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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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Atlas 10 Series All Mountain Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Not the lightest snowshoes we tested, but wonderful performers. Read More...
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Crescent Moon Gold Series 9 Snowshoe REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Nice innovations including a shape that allows a more natural walking gait, but heavy. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear NightLight Sleeping Pad (Torso Length) REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Durable, resistant to compression, and very comfortable for the weight, but a couple of extra inches would be nice. Read More...
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Northern Lites Elite Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
The lightest snowshoes on the market, but with less traction than heavier shoes. Read More...
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Tarptent Virga 2 REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This upgrade to the classic Virga is a quarter pound heavier and includes some nice improvements, and some changes that need more tweaking. Read More...
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Tubbs Elevation Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Clever, simple, user-friendly, and durable; but heavy. Read More...
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Crescent Moon Gold Series 12 Snowshoe REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A sprinter's dream with lightweight - although less durable - materials, narrow tapered tails, and an aggressive toe cleat. Read More...
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Dion Model 168 Rec/Fitness Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Modular design allows you to customize these snowshoes to the person and snow conditions, or upgrade instead of buying new snowshoes. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better No Sniveller Universal Quilt REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Puffy down quilt/underquilt/poncho - so nice! Just trim the footbox please. Read More...
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Jetboil French Press and Companion Cup REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Two accessories to add utility to your Jetboil Personal Cooking System. 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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Tubbs Catalyst Snowshoe REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
An asymmetric frame and lightweight durable materials - like titanium crampons - give these racing shoes a lot of attitude, but they're not cut out for general backcountry use. Read More...
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Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail Backpack REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A durable small volume pack for SuperUltraLight backpacking or day hiking that would benefit from load control features. Read More...
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Comparison: Brunton Liberty Mantleless and Vaude/Markill Peak Illuminator Canister Lanterns - Is Mantleless Better?
by Will Rietveld
A mantleless canister lantern is breakthrough technology, but how does it compare with a conventional mantle-type lantern? Read More...
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Brunton Raptor Canister Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Wide pot supports and rugged - but heavy - stainless steel construction, for only 40 bucks. Read More...
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Kovea Camp 3 Canister Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Titanium stove - identical twin to the Markill Peak Ignition, and sister to the Vargo Jet-Ti - that has some problems in wind. Read More...
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Kovea X2 Canister Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A good value for a sturdy, but heavy canister stove at approximately $27 US (where it’s available). Read More...
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Markill Peak Ignition Canister Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Compact and lightweight but sensitive to wind. Identical twin to the Kovea Camp 3, and sister to the Vargo Jet-Ti sold in the US. Read More...
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Rab Quantum Top Bag Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Jay Ham
The original top bag is state-of-the art in some ways, and an antique in others. Read More...
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Mo-go-gear Fire-fly Alcohol Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight alcohol stove cooking system with great fuel economy that needs a pot stand redesign. Read More...
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Montane 180 Rain Shell REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This waterproof/breathable polyurethane laminate pullover is light, but could lose more weight by eliminating extra features. Read More...
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Montane Air Jacket Rain Shell REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Full-featured multi-purpose eVENT rain jacket that weighs less than 13 ounces, but what's the deal with the wire brim on the hood? Read More...
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MontBell Peak Jacket Rain Shell REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A full featured rain shell with pit zips that weighs only 11.2 ounces (size L), but how does the fabric - MontBell Breeze Dry-Tec three-layer waterproof/breathable - perform? Read More...
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Equinox Full Moon Chaps REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Silnylon rain chaps that are freakishly light but limited in application and best paired with a poncho or cagoule. Read More...
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GoLite Ultra-Lite Poncho/Tarp REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Just because Skurka and Coup chose this raingear/shelter for their record-setting thru-hikes, that doesn't mean it will work for you. Here's the scoop on a tough poncho that makes a great shelter but suffers a little in raingear mode. Read More...
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GoLite Reed Rain Pants REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
The lightest waterproof/breathable rain pants available: nearly perfect, with one glaring problem - that we show you how to address "easily enough" without adding a lot of weight. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Rain Hat REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A functional and lightweight waterproof-breathable rain hat that becomes a performance liability in warm conditions. Read More...
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Oware Gore-Tex Rain Chaps REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Bushwalkers take note: these chaps are tough, breathable, and weigh less than six ounces. Read More...
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Exped Wallcreeper Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
Two-pound down bag rated to freezing with a foot section that can be opened, armholes, and full front zip to convert it into a vest. Read More...
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Nunatak Arc Ghost Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Innovative variable girth top bag that weighs under a pound and is rated to freezing. Read More...
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Speer Hammocks PeaPod and Top Blanket REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Down blanket that completely surrounds a hammock and sleeper, along with a narrow down top blanket designed specifically for hammock use. Read More...
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Speer Hammocks Frog Sac Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Warm weather, full-length center zip, PrimaLoft insulated sleeping bag. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Comet Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Removable stays, an internal pad pocket, and adjustability over a wide torso length range make the Comet unique. Read More...
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Speer Hammocks 8.0 A Hammock REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Simple, rugged, top entry hammock with large silnylon canopy. Read More...
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Black Diamond Zenix IQ LED Headlamp REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Combines 1-watt LED technical lighting prowess with more economical standard 5 millimeter LEDs for non-technical pursuits. Read More...
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Princeton Tec Corona LED Headlamp REVIEW
by Rick Dreher
Eight-LED array powered by three AA batteries. Read More...
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Big Sky Products (SummitShelters) Revolution 2P UL Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Light weight, single-wall Epic shell, two-person freestanding tent. Read More...
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GoLite Vision Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A panel loading internal frame pack with a small volume and very low profile that offers comfort with excellent organizational features. Read More...
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Gregory Spectrum Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
An internal frame panel loading pack with a polished design, plenty of features, and rock solid performance. The Lexus of small volume panel loaders? Perhaps. Read More...

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