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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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Yowie Snowshoes REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Radically different snowshoes using an injection-moulded flexible deck with all-over grip, a fast webbing binding and tough crampons, claiming great agility on all slopes. Read More...
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GoLite Multi-Sport Backpack REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
If you can fit your gear into 30 liters, for 1 pound 5 ounces you get a bomber pack with almost every conceivable feature (except a frame). Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape Rainwear/Shelter REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
The Gatewood Cape has the same dual functionality as a poncho/tarp, but promises better shelter. Read More...
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Valandré Mirage Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Beautifully constructed, lightweight, and highly-efficient mummy for three-season conditions. But does it have the versatility you need? Read More...
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Tent Comparison: Tarptent Squall 2 and Six Moon Designs Europa
by Alan Dixon
These two outstanding tents vie for the title of best two-person ultralight single-wall shelter – which one has the edge? Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Europa Tent REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
Possibly the finest 2-pound two-person shelter on the market - providing you don't intend to use it above tree line in intense winds. Read More...
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Tarptent Squall 2 Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Winner of the 2005 Lightitude Award for best single wall shelter, the Squall 2 improves on the classic Squall with several important updates. Read More...
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Balloonbed Inflatable Sleeping Pad REVIEW
by Mike Martin
Amazingly light and compact sleeping pad. Just be prepared for giggles from your friends. Read More...
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Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
If you’re looking for a lightweight backpack to carry 25 to 35 pound loads, this is one you gotta check out. It rocks! Read More...
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Hilleberg Kaitum Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
With a massive total area of 58.3 square feet and a weight of less than 6 pounds, the Hilleberg Kaitum delivers serious livable space for the weight. But how does it stand up to the rough alpine and winter environments it was designed for? Read More...
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Meridian Designs AquaStar Plus Ultraviolet Light Water Purifier REVIEW
by Ken Knight
Treat your water using this robust, 3.9-ounce, ultraviolet light based, water purifier. Read More...
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Komperdell C3 Airshock Men Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Don Wilson
While the Komperdell C3 Airshock poles are not the lightest trekking poles around, they pack adjustability, grips with comfortable straps, and an antishock system into a very lightweight pole. Read More...
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Titanium Goat Take Down Goat Pole REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Strong, light, fixed-length carbon fiber poles with one useful extra feature - the ability to break the poles down into two sections for easy transport. Read More...
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Leki Carbon Ergometric Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
The first carbon trekking pole from Leki - top quality and very expensive. Read More...
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Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Stiff, lightweight, and reasonably priced, the Alpkit Carbonlite poles are the carbon trekking pole value leaders. How did they stand up to months of abuse? Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Lightrek ‘06 Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
The lightest poles on the market, now with stiffer shafts and more contoured grips. Are the shafts stiff and durable enough for serious trail usage? Read More...
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Komperdell C2 Carbon Tour Duolock Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Matt Eckhart
Two-section carbon poles that are very light weight, adjust for different size users, and perform great in the backcountry. Read More...
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Komperdell C3 Duolock Women Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Ken Knight
Three-section carbon fiber trekking poles that combine sturdy construction, rigidity, and vibration absorption in a very light and compact package. This “Women’s” pole is sized for most hikers, regardless of gender. Read More...
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Life-Link AT Superlight Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Super stiff, super strong, these are bomber fixed-length mountaineering and bushwhacking poles! Read More...
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Pacerpole 2-Section Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
Unique molded grips add extreme comfort and power to these heavier two-section aluminum/carbon fiber hybrids. But are they worth the weight? Read More...
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Titanium Goat, Goat Poles Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
The Goat Poles rock for simplicity, stiffness, and light weight - but there are a few flaws that need attention. Read More...
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Coleman Fyrestorm Ti Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Innovative dual-fuel stove for canisters and white gas and variants that works very well with canister fuel and reasonably well with white gas. Read More...
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Primus Gravity MF Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Innovative multi-fuel stove for canisters, white gas and kerosene that performs well with canister fuel but is difficult to use with the other fuels. Read More...
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Komperdell Avalanche Carbon Shovel REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
This carbon fiber snow shovel is the lightest, most versatile, and most beautiful on the market… but also the most expensive. Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs Revelation Backpack REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Built for the gear-obsessed SUL crowd, the 3.2 ounce Mountain Laurel Designs Revelation pack is the lightest pack on the market while still offering a usable set of features. Further, it is the first commercially-available pack to be constructed of high-tech Cuben Fiber fabric. Impressive – yes, but how does it stand up to the rigors of off-trail hiking? Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs 2006 Prophet Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Does the perfect frameless backpack exist? The Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet comes pretty darn close. Read More...
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Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) Conduit Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Looking for a weekend frameless pack that is both lightweight and durable? Check out the new ULA Conduit. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Essence Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Panel-loading ultralight frameless backpack with a large top pocket - a great feature set - but it also has a few limitations that affect its field performance. Read More...
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Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder Mid Boot REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
With the new 2006 edition of the Terrastryder, Dunham has corrected the seam failure problem of its predecessor. The new boot merits high marks, except for one annoying carryover problem. Read More...
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Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder Extra Boot REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
The feature set of this new boot from Dunham suggests that it might be an ideal lightweight, insulated, waterproof boot for snowshoeing and snow hiking. That would be true, if it were not for one serious problem… Read More...
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Tarptent Rainbow Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This radically different Tarptent is destined for greatness, but needs a few refinements here and there. Read More...
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Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) Relay Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Both lightweight AND durable, the new ULA Relay is a full-featured frameless daypack capable of comfortably carrying a heavy load - but there are a few nits to pick. Read More...
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Vargo Triad Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Lightweight, simple titanium alcohol stove with very stable, secure legs but just adequate heat output. Read More...
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Modified Vargo Triad XE Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Robust, lightweight, stable titanium alcohol stove that can be hard to get going - until a small modification is made. Read More...
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CW-X Sport Support Bra and Firm Support Bra REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Good looking, quality construction, supportive - and comfortable too? Read More...
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Mini Bull Designs Sketti Stove REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Powerful, dead easy to light, sturdy alcohol stove - just be careful lifting a pot off before it burns out. Read More...
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Oware Poncho/Tarp REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
The lightest silnylon poncho/tarp we have reviewed, but also the shortest. Read More...
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Oware Silnylon Rain Chaps REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Lightweight (3 oz), simple, and long. Read More...
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NEMO Hypno AR Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Slick, two-person inflatable single wall tent. Read More...
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Patagonia Micropuff Vest REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Simple, lofty and light - to be replaced fall '06 with a heavier version - too bad. Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Flash Vest REVIEW
by Don Wilson
The lightest down vest on the market, with a full zip but no neck coverage. Read More...
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Innovations by Fin Finbar Hood REVIEW
by Stuart Bilby
A big (almost 7-ounce), synthetic hood for cold weather. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better JRB Down Hood REVIEW
by Stuart Bilby
Seals perfectly with the head opening in the JRB poncho quilts and has lots of puff for the weight, but the non-adjustable neck opening can let in drafts when it is used for sleeping. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better JRB Down Sleeves REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Lightweight, stand-alone down sleeves to pair with a vest or wearable poncho quilt. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Nimbus Sombrero REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A warm weather, wide coverage, rain hat from the makers of the classic Seattle Sombrero. Read More...

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