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CO output
What I'd be very curious to know is what is the Carbon monoxide output of the Windboiler compared to the Reactor.

In GEAR » The New MSR Windboiler – First Look & Questions
November 04, 3:49pm

Lighter layers
For winter use below the tree line I find long underwear and a light softshell pant to be the ideal combo. If it's above treeline I add eVent rain pants over those. If I expect to spend a l...

In GEAR » Insulated waterproof Winter hiking/mountaineering pants
November 02, 5:11am

RXP
I use the Tikka RXP also. It is the best headlamp I've ever owned. This is also my second Petzl Reactive Lighting headlamp, having had the original NAO since its release. Unfortunately I'...

In GEAR » Head Lamp for Camp - Some night hiking
October 31, 2:21pm

nearly always
Unless I expect a puffy layer to be used exclusively or nearly exclusively under a shell I strongly prefer a hood. The only time I do not like hoods is for cycling (they're a bit flappy) an...

In GEAR » How many actually use their down hood?
October 30, 4:52pm

Hera
What I had heard from a retail employee was that the blue Hera Attaches would remain but otherwise the gold Attaché as we know it is discontinued for the new 3D version.

In GEAR » Petzl Attache
October 29, 7:38pm

price
The way I see it is you will have two things working against you - Price: competing with free (a rock) by offering convenience. Simplicity: competing with a found rock, versus carrying anoth...

In GEAR » Bear Bag Line Launcher: Would you use one?
October 27, 10:16am

Buff
I like to wear a Buff over my face. The Cap4 Balaclava is also great but if it's cold enough my eyebrows and eyelids start to feel cold.

In GEAR » Cold face when sleeping
October 27, 7:10am

TNF FlashDry
If I'm not mistaken this technology has been rebranded as FlashDry for use in TNF products. I have a number of their shirts and baselayers and feel that they perform on the higher end of the sp...

In GEAR » 37.5 Technology?
October 20, 2:00pm

Sleeping
For sleeping, I find the greatest comfort in simply using a warmer bag and not wearing any shelled clothing. Of course, this is less efficient weight-wise since you will still want a puffy for camp...

In GEAR » Winter layering/suffocation
October 18, 3:56am

Body heat and moisture management
One cold winter trip I wore a fleece vest over my wind shell over my R1 and found myself more comfortable than I could have imagined. Too cold and windy for just the R1 and shell, and too much aero...

In GEAR » r2 as insulation and rain gear
October 15, 11:32pm

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