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Home Freeze-dryers are handy but expensive. Are they worth the cost? We show you how to find out.
The Alpacka Raft Scout packraft (2022 model) weighs less than four pounds. We review its durability and stability for both flatwater and Class 1 river running.
Should/will the iPhone 14 replace my Garmin inReach (or similar satellite messaging devices)?
Ryan and Andrew chat about new gear and techniques for the age-old question: how to poop in the woods (safely, cleanly, and responsibly).
Gear Review: the Durston Kakwa 40 backpack utilizes an inverted U-shaped internal frame for stability and comfort at moderate loads. But how does it fare at heavier weights?
The Durston X-Mid Pro 2 tent is an ultralight (20.4 oz / 578 g) two-person, side-entry, double-door, double-vestibule single-wall Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF) trekking pole-supported shelter.
This review of the Bedrock Cairn Sandals examines footwear for hiking in sandals that is comfortable, secure, and grippy in dry, loose conditions.
The Tarptent Dipole 1 Li and 2 Li are rectangular DCF trekking pole tents with carbon end struts to boost interior volume and stability, and a four-stake footprint that eliminates the need for apex guyline tie-outs in mild weather.
Can an ancient Roman philosophy make you a better backpacker? It all depends upon your application.
A few suggestions for your next out of the ordinary adventure.
Camping near hot springs can be a magical experience for backpackers, but these unique natural features require special care to minimize human impact.
Gear Testing & Research
Best practices for storing your freeze-dried food (plus one killer chiles rellenos recipe).
By The Numbers: Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight vs. Patagonia Capilene Midweight Performance Comparison
How does Patagonia Thermal Weight Capilene stack up against Midweight Capilene?
Is Mountain Hardwear AirMesh a breakthrough product or a prisoner of wicking base-layer physics?
Maybe not everything about ultralight backpacking has to be optimized.
Further reflections on short trips vs. thru-hiking.
Cottage backpacking gear makers face supply chain and logistical challenges but find fulfillment in other aspects of their operations.