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Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. Read More...
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Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. Read More...
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Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof
by Darin Banner
A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet. Read More...
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Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt
by Roger Caffin
About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove. Read More...
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Members Only Paramo Bora Fleece & Windproof Smock Combo
by Matthew Pullan
The Bora Smock is certainly not at the pinnacle of ultralight gear, nevertheless it is a versatile piece of clothing that maintains breathability while offering warmth and excellent waterproofing. Read More...
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Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview
by Ryan Jordan
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance. Read More...
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Deejo UL Knives
by Roger Caffin
A very lightweight and practical backcountry knife. Useful for food prep with good hardness for its price. Read More...
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Jiva Coffee Cubes
by Roger Caffin
Perhaps a bit more exotic than your traditional black coffee, Jiva Coffee Cubes simplify the process of coffee making and are a viable option for backcountry coffee making. Read More...
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Members Only Backpacking With A Thermometer
by Rex Sanders
A thermometer allows you to establish trends that relate temperature to how you feel while hiking and camping. This can lead to better preparation and execution in the field. Read More...
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Members Only Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
by Rex Sanders
A voice recorder is a great way to reflect on your journey without compromising safety or the experience. Read More...
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Backpacking Tights - Part 1
by Damien Tougas
Tights are a very versatile backpacking tool. Their close fit keeps you warm and quickly wicks away moisture. Read More...
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Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
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Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
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The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 1
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
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Members Only Exped Airmat Pumps Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
An overview of two pumps used to inflate sleeping pads, to relieve your lungs in the backcountry. Read More...
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Members Only Enlightened Equipment Revelation Review
by Chris Wallace
A well-made quilt that offers high-quality materials, high fill-power down, and excellent loft for an incredible price. Read More...
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Members Only True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
Bored with water in the backcountry? Need to make hydration more appealing for your group? Add some flavor to your water, and vanquish any fear of dehydration or scurvy. Read More...
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Members Only Deuter ACTLite 40+10 Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
SpotLite Review of Deuter's new clean, yet multi-featured pack - perfect for thru-hiking in the Alps. Read More...
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Members Only Easton UL Carbon 3 Trekking Poles Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
How do these 3-section poles hold up to the rigors of thru-hiking? Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs SuperMid Review
by Chris Wallace
A large but still lightweight pyramid that can shelter three to four adults in all four seasons. Read More...
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Primus Eta Solo Stove Review
by Roger Caffin
A heat exchanger stove in the now fairly standard upright format. Does the Primus Eta Solo outperform the competition? Read More...
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Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Briefs Review
by Roger Caffin
Most of us (males) want to wear something under our trousers, but what? Ordinary cotton underpants have several disadvantages: the waist band often conflicts with the hip-belt on the pack, and when they get wet they can take a very long time to dry. The Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Briefs largely solve those two problems. Read More...
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SteriPEN Opti Review
by Roger Caffin
The SteriPEN UV wands have been through several generations of development, reaching a very satisfactory state with this SteriPEN Opti unit. Read More...
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Benchmade 530 Folding Knife Review
by Roger Caffin
Many walkers find a razor blade adequate, but there are plenty of situations where a bit more is needed. This knife, with a blade over three inches long yet weighing only two ounces, may suit many lightweight walkers. Read More...
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Monatauk Gnat Stove Review
by Ryan Jordan
A big burner head, simple design, minimal use of materials, and light weight (1.7 oz) put the Monatauk Gnat at the head of the pack for ultralight canister stoves. Read More...
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Lowrance Endura Sierra GPS Review
by Ray Estrella
Lowrance adds touchscreen functionality with its top of the line Sierra GPS. With a plethora of multimedia options, it comes across as more entertainment device than a dedicated navigational aid. How does it work for backpacking? Read More...
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Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, extremely versatile hooded down jacket that can be worn as an outer layer or midlayer. Read More...
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Rab Bergen Pant SPOTLITE Review
by Will Rietveld
Great fitting, lightweight, exceptionally versatile eVENT pant. Read More...
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Montbell Thunderhead Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW Review
by Will Rietveld
One of the lightest Gore-Tex Pro Shell jackets available, with weight and performance (with supplemental ventilation) comparable to a lightweight eVENT jacket. Read More...
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New Balance MT1110GT Joggers SpotLite Review
by Roger Caffin
Totally synthetic, good soles and a XCR membrane for wet weather use, plus a range of widths, including really wide. Read More...
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Outdoor Research DryComp Summit Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This multi-purpose bag serves as a waterproof day pack, compression stuff sack, dry bag, and pillow. Read More...
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Coleman Pack-Away Lantern Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
A compact LED lantern, lighter than canister lanterns and fairly bright, but not yet perfect. Read More...
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GSI Outdoors Cascadian Bowl SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Strong polypropylene, almost twenty-four fluid ounces capacity, 1.55 ounces weight and $1.50 USD: it can't be too bad! Read More...
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GSI Outdoors Cascadian Cup SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Strong polypropylene, will not burn your lips, twelve fluid ounces capacity, 1.7 ounces weight and $1.75 USD: it can't be too bad! Read More...
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Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight durable shell mitt especially suited for snow sports or any situation where a more durable waterproof-breathable mitt is needed. Read More...
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Komperdell Touring Glove Spotlite Review
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Gloves made with Komperdell's new seamless bonding construction get a mixed review. Read More...
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Granite Gear Vapor Day Pack Review
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, full-featured, very comfortable internal frame day pack. Read More...
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Arc'Teryx Squamish WindShell Review
by Don Wilson
A full-featured, high quality windshell Read More...
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Kamik Viper Insulated Boots SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Good lightweight insulated boots for travel in dry snow, but they have some major drawbacks for wet snow travel and for normal hiking and backpacking. Read More...
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Icebreaker Cross Cami SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Women's merino wool top with built in support. Read More...
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I/O Biocompatibles Contact Long Sleeve Crew SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
A new company provides another choice in technical wool clothing. Read More...
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Ibex Balance Seamless Sport Bra SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Finally, the magic of wool is available in a bra. Read More...
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Hennessy Hammocks Supershelter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A lightweight system for using a Hennessy Hammock in the shoulder and winter seasons. Read More...
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Coleman Powermax Fuel Adapter Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
An adapter to allow you to use your Coleman Xtreme stove in winter with screw-thread canisters rather than the hard-to-find Powermax canisters. Read More...
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Rite in the Rain Weatherjet Paper SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
A waterproof paper you can use in your ink-jet printer to copy maps for field use. Read More...
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2007 Feathered Friends Grouse Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug and Amy Johnson
A women-specific bag that’s properly sized for a women’s body and uses an ultralight Schoeller NanoSphere shell. Read More...
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Indigenous Designs Terra Sport SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A performance sweater made from all natural fabrics Read More...
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Crazy Creek Backpacker Lite AIR Chair SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
For lightweight backpackers who crave the luxury of a chair (10 oz) plus a REALLY COMFORTABLE torso sleep pad (11 oz) - this is worth a look. Read More...
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AntiGravityGear TreeLine SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
One-ounce bear hang using flat weave Spectra cord that easily glides over a tree limb. Read More...
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Keen Shellrock WP Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
With its eVENT softshell upper, the Shellrock seems like it should be the perfect lightweight trail shoe for wet conditions, but my field testing revealed very mixed results. Read More...
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2007 Birdiepal Umbrellas SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
For those that love umbrellas, Birdiepal brollies are the lightest available- and they are durable enough to survive the backcountry. Read More...
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Members Only Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids
by Jay Ham
A review of commercially-available, lightweight gear suited for - if not made for - backpacking with kids. Read More...
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2007 Jacks 'R' Better SilNyl Tarp SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A tarp that is larger than a stock hammock tarp and extends coverage for wet, cold, and snowy conditions. Read More...
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Pacific Outdoor Equipment Uber Lite Sleeping Pad SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Lightest self-inflator on the market but the length and shape are not optimal and degrade performance. Read More...
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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 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 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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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 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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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 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 “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 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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Outdoor Research Flex-Tex Gaiters SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Lightweight, durable, breathable, water-resistant, and stretch to fit a variety of footwear – but we had a couple of problems with the snaps and sizing. Read More...
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Headsweats Race Hat SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Way cool hiking hat that really manages the moisture and stays put, but snags fairly easily. Read More...
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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks (Production) SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
The lightest dry sacks, but also the leakiest (compared to lightweight dry sacks from four other companies) when subjected to harsh conditions. Read More...
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Cascade Designs SealLine Storm Sack Dry Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Top performing lightweight dry sack with roll top closure and taped seams. Read More...
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Granite Gear Drysack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Fairly lightweight dry sack with roll top closure and taped seams. Read More...
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Outdoor Research HydroLite Dry Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
The lightest dry sack available - almost. Read More...
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Pacific Outdoor Equipment WXtex Pneumo Lightweight Dry Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Lightweight dry sack with a twist - purge/inflate valve and welded seams. Read More...
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GoLite DriMove Long Sleeve Top SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Lightweight, good fit, very comfortable, really wicks moisture away, but snags easily. Read More...
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Jetboil Group Cooking Sytem SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
The second generation Jetboil stove system - efficient, but speed of heating can vary wildly. Read More...
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Inov-8 F-Lite 300 Shoes SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Very lightweight (300 g, 10.5 oz US men's 9). Are they lightweight backpacking capable? Read More...
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Headsweats Protech Hat SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Mike Martin
Headsweats offers an alternative to a conventional wide-brimmed sun hat. Read More...
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GSI Hard Anodised Extreme Cookpot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Light Teflon-lined aluminium cookpot for two people. Read More...
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GSI Bugaboo Cookpot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Light Teflon-lined aluminium cookpot for two people that is lighter and cheaper than the GSI Hard Anodised Extreme set. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better Biker Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Down quilt that surrounds a top-entry hammock. Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Aubrin Heinrichs
Compared to a poncho/tarp, is it possibly a better poncho AND a better shelter? Read More...
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Fanatic Fringe PG Delta 30 Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Mike Martin
Looking for an ultralight quilt, but don't trust down insulation? With a few compromises, this may be your solution. Read More...
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Feathered Friends Rock Wren Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
A wearable down sleeping bag designed to replace, and thus serve as, your insulated clothing. Read More...
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GoLite Hut 1 SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Mike Martin
Roomy, bombproof floorless shelter for one. Read More...
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Feathered Friends Vireo Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
A hoodless, ultralight down sleeping bag designed for integration with an insulating jacket. Read More...
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The North Face DIAD Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Well under 9 ounces, including pit zips - but those pit zips are pretty small Read More...
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Patagonia Base Layers SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Patagonia revamps its Base Layers for Fall 2006 Read More...
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Photon Freedom LED Micro-Light SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Rick Dreher
This miniscule wonder has most of the functionality of a regular headlamp, at a fraction of the weight. Read More...
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Big Sky Evolution 1P EX Tent SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Lightweight, solo, double wall tent, with two vestibules. Read More...
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Snot Spot Nose Wipes SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Got snot? Slip a Snot Spot over your glove or mitten. Read More...
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Mountain Laurel Designs Devotion 40 Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Is an 11-ounce, 40-degree bag possible? Nunatak thinks so, and now so does Mountain Laurel Designs. Read More...
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MontBell U.L. Thermawrap Parka SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
A synthetic-fill parka with full front zip, handwarmer pockets, and hood. Read More...
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Timberland Delerion Pro Shoes SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
A trail running shoe with minimal water absorption, excellent flexibility, integrated gaiter, and an effective tread pattern. Read More...
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Integral Designs Pertex Wind Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A 4.5 ounce jacket with quality components. Read More...
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GoLite Virga Rain Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
6 ounces! 80 bucks! Read More...
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Sierra Designs Isotope Rain Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Alan Dixon
Full featured rain jacket that is under 6 ounces. Read More...
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Helly Hansen Mars/Venus Windshirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
The lightest windshirt? Read More...
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GSI Lexan Cutlery SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Light, cheap, Lexan eating utensils. Read More...
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Montbell UL Wind Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
2.6 ounces, full zipper, does it hold up with use? Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Essence Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This 3,200 cubic inch, 13-ounce ultralight pack has loads of innovation and hits a sweet spot for one to three night ultralight backpacking trips. Read More...
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Patagonia Houdini Full Zip Windshirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
3.8 ounces, good features, soft and comfortable fabric - how does it work in the field? Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better JRB Down Hood SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Simple hood that mates with the No Sniveller quilt. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better JRB Down Sleeves SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Sleeves that can be worn under the No Sniveller wearable quilt or with a vest. Read More...
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AntiGravityGear Universal Alcohol Stove Accessory Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
The primer pan is the darling of this set. Read More...
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Mini Bull Designs Sketti Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Roger Caffin
Robust and powerful alcohol stove that doesn't require a pot stand. Read More...
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Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
You won't see this one in stores, or on the Mountainsmith website yet. We take a first look at a super comfortable and well designed alpine/snow sport backpack; a precursor to our full review. Read More...
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Crescent Moon Booties SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Jay Ham
This snowshoeing accessory adds warmth and water resistance to any shoe, without adding much weight. Will their one-size offering fit your shoes? Read More...
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Feathered Friends Hyperion Jacket (Epic Shell) SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Loren Lee and Don Wilson
Weather resistant Epic shell, good loft, great price - but heavier than the lightest down jackets of similar loft. Read More...
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Nunatak SkahaPlus SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Lofty, 9.6 ounce hooded down sweater. Read More...
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Patagonia Down Sweater SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
New full-zip 11 ounce down sweater. Read More...
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Redfeather Alpine 30 Snowshoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
Tapered snowshoes for multi-purpose use. Read More...
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Redfeather Trek 30 Snowshoe SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Value priced aluminum-framed snowshoes. Read More...
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2005 GoLite Wisp Wind Shirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Ryan Jordan
Only 2.8 ounces, fits well, but limited utility. Read More...
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Markill Peak Illuminator Canister Lantern SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A mantle-type canister fuel lantern that puts out lots of light, is silent, and gets good gas mileage Read More...
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Tarptent Rainbow (Sneak Preview) SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A free-standing Tarptent with side-entry, loads of headroom, and under two pounds! Read More...
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RailRiders Adventure Top SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A well-vented top that excels in warm weather Read More...
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Marmot Essence Rainshell SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Marmot's Precip Plus 7 ounce rain jacket Read More...
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Ultralight Outfitters Ultralight Beercan Cook Pot and Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Nifty cooking system where the pot converts into a double walled mug. Read More...
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Cow Canyon Flatware SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Anodized aluminum flatware that is light - and aesthetically pleasing. Read More...
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Outdoor Research Celestial Rain Shell SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
Gore-Tex PacLite fabric rain jacket. Read More...
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Tarptent Virga 2 Single Wall Tent SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
More headroom, usable volume, and pitch options. Also a little more weight and complexity. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better Summer Universal Blanket SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
A sub-1-pound summer weight quilt that can be used as a top blanket or hammock under quilt. Read More...
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Integral Designs Silcoat Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Simple, lightweight, and versatile. Read More...
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Sedona Trading Company Trail Gourmet Seasonings SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ken Knight
Spices for those of us who want no fuss, no muss, and little weight Read More...
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Mini Bull Design Elite Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Mini alcohol stove that doesn't require a pot stand or priming. Read More...
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Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Lightest woven fabric dry sacks on the market today. Read More...
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Big Sky Products (Summit Shelters) Evolution 2P Tent SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan and Will Rietveld
Double wall two-person tent with two doors, two vestibules, easy setup, and interior pockets for organizing gear: all for just a shade over three pounds. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better No Sniveller Universal Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
A first look at a lightweight down quilt for saving weight on your 3-season sleep system. Read More...
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Jacks 'R' Better 8'x8' Square SilNyl Tarp SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
First look at the Jacks 'R' Better 8'x8' Square SilNyl Tarp. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Cloth SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Carol Crooker
Ultralight and ultra-tough, a ground cloth for the masses with a weight that appeals to the fringe. Read More...
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Crux AK47 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
New in the USA: simple packs that redefine the notion of "lightweight durability". Read More...
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Brasher Supalite GTX Hiking Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Full grain leather, leather lined, waterproof, and truly ultralight at two pounds per PAIR. Read More...
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Brunton Liberty Mantleless Canister Fuel Lantern SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Hallelujah! No fragile mantles! Good fuel efficiency and bright output make this a tempting gadget for winter camping. Read More...
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GoLite Galaxy Internal Frame Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Internal frame, enough volume for a long trek, and light weight = more appeal for traditional backpackers looking to "go light" without gettin' freaky about it. Read More...
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Ion Alcohol Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Fuel miser and a SYSTEM (burner + wind screen + pot support) weight of less than an ounce...take notice. Read More...
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Mo-go-gear Fire-fly Alcohol Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A tiny stove well suited for backpackers that view pint sized cooking mugs as group cooking devices. Read More...
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Mo-go-gear Go-torch Alcohol Stove SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
A folding windscreen keeps this stove kit small but offers the power for boiling larger volumes of water. Read More...
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Montane 180 Waterproof/Breathable Shirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Rain shirt? Jacket? Who cares: It's 7 oz and has the ability to disappear in a corner of your pack. Read More...
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Patagonia MicroPuff Vest SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Don Wilson
A worthy successor to the long-missed Puffball: less than seven ounces and packs to the size of a (insert cliche here: grapefruit! softball! water bottle!). Read More...
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Six Moon Designs Comet Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Internal frame option, narrow profile, and ease of use are the hallmarks of this lighweight backpack. Read More...
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Winter 2004 Gear Watch: Backcountry Equipment for Climbers, Skiers, and Snowshoers
by the Product Review Staff
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