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Re: Re: Re: 30F Bag Choices--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
I think if considering a quilt, besides the down fill the next most important spec is the width rather than the weight. If a quilts weight is lower than expected given similar fill and shell fabric...

In GEAR » 30F Bag Comparisons--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
March 09, 5:26pm

Re: spendthrift
Ha ha Stuart! Yes, the price of admission into the Hilly Club definite keeps the SPENDTHRIFTs away, while snow skirt keeps out the SPENDRIFT!

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent Thread Part 2
March 08, 9:34pm

Re: 3.5 vs 4 season
I think "4-season" is a bit of a misnomer when what is really meant is a Winter Mountaineering tent. These tents must have robust fabrics/construction to withstand gale winds, heavy snow/...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent Thread Part 2
March 08, 6:07pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: alpha
Dude, maybe the Westcomb chart is wrong? FWIW, the dry time value also differs from what Polartec publishes under their own site. Anywhoo, you always like to be right so I will AGREE from all the a...

In GEAR » North Face Thermoball technology
March 08, 5:22pm

Re: Re: Re: alpha
Not sure if your chart is accurate Eric. All the clo specs I've seen for PL1 show .90 when wet, .92 when dry. Is there a higher spec'd synthetic?

In GEAR » North Face Thermoball technology
March 08, 5:12pm

Re: alpha
Like all insulated garments Eric, warmth will depend on how much insulation is used. There apparently four weights of Alpha: 60, 80, 100 and 120gm/m2. See the diff?

In GEAR » North Face Thermoball technology
March 08, 4:46pm

Re: The North Face Thermoball
Polartec Alpha, being a woven insulation is supposed to be ~2x faster drying than other synthetics. But I would think the choice of shell fabric will be the main factor affecting dry time with any ...

In GEAR » North Face Thermoball technology
March 08, 4:26pm

Re: Insect Shield
My only caution is if your pants/shirt/jackets have a DWR treatment you want to maintain, then don't treat them with Permethrin. If you are concerned about DIY hassles and cost is not issue,...

March 06, 5:37pm

Re: Re: Huh?
Sorry, the packs (Zero?) and other pouches/sacks/kilt I saw just didn't appeal to me in terms of features/functionality, design aesthetics and craftsmanship. They look exactly like what they pr...

In GEAR » ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
March 06, 4:47pm

Re: Re: ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
I finally got to see a collection Zpacks products at a retail shop here in Tokyo. Hard to believe folks pay serious money for this stuff. Takes "less is more" to a whole new level! Not im...

In GEAR » ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
March 06, 2:59am

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