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Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp

21 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on September 17, 2014
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author.

Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof

3 New Comments This Week
By Darin Banner on September 16, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt

2 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin on September 10, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove.

M The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World

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By Darin Banner on September 10, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
MYOG: A pack that weighs less than a pound, carries 30 pounds while transferring load to the hips, and is ideal for multi-day ultralight expeditions.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 15

1 New Comments This Week
By Damien and Renee Tougas on September 16, 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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Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp

21 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on September 17, 2014
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author.

M Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf

18 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on August 26, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
Featuring the author's live journals as well as a detailed assessment of trekking gear used on the trip.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt

18 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on September 10, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove.

M The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World

15 New Comments This Month
By Darin Banner on September 10, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
MYOG: A pack that weighs less than a pound, carries 30 pounds while transferring load to the hips, and is ideal for multi-day ultralight expeditions.

M Paramo Bora Fleece & Windproof Smock Combo

13 New Comments This Month
By Matthew Pullan on August 26, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The Bora Smock is certainly not at the pinnacle of ultralight gear, nevertheless it is a versatile piece of clothing that maintains breathability while offering warmth and excellent waterproofing.

M The Updated Foot-Care Kit

4 New Comments This Month
By Darin Banner on July 22, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof

3 New Comments This Month
By Darin Banner on September 16, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 14

2 New Comments This Month
By Damien and Renee Tougas on September 02, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M Expedition Blogging, Part 1: A Satellite Phone-Based System

2 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on September 03, 2014 in Technology » Features
A series of articles evaluating platforms for social media, photo blogging, and two-way email communications.

M Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics

2 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on December 21, 2013 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Episode 2 of "Learn to Packraft!" provides an overview of stillwater packrafting gear and techniques.

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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

233 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?