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Some OR questions
Do you feel that manufacturers are doubling down on Polartec Alpha and other more breathable insulation, or is the hype all about synthetic/down blends? How is Primaloft Gold, Silver, etc down a...

January 24, 7:11am

Uniqlo has $40 merino wool sweaters, lightweight and perfect as a warmer base layer or lightweight mid. Quality is as good as anything else out there, but half the price.

In GEAR » reasonably priced wool clothing?
January 22, 4:19pm

Gore is better than ever
The new stuff from Gore is better than ever. I have the Beta FL from last year, which is based on the Gore-Tex Active Shell and similar to the Alpha FL. I don't really miss pit zips when the we...

In GEAR » Arcteryx warranty success! But looking for some help
January 21, 9:41am

REI Packable Fleet Running Jacket
I have it. While it is very good it also seems rather unexceptional. It deserves a hood. Very comfortable for active use. Wish the hem had an elastic cinch. Feels more durable than Houdini. The fit...

In GEAR » 2013 Spring Patagonia Houdini Pants / Jacket
January 16, 10:06pm

Re: My thoughts
Rick, I appreciate your well-reasoned analysis of my gear list. In the dead of summer I usually drop the Cap4. I could probably drop the Cap4 altogether but it is nice with a hard shell when it ...

In Gear Lists » 3-season gear for northeast USA
January 12, 11:06pm

3-season gear for northeast USA
My gear list essentially doesn't change once the snow melts until it starts snowing again. I'm thinking about swapping out the pack and tent for ones by Zpacks for a 4lb savings, but beside...

In Gear Lists » 3-season gear for northeast USA
January 10, 2:48pm

2013 Houdini
Based on the way REI clears old inventory quickly it's almost certainly the newer Houdini. Telltale signs of a newer model Houdini: very small pocket that's hard to stuff, and small zipp...

In GEAR » 2013 Spring Patagonia Houdini Pants / Jacket
January 07, 11:25pm

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

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