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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Expedition Weight Baselayers Review
by Will Rietveld
These lightweight synthetic baselayers are remarkably warm for their weight and highly versatile. Read More...
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New Balance MR740TR Review
by Roger Caffin
Another fine member of the lightweight low-cut New Balance jogger family. Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Terra Nova maintains their reputation with the latest “lightest double-wall shelter in the world,” weighing just over 1 pound. This one has a Cuben Fiber canopy and floor. Read More...
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GoLite Tumalo Storm Jacket & Pants Review
by Ray Estrella
The Tumalo line is GoLite's most affordable WPB rain gear, yet only gives up a little weight on their top-of-the-line offerings. How does it perform? Read More...
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LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK Review
by Hendrik Morkel
German innovation hits the frameless backpacking market: water resistant with a volume that manages to work well for overnighters and week-long expeditions. Is it too good to be true? Read More...
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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
A lower volume frameless pack constructed of a Cuben fiber/ripstop nylon laminate that’s cutting edge and raises the bar for frameless backpack elegance. Read More...
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Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) CDT Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
The CDT is a really nice frameless backpack that would be even better with a few revisions. And there is one thing you really need to know… Read More...
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Big Sky International Evolution 2P Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
Creation vs Evolution: one of the thorniest questions ever and one I prefer to stay away from most of the time. But Bob Molen’s latest creation is the ever-evolving Evolution 2P, and one I feel comfortable tackling. It is almost divine... Read More...
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MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
Dropping two full pounds from my current tent weight to use a sub-five-pound three-person double-wall tent all summer sounded too good to be true. How did MSR's lightest 3P shelter work for the Estrella family? Read More...
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Integral Designs eVent Pullover Review
by Brad Groves
Does the strong appeal, on paper, of the Integral Designs eVent Pullover materialize in real-world use? Read More...
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Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag Review
by Brad Groves
It's a $100 DOWN bag. Too good to be true? You may be surprised... Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
A higher volume (59 L) durable fabric frameless backpack with superb design, construction, and options. Read More...
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PHD Mountain Software Yukon Down Pullover Review
by Will Rietveld
Featuring 900 fill-power down, baffled construction, high loft, and a nearly waterproof shell, the Yukon Pullover is a well-balanced four-season down parka. Is this the ultimate ultralight down garment for cold weather pursuits? Read More...
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Katabatic Sawatch 15 Quilt and Crestone Hood Review
by Roger Caffin
Very warm, quality gear from a cottage manufacturer dedicated to innovative lightweight sleeping solutions. Read More...
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Therm-a-Rest ProLite Air Mat Product Review
by Roger Caffin
Cascade Designs upgraded their ProLite self-inflating mat once again, with another weight reduction. What were the consequences of weight loss on warmth? Read More...
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Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole Review
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, collapsible, fixed-length poles that use avalanche pole technology to lock the sections. Read More...
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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo Ultralight Modular Shelter System Review
by Will Rietveld
These Cuben Fiber shelter systems are among the lightest out there, consisting of a tarp, mesh insert, and front beak and providing five useful shelter options! Read More...
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Vibram FiveFingers KSO Treks Review
by Ray Estrella
Will heavier mid and outer soles plus durable leather uppers make for backpacking bliss, or will the Treks leave our feet wrecks? Read More...
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GoLite Peak Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The frameless 36 L Peak backpack has been redesigned: we take an in-depth look, with commentary on the revised Jam and Pinnacle packs. Read More...
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High Gear ATF8 Multi-Function Device
by Ray Estrella
The ATF8 is almost everything I am looking for in a multi-function watch, without being merely a watch. It has proven to be accurate, durable, and easy to learn and use. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Traveler Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
Larger volume frameless backpack, with removable stays, designed to be both a travel pack and a capable backpack once you get to your destination. Read More...
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Black Diamond Infinity 60 & Innova 50 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Freedom of movement is the next advancement in internal frame backpack technology, but it appears to have limitations. Read More...
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MontBell Ultra Light Super Spiral Down Hugger #3 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
MontBell’s body-hugging stretch technology is lightweight and adds warmth, yet the bag extends to accommodate a wide range of sizes, shapes, and sleeping positions. Read More...
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SPOT2 Personal Locator Review and Extensive Field Test
by Alan Dixon and Amy Lauterbach
Results of 80 days (750 hours) of field testing of the new SPOT2 in Alaska, the Andes, the Pyrenees, and the Lower 48, including the Sierras and a southwest canyon system. Read More...
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Therm-a-Rest Haven Down Top Bag Review
by Rick Dreher
The Therm-a-Rest Haven is a simple sleeping bag: a zipperless down mummy bag with a bottom opening and pad straps that qualify it as a top bag. At about a pound and a half the Haven is light, packs small, and is relatively affordable for its (claimed) 20 F (-7C) rating. Read More...
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Big Sky International Mirage 1P Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Two-pound free-standing single-wall solo tent with lots of interior usable space, good ventilation, good wind and storm protection, and it sets up in one minute! Read More...
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POE Ether Elite 6 2/3 Length Air Mat Product Review
by Roger Caffin
We know plain air mats tend to be rather cold, but can this be alleviated by including a very thin layer of synthetic insulation inside the mat on one surface? This is what Pacific Outdoor Equipment have attempted to do with this very light Ether Elite 6 air mat. Read More...
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MontBell Tachyon Anorak and Dynamo Wind Pants Review
by Will Rietveld
This very lightweight wind shirt and pants are remarkably useful and versatile. Read More...
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Vaude Power Lizard UL Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
The Power Lizard lays claim to the lightest two-person double-wall tent in the world, but does that make it the best one? Read More...
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ULA Epic Pack Review
by Ed Tyanich
This improved pack handles heavy or awkward loads with ease, for your Epic adventures. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
The Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 has the lowest trail weight of all the company’s two-person double-wall tents at 3.44 pounds (1.56 kg). An interesting pole design adds room to make it more livable inside. Will the Vapor Light be one we want to share, or will it turn out to be Vapor Ware? Read More...
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MontBell Versalite 50 and MontBell Versalite 50 Short (Japan)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Crux AK47 and Crux AK57 Packs (UK)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Lowe Alpine Nanon 50:60 and Lowe Alpine Zepton ND50 Packs (Italy)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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GoLite Quest and GoLite Odyssey Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Elemental Horizons Northern Lite Pack
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Granite Gear Escape AC 60, Granite Gear Vapor Flash Ki, and Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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JanSport Big Bear 63 Pack
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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ULA Circuit, ULA Catalyst, and ULA Camino Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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One Planet Shadow Pack (Australia)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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REI Flash 65 and REI Flash 50 Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Lightwave UltraHike 60, Lightwave Fastpack 50, and Lightwave Wildtrek 55w Packs (UK)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Osprey Exos 46 and Osprey Exos 58 Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Patagonia Down Sweater Review
by Janet Reichl and Will Rietveld
This popular jacket has been around and evolved over the years. We love the sizing and fit, but how does it stack up for backpacking? Read More...
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Westcomb Chilko Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
The Chilko is cutting-edge, as you would expect from Westcomb, and “heats up” the competition in the already “hot” ultralight multi-purpose down jacket category. Read More...
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Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
The Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 uses a radical pole design to make a roomy two-person tent, but does condensation leave us all wet? Read More...
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Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight three-plus season down insulated jacket that excels in blustery conditions. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Vapor 15 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
850 fill power down, 15 F temperature rating, 30 ounces – the lightest 15-degree mummy style sleeping bag to be found. Read More...
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Eastern Mountain Sports Ascent Sector Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
If you’re looking for a good, lightweight, multi-purpose, fully-featured and warm down jacket at a reasonable cost, this one deserves your consideration. Read More...
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Sherpa Pangboche Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
A very attractive multi-purpose down jacket suited for a wide variety of outdoor activities... does that include backpacking? Read More...

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