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Jetboil – French Press Option First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
We first reviewed the Jetboil at last year’s Winter OR show (Jetboil Stove First Looks Review), then went on to do more in-depth testing of this integrated cooking system (Jetboil...
2004 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2004 hiking and backpacking season.

High Gear Trail Audio 512
Are you someone who needs some Bach or Black Sabbath to round out that perfect wilderness experience? High Gear has just what you need! The Trail Audio 512 is a...
Backpacking Light Position Statement on Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings
How did we come up with these numbers? Due to the many variables involved, we took an empirical approach in creating this chart. We collected data from authors Hal Weiss...
Western Mountaineering Pod 30 Sleeping Bag REVIEW

Review of one of the most coveted "top" bags from premium U.S. manufacturer Western Mountaineering.

Classic Denali: Climbing America’s Highest Peak (Part 2, Gear Notes)

Backpacking Light Magazine grant winners balance safety and gear weight on America's highest peak.

Classic Denali: Climbing America’s Highest Peak (Part 1, Summit Day Narrative)
Adventure OnDenaliClick to Enlarge M Click here for Part 2 Editor’s Note: Rich McDrew and Dennis Swanson were recipients of a Backpacking Light Magazine Adventure Grant. Their grant award was...
Guide to Selecting and Using Ultralight GPS Systems

Systematic analysis of considerations for evaluating a GPS system of lightweight equipment and software for efficient navigation.

Garmin Foretrex 101 GPS REVIEW

Comprehensive review of the Garmin Foretex 101 GPS Review.

Garmin Geko 201/301 GPS REVIEW

Comprehensive review of the Garmin Geko 201 and Garmin Geko 301 ultralight GPS units.

Outdoor show matches consumers, manufacturers
Eight of the top outdoor gear manufacturers in the Bozeman area will gather under one roof Saturday for a new consumer show. The Montana Outdoor Industry Consumer Show will feature...
Local manufacturers plan outdoor gear show
The first “Montana Outdoor Industry Consumer Show” will take place in Bozeman in December. It’s starting off fairly small, with up to a dozen vendors in the Baxter Hotel ballroom...
MEC Northern Lite Pullover and Vest REVIEW
Overview Ice Age Trail: Alan wearing the Northern Lite vest on a crisp morning. The elastic arm openings help seal in warmth. In our opinion, the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)...
Integral Designs Logan Vest REVIEW

High loft insulating vest - warm enough for winter use.

Moonstone Cirrus Ultralight Jacket REVIEW
Overview Jay wearing the Moonstone Cirrus Ultralight Jacket on the Continental Divide Trail in the Southern San Juan Wilderness, Colorado. The 12.7-ounce (360 gram) Moonstone Cirrus jacket uses a 15...
Lightweight Synthetic High Loft Insulating Jackets/Pullovers and Vests: REVIEW SUMMARY and GEAR GUIDE OVERVIEW
Companion Articles: The Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover stood out among the jackets and pullovers tested. Here, our Product Review Director Alan Dixon is obviously enjoying field testing the Micro Puff...
Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover REVIEW

Lightweight Polarguard Delta-insulated pullover.

Montane Solo Jacket REVIEW

Insulated jacket with integrated shell hood - lots of features to boot.

Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Inner Vest REVIEW

Synthetic, no-frills, ultralight insulating vest.

Golite Buzz Jacket REVIEW

Lightweight synthetic high loft insulating jacket.

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