Sierra Designs Gnar Down Sweater Review

Coming out in fall 2010, the Gnar is a good balance of sizing and fit, features, and overall light weight, but it could be a little warmer.

Crux Halo Top Review

Q: What’s a Halo Top? A: an ultralight down-insulated minimalist anorak that weighs just 7.9 oz (225 g), and it’s sized well for taller people.

Brooks-Range Alpini Mountain Anorak Review

The Alpini is a lightweight furnace and lands on our recommended list, but how about a version for non-climbers?

Western Mountaineering Expedition Down Bootie Review

Well designed, lightweight, warm down bootie with an integrated tall gaiter and performance equivalent to a multi-layer system.

Ultralight Down Pants: Light, Warm, and Versatile

Ultralight down insulated pants from MontBell, PHD, and Western Mountaineering are reviewed and compared. Down pants provide the most warmth for their weight, and are especially versatile for colder weather camping. Wear them to stay warm in camp and to extend the warmth of an ultralight sleeping bag.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater Review

This jacket really rocks - an excellent balance of light weight, basic features, warmth, wind and water resistance, and cost.

Sierra Designs Nitro 30 Sleeping Bag Review

Remarkably lofty and warm for a 30 F (-1 C) rated bag – this is the first sleeping bag I have tested that’s warmer than its claimed temperature rating!

PHD Mountain Software Ultra Down Pullover Review

The ultimate down jacket for ultralight backpacking and lightweight cold weather pursuits.

Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Jacket Review

An ultralight down jacket that performs well in active pursuits, but it’s not the best choice for ultralight backpacking.

Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag Review

The Hydrogen is a well designed, high loft, roomy, warm, mummy-style down 30F-rated sleeping bag, but its shell fabric is heavy and wets out too easily.

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