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  • Introducing Y Fuse, Our Newest Shell Fabric

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    This month, we’re introducing Pertex Y Fuse, the newest outer shell fabric for our 3-season sleeping bags. Y Fuse will replace the Nano fabric, which will be phased out. We’re making the switch because of recent improvements in fabric technology: the Y Fuse fabric uses yarns with unique Y-shaped filaments that create a tightly interlocking structure.

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    This structure makes for a highly stable fabric with increased downproofing and water beading properties. We’ve put it to the test, both on the design floor and on the trail, and love the added durability of Y Fuse. It’s designed to handle years of wear and multiple washes, and comes with some added softness too.

    The Y Fuse is a 20 denier fabric, the same as the Nano fabric we used previously, but is slightly lighter weight. We still recommend that those looking for the lightest, loftiest sleeping bags check out our UL line, which features 10 denier Pertex Endurance fabric and 950+ fill down, but the Y Fuse bags will shave a few grams from the Nano generation’s weight. Great for all-around use and made to last, the Y Fuse fabric adds a fresh set of features to some of our best-loved bags.

    Which sleeping bags will be offered in the Y Fuse fabric?

    Sleeping bags we currently make in the Nano fabric will be offered in Y Fuse. This includes the following models: Flicker, Hummingbird, Swallow, Swift, Osprey, Merlin, Kestrel, Lark, Raven, Grouse, Egret, Petrel, Puffin, Penguin, and Condor.

    We’ll be phasing the fabric into our line throughout the summer, so if your model of choice isn’t available in Y Fuse yet, it will be soon!

    Will anything else change about the 3-season sleeping bags?

    In addition to new shell fabric, the Y Fuse bags will feature a new 20D nylon lining that is softer and lighter than the previous lining. We will continue to use high quality European 900+ fill down in all sleeping bags with the Y Fuse fabric, and the design and sizing of the bags will remain the same.

    What colors will the Y Fuse come in?

    We’ll make Y Fuse bags in four classic colors: Iris, Fir, Cardinal, and Marine. We’ll offer each sleeping bag in 1-3 of these color options.

    Where can I see the technical specs for the Y Fuse fabric?

    You can find more information on our fabrics page.

    Want to know which Y Fuse bags are currently available?

    You can find the latest bags on our Y Fuse page.

    Have another question?  Send us an email at customerservice@featheredfriends.com.

  • Arc'teryx Phase AR Baselayer Review

    Phase AR in action in WA Review by Claire Giordano

    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, there are two items I will never have too many of; baselayers and fleece jackets. A good baselayer top is the foundation of an effective layering system ready to meet changeable weather conditions from coastal rains to snowy peaks. Because we take our baselayers so many places, we demand a lot from them. We expect them to be warm but not too hot, durable and yet lightweight, and cozy but not overly bulky.

    Over the last five months I got to adventure with the new Arc’teryx Phase AR baselayer, and it is now my top-pick for a synthetic shirt.

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  • Gear List for Winter Adventures

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    Winter is coming which means the door is open for many fantastic outdoor activities. If you’re just getting into winter sports it can be a bit intimidating to plan your adventure, so here is a basic list of items that will make you much more comfortable and safe along the way!

    Words and Pictures by Meghan Young. Meghan is an avid outdoorswoman from Washington and a founder of the Pacific Northwest Outdoor Women's Group. You can follow her adventures on instagram @missmeghanyoung. 

    Ten Essentials

    The ten essentials are a must-have for backcountry travel during any season. In the winter this list becomes even more important due to the more severe temperature ranges. Online you will find a few versions of the list, but I like the one created by our friends at The Mountaineers the best.

    1. Navigation (map and compass)
    2. Sun Protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and clothing)
    3. Insulation (always bring a variety of layers)
    4. Illumination (headlamp/ flashlight AND extra batteries)
    5. First aid supplies
    6. Fire (butane lighter and waterproof matches)
    7. Repair kit and tools
    8. Nutrition (extra food for one additional day)
    9. Hydration (extra water and a purification method)
    10. Emergency shelter

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  • Arc'teryx Alpha SL Jacket Review

    A waterproof and windproof hardshell is the heart of my outdoor adventure kit. It is a piece of gear that goes on every single trip from a short day hike on my favorite local mountain to week-long backpacks in remote areas. Over the last year I searched for a new favorite hardshell, and I think I finally found it in the Arc’teryx Alpha SL.

    Alpha SL Jacket on Wonderland Trail day hike. Picture by Grace Giordano. Alpha SL Jacket on a Wonderland Trail day hike. Picture by Grace Giordano. Review by Claire Giordano.

    At the end of September I took the jacket on a slew of day hikes and a multi-day backpacking trip. Fall hiking in Washington guarantees a mixed bag of weather, and we got a little bit of everything from rain to cold wind and sunshine. I was happy through it all in the Alpha SL.

    The first thing I noticed about the jacket is how LIGHT it is. The women’s jacket (size M) clocked in at a pleasant 9.3 oz. This shaves significant ounces off the other jackets I usually carry, and I barely noticed the jacket while wearing it. The GORE-TEX® PacLite® fabric is not only light, but is less crinkly and compresses into a stuff sack that came with the jacket. Lightweight and packable, it was a no brainer to take it with me everyday.

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  • Suunto Spartan Ultra: First Impressions

    Our Seattle store just received the new Suunto Spartan Ultra watches! Over the last week we sent one out in the field to gather some top-level beta on this new multisport GPS watch from Suunto.  Keep your eyes out over the next few months for more in-depth reviews of specific features. 

    Suunto Spartan Ultra

    Over the last week I got to take Suunto’s Spartan Ultra HR on a few field tests. Here are my initial impressions. Keep your eyes out for subsequent follow-up reviews after I have gotten it on some backpacking trips, tracked data longer, and explored the upcoming software updates.

    Out of the box

    The Spartan looks and feels great. I got my hands on the All-black HR with the steel bezel, and it looks clean, sharp, and streamlined. In the box is a very simplified instruction manual, a connector cable, a HR monitor, and a sticker (I am a sucker for stickers).

    Putting the watch on was a pleasant surprise. The first thing I noticed was how light it felt. As a woman with quite small wrists, I have tried on most GPS watches on the market and disliked the feel of all of them. All of them looked huge on me and would not wrap properly around my wrist; at best they would flop around when I ran, and worst would press on my lower arm bone quite uncomfortably. While the Spartan does look big on me, it is actually comfortable for a long day of hiking. A big part of the comfort for me is the slightly curved back face of the watch and the siliconized straps that hold the watch in place without having to be tightened uncomfortably.

    While the watch is likely too big to be my all-day every-day wearer, I can easily see it meeting this need for someone with larger wrists or someone who is used to a larger device.

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