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Apr 6, 2013
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I'd sell you my Arcteryx Alpha LT if your still looking, thing is sick and light...retails $500, yours for $100 Nick Votto
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Apr 6, 2013
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There's a wealth I info in there that will help on anyone's hiking endeavors. I'd look into "wetting through" before you pull the trigger on something really expensive.

I often don't bring a shell for summer AT hiking because if it. The shell I do have is the Patagonia torentshell pull over. I like it a great deal and almost bought a second when I thought I'd lost it. You can get one too for 70 or so dollars.
Stephen Ackley
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Apr 6, 2013
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I have the Alpha SV, if you're going for a "bombproof" jacket, that's the definition of one. But honestly, it's pretty overkill, I find myself wearing my soft shell jacket instead most of the time. willeslinger
From Golden, Colorado
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Apr 6, 2013
Ponchos are okay as long as the wind isn't blowing. At that point, they're about as useful as a big, wide skirt (remember that iconic pic of Marilyn Monroe?). I carried them a few times, thinking I'd use one as a tarp. Never happened, probably since I had a tent with a floor. Just my experience. flynn
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