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Re: Down booties
These expedition quality boots would be my choice, http://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?p_id=1108774

In GEAR » Down booties
November 20, 5:29pm

Re: sizing
Keep in mind if you bought the MB Alpine in Japan it is one size small than the MB Alpine sold in the USA. So JP L = US M and a US L = JP XL

In GEAR » Brooks-Range Alpini vs. Montbell Alpine Light
November 20, 2:45am

Re: Socialized health care
I agree Matthew, so long as you can financially uphold your end of the Faustian bargain us 1%-ers have been selling you. But if you can't, then perhaps you should be stripped of your citizenshi...

In Chaff » Gotta luv comprehensive national health care
November 19, 10:52pm

Re: RE Gotta luv comprehensive national health care
"National" in that everyone must have/pay for health insurance via the government or private insurer, and the premiums are based primarily on taxable income for the previous year, not you...

In Chaff » Gotta luv comprehensive national health care
November 19, 9:48pm

Re: At what cost
Well of course we pay a monthly insurance premium too. I think its ~JPY50,000/mo (~$500) for me and my wife and it pays ~70% of all costs. Some employers and employee unions provide additional priv...

In Chaff » Gotta luv comprehensive national health care
November 19, 6:51pm

Re: Re: real baffles
I don't think either of these jackets are very good values. Lot's of alternatives in this category. Off the top of my head, the Golite Bitteroot is lighter and cheaper with more features. T...

In GEAR » Compare and contrast two down pieces
November 19, 3:05pm

Re: 180° SOUTH
I did not know about Patagonia as a company until I saw the movie 180° SOUTH. I thought this Yvon Chouinard guy is awesome. Character seemed totally against type for an old mega-rich apparel magna...

In GEAR » Has reading "Let My People Go Surfing" changed your thoughts on Patagonia's gear and/or company?
November 18, 9:44pm

Gotta luv comprehensive national health care
Jammed my big toe on tree root while on day hike last Sunday. May need to rethink this UL trail runner thing! Hobbled down the street from my apartment to the busy Orthopedic specialist clinic Mond...

In Chaff » Gotta luv comprehensive national health care
November 18, 6:05pm

Re: Taking good parmesan cheese on the trail
The dish you are trying to make sounds like a Paula Dean version of the Roman spaghetti aglio e olio e peperoncino. Keep in mind most of what is sold as pre-grated parmesan reggiano in the USA is a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Taking good parmesan cheese on the trail
November 18, 5:08pm

Re: Shiny new thing: MB Ultra Light Shell Jacket
Ian, this may help a little. I have the similar but heavier/robust MB Light Shell Parka sold only in Japan now. It uses Climaplus Mesh for the inner layer. How this differs from the Poly Tricot ...

In GEAR » Shiny new thing: MB Ultra Light Shell Jacket
November 18, 4:29pm

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