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Re: clothing:
> Escalante is a huge diverse swatch of land. You can either be on sandstone/red rock or sage brush mountain sides. What type of hiking/backpacking do you plan on doing? I don't know yet...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 12, 2:35pm

Clothing for desert hiking
Looking at hiking Escalante in southern Utah around July/August and thinking about what kind of clothing is appropriate for high desert hiking. There seems to be several schools of thought -- w...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 12, 2:17pm

Breath ability
As you might already realize, once a woven fabric is totally saturated it is no longer breathable. That is the problem with even the most breathable waterproof garments (wet by condensation) all th...

In GEAR » The never ending search for alternative rain gear
May 08, 10:21pm

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

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