Chris on November 1st, 2009

One of the biggest complaints I hear about softshell is that it weighs too much.  I’ve decided to gather some examples to determine whether or not that is true. Patagonia Speed Ascent versus R2 and a Patagonia hardshell The Patagonia Speed Ascent jacket is their high end softshell for cold conditions.  It has R2 fabric […]

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Chris on October 28th, 2009

In the past, I compiled data and compared the various –20F high quality down sleeping bag options.  Now, I’m doing the same comparison chart of high quality down (700 fill power or greater) sleeping bags for 3 season use.  These bags are rated in the 15F to 25F temperature range. Fill Power As I covered […]

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Chris on October 24th, 2009

In a previous post, I discussed the development of an efficiency factor for regular sized sleeping pads that takes into account warmth and weight.  The warmth is given by the R-value, a standard measure used in the construction industry for insulation.  I standardized the weight with the surface area, but I only included a chart […]

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Chris on October 22nd, 2009

I’ve mentioned in the past that a good shovel is an essential tool in the mountains.  They can be used to build your shelter, whether it is a snow cave or trench.  A good shovel can help with snow wall construction.  And, a good shovel is an essential tool should the worst case scenario happen; […]

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Chris on October 17th, 2009

Finding a durable pair of pants that can withstand the rigors of traveling off trail in heavy brush isn’t easy.  Lightweight nylon pants often get shredded quickly, and more durable fabrics like cotton canvas or cordura are heavy and uncomfortable. I had been using old camouflage pants for bushwhacking for a while, but found the […]

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Chris on October 14th, 2009

In my search for the perfect pair of pants to use while traveling, and on the trail, I tried The North Face Paramount pants, which didn’t last very long due to a blown seam, which left me rather disappointed. I bought another pair of convertible pants because I really like the idea of pants and […]

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Chris on October 12th, 2009

Finding the perfect “all in one” pants for travel, trekking, and trail is really difficult.  The pants need to look presentable in while in airports and restaurants, feel comfortable, allow free movement, be quick drying, pack incredibly small, and wear durably once you get to the trail. The North Face Paramount pants zip off into […]

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