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Re: Quantifying the Beyond Cold Blooded fleece I have
A wind proof fleece can basically be thought of like a typical softshell but with a soft face. They generally fit the same conditions - great around town and good for on and off levels of activity....

In GEAR » Quantifying the Beyond Cold Blooded fleece I have
December 02, 7:25am

Re: Down Vest from Nike
Not my kinda thing, but I am thrilled at the idea of this. Some clever concepts at play here. Wonder if they function as well as it sounds?

In GEAR » Down Vest from Nike
November 26, 10:12am

Re: wind shirt vs waterproof shell
On paper this sounds like a pretty simple thing: cut one or the other and eliminate unnecessary bulk and weight. However, in practice it turns out that carrying both lends itself to some pretty ...

In GEAR » wind shirt vs waterproof shell
November 25, 2:57pm

REI Garage Sale Finds
I got a Patagonia DAS parka with several tears in it this year at a garage sale for $30. Patched it up good as new. Does that count?

In GEAR » Cheap things that work as good or better than expensive things
November 25, 10:01am

55L
With careful packing a 55L backpacking pack has been permissible by airlines as carry-on for me. I wouldn't bother finding a bag especially designed for "travel" as they tend to b...

In GEAR » Double Duty Pack Rec (Overnight Backpacking and Carry-On Travel Bag)
November 24, 4:49pm

warmer pad
My guess is that you lost a lot of heat from your sleeping pad. The BA IAC is not really that warm of a pad. If you combined it with a foam mat, a second pad (I might suggest self-inflating) or rep...

In GEAR » most miserable cold night!
November 19, 3:48pm

Two mainstays
I'm in the NE too and my sleep system is simple. If it's at or above freezing, my EE RevX quilt 30ยบ overstuffed with an extra 2oz of down will take me down to freezing with the ThermAR...

In GEAR » Too many sleeping bags.
November 19, 12:59pm

Gore-Tex socks.
I use Gore-Tex socks on most outings with normal mesh trail runners. If it is going to be dry for certain I may forego the socks or just keep them in my pack. I use waterproof (Gore-Tex or simi...

In GEAR » Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
November 17, 1:10pm

Terramar
Some experience with Terramar products over here. I have a hat and my best friend has a fleece of theirs that he wears constantly. Quality seems pretty good. I'd be happy with a fleece of their...

In GEAR » Quick Fleece Question
November 12, 9:39am

Patagonia
I'm 6'0 172# and a Patagonia vest in medium fits me just about perfect. I bet it'd work just right for you too. Westcomb is great in medium as well.

In GEAR » Vest Sizing?
November 10, 7:04am

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