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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

Re: Gear Shops In Manhattan\Washington?
Outdoors Gear Shops in NYC proper: Tent & Trails 21 Park Place, New York · (212) 227-1760 Paragon Sports 867 Broadway, New York · (212) 255-8889 REI Soho 303 Lafayette St, New Yor...

In GEAR » Gear Shops In Manhattan?
July 18, 1:00pm

So heavy
Why so heavy?

In GEAR » $1800
July 17, 9:59pm

+1 Rampart
I love my Arc'teryx Rampart pants as well. They are comfortable under a lot of varying conditions, I just wish I hadn't gotten them in a muddy green color. I don't think I've ever w...

In GEAR » Pants or no pants for those who run HOT
July 15, 4:25pm

Re: Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini?
A few answers: Pertex Equilibrium is a 2-way stretch woven. The fabric is more like a very, very lightweight "softshell" as marketed by Patagonia, REI, et al. I believe it is a bi-compo...

In GEAR » Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini?
July 13, 9:40pm

Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini?
I recently picked up a Westcomb Crest Hoody because I was concerned about the direction the new Patagonia Houdini is going. It's made of Pertex Equilibrium so it has a bit more stretch than the...

In GEAR » Westcomb Crest Hoody -- a replacement for the venerable Houdini?
July 12, 12:59pm

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