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Buff
The Buff is my go-to piece for 3-season hiking. I rarely ever wear balaclavas since my fleece layer has a balaclava-style hood. In the winter I use my Talus Cold Avenger, which is a warm/humid a...

In GEAR » Buff's vs Balaclava for cold temp hiking, which do you prefer?
January 30, 10:17pm

Re: Re: West comb Crest
Jakuchu, I think there are several formulations of Pertex Equilibrium. The Westcomb Crest Hoody does not have a grid pattern. It looks pretty much just like any other lightweight softshell material...

In GEAR » Looking for a non clammy windshirt with hood.
January 24, 10:28pm

Re: Fall 2014 Arcteryx Sneak Peak
Spill the beans. I want to know more about the Gaea line. Specs, design, fill weight and MSRP! As for the Atom LT, is it still fleece-sided? One of the great things I liked so much about the LT ...

In GEAR » Fall 2014 Arcteryx Sneak Peak
January 24, 10:21pm

Polartec Alpha
> Its my understanding that Alpha is NOT nearly as warm as PL or even Coreloft- but MUCH, MUCH more breathable. Agreed with that. I've spent a lot of time in both the Rab Strata with 80g/m^...

In GEAR » OR 2014 SNEAK PEAKS
January 24, 10:17pm

West comb Crest
I've been using the Westcomb Crest on a lot of my trips these days and I am thrilled with it. It's made of Pertex soft shell material and is very light. It's as breathable or more so th...

In GEAR » Looking for a non clammy windshirt with hood.
January 24, 7:18am

Some OR questions
Do you feel that manufacturers are doubling down on Polartec Alpha and other more breathable insulation, or is the hype all about synthetic/down blends? How is Primaloft Gold, Silver, etc down a...

In GEAR » OR 2014 SNEAK PEAKS
January 24, 7:11am

Uniqlo
Uniqlo has $40 merino wool sweaters, lightweight and perfect as a warmer base layer or lightweight mid. Quality is as good as anything else out there, but half the price.

In GEAR » reasonably priced wool clothing?
January 22, 4:19pm

Gore is better than ever
The new stuff from Gore is better than ever. I have the Beta FL from last year, which is based on the Gore-Tex Active Shell and similar to the Alpha FL. I don't really miss pit zips when the we...

In GEAR » Arcteryx warranty success! But looking for some help
January 21, 9:41am

REI Packable Fleet Running Jacket
I have it. While it is very good it also seems rather unexceptional. It deserves a hood. Very comfortable for active use. Wish the hem had an elastic cinch. Feels more durable than Houdini. The fit...

In GEAR » 2013 Spring Patagonia Houdini Pants / Jacket
January 16, 10:06pm

Re: My thoughts
Rick, I appreciate your well-reasoned analysis of my gear list. In the dead of summer I usually drop the Cap4. I could probably drop the Cap4 altogether but it is nice with a hard shell when it ...

In Gear Lists » 3-season gear for northeast USA
January 12, 11:06pm

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