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M Top Ultralight Tent Review

49 New Comments This Week
By Sean McDevitt on April 15, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters.

M Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review

14 New Comments This Week
By David Chenault on April 08, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
For their first ever attempt, Black diamond created a versatile, durable, and waterproof windshirt that raises the bar for ultralight windshirts.

M The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack

8 New Comments This Week
By David Chenault on April 01, 2014 in Trends » Commentary
From humble beginnings to the sophisticated and lightweight packs, the ultralight backpack is a tale filled with adaptation and pushing the balance of weight and features.

M The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves

8 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin on April 15, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Lindal valves are what makes your stove work (or not work). Their proper care can keep your stove running for years.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4

3 New Comments This Week
By Damien and Renee Tougas on April 08, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 1

1 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin on November 26, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
A preview of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire.

M REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review

1 New Comments This Week
By Will Rietveld on April 01, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
A lightweight, high performance tent great for ultralight backpackers looking for more comfort in the wilderness - most notably couples.

Hilleberg Rajd Tent REVIEW

1 New Comments This Week
By Will Rietveld on November 14, 2006 in Gear » Reviews
Lightweight single wall, two-person shelter with lots going for it: quality materials and construction, ease of set up, interior space and headroom, and storm worthiness – but it has one major problem.

M Rain Pants State of the Market Report

1 New Comments This Week
By Brad Groves on May 29, 2012 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
A critical look at seven lightweight rain pants to keep you dry this spring.

Most Commented This Month

M Top Ultralight Tent Review

49 New Comments This Month
By Sean McDevitt on April 15, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters.

M The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack

49 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on April 01, 2014 in Trends » Commentary
From humble beginnings to the sophisticated and lightweight packs, the ultralight backpack is a tale filled with adaptation and pushing the balance of weight and features.

M Gränsfors-Bruks Mini Hatchet Review

36 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on March 25, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
While not a part of the traditional lightweight backpacker's gear list, a hatchet is a great piece of gear that can bring a unique perspective to fire building and shelter making.

M REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review

20 New Comments This Month
By Will Rietveld on April 01, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
A lightweight, high performance tent great for ultralight backpackers looking for more comfort in the wilderness - most notably couples.

M Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review

15 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on April 08, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
For their first ever attempt, Black diamond created a versatile, durable, and waterproof windshirt that raises the bar for ultralight windshirts.

M Concerning the Wilderness Serape

14 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on March 25, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Despite the added weight, a Serape is a versatile piece of backpacking gear that can help manage the sudden weather changes.

M AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization

10 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on February 18, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Combining the best of both worlds, AT Nordic ski systems give you comfort, stability, and lightweight as you explore the backcountry.

M Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 2

9 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin on March 19, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
A performance review of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire.

M The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves

8 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on April 15, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Lindal valves are what makes your stove work (or not work). Their proper care can keep your stove running for years.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4

7 New Comments This Month
By Damien and Renee Tougas on April 08, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

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Ultralight Tip of the Week

431 Comments
By Mike Clelland! on January 13, 2012 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Rotating feature with tips and illustrations from Mike Clelland!'s new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

M Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems

270 Comments
By Ryan Jordan on December 27, 2011 in Trends » Commentary
Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3

222 Comments
By Roger Caffin on July 16, 2013 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007.

Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review

166 Comments
By Ryan Jordan on January 24, 2012 in Gear » Reviews
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter.

M Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Part 1: Definition and Pitching

142 Comments
By Roger Caffin on April 10, 2012 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
How tunnel tents work, why they can handle extreme weather, and how to pitch them under extreme conditions.

M Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort

141 Comments
By Roger Caffin on September 14, 2010 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
We survey lightweight internal frame packs with a maximum weight of 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) and a volume generally in the range 50 L to 75 L.

M Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!

137 Comments
By Jeremy Pendrey on December 15, 2009 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
As lightweight backpackers, we obsess over the weight of every piece of gear we carry, but many of us give little thought to the weight of the heaviest piece of gear of all: ourselves. How do we begin to treat our own weight with the same care that we treat the weight of our gear? By doing what we already do well: going light.

Podcast: Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?

126 Comments
By Carol Crooker on April 11, 2007 in Trends » Podcasts
Senior NOLS instructors discuss the major hurdles to NOLS going light and propose solutions.

M How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags

116 Comments
By Ari Jutkowitz VMD, DACVECC on April 10, 2013 in Technology » Test Reports
How do supposedly "odor proof" plastic bags for backpacking hold up to the keen nose of a Police K9?