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Re: Wind jacket plus fleece with no rain jacket?
To answer the original question: It depends on both the weather as well as the gear. I use a fleece jacket with a very clammy windshirt when cross country skiing. The windshirt is fairly waterproof...

In GEAR » Wind jacket plus fleece with no rain jacket?
June 14, 9:43am

Re: UL rainjacket with good breathability chat
If you want breathable, lightweight, waterproof and durable, you will have to make a sacrifice in some area. Personally, I still prefer Propore (O2, Drop Stoppers, Dri Ducks, etc.). This means that...

In GEAR » UL rainjacket with good breathability chat
June 06, 8:17am

Re: Hat with mosquito netting on top
She should consider just cutting ventilation holes on the top of the hat. I know a few people who do that.

In GEAR » Hat with mosquito netting on top
May 12, 8:52am

Re: Re: Feathered friends
I think the weight of the Feathered Friends sheet system is greatly exaggerated. We got it and it measured several ounces less that advertised (sorry, I don't have the number). It might be wort...

In GEAR » Need some ideas on sleeping pads
March 25, 4:06pm

Re: Re: Re: First time skiing - help clothe me
>> Does anybody at a resort bring a small backpack with layers? Yes, absolutely, especially if they are like you, and came from a hiking background. I would consider a fanny pack, as well,...

In GEAR » First time skiing - help clothe me
March 14, 5:05pm

Re: A Visual Paradigm for Windshirts - Multiple Axis of Understanding.-Rev 0
Getting back to your original questions Richard: I would say that the first three (breathability, water resistance and weight) are the most important to me. Other factors are nice, and will play...

In GEAR » A Visual Paradigm for Windshirts - Multiple Axis of Understanding.-Rev 0
February 25, 1:26pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Skis & Fishscales
@B.G. -- My guess is that she doesn't weigh the same as you -- am I right? If so, the problem is that her skis weren't the appropriate size for her weight. If not, then yes, it is about tec...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 23, 1:24pm

Re: DWR Down
>> real world experiments, such as if the bag gets soaked That is an interesting scenario, but I really don't care that much about it. What I care about is if it gets damp, not soaking...

In GEAR » Water Repellent Down, One Year In
January 17, 7:47pm

Re: Calling all Altai Hok users!
I have a pair. They are fun. One of the things I like about them is that you can easily fit them in a trunk (although I think I have the shorter ones). This means that you can join your friends who...

In GEAR » Calling all Altai Hok users!
December 03, 10:36pm

Re: re
I have a Refuge X and like it. I don't have a Soloplex, but I like the looks of it. They are fairly similar. From what I can tell, here are two differences: 1) The Soloplex is symmetrical fr...

In GEAR » Zpacks Hexamid Soloplex vs Six Moon Designs Skyscape X
November 25, 8:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Ross Bleakney

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Gossamer Gear
Another GG review, another five out of five. This time, I broke a pole section (the lower part, or tip). It was my fault (I stepped on it) and not the fault of the pole. A call to customer support (I&...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 25, 12:11pm

Ultrapod Mini
I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if y...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:38pm

Pentax Optio WP
I very much like my Optio WPi (6 mp). I have found the waterproof feature to be of much greater value than I originally expected. For winter pictures, it is really handy to set up a picture and not wo...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 04, 7:13pm

Eureka Zues II Exo
I bought this tent a few years ago, before I knew about tarp tents. I have been happy with it, but it is a little smaller and heavier than a tarp tent. As a free standing tent, it is more round, which...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
August 14, 3:13pm