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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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Members Only Solo-Plus Tent Round-Up
by Chris Wallace
A look at five lightweight shelters with extra space for your partner, gear, or four-legged companion. Read More...
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Down Jacket Shoot-out: GoLite Bitterroot vs. Rab Infinity
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
A comparison of two full-featured down jackets with Quantum GL fabric and 850 fill power down. Read More...
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Rab Kinetic Jacket Review
by Chris Wallace
A fully featured hard shell at a minimal weight. Read More...
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Zpacks Multi-Pack Review
by Chris Wallace
A unique accessory pocket that can be used in multiple ways. Read More...
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New Balance Minimus MT00 Review
by Chris Wallace
An extremely minimal trail runner with options for the wide footed. 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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New Balance MT810 Review
by Roger Caffin
**(Updated 10/25: Addendum after Heavy Use)** A review of the latest in the New Balance 8xx series of light low-cut joggers and comparison to the previously-reviewed MT875 and MT876 shoes. 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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Bask Light 69 Pack Review
by Roger Caffin
This lightweight mountaineering pack from Russia provides large volume, simplicity, and durability. Read More...
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OMM Kamleika Race Smock, Jacket, and Pants Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Waterproof shells with a minimalist design and four-way stretch fabric Read More...
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Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Review
by Brad Groves
Will it light the trails on fire? Read More...
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CAMP X3 600 Ski Pack Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
A lightweight ski day pack with a handy, hands-free ski carrying system. 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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Vango Tempest 200 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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MSR Dragontail 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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Hilleberg Nallo 2 Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews 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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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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Easton Mountain Products CTR-70 Trekking Poles Review
by Ray Estrella
Does a bigger diameter result in stronger poles, and what's the weight trade-off? Read More...
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Páramo Vista Rain Jacket Review
by Chris Wallace
An incredibly breathable full-zip rain jacket that manages to fend off precipitation without using a membrane. Read More...
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Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
A very lightweight hoodless windshirt utilizing Pertex’s newest lightest fabric – Quantum GL. In addition to his thorough evaluation, Will includes a discussion of the versatility of a windshirt. 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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Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
by Ryan Jordan
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter. Read More...
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Nemo Obi Elite 1P Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
Nemo becomes a serious player in the ultralight tent category. The Obi Elite 1P is a cutting edge one-person double-wall tent that matches the weight and roominess of many single-wall tents. Read More...
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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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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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Rab MeCo Baselayers Review
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Rab's new baselayers blend merino wool and synthetic fabrics - do they achieve the best of both worlds? 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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Jacks ‘R’ Better Sierra Stealth Quilt Review
by Chris Arrasmith
The Jacks ‘R’ Better Sierra Stealth Quilt is an ultralight summer quilt designed “with the ground sleeper in mind.” As the lightest of three wearable quilts available from JRB, the Sierra Stealth has a resealable Velcro head hole in the center that allows the quilt to be used as a serape around camp - eliminating the need for a lightweight jacket in addition to sleeping gear. Read More...
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Kahtoola MTN 28 Snowshoe Review
by Ray Estrella
Incorporating a stand-alone trail crampon that works along with the snowshoe itself, the Mountain 28 eliminates the need to carry a separate traction device for conditions that call for grip, not float. Intriguing in theory, how did it work in practice? 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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CAMP Xenon 4 Pole Review
by Danny Milks
These highly anticipated poles made quite a splash at 2011 ORWM. The Xenon 4 Trekking Poles are light, compact, easy to use and reasonably priced. How did they stand up to testing? 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 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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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 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 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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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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