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OR Ferrosi
The OR Ferrosi is on clearance for half-off at REI ($61). Has anybody got experience with this? I'm mainly interested in it for rock climbing but at less than half the price of the Black Di...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 25, 8:03pm

Dividend on sale items
>One thing to note on the REI visa is while it does give you addt'l 5% on REI purchases, you don't get ANY dividend on sale items. Not quite. Using the REI Visa you get 5% back on ...

In GEAR » REI Claus is Coming to Town!!!
February 25, 9:52am

Re: Re: Pad.
>Stephen what 20F quilt are you using? Enlightened Equipment RevX. I am a big fan.

In GEAR » EN 13537 and LOFT
February 23, 9:47pm

Pad.
I sleep cold and I found that a conservatively rated 20ºF quilt and an R5 pad keeps me warm at or around freezing. I found that I often feel cold at similar temperatures without such a warm pa...

In GEAR » EN 13537 and LOFT
February 23, 8:11pm

approaching the problem differently
In some cases, the collarbone can hurt if the sternum strap is located too low, or pulled in too tightly. The sternum strap is not to be cinched down hard, as is most people's inclination, but ...

In GEAR » Girlfriend's pack problem
February 20, 5:27pm

Re: Zipper Parts Names
> Stephen: "Zipper head" means "Pull tab"? "Stopper side" = "box"? You got it. It's important to note that the Houdini, like many other zipper...

In GEAR » Zipper Rescue: Skipped a Tooth, Can't Unzip
February 20, 3:01pm

Re: Zipper Rescue: Skipped a Tooth, Can't Unzip
You can fix this if you are patient about it. It's happened to me a few times when I wasn't paying attention so I am decent at fixing these now. Unzip it as far as you can. Then you w...

In GEAR » Zipper Rescue: Skipped a Tooth, Can't Unzip
February 20, 2:29pm

Enlightened Equipment quilts are better than any bag I've ever owned
I sleep cold, I am a side sleeper, a rotisserie sleeper, and I thrash around a lot at night. A quilt has proven to be the best option for me. My 20º Enlightened Equipment RevX quilt at 22oz easil...

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 17, 7:40pm

Thanks John
John, I truly appreciate your insight about the Solplex. Your photos were very helpful and your attention to the details makes me more confident that the Solplex is the shelter for me. I didn&...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 15, 10:14pm

Not the target market.
>The thing this thread really highlights is the disconnect between the main thrust of outdoor product lines and what hikers really need. The retailing centers around winter jackets, heavy soft s...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 15, 8:28pm

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