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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 hike. While I dearly love my leather Asolo …

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Sierra Designs DriDown Better Vest

Dressed like a pirate - in the Sierra Designs Better Vest

The Sierra Designs DriDown Better Vest is a 7.3 ounce down vest (size men’s XL) that has short sleeves to eliminate the body heat that is bellowed out of vests with traditional arm holes. Insulated with 800 fill power DriDown, the Better Vest has stretch fabric panels running down its sides and …

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Gold Toe Dress Socks for Hiking

Gold Toes Socks are Great for Hiking and Trail Running

I have a dresser drawer full of black synthetic Gold Toe Dress Socks that I never use. I got them back when I was a salary man and had to wear a suit to work everyday. But, I recently read that the famous ultralight backpacking guru, Ray Jardine, recommends using …

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Montane Minimus Smock Hard Shell Review

Montane Minimus Smock Rain Shell

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 …

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