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I have the Melanzana Micro Grid Hoody and it is a little bit different from other fleeces I've seen. The fleece, overall, is very thin, but adds a non-insignificant amount of warmth and comfort...

In GEAR » Grid Fleece Question
February 19, 1:16pm

wool mitts and non waterproof gloves are super-underrated
If it is cold enough that snow doesn't melt onto everything, then regular wool mitts are surprisingly good. I spent a few days winter backpacking this season into -14F and the only hand protect...

In GEAR » Need some advice on gloves and mitts.
February 16, 10:30am

Durable wool-synthetic blends?
All the buzz about wool-synthetic blends like Polartec Power Wool at ORSWM 2015 has got me thinking about wool t-shirts again. I like the feel of wool next-to-skin particularly during heavy acti...

In GEAR » Durable wool-synthetic blends?
February 11, 5:04pm

OR Transcendent
All I know is that my "low fill power" Outdoor Research Transcendent beanie has become my winter cycling hat and despite sweating gobs of sweat into it every ride it continues to loft and...

In GEAR » Differences in lesser fill power down and humidity?
February 11, 2:21pm

LL Bean Primaloft Packaway Jacket - $40-50
LL Bean is clearing out some colors of their Ascent Packaway Jacket made of 60g PL1 for $50, normally $130. It's free shipping and if you catch their promotion you get an extra 20% off your ...

In Gear Deals » LL Bean Primaloft Packaway Jacket - $40-50
February 10, 8:32pm

I use the Steripen. But on some winter trips I plan to melt snow with my stove, particularly when liquid water is not available.

In GEAR » Lightest winter filtration system?
February 05, 9:55am

ee and Xtherm
I use my Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20ºF down to about 40ºF with my XLite. Once I expect weather below 40ºF I swap for the XTherm. I could probably do alright with the XTherm year round, b...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad/Bag...Overwhelmed
February 03, 12:40pm

How cold do you expect it to get in the worst case? Are you a back, side or belly sleeper? Do you mind the feeling of being cocooned, or do you need space? Do you roll around a lot at night?

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad/Bag...Overwhelmed
February 03, 12:06pm

Nitecore Tube
Have you seen the Nitecore Tube? Reportedly 45 lumens and 9.6 grams. Recharges via Micro USB. I have played around with one briefly and it seemed rather nice.

In GEAR » Help Me Find a USB Rechargeable LED Flashlight
February 02, 12:09pm

Hoods are great.
I like hoods so much that in the spring and fall I wear a hooded base layer! It is simpler and easier than finding a place to put away a hat and lets me thermo regulate efficiently. In the winter I...

In GEAR » Hooded vs. hoodless puffies
January 31, 11:01am

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