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Seirus Combo Clava Balaclava Review

Seirus Combo Clava Review

The Seirus Combo Clava is fleece balaclava with an integrated face mask to protect your nose and face from frostbite. I use the Combo Clava for above-treeline winter hiking in the mountains, where frostbite is a real concern on windy days. As a hiker, it’s important to completely cover your eyes, …

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Montbell Mirage Down Parka Review

Montbell Mirage Down Parka Review

The Montbell Mirage Parka is an ultralight 900 fill power hooded down jacket, perfect for winter hiking or backpacking trips when you want to get warm fast and stay warm. Weighing just 14.4 oz in a size men’s XL, this jacket is loaded with features from box baffles to a …

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REI Merino Midweight Baselayer Top Review

REI Merino Midweight Base Layer Top Review

I buy a lot of cold-weather hiking clothes through REI because they sell high quality clothing that’s just as good as what you can buy from Smartwool or Patagucci, but for less money. REI doesn’t have to advertise their products, so they can pass the savings to consumers and members. …

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Montbell EX Light Down Anorak Review

Montbell EX Light Down Anorak Review

The Montbell EX Light Anorak is an ultralight 900-fill power, down sweater that’s ideal for wearing around camp or paired with a top quilt in cooler weather. Weighing 7.35 oz (in a size XL), the styling is minimalist, with a half zipper, non-adjustable hood, and elastic wrist cuffs. There are …

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REI Essential Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants Review

REI-Essential Rain Pants Review

I’m a big fan of REI’s clothing because it’s affordable, good quality, and virtually indistinguishable from the other name brand products they sell. This includes their Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants (the latest update has been renamed “Essential Rain Pants”) which are a steal at $60/pair (often available for less), and are …

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