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Not the target market.
>The thing this thread really highlights is the disconnect between the main thrust of outdoor product lines and what hikers really need. The retailing centers around winter jackets, heavy soft s...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 15, 8:28pm

Skyscape vs Solo & Hexamid + net questions
To my untrained eye the SMD Skyscape and the LightHeart Solo look the same. Why would I choose one over the other? Michael L, I'd like to see that review of your Hexamid + Net Tent set up. ...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 13, 5:08pm

Re: Re: Better than a ZPacks Solplex?
> You didn't say if you were set on cuben. Cuben is just a means to an end. I want my summer shelter system to weigh a pound or less. How I get there is irrelevant as long as my specified ...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 13, 7:32am

Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
Setting my budget at about the price for the Solplex ($535), is there anything else I should be considering for a similar weight (~15oz)? A couple things about my shelter needs: - 1 person, 3 s...

In GEAR » Can I do better than a Zpacks Solplex?
February 12, 10:27pm

Kelty Salida 2
The Kelty Salida 2 is an excellent two-person tent or one-person palace. It's listed at 3lb12 which is pretty good considering it's freestanding, double-walled with plenty of bug netting...

In GEAR » good, not too expensive, 2 or 3 person tent.
February 12, 9:08pm

Re: Fleece or Synth?
Both the Atom SV and LT are standout pieces from Arcteryx but I find them hard to use during high aerobic activity like backpacking. Despite the LT's increased breathability I have never ba...

In GEAR » Fleece or Synth?
February 10, 7:11am

Re: Rear Elastic
> These features duplicate my 2009 Houdini, except for the 'rear elastic only.' There's an elastic shock cord inside the bottom hem all the way around, but what is the 'rear elas...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 08, 11:22pm

Re: Re: Westcomb Crest Hoody
> What does your Westcomb hoody weigh? My size M, pretty dirty and unwashed is 0.31 lb on my scale. By comparison the 2013 Houdini size M is 0.23 lb on my scale. For something worn as often as ...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 07, 11:15pm

Westcomb Crest Hoody
I feel like a broken record here on BPL. I have the Westcomb Crest Hoody and it easily has or possibly surpasses the breathability of the older Houdinis, of which I own the 2012 and 2013 version...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 07, 7:15pm

Buff
The Buff is my go-to piece for 3-season hiking. I rarely ever wear balaclavas since my fleece layer has a balaclava-style hood. In the winter I use my Talus Cold Avenger, which is a warm/humid a...

In GEAR » Buff's vs Balaclava for cold temp hiking, which do you prefer?
January 30, 10:17pm

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