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winter daypacks
This is one of those situations were almost any pack can work, just some packs are better and more specially suited to carrying snowshoes/snowboards in the winter. To me, the main considerations a...

In GEAR » Snowshoe Daypack
September 29, 9:12pm

The reason to own one and to wear softshells is that they are quite likely to be the most comfortable and best performing option for most conditions. The key is that it makes little sense to carry...

In GEAR » Newbie Questions on Hardshell and Softshell Jackets
September 22, 1:31pm

drying down
BPL did do a review and article comparing drying times for down and synthetic vests. ...

In GEAR » Importance of diverisfying insulation types
September 13, 10:36am

cotton balls
Both work well. Cotton balls covered with vaseline may burn more strongly, although this may depend on the amount of vaseline. but to me the main difference is mess and safety. The vaseline ma...

In GEAR » Tinder-quik tabs vs plain ole cottonballs
September 07, 6:58am

wool base layers
you could ask about the weight of the io bio option or their house brand/stoic options (if you can handle the two tone design).

In GEAR » really light ls wool shirt in a lighter color?
August 17, 8:12pm

argon vest
I can't see myself using an argon vest. But when I travel in winter, I do worry about adequate emergency gear for a bivy. I don't carry a sleeping bag. But a limited use, waterproof, arg...

In GEAR » Insulation Warmer Than Down...
August 08, 7:16am

My frustration with carrying rain pants is that I never want to wear them, so mostly I have skipped bringing them, which seems like a gamble. I won't suggest this is a perfect solution, but at...

In GEAR » Another: wind pants or rain pants?
June 09, 8:11pm

If you are fussy about fit and price is no object, you can get them custom made at Softshell pants are really great for hiking and wearing (as opposed to carrying), and they of...

In GEAR » Perfectionist looking for the perfect hiking pants...
April 12, 7:48pm

The ibex in 17.5 is going to be much softer than the 18.5. The difference is obvious to the hand and when wearing them. I have both ibex weights, as well as an icebreaker in 260 weight (which I a...

In GEAR » 17.5 micron vs. 18.5 micron wool
March 20, 4:45pm

NE hiking
As others have noted, late April through May is going to have tough conditions in the whites, mud to often water flowing down the "trail" like a stream, to snow and ice up high. Late May...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Need help planning a Backpacking trip in New England!
March 17, 7:43pm

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