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Philly Steve
City: Philadelphia
State: PA
Country: USA!
Begins: Apr 20, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Apr 20th, 2016
Start: Philadelphia, PA
End: Philadelphia, PA
Daily Distance: 0

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The Importance of Layers

Friends that are thinking about getting into hiking ask me a lot about gear. More specifically, they have questions about the types of clothes I like to wear when I am on trail. As well as where the heck I manage to keep it all! Thanks to my team of blog designers we were able to create a GIF of the different layers I am utilizing on the PCT.

The majority of the clothing I wear is popular among long distance hikers. The brands are well known and available at all the large and small outfitters. I find that in apparel, unlike other segments of the gear industry, the biggest companies tend to produce high quality products. Over the past three years two have stood out among the others, providing flexibility and comfort in areas that I had previously accepted as the best I could do.

The Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket is exactly what I was looking for in a waterproof shell. Previously, I had an older model of the Patagonia Torrentshell. It was absolutely water tight, but unfortunately I produced enough sweat while wearing it that I sometimes couldnt tell if it even worth the trouble. The helium 2 is seriously light and breathable. I often put it on in the morning to keep the cold breeze away until my body warms up. For the record, I rock the typhoon/hot sauce color combination.

The second piece of clothing that works wonders for me is the Patagonia R1 Hoody. Its basically a mid layer designed for rock climbers. Its made out of stretchable thin fabric but can still keep you warm at night. Before I found the R1 the hip belt on my pack would cause my fleece to ride up as I walked. The extended tail originally designed with climbers in mind solved that problem perfectly. The fabric is something new that I hadnt encountered before. The hood zips up to your eyes (this was my friend on so many windy days in Scotland) and somehow remains light compared to similar jackets. Honestly, I dont see the R1 at many places and I am not sure why. Its versatility gives me confidence in the ever changing weather conditions of the mountains. Quite simply, I always have it in my pack.

Just like Shrek, hikers have layers. And they certainly love parfait! (I have gained 10 lbs in the past few months in the hopes I wont be so quick to get thin. This is me apologizing in advance for my succulent love handles. I know the ladies cant resist:)

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-Steven A. Baruti "Philly Steve"


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