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...

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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