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Serge Giachetti (sgiachetti) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Boulder, CO
About Me I started backpacking as a teenager in southern appalachia. My summers in college were spent in mountain heaven, glacier national park. Since then, I've lived and played in the high sierras, the cascades, and now the colorado front range. Walking into the mountains for a few days with a light pack never seems to lose its charm. I recently picked up a bad habit called climbing.
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pack size
It packs small, but it lacks a stuff sack. I dont think it packs quite as small as the helium, but close.

In GEAR » Sub 8oz rain jacket reccomendation? Best?
December 08, 4:45pm

marmot essence (2014)
I can vouch for the marmot essence. I've been very pleased with mine so far. I think its at least as breathable as the 3L event jacket I owned before it. Its also stretchy and fairly soft and c...

In GEAR » Sub 8oz rain jacket reccomendation? Best?
December 06, 10:02pm

Sounds like your uniqlo is decently warm for the weight. You could consider just using that on warmer trips and investing in a nice light parka like a montbell mirage for a few oz mor & a lot m...

In GEAR » Not impressed with Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer down hoody. Alternatives?
December 06, 3:29pm

katabatic chisos long + 1oz overfill
Quilt sold. This is a long regular size. The baffles feel lofty & nicely overstuffed. More like a 30 degree bag in my experience. New, this would cost about $450. Have this 3 year old, well t...

In Gear Swap » katabatic chisos long + 1oz overfill
December 06, 1:57pm

camp 2
I'm in camp 2. For a couple years I used a rab xenon and rab infinity. This year I'm using a Patagonia nano air & either a rab infinity or bergans sastrugi (11+oz down) depending on th...

In GEAR » Layering High Loft Insulation in Winter
November 29, 9:49pm

nano air
Thanks for your thoughts, Dave. I had a similar experience to your hunting trip (stop and go) using the nano air for much of a drizzly fall weekend in Indian Peaks, except I taking pictures. I...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
November 25, 3:30am

I'd bet that a good majority of arc teryx apparel is sold to urban yuppies who will never use the gear in challenging outdoor conditions. For any of these companies to be very successful on a l...

In GEAR » Visited the new Arcteryx store in Portland
November 23, 4:13am

Are you talking about the cerium hoody? If so, it has an excellent hood adjustment, but its just one & from the back. Some jackets have great hoods with no adjustment at all. Sounds like arcter...

In GEAR » Visited the new Arcteryx store in Portland
November 22, 11:36pm

nice article
This was a nicely written piece about a cool adventure. I appreciated the emphasis on developing mental toughness and positivity. Certain people tend to have these traits more than others, but that...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
November 20, 12:22am

I used the 1st gen gorilla to shreds (ice tools & ski carries did it in), and loved it. I picked up the new 3rd gen & its way more refined, comfortable & seemingly more durable. I want ...

In GEAR » Thoughts on Gossamer Gear
November 18, 3:49pm

All Reader Reviews by Serge Giachetti

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Trail Designs Customer Service
Rand was really helpful on two stove purchases. Answered all questions almost immediately and helped get a sidewinder made for me at a moment's notice for a trip. Couldn't as for better custom...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 10, 3:44am

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
I'm very impressed with this pack. I tried out a few packs for a planned AT thru hike (didn't pan out yet), and this was far and a away my favorite. With the stay and sitpad, the pack conforms...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 1:59am

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
edit: double post

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 28, 1:56am