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Delmar's Poll
by Roger Caffin and Delmar O'Donnell
Delmar O'Donnell conducted a poll of BPL readers and teamed with Roger Caffin to relay the results which tell a lot about the BPL demographic and their backpacking preferences. Read More...
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The Yellowstone Paddling Dilemma
by Chase Jordan
Hand Propelled Vessels are banned in Yellowstone National Park. This is in direct violation of the Park's founding principles. Not only should HPVs be allowed on Yellowstone's waterways but their presence will improve the health of the ecosystem. Read More...
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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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An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
by Yvon Chouinard
"The lesson that we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn't fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing - and more importantly, living." - Yvon Choiunard Read More...
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Members Only The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
by David Chenault
From humble beginnings to the sophisticated and lightweight packs, the ultralight backpack is a tale filled with adaptation and pushing the balance of weight and features. Read More...
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Members Only Winter Cabineering - Part 2
by Ryan Jordan
Winter Cabineering not only makes your sleep more enjoyable, but you can save pack weight as well. It's a creative and unique way to winter camp. Read More...
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Members Only Winter Cabineering - Part 1: Video Essay
by Ryan Jordan
Winter Cabineering is a great way to spend time outdoors and still be warm. Don't worry, the cabins should be plenty rustic so you can still get away from it all. Read More...
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Members Only Rescue Insurance for Backpackers
by Rex Sanders
Rescue Insurance can be the difference between hefty bills and peace of mind. In either case getting rescued is the main priority, but your most expensive bill might surprise you. Read More...
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Snags with Tags
by Sydney Aveson
Curious on whether or not tags add significant weight to your gear? Well they don't! And there are far better ways to cut down on your gear weight! 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...
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Members Only The Politics of Cottage Consumption
by Benjamin Payne
Defining the role we, as consumers, play in shaping the lightweight industry. Read More...
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The SUL Mindset, Part 1: Redefining SUL
by Ryan Jordan
The SUL Mindset may be more than gear weights, and performance standards. Read More...
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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...
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2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
An eclectic assortment of the staff's favorite gear for 2012. Read More...
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Members Only Commentary: The Packraft in 2013
by David Chenault
Ten years ago, packrafters had few options. Today, the choices are many, and the future looks very promising. Read More...
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Members Only Personal Perspectives on the Philosophy of Lightweight Travel
by Jen Matteis
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” -Henry David Thoreau Read More...
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Members Only Lightweight Bikepacking: An Introduction
by David Chenault
"This kind of cycling actually brings you closer to the land than hiking... because you must read the landscape so closely in order to ride across it." -Drew Walker, “The Talkeetna Traverse” Adventure Cyclist (Jan/Feb 2001) Read More...
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The Perils of Certainty
by Ken Knight
Making decisions based on incorrect information negates stellar gear and knowledge, leading to trouble. It can happen far more easily than many of us would care to admit. Read More...
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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...
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2011 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/thingy-dingy of 2011. Read More...
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Members Only Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems
by Ryan Jordan
Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry. Read More...
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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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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 1: Lightweight Shelters and Sleep Gear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We found lots of new lightweight shelters and sleep gear this time. We present them together in this article so you can compare them more easily. Doing so brings out some realizations regarding weight, roominess, and cost. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 3: Lightweight Apparel and Hiking Footwear
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We sorted through tons of apparel and footwear to find the lightweight standouts suitable for hiking and backpacking. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 4: Technical Watches, Minimalist Footwear, and Family Gear
by Damien and Renee Tougas
For those who like less on their feet, OR didn't disappoint. For those who like more on their wrist, OR didn't disappoint in that area either. And for those who venture in the outdoors as a family, there were a few nuggets worth noting. Read More...
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Canovaccio: Natural, Sustainable Pack Fabrics
by Ryan Jordan
New developments in durable and water-resistant backpack fabrics. 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 4 - Technical Treats
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Stoves, shovels, poles, crampons, harnesses, and more: oh my! 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...
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Winter ISPO 2011: Day 2 - Powered by Nutella
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Another round-up of innovations and interest, treats and treasures! Read More...
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Winter ISPO 2011: Day 1 - International Delights
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
In Backpacking Light's first ever coverage of this massive trade show, we're highlighting the innovations not generally available stateside. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: An Emerging Revolution in Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – It’s Not Just Gore-Tex Versus eVent Anymore!
by Will Rietveld
Since 2004, when Backpacking Light published Alan Dixon’s manifesto on Waterproof Breathable Fabric Technologies, we have been a “whisper in the wilderness” extolling the benefits of truly breathable fabrics, like eVent. Now we are seeing the beginning of a waterproof-breathable fabric revolution. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 1 – Let the Hunt Begin!
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The show is underway and we are finding loads of new and interesting lightweight gear to report on. Enjoy! Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: The Show Begins With All-Mountain Demo at Solitude Ski Area
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
New/upgraded snowshoes from MSR, Atlas, Tubbs, and Kahtoola; lightweight Kahtoola crampons; and a new “sidecountry” ski pack from Osprey. Read More...
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2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/place of 2010. Read More...
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Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style
by Benjamin Roode
I love gear, but I hate paying for it. Could I get a lightweight shelter, pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for under $100? And if I could... how long would it last me? Read More...
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The Evolution of Fastpacking
by Ed Tyanich
How do the classic fastpacking offerings by Ultimate Direction compare to a pack of today? Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: The Morning After - Reflections on OR and the State of the Market
by Brad Groves
The dust has settled, sleep has been snatched, and I've processed the more intriguing themes of the Show. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 4 - Cool Finds and Sleep Deprivation
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective: NEED. MORE. ESPRESSO. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: New Fabric Technologies Are the Driving Force For Many New Products
by Will Rietveld
Columbia Thermal Reflective, Pertex Quantum GL, Polartec Power Shield Pro, Polartec Yarn applications, and a case against wool for hiking socks. Read More...
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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...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 3 – More New, Lightweight, and Exciting Gear
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight gear – no problem. Innovation – yes. Things we would like to see – lots of 'em. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 3 – Treasure Hunt
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective: Can I just live here? Hang out and drink... beverages, talking super-tech about gear with the coolest people in the world? Read More...
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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...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 2 – Another Potpourri of New and Interesting Gear
by Will Rietveld
Another productive day turns up another batch of truly innovative and lightweight gear. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Minimalist Footwear - Is It Ready for Backpackers?
by Damien Tougas
Depending on how tuned-in you are to current running trends, you may have noticed that there is a new movement starting to gain traction among runners: barefoot running and minimalist footwear. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 1 Blog Tasty Treats (from the first-timer)
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective of an industry vet on the show floor for the first time: "A fantastic all-systems overload." Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 1 – Lightweight Gold!
by Will Rietveld
OR never ceases to amaze – always something new, something different, and something bizarre! The gear just keeps getting better and lighter. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2010: Update on Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Technologies
by Will Rietveld
SPOT and DeLorme introduce the DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicator, and ACR announces the SarLink View. Both allow text messaging via satellite from remote locations, which goes beyond just chatting, enabling you to provide important information to people on the outside. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Open Air Demo
by Brad Groves and Will Rietveld
While the first day of Outdoor Retailer is dedicated to water sport, we found a few products that could carry over for backpacking as well... plus some that are just plain fun, no bones about it! Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Introduction and Tribute to Small Ultralight Gear Companies not Exhibiting at OR
by Will Rietveld
Summer OR is underway! We begin our coverage with new products from small companies who specialize in ultralight backpacking gear, including some new names. Read More...
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Be Prepared, Not Equipped
by Brad Groves
The main reason my pack got lighter was because I realized that being prepared had little to do with the equipment I carried. Read More...
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2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2009. Read More...
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Lightweight Pertex Shield Rainwear Hitting the Market (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
Pertex Shield rainwear is more breathable than polyurethane laminates and similar in weight and price. Read More...
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Rab Neutrino Sleeping Bags (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Mike Martin
Rab updates their line of lightweight sleeping bags. Read More...
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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...
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Sugar Coma: Days 4 & 5 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Alan Dixon and Alison Simon
After five glorious days of all the sweet new stuff retailers can offer, we're home and recovering from the high. Our last blog blizzard of some standouts. Read More...
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Ultralight Multi-Fuel (Alcohol/Esbit/Wood) Cooking Systems from Evernew and Trail Designs (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
New cooking systems allow a hiker to use wood fuel when conditions are right and use alcohol or Esbit fuels as a backup. Read More...
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Trail Designs Caldera Keg-H (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Alan Dixon and Alison Simon
Heineken beer can based Caldera system capable of cooking for two people. Read More...
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Ultralight Tent, Sleep System, and Tarps from Brooks-Range Mountaineering (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
Brooks-Range introduces some truly lightweight gear equally suited to winter camping or summer ultralight backpacking. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
The Gorilla is a refined internal frame or frameless pack - the outcome of years of ultralight backpack evolution. Read More...
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GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Ray Estrella
GoLite wants to give people a backcountry bedroom (with the emphasis on "room") in their new Eden tent line. These hoop-style tents boast fast set-up, big vestibules, and lots of space for living. Read More...
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Black Diamond Sprinter Rechargeable Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Rick Dreher
Internal rechargeable lithium polymer battery, 60 lumen output, three main beam modes, IPX7 (1 meter, 30 minutes) waterproof rating, 3.5 ounces, strobing rear red “taillight," all for $80.00. Read More...
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Gear Treasure Hunting: Day 3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
Lots of good stuff in our day 3 roundup: a 2.4-ounce day pack, a new integrated canister fuel cooking system, new 3-pound internal frame backpacks, and 11-ounce mid-height hikers, to mention a few. Read More...
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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Ray Estrella
While boaters know that there is nothing worse than being up a creek without a paddle, backpackers might find it just as upsetting to be up a Creek without a Fly. Thankfully, the Fly comes with the Creek in Big Agnes' lightest two-person tent ever: the Fly Creek 2. Read More...
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Nemo Meta Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Ray Estrella
Nemo Equipment Inc. throws their hat in the trekking-pole-supported-shelter ring with the Meta series of single-wall tents. Read More...
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ACR SARLink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Alan Dixon
ACR's newest and lightest PLB includes a high performance GPS receiver, 5 Watt 406 MHz distress signal transmission, 121.5 MHz homing capability, and a high intensity LED strobe. Read More...
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Nemo Espri Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Ray Estrella
Nemo Equipment Inc. is busy at this year's OR show, introducing two new lines of tents, including the Espri series of lightweight double-wall that offer fast set-up, good protection from the elements, and a plethora of entry options. Read More...
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McMurdo Fastfind 210 PLB (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Mike Martin
McMurdo offers tried and true 406Mhz band Personal Locator Beacon performance in a 5.3-ounce package. How will it compare against the current crop of personal signaling devices? Read More...
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The Bounty Continues: Day 2 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
Wednesday's standouts and goodies - we continue to find lots of interesting gear and technology stories on the floor of the Salt Palace. Read More...
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Energizer Micro Headlamp is Powered by a Single AA Cell (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Rick Dreher
A bright and lightweight LED headlamp from battery giant Energizer that offers several attractive features at $30 and 3.1 oz with a lithium battery (as weighed by BPL). Read More...
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CamelBak All Clear Microbiological UV Water Purifier (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Rick Dreher
CamelBak introduces a complete and easy to use UV water purification system, marking the adoption of this proven technology by a big company. Read More...
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A Potpourri of Eye Candy: Day 1 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A grueling first day at summer 2009 OR rewarded us with loads of lightweight goodies; here's a first installment, with more to come. Read More...
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Tarptent Moment (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
Henry Shires performs his magic once again – the new Tarptent Moment has one hoop pole, two stakes, sets up in less than a minute, and has loads of room for one person. Read More...
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New Personal Locator Devices at ORSM 2009 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Alan Dixon
Personal locator devices (PLDs) are a hot, rapidly evolving area for the outdoor market. An overview of where we think it's headed (and why). Read More...
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ORSM09: Open Air Demo (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld, Janet Reichl, and Alan Dixon
Open Air Demo consists of booths and boats – and there is always something new, something interesting, and something unique. Read More...
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Generation Two: SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Alan Dixon
New lighter and smaller SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Read More...
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Coming Soon - Backpacking Light Coverage of the Summer 2009 Outdoor Retailer Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
What can you expect from our coverage of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market next week? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Garmin Oregon 550t Promises Hi-Res Topo Mapping Display, Touchscreen, and Integrated 3.2MP Camera
by Ryan Jordan
While GPS units are getting bigger and heavier, at least they are also becoming more functional. The Garmin Oregon 550t integrates 100k topo maps, a hi-res display, and a 3.2MP digital camera. Read More...
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Uncovering the Truth: Underground Doping in the Long Distance Hiking Community
by Aneles Strebor
When Jason Goldman* (not his real name) completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in less than 100 days, not too many people paid attention: it had been hiked faster by others. But this was Jason's third thru-hike of the PCT. His previous two were completed in 183 and 174 days, respectively... Read More...
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Seven Million Toasters: A Tribute to Coghlan's 50th Birthday
by Ryan Jordan
Coghlan's celebrates 50 years of service to the Outdoor Industry. Read More...
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The Unbearable Heaviness of Business and the State of Outdoor Retailer
by Ryan Jordan
There is a cost of doing business in the outdoor industry, especially as a collective whole. Can social media alleviate some of that cost, or is it simply a mechanism for increasing the clutter of information coming from OR? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: Alpacka Packraft Safety Design Features
by Carol Crooker
Designer Sheri Tingey talks about the history of safety design in Alpacka packrafts and the latest tweaks she's made to the boats to improve whitewater performance and safety. Read More...
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The Journey's End: Summarizing 4000 Miles Along the Wild Coast (Podcast)
by Carol Crooker
A few weeks after completing their 4000-mile journey by foot, ski and packraft from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, Erin and Hig share a tale of a destructive bear encounter, their favorite gear, future plans, and why being good at transitions was a vital ingredient to the trip's success. Read More...
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2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2008. Read More...
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Paramo Waterproof Directional Clothing
by Chris Townsend
Waterproof clothing without coatings or membranes: how they do it and how it works. Read More...
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Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Raising an Adventurer
by Carol Crooker
Erin and Hig's mothers weigh in with childhood anecdotes that give us a glimpse of young explorers in the making. Read More...
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Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Maintaining Health and Preventing Injury
by Carol Crooker
Erin and Hig discuss their minimal first aid kit and strategies for staying alive and well throughout a year of wilderness trekking. Read More...
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BPL Launches Wiki as Lightweight Backpacking Reference
by Don Wilson
The new BPL Wiki hosted by Backpacking Light! Read More...
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Backpacking Light Magazine Announces Discontinuation of Print Version
by Ryan Jordan
Publisher Ryan Jordan recalls moments worth celebrating. Read More...
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Lightweight Backpacks 2008: Current Favorites and New Introductions (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Backpacking Light Associate Editor Will Rietveld highlights our current favorite backpacks in three categories, evaluates some upgrades and new arrivals, and discusses the trends. Read More...
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Lightweight Shelter Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Our latest lightweight shelter roundup turns up the lightest, most user-friendly tents to be found, ever. Major manufacturers are introducing sub-four-pound double wall two-person tents. And two two-person double wall tents break through the three pound barrier. Read More...
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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...
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Better Bags (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
New sleeping bag designs from Integral Designs, Montbell, Exped, Jacks ‘R’ Better, Mountain Hardwear, and REI show innovative functionality and lighter weight. Read More...
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2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
A primer on choosing footwear for fast and light backpacking, with input from the Backpacking Light staff on the footwear they use; a roundup of promising new lightweight footwear found at the summer 2008 Outdoor Retailer Show; and a description of Ion Mask, a nanotechnology waterproofing process that doesn't affect breathability and could eliminate the need for a waterproof membrane in footwear. Read More...
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Lightweight Lights (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Ryan Gardner
Twinkle, twinkle little star... Read More...
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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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Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Associate Editor Will Rietveld provides an in-depth roundup of lightweight rainwear options and highlights current staff favorites, new products in the pipeline, market trends, and a new technology that could dramatically change the waterproof-breathable apparel market. 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...
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Terra Nova Finds New Land (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Ryan Gardner
The Lightweight Tentmaker Brings Their Products to America. Read More...
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Garmin Oregon Series and Delorme Earthmate PN-40 GPS (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
New offerings found at ORSM 2008 Read More...
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National Geographic TOPO! Explorer Mapping and Magellan Triton Series GPS (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Alan Dixon
National Geographic Maps web-based TOPO! Explorer (NG TEX) aims to be the iTunes of electronic mapping. Read More...
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Micro Four-Thirds Slashes Camera Size and Weight, Retains dSLR Benefits? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Rick Dreher
New Micro Four-Thirds digital camera standard stirs hope for pro-grade, interchangeable-lens cameras that are lightweight, compact and can be tailored to your exact needs. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Demo Days - Whazat?? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
A day at the lake to try out new watercraft and accessories. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
The Wait for Lightweight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Ryan Gardner
Will the mass market ever embrace the lightweight philosophy, or has it already? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Introduction to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008
by Mike Martin
Mike Martin gives us the skinny on what to expect from BackpackingLight.com's coverage in the coming days. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Friedrichshafen & Salt Lake City
by Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend's report on the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and how it compares to Salt Lake City's Outdoor Retailer Show. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Mark Henley
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Mark Henley. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Jim Bailey
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Jim Bailey. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Allison Miller
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Allison Miller. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Professional Perspectives on Backcountry Photography
by Nicole Chilton
Perspectives from Tom Murphy, Rainbow Weinstock, and Rick Dreher on how professional photography fits with lightweight principles. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
by Ron Craighead and Nicole Chilton
NOLS Rocky Mountain discusses the process and progress of the 40-Pound Initiative, a branch effort to reduce student pack weights to 40 pounds or less for all Wind River courses. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Affluenza: Fact-Heavy Book Carries a Lightweight Message
by Nicole Chilton
Affluenza, as it is defined by the authors, is “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.” Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Green Waste? Trends in Retail Packaging for Outdoor Industry Products
by Nicole Chilton and Ryan Jordan
Attractive and durable packaging is one thing; green packaging is quite another. The best companies have both. Learn about green packaging and see the best and worst of what the Outdoor Industry has to offer. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Website Review: UltralightLiving.com
by Nicole Chilton
UltralightLiving.com explores the extension of ultralight backpacking philosophies to other areas of your life. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Members Only Slow Travel
by Simon Clissold
Traveling light, simple... and slow Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin, Ryan Jordan, Don Wilson, Craig Mortensen, Alan Dixon, Ken Knight, Steve Nelson, Addie Morstad, Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Backpacking Light Outdoor Retailer Team outfits an entire lightweight pack for a long winter weekend using only gear found at the show. Join us throughout the trip for updates as we add gear to our hyper-linked Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx with Mapsource Topo 2008
by Alan Dixon
Virtual Pack: Garmin eTrex Vista HCx with Mapsource Topo 2008 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Light My Fire SL3 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Light My Fire SL3 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Nemo Nano Tent (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: The latest from Nemo features two Airbeams, 36 ft 2 integrated fly, and weighs 3.5 pounds. 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...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Patagonia R1 Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Don Wilson
Virtual Pack: Patagonia R1 Hoody Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Handwear for Cold and Wet Conditions (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We rounded up handwear of interest and suggest how they might be used in lightweight handwear systems. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Komperdell Nature Sticks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: Komperdell Nature Sticks Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Merrell Gatherer Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
The only true limitation with the Gatherer is your imagination. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Primus PowerGas 450g Canister (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Primus PowerGas 450g Canister Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Crescent Moon Magnesium 9 Snowshoes(Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Crescent Moon Magnesium 9 Snowshoes Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lorpen Primaloft Light Hiker Sock (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ryan Jordan
Virtual Pack: Lorpen Primaloft Light Hiker Sock Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Primus EtaExpress Pot 1.0L (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Primus EtaExpress Pot 1.0L Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
CAMP AT Fix Shovel (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Camp AT Fix Shovel Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Improvised Tent Stakes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Don Wilson
Virtual Pack: Improvised Tent Stakes Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Ibex Wool Glove Liner (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Ibex Wool Glove Liner Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Adventure Medical Kits Rescue Howler (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Adventure Medical Kits Rescue Howler Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitts (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitts Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Rab Bergen Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Rab Bergen Pants Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Outdoor Research Helium Quick Sack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Craig Mortensen
Virtual Pack: Outdoor Research Helium Quick Sack Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Westcomb Specter LT Hooded Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Westcomb Specter LT Hooded Jacket Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
GoLite Speed Demon 3/4 Tights (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: GoLite Speed Demon 3/4 Tights. A pair of knicker length tights that won't bunch up against high gaiters or socks. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Nalgene 1.5 Liter Wide Mouth Flexible Cantene (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: Nalgene 1.5 Liter Flexible Cantene. Keep water from freezing, easily accessible, and store over 1.5 liters - ideal for winter use and Bob. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Sea to Summit eVac™ Drysack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Craig Mortensen
Virtual Pack: Sea to Summit eVac™ Drysack Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight .3 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight .3 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Sea to Summit Trash Dry Sack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Craig Mortensen
Virtual Pack: Sea to Summit Trash Dry Sack Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon. Easy to use yet capable avalanche beacon that weighs 7.0 ounces Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Camp CarbonLight Avalanche Probe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Camp CarbonLight Avalanche Probe. The lightest avalanche probe we have yet seen: 4.4 ounces. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Petzl MYO XP Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: Petzl MYO XP Headlamp. A hedlamp for all conditions that will keep Bob bathed in light. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Garmin Colorado 400t GPS Promises Hi-Res Mapping in a Compact Package (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Alan Dixon and Steve Nelson
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ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
GSI Outdoors Rehydrate Spoon (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Craig Mortensen
Virtual Pack: GSI Outdoors Rehydrate Spoon Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Manzella Tahoe Glove (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Manzella Tahoe Glove Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Golite Hooded Inferno Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Golite Hooded Inferno Jacket Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Sky International Shadow Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
This first lightweight backpack from Big Sky seems to be very well thought out, and has some unique features. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
MontBell UL Superstretch Down Hugger (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: MontBell UL Superstretch Down Hugger #1 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Terramar Terramawool Longsleeve Crew Shirt (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: Terramar Terramawool Longsleeve Crew Shirt. This silk and wool baselayer top should keep Bob comfortable and warm. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Steripen Journey (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Don Wilson
Virtual Pack: Steripen Journey Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Outdoor Research Ninjaclava (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Don Wilson
Virtual Pack: Outdoor Research Ninjaclava Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Virtual Pack Day One Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Addie Morstad
Virtual Pack: Day One Meals Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Virtual Pack Day Three Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Addie Morstad
Virtual Pack: Day Three Meals Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Numa Sport Optics Lo-Pro Sunglasses (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Numa Sport Optics Lo-Pro Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Virtual Pack Day Two Meals (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Addie Morstad
Virtual Pack: Day Two Meals Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Snowballs (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Snowballs Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Golite Speed Demon Three Quarter Tight (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: Golite Speed Demon Three Quarter Tight Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Snow Peak GigaPower LI Backpacking Stove (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight, Roger Caffin
Virtual Pack: Snow Peak raises the bar for remote canister stoves designed to work with inverted canisters: they have increased power and reduced weight. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Keen Growler (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Keen Growler Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
MontBell UL Down Inner Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Don Wilson
Virtual Pack: MontBell UL Down Inner Pants Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
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...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Dynafit Low-Tech Race Binding and Goode Randonee Carbon Skis Set New Weight - and Cost - Standards for Alpine Ski Touring (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ryan Jordan
Clear your Visa card, kids, because this is going to cost you. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Outdoor Research Highpoint Cap (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Outdoor Research Highpoint Cap Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Deluxe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Deluxe Sleeping Pad Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
GoLite Pinnacle Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: GoLite Pinnacle Backpack Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Ex means Extra Light baby! 7-denier shell, 900-fill down, 5.4 ounces - this jacket is a highlight of the show. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Sleeping Bag Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Mike Martin
Noteworthy new bags from Golite, Big Agnes, The North Face, and Rab. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer: An Impressive Shade of Green
by Craig Mortensen
The Outdoor Indsutry Embraces The Green Movement Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Bottlepod Ultralight Photo Monopod (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Mike Martin
Got a waterbottle? Want a one-ounce support for your camera? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Expands the Use of Aerogel in Sleep Pads (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Mike Martin
Pacific Outdoor Equipment adds new innovative pads featuring Aerogel insulation from Aspen Aerogels to their lineup. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Ibex Balance Seamless Underwear (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ken Knight
Seamless underwear for men and women from Ibex. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Sky Products Introduces Two New Tent Models (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
The Convertible creates a new “Light Four-Season Tent” category, and the Mirage will challenge the lightest three-season single wall tents currently available. 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
Fenix L0D Flashlight soon Available with Brighter Luxeon Rebel LED (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Carol Crooker
Sub 1-oz, single AAA battery flashlight with optional 60-lumen output for 1 hour. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Photon ReX Rechargeable Micro Flashlight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
New four LED 0.6 ounce Photon will really light up the night, and it's rechargeable from a single flashlight battery. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Tech4O Traileader (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
A pedometer based navigational watch that does away with the foot pod. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
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
Scarcity of New Dinner Options at Summer 2007 OR Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alison Simon
New dinner choices at Summer OR not very plentiful Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Electronic Mapping Comes of Age for Handheld GPS (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
Full US coverage with USGS 1:24K digital downloadable maps are available for Magellen and DeLorme GPS units. 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...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Finally, a truly lightweight and comfortable inflatable sleeping pad, and it's a great value, but keep some patches handy. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Glacier Glove All Lycra Sun Glove (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Fingerless 1 ounce/pair gloves for sun and blister protection. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
GoLite Carbon Fyre Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Carol Crooker
GoLite goes lighter in their shoe line with this shoe built for speed. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Not be the lightest 2000 cubic inch (32 liter) pack available, but it may well be the most comfortable. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Ultralight Shoe Company Inov-8 Takes the Right Approach to Building Boots (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ryan Jordan
A 13-oz/370-gram (per boot, US9/UK8) ultralight backpacking boot with the right mix of hybridized shoe-boot features for ultralight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
New Inov-8 Ultralight Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
Inov-8 improves on its most popular shoes. They are lighter with more cushion. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Integral Designs SilDome (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
An utralight monopole shelter that requires no trekking poles sets up with as little as two stakes Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
MPACK AquaFlo Disposable Hydration System (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Looks like a Platy, but a 2-liter flask weighs only 0.8 ounce and costs $4. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Research Pack Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Pack cover with an integrated hood – what a clever idea! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Snow Peak μGiga Stove (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ken Knight
At 2.15 ounces this new stove from Snow Peak sets a new weight record for canister stoves. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
SPOT Personal Tracker (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Mike Martin
The SPOT Personal Tracker offers emergency locating capability with unique features at low cost and weight. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Zoot Sports introduces ultralight running shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alison Simon
New line of sub 10 ounce shoes hit the market Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Freestyle Audio MP3 Player With Screen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ken Knight
Waterproof and shockproof MP3 player that sports a screen and weighs 1 ounce. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
GoLite's New Shelter Line for 2008 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Fourteen new lightweight single wall tents, some with breathable fabric Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Mike Martin
Golite rejoins the hoodless quilt market with an innovative new bag. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Icebreaker GT Series Clothing (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ken Knight
Solid and perforated wool construction make this series of clothing more breathable. 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 Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Cocoon Pillow by Design Salt (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Ken Knight
A pillow that feels real that weighs 3.2 ounces Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Open Air Demo at ORSM 2007
by Mike Martin
A preview of new products at ORSM Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Members Only Why I Go Light
by Craig Mortensen
Trends Editor Craig Mortensen discusses the joys of simplification and describes his transition to an ultralight load. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Members Only The eVENT Single Wall Tent: Here, Then Gone – What’s Replacing It?
by Will Rietveld and Ryan Jordan
Single wall tents made of the more-breathable-than-Gore-Tex eVENT fabric caused a lot of excitement upon their introduction a few years ago. At last, a nearly condensation free single wall tent was possible. Then suddenly, eVENT tents were no longer available. Now a new wave of fabrics touted as “highly breathable” are appearing in single wall tents. What happened? Are these new fabrics as good as eVENT? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Catoma Outdoor Twist and Worm Tents Set Up at the Drop of a Hat
by Will Rietveld
New manufacturer of tents with potential for lightweight backpacking, if they make the tents available with lighter fabrics. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Catoma Outdoor Twist and Worm Tents Set Up at the Drop of a Hat (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
New manufacturer of tents with potential for lightweight backpacking, if they make the tents available with lighter fabrics. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Useful New Products From Sea To Summit
by Will Rietveld
Several lightweight, well-designed, multi-purpose products to aid the lightweight backpacker, while reducing our environmental impacts. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Useful New Products From Sea To Summit
by Will Rietveld
Several lightweight, well-designed, multi-purpose products to aid the lightweight backpacker, while reducing our environmental impacts. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
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
Company Addresses Needs of Hunters and Mischievious Youth with Ultralight Weaponry
by Melika Blastim
Guns, fire, merge into new innovations at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2007. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Goode Fellas: Ultralight Skis for the Underground
by Ryan Jordan
Carbon skis provide a truly ultralight backcountry experience. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Snow Peak LandBreeze Solo Original Tent
by Ken Knight
This two-pole, wedge, solo, double wall tent is quite something at 4 pounds. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
New Lightweight Ti Ice Axes from Simond
by Steve Nelson
10.6 ounces (300 grams) for the 54 centimeter B rated model. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Wild Things Introduces Cuben "Lightweight Bivy Shelter"
by Steve Nelson
Weighing in at just 3.8 ounces, it's a smart application of ultralight Cuben fabric to alpine-style emergency shelters. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
G3 Spadetech and Ortovox Polar Snow Shovels
by Mike Martin
G3 and Ortovox reveal clever new snow shovel designs. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Sur Bars Big on Taste
by Carol Crooker
These energy bars are EXACTLY like something your Momma would make. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Freestyle Audio Fusion Digital Music Player
by Ken Knight
A good sounding, 35 gram, waterproof and shock resistant MP3 player. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Kamik Introduces the Viper, a Lightweight Waterproof Insulated Boot
by Will Rietveld
The full-height Viper at 19.6 ounces per boot (men's 9) sets a new standard for a lightweight insulated boots. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
National Geographic Maps Expands Explorer 3D and Weekend Explorer TOPO!
by Ken Knight
National Geographi continues to expand and improve their series of topographic mapping software. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Warmth Unlimited introduces lightweight down products to US Market
by Mike Martin
Polish manufacturer Warmth Unlimited launches its line of lightweight garments and bags in the US. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Axis Outdoor SmarTube Drinking System
by Will Rietveld
The beauty of the SmarTube is that it enables you to use an ordinary (free) PET water bottle (or other plastic bottle) as a hydration reservoir. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Snowshoe Maker Crescent Moon Goes Eco-friendly...
by Steve Nelson
...and saves weight in the process. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes Three Wire Bivy Sack
by Mike Martin
Big Agnes shows an eVent hooped bivy. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Darn Tough Vermont Micro Crew Cushion Socks
by Ken Knight
A sock to fill the void between the very short and the rather long enters the range of Darn Tough Vermont socks. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Shoeboard Allride 2 and Pocket Ski Snowshoe and Ski Hybrid Systems
by Ken Knight
Shoeboard re-designs their snowshoe and introduces the Pocket Ski, creating snowshoe-ski systems weighing not more than 2.5 pounds per foot. 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
McNett SilFix Silnylon Repair Kit
by Ken Knight
At 0.8 ounces McNett's SilFix is the lightest and most complete catastrophic repair kit for silicone coated nylon fabrics we have seen. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
OR Fever! Covering Outdoor Retailer with BackpackingLight
by Don Wilson
A day in the life of BPL editors in Salt Lake City Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Coast LED Micro Flex Light Offers Ultralight Gooseneck Lighting Option
by Ryan Jordan
Versatile micro-sized gooseneck LED offers miniaturized version of the classic book light. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
New Balance Launches New Outdoor Footwear Initiative
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight Gore-Tex XCR trail running shoe from New Balance, and a really light 10-ounce shoe, both with some great features. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
OR Fever! Covering Outdoor Retailer with Backpacking Light
by Don Wilson
A day in the life of BPL editors in Salt Lake City. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump
by Will Rietveld
Innovative, lightweight sack with many potential uses. 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
Fringe Ultralighters Take Note: Fashion Hits Big Time with 2 oz Insulated Vest
by Ryan Jordan
SolaTec AeroVest: Look like Arnold and stay warm, in this inflatable two-ounce emergency vest. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Inov-8 Introduces Mid-Top Ultralight Boot
by Ken Knight
Inov-8 expands their RocLite line of ultralight trail shoes with a waterproof-breathable mid-height shoe that some might call...an ultralight boot. Read More...
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Twenty-Two Designs Lite Dogz Telemark Binding
by Mike Martin
Lite Dogz telemark bindings combine a unique set of features at minimum weight. Read More...
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Marmot Venus Women's Down Jacket
by Don Wilson
New 7 ounce down jacket for women. Read More...
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MontBell Upgrades and Extends Their Down-Inner and Alpine-Light Clothing Lines
by Don Wilson and Will Rietveld
MontBell continues to upgrade and add versatility to its lineup of lightweight down jackets. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Cyclone Cap
by Will Rietveld
A very lightweight and highly wind and water-resistant hat for active winter endeavors. Read More...
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Montbell Hiking Kilt
by Will Rietveld
Discover unheard of freedom of movement and breathability. Read More...
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Evernew America Water Bottles and Hydration Bladders
by Ken Knight
Evernew enters the water bottle and hydration bladder market with a big splash. Read More...
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Playing in the Snow: A day at Backcountry Base Camp
by Mike Martin (audio interview by Ken Knight)
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Playing in the Snow: A Day at Backcountry Base Camp
by Mike Martin (audio interview by Ken Knight)
The Backpackinglight teams spends a day at Backcountry Base Camp prior to the start of the show. Read More...
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Lightweight Backcountry Winter Gear Shouldn't Skimp on Safety
by Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Vic Lipsey
Video, audio, and photography illustrating snow stability (pit) assessment, avalanche transceiver use, and a winter day hiker's best friend: the bothy shelter. Read More...
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GoLite Revamps Apparel Lineup for Fall 2007
by Don Wilson
Improved fabrics, lighter weight and lower prices - too good to be true? Read More...
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ACR Enterprises Personal Locator Beacon - the MicroFix
by Ken Knight
The ACR MicroFix Personal Locator Beacon weighs just 10 ounces. Read More...
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Grandpa’s Fire Fork by Light My Fire
by Mike Martin
Light My Fire shows a revolutionary lightweight cooktool for the whittle challenged. Read More...
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3 Pounds, 4 Seasons, 1 Person: Sierra Designs Introduces the Single-Wall Assailant
by Will Rietveld
Bomber one-person, four-season, single wall tent with waterproof/breathable fabric and enough room for gear. Read More...
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New Telemark Norm Boots and Bindings (Finally) Debut
by Mike Martin
After years of development, Scarpa, Crispi, and Rottefella show their long-awaited NTN boots and bindings at ORWM. Read More...
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Jetboil Hanging Stove System Promises Simplicity and Lightweight
by Ryan Jordan
Jetboil refines hanging system, preserves simplicity of component integration. Read More...
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2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
An eclectic assortment of favorite gear for 2006. Read More...
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Integral Designs eVENT Crysallis (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Looking for a bivy sack made out of eVENT fabric? Take your pick at Integral Designs. Read More...
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Apparel Trends and Highlights
by Ryan Jordan, Alan Dixon, and Alison Simon
Trends and highlights in lightweight apparel from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006. Read More...
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Sleeping Bag Overview (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Sleeping Bags continue to drop weight with new materials and construction techniques. Read More...
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In the Chaos: The craziness That is OR (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Exciting, awesome, exhausting, intense, and hectic are just some adjectives that describe the chaos of OR. Read More...
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Night Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Nite Ize rescues the knot challenged among us with their Figure 9 Rope Tightener. Read More...
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Outdoor Research MicroNight Bivy (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Outdoor Research unveils an 18 ounce, fully-featured waterproof bivy sack. Read More...
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A One-Person Tent as Light as a Bivy From Big Sky International (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
One-person, single-wall, free-standing, breathable fabric, 28 ounces. Read More...
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Eagle Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Hammock options continue to grow with the ENO SingleNest. Read More...
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New Lightweight Silnylon Products From Equinox (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
These items stray a bit from backpacking, but frankly we were impressed with their quality construction, lightweight, compactability, and usability. They would also make very nice gifts. Read More...
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New Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
What do you get when you cross the Nimbus Meridian and the Vapor Trail? The Meridian Vapor of course! Read More...
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HydraCoach Interactive Water Bottle
by D. Hyde Rachionne
Why the HydraCoach may have absolutely zero applicability for lightweight backpacking. Read More...
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Kahtoola Flight Snow Travel System is Now Available (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Kahtoola, the traction people, were at summer OR to show their latest refinements to their Flight Snow travel system, so we dropped by to check them out. Read More...
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Kelty's New Lightweight Backpack Line
by Will Rietveld
Serious lightweight backpacks from Kelty. Read More...
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New Macpac AMP Light Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
For 2007, Macpac adds a new line of lightweight backpacks with lightweight durable fabrics and a very nice feature set. Read More...
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Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Glove
by Will Rietveld
The essence of gloveness! Read More...
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NEMO Finds eVENT Replacement for Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Alan Dixon
NEMO claims to have found an eVENT replacement for their waterproof breathable tents Read More...
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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...
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New Headlamps From Black Diamond, Petzl, and Brunton (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
LED headlamps continue to proliferate with both high power and ultralight headlamps. Read More...
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C.A.M.P. Snow and Glacier Travel Gear (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Alan Dixon
Hybrid aluminum alloy ice axe and crampons with reinforced steel alloys for the business ends. Ultralight, with high performance. Read More...
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GoLite Venture Series Backpacks for 2007 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New lightweight full-featured internal frame packs from GoLite come in both men's and women's versions. Read More...
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Hammock Bliss Single, Double, and No-See-Um Free Hammocks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Three more inexpensive but robust hammocks enter the fray giving hammock campers even more options Read More...
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Hennessy Hyperlite Backpacker A-sym Hammock and Cuben Fiber Fly (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Doug Johnson
The Ultralite Backpacker A-sym takes a 7 ounce diet Read More...
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Inov-8 Debris Socks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Doug Johnson
New 1.3 ounce sock/gaiter from Inov-8 Read More...
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Inov-8 Introduces Higher Shock Absorption Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Doug Johnson
Extra cushion offers entry point to Inov-8 line Read More...
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Integral Designs eVENT Pullover Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Doug Johnson
Tougher, lighter, and softer eVENT jackets Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear Bunker 1 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Alan Dixon
A 3 lb Tent Withstands 136 mph Winds Read More...
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New Adventure Racing Packs and a New Atmos/Aura 65 from Osprey (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
You would think Osprey has enough packs, but they keep coming out with more! Read More...
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Primus EtaPower EF Integrated Cooking System (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Hey, move over Jetboil and MSR, Primus is also coming to the table with an integrated system. Woo-hoo, the competition is heating up! Read More...
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Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Princeton Tec has reduced the weight of their 3-Watt LED Apex Pro by nearly 4 ounces. Read More...
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Snowpeak Introduces Ultralight for the Masses (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Alan Dixon
This Shelter's Made for Dancing Read More...
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New SteriPEN Adventurer Weighs Half of Original (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Alan Dixon
At 4.0 ounces the SteriPEN Adventurer weighs less than most filters and starts to be weight competitive against chemical treatments Read More...
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The Travel Hammock Skeeter Beeter (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
An inexpensive bugproof camping hammock with potential. Read More...
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Black Diamond Superlight Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Black Diamond adds two new light weight, single-walled shelters to their Superlight line. Read More...
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Smaller Lighter High-performance GPS Units (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Alan Dixon
Get Used to Smaller Lighter High-performance GPS units with limited navigation features Read More...
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GoLite Footwear (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
New lightweight, and very different footwear, from GoLite and Timberland's Invention Factory and R&D teams promise good drainage, breathability, light weight, and excellent stability on irregular terrain. Read More...
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GoLite Ultra Series Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
GoLite's new backpack lineup for 2007 expands on the success of the Jam with new designs, colors, and smarter feature sets. Read More...
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Kestrel 4500 Pocket Weather Station (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
The Kestrel 4500 adds a digital compass to an already impressive portable weather meter Read More...
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Komperdell Carbon Fiber Featherlite Fixed Length Trekking Poles (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Doug Johnson
A 4.3 ounce trekking pole from Komperdell with straps and ultralite carbide Alpine tips for only $100 Read More...
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MSR Reactor Integrated Canister Stove (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld and Alan Dixon
The integrated canister stove category just blew wide open with the imminent arrival of MSR's new Reactor. It's claimed to be the fastest-boiling, most fuel-efficient, windproof cooking system available. And there's another integrated canister stove coming from a different stove maker. BPL will cover this tomorrow night. Move over Jetboil! Read More...
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National Geographic Debuts “National Parks Explorer 3D” (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Alan Dixon
Update to CD-based Trails Illustrated national parks maps Read More...
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Pacific Outdoor Equipment Hyper-High Mtn (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Using aerogel technology from Aspen Aerogels, Pacific Outdoor Equipment launches what could be the warmest sleeping pad ever. Read More...
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Patagonia: Merino Wool Limbo Champ (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Ultralight merino wool garments with an eye on responsible and effective fiber treatment. Read More...
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Primus MicronStove Ti 2.5 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Mike Martin
Your old 3 ounce canister stove weighing you down? Talk to Primus. Read More...
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TracMe Personal Locator Beacon (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Ultralight personal locator beacon, but with a catch: no satellites... Read More...
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Universal Adapter Carport Power Charger (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
A portable 12-volt power pack to recharge your portable electronics. Read More...
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Before The Chaos: Open Air Demo (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Before the chaos of the Outdoor Retailer Show we get ready with the Open Air Demo. Read More...
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Product Preview (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
What's coming, what could be cool, what could be a dud. Read More...
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"Like Nothing Else": Warfare Marketing of the Hummer H3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Hummer Grabs Limelight at Open Air Demo. Read More...
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Backpacking Light Print vs. Online Magazines: Vision for 2006 and Beyond
by the Editorial Board
A letter to the readers of Backpacking Light Magazine. Read More...
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The Wrap (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Closing comments and new gear from the slowest show in years leaves us already planning (hoping) for a more exciting Summer Market, still seven months away. Read More...
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VersaLayer Stretchwoven Jacket Features Retractable Insulation (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
The first jacket to offer retractable insulation, so you can adjust your temperature level on the fly, without taking the jacket off. Read More...
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Leki Carbon 12, 10, and 8 Poles (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
3 single-segment, carbon fiber, poles from Leki Read More...
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Leki Mountain Unlimited and Venom Vario Poles (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
2-Segment, less than 10 ounces per pole, carbon fiber and aluminum construction Read More...
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Schooled By An Industrialist
by Matt Colon
Outdoor Industry Association keynote makes members squirm… we hope Read More...
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State of the Market for Backpacking Gear: Innovation, Broken Promises, and Hope
by Ryan Jordan
An analysis of the evolution of backpacking gear in the context of real innovation. Read More...
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Crocs Hydro Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Foam shoe with neoprene, pull-tight ankle cuff. Read More...
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Shock Doctor Trim-Free Insoles (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Lightweight, supportive and cushioning insoles. Read More...
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Waldies Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
The original foam, waterproof shoe relaunches. Read More...
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Atlas Extreme Multi-Sport Gloves (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Serious hand protection for a variety of outdoor or work activities. Read More...
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Big Agnes Mountain Booty (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight PrimaLoft insulated down booty to wear in a backcountry hut or in your sleeping bag. Read More...
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Updated Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Rated as “best fit” by another magazine, the Terrastryders have been updated for 2006. Read More...
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Gregory Arreba Women’s Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New for 2006, the Arreba is a women-specific lightweight pack with a very nice feature set, including huge hipbelt pockets. Read More...
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Holey Soles Social Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Light, foam "Crocs" style camp shoe. Read More...
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Java Juice Black Gold Pure Coffee Extract (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Coffee extract in single serving packets: 100% organic, Kosher, no preservatives, and - oh yeah - really good. Read More...
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Kelty Sawtooth Tent (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New tents by Kelty are a strong entry into the lightweight gear market. Read More...
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MSR Mutha Hubba Tent (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Three person version of the Hubba and Hubba Hubba Read More...
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NEMO Hypno PQ (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New 4-person adventure racing tent that accommodates two normal people and weighs just 2.9 pounds. Read More...
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New Balance 872 Trail Running Shoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
A new technical trail runner coming from New Balance, available in extended sizes and widths. Read More...
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Origo Multi-Sensor Watches (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New manufacturer, with a suite of reasonably priced multi-sensor watches that are claimed to be user-friendly. Read More...
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OR NinjaClava (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
For head/neck protection on the trail, in your sleeping bag, or robbing a bank, this new balaclava is light, stretchy, and warm. Read More...
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Outdoor Research LightHaven Day Use Shelter (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
A ski-pole supported day-use shelter to provide refuge from the storm during winter tours. A more polished version of the British "Bothy" bag. Read More...
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Perfect 10 Natural Energy Bars (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
A natural energy, now that’s a novel idea! Read More...
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SAM Medical Blist-O-Ban (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Bandage meant to prevent blisters before they happen or reduce pain of already formed blisters. Read More...
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The North Face Skareb 40 and 55 Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Part of North Face’s Flight Series, the new Skareb packs have cutting edge components and features. Read More...
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The North Face Flash Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Very light weight 900-fill down full-zip jacket. Read More...
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Vaude Ski Packs (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
An assortment of quality, lightweight backpacks from Vaude of Germany are now available in the US with Liberty Mountain as the distributor. Read More...
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Wild Things Icesac with Bullet Pocket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
An extremely durable and versatile pack, at home on an ice wall or a trail. Read More...
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Wild Things Racer Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
The most durable (and unique) adventure racing pack in the world? Read More...
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X-Socks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Gad, these are the most high-tech socks I have ever seen! Read More...
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Vargo 0.9 and 1.3 Liter Non-Stick Ti Pots (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
0.9 and 1.3 liter non-stick titanium pots Read More...
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Primus Gravity MF Stove (Outdoor Retailer WInter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
A multi-fuel stove with manual ignition for 12 ounces. Read More...
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Wilderness De-Engagement: Soul Decay in the Outdoor Industry
by Ryan Jordan
Redefining the outdoor industry by including any done-by-dinner activity performed outdoors (or perhaps, indoors with outdoor wallpaper) may fuel OIA's power as scope as a trade organization and lobbying group, but what about the soul of its users fighting for the value of wilderness connection? Read More...
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Coleman Fyrestorm Ti Stove (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
The multi-fuel capable Fyrestorm can fill all niches. Read More...
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Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp (OutdoorRetailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
A 3.5 ounce, 4-LED headlamp with bright light off 3 AAA batteries Read More...
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ABS Avalanche Airbag Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Float to the surface of an avalanche and increase your survival chances 10 times. Read More...
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Atlas Backcountry 24 Snowshoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Now this is more like it – a lighter weight backcountry snowshoe from Atlas with a full feature set and good packability. Read More...
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Atlas 13 Series Snowshoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New top of the line snowshoe with a carbon fiber foot plate and a binding that clamps to the welt of your boot, eliminating the heel strap. Read More...
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CW-X Firm Support Bra (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Incredibly comfortable sport bra now available for larger busted women. Read More...
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Darn Tough Vermont Socks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Darn strong claims, and a lifetime warranty! Read More...
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Granite Gear Northern Light Tarp (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
A premium quality one or two person tarp with catenary sides, sidewalls, and optional end vestibules. Read More...
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Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Internal Frame Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
A great balance of durability, comfort, convenience, versatility, and light weight. Read More...
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GV Carbon Tech Solstice Snowshoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
How’s this, a carbon fiber frame that weighs only 1 pound per shoe! Read More...
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Ibex 17.5 micron Merino wool fabric (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Don Wilson
New 17.5 micron fabric in Men's and Women's garments Read More...
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Injinji Socks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Gloves for your feet! Read More...
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Pertex Resurfaces Under Mitsui Umbrella, New Fabric Innovations Coming Soon
by Ryan Jordan
A 15 denier Quantum, new ultralight Endurance fabrics, and true waterproof-breathables are on the horizon for the Pertex brand. Read More...
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Potable Aqua Chorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Definitely not the water treatment pills in glass bottles that your Daddy showed you how to use. Read More...
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Protech Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
SPF 30 moisturizer sunscreen in small serving sizes. Read More...
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SmartWool Spectrum Hoodie (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Technical, lightweight wool hoodie. Read More...
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SmartWool Synergy Pullover (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Wool next to skin with synthetic, wind resistant knit outer layer. Read More...
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Snot Spot Nose Wipe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Reusable, washable microfleece nose wiper for your gloves, mittens, or hands. Read More...
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ULA Relay Frameless Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
An ultralight, yet durable daypack or overnight backpack. Read More...
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ULA Conduit Frameless Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
In the uncrowded 3,000 cubic inch ultralight backpack category, the Conduit will make the ultralight enthusiast smile. Read More...
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Jetboil Group Cooking System (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Jetboil introduces a 1.5 L capacity cooking system suitable for group cooking Read More...
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National Geographic Topo! Version 4 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
A major upgrade to a top of the line mapping program for both Macintosh and Windows users. Read More...
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Coast LED Lenser Revolution Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
1.25 Watt single LED headlamp powered by 3 AAA batteries that weighs just 4.2 ounces Read More...
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News, Muse, and Reviews - January 28 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan et al.
Kites, sustainability, and why not: MORE NEW GEAR. Read More...
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Black Diamond Deploy & Transfer Avalanche Shovels (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
New avalanche shovels from Black Diamond: don't expect any weight savings, but BD's new shovels offer some engineering advantages over older models. Read More...
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GoLite Whim Pants (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Don Wilson
A 4 ounce wind pant with a polyester/carbon fabric Read More...
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GoLite Virga Rain Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Don Wilson
A simple, low cost jacket that is the new lightweight standard in woven rainwear Read More...
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Inov-8 Roclite 285 Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
10-ounce shoes for trail and adventure racers that a few hardy "soles" may find useful for lightweight backpacking. Read More...
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Inov-8 Roclite 335 Gtx Shoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
11.2 oz Gore-Tex XCR adventure racing shoe with slick, integrated Gore-Tex gaiter. Read More...
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Inov-8 F-lite 300 Shoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
10.5 oz supportive running shoe with claimed improved propulsion efficiency. Read More...
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Nemo GoGo Bivy Sack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
A single hoop bivy based on Nemo's air-supported beam structure, with a unique and very usable twist on the bivy sack concept. Read More...
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NEOS Stabilicer Navigator 5 Overshoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
NEOS adds steel studs for more traction to their insulated overboots. Read More...
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Neos Trekker and Villager Overshoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight overshoe and gaiter all in one! Read More...
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Pacific Outdoor Equipment max-tropic Sleeping Pad (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
Sleeping pad for hot, humid weather that helps keep you cool. Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Don Wilson
A 19 ounce bag designed for the ultralight enthusiast Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Tamarak Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Don Wilson
A 15 ounce half bag from Western Mountaineering Read More...
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Accelerade Sports Drinks: Protein-Supplemented Carbohydrate Sports Formulas Could Improve Backpacking Endurance (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Do you use carbo gels or drink mixes while backpacking? Protein-supplemented sports formulas from Accelerade may improve performance and muscle recover over long distances. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Hammerhead Sled (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Carol Crooker
High performance winter recreational sled that can double as a pulk. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Kahtoola Flight Snow Travel System (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Move over Northern Lites and MSR, there’s a new kid on the block with lightweight snowshoes! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2005 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by the BackpackingLight.com Staff
Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2005 hiking and backpacking season. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
NOLS Sees the Light
by Backpacking Light Staff
Backpacking Light Magazine Partners with GoLite, NOLS, to Bring Lightweight Backpacking Courses to NOLS Curriculum Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Chlorine Dioxide No-Mix Water Treatment Solution Coming to US Outdoor Market
by Ryan Jordan
Pre-mixed, one-step chlorine dioxide water treatment / disinfection solution. No mixing and easy to use. Say goodbye to iodine. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
On Going Mapless in a Digital World: Engagement, Simplicity, and the Art of Real-Time Navigation
by Ryan Jordan
My guess is that if you feel the need to add a GPS unit for "safety" or "efficiency", then you've got more serious gaps in your skill set that need to be addressed. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Publisher's View: Bear Predation (Commentary)
by Ryan Jordan
Do bear canisters reflect poor management policy and only serve to increase bear tolerance of humans? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Backpacking Light Editor Receives National Award for Volunteer Efforts
by Carol Crooker
Forest Service award recognizes Will Rietveld and spouse Janet Reichl for Leave No Trace education and research. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Backpacking Food Taste Test: Entrées (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Backpacking Light staff tastes - and scores - several backpacking foods from AlpineAire, Backpacker's Pantry, Cache Lakes, and Natural High. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
The Viability of Lightweight Gear and Education as Industry Trends (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ryan Jordan
Commentary on the growing trend of lightweight gear in the outdoor industry, and the identification of a rapidly growing need for meaningful education and awareness about lightweight techniques. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Sky Products Warm-n-Cozy Apparel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Epic jacket and full zip pants. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes Lightens Seedhouse SL and Sarvis Tent Lines
by Alan Dixon
Big Agnes makes a few key changes to materials and structure to shave weight off the already light Seedhouse SL and Sarvis product lines. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Cyclops Solutions Atom Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
0.8 ounces for a single LED headlamp. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Eureka! Spitfire UL Solo Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A light and stable solo tent you can sit up in. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Helly Hansen Mars and Venus Windshirts (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
The lightest windshirts in the world? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Helly Hansen Versa Duro Longsleeve (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Technical backpacking shirt Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
High Gear Alterra Altimeter Wristwatch (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Altimeter, compass, time, chronograph, and more in a 2 ounce wristwatch Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Hilleberg Bivanorak (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Combination cagoule and shelter. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Ibex Escape Top (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Merino wool zip top. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Inka Titanium/Carbon Fiber Pen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Sub-half-ounce, any-conditions pen. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
JDC Electronics SkyWatch Xplorer Series Wind and Weather Meters (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Wind and weather meter for less than 2 ounces Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Marmot Women's Helium Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Popular bag in a shorter, women's version. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Marmot Pounder Bivy (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Insulated bivy. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Montbell Stretch Wind Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A sculpted and well-fitting cross between a soft shell and a wind shirt that is comfortable, stylish, and from a performance standpoint, incredibly versatile. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Sample of Osprey's new Stratos line of packs, which are designed on the same air mesh backpanel, but with varying types of outings in mind. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
St. Moritz Momentum Topograph Altimeter Wristwatch (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
A classy, functional, analog altimeter wristwatch from St. Moritz Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Footloose
by Matt Colon
Emerging trends in footwear focus on freeing the feet for natural biomechanics. The result: lower weight, more flexibility, and a new kind of freedom. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes SL3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Big Agnes Adds 3-Person Tent, Seedhouse SL 3 to line. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
CW-X Support Bras (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Supportive "star" web design for high impact activities. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Enlightened Malcontent Tent System (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ryan Jordan
Discontent with cramped space in your tent? Try the Malcontent - one of the roomiest three-season tent systems on the market, with modularity, excellent storm protection, and adaptability for all four seasons. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Goyot Designs Long Handled Spork and Spatula (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Spoons of a standard length are just not long enough. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Hilleberg Kaitum Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Double wall, hoop tent. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Hilleberg Rajd Tarp Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Lightweight three-season shelter for two. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Integral Designs eVENT Micro Bivy Sack and Overbag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Two eVENT bivy sacks lighter than South Col. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Integral Designs Primaloft Poncho Liner (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
An insulated poncho, full zip rectangular bag, and a 2-person quilt. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Montrail Maui and Kailua Sandals (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Two very light “camp” sandals good enough to do some walking. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Mountain Hardwear Scrambler Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
An 11 oz lightweight pack or tough summit pack/stuff sack. Packs into its hood. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
MSR Fling Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Two person single wall tent. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Research Ion Pullover Windshirt (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
One of a select few light and fully featured windshirts Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Research NightHaven Shelter (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Palatial bug and rain free area for two people at well under 2 lbs Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max-Thermo-Lite Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Weight shaving full length hybrid self-inflating/inflatable mattress. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Uber-Mtn Sleeping Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Lightweight four season self-inflating pad. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Max Thermo 3/4 Sleeping Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Insulated blow-up sleeping pad. Read More...
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Petzl Tactikka XP Adapt Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market)
by Ken Knight
Headlamp weighs 59 grams without it's 3 AAA batteries. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Petzl MyoBelt XP Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market)
by Ken Knight
Even in normal high output mode the MYOBELT XP will throw a beam 45 meters. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Princeton Tec Apex Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Beware, this light may blister the paint of your walls if you aren’t careful. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
More energy efficient than the single 1 watt LED of the EOS. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Sierra Designs Baku 2 Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Hybrid single wall/double wall tent. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Sierra Designs Origami 2 UltraLight Tarp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Five panel equilateral triangle tarp. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Solo Lighter Company Lighter Multi-Tool (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Multi-tool function combined with a refillable butane lighter distinguish this lightweight product as something unique. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Teva X-1 Trail Running Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A sub-10 ounce trail shoe with excellent ventilation and drainage Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
The North Face Spectrum 23 Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ryan Jordan
How's this for wind resistance? 130 miles per hour, so says the wind tunnel test data from The North Face. Better yet: 4 lb 3 oz. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Timberland Delerion PRO Adventure Racing Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Matt Colon
A Lightweight Shoe Designed Specifically for the Demands of Adventure Racing Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Valandré Lupine* Down Jacket and Vest (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
It’s art sculpted in down. It’s an incredibly warm jacket that weighs only a few ounces more than a summer down jacket but could find its way into a winter gear list with little afterthought. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Do it for Your Kids
by Ryan Jordan
Youth participation in backcountry activities is on the verge of an implosion. And whose fault is it? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Declining Youth Participation in Wilderness Activities
by Matt Colon
The future of the outdoor industry - and wilderness activism - may be threatened by children's growing alienation from the natural world. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Acumen Hydra-Alert Sports Watch with Fluid Check (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A watch that reminds you when and how much to drink Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
APA Enterprises Sun UV Monitoring Wristwach (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Monitor the UV Index and predict when you need extra protection Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
AquaStar Plus Ultraviolet Water Treatment (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Water purification through ultraviolet irradiation - a new approach to cleaning our water Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Backpackers Pantry Introduces Cold Rehydrated Meals (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Leave the stove at home and still enjoy a freeze dried pasta dinner. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Black Diamond Skylight Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A three-person single-wall tent in the Superlight tent family (Firstlight and Lighthouse). Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
GoLite Multi-Sport Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
1 lb 5 oz, 1900 cubic inch pack designed to handle the abuse of multi-sport activities. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Granite Gear Vapor Ki Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
A woman specific Vapor Trail. Read More...
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Icebreaker Superfine GT Shirts (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Merino wool base layer tops with highly breathable backs. Read More...
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Inov-8 Mudroc 280 Trail Running Shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A Sub-10 Ounce Trail Running and Hiking Shoe Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Keela "System Dual Protection" (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Innovative waterproof/breathable technology. Read More...
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Life-Link A.T. Superlight Trekking Pole (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A fixed length all carbon fiber trekking pole. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
MacPac Epic 150 SF Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
19 ounce water-proof 750 fill down sleeping bag. Read More...
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MontBell Self Inflating Pads (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Among the lightest for their size. Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear Foray Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
A sample of Mountain Hardwear’s pack debut, 3400 ci and 3 lb 14 oz with excellent durability. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Mountainsmith TrekLite PCT 45 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Thru-hike inspired 3 pound pack, built for comfort, durability, and convenience. Read More...
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Osprey Aether 60 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Redesigned Aether 60 with an innovative heat moldable harness. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Pentax Optio WP Digital Camera (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Lightweight, waterproof, 5MP, good battery life, and very pocketable gives the Pentax Optio WP a significant edge among backpacking cameras - and makes it an honorable mention for a 2005 Lightitude Award. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Sierra Designs Nanolite Rain Shells - Isotope and Neutron Jackets (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Very light waterproof/breathable hooded and nonhooded rainshells. Read More...
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Smartwool Microweight Apparel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Microweight gets fashionable. Read More...
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Suunto and National Geographic Maps Announce Alliance with Debut Of Suunto X9i (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Major improvements for Suunto X9 GPS. Read More...
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Ultralight Outfitters – Ultralight “Beercan” Cook Pot & Stove (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A lightweight integrated Esbit fuel cooking system. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork
by the BackpackingLight.com Readership
Results of a BackpackingLight.com reader contest, featuring the Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork List, and "Ode to a Spork" cowboy poetry by Paul Johnson. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Small Packs for Ultralight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
Backpacking Light Publisher Ryan Jordan outlines the benefits of small packs: load stability, bushwhacking ease, and to elicit those "Hey, you day hikin'?" comments from others. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
The Benefits of Going Light
by Glen Van Peski
Commentary on the multiple benefits of lightweight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff 2005: The Scoop!
by Don Wilson
Report from the Annual Day Zero PCT Kickoff 2005. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Perseverance Mills' Perseverance Loses Weight: Is the Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away?
by Ryan Jordan
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Meridian Design AquaStar Portable UV-C Water Purifier First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Fisher Space Pen The Stowaway First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Granite Gear Technical and Ski Packs First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Gregory G Pack First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Icebreaker and Ibex Superfine Wool Crews First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Patagonia Improves R2 fleece First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Two Petzl Axes – Cosmi’tec and Snowscopic First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Petzl Updates Tikka with the Tikka XP First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Waterproof, Softshell, or Lost?
by Ryan Jordan
Op-Ed: what is the utility of a garment that offers the disadvantages of both hard and soft shells? Read More...
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Update on Big Agnes Sarvis Tents First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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GoLite Xirtam Jacket – A Waterproof Softshell? First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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New GoLite Gear and Apparel First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Ryan Jordan
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New Gear from Integral Designs – Sil Wing Tarp, Insulated Silcoat Stuff Sacs, Basic Bivy Bag, Wrist Warmers, and ParaLiner First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Integral Designs PLQ Jacket and Pants - Ultralight Primaloft garments First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Komperdell All Carbon-Fiber Shovel and Probe First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Montbell Revamps Ultralight Thermowrap High-Loft Garment Line First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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New MSR Stoves Delayed First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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NEOS Villager Overshoes First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Outdoor Research Zero Jacket - 20 oz Hooded Jacket with 4.0 oz Insulation First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Snow Peak Cozy for Ti Mugs First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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TeaTech XtraGreen Tea First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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The Travel Hammock Ultralight Hammock First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Wild Things Update: Primalight Jacket, Belay Jacket, and EP Hooded Jacket First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Sneak Peak Book Review: Sex in the Outdoors First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Dynafit Randonee Ski Equipment, Now Lighter First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Inka Extreme Conditions Pen First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Integral Designs eVENT Pants First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Komperdell Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles: Lightest Sectional Trekking Poles First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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NEMO Hypno AR – Two-person Air Supported Tent First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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NEMO Burrito - Air Supported Tent First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Osprey Exposure Packs First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Smartwool Microweight Crew First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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Vasque Spindrift Trail Runners: Thinsulate insulated with Gore-tex First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Jetboil – French Press Option First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Steel Kahtoola: Lightest 10-Point Steel Crampons First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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Shoeboard — Combination Ski and Snowshoe First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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ARTICLES Trends Commentary
In Memoriam: Blake Morstad - 1980 - 2005
by Ryan Jordan
BackpackingLight.com Staff Member dies in avalanche in Montana's Centennial Mountains. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2004 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2004 hiking and backpacking season. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Backpacking Light Position Statement on Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings
by the BackpackingLight.com Review Staff
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Members Only Commentary on Sleeping Bag Rating Specifications (2004)
by Ryan Jordan and Alan Dixon
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ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Members Only 45 Miles in 47 Hours: What You Can Do With a Weekend Using Lightweight Backpacking Gear
by Doug Johnson
What can you accomplish in a three-day weekend with lightweight gear? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
New High-Powered, Lightweight LED Headlamps from Princeton Tec, Petzl, and Black Diamond (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon and Ryan Jordan
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More New Lightweight Shelters Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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Shorts from OR: Tidbits and First Looks at New Backpacking Gear (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan, Alan Dixon, and Carol Crooker
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2005 Trekking Pole Trends: Poles for Women? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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Shell Shocked: Raingear and Soft Shells are Getting Lighter and Breathing Better (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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Members Only Trends in Ultralight Sleeping Bags: Mainstream Down AND Synthetic Bags are Breaking the One Pound Synthetic Barrier; Hybrid Down-Synthetic Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon and Ryan Jordan
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Atsko Sport Wash First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Carol Crooker
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Montane Air Jacket Shaves 5+ Ounces off of eVENT Superfly But Preserves eVENT Fabric Technology (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
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Pertex Quantum Vest Claims to be Lightest Single Weather Protective Garment Available (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
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Montane 180: World's Lightest Waterproof Breathable Pullover Breaks Six Ounce Barrier (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
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Cheese for Backpackers: New Cheese Cuts Weight of the Fresh Stuff in Half and Packs a 150 Calorie/Ounce Punch for Backcountry Travelers (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
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New Lightweight “Done-in-a-Day” Backpacks Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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Members Only Commentary on the State of Declining Backcountry Wilderness Activity Participation by End Users (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan and Carol Crooker
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Education as a Means to Foster an Appreciation of Lightweight Strategies for Backcountry Travel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Carol Crooker and Ryan Jordan
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OR News - Day 2 Roundup: New Products for Lightweight Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan, Carol Crooker, and Alan Dixon
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New GoLite Shelters Fill Gaps in Existing Product Line (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
Overview of new GoLite shelters announced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004: the Hut 1/2 Floorless Shelters, the Eisenhower Tunnel Single Wall Tent, and the Trig 1 Shelter. Read More...
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Wookey Dragonfly Ultralight Pack Skin (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
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Outdoor Retailer Announces Plans to Remain in Salt Lake Through 2009 – Show Floor Space to Increase 40% – Outdoor Industry Association Dilutes Wilderness Protection Message to State of Utah (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
Commentary on the decision to keep Outdoor Retailer Markets in Salt Lake City through 2009 and the OIA's position statement regarding state of Utah contributions to the industry. Read More...
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New Lightweight Backpacking Foods (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Carol Crooker
Backpacking food manufacturers take advantage of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market to introduce new flavors and recipes for the coming season. Read More...
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New Ultralight Waterproof-Breathable Jackets from Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Marmot, Integral Designs, and More (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
New rain jackets introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004. Read More...
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OR News - Day 1 Roundup: New Products for Lightweight Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan, Carol Crooker, and Alan Dixon
Day 1 summary of new products from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004. Read More...
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Big Agnes Sarvis Tents Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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Integrated White Gas and Canister Stove/Cookware Systems from MSR Unveiled (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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Pacific Outdoor Equipment Announces 8 Ounce Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad and Blends Hybrid Self-Inflating and Closed Cell Foam Technology for 2005 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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by BackpackingLight.com Staff
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OR News - Day 2 Dispatch: January 31 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
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Jetboil Stove (Personal Cooking System) First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
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McMurdo FastFind Personal Locator Beacon First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
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OR News - Day 1 Dispatch: January 30 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004) - PUBLIC VERSION
by the Product Review Staff
New products announced today at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. Read More...
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Members Only OR News - Day 1 Dispatch: January 30 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004) - MEMBERS' VERSION
by the Product Review Staff
New products announced today at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, with product photos and specifications. Read More...
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ACR Electronics TerraFix 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
Smaller and lighter, the ACR TerraFix 406 will garner more attention for its decreased weight and size. Read More...
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Suunto X9 GPS Watch First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
A complete navigation solution in a wrist sized package. Read More...
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OR News - Backcountry Base Camp Dispatch: January 29 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
New products: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes, Ground Zephur Jacket, and Neos Trekker Overshoes Read More...
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State of the Market Report: Outdoor Specialty Retailer Complacency and the Disappearance of Retailers as Experts (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by Ryan Jordan
A discussion of critical issues affecting the interactions between outdoor specialty retailers and their customers. Read More...
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OR News Pre-Show Dispatch - First Looks at New Products for Fall 2004 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
Featuring new products from Essential Gear, Princeton Tec, ACR Electronics, Suunto, Smartwool, Marmot, GoLite, and Bemis. Read More...
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GoLite Delirium Backpack First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
The GoLite Delirium is an internal frame backcountry ski and winter mountaineering pack that excels at organizing the tools of the winter traveler: skis, snowshoes, ice tools, crampons, you name it - there's a place to put 'em. Read More...
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About Lightweight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
A brief primer on lightweight backpacking. Read More...
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About Ultralight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
A brief primer on the nature of ultralight backpacking and how to pursue it! Read More...
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Personal Locator Beacons as a Rescue Device for Backcountry Travelers
by Ryan Jordan
Is a PLB consistent with a responsible lightweight backpacking philosophy? Read More...
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Simplicity, Harmony, and Opportunity: Freedom Born From an Ultralight Ethic
by Carol "Brawny" Wellman
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New Lightweight Backpacking Gear - (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2003) - Member's Version
by the Product Review Staff
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New Lightweight Backpacking Gear - (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2003) - Public Version
by the Product Review Staff
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Sleeping by Faith: Bag Temperature Ratings
by Ryan Jordan
Sleeping by Faith: Bag Temperature Ratings Read More...
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The Great Waterproof-Breathable Debate
by Ryan Jordan
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The Roots of Raingear
by Ryan Jordan
The Roots of Raingear Read More...
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The Laughing Curmudgeon's Guide to Going Light
by George Cole
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How Light is Too Light?
by Ryan Jordan
How Light is Too Light? Read More...
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Lose Your Baggage, Pal
by Ryan Jordan
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The Arc Bag Concept: Saving Weight with Variable Girth Sleeping Bags Having an "Arc" Shaped Cross Section
by Ryan Jordan
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