Western Mountaineering

September 24, 2014

Western Mountaineering is a US based gear manufacturer who focuses on premium-down products. I’ve owned their Aplinlite sleeping bag for a number of years so this article is a long time coming… Specs “Long” size (6′-6) 20* F Rating Extremelite 12D shell, 15D nylon tafetta liner, 850 fill down Full length YKK zipper, draft collar, hood with cinch adjustment Total…

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February 14, 2014

Man oh man, this winter has been a strange one! Well it depends on your locale of course, but here in California we had some nice early snow, then nothing… not a drop for months. We did see some unusually cold temperatures which sort of made us cringe and not want to go outside. In other parts of the US,…

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March 6, 2013

March is right around the corner here!.. but we still have plenty of winter ahead of us, plus a lot of cold spring nights. Down clothing is great insulation against the cold when the mercury ducks for cover. For backpacking trips, down can be ideal, especially when it’s being packed away until camp is made. Since down is the most…

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