Clothing Reviews

Thermoball Synthetic Insulation vs Goose Down

Thermoball Primaloft Synthetic Insulation

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 …

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The Original Bugshirt Company Bug Gaiters

The Original Bug Shirt Company Bug Gaiter has stirrups that help keep the gaiter in place to protect your ankles and prevent bugs from crawl up your leg

The Original Bugshirt Company is a Canadian-based cottage industry company that makes insect proof clothing, including their unique stirrup style bug gaiters, for people who live where the bugs are as big as baseballs, like Northern Ontario and Alaska. Given the Lyme …

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Stephenson’s Warmlite Vapor Barrier Gloves

Stephanson's Warmlite Vapor Barrier Glove

This white glove is a Vapor Barrier Glove from Stephenson’s Warmlite ($22/pair) and can be worn under regular winter gloves to prevent them from wetting out with sweat during exertion. I wear them under lightweight fleece glove liners or heavier fleece gloves when …

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Rocky Gore-tex Socks

I’m pretty close to nailing down my footware system for crossing Scotland next May during the TGO Challenge. Hiking conditions in Scotland are notorious for being wet and boggy and leather boots are not going to fly for a 14 day cross-country …

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RailRiders Bushwhacker Weatherpants Review

Rigged for some heavy-duty cool weather bushwhacking on Wolf Cub Mountain wearing my Railriders Bushwhacker Weatherpants

I’ve been hiking and backpacking in RailRider’s pants and shirts since 2008 because they’re comfortable, synthetic so they dry quickly, and they’re treated with Insect Shield which helps protects me from Lyme Disease. Insect Shield is a commercial treatment that uses Permethrin, …

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Helly Hansen DRY Baselayers

HH Dry Stripe Crew - White Mountains, New Hampshire

I’ve been wearing and testing a Helly Hansen’s Dry Stripe Crew and Dry Fly Pant baselayers for the past 9 months, a major departure from the Patagonia Capilene 1 baselayers I’ve used for the past several years. You’re probably wondering why I’d undertake …

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