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tarp
In your situation I'd probably keep the Seedhouse but bring a tarp to supplement it. There's nothing like having a big porch for your tent, which makes entry/exit easier and gives you a pla...

In GEAR » Shelter choices and projected forecast - strategy changes?
November 07, 8:22am

Re: First Ascent Frontpoint 2.0 jacket
No. In reading the description of this jacket it sounds like a bad choice. Maybe I am misunderstanding it, but it sounds like only the top portion is truly waterproof and the bottom portion is ...

In GEAR » First Ascent Frontpoint 2.0 jacket
November 06, 11:08pm

Re: Re: WindPro
Personally I am not convinced about Wind Pro for sustained aerobic activity like backpacking. It seems ideal for casual and stop-and-go use but too warm even in sub freezing. The R1 with a Houdini ...

In GEAR » Grid Fleeces, any major differences between them?
November 06, 10:57pm

Re: Grid Fleeces, any major differences between them?
Polartec Power Dry comes in a lot of different flavors. It's a pretty large catch-all for a pretty wide product range. The best way to categorize them is by Patagonia's naming scheme, wh...

In GEAR » Grid Fleeces, any major differences between them?
November 05, 10:19pm

medium for me
I am 180# 5'11 and I wear a medium across the board for all Patagonia tops. The Houdini is no different. I found a large fit, but a bit flappy around the waist. Not too big of an issue with its...

In GEAR » Info on Patagonia Houdini sizing?
November 05, 7:28pm

Re: Uniqlo
Yes, they claim minimum of 640 fill or higher. However, there's a lot of speculation that they are probably not using the American standard of fill power calculation since the down appears such...

In GEAR » More down jacket talk
October 31, 2:55pm

Uniqlo
I just dropped by Uniqlo last night to check out how their ultralight down jackets are. They are, in a word, nice and befitting of the ultralight title. I don't know exactly how heavy the m...

In GEAR » More down jacket talk
October 31, 2:25pm

Re: Post Houdini
> Now that the new Houdini is significantly less breathable, what's the NEW de facto recommendation for a wind shirt? I've been testing the Westcomb Crest Hoody as a replacement for t...

In GEAR » Expensive windshirts vs cheap ones
October 31, 11:35am

case of gloves
I have a whole Rubbermaid tub of gloves, so I suppose it means I haven't figured out a great system. However, since I continue to backpack in the winter, as well as snowshoe, ice climb, ski...

In GEAR » Glove/mitten system
October 30, 1:48pm

Re: for your purposes maybe skip the atom lt and go with a patagonia nanopuff
> the atom lt is desinged to be used as an active layer with an athletic cut and the power strech side panels. the nanopuff has a much better cut for layering under, doesn't have the power s...

In GEAR » Vest for underneath arcteryx atom lt hoody
October 28, 7:37pm

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