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Rab -- very good
I have the Rab Strata with Polartec Alpha. It's very good. I've been using it for cycle-commuting to work and also for rock climbing before the ice sets in. The seams are all good, the fit ...

In GEAR » RAB - what's the general consensus?
December 02, 7:56pm

Re: Re: Jetboil Helios... extremely slow?
Last night, canister had been sitting in my garage, which is detached from the house and uninsulated. So canister was presumably same as ambient air temperature (35ºF). No cozy, no water, yes inve...

In GEAR » Jetboil Helios... extremely slow?
December 01, 8:07pm

Jetboil Helios... extremely slow?
Hi all, I just purchased a Jetboil Helios thinking it would be a perfect winter stove for group camping/backpacking. I love the way the system is integrated with the windscreen and heat exchanger ...

In GEAR » Jetboil Helios... extremely slow?
November 30, 9:32pm

concur
I agree with the other posters. In fact I was thinking about this very topic earlier today and was contemplating posting the same opinion as conveyed by OP! I don't think that the 2013 Houdi...

In GEAR » 2013 Houdini, I like it
November 25, 10:28pm

Zipper Flap
The 2013 Houdini is notable for several, immediately obvious changes: It has a different sort of pocket. It is very narrow and you have to really stuff the jacket to fit it in. It makes a very t...

In GEAR » Differentiating Pagonia Houdini 2013 vs pre-2013
November 25, 10:19pm

Cool pack
I have wanted this pack for awhile. I've seen it in store and I thought it was a pretty nicely made, well-designed pack. However, I am all set for my dayhike needs and if I were to use it f...

In GEAR » Eddie Bauer First Ascent Bacon Backpack?
November 22, 6:38pm

Re: Re: winter tents
>What you get with a four-season tent doesn't exactly have to do with seasons. > >A four-season tent is simply built to withstand higher winds and probably a decent snow load on the ...

In GEAR » winter tents
November 18, 10:08pm

Re: Re: Has reading "Let My People Go Surfing" changed your thoughts on Patagonia's gear and/or company?
I am totally with you Craig W. Patagonia can be expensive but many of their items that I have bought have become favorite pieces of mine. At my urging, many of my friends have also picked up a p...

In GEAR » Has reading "Let My People Go Surfing" changed your thoughts on Patagonia's gear and/or company?
November 18, 9:35pm

Not breathable
Lack of breath ability makes this a non-starter for me. Gore-Tex barely breathes, but at least it does. This jacket would be great for those who want only an emergency rain jacket and/or dabble...

In GEAR » Lightheart Gear Rain Jackets
November 14, 11:06pm

Re: Re: RE: Fit
I decided that there was a significant gap in my insulation quiver so I pounced on the Uniqlo UL Down Parka today. I don't have any hooded insulation under 11oz so this will serve nicely. I fou...

In GEAR » Uniqlo down gear
November 08, 9:41pm

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