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ACR Enterprises Personal Locator Beacon – the MicroFix

The ACR MicroFix Personal Locator Beacon weighs just 10 ounces.

Manzella Summit Mitt SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight, dry, and warm handwear for most snow sports, but we found their limits when we used them for snow shelter building.

Wise Women Go Light, Conclusion

Wise Women Jean (from 20 to 13 pound base weight) and Sue (14 to 9 pound base weight) put their new lightweight gear to the test in the field.

Will Rietveld
Will Rietveld has a B.S. and M.S. in Forest Science from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Ecological Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Arizona. He spent his...
2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

An eclectic assortment of favorite gear for 2006.

Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool REVIEW

The Icebox does the igloo engineering for you, but you still have a steep learning curve. Once you master the technique, you may discover a new and fun wintertime activity.

Wise Women Go Light, Part 2

Jean and Sue select and test lighter gear from a dizzying array of choices while receiving an avalanche of expert advice - which they accept with trepidation, reject, or take on wholeheartedly - all the while listening to their own self-wisdom gained in their six (or near six) decades of life experience.

Visor Buff Evo-2 Hat SPOTLITE REVIEW

A versatile ultralight outdoor cap from Buff. Is it funky or cool – you decide.

Integral Designs Hot Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW

So much warmth in such a light package.

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