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Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Guide's Gear features products used by BPL's WTS guides that have withstood the test of time by demonstrating exceptional performance, durability, weight, and value. Guide's Gear No. 1 goes to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack for offering more features than any other two pound pack on the market. Read More...
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Members Only Backcountry Brews
by Paul Magnanti
Still not great as the real deal, Pat's Backcountry Brewery is a nice lightweight option to enjoy some beer in the backcountry. Read More...
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Members Only Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review
by Dave Chenault (photos by Meredith Chenault)
The Rab Vapour-rise Light Alpine is an extremely well designed windshirt, but when compared with other similar weighted windshirts the value is tough to see. However when compared with other soft shells it quickly becomes irreplaceable. 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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Freestanding Double Wall Tents - A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo
by Sean McDevitt
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters. Read More...
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Members Only Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review
by David Chenault
For their first ever attempt, Black diamond created a versatile, durable, and waterproof windshirt that raises the bar for ultralight windshirts. Read More...
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Members Only REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight, high performance tent great for ultralight backpackers looking for more comfort in the wilderness - most notably couples. Read More...
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Members Only Concerning the Wilderness Serape
by David Chenault
Despite the added weight, a Serape is a versatile piece of backpacking gear that can help manage the sudden weather changes. Read More...
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Members Only Gränsfors-Bruks Mini Hatchet Review
by Ryan Jordan
While not a part of the traditional lightweight backpacker's gear list, a hatchet is a great piece of gear that can bring a unique perspective to fire building and shelter making. Read More...
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Members Only Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 2
by Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin
A performance review of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire. Read More...
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Members Only Lil' Bugout Shelter Review
by David Chenault
An uncommon design transforms the Lil' Bugout into a weather fortress. And it has plenty of space to keep you cozy as you weather the storms. Read More...
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Members Only New Balance MT910V1 and MT910V1GTX Trail Shoes Review
by Roger Caffin
The flagship of New Balances's 2014 lineup, the MT910s perform well in a myriad of conditions and provide comfort and stability while on the trail. Read More...
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Members Only AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
by Ryan Jordan
Combining the best of both worlds, AT Nordic ski systems give you comfort, stability, and lightweight as you explore the backcountry. Read More...
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Members Only Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
by David Chenault
Backpackable wood stoves will add weight to your pack, but they have many benefits, such as, peace of mind, warmth, and the ability to dry wet gear. Read More...
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Members Only Paradox Packs Evolution pack system review
by David Chenault
While it may be on the heavy side of ultralight, Paradox has worked hard to make each ounce count succeeding in creating a pack that excels at carrying extremely heavy loads. Read More...
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Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip
by Roger Caffin
While the camera clip may be useful in some settings, it is not ideal for wilderness travel. Read More...
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Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Shoe Review
by Ryan Jordan
The quest for the perfect lightweight backpacking shoe continues. Don't hold your breath. While these shoes are great for most hikes they are less than ideal for seriously demanding trips. Read More...
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Members Only Backpacking Tights - Part 2
by Damien Tougas
Take a more in depth look at the tights best suited for the backcountry. 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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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 Integral Designs Traverse 2 Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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Members Only Ibex Clothing Review
by Brad Groves
A merino wool layering system to keep you dry and comfortable on cool summer nights. Read More...
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Members Only Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
by Ryan Jordan and Chris Wallace
Durable lightweight packs that can carry a larger volume (and higher weight) expedition kit. Read More...
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Boreas Buttermilks 55 Review
by Brad Groves
Sure they look nice, but how do these clean, uncomplicated packs from new manufacturer Boreas handle the trails? Read More...
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Olicamp Xcelerator/Fire-Maple FMS-117V Ti Stove Review
by Brad Groves and Ryan Jordan
Finally, a remote-canister stove without the extra weight. Read More...
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Sailors, Rappers, & Ultralight Backpackers: A Walk with the Timberland Cadion
by Brad Groves
Has Timberland found a niche the lightweight market? Read More...
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Black Diamond Axiom 40 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight sub-3-pound internal frame backpack that’s well designed, durable, comfortable, and features freedom of movement innovations. Read More...
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Timberland LiteTrace Boot Review
by David Chenault
Review of Timberland's new waterproof lightweight hiking boot. Do they belong in the lightweight backpacker's quiver? Read More...
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Members Only Rackless Carry Systems for Lightweight Bikepacking
by David Chenault
Reviews of the Revelate Designs Viscacha and Porcelain Rocket Booster Rocket Read More...
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Wilderness Equipment First Arrow Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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Stephensons Warmlite 2R Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews 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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Macpac Olympus Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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Vango Tempest 200 Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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Exped Aries Mesh Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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Hilleberg Nallo 2 Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
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GoLite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell Jacket Review
by Brad Groves
On paper, the Malpais has everything a gear junkie could possibly want, but does real-world experience with the jacket remind us of the disparity between some online dating profiles and the actual person? Read More...
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Berghaus Octans 40 Backpack Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
An adventure racing pack with innovative design elements, how does it perform as an ultralight backpack? Read More...
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Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review
by Luke Schmidt
Are You an Ultimate Hiker? Andy Skurka’s approach to backpacking. Read More...
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CAMP Flash Anorak Review
by Danny Milks
An innovative design makes this wind shell easy to put on and take off. Read More...
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Members Only Crazy for Quilts – How Quilts Became My Sleep System of Choice, PLUS A Review of My Favorite, the Stateless Society Custom Quilt
by Ray Estrella
Take a walk through the backpacking addicted mind of Ray as he explains his journey to custom quilts, and read a review of his favorite model, a 14-ounce beauty made by fellow BPL-er Javan Dempsey. Read More...
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Clikstand T-2 Alcohol Stove System Review
by David Chenault
Can 100% titanium justify the price tag? Read More...
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Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
by Ryan Jordan
Large sensor. High resolution. Small package. Interchangeable lenses. Is the DSLR finally dead for the backpacking photographer? Read More...
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Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
by David Chenault
For fast, easy over-snow travel, combine the traits of a snowshoe and those of a ski. A short, fat ski would keep the maneuverability, packability and hopefully light weight of a snowshoe as well as the glide and easy trail breaking of a ski. How well does this theory play out in reality? Read More...
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Seek Outside VersaShelter 6-Person Tipi
by Damien Tougas
This single-wall, three/four-season, tipi-style shelter is the largest tipi in the VersaShelter line. A significant amount of the weight savings comes from the use of an all carbon fiber pole. Read More...
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Nemo Pentalite Review
by Damien Tougas
A versatile shelter with a unique design, the Pentalite manages to bring something new to the realm of pyramid tent design: a large floorspace and optional full bug protection without a full-height inner bug net. The size, weight savings, and flexibility of this design make it a good candidate for a group backpacking, car camping, or base camp use. So far, so good, right? 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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Hilleberg Nallo 4 GT Review
by Damien Tougas
Capable of handling all four seasons as either a single-wall floorless shelter or a fully bug-proof double-wall tent, the Nallo 4 GT can easily be tailored to meet a wide variety of environmental conditions. Is it the right tent for your family backpacking outings? Read More...
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Jetboil Flash Cooking System Review
by Will Rietveld
The Flash is basically a flashier PCS and will eventually replace it. Read More...
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Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System Review
by Will Rietveld
Jetboil’s lightest and most technically advanced integrated canister fuel cooking system. Read More...
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Jetboil Zip Cooking System Review
by Will Rietveld
A scaled down and inexpensive version of the original PCS, the Zip is lighter weight and a great value. Read More...
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Jetboil Sol Advanced Cooking System Review
by Will Rietveld
Same features, nearly the same performance, and less expensive than the Sol Ti Premium Cooking System. Read More...
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Monatauk Gnat Titanium Stove Review
by Will Rietveld
The lightest canister fuel stove in the world. Read More...
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Primus Eta Solo Cooking System Review
by Will Rietveld
An integrated stove from Primus similar to the Jetboil PCS, with a few design improvements but similar performance. Read More...
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New Balance 1000 Insulated Boot Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The NB1000 replaces the discontinued Keen Growler as our favorite lightweight insulated boot; it’s made of lighter materials and has the same insulation and functionality. Read More...
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Vango Helium Superlite 200 Tent Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
A sub-40 ounce, two-person, double-wall, hybrid tunnel tent that sheds wind and rain with ease? Read More...
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ZPacks Dyneema X 26 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
ZPacks offers a range of pack sizes, fabrics, and innovative pack options that minimize weight. You end up with a really lightweight custom pack. How does the tested ZPacks Dyneema X 26 compare to other lightweight frameless packs for ultralight backpacking? Read More...
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Vasque Mindbender Trail Shoe Review
by Brad Groves
Created to eat up miles without eating up your feet, but is Brad suitably impressed? Read More...
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Elemental Horizons Aquilo Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
The Aquilo is the mouse that roared. I expected it to be a smaller frameless backpack based on its specifications, but it jumped into the high volume pack category, then it came out on top in that group. Read More...
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Eddie Bauer First Ascent Expedition Weight Baselayers Review
by Will Rietveld
These lightweight synthetic baselayers are remarkably warm for their weight and highly versatile. Read More...
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New Balance MR740TR Review
by Roger Caffin
Another fine member of the lightweight low-cut New Balance jogger family. Read More...
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LAUFBURSCHE huckePACK Review
by Hendrik Morkel
German innovation hits the frameless backpacking market: water resistant with a volume that manages to work well for overnighters and week-long expeditions. Is it too good to be true? Read More...
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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
A lower volume frameless pack constructed of a Cuben fiber/ripstop nylon laminate that’s cutting edge and raises the bar for frameless backpack elegance. Read More...
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Therm-a-Rest ProLite Air Mat Product Review
by Roger Caffin
Cascade Designs upgraded their ProLite self-inflating mat once again, with another weight reduction. What were the consequences of weight loss on warmth? Read More...
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GoLite Peak Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The frameless 36 L Peak backpack has been redesigned: we take an in-depth look, with commentary on the revised Jam and Pinnacle packs. Read More...
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High Gear ATF8 Multi-Function Device
by Ray Estrella
The ATF8 is almost everything I am looking for in a multi-function watch, without being merely a watch. It has proven to be accurate, durable, and easy to learn and use. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Traveler Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
Larger volume frameless backpack, with removable stays, designed to be both a travel pack and a capable backpack once you get to your destination. Read More...
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Black Diamond Infinity 60 & Innova 50 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Freedom of movement is the next advancement in internal frame backpack technology, but it appears to have limitations. Read More...
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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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SPOT2 Personal Locator Review and Extensive Field Test
by Alan Dixon and Amy Lauterbach
Results of 80 days (750 hours) of field testing of the new SPOT2 in Alaska, the Andes, the Pyrenees, and the Lower 48, including the Sierras and a southwest canyon system. Read More...
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MontBell Tachyon Anorak and Dynamo Wind Pants Review
by Will Rietveld
This very lightweight wind shirt and pants are remarkably useful and versatile. Read More...
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Vaude Power Lizard UL Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
The Power Lizard lays claim to the lightest two-person double-wall tent in the world, but does that make it the best one? Read More...
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ULA Epic Pack Review
by Ed Tyanich
This improved pack handles heavy or awkward loads with ease, for your Epic adventures. Read More...
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ULA Circuit, ULA Catalyst, and ULA Camino Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Lowe Alpine Nanon 50:60 and Lowe Alpine Zepton ND50 Packs (Italy)
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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Patagonia Down Sweater Review
by Janet Reichl and Will Rietveld
This popular jacket has been around and evolved over the years. We love the sizing and fit, but how does it stack up for backpacking? Read More...
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Westcomb Chilko Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
The Chilko is cutting-edge, as you would expect from Westcomb, and “heats up” the competition in the already “hot” ultralight multi-purpose down jacket category. Read More...
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Montane Anti-Freeze Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight three-plus season down insulated jacket that excels in blustery conditions. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Vapor 15 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
850 fill power down, 15 F temperature rating, 30 ounces – the lightest 15-degree mummy style sleeping bag to be found. Read More...
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Eastern Mountain Sports Ascent Sector Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
If you’re looking for a good, lightweight, multi-purpose, fully-featured and warm down jacket at a reasonable cost, this one deserves your consideration. Read More...
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Sherpa Pangboche Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
A very attractive multi-purpose down jacket suited for a wide variety of outdoor activities... does that include backpacking? Read More...
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GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Attractive fully-featured multi-purpose insulated down garments, but are they warm enough for our backpacking needs? Read More...
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Salomon Minim Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
This is one of the more impressive jackets in our ultralight down jacket roundup, but it has a few shortcomings and uncertainties. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Trekking Pole Review
by Doug Johnson
What happens when you take the highly rated fixed length Lightrek 3 poles and add adjustability and optional straps? Are extra weight, flexibility, durability, and slipping concerns, or does Gossamer Gear nail it with the Lightrek 4 poles? Read More...
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New Balance MT876OR Review
by Roger Caffin
The latest in the New Balance 87x series of light low-cut joggers - and they're even better than the previously-reviewed MT875ORs. Read More...
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Crux Halo Top Review
by Will Rietveld
Q: What’s a Halo Top? A: an ultralight down-insulated minimalist anorak that weighs just 7.9 oz (225 g), and it’s sized well for taller people. Read More...
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Brooks-Range Alpini Mountain Anorak Review
by Will Rietveld
The Alpini is a lightweight furnace and lands on our recommended list, but how about a version for non-climbers? Read More...
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Primus Express Spider Stove Review
by Roger Caffin
A good remote canister stove, heading in the lightweight direction. Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
With the 2.47-lb (1.12-kg) Laser, Terra Nova takes aim at the lightweight backpacker that wants to travel in comfort. Will the Laser hit the bull’s eye, or will we just be blinded by the light? Read More...
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Marmot Venus Jacket Review
by Janet Reichl
With 800 fill-power down and weighing less than 12 ounces, does this attractive and warm jacket ultimately put fashion over function? Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Expedition Down Bootie Review
by Will Rietveld
Well designed, lightweight, warm down bootie with an integrated tall gaiter and performance equivalent to a multi-layer system. Read More...
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Members Only Ultralight Down Pants: Light, Warm, and Versatile
by Will Rietveld
Ultralight down insulated pants from MontBell, PHD, and Western Mountaineering are reviewed and compared. Down pants provide the most warmth for their weight, and are especially versatile for colder weather camping. Wear them to stay warm in camp and to extend the warmth of an ultralight sleeping bag. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Nitro 30 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
Remarkably lofty and warm for a 30 F (-1 C) rated bag – this is the first sleeping bag I have tested that’s warmer than its claimed temperature rating! Read More...
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PHD Mountain Software Ultra Down Pullover Review
by Will Rietveld
The ultimate down jacket for ultralight backpacking and lightweight cold weather pursuits. 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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Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
The Hydrogen is a well designed, high loft, roomy, warm, mummy-style down 30F-rated sleeping bag, but its shell fabric is heavy and wets out too easily. Read More...
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Olympus E-P1 Camera Review
by Ryan Jordan
Sure, it's lighter than its DSLR brethren, but it's also heavier and bulkier than its compact cousins. Does it offer improvements to justify carrying the additional weight and bulk? Read More...
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GoLite Footwear Competition and Fire Reviews
by Darin Banner
GoLite Footwear has developed a unique underfoot suspension system that largely accomplishes their intentions. The shoes are comfortable, but there are durability concerns for the soles. 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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Rab Microlight Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Trim-fitting ultralight three-season down jacket with a great shell and basic feature set, but its numerous horizontal seams allow down fragments to leak out. Read More...
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The North Face Beeline Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
The specifications look great, but the devil is in the details. Read More...
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The North Face Thunder Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Not the lightest down jacket to be found, but it's an excellent balance of warmth and durability, and versatile the year around as an outer layer or midlayer. Read More...
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Alpacka Ultralight Paddle Review
by Ryan Jordan
A packrafting paddle is not a particularly special thing. It’s simply a kayak paddle, capable of being broken down into two or four pieces for easy stowage while inside or attached to a pack. Read More...
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Panasonic Lumix LX3 Digital Camera
by Rick Dreher
A compact digicam with a professional pedigree, the LX3 tempts outdoor photographers with a fast wide angle (f:2.0/24 mm equivalent) zoom lens, RAW file capability, high-definition video and solid performance. Read More...
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Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Perfect balance of warmth, light weight, and performance for less extreme conditions. Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Photon Elite Tent (2008 Model) Review
by Will Rietveld
With a trail weight of just 1 pound 11 ounces, it's the Guinness World Record holder for the lightest double-wall tent commercially available, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. 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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ZPacks Blast 18 Backpack Review
by Ryan Jordan
At less than four ounces and roomy enough for a weekend of SUL gear (30L), the ZPacks Blast 18 certainly qualifies as "SUL" by the standard set several years ago by the Gossamer Gear G6, but is far more durable (yet has a similar weight as the first G6). Read More...
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Members Only Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad Review
by Roger Caffin, Mike Martin, and Ryan Jordan
Backpacking Light has been able to spend time with a pre-production Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pad in the laboratory, in our living rooms, and in the field. Does the product deliver? Read More...
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Functional Design Sweetie Pie Bag Expander Review
by Marty Coatney
The Functional Design Sweetie Pie Bag Expander is a versatile, zip-in, sleeping bag expander that can be used singly for individuals that enjoy more space, or together with another expander as a sleeping bag doubler. Two expanders can also be zipped together to form a child-sized bag allowing for an adventurous toddler to have his own space. Read More...
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REI Flash 50 and Flash 65 Backpack Review
by Will Rietveld
Three-pound internal frame backpacks with great fit, features, versatility, and value. Read More...
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Terra Nova Laser Competition Review
by Doug Johnson
Prior to the Terra Nova Laser Photon Elite, the Laser Competition was listed by Guinness World Records as "the lightest two-skin (double-wall) tent." While no longer the record-holder, at just over 2 pounds, the Laser Competition is still among the lightest double-wall tents on the market. Read More...
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GoLite Hooded Inferno Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Great value on a super-warm, lightweight, 800 fill down parka. Read More...
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Exposure Lights - Joystick MaXx and Enduro MaXx Review
by Doug Johnson
The Exposure Lights Joystick MaXx and Enduro MaXx are rechargeable lights with excellent versatility for multi-sport pursuits. They can go from the bicycle to the backpack very easily, offering exceptional brightness, light weight, and a weatherproof design. Read More...
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AntiGravityGear O2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
This new single wall tent provides convenience and ventilation, plus loads of room for one person and gear and can accommodate two people when needed. Read More...
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MontBell Crescent 2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Two-person single wall tent with a twist: one side is double wall, so the fly can be rolled up in good weather for extra views and ventilation. Read More...
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Komperdell Nature Stick Carbon Trekking Poles Review
by Doug Johnson
With a natural bamboo overlay and a leather grip and strap, these poles have a beautiful and classic look. Underneath the bamboo is a modern tapered carbon fiber trekking pole that is both lightweight and very stiff. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3 Trekking Pole Review
by Doug Johnson
With all-new, tapered and oversized carbon fiber shafts, the Gossamer Gear Lightrek 3 is significantly stiffer than previous models. As reigning “lightest trekking pole” champ, how does this affect the pole’s overall weight? Read More...
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Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad Review
by Will Rietveld, with input from Carol Crooker
Finally - a really lightweight, thick, comfy inflatable sleeping pad. Used properly, it's a cushy alternative to a thin torso length pad. Read More...
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Rab Top Bag AR Review
by Will Rietveld
An old favorite gets some important upgrades and stands out as a great value for an ultralight 30 °F sleeping bag. Read More...
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SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker - Full Review
by Alan Dixon and Roger Caffin, with assistance from the other members of the SPOT testing team: Mike Martin and Steve Nelson.
Does this highly anticipated technological breakthrough live up to the hype? Read More...
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Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld Color Mapping GPS - REVIEW
by Alan Dixon and Steve Nelson
Garmin's latest mapping GPS has a large, high-resolution display, streamlined controls (including the new "Rock 'n Roller" input wheel), and topographic maps for the entire United States at 1:100K scale. In many ways, it represents an advance in handheld GPS for the general consumer...but it appears to have missed the mark for lightweight backpacking. Read More...
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2007 Hennessy Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym Hammock REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
The Hennessy Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym hammock is a refined backpacking hammock that incorporates full rain and bug protection, and has a convenient entry/exit system. Read More...
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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
With the addition of a new ‘H’ high sensitivity receiver, the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS sets a new benchmark for GPS performance in difficult reception areas 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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Gossamer Gear Miniposa Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Removable carbon fiber stays make it the lightest and most versatile internal frame backpack in its size class, but curved stays would markedly improve its fit and comfort. Read More...
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REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A well designed and capable lightweight internal frame backpack from REI with a great feature set, and it’s an excellent value! Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Removable carbon fiber stays make it one of the lightest and most versatile internal frame backpacks on the market. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Big Sky Evolution 2P Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Other double-wall tent manufacturers claim that their tent is “ultralight” or even “hyperlight,” but the Evolution 2P really IS light without sacrificing anything in features or convenience - but of course it's not perfect. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Hyperlight Tent REVIEW
by Alan Dixon and Alison Simon
Spacious, durable, wind-stable 4.5 lb tent - while very light for its size, it still can't match the area to weight ratio of our highest rated double wall tent. Read More...
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Big Sky Revolution 1P Shelter REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
There are lighter and roomier silnylon tents, but this is the lightest freestanding breathable fabric (Epic) solo tent on the market. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crux X2 Storm Tent REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
The lightest double-wall four-pole mountaineering tent available. 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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Outdoor Designs Summit Extreme Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Single wall, low-profile, and built for altitude: the Summit Extreme belongs on a high mountain ridge. Read More...
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Nemo Tenshi Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Two-person bomber tent constructed of eVENT - waterproof, very breathable, and now rarely available in tents. Read More...
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Granite Gear Wisp Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Technical day pack that keeps loads close (SUL'ers take note: you might be able to eke an overnight out this one...). 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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Big Agnes Sarvis Superlight SL2+ eVENT Tent REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
Single wall? Double wall? With eVENT and silnylon, the Sarvis may offer the best of both. Read More...
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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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Brunton GreenHeat Backpacking Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Product performance review of the Brunton GreenHeat gelled alcohol stove including comparisons to alcohol and Esbit tablet stoves. Read More...
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Members Only Performance Comparison Testing of Lightweight Alcohol Stoves
by Will Rietveld
Boil time and fuel consumption testing of alcohol stoves and windscreens in windy and calm conditions. Read More...
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Hiknakd Alcohol Stove Kit REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Product performance review of the Hiknakd Alcohol Stove, a lightweight alcohol stove for backpacking. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Zealot Rain Shell REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A product performance review of the Outdoor Research Zealot Rainshell, a 7-ounce full-zip jacket. Read More...
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OutdoorEquipmentSupplier Ultralight Backpacking Alcohol Stove REVIEW
by Stuart Bilby
Product performance review of the OutdoorEquipmentSupplier Ultralight Backpacking Alcohol Stove, a lightweight alcohol stove for backpacking. Read More...
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AntiGravityGear Pot Cozy REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Product performance review of AntiGravityGear Pot Cozy including comparison data on how long contents stay warm in a pot with and without a Cozy in freezing and room temperature conditions. Read More...
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Isis Maia Pants REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Product performance review of the women specific Isis Maia convertible pants. Read More...
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Osprey Atmos 25 Backpack REVIEW
by Jay Ham and Alison Simon
Product performance review of the Osprey Atmos 25 small volume, internal frame backpack. Read More...
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Liquid Fuel Stoves Head to Head: MSR SimmerLite vs. Coleman Xtreme
by Roger Caffin
Performance comparison of two lightweight liquid fuel backpacking stoves. Read More...
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Dancing Light Gear Ultralight Brawny Tarptent REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
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Integral Designs MK1Lite eVENT Tent REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
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GoLite Jam Backpack REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
The GoLite Jam Backpack is a frameless pack that carries well. A smaller cousin to the GoLite Gust, the Jam offers a few more features and better load stability for smaller load volumes. Read More...
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Granite Gear Virga Review
by Alan Dixon
Review of the Granite Gear Virga frameless backpack. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Starlite Backpack Review
by Jay Ham
Review of the Six Moon Designs Starlite frameless backpack. Read More...
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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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Haglöfs LIM Ultimate Jacket REVIEW
by the Product Review Staff
At this time, the lightest Gore-Tex (Pac-Lite) jacket available in the world - 8.8 oz. Read More...
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Members Only 2004 Raingear Review and Gear Guide Overview
by Alan Dixon
Gateway page to BackpackingLight.com's 2004 rainwear reviews and rainwear gear guide. Read More...
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Arc'Teryx Sirrus SL Jacket REVIEW
by the Product Review Staff
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Montane Superfly Jacket REVIEW (2004)
by the Product Review Staff
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Princeton Tec Aurora Headlamp Review
by the Product Review Staff
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Princeton Tec Matrix 2 One-Watt LED Headlamp
by the Product Review Staff
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Marmot Precip vs. Cloudveil Drizzle: Raingear for Lightweight Backpacking
by the Product Review Staff
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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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GoLite Vapor Ultra-Lite Local Barrier Vest
by the Product Review Staff
The GoLite Vapor Vest capitalizes on vapor barrier principles to keep your insulation dry while wearing a backpack and hiking (or skiing, or climbing) in very cold conditions. Read More...
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Hennessy Hammock REVIEW
by the Product Review Staff
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Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) P-1 Pack
by the Product Review Staff
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Soft Shell Pants
by the Product Review Staff
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GoLite Hex 3 Shelter REVIEW
by the Product Review Staff
The GoLite Hex 3 Shelter is a winter traveler's dream: a floorless shelter that provides bombproof wind and storm protection. For 3-season use, the Hex 3 is a roomy refuge from fringe season storms. Read More...
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Beyond Backpacking, by Ray Jardine (Book Review)
by Rick Dreher
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GoLite, Integral Designs, and Wild Things High Loft Synthetic Insulating Jackets (Comparison Review)
by the Product Review Staff
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Book Review: The Ultralight Backpacker
by the Product Review Staff
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