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Sea-to-Summit Head net with Insect Shield

Sea-to-Summit Head Net with Insect Shield

I wear a Sea-to-Summit Head Net with Insect Shield when I hike and backpack during bug season. When coupled with a wide-brimmed hat like my OR Sentinel Brim, wearing a head net is far more comfortable and effective than coating my ears, head, chest and shoulders with DEET insect repellent. I’ve tried several head nets over […]

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Shoe-independent gaiters

Montbell Stretch Semi-Long Spats (in other words, gaiters)

Montbell’s Stretch Semi-Long Spats are highly breathable soft shell gaiters that keep sticks, stones, and other trail duff from getting inside your shoes or boots during a hike. I never really liked wearing gaiters for three season hiking before I tried these gaiters, but now I am a convert. I use these gaiters with La Sportiva […]

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Helium II as a Wind Jacket

Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket

The Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket is a minimalist rain shell that is so lightweight, it can serve double duty as a waterproof wind shirt. Weighing a mere 6.8 ounces in a size X-large, it is perfect for wearing in warmer weather and summer when you need to carry a waterproof hooded jacket but want […]

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Montane Minimus Smock Rain Shell

Montane Minimus Smock Hard Shell Review

The Montane Minimus Smock is an incredibly lightweight pullover style, waterproof breathable hard shell weighing just 5.7 ounces in a size XL. Made out of 15 and 40 denier Pertex Shield+, the Minimus Smock is so lightweight that it feels like you are wearing a wind shirt, although it can serve double duty as a waterproof, […]

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Hiking Liner Socks

Hiking Socks and Sock Liners

Sock liners are thin wicking socks worn underneath a heavier hiking or snowsport sock. The biggest benefit they provide is blister prevention, particularly when you are wearing a stiff leather hiking, mountaineering boot or skiing boot that has very little give to it. They’re often not needed for softer synthetic boots or if you wear […]

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Hiking in Montane Terra Pants

Montane Terra Pants

All of my UK hiking friends swear by their Montane Terra Pants which may be the most popular technical hiking and adventure pants on the other side of the pond. While they’re amazingly lightweight and comfortable, the Terra Pants are too warm for late spring or summer hiking in New England where you’d sweat to […]

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Thermoball Primaloft Synthetic Insulation

Thermoball Synthetic Insulation vs Goose Down

Thermoball is a new form of Primaloft synthetic insulation designed to mimic the insulating properties and compressibility of goose down while providing a lower cost alternative to down coats and jackets. Co-developed for The North Face’s new line of insulated jackets, Primaloft Thermoball provides the equivalent warmth of 600 fill power goose down while maintaining […]

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