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55L
With careful packing a 55L backpacking pack has been permissible by airlines as carry-on for me. I wouldn't bother finding a bag especially designed for "travel" as they tend to b...

In GEAR » Double Duty Pack Rec (Overnight Backpacking and Carry-On Travel Bag)
November 24, 4:49pm

warmer pad
My guess is that you lost a lot of heat from your sleeping pad. The BA IAC is not really that warm of a pad. If you combined it with a foam mat, a second pad (I might suggest self-inflating) or rep...

In GEAR » most miserable cold night!
November 19, 3:48pm

Two mainstays
I'm in the NE too and my sleep system is simple. If it's at or above freezing, my EE RevX quilt 30ยบ overstuffed with an extra 2oz of down will take me down to freezing with the ThermAR...

In GEAR » Too many sleeping bags.
November 19, 12:59pm

Gore-Tex socks.
I use Gore-Tex socks on most outings with normal mesh trail runners. If it is going to be dry for certain I may forego the socks or just keep them in my pack. I use waterproof (Gore-Tex or simi...

In GEAR » Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
November 17, 1:10pm

Terramar
Some experience with Terramar products over here. I have a hat and my best friend has a fleece of theirs that he wears constantly. Quality seems pretty good. I'd be happy with a fleece of their...

In GEAR » Quick Fleece Question
November 12, 9:39am

Patagonia
I'm 6'0 172# and a Patagonia vest in medium fits me just about perfect. I bet it'd work just right for you too. Westcomb is great in medium as well.

In GEAR » Vest Sizing?
November 10, 7:04am

Mind readers
For those of us who can't read your mind, would you care to share the link? I'd love to read up.

In GEAR » Down mittens
November 09, 5:42pm

anti-spandex
Spandex is not a bad thing. It allows fabrics to be made trimmer fitting without restricting movement. This prevents too-large air gaps. However, the reason Mr. Chenault recommends for polyester...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 07, 10:16am

fit
I'm 6'0 172# and I have the Theta SV (Expedition Fit) in medium, Beta FL (slim fit) in medium and Beta LT (athetlic fit) in large. The mediums fit WAY better but under the medium Beta FL I ...

In GEAR » Which arcteryx hardshell?
November 06, 11:02am

Don't get it wet
As with any puffy insulation, you should focus on not getting synthetic insulation wet. It will dry reasonably and will tolerate moisture but if it gets completely soaked you're gonna have a ba...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 05, 9:44pm

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