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The Camp ... as you mention is one of, if not the lightest harness out there, fine for glacier travel, but not much more. At $50, it's also one of the cheapest harnesses out there. Making a h...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » No Harness?
June 12, 12:42am

you get what you pay for ...
MSR/Cascade Designs, Patagonia, EXPED, MEC [in Canada], and Black Diamond [Arc'teryx isn't too bad either, but not like the aforementioned] are among the few that have insured that they'...

In GEAR » Kudos to MSR/Cascade Designs
June 07, 3:07pm

I bought some Salomon tights last fall for trail running - couldn't be happier. Fantastic fit and finish, great materials, comfortable. Only downside is they were pretty expensive. Same goes...

In GEAR » Running Tights
June 07, 1:40pm

I've been using a Patagonia Ultralight
I bought a Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket in January and I've been very happy with it. Not sure how it compares with the Montbell. I've been using it all winter as a mid layer while at ...

In GEAR » Puffies
April 30, 9:52pm

Chafing ...
Chafing has always been an issue for me too. Last year, I discovered trail running shorts. Basically, they're a slightly longer short with a semi-compression type liner [think boxer brief]. ...

In GEAR » Swappin' Out My Shorts
April 05, 11:16pm

Surefire Minimus
I've completely switched over to CR123s - far more energy dense [i.e. lighter], don't leak, have a shelf life of 10+ years, and function wonderfully in cold weather. I've had a Suref...

In GEAR » Light Geeks: Best (High End) Regulated Headlamp
March 31, 9:54pm

I use the pump sack ...
My Xtherm is a few months old and unless the pump sack design has changed, I find it to perform just fine. I can inflate the pad pretty quickly and I can keep warm, moist, bacteria ridden air out ...

In GEAR » XTherm: use the included pump sack or lungs?
March 31, 9:39pm

I've had experience with all these companies: Arc'teryx - slow and not the best. They replaced a jacket for me, but it took a while [and I live right next to their HQ]. I now need a ne...

In GEAR » Warranty expectations from high end gear companies
March 28, 12:02am

Re: Removing Black Diamond Trekking Pole Grips
+1 Try a vat of boiling water - often works well with ski pole components.

In GEAR » Removing Black Diamond Trekking Pole Grips
March 27, 11:02pm

I've been using a new XTherm in snow caves and tents all winter - usually on about 12'-15' of snowpack @ 5K-7K elevation. I've been most impressed. It's volume and weight make...

In GEAR » XTherm
March 24, 3:28pm

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