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H52
Apparently there is an H52 in the works to replace the H51. No date yet. The H600 mk2 and H602 are supposed to start shipping mid-Sept. Seems there is no H32 planned at the moment or other CR...

In GEAR » Zebralight H51 / H31 discontinued
August 27, 12:52pm

Marmot Driclime
This is the Marmot Driclime. Full MSRP is $100. I don't know what people are paying for theirs but it's a standout piece for cold weather hiking.

In GEAR » Help me ID this Marmot jacket?
August 26, 9:26am

Re: Multipack
"When I ordered mine I asked Joe to add an additional net pocket running the full front. It is great for draining Squeeze filter while walking keeping extra snack also place Inreach Se in the...

In GEAR » zpacks "multipack"
August 20, 2:18pm

Re: Any water bottle issues when the pack is full?
There's no problems getting the water bottles in and out when the pack is full. Unlike older Flash designs. One caveat with this pack is it really doesn't compress down well. If you have...

In GEAR » REI Flash 45 - Another review - Lots of pictures
August 02, 8:19am

Re: Ultramarathon gear advice needed for major race in the Alps
I recommend instead of rain pants considering the Zpacks CloudKilt. I just received mine, so no real user review yet but I think it'd suit nicely. It has a cinch cord in the front so you can ci...

In GEAR » Ultramarathon gear advice needed for major race in the Alps
July 24, 12:22am

Columbia Mesh Insect Blocker
I was looking at this Columbia jacket, the Insect Blocker Mesh Jacket. It weighs 8oz, is made completely of mesh, and is pretreated with permethrin. Seemed pretty tempting to me and the price is no...

In GEAR » Wearing a windshirt as a single layer in hot weather?
July 24, 12:01am

learn to love the rain
To a lot of people hiking in the rain is a slog. But I love it. Learn to love it. If it's hot out and raining, consider not wearing a shell at all. Enjoy the cool rain. Stash your warm layer...

In GEAR » If it rains do you keep going?
July 23, 3:01pm

Re: Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
As with anything else, we assess our needs, our plans, and pack accordingly. What you pack and what you carry is a judgement call that every experienced backpacker can and should make for themselve...

In GEAR » Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
July 23, 2:44pm

alternative to Hedgehog
Try the La Sportiva Wildcat (breathable mesh, but poor durability on rocks) or the same shoe with tougher materials, the La Sportiva Raptor (less breathable, but more durability). I've put ...

In GEAR » "waterproof" breathable HedgeHog Guide
July 18, 2:32pm

marketing-speak
I can only tell you about the market-speak, which is that a Waterproof tag on a shoe means that it has some kind of "waterproof/breathable" membrane inside. This membrane is usually sewn ...

In GEAR » "waterproof" breathable HedgeHog Guide
July 18, 1:06pm

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