Apparel Trends and Highlights

Trends and highlights in lightweight apparel from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006.

In the Chaos: The craziness That is OR (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Exciting, awesome, exhausting, intense, and hectic are just some adjectives that describe the chaos of OR.

Eagle Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Hammock options continue to grow with the ENO SingleNest.

St. Moritz Watches: Momentum VP-1 and VS-1 Digital Altimeters and Momentum Logic (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Digital Altimeters with numerous features and a space-age materials analog watch that will stun you.

HydraCoach Interactive Water Bottle

Why the HydraCoach may have absolutely zero applicability for lightweight backpacking.

Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Princeton Tec has reduced the weight of their 3-Watt LED Apex Pro by nearly 4 ounces.

New Headlamps From Black Diamond, Petzl, and Brunton (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

LED headlamps continue to proliferate with both high power and ultralight headlamps.

Hammock Bliss Single, Double, and No-See-Um Free Hammocks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Three more inexpensive but robust hammocks enter the fray giving hammock campers even more options

The Travel Hammock Skeeter Beeter (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

An inexpensive bugproof camping hammock with potential.

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

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

MSR Reactor Integrated Canister Stove (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

The integrated canister stove category just blew wide open with the imminent arrival of MSR's new Reactor. It's claimed to be the fastest-boiling, most fuel-efficient, windproof cooking system available. And there's another integrated canister stove coming from a different stove maker. BPL will cover this tomorrow night. Move over Jetboil!

Kestrel 4500 Pocket Weather Station (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

The Kestrel 4500 adds a digital compass to an already impressive portable weather meter

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.

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.

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?

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