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Not very demanding
20# is pretty easy for *any* pack with a hipbelt. Up until I got my HMG Porter I was convinced the Boreas Buttermilks was the One True Pack. It still is in many ways, but the HMG Porter 4400...

In GEAR » Looking for a new pack
January 21, 3:58pm

Helium HD
The Outdoor Research Helium HD is pretty light but has pockets and pit zips. I've been using mine a lot and it is great.

In GEAR » UL rain jacket with pockets?
January 18, 3:59pm

Sounds fine
Sounds like you're going to be just fine. For car camping like you said you can easily supplement with blankets, comforters from around the house. For the backpacking part you can just do th...

In GEAR » HELP!!! Dont want to call it off, but. . . .
January 15, 8:56am

No two are alike
I have owned and used lots of synthetic and down jackets and I find that no two are alike, with plenty of details small and large to differentiate them. That means you need to distinguish what ...

In GEAR » What is the best lightweight synthetic parka to buy and why?
January 07, 4:26pm

It's not talked about often because it's not new, but Patagonia's Capilene in varying weights are all phenomenal. They wick well, dry fast and are very well constructed. You won't b...

In GEAR » Synthetic thermal baselayers comparable to Mont Bell Zeo-line?
December 29, 3:42pm

Marmot DriClime
Now I'm far from Marmot's biggest fan but the Rab Vapor Rise series and the DriClime windshirt family have always looked to me like kissing cousins. They are essentially built on the same c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review
December 25, 12:28am

slow charging
Those 10,000mAh batteries take a very, very long time to charge. I have a 14,000mAh battery from RAV Power (it's a great battery) and since it can only charge at 2.1A/5V it's a slow process...

In GEAR » Recommendations for external battery capacity for two on the PCT?
December 18, 12:54pm

Atom SV relative warmth
With 100g/m^2 of PL1 (now Primaloft Gold) the Atom SV is the warmest lightweight or midweight puffy that often gets talked about. Most others are 60g/m^2. It's warm enough at 20ºF for me for s...

In GEAR » Half Bag?
December 17, 10:50am

break it down into seasons
You're getting confused because of the cacophony telling you which are "the best" of this and that. What you need to think about is to break it down into seasons. I've hiked in ma...

In GEAR » Layering Advice
December 12, 10:44am

I use the 59cm Petzl Sum'Tec for all my winter backpacking trips. I have also climbed WI3+/4 happily with it paired with a technical tool.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » 53 vs 58 cm ice axe
December 11, 11:14am

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