Gear Review: Patagonia R1 Hoody

It’s that time of year again, hunting season is begnning in the north east. Here in Rhode Island, there rules are as follows:

Fluorescent orange safety clothing is required during the hunting season statewide for all hunters. To meet this requirement, safety clothing must be solid daylight fluorescent orange. Fluorescent camouflage does not meet this requirement. The hunter orange must be worn above the waist and be visible in all directions.

Examples are: a hat that covers 200 square inches or combination of hat and vest covering 500 square inches.

1. 200sq. in. by small game hunters during the small game season.

2. 200sq. in. by fall turkey hunters while traveling.

3. 200sq. in. by muzzleloader hunters during the muzzle-loading deer season.

4. 200sq. in. by archers when traveling to/from stands during the muzzleloader deer season only.

5. 500sq. in. by all hunters (including archers) and all users of management areas and undeveloped state parks during all portions of shotgun deer seasons.

Reference: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/pdf/huntabs.pdf

 

And this is all for good reason, there were some very tragic incidents in the state last year that should have been avoided. That all being said, I dont mind all that much once it gets to be winter, as I get to breakout my favorite layer, the Patagonia R1 Hoody. While pricey, it’s by far my go-to layer for any winter activity. The hood fits well, the thumb holes are a great feature, and it is available in Mango ORange, which is close enough to hunter orange for me. IT breathes well, weighs next to nothing, and wicks moisture. The fabric is extreamly soft and the waffle fleece design makes it increadibly insulating. I’ve worn mine with a compression base layer and windshell in near 0 degrees comfortably while snowshoeing. IF you treat yourself to one piece of high-end gear this year, make it the R1 for sure.

Massey’s does price match, so poke around to see if it is the best deal out there, and they will match it with free shipping!

Rhode Island’s North South Trail

     

 

I led a series of hikes in 2011-2012 for the AMC spanning the entirety of the North South Trail, a 77 mile footpath that begins at the RI/MA border and continues south to Charlestown and the Atlantic Ocean. It covers a variety of terrain from country back roads to deep pine forests, and was an excellent way to get outside close to home and see some parts of my home state I never knew existed. One thing I did struggle with was getting good information about the trail, maps, and info on where to start and end my section hikes. I decided to compile a map and create GPS/GPX tracks for each segment.

The maps were created with my handheld Garmin Unit and then with the help of my AMC friends, uploaded here.

If you want to download the tracks to a GPS, or view them in Google Earth, use this link.

I take my GPS unit on all my hikes, for secondary navigation (always have a map/compass), but also to record my travels.