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Au Sommet Blog

Last winter, Zach and I took on an exciting challenge with our coworker Caroline. Our goal was to summit all 46 of the High Peaks in the Adirondack region between the months of May and September, and ideally before her (not that we are competitive or anything...).
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The choice in technical clothing offered by outdoor companies is vast and often complicated if you don't understand why products are created. For hiking, cycling, going out climbing, running trails or simply for walking in the city there are many different shell options. This guide seeks to explain the ins and outs of the world of shells so you can make the best choice for your needs.

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With several different types of base layers on the market, which should you choose?  Synthetic, merino, blends, and even compression are some of the options out there.  For simplicity’s sake, today we will focus on two of the major materials in the outdoor industry: synthetic versus merino.  Both fabrics have their ups and downs, so it’s important to know the differences to get the specific performance that you desire.

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Down items lose their effectiveness if they are not washed; they will last longer and keep you warmer if they are well taken care of.  Built up oils and dirt will reduce loft and as a result, warmth. However, it's important to not wash too often, as that can reduce longevity also. The amount you wash depends on usage care.
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The tent that you will take on your next camping trip will either help or complicate your outdoor experience. It is important to analyze your needs before buying this piece of equipment to find the tent that meets your specific needs. At the beginning of your search, ask yourself the following questions:
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What are the best pants for all-round summer use? I would be tempted to argue for no pants at all, or at least shorts, but sometimes in today's society they are a necessity. 
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What is the ideal pack for you? Read on to find out!

Know Your Size!

For a perfect fit, it is important to have the right back length for your backpack, the right shoulder strap sizing, and the right hip belt size. A person's overall height is not important. What matters is the length of a person's torso.

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