Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: An Emerging Revolution in Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – It’s Not Just Gore-Tex Versus eVent Anymore!

Since 2004, when Backpacking Light published Alan Dixon’s manifesto on Waterproof Breathable Fabric Technologies, we have been a “whisper in the wilderness” extolling the benefits of truly breathable fabrics, like eVent. Now we are seeing the beginning of a waterproof-breathable fabric revolution.

Hiking Through Hyperbole Part 2: The Snowy Sierra

The desert portion done, fear (and trail gossip) centered on snow in the Sierra, with six major passes above 11,000 feet.

Hiking Through Hyperbole: The Vortex of Fear

Tackling the Pacific Crest Trail is a big job, made harder by a stream of scary stories filtering down from other hikers.

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 4 – Final Day and Still Plenty of Interesting Gear to be Found

Enduring sleep deprivation and a cold, we roamed the show on the final day and found some very interesting gear – new trail crampons, very lightweight rain mitts, more collapsible trekking poles, a 9-ounce snow shovel, cool apparel and footwear, and more...

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 3 – An Assortment of Awesome Gear

This is not our backpacking gear list (honest!); today we again report on a wide variety of new gear – a new bear canister, more collapsible trekking poles, an insulating skirt for your derriere, lightweight high output lights, an ultralight down jacket from an unlikely source, more footwear, etc, etc...

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 2 – Another Roundup of New and Interesting Gear

Lots of footwear today, for the trail and snow, plus an assortment of jackets, a to-die-for backcountry ski system from La Sportiva, Big Agnes introduces new lightweight trekking poles, a new Klymit skeletal sleeping pad, a 12 ounce sleeping bag from Terra Nova, a 2.3-ounce Quantum GL windshirt from Montane, and more, and more...

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: Day 1 – Let the Hunt Begin!

The show is underway and we are finding loads of new and interesting lightweight gear to report on. Enjoy!

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2011: The Show Begins With All-Mountain Demo at Solitude Ski Area

New/upgraded snowshoes from MSR, Atlas, Tubbs, and Kahtoola; lightweight Kahtoola crampons; and a new “sidecountry” ski pack from Osprey.

Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods

Designed as a European cultural itinerary traversing the continent along the backbone of the Alps, you can experience jaw-dropping Alpine beauty, culture, nature, ecology, history and cuisine in whatever region you like!

Valley Hopping in the Cordillera Huayhuash – Global Test Photo Essay

Hopscotch over lakes, skip the main trail, and discover the jewels of Peru.

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