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slow charging
Those 10,000mAh batteries take a very, very long time to charge. I have a 14,000mAh battery from RAV Power (it's a great battery) and since it can only charge at 2.1A/5V it's a slow process...

In GEAR » Recommendations for external battery capacity for two on the PCT?
December 18, 12:54pm

Atom SV relative warmth
With 100g/m^2 of PL1 (now Primaloft Gold) the Atom SV is the warmest lightweight or midweight puffy that often gets talked about. Most others are 60g/m^2. It's warm enough at 20ºF for me for s...

In GEAR » Half Bag?
December 17, 10:50am

break it down into seasons
You're getting confused because of the cacophony telling you which are "the best" of this and that. What you need to think about is to break it down into seasons. I've hiked in ma...

In GEAR » Layering Advice
December 12, 10:44am

59cm
I use the 59cm Petzl Sum'Tec for all my winter backpacking trips. I have also climbed WI3+/4 happily with it paired with a technical tool.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » 53 vs 58 cm ice axe
December 11, 11:14am

My hiking partner's pack
On two occasions I have had to carry other people's packs for underprepared partners who could not deal with the load. On the one occasion I like to talk about best, I had packed an 18# pac...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
December 11, 10:59am

Seek Outside
Seek Outside makes a silnylon mid with a stove jack which would work basically like you envision, but with any kind of small wood stove. I would not trust an open fire with a small mid and especial...

In GEAR » Fire in your mid ??????
December 10, 4:53pm

Re: Quantifying the Beyond Cold Blooded fleece I have
A wind proof fleece can basically be thought of like a typical softshell but with a soft face. They generally fit the same conditions - great around town and good for on and off levels of activity....

In GEAR » Quantifying the Beyond Cold Blooded fleece I have
December 02, 7:25am

Re: Down Vest from Nike
Not my kinda thing, but I am thrilled at the idea of this. Some clever concepts at play here. Wonder if they function as well as it sounds?

In GEAR » Down Vest from Nike
November 26, 10:12am

Re: wind shirt vs waterproof shell
On paper this sounds like a pretty simple thing: cut one or the other and eliminate unnecessary bulk and weight. However, in practice it turns out that carrying both lends itself to some pretty ...

In GEAR » wind shirt vs waterproof shell
November 25, 2:57pm

REI Garage Sale Finds
I got a Patagonia DAS parka with several tears in it this year at a garage sale for $30. Patched it up good as new. Does that count?

In GEAR » Cheap things that work as good or better than expensive things
November 25, 10:01am

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