Spring is here and every year at this time I look for opportunities to upgrade my layering system. As many of you know, I’m a huge Triple Aught Design fan and the Stealth LT continues to be my go to Softshell outer layer. Especially in wet weather. However, Paul Scheffler and the folks over at the Deadbird Society, have educated me on the virtues of Arc’teryx and I’m a little pissed that I haven’t given any of their stuff a run before now. In short order, I’ve invested in an Atom LT Hoody in Carbon Copy…
And a Squamish Hoody in Thalo Blue.
The Atom LT has instantly become one of the most versatile jackets I own. It can be worn under the Stealth as a three season mid-layer or as a standalone outer layer. It’s feather light and compresses down to nothing, which is great since it doesn’t add any weight or take up a lot of space in my pack when I’m not wearing it.
The Squamish is a summer weight wind shell. It’s DWR will also shed light rain for a time before wetting out. I will be wearing both jackets extensively through the end of the year and sharing more thoughts on them along the way.
For you photography enthusiasts, check out gear from Tenba. I’ll be doing a review on their BYOB 7 Camera Insert, which is one of the most versatile bag inserts I’ve tried to-date. They also make packs and I plan to reach out to them to see if they are interested in a review.
In addition to the Tenba insert, look for reviews on the Direction Action Small Messenger Bag and Dragon Egg Backpack. I’ve enjoyed both and they’re affordable for EDC’ers on a budget, which is always a plus.