Universal Adapter Carport Power Charger (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

A portable 12-volt power pack to recharge your portable electronics.

Before The Chaos: Open Air Demo (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Before the chaos of the Outdoor Retailer Show we get ready with the Open Air Demo.

The Poncho Tarp: Techniques and Gear Systems for Inclement Conditions

Poncho Tarps are not just for the eccentric. Learn how to use them in foul weather and save considerable weight and simplify your gear kit.

Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers

An in-depth comparison of the properties of wool and synthetic fabric for base layers yielded some surprising results.

TechSpun Environmental Sock System SPOTLITE REVIEW

TechSpun makes some strong claims for these socks; is it hype, or do they really work? We tested them in summer and winter to find out.

Wise Women Go Light, Part 1

The first in a series of three articles chronicling the experiences of hiking buddies Jean and Sue as they begin on the journey to lightweight backpacking.

Outdoor Research Flex-Tex Gaiters SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight, durable, breathable, water-resistant, and stretch to fit a variety of footwear – but we had a couple of problems with the snaps and sizing.

Backpacking Light Magazine Seeks Nominations for Outdoor Industry’s Most Stringent Product Award Program

Announcing the second annual Lightitude Award for the Best Gear of 2006

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape SPOTLITE REVIEW

Compared to a poncho/tarp, is it possibly a better poncho AND a better shelter?

Backpacking Light Print vs. Online Magazines: Vision for 2006 and Beyond

A letter to the readers of Backpacking Light Magazine.

Outdoor Research Women Cloudburst Hat REVIEW

Outdoor Research Women introduces a lightweight, warm weather, sun and rain hat.

Boy Scout Gear List: Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, Summer

Philmont Guidebook to Adventure: "Remember, the key to successful backpacking is to go lightly."

Photon Freedom LED Micro-Light SPOTLITE REVIEW

This miniscule wonder has most of the functionality of a regular headlamp, at a fraction of the weight.

Sierra Designs Hyperlight Tent REVIEW

Spacious, durable, wind-stable 4.5 lb tent - while very light for its size, it still can't match the area to weight ratio of our highest rated double wall tent.

Hilleberg Akto Tent REVIEW

A four-season solo tent that weights just 3 pounds, offers excellent usable space, is very durable, and provides full storm protection...does the Hilleberg Akto have a down side?

Vaude Lightwing Ultralight Tent REVIEW

Two-person, three-season, double wall tent with a high price but a sturdy build.

Lightweight Metal Frame Snowshoes Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview

Backpacking Light staff apply lightweight principles to rate eleven snowshoes based on field testing and lab measurements.

Vaude Hogan Ultralight Tent REVIEW

Two-person semi-freestanding double-wall tent that weighs less than 4 lbs but sacrifices in some areas to achieve that weight.

Leki Carbon 12, 10, and 8 Poles (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)

3 single-segment, carbon fiber, poles from Leki

Leki Mountain Unlimited and Venom Vario Poles (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)

2-Segment, less than 10 ounces per pole, carbon fiber and aluminum construction

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