Ashland WI, Minocqua WI
I have now become prone to the habit of brining this hammock with me on every adventure possible. There is no sweeter relief than to take the waffle stompers off after a long day on the trail and doze in this dream maker. The fact that it packs so small gives you almost no reason not to bring it along, especially if you are canoe camping. Also, if you have the discipline, you can begin to master the art of hammock acrobatics. The Bummer: it doesn't come with straps.
I had been on the market for a pair of casual shoes that could handle urban and woodland activities without being a hiking boot but also not being a pair of cheap Nikes from a department store. The happy medium? Patagonia Boaris shoes. I wouldn't go and try to conquer some 14ers in Colorado, but for being labeled as a casual shoe, these do hold up to an active lifestyle. The vibram sole is definitely the winning touch, a top of the line sole with legendary grip and durability on a sturdy but light leather upper. My suggestion; if your feet sweat a lot, get the A/C. The regular boaris' are great, but do not nearly have the breathability.
People have said it before me, but I'll say it too; This is good stuff. The Down Sweater itself is already legendary for its weight to warmth ratio, but with an added hoodie, this is an unstoppable winter layer. It effortlessly cuts all wind and cold while weighing so minimal it feels like a t-shirt. The hood is helmet and big head compatible, deep enough to pretty much bury your face in if necessary. this is my go to jacket for cold fall camp days, dry winter adventures and anytime I need warmth fast.
I don't think these are actually designed for welding. More for skiing and winter sports. They just have a welding related name is all.
I don't know if I can say anything about these layers that hasn't already been said, but these are the BEST baselayers created. Really Patagonia's capeline entirely is fantastic, but I use the 2 the most because of it's versatility. They breath like a champ, wick sweat rapidly, are thermally efficient, and are tremendously light and comfortable. They are indispensable in my skiing and fall backpacking wardrobes and they are the only layers I bring out on trail. The waist band is really comfortable and none of the seams chafe, my only concern is no cuff on the bottom of the legs.
I don't know if I can say anything about these layers that hasn't already been said, but these are the BEST baselayers created. Really Patagonia's capeline entirely is fantastic, but I use the 2 the most because of it's versatility. They breath like a champ, wick sweat rapidly, are thermally efficient, and are tremendously light and comfortable. They are indispensable in my skiing and fall backpacking wardrobes and they are the only layers I bring out on trail.
This pack would suit you fine. the Yavapai is smaller, so it may not accomodate all of your gear.
I would stick with the medium. With the shells I might move to a large to accommodate for layers, but this is an insulated jacket, so it doesn't require as much layering underneath as a shell. I have essentially the same dimensions and M work good for me in arcteryx.
This would work fine for any alpine activity. These fleeces are very warm and thick, and work well under a shell jacket.
You could probably fit in a medium, but it sounds like you are right on the fence for a large. Patagonia mediums fit me, but I am also right on the cusp. I'm 6', 40-41 chest, 180 lbs and 34 waist. With sizes so close, I try to go to a store to physically try which ones work better to avoid frustrations. To be safe if you're ordering online, I'd go with a large.
I cannot give you a definitive answer, but most packs that are ski/snowboard specific are coated on the inside with a PVC or other plastic layer, providing a decent amount of protection as long as you stay out of the rain for long periods of time. I have a comprable REI pack and it has this coating and has held up great in blizzards and wet spring snow without any seeping. Hopefully this helps.
The down sweaters are much less puffier than the Nuptse, so they are much thinner and lighter. Down Sweaters weigh 13.4 oz compared to the 25 oz of the Nuptse. This doesn't mean less warmth. The Down Sweater is 800 fill compared to the 700 in the Nuptse, so they would be comprable in warmth. The Nuptse may win out because it is thicker, but the Down Sweater cannot be beat for the warmth it holds in such a small, lightweight package.
I have always been a teva guy, and still respect the company, but these are just too good. The way the footbed hugs the arch and cradles the foot is unprecedented in the sandal world. It also brings to mind birkenstocks and their argument of a firmer sole is better over a plush, pillowy footbed. I'll have to agree. The strap system feels like it's not even there, but does a great job securing the foot from heel strike to push-off. The only thing is the straps tend to shift when they are new, meaning repetitive adjustment until they settle down.
I would consider these to be in the "everyday use" category. They aren't insulated, but are gore-tex water proof, so no bulk and light-weight.
I would try a medium, just to be safe. It sounds like he is right on the edge between the two sizes, so going up is the better option.
The hood is fixed, the liner does zip in, but I cannot be sure on the cuff snaps. Usually with these kinds of jackets have cuff snaps though.
Depending on how much you bring. There is room for some notebooks and maybe a text book, but you would be pushing it. I'd just get a day-pack-like backpack.
This still might fit him, considering that it is a parka. Parkas are usually cut more generously than a typical jacket, so they end up being longer than normal coats.
At least for me, boys' sizes ran from about 7 to 10 or 11.