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Black Rock Gear is better
Somehow I wound up with both. The Black Rock Gear one is far superior in nearly every way. It is more comfortable, lighter, and has a wicking fleece headband to make it cozier and more comforta...

In GEAR » Marge Simpson Down Beanie
January 02, 11:23pm

Glacier NP video
The four of us did Glacier last year in August. We drove from Denver (a long drive). This is a heavily edited video of our trip, should give you an idea of the conditions. At the end of the vide...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Help me get ready for a summer trip to Glacier NP
January 02, 12:06pm

Merrell Norsehund Alpha
I use the Merrell Norsehund Alpha for my trips in the Adirondacks. They are not light, but they will keep your feet warm. Great traction with and without Microspikes, mates well with snowshoes and ...

In GEAR » Winter footwear
January 01, 9:49pm

2013 picks
Rab Strata with Polartec Alpha - Pretty much the ideal cool to cold weather climbing jacket. Doesn't get stuffy when you're working hard, but warm enough for belaying. Hood fits over a slim...

In GEAR » 2013 Reader Picks
January 01, 8:35am

Strap adjustment
I used to work in a gear store and I spent a decent amount of time fitting people for packs. In your photos it looks like you could actually go with the medium or large setting. If you can go so...

In GEAR » Please help me fit my pack
December 27, 11:21pm

USGI Bivy, 100% Gore-Tex?
Are the USGI BIvies 100% Gore-Tex or are they like most bivies with a non-breathable polyurethane bottom?

In GEAR » Best Cheap Gear of 2013
December 23, 9:28am

good
I have it with the (discontinued) inner nest and I like it a lot. I've spent over 15 days in it so far and it's a snap to set up and quite weatherproof. I don't like the pole in the...

In GEAR » shangri la 2 tarp golite
December 20, 9:48am

55
Packs down pretty small. I've used it as a daypack for excursions on multi-day trips instead of carrying a separate "summit" pack. The compression straps (2 on each side) are quite su...

In GEAR » Boreas Buttermilk 40 $99 at the Climb
December 14, 9:34pm

Good pack, good company
I have a Buttermilks 55. It's been my primary pack since I bought it a year and a half ago and I've put hundreds of miles on it. I love this pack. It's simple, the fabrics are burly and...

In GEAR » Boreas Buttermilk 40 $99 at the Climb
December 14, 4:24pm

my favorite
The Mora Bushcraft are my favorite fixed blades. I've used the heck out of a lot of really, really nice fixed blades, production and custom, and I keep coming back to the Mora. It's slim, c...

In GEAR » Mora Bushcraft Stainless knife peek
December 13, 7:39pm

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