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2005 Trekking Pole Trends: Poles for Women? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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AntiGravityGear Caldera Kitchen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
Finally a compact Caldera Cone Stove System! 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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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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 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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Atsko Sport Wash First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Carol Crooker
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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Big Agnes Pumphouse Pad Pump
by Will Rietveld
Innovative, lightweight sack with many potential uses. Read More...
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Big Agnes Sarvis Tents Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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Big Agnes SL3 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Big Agnes Adds 3-Person Tent, Seedhouse SL 3 to line. Read More...
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Big Agnes Three Wire Bivy Sack
by Mike Martin
Big Agnes shows an eVent hooped bivy. Read More...
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Big Sky International Convertible 4P (Light 4-Season) and Montana 2P (4-Season) (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Both tents have multiple configurations available. The summer version of the Montana is a two-person double-wall tent that weighs as little as 2 pounds 1.7 ounces and the winter version is just 3 pounds 9.5 ounces! Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Big Sky Products Warm-n-Cozy Apparel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
Epic jacket and full zip pants. Read More...
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Big Sur Bars Big on Taste
by Carol Crooker
These energy bars are EXACTLY like something your Momma would make. 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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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...
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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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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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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...
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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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CAMP AT Fix Shovel (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Camp AT Fix Shovel 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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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...
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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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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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