Hall of Fame Features

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Today's Most Popular Gear Reviews & Articles

Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Shoe Review

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By Ryan Jordan | on September 17, 2013 | in Gear » Reviews
The quest for the perfect lightweight backpacking shoe continues. Don't hold your breath. While these shoes are great for most hikes they are less than ideal for seriously demanding trips.

Boy Scout Gear List: New Scouts, Three-Season

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By Doug Prosser | on June 07, 2005 | in Gear » Gear Lists
New Boy Scouts (and your parents!), take note: going light will leave your patrol leaders in the dust and there will be money left over from your paper route.

Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing for Leather

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By Roger Caffin | on October 27, 2009 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Treat your leather nicely, THEN abuse the ever-loving daylights out of it.

MontBell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review

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By Will Rietveld | on November 05, 2013 | in Gear » Reviews
Although certainly a very dependable jacket, the Plasma seems to be more of a technology statement rather than a high-value jacket.

Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock Review

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By Danny Milks | on September 20, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
The Mount Asgard Smock is a minimalist mountaineering shell meant to withstand hard use and bad weather. If Superman needed a jacket, would this be the one?

7 Myths about the Continental Divide Trail

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By Francis Tapon | on April 05, 2011 | in Places » Featured Routes
At first glance, doing a round-trip (a yo-yo) on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) seems like a waste. Why not hike a different trail instead of hiking the same one two times? However, unlike the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, the CDT is never the same trail twice.

Nemo Obi Elite 1P Tent Review

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By Will Rietveld | on January 17, 2012 | in Gear » Reviews
Nemo becomes a serious player in the ultralight tent category. The Obi Elite 1P is a cutting edge one-person double-wall tent that matches the weight and roominess of many single-wall tents.

M Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2: Exploring the Effects of Cold Temperatures, Canister Inversion, Snow Melting, and Heat Exchanger Systems

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By Ryan Jordan | on December 04, 2013 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting.

M Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 1: Basic Framework for Selecting A Cooking Pot and Predicting Fuel Needs

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By Ryan Jordan | on November 19, 2013 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting.

Osprey Exposure 36 Backpack REVIEW

By Don Wilson | on March 21, 2006 | in Gear » Reviews
A feature-laden pack designed for alpine climbing and ski mountaineering that doesn't translate well for general purpose use.


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