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Mountainsmith TrekLight AT 55 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Cutting edge design and materials, loaded with features, user-friendly, load capable, and fits like wearing a vest - but a tad heavy by lightweight standards, and needs a few tweaks here and there. Read More...
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Big Agnes Lost Dog 50 Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Stuart Bilby
Generously sized summer synthetic top bag that is on the heavy side of lightweight. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better Shenandoah Summer Quilt REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Rectangular down quilt that weighs less than a pound and has features that adapt it for top blanket or hammock underquilt use. Read More...
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MontBell U.L. Alpine Down Hugger Thermal Sheet Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Summer weight sleeping bag or winter bag liner with great features, but a fairly trim fit. Read More...
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Black Diamond Shadow 55L Backpack REVIEW
by Stuart Bilby
A solid - read, heavy - and well-designed climbing pack with a unique Y-frame capable of carrying a lot of weight. Read More...
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Gregory 2005 G Pack Backpack REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Comfortable, light (but it should lose half a pound), and compact backpack with enough capacity and load control to support multi-day outings. Read More...
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Osprey Stratos 34 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
New for 2006, the Stratos 34 daypack provides all the features, fit, and comfort you can ask for from a general use daypack. It’s also bomb-proof, and heavy by our standards. Read More...
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Osprey Exposure 36 Backpack REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A feature-laden pack designed for alpine climbing and ski mountaineering that doesn't translate well for general purpose use. Read More...
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GoLite Rodeo Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight and versatile snow sports pack with nice features, but falls short in some areas. Read More...
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Petzl MYO XP LED Headlamp REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Three-watt collimated LED headlamp with rear-mount battery pack that misses perfection by just a couple of features. Read More...
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Hilleberg Akto Tent REVIEW
by Matt Colon and Ryan Jordan
A four-season solo tent that weights just 3 pounds, offers excellent usable space, is very durable, and provides full storm protection...does the Hilleberg Akto have a down side? Read More...
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MSR Hubba Hubba Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Double wall tent for two that weighs just over 4 lbs and has a unique pole hub system that makes it a breeze to pitch. Read More...
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Suunto X9i GPS REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
Wrist-mounted 2.7 oz GPS unit targeted at done-in-a-day activities, tested with Topo! 4.0 mapping software. Read More...
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Vaude Lightwing Ultralight Tent REVIEW
by Ken Knight
Two-person, three-season, double wall tent with a high price but a sturdy build. Read More...
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Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Backpack REVIEW
by Jay Ham
An all-day, off-piste or hut-to-hut snow sport pack with features that might just validate the weight. Read More...
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Redfeather Alpine 30 Snowshoe REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
A heavy, all-purpose snowshoe with an excellent crampon system. Read More...
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Dunham Cloud Contrail-Mid Boot REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, comfortable, and supportive - yes. Live up to all the manufacturer's claims - no. Read More...
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EMS StarLight II Tent REVIEW
by Andrew Rice
Not the lightest two-person double wall tent we've seen, but a good value nonetheless. Read More...
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Lightwave zrO cylq Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Double wall tent that weighs 3 lbs, fits 1.5 people and does well keeping rain out, but... Read More...
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MontBell Monoframe Shelter Hexagon Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Two-person double wall tent that nearly breaks the 3-pound barrier but gives up some features. Read More...
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Redfeather Trek 30 Snowshoe REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Lightweight snowshoes at a great price, but there are issues. Read More...
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Vaude Hogan Ultralight Tent REVIEW
by Loren Lee
Two-person semi-freestanding double-wall tent that weighs less than 4 lbs but sacrifices in some areas to achieve that weight. Read More...
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Tent REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
Double-wall, two-person tent with a minimum weight of 3.5 lbs, good usable space, and an innovative design with some nice features but also a couple of drawbacks. Read More...
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Lightwave t1 cylq Tent REVIEW
by Blake Morstad
Although trim in usable space, this lightweight 4-pound tent is capable of handling a storm as well as many four-season tents. Read More...
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MSR Lightning 30 Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Wanna be Spider Man on snow? Here’s part of your outfit. Read More...
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Vaude Ferret 1 Ultralight Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Two-person, double wall tunnel tent with one small door, good usable space, and high quality construction at just over 4 lbs. Read More...
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Vaude Taurus Ultralight Tent REVIEW
by Chris Arrasmith
Lightweight double wall three-season, two-person tent that can handle a serious downpour, but its cramped interior may cause cabin fever. Read More...
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Tent REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A 3.3-pound double wall tent that uses an innovative Y-pole design to maximize interior space. The full mesh inner walls are good...and bad. Read More...
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Exped Vela II Extreme Tent REVIEW
by Chris Arrasmith
Not the lightest double wall tent at nearly 6 lbs, but it's storm-worthy and can shelter two people and loads of gear. Read More...
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MontBell Monoframe Diamond Tent REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Double wall tent that weighs only 2.5 lbs; fly and pole weigh 1.5 lbs and can be pitched as a tarp. Of course, there's a drawback to these light weights. Read More...
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Oware Cattarp 1.1 Tarp REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
Solo silnylon catenary ridgeline tarp at a nice weight, size, and price but it requires a lot of room to pitch. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Lightning Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Lightweight, freestanding double wall tent with Easton FX Carbon poles. Is this the ultimate compromise in a do-it-all three-season tent? Read More...
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GoLite Team Backpack REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
Lightweight, frameless, water-hauling, 3300 ci backpack with lots of features - too many for non-adventure racers. Read More...
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GoLite Galaxy Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight for the volume, plenty of weight-carrying capacity, and user-friendly features, although the water bottle pockets could be more easily accessible. Read More...
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Vaude Rock Ultralight 25 Backpack REVIEW
by Ken Knight
Tough, tiny (1525 ci) frameless daypack or overnight pack for minimalists. Read More...
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Vaude Cross Ultralight 35 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
For those with short torsos, this is a lightweight and durable pack, with some clever design features. Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs Silnylon Pro Poncho Tarp REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Why use a silnylon poncho/tarp when spinnaker is lighter? The answer may surprise you. Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs Spinntex Pro Poncho Tarp REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A poncho/tarp is a good choice for SuperUltraLight backpacking. With this one you get a good shelter, rainwear, and pack cover for only 7 ounces. Read More...
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Fanatic Fringe Thompson Peak Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Improves on the classic (now discontinued) GoLite Breeze, and cuts the weight by a third. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear G5 Hyperlight Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
It’s made of spinnaker fabric and must be "handled with care," but the volume to weight ratio will knock your socks off! Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 25 Backpack REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A well-designed, low volume 4.4-ounce pack for dayhikes or SuperUltraLight overnights. Read More...
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GoLite Cumulus Jacket REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A comfortable and lofty 14-ounce jacket with some nice features, but missing ultralight appeal. Read More...
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GoLite Feather-Lite Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
We found a “sleeper” - the Feather-Lite has 1.5 inches more loft than specified. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Full three-season (non-bomber) weather protection for one person for only 11.2 ounces including guylines and stakes. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Whisper Uberlight Backpack REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Minimal features and prone-to-abrasion-damage spinnaker fabric make this the lightest 2000-cubic inch backpack on the market. Read More...
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Macpac Epic 150 SF Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A waterproof sleeping bag may sound like overkill, until you think about the possibilities – like sleeping under the stars without getting damp or wet insulation, and leaving the bivy sack at home. Read More...
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MontBell U.L. Down Inner Jacket REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
The lightest down jacket on the market. Read More...
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MontBell Down Inner Jacket REVIEW
by Don Wilson
The MontBell Down Inner Jacket is only $139, but lacks the loft of the leading jackets. Read More...
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2006 Osprey Aether 60 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
What a conundrum! The upgraded pack has some great improvements, and is now an outstanding value, but (darn it) it's also heavier. Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Flight Down Jacket REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Lofty, light, warm, and durable for its weight - although it does lose a few feathers at the seams. Read More...

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