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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

Mind readers
For those of us who can't read your mind, would you care to share the link? I'd love to read up.

In GEAR » Down mittens
November 09, 5:42pm

Spandex is not a bad thing. It allows fabrics to be made trimmer fitting without restricting movement. This prevents too-large air gaps. However, the reason Mr. Chenault recommends for polyester...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 07, 10:16am

I'm 6'0 172# and I have the Theta SV (Expedition Fit) in medium, Beta FL (slim fit) in medium and Beta LT (athetlic fit) in large. The mediums fit WAY better but under the medium Beta FL I ...

In GEAR » Which arcteryx hardshell?
November 06, 11:02am

Don't get it wet
As with any puffy insulation, you should focus on not getting synthetic insulation wet. It will dry reasonably and will tolerate moisture but if it gets completely soaked you're gonna have a ba...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 05, 9:44pm

Beta LT
With the new ePTFE-based Gore-Tex Pro for this year (has no PU layer, a first for Gore-Tex) the Beta LT is the correct choice for most backpackers looking at the Arcteryx hard shell lineup. It ...

In GEAR » Which arcteryx hardshell?
November 05, 4:29pm

CO output
What I'd be very curious to know is what is the Carbon monoxide output of the Windboiler compared to the Reactor.

In GEAR » The New MSR Windboiler – First Look & Questions
November 04, 3:49pm

Lighter layers
For winter use below the tree line I find long underwear and a light softshell pant to be the ideal combo. If it's above treeline I add eVent rain pants over those. If I expect to spend a l...

In GEAR » Insulated waterproof Winter hiking/mountaineering pants
November 02, 5:11am

I use the Tikka RXP also. It is the best headlamp I've ever owned. This is also my second Petzl Reactive Lighting headlamp, having had the original NAO since its release. Unfortunately I'...

In GEAR » Head Lamp for Camp - Some night hiking
October 31, 2:21pm

nearly always
Unless I expect a puffy layer to be used exclusively or nearly exclusively under a shell I strongly prefer a hood. The only time I do not like hoods is for cycling (they're a bit flappy) an...

In GEAR » How many actually use their down hood?
October 30, 4:52pm

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