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ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Forty Below Synthetic Fill Camp Booties SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Ultra warm non-slip booties for snow camping, and they coordinate well with daytime snow travel footwear. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
RBH Designs VaprThrm Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Vapor barrier socks with a good fit and loads of versatility, but slower to dry out when snow camping. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Seirus NeoSock SuperSock and StormSock SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Breathable neoprene socks and weatherproof/breathable socks designed to keep feet warm in cold weather pursuits. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Komperdell Featherlight Carbon Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Stiff, light, reasonably priced fixed-length pole with contoured grip and wrist strap. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Osprey Talon 44 Backpack REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
A roomy, comfortable, lightweight framed backpack with lots of pockets, good load control, an adjustable torso length, and a few weak spots. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT: LED Headlamps (2007)
by Rick Dreher
Three years ago, LED lights couldn't compete with incandescent headlamps in demanding conditions. Today, it's a whole different ballgame. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
White Box Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
While not the lightest around, this simple pressurised alcohol stove is remarkably robust. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
An old favorite gets a makeover, making it better than ever, but also a little heavier. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A reasonably light and very effective means of purifying water to EPA purifier standards. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Gregory Iso Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A full-featured and comfortable daypack using lightweight materials to keep the weight down. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Integral Designs VB Sock SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Simple lightweight vapor barrier socks that perform their function well. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Kamik Force Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A comfortable and warm ightweight insulated boot with OutDry WP/B technology. Read More...
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Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Glove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Stretchy, grippy, warm gloves that weigh only 1.6 ounces per pair. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
MontBell Stretch Gaiter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Designed for minimum weight and maximum functionality, but a little too small for big feet. Read More...
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MontBell Versalite 20 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
An 11.5 ounce lightweight toploading daypack with top pocket, side panel pockets, and hydration compatability. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
MontBell U.L. Alpine Down Hugger #3/#5 SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Lightweight 725 fill power down filled sleeping bags with unique draw corded foot section. Read More...
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MontBell U.L. Thermawrap Action Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A synthetic-fill, full-zip jacket with highly breathable stretch panels and thumb-hole wrist sleeves Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
NEOS Trekker Overshoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A versatile and durable waterproof/non-breathable overshoe suitable for snowshoeing, snow play, and snow camping in frigid temperatures, but heavier than we would like. Read More...
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Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A lightweight travel/daypack with 3-point compression, pockets, and hydration compatability. Read More...
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Rocky Gore-Tex Sock SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Creates a very versatile footwear system when worn in lightweight trail runners for snow or wet conditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
SealSkinz ChillBlocker and Over The Calf Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Durable and reliably waterproof socks, but have a couple of distinct drawbacks. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A tall trim-fitting Gore-Tex PacLite gaiter that covers the tops of low-cut trail runners and full-height boots equally well, but balks over bulky boots. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
MontBell Handy Scoop SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A lightweight stainless steel trowel for digging cat holes in hard, rocky ground. Read More...
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Baffin Outback Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Heavy-duty warmth and comfort, and good moisture management, for snow travel in frigid conditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Montane Prism Jacket REVIEW
by Don Wilson
The lightest hooded synthetic fill jacket on the market. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Macpac Epic 450 SF Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This waterproof sleeping bag functions like an insulated bivy sack - is it worth the extra weight and cost? Read More...
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Macpac Interwool Mountain Warmth Baselayer SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A winter weight hybrid baselayer with a wool layer next to skin and a polyester outer layer to wick moisture away. 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 Gear SpotLite Reviews
VersaLayer Ability Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A unique soft shell jacket with retractable insulation in the torso area. Read More...
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GoLite Jam2 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
GoLite makes some significant improvements on an old favorite – without increasing the weight! Read More...
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GoLite Quest Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Right on target for the lightweight backpacker: 70-liter, 3-pound internal frame pack with the right load-carrying capacity and feature set. Read More...
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Osprey Talon 33 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
High performance sub-2-pound, 2000 ci frameless pack for active light pursuits. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Manzella Summit Mitt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Lightweight, dry, and warm handwear for most snow sports, but we found their limits when we used them for snow shelter building. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Origo Rendezvous Peak Multi-Function Watch REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
User friendly and useful as an outdoor navigational aid – if you master its functions and keep it calibrated. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Gear Lists
Members Only Ultralight in the Icebox
by Andrew Skurka
Andrew Skurka, who pioneered the 7700-mile Sea-to-Sea Route, discusses his expectations, concerns, and gear choices for a frigid 400-mile hike through northern Minnesota with ultralight gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Gear Lists
Members Only A Lightweight Guide to Backpacking in Sustained, Cold Rain
by Alan Dixon
Techniques, gear and clothing to keep your pack light and a smile on your face during continuous days of rain. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Ultralight mountaineering boots that are great on rock and ice as well as long approaches on the trail. But are they durable and warm enough? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Converts any Jacks ‘R’ Better quilt into a top bag sleep system with an attached sleeping pad. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A versatile cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system as well as for “ground sleeping”. Read More...
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2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Nest Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A well-designed under quilt that integrates beautifully with Hennessy hammocks. Read More...
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MSR Titan Mini Cookset SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A reasonably minimal titanium cookset - very light, works well, but not very low cost. Take just one pot? Read More...
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MSR Titan Kettle SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A reasonably light two-man titanium kettle - very light, works well, but not very low cost. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Hooded, down mummy bag rated to freezing that weighs a mere 19 ounces. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Wingnut Adventure 2006 Backpack REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Small volume (1600 ci, 26 L) adventure racing pack that is ideal for biking and adequate for hiking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT:
Bivy Sack Technologies, Products, and Applications (2006)

by Ryan Jordan
Performance factors, ratings and specifications for 14 sub-2-pound bivy sacks, staff picks. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
CiloGear 60 Liter WorkSack Backpack REVIEW
by Matt Eckhart
Durable and adjustable, but initially confusing to set up. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Petzl e+LITE Headlamp REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
One ounce of fresh innovation: rotary switch, white-and-red LED array, modular form, storage capsule, waterproof. But not perfect - our tests reveal some weaknesses. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Princeton Tec Quad LED Headlamp REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Waterproof, four-LED headlamp with a wide, regulated beam. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Montane Jetstream Windshirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ben Smith
2.8 ounces, full zip - is there a downside? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Icebox does the igloo engineering for you, but you still have a steep learning curve. Once you master the technique, you may discover a new and fun wintertime activity. Read More...

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