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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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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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Mont-Bell Versalite Jacket REVIEW
by the Product Review Staff
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Moonbow Gearskin Backpack REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Product performance review of the Moonbow Gearskin frameless pack - a unique harness/compression system that acts like a pack. Read More...
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Moonstone Cirrus Hooded Jacket REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Product performance review of the Cirrus Hooded Jacket, a lightweight synthetic insulated backpacking jacket. Read More...
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Moonstone Cirrus Ultralight Jacket REVIEW
by Jay Ham
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Moonstone Nitro Jacket REVIEW
by the Product Review Staff
The Moonstone Nitro Jacket is a feature-rich rain jacket for the alpinist wanting helmet headroom and a short hem. Read More...
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Mountain Equipment Co-Op Magma Jacket REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Product performance review of the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Magma jacket, a lightweight synthetic insulated backpacking jacket. Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear EV2 Tent REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
Roomy two-person mountaineering tent with fire retardant waterproof/breathable canopy fabric of pre-stretched polyester. Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
An ultralight down jacket that performs well in active pursuits, but it’s not the best choice for ultralight backpacking. Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
A warm, refined sleeping bag, but not the lightest in its class. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain Hardwear Speed 32 Sleeping Bag Review
by Brad Groves
A predominantly well engineered sleeping bag that suffers from a small, yet serious design flaw. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Review
by Brad Groves
Mainstream manufacturers are catching on, and competition in the ~2lb tent range is fierce. The SuperMegaUL2 is a brilliant addition to this growing field. 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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Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Rain Mitt Review
by Will Rietveld
At one ounce per pair, these waterproof/breathable rain mitts are designed for ultralight backpacking, but should they be worn over a jacket sleeve or under it? Read More...
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Members Only Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
by Ryan Jordan
While not commonly found in most hiker's packs, the lightweight and superior construction of this bivy offers good value for a bivy that occupies a narrow market niche occupied by very few products. 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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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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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 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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Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
by Ryan Jordan
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter. Read More...
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Mountainsmith Auspex Review
by Doug Johnson
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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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Mountainsmith Ghost LT Backpack REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Panel-loading single-compartment 3000 cubic-inch (50 L) internal frame backpack. 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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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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Mountainsmith Wraith Backpack REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Small, dense, heavy loads carry well in this durable internal frame pack. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4a: Gear Reviews
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4b: Gear Reviews (Continued)
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
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MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
MSR utilizes lightweight fabrics, carbon fiber poles, and elegant design to achieve a sub-three-pound double-wall tent for two. 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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MSR Dragontail Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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MSR Hubba Hubba HP Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
With new fabrics, a strong design and plenty of pitching options, the HP is quite attractive. Will this relatively lightweight double-wall abode have us exclaiming with enthusiasm or will we hurry on to the next cutie? 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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MSR Hyperflow Microfilter Review
by Roger Caffin with Will Rietveld
A new development in the area of microfilters which is both light and field maintainable, but does it work well enough? There are problems when the water is not crystal clear. Read More...
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MSR Hyperflow Microfilter with Modified Cartridge Review
by Roger Caffin
The MSR Hyperflow was previously reviewed in 2008, and was found to be light and convenient for crystal clear water, but it died very quickly in any other water. MSR acknowledged this problem and modified the cartridge to handle poorer water quality. The modified cartridge is tested here to see if there is an improvement. 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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MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Innovative, with traction - and weight - to spare. Read More...
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MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes
by the Product Review Staff
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MSR Lightning Flash Snowshoe Review
by Will Rietveld
If unlimited traction is what you want in a snowshoe, the Lightning Flash delivers; it can rightfully lay claim to the title of lightest high-traction snowshoe available. Read More...
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MSR MIOX Purifier REVIEW
by Roger Caffin, with contributions from Backpacking Light staff members Doug Johnson, Mike Martin and Will Rietveld
A small electronic device for purifying water with a mixed oxidizer based on electrolyzing salt. Read More...
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MSR Missing Link Tent REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
Review of the MSR Missing Link Tent - a single wall, two person shelter that can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles. Read More...
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MSR Overland Carbon Trekking Poles
by the Product Review Staff
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MSR Overland Carbon Trekking Poles REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Product performance review of the MSR Overland Carbon Trekking Poles, lightweight poles for backpacking. Read More...
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MSR PocketRocket Canister Stove REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Product Performance Review of the MSR Pocket Rocket lightweight canister stove for backpacking. Read More...
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MSR, Snow Peak, and Backpacker's Pantry 1-L + 1.5-L Backpacking Cooksets
by the Product Review Staff
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MSR SuperFly Canister Stove REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Product performance review of the MSR Superfly lightweight canister stove for backpacking and mountaineering. Read More...
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MSR Twin Brothers Shelter Review
by Damien Tougas
On paper, the palatial space and bare-essentials engineering of this tent make it appear like a dream come true for ultralight group travel. How does it actually perform in the real world? Read More...
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MSR Twin Peaks Shelter REVIEW
by Kevin Grove
Comprehensive review of the MSR Twin Peaks Shelter, a single wall floorless tarp shelter that uses two trekking poles for setup. Read More...

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