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Performance Appraisal of the Tarptent Moment
by Chris Murphy
A quality, lightweight shelter that's easy to assemble, but does a condensation issue leave us all wet? Read More...
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Nemo Espri 2P Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
While not the lightest of tents, this shelter can handle such a wide range of multi-tasking to make it worth a closer look. Read More...
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Salomon Minim Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
This is one of the more impressive jackets in our ultralight down jacket roundup, but it has a few shortcomings and uncertainties. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Trekking Pole Review
by Doug Johnson
What happens when you take the highly rated fixed length Lightrek 3 poles and add adjustability and optional straps? Are extra weight, flexibility, durability, and slipping concerns, or does Gossamer Gear nail it with the Lightrek 4 poles? Read More...
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New Balance MT876OR Review
by Roger Caffin
The latest in the New Balance 87x series of light low-cut joggers - and they're even better than the previously-reviewed MT875ORs. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Gnar Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
Coming out in fall 2010, the Gnar is a good balance of sizing and fit, features, and overall light weight, but it could be a little warmer. Read More...
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Crux Halo Top Review
by Will Rietveld
Q: What’s a Halo Top? A: an ultralight down-insulated minimalist anorak that weighs just 7.9 oz (225 g), and it’s sized well for taller people. Read More...
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Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A three-pound solo shelter made of almost-magically breathable eVENT fabric and designed for alpine climbing, it can handle wild weather, but is it comfortable to live with? Read More...
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Brooks-Range Alpini Mountain Anorak Review
by Will Rietveld
The Alpini is a lightweight furnace and lands on our recommended list, but how about a version for non-climbers? Read More...
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Brunton 7DNL Compass Review
by Roger Caffin
Small, light, easy to use, and about the right size for a simple baseplate model. Read More...
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Primus Express Spider Stove Review
by Roger Caffin
A good remote canister stove, heading in the lightweight direction. Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
With the 2.47-lb (1.12-kg) Laser, Terra Nova takes aim at the lightweight backpacker that wants to travel in comfort. Will the Laser hit the bull’s eye, or will we just be blinded by the light? Read More...
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Darn Tough Vermont Boot Sock Review
by Roger Caffin
In a world where most clothing seems to come from China and be of debatable quality and life, these thick, durable, woollen Made-in-Vermont socks are a standout - and have a well-deserved cult following. Read More...
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MSR Hubba Hubba HP Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
With new fabrics, a strong design and plenty of pitching options, the HP is quite attractive. Will this relatively lightweight double-wall abode have us exclaiming with enthusiasm or will we hurry on to the next cutie? Read More...
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New Balance MT910GT Joggers Review
by Roger Caffin
Totally synthetic, solid soles with a good tread and a range of width fittings, a Gore-Tex 'Extended Comfort Footwear' lining, but a slightly stiff sole. Read More...
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Marmot Venus Jacket Review
by Janet Reichl
With 800 fill-power down and weighing less than 12 ounces, does this attractive and warm jacket ultimately put fashion over function? Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Expedition Down Bootie Review
by Will Rietveld
Well designed, lightweight, warm down bootie with an integrated tall gaiter and performance equivalent to a multi-layer system. Read More...
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Members Only Ultralight Down Pants: Light, Warm, and Versatile
by Will Rietveld
Ultralight down insulated pants from MontBell, PHD, and Western Mountaineering are reviewed and compared. Down pants provide the most warmth for their weight, and are especially versatile for colder weather camping. Wear them to stay warm in camp and to extend the warmth of an ultralight sleeping bag. Read More...
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Soto OD-1R Canister Stove Product Review
by Roger Caffin
This Japanese stove is small, light, and well-made, with a unique miniature pressure regulator instead of a needle valve. Read More...
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JakPak All-In-One Garment Review
by Chris Murphy
Is this the "Three Musketeers" of backpacking gear (all for one, one for all!), or does it leave Chris feeling cold? Read More...
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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
This jacket really rocks - an excellent balance of light weight, basic features, warmth, wind and water resistance, and cost. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Nitro 30 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
Remarkably lofty and warm for a 30 F (-1 C) rated bag – this is the first sleeping bag I have tested that’s warmer than its claimed temperature rating! Read More...
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REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
There's a lot of bang for the buck in this roomy, lightweight, double-wall tent! Read More...
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PHD Minim 400 Sleeping Bag Review
by Janet Reichl
This zipperless down mummy-style 23 F rated sleeping bag is elegant for its simplicity, light weight, and high loft-to-weight ratio. Read More...
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Petzl Tikka XP2 and Tikka Plus2 LED Headlamp Reviews
by Rick Dreher
Petzl has been busy upgrading and gives us two new versions of an old stand-by. Read More...
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PHD Mountain Software Ultra Down Pullover Review
by Will Rietveld
The ultimate down jacket for ultralight backpacking and lightweight cold weather pursuits. Read More...
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MontBell Ex Light Women's Down Jacket Review
by Janet Reichl and Will Rietveld
The lightest down jacket to be found, but the women’s version doesn’t have as much loft and warmth as the men’s version. Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
An ultralight down jacket that performs well in active pursuits, but it’s not the best choice for ultralight backpacking. Read More...
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Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
The Hydrogen is a well designed, high loft, roomy, warm, mummy-style down 30F-rated sleeping bag, but its shell fabric is heavy and wets out too easily. Read More...
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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
Big Agnes raises the bar for two-person double-wall tents by creating their lightest offering ever. In fact, it is the lightest tent in this category from any manufacturer. Will it Fly high, or leave us up a Creek? Read More...
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MontBell UL Spiral Down Hugger Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
A lot to like and a great value for a 30 F rated down mummy bag weighing only 19 ounces. Read More...
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Pak-Rifle Review
by Ryan Jordan
My expectation for a small game rifle is to be able to shoot a very small and compact group on a target at 25 yards or less, and the Pak-Rifle makes my heart beat faster. Read More...
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Olympus E-P1 Camera Review
by Ryan Jordan
Sure, it's lighter than its DSLR brethren, but it's also heavier and bulkier than its compact cousins. Does it offer improvements to justify carrying the additional weight and bulk? Read More...
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GoLite Footwear Competition and Fire Reviews
by Darin Banner
GoLite Footwear has developed a unique underfoot suspension system that largely accomplishes their intentions. The shoes are comfortable, but there are durability concerns for the soles. Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
A warm, refined sleeping bag, but not the lightest in its class. Read More...
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Rab Microlight Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Trim-fitting ultralight three-season down jacket with a great shell and basic feature set, but its numerous horizontal seams allow down fragments to leak out. Read More...
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Olympus E-620 Digital SLR Camera Review
by Alan Dixon
The E-620 is the lightest mid-sized or "crop sensor" format DSLR with all the functionality and image quality for serious backcountry still photography - even in difficult situations like handheld shots in low morning and evening light. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
Lower volume ultralight backpack with removable stays and other components - so you can set up the pack for individual trips and personal preferences to your heart's content. Read More...
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The North Face Beeline Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
The specifications look great, but the devil is in the details. Read More...
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New Balance MT875OR Joggers Review
by Roger Caffin
Totally synthetic, luggy soles, and a breathable draining upper, plus a range of width fittings including really wide (4E). (Updated 9/22/09) Read More...
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The North Face Thunder Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Not the lightest down jacket to be found, but it's an excellent balance of warmth and durability, and versatile the year around as an outer layer or midlayer. Read More...
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Alpacka Ultralight Paddle Review
by Ryan Jordan
A packrafting paddle is not a particularly special thing. It’s simply a kayak paddle, capable of being broken down into two or four pieces for easy stowage while inside or attached to a pack. Read More...
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GoPro Wide Helmet Cam Review
by Ryan Jordan
Practical application review on using the helmet cam in the backcountry... essentially, how does it do? Read More...
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Garmin Oregon 550t Handheld Color Mapping GPS Review
by Alan Dixon
Garmin trumpets the addition of a camera to this gadget, but are the improvement they DON'T mention even more impressive? Read More...
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Panasonic Lumix LX3 Digital Camera
by Rick Dreher
A compact digicam with a professional pedigree, the LX3 tempts outdoor photographers with a fast wide angle (f:2.0/24 mm equivalent) zoom lens, RAW file capability, high-definition video and solid performance. Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Perfect balance of warmth, light weight, and performance for less extreme conditions. Read More...
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Nemo Nano Elite Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
The Nemo Nano Elite is marketed by the manufacturer as a lightweight, fast set-up tent aimed at adventure racers and the fast-and-light crowd. Since I can't run with the former, I try to hang with the latter. Read More...
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New Balance MT1110GT Joggers Review
by Roger Caffin
Totally synthetic, good soles, and a XCR membrane for wet weather use, plus a range of width fittings including really wide. Very good under some winter conditions, but with a curious defect which limits their use. Read More...
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Tarptent Scarp 2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Although the Scarp 2 incorporates several weight-saving and space-making design elements to create a friendly, roomy, well ventilated, and stable tent for two campers, these benefits do not come without compromise. Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Photon Elite Tent (2008 Model) Review
by Will Rietveld
With a trail weight of just 1 pound 11 ounces, it's the Guinness World Record holder for the lightest double-wall tent commercially available, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. Read More...

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