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the bivy fabric weight is negligible in lofting a down bag
i've used various heavy fabric weight bivys (three layer goretex and event)and haven’t had a problem with high loft sleeping bags not attaining full loft. if you can, loft your bag before you...

In GEAR » Is the loft loss(warmth loss) of a down sleeping bag caused by the weight of the shell fabric or th bivy sack fabric negligible?
August 14, 8:43am

i have to agree with Bob and Ryan - there's a reason the wedge design dominates this space
unfortunately, there's no perfect alpine tent. a lot comes down to what you are willing to sacrifice. As with many important things in life you can break this down into a triangle with weigh, c...

In GEAR » 2-person tent suggestions for PNW alpine conditions
August 11, 2:50pm

Re: How do Cold Cold World packs carry?
i like the ccw packs a lot. they are well designed and well executed. for the price they are tuff to beat. having played around with and carried a couple of diffrent ccw packs, at 35 lbs, i look fo...

In GEAR » How do Cold Cold Worls packs carry?
August 10, 1:51pm

Re: Soft shell fabric comparisons?
I haven't seen a comparison, but on the basis of having worn a number of diffrent soft shell jackets and pants over the last couple of years i'm a very big fan of schoeller dryskin and dyna...

In GEAR » Soft shell fabric comparisons?
August 05, 8:38pm

I remember when light weight and expedition pack couldn’t be used in the same sentence. what else are you carrying, going hut-to-hut, that your parka doesn't fit in a 65l pack?
yes, the absolute parka is "big," but so is a 65l pack. where/how do you typically carry the parka in the pack and when do you wear it? do you use a stuff sack? where do your travels t...

In GEAR » Lightweight Expedition Pack
August 04, 9:26am

mixing it up
because of your training schedule, if you mix your packs up somewhat, you can continue your high millage while conditioning your back for the pack you really like. also, you are generally in great ...

In GEAR » Packs that have a true full wrap belt and pack attaches on sides of belt and not in the center?
July 30, 9:04am

+1 for steven paris and shoulder pockets
not a big fan of hip belt pockets and seldom attach the water bottle pockets i have. as wit steven, if i need to put something in a pocket i attach a pocket to my shoulder strap.

In GEAR » Hip belt pockets yea or nay?
July 30, 7:46am

trying a diffrent pack
hey brian - i don't have the pack style you're looking for, but if you want to mix it up on your hikes you can borrow any of my cilogear packs (except for the one in multicam that was speci...

In GEAR » Packs that have a true full wrap belt and pack attaches on sides of belt and not in the center?
July 30, 7:31am

i'm with roger on an EPIC shell
in cold windy conditions it's hard to beat EPIC. even if it gets wet, when on the move, the heat you are throwing off keeps the moisture on the outside. my EPIC wind shirt outperforms my event...

In GEAR » High End Fastpacking Jacket for Bad Weather
July 29, 2:52pm

i've been very happy with the mammut base layer shirts
should be easy to find in europe. http://tinyurl.com/mammut-base-layer-tops

In GEAR » Lightweight Powerdry Shirts? (Europe stock)
July 27, 10:10am

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