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LL Bean has a nice catalog. Patagonia is over rated--too woke for their own good, not familiar with Montane but a quick look says pricy. Shopping around will get you better equipment and lower prices. If you are logo obsessed, that's your choice.
Did Mount Washington in the winter, in my younger days, before blogging. 2/18/1990. Did all the 4000 footers in New England and New York in winter. That was in the 1980s and 90s. The gear today is much better. I had not heard of Montane before. It looks pretty good. Thanks for the link. But no more winter peak bagging for me. I agree that fall is the best time for hiking.
Did Mt. Washington 1st week of October many years ago.1980 62 and light breezes at the botton. 100+ mile per hr. at the summit. Coolest thing ever but then again I was only 22yo. Been up many time mostly driving. Had 60 below and 120 mph one time. Took the railway up on Halloween 3 years ago. Weather was clear hardly any breeze and 55 degrees.
Lakes gets a lot of traffic because 1)Ammonoosuc Ravine is the fastest way up Mt. Wash 2)It is only an hour to the summit so people can take the Cog up and down 3)It is the terminus of two of the best hikes in Whites, the Gulfside Trail and the Monroe-Eisenhower Trail.
As I remember it sleeps something like 60 in ~8 person rooms.
The high huts are shut down by first week in October because AMC believed they were attracting people planning for summer into early winter conditions, as evidenced by several rescues and at least one fatality.