MontBell UL Superstretch Down Hugger (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: MontBell UL Superstretch Down Hugger #1

Snow Peak GigaPower LI Backpacking Stove (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

Virtual Pack: Snow Peak raises the bar for remote canister stoves designed to work with inverted canisters: they have increased power and reduced weight.

Explorations into Candle Stoves

Wax has a reasonably high energy density and unlike other fuels it does not spill (when cold): can you make an adequate DIY stove with it?

2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007


A small electronic device for purifying water with a mixed oxidizer based on electrolyzing salt.

Helix Potty Trowel REVIEW

A very light carbon fibre and aluminium alloy ‘potty trowel’ (which works quite well as such) which also functions very well as an ultra-light ice axe.

2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW

These three section carbon fiber trekking poles are sturdy and stiff and are light in your hands AND on your budget.

2007 Feathered Friends Grouse Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW

A women-specific bag that’s properly sized for a women’s body and uses an ultralight Schoeller NanoSphere shell.

Outdoor Retailer: An Impressive Shade of Green

The Outdoor Indsutry Embraces The Green Movement

Ibex Balance Seamless Underwear (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Seamless underwear for men and women from Ibex.

Zoot Sports introduces ultralight running shoes (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

New line of sub 10 ounce shoes hit the market

Scarcity of New Dinner Options at Summer 2007 OR Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

New dinner choices at Summer OR not very plentiful

Snow Peak μGiga Stove (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

At 2.15 ounces this new stove from Snow Peak sets a new weight record for canister stoves.

Freestyle Audio MP3 Player With Screen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Waterproof and shockproof MP3 player that sports a screen and weighs 1 ounce.

Icebreaker GT Series Clothing (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Solid and perforated wool construction make this series of clothing more breathable.

Cocoon Pillow by Design Salt (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

A pillow that feels real that weighs 3.2 ounces

Kahtoola FLIGHTsystem REVIEW

Innovative snow travel system consisting of an overboot with cleats that click into a snowshoe deck. The design eliminates the snowshoe binding and allows the use of the overboots separately, which allows wearers to use lightweight trail running shoes inside, but there are a few significant drawbacks we discovered from our field testing.

Ultralight Outfitters Lightning Access Backpack REVIEW

Innovative frameless backpack with seven individual compartments you can reach without taking the pack off.

Journey on the Wild Coast, Part 1

4000 miles. 9 months. Seattle to the Aleutian Islands.

Why I Go Light

Trends Editor Craig Mortensen discusses the joys of simplification and describes his transition to an ultralight load.

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