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  • robert shattuck
    Apr 2 10:42 AM
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      I bought a pair of zip-pants, but like a few others here, I am all about just wearing the shorts. I've always brought along the "pants" section, but not once did I ever zip them on . . . not for the occasional chill or the bugs (not many in late august) and this last year I finally shredded the shorts a day or so before whitney and once in LP the whole thing made its way to the Lone Pine Land-fill. 

      Some of us can find ten different legitimate uses for rain pants, but for actual rain, they really aren't needed. Wet legs, again, don't take too long to dry out. The few times I've freaked out and said, to myself––as I scrambled to take off my boots and put on the pants––gosh, I'm glad I brought these––by the time I had them on and they began to create that lovely, walking sauna, effect . . . I didn't need them anymore. 

      You might also consider leaving the REI HOOD RIVER FLEECE at home for runs to the coffee shop. While it would no doubt do a good job, on top of your other three layers, you'd no doubt be warmer and much lighter by investing in a super-light down jacket, like a patogonia nano-puff hoody, or a Montbell U.L. down inner parka/hoody. 

      Both of these are very warm, light and very compressible, unlike the REI fleece. 

      my weight splurge is a patagonia R1 hoody––this over a poly t-shirt and the montbell hoody . . . plenty of warmth without hogging half your pack. 



      To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      From: tvanr13@...
      Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 14:17:42 +0000
      Subject: [John Muir Trail] clothes

      Hey- I'm leaning toward my trustworthy convertible rei hiking pants but can't decide if rain pants and/or under armor bottoms would be worth the extra weight.
      Also, for top layers so far I have under armor long sleeve, rei long sleeve hiking uv shirt, REI Hood River fleece hoodie and a Marmot lightweight rain coat. I don't have much faith in the hoodie if it gets really cold (it's kind of thin) but maybe all 4 things combined would keep me warm? Or should I upgrade to a thicker fleece?
      Thanks, Tim

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