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Ibex Shak Full Zip SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A dense knit merino wool mid-layer Read More...
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Montane Featherlite H2O Spotlite Review
by Don Wilson
A 3.5 ounce hoodless, waterproof jacket Read More...
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Keen Growler Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Janet Reichl
Lightweight synthetic fabric waterproof boot with Primaloft insulation - perfect for active snow travel and cold weather hiking. Read More...
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Polar Wrap Toasty Feet Insole SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Lightweight Insoles containing Aerogel for underfoot insulation. Read More...
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Forty Below Light Energy TR Overboot and Simple Slipper SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
An extremely versatile and warm footwear system for snowshoeing and snow camping in frigid conditions. Read More...
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Forty Below Synthetic Fill Camp Booties SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Ultra warm non-slip booties for snow camping, and they coordinate well with daytime snow travel footwear. Read More...
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RBH Designs VaprThrm Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Vapor barrier socks with a good fit and loads of versatility, but slower to dry out when snow camping. Read More...
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Seirus NeoSock SuperSock and StormSock SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Breathable neoprene socks and weatherproof/breathable socks designed to keep feet warm in cold weather pursuits. Read More...
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Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
An old favorite gets a makeover, making it better than ever, but also a little heavier. Read More...
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Gregory Iso Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A full-featured and comfortable daypack using lightweight materials to keep the weight down. Read More...
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Integral Designs VB Sock SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Simple lightweight vapor barrier socks that perform their function well. Read More...
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Kamik Force Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A comfortable and warm ightweight insulated boot with OutDry WP/B technology. Read More...
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Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Glove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Stretchy, grippy, warm gloves that weigh only 1.6 ounces per pair. Read More...
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MontBell Stretch Gaiter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Designed for minimum weight and maximum functionality, but a little too small for big feet. Read More...
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MontBell U.L. Thermawrap Action Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A synthetic-fill, full-zip jacket with highly breathable stretch panels and thumb-hole wrist sleeves Read More...
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MontBell U.L. Alpine Down Hugger #3/#5 SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Lightweight 725 fill power down filled sleeping bags with unique draw corded foot section. Read More...
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MontBell Versalite 20 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
An 11.5 ounce lightweight toploading daypack with top pocket, side panel pockets, and hydration compatability. Read More...
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NEOS Trekker Overshoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A versatile and durable waterproof/non-breathable overshoe suitable for snowshoeing, snow play, and snow camping in frigid temperatures, but heavier than we would like. Read More...
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Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A lightweight travel/daypack with 3-point compression, pockets, and hydration compatability. Read More...
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Rocky Gore-Tex Sock SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Creates a very versatile footwear system when worn in lightweight trail runners for snow or wet conditions. Read More...
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SealSkinz ChillBlocker and Over The Calf Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Durable and reliably waterproof socks, but have a couple of distinct drawbacks. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A tall trim-fitting Gore-Tex PacLite gaiter that covers the tops of low-cut trail runners and full-height boots equally well, but balks over bulky boots. Read More...
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MontBell Handy Scoop SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
A lightweight stainless steel trowel for digging cat holes in hard, rocky ground. Read More...
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Baffin Outback Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Heavy-duty warmth and comfort, and good moisture management, for snow travel in frigid conditions. Read More...
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Macpac Epic 450 SF Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This waterproof sleeping bag functions like an insulated bivy sack - is it worth the extra weight and cost? Read More...
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Macpac Interwool Mountain Warmth Baselayer SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A winter weight hybrid baselayer with a wool layer next to skin and a polyester outer layer to wick moisture away. Read More...
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2007 Sierra Designs Isotope Rainwear SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Isotope is the current lightweight champ for backpacking rainwear – and it’s full-featured! Read More...
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VersaLayer Ability Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A unique soft shell jacket with retractable insulation in the torso area. Read More...
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Manzella Summit Mitt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Lightweight, dry, and warm handwear for most snow sports, but we found their limits when we used them for snow shelter building. Read More...
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2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Converts any Jacks ‘R’ Better quilt into a top bag sleep system with an attached sleeping pad. Read More...
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2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A versatile cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system as well as for “ground sleeping”. Read More...
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2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Nest Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A well-designed under quilt that integrates beautifully with Hennessy hammocks. Read More...
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MSR Titan Mini Cookset SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A reasonably minimal titanium cookset - very light, works well, but not very low cost. Take just one pot? Read More...
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MSR Titan Kettle SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A reasonably light two-man titanium kettle - very light, works well, but not very low cost. Read More...
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Montane Jetstream Windshirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ben Smith
2.8 ounces, full zip - is there a downside? Read More...
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Montane Prism Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Pertex Microlight shell, PRISM synthetic insulation, 12 ounces with hood Read More...
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Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
20 ounces in size long, Pertex Quantum shell, over 4 inches of loft Read More...
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Visor Buff Evo-2 Hat SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A versatile ultralight outdoor cap from Buff. Is it funky or cool – you decide. Read More...
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Integral Designs Hot Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
So much warmth in such a light package. Read More...
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Montrail Hardrock Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Designed for the grueling Hardrock 100 endurance race – and that’s no exaggeration! Read More...
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simBLISSity UnSlack Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
If your backpack doesn’t have convenience pockets for your camera and snacks, here is a good way to add them. Read More...
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Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Elegant in their simplicity and functionality, they’re like putting your socks on in the morning. Read More...
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New Balance 872 Off Road Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A superb shoe for ultralight backpacking on-trail. Off-trail, they performed exceptionally well, except for one weakness. Read More...
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Tarptent Contrail (Sneak Preview) SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Tarptent returns to its roots with a new fast and light bivy-weight 1-person tent. Read More...
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Trail Designs Vari-Vent Windshield Spotlight Review
by Roger Caffin
A neat solution to windshields getting out of control. Read More...
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Integral Designs eVENT Unishelter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
31 oz bivy sack with hooped pole and a rich feature set for excellent breathability and ventilation. Read More...
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Integral Designs eVENT Overbag and Micro Bivy SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Utilitarian bivy sacks that perform their core functions well in the absence of excess luxuries and weight. Read More...
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Dunham Waffle Stomper Alcatraz Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Really lightweight shoes for water sports and hiking in wet conditions, but they tortured my toes on steep downhills. Read More...
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Danner Agitator 230 XCR Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This low-cut trail shoe performs like a boot – really tough, supportive, and stable. Read More...
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TechSpun Environmental Sock System SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
TechSpun makes some strong claims for these socks; is it hype, or do they really work? We tested them in summer and winter to find out. Read More...

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