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Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Score another winner for SMD – the Lunar Duo is a well-designed, roomy, lightweight, well-ventilated single-wall tent for two people. Read More...
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Black Diamond Guiding Light Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Extremely versatile and lightweight four-season, four-person, single-wall, free-standing, breathable fabric tent. Read More...
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2007 Jacks ‘R’ Better Nest Down Under Quilt REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A lightweight down hammock under-quilt designed for a Hennessy hammock that still allows for easy bottom entry. It can also be used as a top quilt or as a top bag. Read More...
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2007 Sherpani Rumba Superlight Child Carrier REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Ultralight by child carrier standards, the Sherpani Rumba Superlight child carrier offers advanced features and a comfortable ride. Read More...
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2007 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Down Quilt REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system, as a quilt for ground sleeping, or as a winter overbag. Read More...
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2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Matt Eckhart
These poles use a mix of aluminum and carbon shafts with unique FlickLock adjustments and are solid performers for four season use. Read More...
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Kahtoola FLIGHTsystem REVIEW
by Steve Nelson and Will Rietveld
Innovative snow travel system consisting of an overboot with cleats that click into a snowshoe deck. The design eliminates the snowshoe binding and allows the use of the overboots separately, which allows wearers to use lightweight trail running shoes inside, but there are a few significant drawbacks we discovered from our field testing. Read More...
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Lafuma Pro 650 Down Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Priced at only $189 for a 25 °F rated ultralight down sleeping bag, it’s a very nice bag in all respects, except for one major issue. Read More...
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Ultralight Outfitters Lightning Access Backpack REVIEW
by Tanya Warnecke
Innovative frameless backpack with seven individual compartments you can reach without taking the pack off. Read More...
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Kestrel 4000 Pocket Weather Tracker REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
The Kestrel provides the technically-minded backpacker much more useful information than a multi-function watch, and is easier to use. Read More...
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Coleman Xtreme Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
One of the few canisters stoves truly designed for winter use, the Xtreme features an innovative liquid feed system. Read More...
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GoLite VO24 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight 1600 cubic inch multi-purpose frameless day pack. Score another winner for GoLite! Read More...
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Sierra Designs Flash Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Packed with 30 ounces of 800-fill down and other heat-retaining features, this lightweight bag earns its 0 °F rating but its snug fit and curved half zipper are its nemesis. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Assailant Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This four-season, one-person, single-wall tent is made of a fabric claimed to be more breathable than eVENT. Read More...
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Pacific Outdoor Equipment Uber Mtn Sleeping Pad REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
The best sleeping pad in its class, but only because it has no competition as a sub-13-ounce, 1.5-inch thick self-inflator. Read More...
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2007 Rab Summit Extreme Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Based on the previous Outdoor Designs tent, the Rab Summit Extreme is a rare eVENT tent that provides the ultimate in single wall breathability. It is built to handle the most extreme alpine environments and has few peers in its extreme mountaineering niche. Read More...
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Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW
by Jay Ham
The Mega Light is a solid, well designed pyramid tent, but the weight-conscious should leave the bug liner behind. Read More...
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Rab Drillium Jacket REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight eVENT multi-sport jacket with a terrific fit and feature set, but its appeal depends on whether you need a helmet-compatible hood or not. Read More...
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Atlas BC24 Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This showshoe lets you climb like a mountain goat, but needs more flotation and some weight reduction. Read More...
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2007 Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
The Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket offers great features such as a full coverage hood, drop tail, excellent sizing, dual vent pockets, and super-breathable eVENT fabric, all at a lightweight 11.9 ounces (size large). Read More...
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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Gossamer Gear offers an ultralight spinnaker fabric catenary-shaped tarp for one or two people that weighs just 8 ounces! Read More...
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Northern Lites Backcountry Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Durable, loads of flotation, and less than 3 pounds per pair – a lightweight snow traveler’s dream. Read More...
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Adapt Gear Bison Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This fixed-length carbon fiber trekking pole is not as elegant or lightweight as our top choice Gossamer Gear Lightrek pole, but it’s a strong performer and is the value champ at only $72/pair. Read More...
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Mountainsmith PCT 45 Backpack REVIEW
by Ken Knight
A feature-rich, heavy load carrier, but it tries to be a bit too much for too many people. Read More...
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Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A one pound, three-season bag with top quality materials. Read More...
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Komperdell Featherlight Carbon Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Stiff, light, reasonably priced fixed-length pole with contoured grip and wrist strap. Read More...
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Osprey Talon 44 Backpack REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
A roomy, comfortable, lightweight framed backpack with lots of pockets, good load control, an adjustable torso length, and a few weak spots. Read More...
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White Box Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
While not the lightest around, this simple pressurised alcohol stove is remarkably robust. Read More...
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SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A reasonably light and very effective means of purifying water to EPA purifier standards. Read More...
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Montane Prism Jacket REVIEW
by Don Wilson
The lightest hooded synthetic fill jacket on the market. Read More...
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GoLite Jam2 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
GoLite makes some significant improvements on an old favorite – without increasing the weight! Read More...
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GoLite Quest Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Right on target for the lightweight backpacker: 70-liter, 3-pound internal frame pack with the right load-carrying capacity and feature set. Read More...
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Osprey Talon 33 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
High performance sub-2-pound, 2000 ci frameless pack for active light pursuits. Read More...
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Origo Rendezvous Peak Multi-Function Watch REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
User friendly and useful as an outdoor navigational aid – if you master its functions and keep it calibrated. Read More...
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La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Ultralight mountaineering boots that are great on rock and ice as well as long approaches on the trail. But are they durable and warm enough? Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Summerlite Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Hooded, down mummy bag rated to freezing that weighs a mere 19 ounces. Read More...
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Wingnut Adventure 2006 Backpack REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Small volume (1600 ci, 26 L) adventure racing pack that is ideal for biking and adequate for hiking. Read More...
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CiloGear 60 Liter WorkSack Backpack REVIEW
by Matt Eckhart
Durable and adjustable, but initially confusing to set up. Read More...
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Petzl e+LITE Headlamp REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
One ounce of fresh innovation: rotary switch, white-and-red LED array, modular form, storage capsule, waterproof. But not perfect - our tests reveal some weaknesses. Read More...
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Princeton Tec Quad LED Headlamp REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Waterproof, four-LED headlamp with a wide, regulated beam. Read More...
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Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Icebox does the igloo engineering for you, but you still have a steep learning curve. Once you master the technique, you may discover a new and fun wintertime activity. Read More...
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A lightweight double-wall three-person tent with full storm protection and great views - but is it really sized for three? Read More...
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Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Introduces some major advancements in single wall tent design and provides user friendliness not seen before in a single wall tent, but there are a few details that could be refined. Read More...
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Tarptent Rainshadow 2 Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Ultralight (just over 2 1/2 pounds) single wall tent with a bathtub floor and plenty of space for three adults - or maybe the whole family. Read More...
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Valandré La Fayette Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A four season bag that offers excellent loft for the weight. The center zip has advantages, but is it the right solution for you? Read More...
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Hilleberg Rajd Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight single wall, two-person shelter with lots going for it: quality materials and construction, ease of set up, interior space and headroom, and storm worthiness – but it has one major problem. Read More...
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Tarptent Contrail Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Tarptent introduces the 1+ person Contrail, a throwback to the original minimalist Tarptent, but loaded with refinements and new design elements. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear / Tarptent Squall Classic Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
At just over 1 ½ pounds, the Squall Classic improves on the original Tarptent Squall design with bathtub floor, spinnaker cloth construction, Easton aluminum stakes, and guyline adjusters. It drops significant weight from the Tarptent Squall 2 but does it go far enough to justify the cost? Read More...
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Fibraplex Fibrapole 292 Carbon Fiber Tent Poles REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Fibraplex carbon fiber tent poles can save ounces of tent weight - are they durable enough? Read More...
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Crescent Moon Silver 10 Backcountry Snowshoes REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lots of nice features, climbs like a goat, and would be near perfect if they were lighter. Read More...

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