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ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2A: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Backpack, Shelter, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: The Wintry Fringe Season in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness
by Ryan Jordan
Gear notes and more from a trek in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness in late October and early November, 2012. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Test Reports
Members Only Midlayer Technology: Patagonia Capilene 4 v. Mountain Hardwear Desna Hoody
by David Chenault
This winter, increase the versatility of your other layers by adding a midlayer. An overview of two notable options, and discussion of current fabric tech. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Science, Theory & Math
Members Only Just Say No To Wicking: Non-Traditional Base Layers Based on a Next-to-Skin Fishnet Model
by Ryan Jordan and Mike Martin
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ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Windshirts: 2012 State of the Market Report - Part 1: What is a Windshirt?
by David Chenault
Weatherproof, lightweight, breathable. Might the windshirt be the ultimate tool in the lighwieght backpacker's arsenal? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
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...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2011 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/thingy-dingy of 2011. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Test Reports
Members Only Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies Part 3: Discussion, Conclusions, and Performance of Individual Jackets
by Will Rietveld
In this final part of the series we assemble the information gleaned from our field testing into an informative discussion with down to earth conclusions. We also present field test data for each individual jacket, comment on its utility, and identify standouts. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Test Reports
Members Only Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
by Will Rietveld
Manufacturers make lofty claims for the enhanced breathability of the new fabrics. I tested ten jackets under challenging and forgiving backpacking-type conditions, while recording temperature and humidity inside and outside the jackets, and reported my findings. Perhaps I didn’t experience “air and water vapor permeability so shocking you’ll swear it's magic,” but I did identify some standouts and some promising trends of interest to backpackers. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Winter ISPO 2011: Day 4 - Technical Treats
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Stoves, shovels, poles, crampons, harnesses, and more: oh my! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Winter ISPO 2011: Day 1 - International Delights
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
In Backpacking Light's first ever coverage of this massive trade show, we're highlighting the innovations not generally available stateside. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Waterproof, Softshell, or Lost?
by Ryan Jordan
Op-Ed: what is the utility of a garment that offers the disadvantages of both hard and soft shells? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
GoLite Xirtam Jacket – A Waterproof Softshell? First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
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ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Waterproof Breathable Fabric Technologies: A Comprehensive Primer and State of the Market Technology Review
by Alan Dixon, BackpackingLight.com Product Review Program Director
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ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Soft Shells: The Real Story
by Alan Dixon and Ryan Jordan
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ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Members Only The Petersen Test Methods for Evaluating Shell Clothing Performance
by Curt Petersen
The Petersen Test Methods for Evaluating Shell Clothing Performance Read More...