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stablicers
Are you referring the stabilicers that are rubber and pull on over your boots, with little spikes on the bottom, or the classic version that is a full boot bottom covered in screws? The classic ver...

In GEAR » Stabilicers vs. other ice footware
December 23, 9:46am

bivy bag
I have the adventure bivy, the older version. I think they are the same size. I have never really used it, but it certainly seems tough, and is just big enough to maybe handle two people (at leas...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Adventure Med bivy vs Blizzard Bag
December 16, 3:27pm

wb400
It does complicate things that there could be different variations of the same material like wb400 or powershield. I bought my wb400 jacket from beyondfleece something like 6-7 years ago, so it ma...

In GEAR » Help me choose a softshell jacket
December 14, 5:51am

mec
MEC still has the ferrata: http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442621808&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302699337&bmUID=1260757305897 I have a hat ou...

In GEAR » Help me choose a softshell jacket
December 13, 7:26pm

schoeller wb400
I think schoeller wb400 is the best winter softshell out there: warm, stretchy, windproof, and very water resistant. I also find it very breathable and comfortable when working hard. You mentio...

In GEAR » Help me choose a softshell jacket
December 11, 8:48pm

softshell pants
I know this is BPL, but I am not sure why light weight really matters. I think the whole theory of a softshell is that you wear it the entire time and never take it off. 8 oz is very limiting, an...

In GEAR » Softshell Pants - need help
November 18, 8:03pm

baby on board
One of the defining experiences of being a parent is that other parents make different decisions. It looks like a great trip. I can't quite tell how long they went for, maybe two weeks, a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thru-hiking with a 3 month old baby?
November 18, 7:39pm

theta on ebay
Was the winning bid really $330? Maybe I am not seeing that correctly. I have to admit I just don't get the whole ebay thing, the prices almost never seem competitive compared to hunting for ...

In GEAR » Arcteryx Fake Question
November 14, 6:45pm

snowshoes
There really isn't one right answer. It depends where you are going and what you are doing. Can you rent shoes from an outfitter there and try them? they might have what works best for those ...

In GEAR » Best snowshoes? Tips? Recommendations?
November 14, 6:11pm

winter canoe boots
Your post about the weather got cut off. If the water is cold, then immersion is a serious risk and swimming with boots would be really hard or impossible. As you noted, NRS has several options...

In GEAR » Recommendations for winter shoe options for canoeing
November 14, 6:02pm

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