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Aeon Clad
This technology is from Aeon Clad, and Patagonia has bought into the company. Aeon Clad is an Austin Texas based company. Patagonia now holds a 15% stake in Aeon Clad. I'm not sure if this i...

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia Encapsil ("Dry Down") Parka
February 23, 3:55am

CCF combo for winter
I take some type of CCF pad along for any below-freezing hike. I consider it some form of "insurance" against a flat inflatable pad potential. Even if the flat pad retains some small amo...

In GEAR » Equipment Addition: SynMat UL 7 + XTerm or XLite?
February 21, 8:47am

re
I don't have that specific wind shirt, but I do have one that's 2.5 ounces and probably has similar material. They are surprisingly durable for normal wear. There would be problems with s...

In GEAR » Ghost Whisperer Anorak Windshirt Durability?
February 19, 7:49pm

Less condensation problems.
Light color will likely experience fewer condensation problems than a dark color. Condensation occurs when the temperature of the tarp drops lower than the dew point. This happens very often wh...

In GEAR » Why gray? A completely superfluous question about silnylon shelters.
February 19, 10:08am

It depends
It all depends on your desired carry system. The first thing is that it is always lighter to carry one fabric carcass instead of two. So, carrying two bags or bag/quilt is going to be heavier fo...

In GEAR » Summer bag + quilt = max versatility?
February 18, 4:01pm

logic
Here's my logic. My wind shirt weighs about 2.5 ounces. When layered over my mid-layer, it makes me feel about twice as warm, because the wind isn't sucking the heat out of my mid-layer....

In GEAR » Logic Check: Windshirt
February 17, 5:52pm

Ultralight gloves
I read about the new upcoming 2013 Montane Prizm glove system that weighs 1 oz. That sounds real good, but they won't be out until the fall season. Anything even comparable to that already ...

In GEAR » Ultralight gloves
February 16, 8:04am

slightly off topic
On this subject, I read online that the company Aeon Clad, which is the maker of Patagonia's Encapsil down, uses a "plasma" process, and can result in "1000 fill power" hydr...

In GEAR » Dri Down, Does it work?
February 12, 4:21pm

Good
I think it sounds good. If I can make it to 5:30 a.m. before waking up, I consider that a complete night. At that point, I'd just get up and make some coffee. Then break camp and be cleaned...

In GEAR » Gear Test Results last night in -5ºF
February 10, 8:03am

re.
If your philosophy is "only use it at camp", and you don't wear it when hiking, then you can just wrap yourself in your down sleeping bag or quilt at camp to keep you warm. Like a cap...

In GEAR » Puff Jacket Usage Philosophy
February 10, 6:52am

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