The Arc’teryx Alpha FL

I first came across the Arc’teryx Alpha FL shortly before heading out for my trip to the Annapurna region in Nepal in 2016. I purchased it on sale on backcountry.com and it has been one of my favorite pieces of gear ever since.I had previously had a terrible experience with a North Face Hyvent...

The Patagonia R1 Fleece (Classic)

I first came across the Patagonia R1 in 2009 while shopping at Nordstrom. A black R1 was hanging on a clearance rack where it was 70% off and it was my size! I had never owned anything from Patagonia, though I had heard about the high quality of their clothing. Frankly, I’m not sure...

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