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upsides
The biggest upside to using a bivy is not having to stake it out and construct a pole skeleton to erect it. This is a big advantage for speed and also in very windy conditions. It is also good for ...

In GEAR » Borah Gear Snowyside Bivy- Full Review!
May 30, 9:49am

complicated subject
Alexandra, you sure have become infamous around here, but I'll take a stab at giving you some advice. With water purification it seems like the more you know the worse off you are. UV and...

In GEAR » Do I have any other option for a water purifier a part from the Steripen and Sawyer models?
May 29, 2:51pm

Preorder
I had preordered a week's worth of Soylent during their Kickstarter-esque campaign about a year ago in June. I am still waiting for the goods, which Rob Rhinehart and crew swear up and down...

In GEAR » Soylent
May 13, 11:34am

Thanks, keep it coming
I do already have a Chrome Dome. I hadn't initially considered bringing it but that certainly seems worth considering. Regarding slot canyons and flash flooding, are there usually warnings b...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 13, 8:40am

Re: clothing:
> Escalante is a huge diverse swatch of land. You can either be on sandstone/red rock or sage brush mountain sides. What type of hiking/backpacking do you plan on doing? I don't know yet...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 12, 2:35pm

Clothing for desert hiking
Looking at hiking Escalante in southern Utah around July/August and thinking about what kind of clothing is appropriate for high desert hiking. There seems to be several schools of thought -- w...

In GEAR » Clothing for desert hiking
May 12, 2:17pm

Breath ability
As you might already realize, once a woven fabric is totally saturated it is no longer breathable. That is the problem with even the most breathable waterproof garments (wet by condensation) all th...

In GEAR » The never ending search for alternative rain gear
May 08, 10:21pm

Uncertainty
Part of the fun of winter is uncertainty. I try to ditch my snowshoes whenever possible but there are many times when it's worth it. You just need some more experience to judge whether you shou...

In GEAR » microspikes, crampons, snow shoes, oh my!
May 05, 7:55pm

You're fine
Sounds like you'll have more than enough. In three season hiking I rarely ever need more than a wind shell, and the Nuclei will have you covered should it get cold.

In GEAR » Midlayers?
April 30, 7:42pm

Good
The high air permeability is not a problem here. I intend mostly to use the Squamish as an active piece and thus far it has been superbly comfortable for cycling and peak bagging. Since I work hard...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx Squamish
April 19, 7:20am

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