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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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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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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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Members Only Rab Xenon and Patagonia UL Down Hoody: Comparison and Long-Term Review
by David Chenault
New and evolving technologies necessitate a reexamination of the conventional wisdom of down versus synthetic fill insulation. 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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Members Only RapidPure Filters Review
by Roger Caffin
Some filters leave a bad taste while others do an insufficient job of treating the water. The RapidPure filter changes the game and pushes the boundaries of water treatment. Read More...
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RBH Designs Vapor Barrier Hand & Footwear
by the Product Review Staff
RBH Designs Vapor Barrier Hand & Footwear 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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Redfeather Trek 30 Snowshoe REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Lightweight snowshoes at a great price, but there are issues. 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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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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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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REI Flash 65 and REI Flash 50 Packs
by Roger Caffin
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks. Read More...
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REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
There's a lot of bang for the buck in this roomy, lightweight, double-wall tent! Read More...
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Revisiting Wind Shirts
by the Product Review Staff
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Rhino Alcohol Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Product performance review of the Rhino Alcohol Stove, a lightweight alcohol stove for backpacking. 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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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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Salomon Tundra Mid WP Insulated Boot Review
by Will Rietveld
Ultra-warm, ruggedly-built, waterproof, lightweight boots insulated with Aerogel. 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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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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Sierra Designs Assailant Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This four-season, one-person, single-wall tent is made of a fabric claimed to be more breathable than eVENT. Read More...
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Members Only Sierra Designs Cloud 15 Review
by Brad Groves
A 29 oz sleeping bag featuring vertical baffles and Insotect technology... is it worth the weight? Read More...
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Sierra Designs DT Tech Jacket REVIEW
by the Product Review Staff
Excellent ventilation and fit, but a poor DWR and zipper durability issues. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Flash Sleeping Bag REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Packed with 30 ounces of 800-fill down and other heat-retaining features, this lightweight bag earns its 0 °F rating but its snug fit and curved half zipper are its nemesis. Read More...
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Sierra Designs Gnar Down Sweater Review
by Will Rietveld
Coming out in fall 2010, the Gnar is a good balance of sizing and fit, features, and overall light weight, but it could be a little warmer. 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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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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Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
The Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 uses a radical pole design to make a roomy two-person tent, but does condensation leave us all wet? 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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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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Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Tent Review
by Ray Estrella
The Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 has the lowest trail weight of all the company’s two-person double-wall tents at 3.44 pounds (1.56 kg). An interesting pole design adds room to make it more livable inside. Will the Vapor Light be one we want to share, or will it turn out to be Vapor Ware? Read More...
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Sigma DP1 Review
by Chris Townsend
The Sigma DP1 is a unique compact camera with a large sensor capable of taking superb quality photos but it is slow to use with some poor design features. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs 2007 Comet Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A durable and versatile “convertible backpack” with removable stays that allow it to be used either frameless or as an ultralight internal frame backpack. 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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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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Six Moon Designs Europa 2 Review
by Doug Johnson
Single wall tent from cottage manufacturer, one rear hope pole, one trekking pole for setup. 2 lbs. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Europa Tent (2003)
by the Product Review Staff
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Six Moon Designs Europa Tent REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
Possibly the finest 2-pound two-person shelter on the market - providing you don't intend to use it above tree line in intense winds. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape Rainwear/Shelter REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
The Gatewood Cape has the same dual functionality as a poncho/tarp, but promises better shelter. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Score another winner for SMD – the Lunar Duo is a well-designed, roomy, lightweight, well-ventilated single-wall tent for two people. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Performance review of a unique solo tent that offers weather protection, vestibule space, and ventilation for 24 ounces. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Refuge/Refuge X Tent Review
by Doug Johnson
At 25.2 ounces for the Refuge and 15.8 ounces for the "world's lightest two-man" Refuge X, Six Moon Designs now has two of the lightest floored single-wall shelters on the market (and the only floored tent made of Cuben Fiber). Were the design compromises and added expense worth the weight savings? Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Serenity Net Tent Review
by Carol Crooker
A seven-ounce mosquito-free haven which, when mated with the Gatewood Cape, becomes the inner half of an eighteen-ounce double walled tent system. 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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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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Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis Tent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightest bug-proof one-person shelter on the market. Read More...
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Snow Peak GigaPower Canister Stove REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Review of one of the smallest and lightest - and now classic - canister stoves on the outdoor market. Read More...
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Soft Shell Pants
by the Product Review Staff
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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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