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Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 4
by Eric Vann
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 3
by Eric Vann
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Members Only Bikepacking at the Cusp
by David Chenault
Nice gear is an added bonus, but don't get distracted by the research or gear hunting - the main goal is to get outside often! Read More...
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Members Only Moto-Backpacking
by Eric Vann (Photos: Jeremy Hanks)
Looking to jumpstart your backpacking experience? Try motorcycling to your next trip - it will get you into the lightweight mindset from the moment you step outside your door. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Members Only The Politics of Cottage Consumption
by Benjamin Payne
Defining the role we, as consumers, play in shaping the lightweight industry. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Members Only Recent Developments in Canister Stoves
by Roger Caffin
Recent developments in canister stoves have the potential to upset a lot of the industry, as the leadership seems to have passed out of the hands of Western brands and into Asia. Stoves that were trumpeted as the state of the art by well-known Western brands now look a little old, tired, heavy and, well, clunky. We look at a few of the leading edge stoves from 2012 to see where things are going. Read More...
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Boys in the Wild (Short Film)
by Ryan Jordan
A short film about the challenges we face when trying to expose young men to backcountry experiences. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 2: Lightweight Backpacks, Stoves, and Accessories
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
OR delivers a fresh crop of lightweight, innovative, and useful gear. Read More...
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SIA Nordic Ski On-Snow Demo 2011: New Waxless Ski Technologies
by Alan Dixon
While the new waxless technologies are mostly in Nordic race skis and high end touring skis, we see promise for their future use in backcountry skis as well. Read More...
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Winter ISPO 2011: Day 3 - A Smorgasbord of Worldly Flavors
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
From practical (bras) to indulgent (a back-country electronics charger) to "they can do new things with zippers?", the ispo show floor has it all. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Klymit Kinetic Vest (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Mike Martin
Klymit launches their first products based on their noble gas inflation technology. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Appealing Apparel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin and Will Rietveld
Mike Martin and Will Rietveld have the highlights on new apparel from ORSM08. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Plush Pads (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Exciting things are happening in sleeping pads this year at Cascade Designs (parent company of Therm-a-Rest) and Pacific Outdoor Equipment. Cascade Designs has an extensive new lineup of products that will surely interest lightweight hikers, including a revolutionary new pad technology that promises substantial performance improvements over existing designs. Meanwhile, Pacific Outdoor Equipment is moving towards more eco-friendly materials and is launching a very innovative product design program of which you can be a part. Read More...
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Hot Stoves (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin and Will Rietveld
Stove technology continues to advance this year, with trends of additional remote canister stoves with preheat tubes that are suitable for cold-weather operation, new alcohol and canister "cooking systems" that combine stove, windscreen, and pots into highly efficient and compact packages, plus a further move towards lighter stoves in general. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Insulated Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We searched the Outdoor Retailer Show to find footwear to keep feet warm and dry while winter hiking and snowshoeing. Read More...
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Big Sky International Convertible 4P (Light 4-Season) and Montana 2P (4-Season) (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Both tents have multiple configurations available. The summer version of the Montana is a two-person double-wall tent that weighs as little as 2 pounds 1.7 ounces and the winter version is just 3 pounds 9.5 ounces! Read More...
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Trends in Water Treatment Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ryan Jordan
Water treatment technologies are evolving and offering more options for backpackers to save weight, save time, and stay hydrated. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
AntiGravityGear Caldera Kitchen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
Finally a compact Caldera Cone Stove System! Read More...
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Snow Peak Giga Power LI Stove, Metal Crab
by Ken Knight
Another entry into the expanding remote canister stove market featuring support for canister inversion. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
St. Moritz Watches: Momentum VP-1 and VS-1 Digital Altimeters and Momentum Logic (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Digital Altimeters with numerous features and a space-age materials analog watch that will stun you. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Osprey Exposure Packs First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Jetboil – French Press Option First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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