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New Gear for Spring Adventures

Outdoor Research Juneau Fleece Jacket

Now here’s a seriously warm fleece jacket. The Double-brushed sherpa fleece is super soft and plush, and extraordinarily comfortable. At just shy of 30 oz., it’s definitely not lightweight, but on a chilly evening away from the campfire, it’s just what the doctor ordered. OR describes it as “ultra-cozy,” and they’re right.

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Therm-A-Rest Parsec 0 Sleeping Bag

Shoulder season backpacking in the North Cascades can be unpredictable: sunshine, rain, snow,  sometimes all three at once. But one thing you can reliably count on is the temperature dropping when the sun goes down. The new Parsec™ 0-degree sleeping bag from Therm-A-Rest® makes staying warm at night a foregone conclusion. 800-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down™ helps you sleep tight, even in damp conditions when the mercury plummets. And at 2 lbs. 6 oz., the Parsec is a whisper in your backpack. Like all Therm-A-Rest sleeping bags, it attaches to your sleeping pad via SynergyLink™ connectors, so you stay put when you turn in. Sweet Dreams…

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MSR Hubba Hubba NX-2 Backpacking Tent

I’ve been a fan of MSR tents for many years and have spent more nights in them than I can count. And the newly revamped Hubba Hubba™ 2-person backpacking tent has made an already good thing even better. While not the lightest 3-season backpacking tent out there at 3 lbs. 4 oz. (4 oz. lighter than the old version), the two-door Hubba Hubba is a tent you can depend on when the weather gods do their thing. It’s solid. The rainfly offers reliable protection from the elements (after seam sealing), and the interior space (29 sq. ft. plus vestibules) is generous by backpacking tent standards. I slept in a Hubba Hubba for 29 nights in a row in Iceland with no worries about the Icelandic weather. And it’s quick and easy to set up. The zippers just work. I love this tent.

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