Gear: REI Take Two!!
Set the Scene:
It's 5:30am, the sun has yet to rise, 90% of Mainers are still asleep, and it is 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside. A sparkly frost covers the bare trees and turns the grass white. Planet Money (my favorite podcast) plays on the radio and scenic route 16 passes by. I'm on my way to my favorite place aside from the outdoors: REI. (See my previous post for reasons why)
Bonus: Sierra Trading Post
You're probably asking, "Who the heck does the bonus at the beginning?" I do! Mostly because I arrived in Framingham half an hour early. I went to my usual Starbucks in Shopper's World and happened to drive past the newly opened Sierra Trading Post! With my gear still needed list in hand, I went in. It's essentially TJMaxx or Marshalls for outdoor goods. It was amazing! Here's my haul:
The best part of my newly acquired items you ask? They were all at least 30% off!
Compare to the Sea to Summit Aeros UL Pillow at $39.95
The Firelight pillow does way 1.1 ounce more...I'm okay with that!
I got this on recommendation from a friend. Although the R value is lower than my current pad and it is not self inflating, it is SO much more comfortable. And half the price. Seriously, try this!! (They also make an insulated version if you prefer!)
Extra bonus, it fits so much better in my bag and weighs less!
Compare to the ThermaRest ProLite Plus that I just returned at $99.95
No longer available on the Sierra Trading Post site (sorry!)
Even with my new EMS discount the STP prices were cheaper! These are half off!
Compare to the Smartwool MSRP at $80
Again, half off!!! and still cheaper than my EMS discount!
Compare to the Smartwool MSRP at $90
My accidental STP trip turned out to be very fruitful! I also got a pair of insulated glove liners for $12!
The Main Attraction: REI!
I am so excited about this pack! Here are my favorite parts:
It is so comfortable! And far more adjustable than the Deuter I had.
The front mesh pocket provides a place for things to dry.
It comes with a rain cover and it has its own pocket!
The hip pockets are big and mesh!
It has a built in UL day pack for trips into town or slack packing.
It weighs an ENTIRE POUND less than the Deuter pack and was only $20 more.
You may say, "But Rachel it is smaller!" Don't worry, friends! 60 +10 L was far too big for me!
I even managed to squeeze in a training run on my way back into town! What a great day.
A HUGE thank you to REI Framingham for making my gear choices so much easier and accepting my returns!
An even BIGGER thank you to Sarah for accompanying me on my run today in the snow!