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Searching for the Light

After the year of darkness that was 2020, I needed to walk in the light of the Mojave desert.

By the Numbers: Is Synthetic Insulation Warm When Wet?

We throw some quantitative testing at an oft-repeated synthetic insulation claim to measure the thermal performance of wet insulation.

The Backpacker’s Journey

Rex Sanders examines the arcs and stages that backpackers take as years and mileage start to add up.

Enlightened Equipment Uprising Underquilt

The Enlightened Equipment Uprising Underquilt is a tapered, somewhat customizable underquilt aimed at experienced hammock users. It incorporates a number of performance features differentiating itself from the majority of available offerings, such as strategically placed insulation and a unique suspension system.

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Travel Day Pack Review

The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Travel Day Pack (MSRP: $29.95, 1 oz / 30g) is an 18 L summiting daypack that can be compressed to the size of an egg and tucked into a multiday pack for peak-bagging on longer trips.

Episode 39 | Matt Mason: Bikepacking and Public Lands

Andrew interviews backpacker turned bikepacker Matt Mason in a Bikepacking 101 conversation.

Learning Curve: Risk Assessment

It takes a close call for Maggie Slepian to dial in her risk assessment skills.

Standards Watch: Dan Durston Talks Design and Business

Dan Durston is a gear designer, wilderness guide, and biologist. In this interview with Rex Sanders, he talks about the process and philosophy of shelter design.

Unpacked: Rewards of Repetition

Greek philosophy says you can't step in the same river twice, but what about backpacking the same trail?

Red Paw Packs 28 L Flatiron Backpack Review

The Red Paw Packs Flatiron Pack 28 L (13 to 19 oz / 368 g to 538 g, MSRP from $220) is a customizable low-volume overnight / daypack with a unique zippered main compartment.

Black Diamond Blitz Spikes Review

The Black Diamond Blitz Traction Spikes (MSRP $39.95, 1.5 to 1.8 oz / 42 to 50 g) are ultralight, stainless-steel, forefoot-only traction devices for shoes and boots intended for incidental use on hard-packed snow terrain.

Take This Poem on Your Next Trip

The words you carry with you are just as important as your gear.

Gryphon Gear Aries 20 Quilt Review

The Gryphon Gear Aries 20 Quilt (25.7 oz / 729 g, MSRP from $327) is a three-season quilt with a differential cut, draft collar, an edge tensioning system, and 17.5 oz (496 g) of down fill.

By the Numbers: Rethinking Fleece

Stephen Seeber subjects ten fleece samples to rigorous thermal testing.

Gear List: Tenkara Fly Fishing in the Northern Rockies

Mark Wetherington's tenkara gear list serves as a great entry point to backcountry fly fishing for newcomers.

Episode 38 | Skills Short: Tenkara Fishing

In this Skills Short episode, Ryan and Andrew talk about the essential skills and gear needed to take up the sport of tenkara-style fly fishing.

Learning Curve: What I Learned From Taking a Beginner into the Backcountry

I thought I knew how to take first-time backpackers out, but I'd never actually taken a bare beginner into the backcountry.

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Pullover Review

The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Pullover (7.7 oz / 219 g, MSRP $175.00) is a synthetic-fill, high loft insulating garment.

Standards Watch: Dan Durston Chats About Standards and Testing

Rex Sanders interviews gear designer Dan Durston.

The Overlook: Giving Back to Bear’s Ears

Ben Kilbourne reflects on his first journey in the Bear's Ears National Monument, and wonders how to give back to such special places.

Episode 37 | Endurance Training for Backpackers

Ryan and Andrew chat with Dirk Friel, co-founder of TrainingPeaks, about how to get the most out of your endurance training.

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