is floorless but your choice of inner ...

In GEAR » What is the best lightweight shelter?
August 27, 4:40pm

Mini
The fittings are different as well. While the Mini still can use the Squeeze bags it also has inline hydration hose fittings.

In GEAR » Backup filter for Isle Royale
August 25, 6:43am

warmer layers than that
As someone who does a lot of ice climbing and winter camping in this kind of temperatures I'll be the first to say that the Cerium LT is probably not enough. I use a Patagonia Fitz Roy or DAS w...

In GEAR » What kind of layers do I need for 14 Fahrenheit?
August 20, 3:15pm

Fabric stiffness
One thing that does come to mind is fabric stiffness. A stiffer fabric (like 3-layer Gore Tex) will stay off your skin more and transfer less body heat when damp since there is less contact. Since ...

In GEAR » Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
August 06, 9:22pm

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