Outdoor Gear

My recommendations are focused on backpacking gear, but most of the observations are applicable to a variety of outdoor activities.  Clothing Backpacks Sleep System Shelters (tents, tarps, hammocks) Kitchen Gear: Stoves, Cookwares, Water, Food Storage Other Items: Knives, Lights Ultralight Approach The key to ultralight is to use your head… … “Outdoor Gear”

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Insulation Materials

Historically the three best choices are Down, Polarguard (especially 3D and Delta), and Primaloft, though Climashield sounds pretty good and will likely replace Polarguard as the most commonly use synthetic in the next few years. Each of these materials has different performance characteristics.  You will … “Insulation Materials”

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What is Percent of Naked?: Patagonia on Technologies and Testing

The following was Patagonia’s response to some questions about materials and testing which was posted in 2005 to a public forum.  Most of this article matches my personal experience and still seems valid today. Mark Verber Innovation, that steamroller of change, has, over the past five … “What is Percent of Naked?: Patagonia on Technologies and Testing”

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