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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

No difference
The eVent will be more comfortable in a wider range of conditions but when it is raining really hard and you are moving there is no way to truly stay dry. This is the dirty secret of the hard s...

In GEAR » Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
August 06, 9:14pm

Halo headband
I usually prefer a visor for sweat to shield my eyes from the sun, but I will often use a Halo headband instead. If you plant it right above your eyebrows you will never have sweat dripping into yo...

In GEAR » sweat & sunglasses management
August 06, 3:02pm

Yes
Current gen REI Polartec Power Dry Crew shirts seem to be.

In GEAR » Thin Polartec Power Dry T's?
August 06, 9:09am

I'm interested
I ride my bike in normal street clothes 20 miles every weekday so I'd be guaranteed to give the underwear a good workout. I have strong preferences for a blend that produces durability. I ha...

In GEAR » Looking for a Wool Underwear Product Tester
July 31, 3:35pm

Paramo Enduro
You mean like the Paramo Enduro being launched this year at OutDoor show? http://hikinginfinland.com/2014/07/outdoor-news-2014-day-4.html Besides that, I think the Epic silicone encapsulated ...

In GEAR » Deconstructing the Marmot DriClime and Nikwax Anthology Light?
July 31, 2:40pm

The best
In my opinion, the most comfortable shirts when sweaty are hands down the bicomponent fabrics like Arcteryx's Phasic SL as in their Motus SS shirts. This is because the weave and mix of mat...

In GEAR » Fabrics Theory/Use
July 31, 9:18am

Doable, but not fun
I have a base weight of about 14# for 3+ seasons (30F all day and above) and I use a 55L pack. I have carried as little as a 30L pack for multi day trips but in the end the larger and more featured...

In GEAR » Pack size for UL thru-hiking - 40L too small?
July 28, 7:22pm

solar input is power output
Something to consider is that solar panels don't necessarily output their max output. They have to be in direct sunlight at a good angle to output what manufacturers advertise. Because of t...

In GEAR » Where can I learn about Solar Rechargers?
July 28, 12:58pm

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