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Out of curiosity I went to go take a look at my nearby store. I think most here would like it very much. It seems to have similar breathability to my well used 2014 Squamish. I didn't have m...

In GEAR » Uniqlo Light Hooded Jacket
March 10, 9:29pm

Alpha and FullRange
In my experience with both Alpha and FullRange, I am disinclined to wear them for hiking as I heat up and sweat very quickly, and having a backpack on I am unable to vent moisture through what must...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
March 10, 9:47am

Beta Lt
You're probably looking for the Beta LT. It's lightweight, breathable and still uses the latest PU free Gore Tex Pro fabric. It's very durable too.

In GEAR » Hardshells, too many choices
March 07, 9:07pm

buy and try
You're probably buying it from REI, right? There's a 1-year, no questions asked return policy at REI. Keep your receipt if you're a non-member. Then go out and see if the bag work...

In GEAR » Marmot Verve 42
February 27, 9:02am

Over analysis
Brett you are over analyzing things a little bit. Our senses don't always match up perfectly to numbers. In fact, if our vision is anything to go by, senses are more logarithmic than anythin...

In GEAR » I lost my Houdini. What now?
February 24, 10:40pm

Squamish
The easy answer is to transition to the Arcteryx Squamish. It's a tough nylon gridstop, a bit more breathable with a better hood and velcro cuffs. Since switching to the 2014 Squamish I haven&#...

In GEAR » I lost my Houdini. What now?
February 24, 9:14am

Bosavi
> Just go ahead and do yourself a favor and buy [the Bosavi]. I did days and days of research on this, and there is no better headlamp on the market for what you want. Really? I'm curious...

In GEAR » Petzl Core battery - where to buy? Alternatives?
February 24, 9:02am

good stuff
I have the Melanzana Micro Grid Hoody and it is a little bit different from other fleeces I've seen. The fleece, overall, is very thin, but adds a non-insignificant amount of warmth and comfort...

In GEAR » Grid Fleece Question
February 19, 1:16pm

wool mitts and non waterproof gloves are super-underrated
If it is cold enough that snow doesn't melt onto everything, then regular wool mitts are surprisingly good. I spent a few days winter backpacking this season into -14F and the only hand protect...

In GEAR » Need some advice on gloves and mitts.
February 16, 10:30am

Durable wool-synthetic blends?
All the buzz about wool-synthetic blends like Polartec Power Wool at ORSWM 2015 has got me thinking about wool t-shirts again. I like the feel of wool next-to-skin particularly during heavy acti...

In GEAR » Durable wool-synthetic blends?
February 11, 5:04pm

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