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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 2: Lightweight Backpacks, Stoves, and Accessories
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
OR delivers a fresh crop of lightweight, innovative, and useful gear. Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 4 – Final Day and Still Plenty of Interesting Gear to be Found
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
Enduring sleep deprivation and a cold, we roamed the show on the final day and found some very interesting gear – new trail crampons, very lightweight rain mitts, more collapsible trekking poles, a 9-ounce snow shovel, cool apparel and footwear, and more... Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 1 – Let the Hunt Begin!
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The show is underway and we are finding loads of new and interesting lightweight gear to report on. Enjoy! Read More...
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Introduction and Tribute to Small Ultralight Gear Companies not Exhibiting at OR
by Will Rietveld
Summer OR is underway! We begin our coverage with new products from small companies who specialize in ultralight backpacking gear, including some new names. Read More...
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Gossamer Gear Gorilla Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld
The Gorilla is a refined internal frame or frameless pack - the outcome of years of ultralight backpack evolution. Read More...
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Big Sky International Shadow Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
This first lightweight backpack from Big Sky seems to be very well thought out, and has some unique features. Read More...
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Granite Gear Vapor Day Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Not be the lightest 2000 cubic inch (32 liter) pack available, but it may well be the most comfortable. Read More...
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New Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
What do you get when you cross the Nimbus Meridian and the Vapor Trail? The Meridian Vapor of course! Read More...
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Kelty's New Lightweight Backpack Line
by Will Rietveld
Serious lightweight backpacks from Kelty. Read More...
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GoLite Venture Series Backpacks for 2007 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New lightweight full-featured internal frame packs from GoLite come in both men's and women's versions. Read More...
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New Adventure Racing Packs and a New Atmos/Aura 65 from Osprey (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
You would think Osprey has enough packs, but they keep coming out with more! Read More...
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Gregory Arreba Women’s Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New for 2006, the Arreba is a women-specific lightweight pack with a very nice feature set, including huge hipbelt pockets. Read More...
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The North Face Skareb 40 and 55 Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Part of North Face’s Flight Series, the new Skareb packs have cutting edge components and features. Read More...
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Vaude Ski Packs (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
An assortment of quality, lightweight backpacks from Vaude of Germany are now available in the US with Liberty Mountain as the distributor. Read More...
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Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Internal Frame Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
A great balance of durability, comfort, convenience, versatility, and light weight. Read More...
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Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Sample of Osprey's new Stratos line of packs, which are designed on the same air mesh backpanel, but with varying types of outings in mind. Read More...
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Granite Gear Vapor Ki Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
A woman specific Vapor Trail. Read More...
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Mountain Hardwear Foray Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
A sample of Mountain Hardwear’s pack debut, 3400 ci and 3 lb 14 oz with excellent durability. Read More...
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Mountainsmith TrekLite PCT 45 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Thru-hike inspired 3 pound pack, built for comfort, durability, and convenience. Read More...
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Osprey Aether 60 Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Jay Ham
Redesigned Aether 60 with an innovative heat moldable harness. Read More...