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I ride my bike in normal street clothes 20 miles every weekday so I'd be guaranteed to give the underwear a good workout. I have strong preferences for a blend that produces durability. I ha...

In GEAR » Looking for a Wool Underwear Product Tester
July 31, 3:35pm

Paramo Enduro
You mean like the Paramo Enduro being launched this year at OutDoor show? http://hikinginfinland.com/2014/07/outdoor-news-2014-day-4.html Besides that, I think the Epic silicone encapsulated ...

In GEAR » Deconstructing the Marmot DriClime and Nikwax Anthology Light?
July 31, 2:40pm

The best
In my opinion, the most comfortable shirts when sweaty are hands down the bicomponent fabrics like Arcteryx's Phasic SL as in their Motus SS shirts. This is because the weave and mix of mat...

In GEAR » Fabrics Theory/Use
July 31, 9:18am

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

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