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  1. lisa
    lisa December 19, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Hi Ray – that’s so funny, I just ordered a pair of Mont-bell down trousers. I figured they’d have many uses – second layer, pillow, spare trousers to wash the others, seat cushion. Definitely worth brining.

  2. David Terrie
    David Terrie December 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

    As a quilt user myself , I’ve got a hooded North Face Thermoball I picked up for $110 on sale last year. Not quite as light or compact but really warm and 12oz, packs into left pocket.

  3. Gary Schlgeter
    Gary Schlgeter December 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I have been using Patagonia’s capilene and marino wool products for years. Recently I purchased a newly designed, high-tech combination marino wool/capilene crew neck (also have a hoodie) product from Patagonia called Marino-Air. Weighing only 7.2 oz, because of its warmth and wide comfort range it can be used as either a base layer or a second layer. I haven’t taken it hiking yet, but living off-grid in a canyon below Lone Pine Mountain I have recently had the opportunity to test it at 15 degrees F. I love it.

  4. Bruce
    Bruce December 21, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Hello Ray,

    I am also a huge fan of the Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer. I was a skeptic at first what with all the hype about it but, I found it to be one of my most valuable articles on my JMT thru-hike.

  5. Kim
    Kim December 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I am planning a JMT hike next September and been debating weather to purchase down pants vs a medium weight merino wool layer. I have a traditional lightweight down bag and sleep cold but not cold natured. If I go with down I fell like I need another base layer. Any suggestions? And thank you Ray for all your tips!

  6. JeffH
    JeffH December 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Not sure about the down pants, you are correct about the Michelin Man look! I always wear a beanie when I get into camp and for sleeping which helps to keep me warm all night. I’ve just purchased a quilt so I’m making that leap too.

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