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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Roots of Raingear
by Ryan Jordan
The Roots of Raingear Read More...