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Q&A What makes pants "tactical"?

The last time I was in looking for fishing gear, they also had a bunch of "tactical" pants. They seemed like they would be decent pants for outdoor activities. What exactly makes a pair of pants "t...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A How to keep gloves from getting sweaty?

When shoveling snow in the winter, if my gloves are warm enough to keep my hands warm, they tend to sweat and get the gloves wet from the inside out. How can I prevent this?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A Should I wash new child snow mittens before wearing?

I bought new mittens for my kid for the coming winter holiday. They should be waterproof or at least water-resistant. Normally when i buy clothing, i wash it before wearing. The fabric may not hav...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Ivana‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Waxing G-1000 trousers - melting options

I really need to wax my G-1000 trousers - but I do not own a clothes iron and only a flimsy travel hairdryer. The instructions for the trousers/wax say, I should use either to melt the wax after ap...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Erik‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Male swimming attire that can be worn under clothing

(Use case: A hike to heated waters--hiking with only swimwear for lower attire is not an option.) I find most swimwear is not exactly suitable for wearing under clothing, speedos would work but I...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Loren Pechtel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should wax for G-1000 be continuously applied?

I got a Fjällräven Barents Trousers for Christmas! Hell yeah! It's made of the "G-1000" material. 65% polyester, 35% cotton. G-1000 Original is the original fabric in Fjällräven’s comfortabl...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the difference between SPF and UPF, if any?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sun_protective_clothing&amp;oldid=930941768: A relatively new rating designation for sun protective textiles and clothing is UPF (Ultraviole...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Franck Dernoncourt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to apply DWR to heavy cotton fleece hooded sweatshirt for water resistance?

I have an American Giant sweatshirt that is fantastic. Superb quality and fit. Heavy 10oz cotton. What would be the best way to add water resistance to a garment/fabric normally water resistan...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Velobuck‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How warm should a down jacket be in a layering system?

I'm building a layering system for cold Colorado winters where I will be going from strenuous hiking to standing still in below freezing weather to take photographs. In full my layering system wou...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by binarylegit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Clothing for cold weather hiking

I will go for two day hiking on a mountain (intermediate level). The weather will be chilling (3 °C to 5 °C, no snowing,but it may rain). I would like to know what kind of clothing would be better?...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Science123‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why does a manufacturer recommend normal detergent instead of wool detergent?

I have purchased some outdoor clothing made of 83% merino wool. The manufacturer states in their care instructions to "use regular detergents, not wool detergents". What is the reason for them reco...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user1049697‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the UPF of a T-Shirt or jeans?

Many outdoor clothing items advertise themselves with a UPF (Ultraviolet protection factor) of 30 or even 50. How does that compare with a normal cotton T-Shirt or a pair of jeans? Do I have to use...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by Peter Hahndorf‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do I call this hat(?) with sun protection on the sides?

It looks like a typical hat but also has fabric hanging down around the sides/back of your head for sun protection. I saw one on the trail that was labeled North Face but I can't find anything lik...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Loren Pechtel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why go without socks with climbing shoes?

I've been going climbing (indoor bouldering) for about six months, using shoes I rented at the gym, and wearing socks (and everything was fine). I've recently got a pair of climbing shoes, and want...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Eyal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What&#x2019;s the best thing to wear on your hands when sea kayaking in very cold weather?

What product or combination of products best protects your hands while kayaking in winter? I’m interested in a system which provides comfort for extended paddling but also the peripheral activitie...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much UV protection does different color linen provides?

I am going to South East Asia for quite some time, and was looking for appropriate clothing. Quite a few websites recommend linen clothes, and almost all of them recommend UV protective gear due to...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Matas Vaitkevicius‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How dangerous is swimming fully dressed in cotton/denim clothes?

There is a recent question What material is a good alternative to neoprene? one of the comments to an answer says: whole suit filled up with water I might be taking it out of context, but as...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the use case for non-breathable waterproof pants?

For rain pants, there are both breathable pants that let sweat out and non-breathable ones that do not. The problem with the non-breathable pants is that your sweat can build up inside and then you...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What makes a fisherman's hat so popular among outdoorsmen?

Lately I've recognized the huge amount of fisherman's hats on a 3D archery tournament. Also, I see them a lot while hiking. I can't really figure out what makes them superior above a common hat ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In cold conditions, will you freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any?

I have heard that in cold conditions, you'd freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any. I cannot find any proof that this is true. Is it?

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by penguinick77‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the impact of clothing color in a tropical jungle environment?

I heard that light colors attract less insects than dark, that dark colors could be warmer, and I was advised against wearing white in the jungle. Where can I get a comprehensive list of the effect...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Shawn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A At what temperature should one switch from gloves to mittens?

Given comparable contstuction and insulation betwwen a pair of gloves and pair of mittens that are designed for winter / below 0C conditions, at what temperature range would mittens be preferable t...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by murungu‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where can I get long but light bottoms for water?

I need clothing for kayaking in the summer. I already have the "heavyweight" equipment - thick neoprene longjohn and a whitewater cag. But for places where I need less protection from cold and inju...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by rumtscho‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What type of pants would be durable and suitable for outdoors in all kind of climates?

I am about to start a long backpacking trip through South America, and I would like to take as little weight as possible. I have the rest of my stuff more or less sorted out, but I am a bit at a lo...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by april rain‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are mittens warmer than gloves?

Given a mitten and a glove (made of the same materials, thickness, etc), is the mitten warmer than the glove? It seems to me that having all four fingers together in one area (vs separate fingers ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Mark‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are liner mittens significantly warmer than liner gloves?

Under a windproof shell mitten, is an insulating liner mitten significantly warmer than an insulating liner glove made of the same material and thickness? This is a different question from "Are mi...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jordan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A I didn't apply enough DWR treatment to my jacket, can I just add more?

I went and applied grangers DWR treatment to my waterproof cycling jacket and put it in the dryer for a few minutes to set it. After my first couple rides, it appears there are a few small spots wh...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Material of shirt for desert hiking

I have pretty much always worn 100% cotton shirts when hiking but I have been reading more and more about the amazing "wicking" properties of other fabrics. Is there one that will keep me cooler ...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should you look for when buying hiking socks?

A quick search online shows there are dozens of different types of hiking socks, with different materials, thicknesses, and properties. In general, what should you look for when shopping for hiking...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the differences between alpaca wool and merino wool?

I'm curious what the differences are between alpaca wool and merino wool. Say for hiking in hot weather and cold weather, using socks and base layers. I'm especially interested in the durability ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by erikvold‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do I need to look for in good, quality hiking boots?

My wife and I are going to buy some hiking boots as we've been using regular tennis shoes anytime we go on a hike. What are the things I need to keep in mind when looking for a good set of quality...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Justin Self‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Winter hiking socks (calf-length) for beginner downhill skiing

I am considering taking a few skiing lessons soon (never skied before), and the amount of specialized gear seems to be a lot. I hike a bit, and have good merino socks, which are great for warmth as...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are dark or bright clothings preferable in the desert?

Natives from regions which are really hot and have a high sun intensity are wearing sometimes white/bright and sometimes black/dark colors. I mean there has to be a better strategy in terms of ...

6 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Wills‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to wear a down jacket while building a fire

The outside of a down jacket is usually made of nylon or polyester, which is inflammable. While trying to build a fire, is it safe to wear this jacket? Or will the flying embers be enough to set t...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Victor123‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for the winter?

Which natural (non-synthetic) fabrics are good for hiking winter weather? I know cotton will generally trap moisture and invite hypothermia, while wool is warm but heavy. What other natural fabri...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should I dress for sweat inducing activities in cold weather?

I never seem to find the perfect way to dress for sweat inducing activities in cold weather. By sweat inducing activities I mean mostly activities in the mountains, especially hiking uphill or ski ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by april rain‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are quality differences between Fleece?

I'm currently preparing for 3 weeks of Trekking in March in Nepal (Lukla / Cho La Pass / Everest Base Camp...). One thing my guide told me to bring is a Fleece jacket. I'm confused by the wide ran...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Martin Thoma‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What material is a good alternative to neoprene?

What material – such as polyester, polypropylene or wool – or combination thereof, both works to keep you warm when wet and dries quickly, as an alternative to neoprene? I'm looking for something c...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Martin F‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does cotton make you colder or hotter?

I realise this might be linked to this question, but hopefully is a little different. In updating my 'outdoor work' wardrobe to 'hiking' activities, I'm now looking at base layers and am a bit con...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pseudonym‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why don't climbers use electrically heated suits?

Why do climbers not use electrically heated suits to climb peaks like Mt. Everest? Or am I just mistaken and they already do it?

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Schultz Hartmut‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Winter wear in New York

Recently I moved to NY and I am finding hard time to get accustomed with the weather. I have never experienced temperature below 15℃ back home! So, its quite a challenge. Expectedly, the winter wea...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sayan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Titanic survival, ice cold water?

When the RMS Titanic sank, there were not enough life boats, many hundreds of people went into the cold water and many died from hypothermia. The water temperature in the area where Titanic san...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to fix tears in waterproof pants?

I found a pair of waterproof pants abandoned on the trail, they were fine except for several large rips that the previous owner had tried to fix with ductape. How can I patch these rips?

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a full waterproof coat more important than waterproof trousers for hiking?

I've spent most of my working life outdoors (forestry mostly), but have not done much hiking, which I now intend to do. When working outdoors, my clothing consisted of a wool shirt and waxed cotton...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pseudonym‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What clothing or gear should I wear to prevent ticks?

When I hunt grouse I usually wear hip waders to be able to cross small creeks and to not get my pants wet from dew. My problem is that I get a lot of junk collected in my waders, and specifically...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by serge‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to keep socks from wicking rain off pants into boots

My wife and I have been very fortunate in our long distance hikes - we've never been rained on except for our last day on the way out. So, while we have rain jackets that we pack, we've never packe...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mark‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I avoid or lessen sweating in a rain jacket?

I have a nylon rain jacket that I wear to walk my dogs when it rains. It seems that no matter what clothes I wear underneath, I always end up very sweaty. I've tried long sleeves, short sleeves, qu...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Chris Mendez‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hemp socks and wicking properties

I am an avid snowboarder and I have noticed that socks made of merino wool are incredibly good at wicking away moisture while keeping my feet warm. However, I was wondering about other textiles tha...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by user1660‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Choosing socks for frequent switching cold-warm

I'm looking for socks for the following conditions and to complement the following footwear. My wife frequently spends several hours driving a car (setting car temperature to stay around +20°C) , ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by yurkennis‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Merino wool, brands and layers?

Newbie here. Few days back I came to know about merino wool. This was from an article about travelling the world in just 20 lb or roughly 10 kg backpack. From the article - My socks, shirts,...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by shirish‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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