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2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

A primer on choosing footwear for fast and light backpacking, with input from the Backpacking Light staff on the footwear they use; a roundup of promising new lightweight footwear found at the summer 2008 Outdoor Retailer Show; and a description of Ion Mask, a nanotechnology waterproofing process that doesn't affect breathability and could eliminate the need for a waterproof membrane in footwear.

Big Sky International Convertible 2P Tent REVIEW

A unique feature of the Convertible it that a third pole can be added to "convert" it from a three-season tent to a "WinterLite" four-season tent. At 3.5 pounds for a complete two-person double-wall tent, the Convertible in three season mode is 2.6 ounces heavier than Big Sky's award-winning Evolution 2P, but new design elements make it more stable and versatile.

Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

Associate Editor Will Rietveld provides an in-depth roundup of lightweight rainwear options and highlights current staff favorites, new products in the pipeline, market trends, and a new technology that could dramatically change the waterproof-breathable apparel market.

Outdoor Demo Days – Whazat?? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

A day at the lake to try out new watercraft and accessories.

Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight, extremely versatile hooded down jacket that can be worn as an outer layer or midlayer.

Rab Bergen Pant SPOTLITE Review

Great fitting, lightweight, exceptionally versatile eVENT pant.

Montbell Thunderhead Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW Review

One of the lightest Gore-Tex Pro Shell jackets available, with weight and performance (with supplemental ventilation) comparable to a lightweight eVENT jacket.

Integral Designs Rundle Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW Review

Hoodless, synthetic insulated jacket with an optimum balance of warmth, durability, wind/water resistance, and light weight.

Outdoor Research DryComp Summit Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW

This multi-purpose bag serves as a waterproof day pack, compression stuff sack, dry bag, and pillow.

Gossamer Gear The One Shelter REVIEW

The One optimizes light weight, roominess, features, convenience, and weather/bug protection in a seventeen ounce single wall tent.

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