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Wherever the wind takes me.. which as of now is simply Red River Gorge, but most recently, the Pacific Crest Trail. I'll be back.

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James Howard

James Howard wrote an answer about on October 15, 2014

As to the actual weight (referring to your inquiry of "how heavy"), I cannot seem to locate a solid spec on that. If you are asking about how heavy it is with regards to durability or resiliency, that's a different matter entirely. You'll notice that it boasts specs such as 3 Layer construction AND fully taped seams, which are really the big factors playing into both its performance and its price. I think that for the price, and for the general sort of somewhat casual use you would potentially find yourself using it in, you could find better for less.
I personally have no experience with any Burton-brand wear of any sort, so I cannot speak to their quality positively or negatively. However, it's important to pay attention to the listed "waterproof" and "breathability" ratings, in this case 5000MM and 5000g/m^2, respectively. As far as those ratings go, those are darn low for thwarting a potentially gelid and wet body should you find yourself caught in a rainstorm or downpour while in this jacket (perhaps that's why it has an emergency heat blanket lining?). It would serve for light rains or drizzles for some time, but I think that for the price as well as the performance ratings, you would be better suited to either finding something with higher ratings on the latter plane while concomitantly being lower on the former plane. Most of the time when you see jackets with listed specs such as 3L construction and fully taped seams, you're looking at a minimum $350 - $400 range, price-wise, as those jackets are meant for more extreme conditions or harsher uses than this jacket would probably withstand.
For your uses, I would look at jackets that have 2.5L construction, or maybe even 2L (with either fully taped seams or only critical-seam taping), as those would serve you just as well for what you're wanting to do while saving you at least $50 or $75.
Look to other companies for a better jacket at a smaller price.
Hope this helps.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on October 14, 2014

Ok, I empathize with the issue of BC's somewhat ambiguous description of the waterproof capability of this pad, so hopefully I'll answer your question:
The only facet of this bed that is waterproof is the "recycled polyester fabric base [which] creates a moisture barrier" (http://www.backcountryk9.com/Products/Ruffwear-Urban-Sprawl). While there is more than one polyester-based facet of this bed's construction, that is the only part that is actually waterproof, according to the product's specifications. As to the microsuede cover that wraps the mattress, that is not waterproof, but it is machine washable, so in the event it does get wet dog paws on it, you can always give it quick wash to keep it clean for your pup. What's more, the mattress itself is also washable, so should your dog get wet paws on it one day, you can always wash that from time to time to prevent mold from growing due to lingering moisture that make seep through the microsuede.
Hope this helps.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on October 14, 2014

It's a Long Fit, so there will be an extra 3 - 4 inches of hoodie past where your clothing would normally land. Perhaps someone else will be able to answer your question with a quantitative measurement, because I cannot seem to find ANY measurement denoting actual length. However, I think a reasonable way to see where it will land is to use your measurements to find the size that would fit you (S, M, L, or XL) or use an existing piece of apparel that you have (by them would be better). See where that piece lands on your body, then add another 3 or 3.5inches from the bottom hem of that article to get an approximation.
If I find something concrete, I'll post it, but as of now, that's all I got. Their website doesn't even seem to have anything regarding those measurements.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on September 10, 2014

Hey Noah,

I think that the picture representing the Black/Citro color scheme on these pants is merely shown in their unworn appearance, without a person or plastic model cast being contained within the pant, if you understand what I mean. I think the Black/Flame color has a representation of what they are meant to do and how they should look when a user wears them, but the B/C color shows them without them being "on" anything.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on September 6, 2014

Here is the answer from user "Thorishere" on Arc'teryx's website(http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN&gender=mens&category=Accessories&subcat=Gloves&model=Beta-AR-Glove), comparing the Beta ARs and the Alpha SVs (check my answer on those, by the way):
"A) The Beta's cuff is significantly smaller/shorter than the SV and don't go over the cuffs of my Alpha SV jacket as well.

B) The Beta AR feels a lot less substantial than the Alpha SV.

C) The Beta's do not have an adjustable wrist strap, which imo is a good thing because I find the wrist adjustment on my Alpha SV gloves really annoying.

D) The Beta's does not have leather covering the back of the fingers whereas the Alpha SV's do.

E) The Beta AR and Alpha SV gloves seem to share the same inner fleece lining."

That user seemed to do a pretty comprehensive comparison, or as thorough as I can find, but Wayne already somewhat told you the way of it - there is no particular method of determining a temperature range for gloves.

Hope this helps

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James Howard

James Howard wrote an answer about on September 6, 2014

It appears, from the reviews on the Arc'teryx website, that people have pretty mixed reviews concerning these gloves, but a general consensus is that they aren't particularly warm. For instance, one person said that they were "flexible, well built but cold."
People discuss usage in temperature ranges, asserting a number of opinions, but overall, the impression that you end up with is that they would perform decently in temps as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit (~ -12 degrees Celsius), but one person stated that conditions colder than 25 degrees Fahrenheit result in chilly hands for the user. Another gentleman, while discussing his summit trip of Mt. Rainier, says that "[a]bove 13,000' with 20-30mph winds, snow and temps well below freezing my hands did get chilled," but goes on to say that these are intended more for backcountry outings than expedition-status trips.
These are meant, as one member of the Arc'teryx staff states in an answer to the user, "for cold and wet conditions where you need ultimate dexterity. If you are looking for a glove for really cold temperatures, the Zenta AR gloves are going to be warmer."
In summation, these would probably be good if you don't intend on facing prolonged temperatures in the single digits or teens (brief periods of exposure and endurance, probably, but nothing extended). However, if you expect to encounter excessively gelid situations where you need maximum warmth, these may not be ideal.

Hope this helps! Also, check out the Zenta ARs if warmth is your goal.

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James Howard

James Howard wrote an answer about on September 6, 2014

Hey Art B.,

I know this isn't much help, but KUHL doesn't even provide instructions on their website aside from the following snippet: "EL�XUR? fabric is easy care, wash and wear, soft to the touch, and fights odor with Ionik? Technology: negatively charged silver ion threads in the fabric fight odor causing bacteria."
Based on that information, I would have to presume that the care of this shirt is nothing remotely tedious, and probably just a cool or cold water wash following by a low-to-medium dry cycle, or hanging if you prefer - they don't list whether or not their fabrics come pre-shrunk, unfortunately.
Sorry I couldn't be more help.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

Possibly, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Not only would you risk getting a bit wet (or sopping) if you took a spill, or even just accumulated powder from shredding the mountain gnar, but I would seriously worry about ripping this puppy open in some form or fashion just from a nasty fall, or going through brush, or hitting a tough tree limb...
Short answer: it's totally possible, but it's not a route I would advise.

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James Howard

James Howard wrote an answer about on August 11, 2014

Are you comparing products from BC versus Icebreaker's actual website? I notice that there isn't anything on BC labeled with the prim "Oasis" alone, whereas on IB's official site, there is. However, I'm pretty certain you answered your own question: as far as I can tell, the only different is the labeling of the actual product itself.
As far as construction and performance, I think it's the same stuff. By the way, having purchased and used IB myself, I would jump at it if you get the opportunity. They do base layers splendidly.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 12, 2014

This bag does not have a sleeping pad sleeve, unfortunately; however, it does have a "stash pocket" located on the chest region on the interior section (see second picture of partially unzipped bag http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Marmot-Trestles-15F-Sleeping-Bag_10184995_10208_10000001_-1_) of the bag.
Hope this helps.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 12, 2014

I believe BC simply listed it improperly; on REI, they are a bit more concise about what the pot specifications are. For instance, they list the liquid capacity as being 1.4 L ( or 48 fluid ounces), but the dimensions they list as the same. However, one thing that they clarify on REI is that what this set comes with is a 2-liter pot, titanium lid, and a plastic sealing lid. Basically, I think technically it is a 2-liter pot, but it's only meant to hold up to 1.4 L of food/liquid at a given time. If you check out this link (http://www.rei.com/product/831568/snow-peak-titanium-cook-n-save-pot#specsTab), scroll over the picture they provide and it will auto-magnify; whilst doing that, observe the measurement indicators pressed into the metal sidewall of the pot; you will notice that the measurements end well below the rim of the pot, which is why both specs are technically right, but to definitively answer, the pot is only meant to cook up to 1.4 L of anything at a given time.
Hope that helps!

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 12, 2014

From that description, it sounds as though the wiring connections are probably loose or, more likely, disconnected. You are correct in assuming that the lamp SHOULD be on once you've made it switch on the indicator light from a flashing blue (Lock) to solid green (On, with high battery level). As you stated before, and as I know from experience, BC has a fantastic return policy, so I would just send it back their way and request an exchange.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 11, 2014

Honestly, it sounds as though you got a lemon. So you're saying that it won't come out of "Lock" mode? For instance, you operated it and it worked, you put it in Lock mode, and then when you held down the "On" button for a number of seconds to bring it out of Lock mode to turn it on, it wouldn't turn on? The flashing blue should be there for five or six seconds before it comes out of Lock mode to turn on, but if all it is doing is flashing blue even when you're holding it down for over ten or fifteen seconds, maybe you got at a lemon. Very bizarre.

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James Howard wrote an answer about on July 11, 2014

Unless I'm mistaken, I think that's exactly what it is. If you're looking for something primarily for summer use, I would imagine this would be suitable, but make sure to check the fabric. According to Airhole's website, they offer their Airhole models in a number of different fabrics (i.e. Polar Fleece; Merino Wool; Featherlight; Bamboo blend), but DryTech doesn't seem to be one of them. Moreover, I also notice that their Camo version (see: http://airholefacemasks.com/portfolio/camo-3/) is different than the one listed here on BC, so I don't know if this is a variation made solely for distribution by BC or what. It lists the recommended use as being for snowboarding / skiing activities, but others before you have said they have used it in the summer with no problems, so I think you should be good.
Hope this helps.

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