Patagonia Nano Air

In reviewing these jackets, it only makes sense to start with the original. I remember seeing the Patagonia Nano Air in the Patagonia store in Boulder, it is a completely different design. It is warm like a synthetic down jacket but it doesn’t have the garbage bag look and it feels like you’re wearing...

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...

Mike’s Guide to Iceland

My first impression of Iceland can very simply be described as EXPENSIVE. Iceland is crazy expensive! You will feel this in every aspect of your trip. It is for this reason, much of this post will focus on how to save money while in Iceland. That said, let’s first cover the gear and clothes...

The Patagonia R1 Fleece (Classic)

*UPDATE – Patagonia did not release a full-zip R1 without a hood for 2018/2019. According to Patagonia representatives, they expect that the full-zip R1 without a hood will return another season instead they’ll have a full-zip R1 techface this coming fall. (Read my Techface review here, suffice it to say, I’m not a fan.)...

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