MYOG: Down Vest

An easy introduction to working with down, this vest has no frills, bells, or whistles: just warm insulation where you need it most!

Lightweight Integrated Canister Fuel Cooking Systems State of the Market Report 2011: Part 1 – Overview and Performance Evaluation

The Jetboil Personal Cooking System was a major innovation back in 2004. We reviewed it in-depth and reported on its strengths and drawbacks. It’s wonderfully fuel-efficient and wind-resistant, but heavy, a bit slow, and low in cooking capacity. Fast forward to 2011; now we have eight backpackable integrated canister fuel stoves. They are fast, fuel-efficient, wind-resistant, some are cold-resistant, they have a much higher cooking capacity, and some are truly lightweight and can be pared down to as little as 7.5 ounces (213 g). Got your attention?

Lightweight Mid-Height Trail Shoes State of the Market Report 2011

Do they have any advantages over simple trail runners? And who makes lightweight W-I-D-E shoes for hikers with duck feet?

Lightweight Mid-Height Trail Shoes: Montrail

Mini-reviews of the Montrail Sabino Trail Mid GTX, Mountain Masochist Mid GTX and AT Plus Shoes

A Marriage Proposal on Walden Pond

Can a backpacker more comfy on the trail find love with a lady for whom three stars is roughing it? An excerpt from Ron's recently published memoir, Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America.

Lightweight Mid-Height Trail Shoes: GoLite

Mini-Reviews of the GoLite Timber Lite, Surge Lite, and Carbo Lite Shoes

Lightweight Mid-Height Trail Shoes: Salomon

Mini-Review of the Salomon 3D Fastpacker Mid GTX and Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX Ultra Shoes

Nemo Zor Short and Nemo Zor Regular

Mini-review for the Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Mats State of the Market Report 2011

Klymit X Frame Mat

Mini-review for the 2011 Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Pads State of the Market Report

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core and Big Agnes Clearview Mats

Mini-review for the 2011 Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Pads State of the Market Report

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