"Dale, I'm not clear on what questions you're looking to have answered by something like this. I am genuinely curious."
Answer, conceptually speaking: How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
And shame on you, BTW, for riding helmetless up at Waterton. Where is Smokey when we need him? ;0)
And now, what you've all been breathlessly waiting for:
The ouzel's 2013 picks
Locus Gear CP3's. I thought I'd be using LT4's for the rest of my career for Sierra doin's, but these poles have them beat hands down. The extra ounce or so turns out to be an advantage for pole management in windy conditions and brush, IME, and the
locking mechanisms are bomber.
Mountain Hardwear Mountain Tech vest. It weighs 11 oz in a size small, but gives great core protection in temperatures down to the mid 20's so far, and probably lower, when windy. Also superior thermo regulation from there up to about 40 degrees. No further need for a windshirt, which I have had trouble with in the 30 degree range while on the move. Not UL, nor would I use it in the sierra, but up here in the Cascades in winter and early spring, it is a dream.
Just keep moving, preferably ion the mountains. simple as that.