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Waterproof zippers
Looks like a YKK Vislon Aquaguard or perhaps Aquaseal and a standard YKK Uretek coil zipper. Both are watertight as far as jacket zippers are concerned.

In GEAR » Winter Shell: Anorak v. Full Zip
January 07, 8:34pm

If you are with one other person, or more, a correctly-sized bothy bag such as the offerings from Terra Nova or Integral Designs will be warm enough to sleep reasonably in mild winter weather weari...

In GEAR » Best emergency bivy/shelter for 3-season day use
January 06, 8:58pm

no need
As it turns out you almost never need a windproof balaclava for backpacking. Simply covering your skin with anything at all is sufficient in my experiences down to 5ºF with still winds. For me...

In GEAR » Merino buff vs windproof fleece balaclava?
January 05, 8:22pm

Houdini vs. Alpine Houdini
To my knowledge the Alpine Houdini (2014) does not replace the Houdini. It is simply a divergent line. The Alpine Houdini is meant to be ultralight rain and wind protection for climbers. The...

In GEAR » Alpine Houdini
January 03, 12:37pm

Black Rock Gear is better
Somehow I wound up with both. The Black Rock Gear one is far superior in nearly every way. It is more comfortable, lighter, and has a wicking fleece headband to make it cozier and more comforta...

In GEAR » Marge Simpson Down Beanie
January 02, 11:23pm

Glacier NP video
The four of us did Glacier last year in August. We drove from Denver (a long drive). This is a heavily edited video of our trip, should give you an idea of the conditions. At the end of the vide...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Help me get ready for a summer trip to Glacier NP
January 02, 12:06pm

Merrell Norsehund Alpha
I use the Merrell Norsehund Alpha for my trips in the Adirondacks. They are not light, but they will keep your feet warm. Great traction with and without Microspikes, mates well with snowshoes and ...

In GEAR » Winter footwear
January 01, 9:49pm

2013 picks
Rab Strata with Polartec Alpha - Pretty much the ideal cool to cold weather climbing jacket. Doesn't get stuffy when you're working hard, but warm enough for belaying. Hood fits over a slim...

In GEAR » 2013 Reader Picks
January 01, 8:35am

Strap adjustment
I used to work in a gear store and I spent a decent amount of time fitting people for packs. In your photos it looks like you could actually go with the medium or large setting. If you can go so...

In GEAR » Please help me fit my pack
December 27, 11:21pm

USGI Bivy, 100% Gore-Tex?
Are the USGI BIvies 100% Gore-Tex or are they like most bivies with a non-breathable polyurethane bottom?

In GEAR » Best Cheap Gear of 2013
December 23, 9:28am

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