Jackets & Insulation

With proper care, quality outdoor gear is built to last through years, even decades, of hard use and abuse. And yet all it takes is one neglectful or absent-minded moment to cause substantial damage to your equipment. Here are some of the most common fails and their accompanying fixes. MOLD AND MILDEW In the rush…

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When it comes to the future of down-filled winter apparel, it seems that the revolution will not be puffed. An innovative new material has successfully converted down into thin, stable sheets of fabric that can be layered inside apparel. This eliminates the iconic ‘Michelin Man’ puff effect created by the long-standard method of creating a…

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Regardless of the length of your trip, from a three-hour hike to a three-day or three-week expedition, all hikers should carry the 10 essentials—a list developed by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the public agency responsible for the majority of search and rescue operations in New Hampshire. In this outdoor skills video, AMC…

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Temperatures are set to plummet later this week in the Northeast, with lows in the single digits or even below zero across much of the region. All that bitter air doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside—it just means that you need to dress appropriately to stay comfortable (and safe) in winter’s icy embrace….

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Nearly 20 years. That’s how long I’ve had the Power Stretch top that I still routinely wear on cold-weather bike commutes. In my experience, there is simply no other fabric that performs as well, as warmly, or as durably for my base layer needs. As the name implies, Power Stretch fabric features a distinctive four-way stretch, which…

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This year we asked AMC front- and backcountry experts across the Northeast to share what’s on their personal holiday wish lists. Perhaps not surprisingly, responses ranged from heavy reading to a ski-trail groomer and everything in between. Maybe you’ll find gift ideas below for the outdoor fans in your family—or for your own list. What…

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Aerogel is made almost entirely of air encapsulated in an ultra-light silica matrix and is the lowest-density solid material that exists. This man-made substance also has superb insulating abilities and has been used extensively by NASA in spacesuits, space shuttles, satellites, and other applications. Aerogel’s ultralight, ultra-warm qualities would seem to make it an ideal…

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Remember that classic scene from “A Christmas Story”? It’s a frigid morning, and a doting mother has dressed her youngest child in so many layers of winter clothes that he stands in front of her “like a tick about to pop.” “I can’t put my arms down!” he yells. “Put your arms down when you…

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AMC Outdoors, November/December 2015 Was the down in your jacket or sleeping bag stripped from a live animal? Maybe. Maybe not. Until recently, it was impossible to know. That’s changing, however, as a small but growing number of outdoor companies institutes standards designed to ensure none of their down comes from live-plucked birds. Goose and…

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Don’t wait for the first snowfall. Trek down into the basement, out into the garage, or deep into the closet and pull out all of your winter gear—tonight. A thorough preseason evaluation of everything from clothes to skis to crampons will help preserve your gear, keep you safe, and prevent problems once you do head…

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