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I keep thinking we'll get to the "perfect gear" level
I certainly don't obsess about my polo shirts for work, my tee shirts, or my work slacks. LLBean and Lands End have been reliable sources for the last THIRTY SEVEN years. So I'm not obsessi...

In Editor's Roundtable » All the Gear a Guy Could Want
October 07, 12:03pm

Stay Safe, Too
It sounds like you have ventured well-beyond "recreational hiking/camping." It's good to also plan for worst-case scenarios, too - as a parent I now think in terms of hiking buddies &...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered
January 07, 11:30am

My Favorites
Innov-8 shoes rock. They have become my favorite for trail hiking. Light, comfortable. Injini socks are helpful - even if they look very ninja-ish. Crocs are super - light, great for High Sie...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 17, 5:06pm

Some Fleece is Pretty High Tech
People keep talking about 100, 200, 300 fleece, which is a useful comparison when you are dealing with generic fleece pieces, but not very much about the so-called "technical" fleeces lik...

In GEAR » Fleece top as a staple for backpacking?
May 07, 6:35pm

Best Advice in a Thread to Date
I suspected the conclusions reached in this thread 8 years ago, but back then there was a lot of emphasis on "puff" clothing, whether down or synthetic. Assuming hiking and not mountainee...

In GEAR » Wearing Synthetic Insulation while moving
May 07, 2:17pm

It can get kind of cold out there....
Have you hiked Pt Reyes before? It can get kind of cold out there. But like everyone said, you are never too far from your car and can always bail. Watch out for poison oak.

In Gear Lists » Point Reyes 4 day with Golite Ion pack
November 21, 11:41am

Think it all the way through!
Pluses and Minuses of Overbags and Other “Bag Warming” Alternatives There are several ways to extend/reduce the temperature range of your “basic” or “core” sleeping system: In Hot...

In GEAR » Layering Sleeping Bags?
November 14, 10:20am

Great Explanation, My Anecdotal Experience
Basically you seem to be saying you don't need a lot of heavy clothing to keep warm! An R1 and Houdini are pretty minimal. Your chart is supported by my own experience in summer hiking to the H...

In GEAR » The best clothing combinations for backpacking or hiking?
September 05, 10:19am

I like the Patagonia Helium and Wild Things nylon
Seems like we have a lot of windshirt choices these days, and I am glad people are calling out which ones breathe better at one end of the spectrum, or repel rain better at the other end of the sca...

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 23, 3:30pm

In the "I don't care what other people think, I'm aiming for practicality" department, I've taken to wearing home-made knickers. Knickers are essentially very long shorts, or very short pants. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hiking Kilt
August 23, 10:07am

All Reader Reviews by William Webber

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Tikka XP
I have several of the "miner's lamp" style LED lights, and consistently leave them at home in favor of a Photon light. The Tikka/Black Diamond/etc. headlamps work well, but the less than .5 ounce Phot...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 15, 11:26am

Bear Valley Mealpack Bars
I second the previous review. These are, hands down, the best balanced "energy bars" for hiking. Unlike PowerBars and Clif bars, they don't give you a sugar rush/collapse. They DO have a lot of calori...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
November 15, 11:19am

ALL-ETT Junior Billfold
I just got the junior wallet and the card case. I like the materials and workmanship better than the line Jordan used to carry. This is REALLY thin, doesn't waste any space. Money on one side, minimal...

In Miscellaneous Products
April 12, 9:18am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I like the new "light synthetics" like Polarguard Delta and Primaloft because they are much more "washing machine" friendly than down. I know people who put up with a LOT of grime on down jackets rath...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 12, 11:59am

Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
I like to use mine for the usual use - windshirt or emergency rain shell - but also find it useful worn UNDER my sleeping outfit as a mild vapor barrier. It's not impermeable to vapor travel, but ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 12, 11:53am

Patagonia MicroPuff Vest
Ok, Western Mountaineering has a new 3.5 ounce quilted down vest out, but for a wet conditions-friendly vest, the Patagonia Micropuff is tops! This is minimalism of the best sort - no heavy zipper...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
October 19, 2:31pm

Gatorade Bottle
I have used Gatorade bottles, too, the ridges do make them strong. There is another benefit - they do not impart a "plastic" taste to the water, which I have experience with the milky white soft plast...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
September 21, 12:37pm