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2005 GoLite Wisp Wind Shirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Ryan Jordan
Only 2.8 ounces, fits well, but limited utility. Read More...
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2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Converts any Jacks ‘R’ Better quilt into a top bag sleep system with an attached sleeping pad. Read More...
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2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Nest Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A well-designed under quilt that integrates beautifully with Hennessy hammocks. Read More...
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2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A versatile cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system as well as for “ground sleeping”. Read More...
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2007 Birdiepal Umbrellas SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
For those that love umbrellas, Birdiepal brollies are the lightest available- and they are durable enough to survive the backcountry. Read More...
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2007 Feathered Friends Grouse Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug and Amy Johnson
A women-specific bag that’s properly sized for a women’s body and uses an ultralight Schoeller NanoSphere shell. Read More...
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2007 Jacks 'R' Better SilNyl Tarp SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A tarp that is larger than a stock hammock tarp and extends coverage for wet, cold, and snowy conditions. Read More...
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2007 Sierra Designs Isotope Rainwear SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Isotope is the current lightweight champ for backpacking rainwear – and it’s full-featured! Read More...
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AntiGravityGear TreeLine SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
One-ounce bear hang using flat weave Spectra cord that easily glides over a tree limb. Read More...
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AntiGravityGear Universal Alcohol Stove Accessory Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
The primer pan is the darling of this set. Read More...
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Arc'Teryx Squamish WindShell Review
by Don Wilson
A full-featured, high quality windshell Read More...
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Backpacking Tights - Part 1
by Damien Tougas
Tights are a very versatile backpacking tool. Their close fit keeps you warm and quickly wicks away moisture. Read More...
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Members Only Backpacking With A Thermometer
by Rex Sanders
A thermometer allows you to establish trends that relate temperature to how you feel while hiking and camping. This can lead to better preparation and execution in the field. Read More...
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Members Only Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
by Rex Sanders
A voice recorder is a great way to reflect on your journey without compromising safety or the experience. Read More...
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Baffin Outback Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Heavy-duty warmth and comfort, and good moisture management, for snow travel in frigid conditions. Read More...
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Benchmade 530 Folding Knife Review
by Roger Caffin
Many walkers find a razor blade adequate, but there are plenty of situations where a bit more is needed. This knife, with a blade over three inches long yet weighing only two ounces, may suit many lightweight walkers. Read More...
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Big Sky Evolution 1P EX Tent SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Lightweight, solo, double wall tent, with two vestibules. Read More...
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Big Sky Products (Summit Shelters) Evolution 2P Tent SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan and Will Rietveld
Double wall two-person tent with two doors, two vestibules, easy setup, and interior pockets for organizing gear: all for just a shade over three pounds. Read More...
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Brasher Supalite GTX Hiking Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Full grain leather, leather lined, waterproof, and truly ultralight at two pounds per PAIR. Read More...
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Brunton Liberty Mantleless Canister Fuel Lantern SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Hallelujah! No fragile mantles! Good fuel efficiency and bright output make this a tempting gadget for winter camping. Read More...
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Cascade Designs SealLine Storm Sack Dry Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Top performing lightweight dry sack with roll top closure and taped seams. Read More...
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Coleman Pack-Away Lantern Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
A compact LED lantern, lighter than canister lanterns and fairly bright, but not yet perfect. Read More...
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Coleman Powermax Fuel Adapter Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
An adapter to allow you to use your Coleman Xtreme stove in winter with screw-thread canisters rather than the hard-to-find Powermax canisters. Read More...
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Cow Canyon Flatware SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Anodized aluminum flatware that is light - and aesthetically pleasing. Read More...
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Crazy Creek Backpacker Lite AIR Chair SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
For lightweight backpackers who crave the luxury of a chair (10 oz) plus a REALLY COMFORTABLE torso sleep pad (11 oz) - this is worth a look. Read More...
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Crescent Moon Booties SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
This snowshoeing accessory adds warmth and water resistance to any shoe, without adding much weight. Will their one-size offering fit your shoes? Read More...
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Crux AK47 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
New in the USA: simple packs that redefine the notion of "lightweight durability". Read More...
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Danner Agitator 230 XCR Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This low-cut trail shoe performs like a boot – really tough, supportive, and stable. Read More...
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Deejo UL Knives
by Roger Caffin
A very lightweight and practical backcountry knife. Useful for food prep with good hardness for its price. Read More...
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Members Only Deuter ACTLite 40+10 Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
SpotLite Review of Deuter's new clean, yet multi-featured pack - perfect for thru-hiking in the Alps. Read More...
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Dunham Waffle Stomper Alcatraz Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Really lightweight shoes for water sports and hiking in wet conditions, but they tortured my toes on steep downhills. Read More...
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Members Only Easton UL Carbon 3 Trekking Poles Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
How do these 3-section poles hold up to the rigors of thru-hiking? Read More...
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Members Only Enlightened Equipment Revelation Review
by Chris Wallace
A well-made quilt that offers high-quality materials, high fill-power down, and excellent loft for an incredible price. Read More...
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Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Briefs Review
by Roger Caffin
Most of us (males) want to wear something under our trousers, but what? Ordinary cotton underpants have several disadvantages: the waist band often conflicts with the hip-belt on the pack, and when they get wet they can take a very long time to dry. The Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Briefs largely solve those two problems. Read More...
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Members Only Exped Airmat Pumps Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
An overview of two pumps used to inflate sleeping pads, to relieve your lungs in the backcountry. Read More...
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Fanatic Fringe PG Delta 30 Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Mike Martin
Looking for an ultralight quilt, but don't trust down insulation? With a few compromises, this may be your solution. Read More...
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Feathered Friends Hyperion Jacket (Epic Shell) SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Loren Lee and Don Wilson
Weather resistant Epic shell, good loft, great price - but heavier than the lightest down jackets of similar loft. Read More...
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Feathered Friends Rock Wren Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
A wearable down sleeping bag designed to replace, and thus serve as, your insulated clothing. Read More...
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Feathered Friends Vireo Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
A hoodless, ultralight down sleeping bag designed for integration with an insulating jacket. Read More...
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Forty Below Light Energy TR Overboot and Simple Slipper SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
An extremely versatile and warm footwear system for snowshoeing and snow camping in frigid conditions. Read More...
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Forty Below Synthetic Fill Camp Booties SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Ultra warm non-slip booties for snow camping, and they coordinate well with daytime snow travel footwear. Read More...
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GoLite DriMove Long Sleeve Top SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, good fit, very comfortable, really wicks moisture away, but snags easily. Read More...
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GoLite Galaxy Internal Frame Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Internal frame, enough volume for a long trek, and light weight = more appeal for traditional backpackers looking to "go light" without gettin' freaky about it. Read More...
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GoLite Hut 1 SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Mike Martin
Roomy, bombproof floorless shelter for one. Read More...
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GoLite Virga Rain Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
6 ounces! 80 bucks! Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Cloth SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Ultralight and ultra-tough, a ground cloth for the masses with a weight that appeals to the fringe. Read More...
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Granite Gear Drysack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Fairly lightweight dry sack with roll top closure and taped seams. Read More...
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Granite Gear Vapor Day Pack Review
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, full-featured, very comfortable internal frame day pack. Read More...
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Gregory Iso Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A full-featured and comfortable daypack using lightweight materials to keep the weight down. Read More...
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GSI Bugaboo Cookpot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Light Teflon-lined aluminium cookpot for two people that is lighter and cheaper than the GSI Hard Anodised Extreme set. Read More...

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