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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

Boreas
I have a Boreas Buttermilks pack. It is on the heavy side for UL but it ticks all my boxes, has proven very durable and is super comfortable. Helps that it looks cool too. If Boreas hasn't ...

In GEAR » Boreas tents.
July 15, 4:02pm

Re: I don't get it
Agreed. I don't think that the typical Polartec Alpha piece as we've gotten so far is appropriate for hikers as much as it is for other sports. On the other hand, it was exactly what I need...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano-Air
July 15, 7:15am

Nano-Air vs Nano
IME they are different enough to justify both. The Nano is purely focused on warmth and has a high degree of wind resistance. It has a solid fabric inside, behind the quilting, to give it an ext...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano-Air
July 14, 4:23pm

Echo Vest
The Westcomb Echo vest is pretty good. I usually wear it over/under a Houdini or other wind shell when I'm a touch too cold, and it's great. Wicks well, dries fast. The major benefit is tha...

In GEAR » New Polartec Alpha discussion
July 11, 8:43am

limitations
I have an OR Alpine Bivy currently, which I understand is a lot less breathable than an eVent bivy, but it is what I have and means I don't have to spend extra. I also have the OR Bug Bivy, whi...

In GEAR » Flat tarps, rectangular tarps and bivy sacks
July 08, 12:48pm

Flat tarps, rectangular tarps and bivy sacks
As I start to get interested in bike touring and bikepacking I realize that camping space and packed size can be at a premium. My usual backpacking rig is a Duomid or a Shangri-La 2 but both of the...

In GEAR » Flat tarps, rectangular tarps and bivy sacks
July 08, 10:14am

slim fitting garments
As someone who spends an equal amount of time in cold weather as warm, I find that the very best warmth performance comes from garments that fit as snugly as possible but are not tight. They shoul...

In GEAR » Baselayer question: How tight is too tight?
June 30, 9:49am

Arcteryx sizing
> And even if two things theoretically have the same fit, it depends on how they're designed to use: e.g. as one garment is designed to be able to wear only a light layer underneath it and t...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx Squamish vs Arc'teryx Alpha SL fit comparison
June 18, 10:28am

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