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Re: Re: West comb Crest
Jakuchu, I think there are several formulations of Pertex Equilibrium. The Westcomb Crest Hoody does not have a grid pattern. It looks pretty much just like any other lightweight softshell material...

In GEAR » Looking for a non clammy windshirt with hood.
January 24, 10:28pm

Re: Fall 2014 Arcteryx Sneak Peak
Spill the beans. I want to know more about the Gaea line. Specs, design, fill weight and MSRP! As for the Atom LT, is it still fleece-sided? One of the great things I liked so much about the LT ...

In GEAR » Fall 2014 Arcteryx Sneak Peak
January 24, 10:21pm

Polartec Alpha
> Its my understanding that Alpha is NOT nearly as warm as PL or even Coreloft- but MUCH, MUCH more breathable. Agreed with that. I've spent a lot of time in both the Rab Strata with 80g/m^...

In GEAR » OR 2014 SNEAK PEAKS
January 24, 10:17pm

West comb Crest
I've been using the Westcomb Crest on a lot of my trips these days and I am thrilled with it. It's made of Pertex soft shell material and is very light. It's as breathable or more so th...

In GEAR » Looking for a non clammy windshirt with hood.
January 24, 7:18am

Some OR questions
Do you feel that manufacturers are doubling down on Polartec Alpha and other more breathable insulation, or is the hype all about synthetic/down blends? How is Primaloft Gold, Silver, etc down a...

In GEAR » OR 2014 SNEAK PEAKS
January 24, 7:11am

Uniqlo
Uniqlo has $40 merino wool sweaters, lightweight and perfect as a warmer base layer or lightweight mid. Quality is as good as anything else out there, but half the price.

In GEAR » reasonably priced wool clothing?
January 22, 4:19pm

Gore is better than ever
The new stuff from Gore is better than ever. I have the Beta FL from last year, which is based on the Gore-Tex Active Shell and similar to the Alpha FL. I don't really miss pit zips when the we...

In GEAR » Arcteryx warranty success! But looking for some help
January 21, 9:41am

REI Packable Fleet Running Jacket
I have it. While it is very good it also seems rather unexceptional. It deserves a hood. Very comfortable for active use. Wish the hem had an elastic cinch. Feels more durable than Houdini. The fit...

In GEAR » 2013 Spring Patagonia Houdini Pants / Jacket
January 16, 10:06pm

Re: My thoughts
Rick, I appreciate your well-reasoned analysis of my gear list. In the dead of summer I usually drop the Cap4. I could probably drop the Cap4 altogether but it is nice with a hard shell when it ...

In Gear Lists » 3-season gear for northeast USA
January 12, 11:06pm

3-season gear for northeast USA
My gear list essentially doesn't change once the snow melts until it starts snowing again. I'm thinking about swapping out the pack and tent for ones by Zpacks for a 4lb savings, but beside...

In Gear Lists » 3-season gear for northeast USA
January 10, 2:48pm

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