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Philmont Redux: A Returning Scouter’s Report

Nearly 40 years after his first visit, Tom brought his son's Troop to experience the magic of Philmont - and the magic of lighter packs!

Patagonia Down Sweater Review

This popular jacket has been around and evolved over the years. We love the sizing and fit, but how does it stack up for backpacking?

Aconcagua Photo Essay and Gear List

Tackling big mountains with lightweight gear is becoming our trademark, and it never gets dull!

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Open Air Demo

While the first day of Outdoor Retailer is dedicated to water sport, we found a few products that could carry over for backpacking as well... plus some that are just plain fun, no bones about it!

GoLite Demaree Canyon Jacket and Anorak Review

Attractive fully-featured multi-purpose insulated down garments, but are they warm enough for our backpacking needs?

The Global Test: One Gear List for Two Years and Five Continents

Part 1: Backpackers are all over the map when it comes to answering the question... What should I pack?

Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 Part 3

Multi-purpose three-season down jackets balance light weight, warmth, and features. These jackets are designed to please as many people as possible, in as many activities as possible, while keeping the overall weight light enough to impress the average consumer. Our evaluation includes comparative specifications, calculated parameters, warmth testing, ratings, and identifying the standouts for different situations, needs, and preferences.

Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 Part 2

Seriously lightweight down jackets – those most suitable for ultralight backpacking and other lightweight pursuits. Our evaluation includes comparative specifications, calculated parameters, warmth testing, ratings, and identifying the standouts for different situations, needs, and preferences.

Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 Part 1

A state-of-the-art overview of ultralight down jackets – we analyze the components and discuss “baffling” issues like shell fabrics, down quality, fill weight, packing density, loft, and warmth.

Rapids, Wolves, and Winter

With amazingly light loads that included skis, packrafts, dry suits, winter camping gear, and a week’s worth of food, we set out to visit the Frank Church Wilderness in winter to prove a point.

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