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  1. The Great Outdoors

    Merino stays warm when wet, though. I have shied away from synthetics because I sweat too much for them to stay reasonably wearable on multi-day trips. Cotton kills. 'Smartwool' can often be found on sale, and Costco also has decent merino base layers from time to time for cheap. I have started to wear Veilance and Outlier shirts now that they are old enough to fray and have holes. I usually pack a merino t-shirt and then a long sleeve to put on over top. Wool toque for taking breaks up high and in the evening, Arc'teryx down and shell, Fjallraven or Outdoor Research pants, Salomon boots. I like ultralight gear: Hyperlite Mountain Gear backpack, MLD trailstar tarp shelter, Enlightened Equipment quilt... there is a plethora of excellent lightweight gear being produced by small cottage manufacturers based in the US (and elsewhere) these days. REI/MEC do pretty well for more conventional and available equipment at a more accessible price point.
  2. arcteryx veilance

    New Field jacket hood fits a little snug compared to jackets with a dedicated hood - it should be considered more of an emergency feature than an everyday use. It does stow away more elegantly than past iterations. Looking into getting a Conduct to complement mine and replace the outdoor Spring/Summer functionality of my old Align.
  3. Bags, backpacks, duffles, messenger, slings, etc.

    Yeah, I like the sound design a lot too. Strong INA-GRM/electro-acoustic influence. As always with his Stone Island work, interesting colours/textures.
  4. Urban Techwear

    I am a bit skeptical of the breathability. Also, in my experience, the fabric tends to wear through around folds and seams - works great for minimalist packs but perhaps not so well for articulated garments.
  5. Acronym.

    In a capitalist system, only the rich can afford luxuries. Under full communism, everyone can wear Acronym.
  6. arcteryx veilance

    Tees are the one thing I size up on. I also want to chime in that I for one really appreciate the longer sleeve length in Veilance!
  7. Acronym.

    The same things I use everyday, at home or otherwise: a water bottle, a mug, a sketchbook, whatever book I'm reading, a camera, and a layer of clothing or two. I think it is an extension of minimalist living to take the quality objects that you use in your house and carry them around with you as well. When your principal method of transportation is a bike it is also necessary to be adaptable to changing weather conditions and have some lights at hand, as well as be able to carry some groceries without needing plastic at the store. Pockets are nice, but there is a diminishing functionality to the clothing as they become filled. I do prefer a backpack, though.
  8. arcteryx veilance

    Great pieces, thanks. Were you wearing a midlayer when trying on the Conduct?
  9. Clothing for The Great Outdoors

    Alittle late, but Smartwool have very limited branding. I think it has been brought up already but Costco also has logoless merino long sleeves sometimes this time of year, at least in Canada. Uniqlo heattech isn't the same obviously but a nice cheap option. Outlier shirts are worth the wait (weight?), though - really nice, thick fabric that drapes well and feels more substantial than a lot of the base layers out there (that for me, on the trail, tend to wear out fast).
  10. arcteryx veilance

    Align and Field Jacket are fundamentally very different jackets, with the former being closer to a mainline bird sportswear aesthetic and feel, and the Field Jacket being a sort of contemporary take on vintage military jackets - the heavy, textured nylon fabric face does not suggest Gore-Tex. Also note that the hood configuration differs considerably between the Arris and Align. I think the Arris is much more forward thinking in its cut.
  11. arcteryx veilance

    That beige Anorak looks amazing. The Veilance colour palette continues to impress: love their take on earth tones.
  12. Urban Techwear

    Garrett Leight is an offshoot of Oliver Peoples and also offers clip-ons in a variety of styles. For another poster above, Costco can be good for plain merino socks (and shirts) but they're not always available.
  13. Backpacks

    I think I've said this before elsewhere here but suede will never be as good in rain as leather - it's basically leather removed of its natural protective and waterproof layer for cosmetic and textural effect. Note that there are products specially designed for waterproofing suede. Dab with white vinegar if you put it down in the snow in the city as the salt will stain.
  14. arcteryx veilance

    I don't have that jacket but I find Veilance to have very consistent sizing and I wear a medium in their jackets as well as in Patagonia's. There is a Veilance feature article and interview in Intelligence Magazine issue 2 for those who can find it at their local shops.
  15. Urban Techwear

    Really? I've gotten so many strong compliments on mine. I often choose to ride without a helmet, especially in the summer, and agree with you on the importance of riding offensively/conscously. I think that not wearing influences both riding style and how cars react to sharing the road with you. But I have no strong opinions either way. Those who ride, decide. Love that meanswhile piece above.