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Part of the fun of winter is uncertainty. I try to ditch my snowshoes whenever possible but there are many times when it's worth it. You just need some more experience to judge whether you shou...

In GEAR » microspikes, crampons, snow shoes, oh my!
May 05, 7:55pm

You're fine
Sounds like you'll have more than enough. In three season hiking I rarely ever need more than a wind shell, and the Nuclei will have you covered should it get cold.

In GEAR » Midlayers?
April 30, 7:42pm

The high air permeability is not a problem here. I intend mostly to use the Squamish as an active piece and thus far it has been superbly comfortable for cycling and peak bagging. Since I work hard...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx Squamish
April 19, 7:20am

The North Face Ampere Hoodie
Been using the TNF Ampere Hoodie from their new Mountain Athletics collection. I really like it. It dries wicked fast, the sleeves roll up easily, and the hood adds a nice touch of warmth when you ...

In GEAR » Holy shirt! looking for recommendations
April 18, 12:54pm

I bought the Squamish from Max and have since used it for some day hikes thus far. Since I have adequate Houdini (2012, 2013 and 2014) experience I can say hands down the Squamish is now my favorit...

In GEAR » Arcteryx Squamish 2014 Update
April 09, 11:15pm

Not too long ago, 440C and AUS8 were considered super steels. A dull knife will still cut, albeit poorly. The thinness of the edge proves very much in your favor. I used to carry a sharpener, b...

In GEAR » folding, all-purpose knife?
March 26, 5:32am

In all fairness, the durability of eVent DVL isn't spectacular (I've seen jackets whose membranes were damaged by getting caught in a zipper) so going with the Plasmic isn't necessarily...

In GEAR » What jacket to buy?
March 26, 5:27am

One obvious choice
There is only one obvious choice for a knife under $30. A Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. While it may not be sexy, it's one of the few knives even worth buying at such a low price, quality is sup...

In GEAR » folding, all-purpose knife?
March 25, 9:27pm

not strong enough
The 3mm cord you are looking at *might* hold body weight but is not strong enough to rely on. Choose the 1" mil-spec webbing that REI sells by the foot (a lower density weave) -- it's more...

In GEAR » Total hammock newb wants to buy some SUL rope.
March 23, 7:39am

One more complication
Ah, but we are forgetting that to stay aloft the birds are actually displacing their weight in air by flapping their wings the air must move somewhere, and naturally the truck bed is there to absor...

In GEAR » Pack compression
March 22, 9:30am

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