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ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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BPL Launches Wiki as Lightweight Backpacking Reference
by Don Wilson
The new BPL Wiki hosted by Backpacking Light! 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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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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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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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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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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