When Chris Korbulic checks in, it is usually after some epic personal adventure to the ends of the whitewater earth. The stories are always incredible and the images stunning, but his missions seem surreal since they are almost always a personal tick accomplished with a crew of professional kayakers. His latest report, from the Murchison Falls section of the Nile River in Uganda, provides a different angle on adventure. In this instance, Korbulic was merely one guide in the first commercial descent of this wild stretch of African Class V river.
Tracking the many vertical miles of Kyle Miller is exhausting, even when just keeping tabs on his travels from the couch. And since we bought him a plane ticket to the Southern Hemisphere, Miller has been on a counter-seasonal, high-kilometer tear with visits to club fields, van sightings at tourist attractions, and speaking engagements at splitfests. But the biggest challenge is predicting where he will turn up next and what his story will be—because Kyle Miller travels by no set plan.
By the original definition, a soft shell is built from stretch-woven material that sheds light precipitation without sealing off breathability or sacrificing mobility. It’s ideal for backcountry touring, ice climbing, or Nordic skiing. Packing along a loft layer to function as an instant warm-up extends the thermal range of a soft shell system. Since it’s return to popular outdoor use more than a decade ago, the classification has expanded to include even more options from insulated soft shells such as our award winning Propellant Jacket to hybrid constructions such as our coveted Frontpoint 2.0 shell. It has also been clouded by blurred lines about what makes a soft shell fabric. In this education installment, Eddie Bauer DVP of technical product Andrew Turner explains soft shell in straightforward terminology boiled down to breathability. Soak it all in, then decide for yourself what soft shell is best suited to your intended use.This week our New School of Layering education campaign continues on our First Ascent line page, in our Eddie Bauer stores and on the Live Your Adventure blog. For those who have only seen the headline, it is our breakdown on the technical evolution of layering options that has provided a wide range of system and individualized options. In our line, we’ve categorized them into Hard Shell, Soft Shell and Integrated Systems with individual technical components including down and synthetic loft layers, waterproof/breathable shell layers, soft shell options and technical fleece midlayers. —LYA Editor Comments (0)
David Morton and Jake Norton set out to trace the Ganges from its source on the Gangotri Glacier to its outlet in the world’s largest delta at the Bay of Bengal. They also aimed to climb to the summit of Chaukhamba IV (6,854 meters), but in the mountaineering realm little goes according to plan.
Since the invention of lofted synthetic insulation, mountaineers have debated the merits of down versus synthetic insulation. In the next installment of our New School of Layering education campaign, Eddie Bauer guide and Everest women’s summit record holder Melissa Arnot examines both sides of the technical argument of picking a down or synthetic loft layer.
Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot has climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest more times than any woman. In those harsh, high-altitude environments she has learned the critical importance of technical layering. With this impressive resume of high-altitude achievement, she is an incredible resource on the strategies to stay warm in the mountains. In our latest New School of Layering education piece, Arnot provides an educated overview of the current state of technical layering and the importance of building a system that can maintain comfort in shifting weather.
This week our New School of Layering campaign continues with a focus on the mid, loft, shell and integrated layers that form the building blocks of customized personal comfort in the mountains. We’re getting technical in our stores, on our First Ascent page and on the Live Your Adventure blog, highlighting innovative designs such as our Propellant Jacket, our BC 200 or our Downlight Hooded Jacket. Check out the full education campaign or simply watch a woman who knows a thing or two about layering speak the truth in this clip. —LYA Editor
David Morton and Jake Norton have checked in twice, on their journey from the source of the Ganges River on the Gangotri Glacier to its outlet in the world’s largest delta at the Bay of Bengal. The Eddie Bauer guides are currently tracing the meltwater route of the Ganges from the high peaks of India along its sacred lifeline to the sea.