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Nano-Air vs Nano
IME they are different enough to justify both. The Nano is purely focused on warmth and has a high degree of wind resistance. It has a solid fabric inside, behind the quilting, to give it an ext...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano-Air
July 14, 4:23pm

Echo Vest
The Westcomb Echo vest is pretty good. I usually wear it over/under a Houdini or other wind shell when I'm a touch too cold, and it's great. Wicks well, dries fast. The major benefit is tha...

In GEAR » New Polartec Alpha discussion
July 11, 8:43am

limitations
I have an OR Alpine Bivy currently, which I understand is a lot less breathable than an eVent bivy, but it is what I have and means I don't have to spend extra. I also have the OR Bug Bivy, whi...

In GEAR » Flat tarps, rectangular tarps and bivy sacks
July 08, 12:48pm

Flat tarps, rectangular tarps and bivy sacks
As I start to get interested in bike touring and bikepacking I realize that camping space and packed size can be at a premium. My usual backpacking rig is a Duomid or a Shangri-La 2 but both of the...

In GEAR » Flat tarps, rectangular tarps and bivy sacks
July 08, 10:14am

slim fitting garments
As someone who spends an equal amount of time in cold weather as warm, I find that the very best warmth performance comes from garments that fit as snugly as possible but are not tight. They shoul...

In GEAR » Baselayer question: How tight is too tight?
June 30, 9:49am

Arcteryx sizing
> And even if two things theoretically have the same fit, it depends on how they're designed to use: e.g. as one garment is designed to be able to wear only a light layer underneath it and t...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx Squamish vs Arc'teryx Alpha SL fit comparison
June 18, 10:28am

Osprey Stratos 24
I wear the Osprey Stratos 24 in my daily commute (20-30mi round trip) by bicycle. I like it because the hipbelt works just fine for cycling, it easily accommodates a hydration bladder, some tools a...

In GEAR » Dyapack: Abrasion-Resistant, Good Hipbelt?
June 18, 10:25am

NYC rentals
REI in the Tristate area no longer rents sleep gear (sleeping bag, pad) but does rent tents, packs, trekking poles. As well as snowshoes and XC ski gear when appropriate. EMS UWS had sleeping ba...

In GEAR » Gear Rental
June 16, 2:05pm

Less bulk, less warmth
I carry the UL Down Shirt when I expect the weather to not be too cold but need something to keep the chill off in camp. It is not as warm, but much smaller and lighter than the Nano Puff. It packs...

In GEAR » Nano Puff vs. Ultralight Down Shirt
June 16, 10:00am

Steripen
Can't speak for anybody else but the Steripen Adventurer Opti has never, ever failed me. I carry spare batteries and chlorine dioxide tablets and I have never been forced to use the tablets...

In GEAR » Filter Recommendation
June 10, 9:43pm

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