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Re: Re: Re: alpha
Not sure if your chart is accurate Eric. All the clo specs I've seen for PL1 show .90 when wet, .92 when dry. Is there a higher spec'd synthetic?

In GEAR » North Face Thermoball technology
March 08, 5:12pm

Re: alpha
Like all insulated garments Eric, warmth will depend on how much insulation is used. There apparently four weights of Alpha: 60, 80, 100 and 120gm/m2. See the diff?

In GEAR » North Face Thermoball technology
March 08, 4:46pm

Re: The North Face Thermoball
Polartec Alpha, being a woven insulation is supposed to be ~2x faster drying than other synthetics. But I would think the choice of shell fabric will be the main factor affecting dry time with any ...

In GEAR » North Face Thermoball technology
March 08, 4:26pm

Re: Insect Shield
My only caution is if your pants/shirt/jackets have a DWR treatment you want to maintain, then don't treat them with Permethrin. If you are concerned about DIY hassles and cost is not issue,...

March 06, 5:37pm

Re: Re: Huh?
Sorry, the packs (Zero?) and other pouches/sacks/kilt I saw just didn't appeal to me in terms of features/functionality, design aesthetics and craftsmanship. They look exactly like what they pr...

In GEAR » ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
March 06, 4:47pm

Re: Re: ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
I finally got to see a collection Zpacks products at a retail shop here in Tokyo. Hard to believe folks pay serious money for this stuff. Takes "less is more" to a whole new level! Not im...

In GEAR » ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
March 06, 2:59am

Re: Press-Bot Revived
I saw this GSI Java Press Mug at our local gear shop a few days ago. Very will made with tight O-ring seal and micro fine screen filter. Kinda heavy though for a single purpose item at ~300g. Not k...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
March 05, 4:17pm

Re: Guam?
I learned to scuba in Guam 1993. Couldn't get off that island fast enough. Doubt if has changed for the better too. No joy in venturing beyond the resort beachfront hotel strip.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Guam?
March 04, 3:29pm

Re: Cold weather cooking - stove choices
Curious not one mention of the Caffin inverted canister stove. Judging from the total lack of field reviews and pics, I suspected most of the early adopters were just eager beaver gearheads that se...

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 03, 7:23pm

Re: Re: Re: The crappiness of pit zips
Pit zips do seem to be a demand peculiarity of rain shells sold in the US market. Almost non-existent on rain shell sold in Japan, unless you include ski/snowboard shells. Take the Montbell Versal...

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
March 01, 5:07pm

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