Current Clothing


Sewing details here. Provides better coverage and better ventilation than rain jacket at much lower weight. 165 grams.

Wide-brim hat

Sunday Afternoon Charter Hat, size L, purchased at REI. Mostly nylon, with some sort of foam in brim. Brim much stiffer than other nylon hats I tried at store. Adjustable sizing, so can be loosened to allow wearing thick insulated hat underneath in cold conditions. Chinstrap keeps hat in place in strong winds. In milder conditions, I prefer to push chinstrap behind head. To prevent hat from being blown off by sudden gust, with or without chinstrap in place, I attach to shirt with keeper cord: 20" of thin black braided dacron, with loop on one end for attaching to hanging loop on shirt, mitten hook on other end for hooking to chinstrap. 110 grams.

Blaze-orange hat cover

Sewing details here. Worn over crown of wide-brim hat during hunting season. Can also be used to mark location of pack, when leaving it temporarily (such as to fetch water), since pack and other gear is neutral colored and inconspicuous. 15 grams.


Sewing details here. Worn over wide-brim hat. In hot weather, if bugs are only attacking neck (black flies tend to avoid face), push up front of netting to permit better ventilation. Seldom used, since I try to arrange my hiking times and locations such that flying bugs not a big problem. 25 grams.

Sleep hat

Sewing details here. Square-bottomed bag that fits over head while sleeping. Used to absorb moisture, since pillow stuff sack is non-breathable. Also protects head from being bitten by mosquitoes in case bug-bivy netting lies directly against skin. Provides a small amount of warmth. Blocks out light. Protects quilt from getting dirty from hair oils. 20 grams.

Insulated hat

Sewing details here. Worn alone on cold mornings while doing exercises. Otherwise, worn under wide-brim hat. Provides surprising amount of warmth for very little weight. Allows modulating warmth easily while hiking/biking, since it can easily be put on and taken off and small size allows easy storage in neck purse. 25 grams.

Insulated jacket

Sewing details here. Cut trim to minimize heat loss due to bellows effect. Stored inside stuff sack to make pillow at night. 470 grams.

Supplex shirt

Sewing details here. Supplex nylon pullover shirt. Zip-T collar and long sleeves, to allow shirt to function as light windbreaker in cool weather. Cut loose to allow airflow to underarms when sleeves rolled up, so comfortable in very hot weather. Bring two shirts on long trips so as to have spare. 200 grams.

Long pants

Sewing details here. Sewn-in elastic waist and belt, side seam pockets. Comfortable enough to wear without underwear. Legs can be rolled up in warm weather for ventilation. Provided fabric has a firm hand, legs will stay rolled up without difficulty. Pants can be hiked up by rolling waistband, so as to prevent inner thighs from rubbing and chafing when hiking in hot and humid weather. Pants are more difficult to replace than shirts, so always bring two long pants when hiking in Europe. In addition to replacement in case primary pants are damaged, spare pants can be used for sleeping, in case primary pants are wet, and for wearing about town, while primary pants are drying after being laundered. 285 grams when made of 4-ply Taslan.


Sewing details here. Warmer and faster to dry than gloves. 75 grams when made of 1/4" thick polyester pile.


100% nylon, from Walmart. Further discussion here. 40 grams/pair for crew length.