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If I wanted something that was functionally equivalent to the PreCip in terms of durability, weather resistance, weight, and function -- but much nicer, I would get a non-insulated GoreTex Pro shel...

In GEAR » Hardshell for the NW
August 15, 5:19pm

Marmot Trail Wind
The Marmot Trail Wind Hoody or Ion Hoody is their version of the Houdini. The DriClime windshirt is lined and more of a warmth piece (think water resistant microfleece). I think the unlined ult...

In GEAR » Budget Wind Shirt and Rain Jacket
August 14, 7:40pm

Non shock
For reducing weight in the Black Diamond line, I would look at the models WITHOUT the spring loaded "shock absorber" feature. They make women's versions of the standard models, too. ...

In GEAR » adjustable trekking poles with small (hand) grips
August 14, 12:29pm

Cap 4
I am getting a lot of use out of the new Patagonia Cap 4 gridded PowerDry Hi Efficiency base layers. 1) PJ's, late night, and morning around camp in summer camping (50 to 60 degree F) temps....

In GEAR » What is your favorite base layer?
August 13, 11:56am

GoreTex ProShell
I think the GoreTex ProShell stuff is extremely heavy duty and durable... a completely different level of durability than any 2.5 layer rain jacket, while still being relatively light weight and co...

In GEAR » Goretex Pro Jackets / Rain Jackets that actually last
August 10, 1:06am

both
For around town, I have hoodless Marmot Zeus down sweater/jacket. I generally wear it with a Power Stretch beanie. For hiking, I have an ultra light 900 fill Marmot Quasar hoody. If it's col...

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
August 08, 1:45am

Power Stretch
Also, look for a Power Stretch Hoody. It's a different Polartec fleece. About the same weight as Polartec 100 microfleece, but stretchy with a smooth woven exterior. Really nice stuff.

In GEAR » 100wt hooded fleece jacket?
August 08, 1:39am

Running cap
I always wear a light mesh running cap when hiking in the summer. It absorbs sweat like a sponge and gets soaking wet. Can be dunked in a stream. Breaths well. Pretty cool. Keeps sweat from pouring...

In GEAR » sweat & sunglasses management
August 07, 12:25am

Several PowerDry fabrics
I have two completely different versions of Power Dry shirts. The Cap 2 and one type of Marmot are looser weave with a softer feel. I also have some Marmot Power Dry shirts and tights that have a s...

In GEAR » Thin Polartec Power Dry T's?
August 07, 12:21am

Re: nice!
The Marmot Essence jacket has little pit vents. I don't know how much good they do, but there are vents. They don't zip closed. Always open.

In GEAR » Marmot Essense Rain Jacket with NanoPro Membrain
July 31, 11:45pm

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Marmot Essence
I picked up a 2011 model Essence rain jacket on the clearance rack at TJ Maxx for a price that was literally irresistable. Grabbing it and taking it as fast as I could to the checkout line felt like s...

In Clothing - Raingear
February 03, 8:32pm