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ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Paramo Bora Fleece & Windproof Smock Combo
by Matthew Pullan
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. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Backpacking Tights - Part 1
by Damien Tougas
Tights are a very versatile backpacking tool. Their close fit keeps you warm and quickly wicks away moisture. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4b: Gear Reviews (Continued)
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 1: Concepts and Scope.
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: The Wintry Fringe Season in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness
by Ryan Jordan
Gear notes and more from a trek in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness in late October and early November, 2012. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Review
by Ryan Jordan
Superb fit and finish, high breathability, and nice mix of features, but durability insurance doesn't come with the $280 price tag - and at 9 oz, is it light enough? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Close Encounters with Hypothermia
by Lawton Grinter
An unexpected rainstorm and inadequate gear threaten to end one hiker's PCT dreams, and potentially his life. Chapter 3 from Lawton Grinter's new book I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking . Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Science, Theory & Math
Members Only Just Say No To Wicking: Non-Traditional Base Layers Based on a Next-to-Skin Fishnet Model
by Ryan Jordan and Mike Martin
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ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Rab Kinetic Jacket Review
by Chris Wallace
A fully featured hard shell at a minimal weight. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Rain Pants State of the Market Report
by Brad Groves
A critical look at seven lightweight rain pants to keep you dry this spring. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
OMM Kamleika Race Smock, Jacket, and Pants Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Waterproof shells with a minimalist design and four-way stretch fabric Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
GoLite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell Jacket Review
by Brad Groves
On paper, the Malpais has everything a gear junkie could possibly want, but does real-world experience with the jacket remind us of the disparity between some online dating profiles and the actual person? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Ultralight Waterproof Breathable Jackets: 2012 State of the Market Report
by David Chenault
Part 2: Details on the ten jackets in the report. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Ultralight Waterproof-Breathable Jackets: 2012 State of the Market Report
by David Chenault
Part 1: Why should you buy a WPB rain jacket? And why would you buy one that weighs more than 8 ounces (227 g)? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Páramo Vista Rain Jacket Review
by Chris Wallace
An incredibly breathable full-zip rain jacket that manages to fend off precipitation without using a membrane. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 2
by Tad Englund
Clothing, Footwear, Group Gear (Water Treatment, Stoves and Fuel, Shelter). Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
by Francis Tapon
Francis is an umbrella advocate, eschewing typical rainwear. Find out why he's backpacked over 12,500 miles with an umbrella... and decide if you should follow his lead. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Prospects for 2012: New and Noteworthy Gear
by Ryan Jordan
News from the cottage industry is conspicuously absent from Outdoor Retailer, where even modest booths can be more costly than a serious gear-buying habit. So, here are a few new and noteworthy pieces of gear from smaller manufacturers that were either released late in 2011 or are coming in 2012. Keep these items on your radar as you prepare for the coming season! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2011 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/thingy-dingy of 2011. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Lightweight Alternative Rainwear: State of the Market Report - Part 2: Overview of Individual Products
by David Chenault
Further discussion on the four individual categories, a review of the products tested within the context of each category, and a brief conclusion of ways in which various alternative rainwear products can be combined, both with each other and with WPB garments, to suit various hiking environments and conditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Lightweight Alternative Rainwear: State of the Market Report - Part 1: Introducing and Defining Alternative Rainwear
by David Chenault
An unruly, heterogenous group, Dave divided it into four categories: simple poncho-tarp, complex poncho-tarp, alternative upper-body wear, and alternative legwear. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Test Reports
Members Only Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies Part 3: Discussion, Conclusions, and Performance of Individual Jackets
by Will Rietveld
In this final part of the series we assemble the information gleaned from our field testing into an informative discussion with down to earth conclusions. We also present field test data for each individual jacket, comment on its utility, and identify standouts. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Test Reports
Members Only Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
by Will Rietveld
Manufacturers make lofty claims for the enhanced breathability of the new fabrics. I tested ten jackets under challenging and forgiving backpacking-type conditions, while recording temperature and humidity inside and outside the jackets, and reported my findings. Perhaps I didn’t experience “air and water vapor permeability so shocking you’ll swear it's magic,” but I did identify some standouts and some promising trends of interest to backpackers. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Berghaus Mount Asgard Smock Review
by Danny Milks
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? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
GoLite Tumalo Storm Jacket & Pants Review
by Ray Estrella
The Tumalo line is GoLite's most affordable WPB rain gear, yet only gives up a little weight on their top-of-the-line offerings. How does it perform? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
by Brad Groves
Does the strong appeal, on paper, of the Integral Designs eVent Pullover materialize in real-world use? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 4 – Final Day and Still Plenty of Interesting Gear to be Found
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Enduring sleep deprivation and a cold, we roamed the show on the final day and found some very interesting gear – new trail crampons, very lightweight rain mitts, more collapsible trekking poles, a 9-ounce snow shovel, cool apparel and footwear, and more... Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 3 – An Assortment of Awesome Gear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
This is not our backpacking gear list (honest!); today we again report on a wide variety of new gear – a new bear canister, more collapsible trekking poles, an insulating skirt for your derriere, lightweight high output lights, an ultralight down jacket from an unlikely source, more footwear, etc, etc... Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 2 – Another Roundup of New and Interesting Gear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Lots of footwear today, for the trail and snow, plus an assortment of jackets, a to-die-for backcountry ski system from La Sportiva, Big Agnes introduces new lightweight trekking poles, a new Klymit skeletal sleeping pad, a 12 ounce sleeping bag from Terra Nova, a 2.3-ounce Quantum GL windshirt from Montane, and more, and more... Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/place of 2010. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 4 – OR Winds Down in the Final Day – But the Good Stuff Keeps Coming!
by Will Rietveld
We present our final lightweight gear finds and summarize the trends we noticed at this Outdoor Retailer. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 2 Blog Tasty Treats
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective: I wish that everyone could truly understand just how much brilliance and passion go into the outdoor products we buy and use. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2009. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Rain Mitt Review
by Will Rietveld
At one ounce per pair, these waterproof/breathable rain mitts are designed for ultralight backpacking, but should they be worn over a jacket sleeve or under it? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Paramo Waterproof Directional Clothing
by Chris Townsend
Waterproof clothing without coatings or membranes: how they do it and how it works. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Silnylon Mountain Poncho
by Roger Caffin
This silnylon mountain poncho covers both you and your pack against some of the worst weather, allows ease of movement on mixed terrain, and isn't prone to condensation. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Rab Bergen Pant SPOTLITE Review
by Will Rietveld
Great fitting, lightweight, exceptionally versatile eVENT pant. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
New Products from Etowah Outfitters (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Ultralight pack cover, rain skirt, and rain mitts. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
The North Face Triumph Anorak (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
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ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Rab Drillium Jacket REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight eVENT multi-sport jacket with a terrific fit and feature set, but its appeal depends on whether you need a helmet-compatible hood or not. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
The Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket offers great features such as a full coverage hood, drop tail, excellent sizing, dual vent pockets, and super-breathable eVENT fabric, all at a lightweight 11.9 ounces (size large). Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Montane Featherlite H2O Spotlite Review
by Don Wilson
A 3.5 ounce hoodless, waterproof jacket Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2007 Sierra Designs Isotope Rainwear SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Isotope is the current lightweight champ for backpacking rainwear – and it’s full-featured! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Shield Emerges from Pertex Ashes as Competitive Waterproof Breathable Technology
by Ryan Jordan
Pertex defies adversity, emerges with new product line. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Rab Enters the US Outdoor Market with New Lightweight Jackets, Bags
by Will Rietveld
New lightweight eVENT and PrimaLoft jackets, and an upgrade to the classic Rab Top Bag. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
GoLite Revamps Apparel Lineup for Fall 2007
by Don Wilson
Improved fabrics, lighter weight and lower prices - too good to be true? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Integral Designs eVENT Pullover Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Doug Johnson
Tougher, lighter, and softer eVENT jackets Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Oware Silnylon Rain Chaps REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Lightweight (3 oz), simple, and long. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Oware Poncho/Tarp REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
The lightest silnylon poncho/tarp we have reviewed, but also the shortest. Read More...

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