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hammock
Clark Jungle Hammock It's on the heavier side but considering it has a built-in wind sock, a sheltered gear loft, and a massive tarp (great for standalone tarping too!) I'm willing to ta...

In GEAR » If you could have only ONE solo shelter?
April 11, 10:57pm

Power Dry
Last year I experimented with Polartec Power Dry shirts from REI and I was pretty happy. They were very durable and comfortable to wear all day even if I was soaking wet with sweat or rain. Thi...

In GEAR » Mh Canyon Shirt VS RailRider Bone Flats?
April 11, 10:08am

Action Thermawrap alternatives
The Arcteryx Atom LT and the Mountain Hardwear Zonal both feature synthetic insulation and stretch fleece sides. Can't speak to the Zonal, as I've only tried it in store, but the Atom LT st...

In GEAR » Fleece reconsidered
April 10, 9:33am

revelcloud v. nano puff
This is just hearsay but from my time working at REI I had one customer come in and exchange the Revelcloud for the Nano Puff. He said he was wearing his Revelcloud and his buddy a Nano Puff and he...

In GEAR » REI Revel CLoud jacket vs. Patagonia Nano Puff /
April 05, 8:21pm

Arcteryx
I know this thread has gotten off-topic to the point of no return but I'll throw in my two cents. For me as a fairly active backpacker who also does a lot of climbing I really appreciate the...

In GEAR » Should I be carrying more Dead Birds?
February 24, 7:03pm

microtherm jacket
I have the jacket, without the hood. I like it. It's pretty warm, I'd say it's a decent bit warmer than a typical 60g/m2 jacket like the Nano Puff. One thing to note is that it seems...

In GEAR » First Ascent Microtherm Hoody
February 24, 6:19pm

Re: Interesting Question
I'm going to have to agree with the feeling that a windshirt is a luxury. It is by no means, an essential piece of gear the same way a rain jacket is: it doesn't protect you fully against r...

In GEAR » Logic Check: Windshirt
February 19, 1:13pm

Houdini vs. vest
For only .7oz more, you can have sleeves and a hood in the Houdini. In a piece as light and unrestricting as this, I see no reason to forego the sleeves and hood. I find the Houdini to be a stan...

In GEAR » Logic Check: Windshirt
February 18, 8:46pm

can't wait
I ordered one of these a few weeks back and it finally arrived for in-store pickup. Looking forward to trying this out as my main pack this year once the snow melts away. Regarding the Buttermi...

In GEAR » REI Flash 45 First Impressions
January 27, 5:07pm

Norsehund Alpha
For this season I decided to try the Merrell Norsehund Alpha. They are the more expensive ($200) Norsehund boot variant and have a removable neoprene inner boot. The rubber goes up and over the toe...

In GEAR » SnowShoe boots?
January 18, 11:21pm

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