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Don't get it wet
As with any puffy insulation, you should focus on not getting synthetic insulation wet. It will dry reasonably and will tolerate moisture but if it gets completely soaked you're gonna have a ba...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 05, 9:44pm

Beta LT
With the new ePTFE-based Gore-Tex Pro for this year (has no PU layer, a first for Gore-Tex) the Beta LT is the correct choice for most backpackers looking at the Arcteryx hard shell lineup. It ...

In GEAR » Which arcteryx hardshell?
November 05, 4:29pm

CO output
What I'd be very curious to know is what is the Carbon monoxide output of the Windboiler compared to the Reactor.

In GEAR » The New MSR Windboiler – First Look & Questions
November 04, 3:49pm

Lighter layers
For winter use below the tree line I find long underwear and a light softshell pant to be the ideal combo. If it's above treeline I add eVent rain pants over those. If I expect to spend a l...

In GEAR » Insulated waterproof Winter hiking/mountaineering pants
November 02, 5:11am

RXP
I use the Tikka RXP also. It is the best headlamp I've ever owned. This is also my second Petzl Reactive Lighting headlamp, having had the original NAO since its release. Unfortunately I'...

In GEAR » Head Lamp for Camp - Some night hiking
October 31, 2:21pm

nearly always
Unless I expect a puffy layer to be used exclusively or nearly exclusively under a shell I strongly prefer a hood. The only time I do not like hoods is for cycling (they're a bit flappy) an...

In GEAR » How many actually use their down hood?
October 30, 4:52pm

Hera
What I had heard from a retail employee was that the blue Hera Attaches would remain but otherwise the gold Attaché as we know it is discontinued for the new 3D version.

In GEAR » Petzl Attache
October 29, 7:38pm

price
The way I see it is you will have two things working against you - Price: competing with free (a rock) by offering convenience. Simplicity: competing with a found rock, versus carrying anoth...

In GEAR » Bear Bag Line Launcher: Would you use one?
October 27, 10:16am

Buff
I like to wear a Buff over my face. The Cap4 Balaclava is also great but if it's cold enough my eyebrows and eyelids start to feel cold.

In GEAR » Cold face when sleeping
October 27, 7:10am

TNF FlashDry
If I'm not mistaken this technology has been rebranded as FlashDry for use in TNF products. I have a number of their shirts and baselayers and feel that they perform on the higher end of the sp...

In GEAR » 37.5 Technology?
October 20, 2:00pm

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