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Re: Re: don't like this combo
Stephen, I don't doubt that the Crux Lava and other pieces are great. I love gear and have (too many) pieces of awesome, specialized gear in my garage. I have a waterproof insulated jacket ...

In GEAR » Crux down jackets with event shell
June 26, 3:56pm

don't like this combo
I'm personally not really into the mix of insulation + waterproof shell for the backcountry, especially if you are trying to go light. It's a fantastic sort of jacket for single day-only us...

In GEAR » Crux down jackets with event shell
June 26, 2:25pm

in stock now
Heads up to those who can't wait for the Cap4 Hoody: it is back in stock for the Fall '13 season at $120 at Patagonia.com. Right now you have to call or Live Chat a salesperson to get it si...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
June 17, 7:01pm

OR Rando Cap
I have the OR Rando Cap (Gore Tex) and my usual hiking partner has the REI eVent hat. They are great when it is drizzly but not pouring so you can keep your hard shell's hood off, or only wear ...

In GEAR » Are WPB caps a good idea?
June 10, 10:26am

Leather Cover
Amazon's Paperwhite Leather Cover is an awesome combination with the Paperwhite. It is listed at 5.6oz so it's not exactly made of cuben fiber, but it is a great case, adds lots of rigidity...

In GEAR » Broken Kindle blues - Looking for a case
May 22, 4:56pm

quilt and jacket
> Also, you can't match your head insulation to the temperatures at night. For example, if you have a 20 degree quilt, but are dealing with 40 degree temperatures, you can't just leave y...

In GEAR » Hooded down jacket or separate hood?
May 22, 3:37pm

harness-less rappel
> Rappel: the dulferstitz works. No harness needed Be sure to wear a collared shirt for this, and go slowly! I wouldn't do this on terrain where you are free-hanging in air, as you could ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Where to learn basic climbing skills?
May 20, 12:22pm

Nope. While the windshell will initially keep rain off your shell, once it starts to wet out it will negate the DWR on the rain jacket. DWR works best when it is allowed to bead the water off the j...

In Philosophy & Technique » windshirt over rain shell= enhanced waterproofing?
May 20, 12:14pm

hooded, always
I was hood-adverse for years and insisted on wearing a separate hat instead. Now all my cold- and cool-weather jackets are hooded. Nothing seals up better around your neck, cheeks and ears than a h...

In GEAR » Hooded down jacket or separate hood?
May 20, 12:05pm

2013 v 2012 Houdini
I have both the 2012 and 2013 Houdini in medium. I am 5'11 190#. In Patagonia and other well-tailored brands I wear a medium, but I wear a large on other simpler patterned clothes. The old 2...

In GEAR » Houdini sizing/layering question
May 20, 11:53am

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