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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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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 The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
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Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
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The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 1
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. 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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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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Members Only True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
Bored with water in the backcountry? Need to make hydration more appealing for your group? Add some flavor to your water, and vanquish any fear of dehydration or scurvy. 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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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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Mountain Laurel Designs SuperMid Review
by Chris Wallace
A large but still lightweight pyramid that can shelter three to four adults in all four seasons. Read More...
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Primus Eta Solo Stove Review
by Roger Caffin
A heat exchanger stove in the now fairly standard upright format. Does the Primus Eta Solo outperform the competition? 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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SteriPEN Opti Review
by Roger Caffin
The SteriPEN UV wands have been through several generations of development, reaching a very satisfactory state with this SteriPEN Opti unit. 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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Monatauk Gnat Stove Review
by Ryan Jordan
A big burner head, simple design, minimal use of materials, and light weight (1.7 oz) put the Monatauk Gnat at the head of the pack for ultralight canister stoves. Read More...
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Lowrance Endura Sierra GPS Review
by Ray Estrella
Lowrance adds touchscreen functionality with its top of the line Sierra GPS. With a plethora of multimedia options, it comes across as more entertainment device than a dedicated navigational aid. How does it work for backpacking? Read More...
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Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, extremely versatile hooded down jacket that can be worn as an outer layer or midlayer. Read More...
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Rab Bergen Pant SPOTLITE Review
by Will Rietveld
Great fitting, lightweight, exceptionally versatile eVENT pant. Read More...
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Montbell Thunderhead Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW Review
by Will Rietveld
One of the lightest Gore-Tex Pro Shell jackets available, with weight and performance (with supplemental ventilation) comparable to a lightweight eVENT jacket. Read More...
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New Balance MT1110GT Joggers SpotLite Review
by Roger Caffin
Totally synthetic, good soles and a XCR membrane for wet weather use, plus a range of widths, including really wide. Read More...
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Outdoor Research DryComp Summit Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This multi-purpose bag serves as a waterproof day pack, compression stuff sack, dry bag, and pillow. 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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GSI Outdoors Cascadian Cup SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Strong polypropylene, will not burn your lips, twelve fluid ounces capacity, 1.7 ounces weight and $1.75 USD: it can't be too bad! Read More...
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GSI Outdoors Cascadian Bowl SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Strong polypropylene, almost twenty-four fluid ounces capacity, 1.55 ounces weight and $1.50 USD: it can't be too bad! Read More...
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Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight durable shell mitt especially suited for snow sports or any situation where a more durable waterproof-breathable mitt is needed. Read More...
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Komperdell Touring Glove Spotlite Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Gloves made with Komperdell's new seamless bonding construction get a mixed review. 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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Arc'Teryx Squamish WindShell Review
by Don Wilson
A full-featured, high quality windshell Read More...
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Kamik Viper Insulated Boots SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Good lightweight insulated boots for travel in dry snow, but they have some major drawbacks for wet snow travel and for normal hiking and backpacking. Read More...
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Icebreaker Cross Cami SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Women's merino wool top with built in support. Read More...
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I/O Biocompatibles Contact Long Sleeve Crew SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
A new company provides another choice in technical wool clothing. Read More...
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Ibex Balance Seamless Sport Bra SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Finally, the magic of wool is available in a bra. Read More...
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Hennessy Hammocks Supershelter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A lightweight system for using a Hennessy Hammock in the shoulder and winter seasons. 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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Rite in the Rain Weatherjet Paper SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A waterproof paper you can use in your ink-jet printer to copy maps for field use. 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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Indigenous Designs Terra Sport SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A performance sweater made from all natural fabrics 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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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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Keen Shellrock WP Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
With its eVENT softshell upper, the Shellrock seems like it should be the perfect lightweight trail shoe for wet conditions, but my field testing revealed very mixed results. 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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Members Only Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids
by Jay Ham
A review of commercially-available, lightweight gear suited for - if not made for - backpacking with kids. 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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Pacific Outdoor Equipment Uber Lite Sleeping Pad SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Lightest self-inflator on the market but the length and shape are not optimal and degrade performance. Read More...
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Ibex Shak Full Zip SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A dense knit merino wool mid-layer Read More...
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Montane Featherlite H2O Spotlite Review
by Don Wilson
A 3.5 ounce hoodless, waterproof jacket Read More...
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Keen Growler Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Janet Reichl
Lightweight synthetic fabric waterproof boot with Primaloft insulation - perfect for active snow travel and cold weather hiking. Read More...
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Polar Wrap Toasty Feet Insole SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Lightweight Insoles containing Aerogel for underfoot insulation. Read More...

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