Origo Rendezvous Peak Multi-Function Watch REVIEW

User friendly and useful as an outdoor navigational aid – if you master its functions and keep it calibrated.

Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent REVIEW

Introduces some major advancements in single wall tent design and provides user friendliness not seen before in a single wall tent, but there are a few details that could be refined.

Hilleberg Rajd Tent REVIEW

Lightweight single wall, two-person shelter with lots going for it: quality materials and construction, ease of set up, interior space and headroom, and storm worthiness – but it has one major problem.

Tarptent Contrail Tent REVIEW

Tarptent introduces the 1+ person Contrail, a throwback to the original minimalist Tarptent, but loaded with refinements and new design elements.

Crescent Moon Silver 10 Backcountry Snowshoes REVIEW

Lots of nice features, climbs like a goat, and would be near perfect if they were lighter.

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape Rainwear/Shelter REVIEW

The Gatewood Cape has the same dual functionality as a poncho/tarp, but promises better shelter.

Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Backpack REVIEW

If you’re looking for a lightweight backpack to carry 25 to 35 pound loads, this is one you gotta check out. It rocks!

Montrail Hardrock Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW

Designed for the grueling Hardrock 100 endurance race – and that’s no exaggeration!

Life-Link AT Superlight Trekking Pole REVIEW

Super stiff, super strong, these are bomber fixed-length mountaineering and bushwhacking poles!

Titanium Goat, Goat Poles Trekking Pole REVIEW

The Goat Poles rock for simplicity, stiffness, and light weight - but there are a few flaws that need attention.

Tarptent Contrail (Sneak Preview) SPOTLITE REVIEW

Tarptent returns to its roots with a new fast and light bivy-weight 1-person tent.

New Lightweight Silnylon Products From Equinox (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

These items stray a bit from backpacking, but frankly we were impressed with their quality construction, lightweight, compactability, and usability. They would also make very nice gifts.

New Granite Gear Meridian Vapor Backpack (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

What do you get when you cross the Nimbus Meridian and the Vapor Trail? The Meridian Vapor of course!

Kelty’s New Lightweight Backpack Line

Serious lightweight backpacks from Kelty.

Kahtoola Flight Snow Travel System is Now Available (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

Kahtoola, the traction people, were at summer OR to show their latest refinements to their Flight Snow travel system, so we dropped by to check them out.

A One-Person Tent as Light as a Bivy From Big Sky International (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

One-person, single-wall, free-standing, breathable fabric, 28 ounces.

New Macpac AMP Light Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

For 2007, Macpac adds a new line of lightweight backpacks with lightweight durable fabrics and a very nice feature set.

Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Glove

The essence of gloveness!

GoLite Venture Series Backpacks for 2007 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

New lightweight full-featured internal frame packs from GoLite come in both men's and women's versions.

New Adventure Racing Packs and a New Atmos/Aura 65 from Osprey (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)

You would think Osprey has enough packs, but they keep coming out with more!

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