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32North Stabilicers

Rugged Vibram soles studded with 17 replaceable steel screws. Fits almost any shoes. Seems more durable than the other non-crampon choices.
32North Stabilicers
66North Glymur Jacket

A nice, water-resistant and windproof softshell. 66 North is always well constructed. Watch for the European sizing and get one larger.
66North Glymur Jacket
66North Sulur Jacket

Great fleece . Perfect weight and well constructed. Warm without too much weight. Fleece extremely soft.
66North Sulur Jacket
AFRC Primo Ski Pants

Nice pants when you want to keep dry from melting snow.
AFRC Primo Ski Pants
Alico Summit

These are rugged Italian made boots that can be resoled. Required little break in period. Unlike other Italian boots, these were actually a little BIG in my standard size. Do NOT flex much and are HEAVY!
Alico Summit
Arcteryx Accomplice Fleece Jacket

Slim cut PowerShield softshell blocks wind and looks "spiffy".
Arcteryx Accomplice Fleece Jacket
Arcteryx Cairn

Arc'teryx high quality in a warmer than usual long sleeved top. Stays soft despite wearing and washing.
Arcteryx Cairn
Arcteryx Covert Crew

An incredibly warm sweater top from Arc'teryx. Can be an outer layer or worn under a shell.
Arcteryx Covert Crew
Arcteryx Delta AR Zip Pullover

Typical Arc'teryx fine quality in a fleecy pullover. Well made but too pricey unless on sale.
Arcteryx Delta AR Zip Pullover
Arcteryx Delta LT Zip Pullover

Nice layering piece but cannot be worn alone unless trails are wide open. Snags easily.
Arcteryx Delta LT Zip Pullover
Arcteryx Emissary

A great short sleeved wool top from Arc'teryx. Doesn't hold sweat and limits body odors in the fabric.
Arcteryx Emissary
Arcteryx Gamma SV Hooded Jacket

Softshell with Polartec Power Shield fabric to block wind and hold off light rain and snow. Stretch-woven shell and DWR finish plus good breathability. Hood completes the picture in rough weather.
Arcteryx Gamma SV Hooded Jacket
Arcteryx Gamma SV Jacket

Softshell with Polartec Power Shield fabric to block wind and hold off light rain and snow. Stretch-woven shell and DWR finish plus good breathability.
Arcteryx Gamma SV Jacket
Arcteryx Hades Jacket

Light but warm softshell jacket. Small amount of insulation comes up big in warmth.
Arcteryx Hades Jacket
Arcteryx Sigma LT Jacket

Nice weight for cool days. Highly water resistant. Collar stands up and can be annoying.
Arcteryx Sigma LT Jacket
Arcteryx Trident Softshell Jacket

Excellent quality light jacket. Very good fit. No way to loosen or tighten cuffs. Sheds light rain. Seems far too warm for its weight.
Arcteryx Trident Softshell Jacket
Asolo FSN 95 Hiking Boots

Fast becoming my favorite shoe. Seems more waterproof with better support.
Asolo FSN 95 Hiking Boots
Asolo Fugitive

Lighter weight but supportive hiking boot with "sticky" soles. One pair leaked but was immediately replaced. Adding Superfeet insoles helps increase support and improve fit.
Asolo Fugitive
Asolo Powermatic 200 GV

A great boot for light to medium loads. Cushioned with pulley lacing system.
Asolo Powermatic  200 GV
Asolo Sassalong Boot

More supportive than some Asolo boots. Fit somewhere between Fugitives and 520's. Typical Asolo out-of-the-box and ready to go!
Asolo Sassalong Boot
Asolo Stynger

Women's version of the Fugitive. Light but supportive boot. Durable and "sticky" Vibram sole.
Asolo Stynger
Asolo Synchro Hiking Boots

Out-of-the-box comfort with a Gore-Tex membrane. Soles are "sticky". Support is stiff.
Asolo Synchro Hiking Boots
Asolo Tasman

A low hiking shoe from Asolo with average fit and support. Asolo boots are better.
Asolo Tasman
Asolo TPS 520

All leather boot that looks great and is COMPLETELY waterproof. Heavy but with lots of support it is the " go to" boot for anywhere water may be an issue.
Asolo TPS 520
Atlas 12 Series Snowshoes

Second only to MSR Lightning Ascents in grip. Superior bindings feel more secure than most other shoes. Easy to get on and off even with mittens on.
Atlas 12 Series Snowshoes
Atlas Elektra 10 Snowshoes

Women's version of Atlas backcountry, offtrail snowshoes. Grip is fantastic with superior bindings.
Atlas Elektra 10 Snowshoes
Atlas Elektra 12 Snowshoes

Atlas' backcountry snowshoes for women. Heel lifter and superior bindings combine with aggressive crampons to take on the mountains.
Atlas Elektra 12 Snowshoes
Backcountry Cocona SS Shirt

Nice light, summer weight hiking shirt. The "cocona gimmick" does seem to work.
Backcountry Cocona SS Shirt
Backcountry Merino Bliss LS

Midweight merino piece can be worn many different ways. Soft and odor free. The half zipper can be used to dump heat.
Backcountry Merino Bliss LS
Backcountry Merino Zip LS

A little lighter than the "Bliss". Meant as a baselayer but can be worn alone and on the outside.
Backcountry Merino Zip LS
Backcountry Prime Power Stretch Pants

These Polartec Power Stretch pants are a little warmer than the typical "long johns". Good for layering under waterproof snow pants.
Backcountry Prime Power Stretch Pants
Backcountry Prime Power Stretch Top

These Polartec Power Stretch top is a little warmer than the typical many other layering tops. Good as a base or mid layer..
Backcountry Prime Power Stretch Top
Backcountry Shift Softshell

Softshell repels water and blocks most wind but breathes during aerobic activities. Good quality at a reduced price.
Backcountry Shift Softshell
Bear Grylls Reversible Tracker Top

Well-made top from Craghoppers with the Bear Grylls "endorsement". Shipped from Great Britain which is a hassle.
Bear Grylls Reversible Tracker Top
Bear Grylls Survival Trousers

Trousers come in 30" inseam which is a plus. Seem to be well-made and rugged. Stretch panels really work.
Bear Grylls Survival Trousers
Big Agnes Air Core Sleeping Pad

One of the "standards" in sleeping pads. Not the lightest or the most cushioned but a good compromise.
Big Agnes Air Core Sleeping Pad
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Footprint

Must have item for under a tent.
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent

Very lightweight backpacking tent. Room for two is limited. Set up is easy but practice before you have to set it up.
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent
Bison Ingeo Belt

Good, flexible one size fits most belt. Doesn't hurt that it is "green".
Bison Ingeo Belt
Bison Millenium Belt

Good, flexible one size fits most belt.
Bison Millenium Belt
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