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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 a near-year long baselayer evaluation. Truth be told, I …

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Montbell Tachyon Wind Shirt Review

The Montbell Tachyon Anorak does a marvelous job at keeping me warm in cold, windy and wet conditions. Weighing just 2.6 oz in a size XXL (Japanese clothing sizes run small), the Tachyon wind shirt is the size of an apple and easy to stow in a jacket or pack pocket for fast …

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On Páramo by Andrew Mazibrada

Gore-Tex and eVent have been the dominant forces in outdoor shell fabrics for decades. Although there have always been others, gaining a foothold in the marketplace has traditionally been an almost futile exercise as both companies battle for supremacy and that has engendered continually improving products. This year, the composition …

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Rain Shell Chest Pockets

EMS Helix Hard Shell Jacket

Napoleon Chest Pockets When it comes to hard shell jackets for backpacking, you really want to buy a rain jacket that has napoleon chest pockets aligned along your sternum instead of side pockets. Waist level side pockets are completely worthless because they’re going to be covered up by your hip …

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Rab Microfleece Pull-On

Rab is a English outdoor gear company, well known in Europe, that has just started selling gear here in the US. I already own a fantastic eVent shell made by them (Rab Momentum), and I bought this 100 Weight Microfleece pull-on at the end of the TGO Challenge, as they’re …

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Smartwool Merino Wool Liner Socks

Humphrey Weightman convinced me to try wool sock liners. Well not exactly, but that was the end result. We were having an email exchange over  New Years about the gear and clothing he thinks is best suited for hiking across Scotland in early May. In his opinion, wool is better …

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