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Wednesday the 19th of March 2014

11:15 PM

Amassing my gear for guiding

Today at lunch, Mark and I had a sprint into the outdoor gear shops in town looking for a good 3-quarter length bushwalking jacket. Mark's is getting very old and starts leaking after 4-5 hours of intense rain.

At the Gear Freak Day, Jenni showed us the Mont raincoat which is exactly what Mark has been looking for and Paddy Pallan sells them. In addition to Paddy Pallan, we also went to Kamandu and MacPac to check out what are there in the market.

At MacPac, we saw Annie who works there as a casual. She introduced us to a new fabric - eVent- which has a different technology from Gortex. Annie said it is better than Gortex in ventilation performance and is used in the military, firefighters, emergency response teams, police and other industries.

I searched the eVent fabric website. There is not much information about the technology. In essence, the membrane they use (which is patented of course) is superior in "letting the sweat out". Other than functionality, the design of the MacPac eVent jacket is also better than the Mont one.

So Mark gets one and I get one.

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