Gregory Iso Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW

A full-featured and comfortable daypack using lightweight materials to keep the weight down.

MontBell U.L. Alpine Down Hugger #3/#5 SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight 725 fill power down filled sleeping bags with unique draw corded foot section.


A comfortable and warm ightweight insulated boot with OutDry WP/B technology.

Integral Designs VB Sock SPOTLITE REVIEW

Simple lightweight vapor barrier socks that perform their function well.

Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter SPOTLITE REVIEW

A tall trim-fitting Gore-Tex PacLite gaiter that covers the tops of low-cut trail runners and full-height boots equally well, but balks over bulky boots.

MontBell Handy Scoop SPOTLITE REVIEW

A lightweight stainless steel trowel for digging cat holes in hard, rocky ground.

Baffin Outback Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW

Heavy-duty warmth and comfort, and good moisture management, for snow travel in frigid conditions.

Macpac Epic 450 SF Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW

This waterproof sleeping bag functions like an insulated bivy sack - is it worth the extra weight and cost?

Macpac Interwool Mountain Warmth Baselayer SPOTLITE REVIEW

A winter weight hybrid baselayer with a wool layer next to skin and a polyester outer layer to wick moisture away.

VersaLayer Ability Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW

A unique soft shell jacket with retractable insulation in the torso area.

2007 Sierra Designs Isotope Rainwear SPOTLITE REVIEW

The Isotope is the current lightweight champ for backpacking rainwear – and it’s full-featured!

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.

2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter SPOTLITE REVIEW

Converts any Jacks ‘R’ Better quilt into a top bag sleep system with an attached sleeping pad.

2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW

A versatile cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system as well as for “ground sleeping”.

2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Nest Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW

A well-designed under quilt that integrates beautifully with Hennessy hammocks.


A reasonably light two-man titanium kettle - very light, works well, but not very low cost.


A reasonably minimal titanium cookset - very light, works well, but not very low cost. Take just one pot?

Montane Jetstream Windshirt SPOTLITE REVIEW

2.8 ounces, full zip - is there a downside?

Montane Prism Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW

Pertex Microlight shell, PRISM synthetic insulation, 12 ounces with hood

Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW

20 ounces in size long, Pertex Quantum shell, over 4 inches of loft

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