Steel Kahtoola: Lightest 10-Point Steel Crampons First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
Kahtoola crampons have become deservedly popular. One can cover difficult snow and ice in the comfort and flexibility of trail runners or light boots. It’s traction for the masses. Outfitters...
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...
Garmin Geko 201/301 GPS REVIEW

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

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover REVIEW

Lightweight Polarguard Delta-insulated pullover.

MSR Missing Link Tent REVIEW

Review of the MSR Missing Link Tent - a single wall, two person shelter that can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles.

Black Diamond Firstlight Tent Review

So, how do you make a waterproof tent out of non-waterproof fabric? Black Diamond shows us how with the Firstlight EPIC by Nextec single wall freestanding tent.

Granite Gear Vapor Trail Review
Overview Granite Gear Vapor Trail (manufacturer’s photo). The Granite Gear Vapor Trail uses a flexible high-density polyethylene (HDPE) framesheet in combination with a virtual frame to transfer the load to...
GoLite Infinity Backpack REVIEW

The 50 liter GoLite Infinity provides stable load carrying with an innovative internal frame and enough options to sufficiently organize your gear, for less than three pounds.

Shell Shocked: Raingear and Soft Shells are Getting Lighter and Breathing Better (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
After reporting on sub-10 oz waterproof breathable jackets yesterday, we had a chance for a long talk with Patagonia’s garment R&D team. Now that we understand the physics of it,...
2005 Trekking Pole Trends: Poles for Women? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
Women’s Poles (Not) Have Been on U.S. Market For Longer Than We Think We were interested in women’s specific trekking poles and did a bit of inquiring at the Leki...
More New Lightweight Shelters Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
Lightweight shelters aren’t getting too much lighter, but you’re getting more for your weight. Solo tents from Marmot, Sierra Designs, and YES! Eureka! are getting bigger, smarter, and/or stronger, and...
New Lightweight “Done-in-a-Day” Backpacks Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
Trend suggests increase in emphasis on done-in-a-day activities and high action adventure sports such as fastpacking and peak bagging There is a huge crop of light packs in the 30...
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Announces 8 Ounce Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad and Blends Hybrid Self-Inflating and Closed Cell Foam Technology for 2005 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
One of the biggest innovations in lightweight backpacking gear at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004 comes from Pacific Outdoor Equipment, manufacturer of the Bozeman Mountain Works 10-ounce TorsoLite self-inflating pad...
Big Agnes Sarvis Tents Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
Big Agnes introduces a new line of hybrid single/double walled tents: the Sarvis 1+ and Sarvis 2+ The Big Agnes Sarvis SL 1+ tent: The front rainfly is rolled back...
Integrated White Gas and Canister Stove/Cookware Systems from MSR Unveiled (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
MSR debuted two lightweight backpacking stoves at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004 – one white gas and one canister stove. Both use an integrated windscreen and cooking pot with attached...
New Ultralight Waterproof-Breathable Jackets from Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Marmot, Integral Designs, and More (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)

New rain jackets introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004.

Suunto X9 Review

Comprehensive review of the Suunto X9 GPS watch.

Cascade Designs ThermaRest Prolite 3 Sleeping Pad Review

Cascade Designs ThermaRest Prolite 3 Sleeping Pad Review

Granite Gear Virga Review

Review of the Granite Gear Virga frameless backpack.

GoLite Jam Backpack REVIEW

The GoLite Jam Backpack is a frameless pack that carries well. A smaller cousin to the GoLite Gust, the Jam offers a few more features and better load stability for smaller load volumes.

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