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How cold do you expect it to get in the worst case? Are you a back, side or belly sleeper? Do you mind the feeling of being cocooned, or do you need space? Do you roll around a lot at night?

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad/Bag...Overwhelmed
February 03, 12:06pm

Nitecore Tube
Have you seen the Nitecore Tube? Reportedly 45 lumens and 9.6 grams. Recharges via Micro USB. I have played around with one briefly and it seemed rather nice.

In GEAR » Help Me Find a USB Rechargeable LED Flashlight
February 02, 12:09pm

Hoods are great.
I like hoods so much that in the spring and fall I wear a hooded base layer! It is simpler and easier than finding a place to put away a hat and lets me thermo regulate efficiently. In the winter I...

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
January 31, 11:01am

CLO
I have one, it is great, but watch out for the slimmer-than-usual fit. I couldn't tell you how warm it is compared to Mont-Bell, but subjectively it feels warmer than my worn out Nano Puff and ...

In GEAR » Patagonia ultralight down hoody experiences
January 30, 12:11pm

Yes
I have it. I can't decide if it's any better either. IN all other ways it's just like the Houdini. In breath ability, cut and fabric it's pretty similar. That said I seem to have be...

In GEAR » OR Helium Hybrid
January 29, 7:05am

Patagonia R3 Hoody
The Patagonia R3 Hoody is mentioned and pictured on The Alpine Start Looks like it'll be a great alternative to Polartec Alpha when used under a windshell. As for crampons, Black Diamond ...

In GEAR » OR 2015
January 27, 2:58pm

one big pocket
I don't share your enthusiasm for a "one big pocket" pack for traveling, but I do for hiking, so I'd recommend the same as I use for a summit pack, but made larger. The Zpacks...

In GEAR » City travel 30L packs?
January 27, 7:45am

What do you want?
Is this insulation for moving? Insulation for stopping? A wind shell for moving? From the furthest standpoint a jacket is a jacket. But if you break it down, we usually talk about layers h...

In GEAR » NF Denali vs. Arcteryx Gamma MX or Atom or Epsilon
January 27, 7:24am

Windshell
For a while on BPL everyone seemed to get the windshirt craze. That's something that's stuck with me. I have a handful of windshirts and I use them for climbing, cycling, hiking, backpa...

In GEAR » What has worked and not worked over time?
January 23, 9:17am

Not very demanding
20# is pretty easy for *any* pack with a hipbelt. Up until I got my HMG Porter I was convinced the Boreas Buttermilks was the One True Pack. It still is in many ways, but the HMG Porter 4400...

In GEAR » Looking for a new pack
January 21, 3:58pm

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