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Arc'teryx Fission SV Jacket

I am a pretty tough grader and don't give a lot of 5-star ratings. But this is an excellent piece; perfect for lift skiing or other cold-weather…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Fission SV Jacket
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Rab Latok Jacket

Excellent hard shell. Extremely well designed; abundance of pockets. Well manufactured. One nit -- I happen to like a small pocket on the sleeve…
photo: Rab Latok Jacket
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Ibex Shak Jersey

The Ibex Shak is to the sweater what the Porsche is to the automobile. Actually, the Ibex folks probably wouldn't want me calling it "sweater"…
photo: Ibex Men's Shak Jersey
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Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15°

Very comfortable sleeping bag. I like not rolling off the pad. I used it in the Adirondacks on a cold Columbus Day weekend (temps in the low…
photo: Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15°
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L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather

An excellent boot, and an excellent value. I have had mine for several years now. I was dubious about buying a boot from LL Bean (known for…
photo: L.L.Bean Men's Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
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Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS)

Pretty convenient, but not without flaws. I have the Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS) and the Group Cooking System. They're essentially…
photo: Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS)
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Jetboil Group Cooking System (GCS)

Pretty convenient, but not without flaws. I have the Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS) and the Group Cooking System. They're essentially…
photo: Jetboil Group Cooking System (GCS)
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Arc'teryx Hyllus Hoody

A first-rate item (like most Arc'teryx items), though it seems not quite as technical as most Arc'teryx pieces. Thanks to the high-loft fleece…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Hyllus Hoody
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The North Face Sedition II Stretch Jacket

It's okay. This is a skiing shell; I don't think any other use is really appropriate. It is a warm piece (with a thin layer of what I think…
photo: The North Face Sedition II Stretch Jacket
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Patagonia White Smoke Jacket

I customarily like Patagonia's items -- I think they are well thought-out and well-made, and they are backed by very good customer service.
photo: Patagonia Men's White Smoke Jacket
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MSR Lightning Ascent

I bought my Lightning Ascents a bit over a year ago. At that time, the binding used two straps over the top of your boot; they have upgraded…
photo: MSR Men's Lightning Ascent
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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Bottle Cup

This is actually two reviews. Why? Because for some weird reason, GSI was originally producing this in a size that in a diameter that would…
photo: GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Bottle Cup
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Outdoor Research Alias Cap

An excellent cap for the trail any time of the year. Unless it is really, really cold (so that I have to protect my ears), I usually wear a…
photo: Outdoor Research Alias Cap
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Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover

A first-rate layering piece for insulation. Very light; packs down very small. Because it is not so puffy, I was a little concerned at first…
photo: Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
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Icebreaker Rock Zip

Excellent light sweater/midlayer. I am a believer in wool when it is really cold. It's not as light as synthetics, and it doesn't wick quite…
photo: Icebreaker Men's Rock Zip
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Ibex Floe Vest

A first rate vest. I run hot even on very cold days when winter mountaineering, so I am great believer in vests. This one is terrific -- does…
photo: Ibex Men's Floe Vest
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Ibex Zepher Zip T-Neck

The synthetics wick better, I have to admit (in comparable synthetics, I usually use EMS bergelene or LL Bean PowerDry long sleeve zip necks),…
photo: Ibex Men's Zepher Zip T-Neck
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Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody

I was looking around for a while for a hooded soft-shell to use for winter mountaineering. I tend to run warm, particularly going uphill, so…
photo: Arc'teryx Men's Gamma MX Hoody
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Marmot Doctor D Short Sleeve

I have tried a LOT of wicking/performance t-shirts -- TNF vaporwick, EMS techwick, REI products, merino wool items from Ibex -- but none have…
photo: Marmot Men's Doctor D Short Sleeve
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Salomon SM Expert

I bought these boots for winter mountaineering after a truly painful experience with double plastic boots sent me in search of an alternative.
 
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Osprey Ceres 50

Excellent pack for winter mountaineering. Has what you need, and nothing you don't. I appreciate the way the "head cup", too. A few nits (don't…
 
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MSR Denali Ascent

Excellent snowshoe. The televator device (I think that's what it is called -- essentially a wire heel support that you can snap up into place…
photo: MSR Denali Ascent