Men’s Tech. Staying Warm and Dry with Patagonia’s Capilene and H2No

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 Summer Highlights for the Guys

– Winter may be over but the task of staying warm and dry isn’t done by a long shot. Spring and Summer weather is unpredictable. Thunderstorms and cold above treeline camps are just the beginning. Here are my suggestions for keeping the camp happy.

Starting from the base up, Patagonia Capilene Baselayers are a great year-round layer. Through the summer season Capilene provides the added bonus of offering you sun protection (SPF 35) when you wear it as your outer layer. And of course, Capilene holds the cold at bay during those chilly nights camping in Colorado’s high country. Choose between Lightweight and Midweight depending on how hot or cold you run, nighttime temperatures, and your elevation.

If you’re needing even a little more insulation or just like the feel of something a bit more substantial for a top, Patagonia’s R1 3/4 Zip Hoody ($159), helps keep you the perfect temperature. The Polartec Grid pattern keeps you warm and toasty even if you prefer a no-fire camp and helps regulate your temperature during the day with great breathability. Among the staff this piece is known as the “ultimate camp sweater!”

You only need to be caught out in one summer monsoon to learn the lesson of not being prepared. So when you think of gearing up for the summer “dry” season know that an afternoon shower can hit you faster than you can get angry that you don’t have your rainshell with you!

Ski Haus has a great selection of rainshells from Marmot, ArcTeryx, Patagonia, and The North Face. The Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket ($199.00) is the ultimate shell featuring H2No membrane and plenty of stretch for all your activities. The jacket is not stiff but supple to the hand and quiet to the ear. Use the hood to hunker down or stow it out of the way with a simple hook and loop system.

And when the sun comes back out stuff this jacket into its chest pocket. Here is a rain jacket that can handle a monster monsoon to a persistent all-day drizzle. You’ll have fun either way ’cause you thought ahead and packed a rain jacket!

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