Visor Buff Evo-2 Hat SPOTLITE REVIEW

A versatile ultralight outdoor cap from Buff. Is it funky or cool – you decide.

Integral Designs Hot Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW

So much warmth in such a light package.

Montrail Hardrock Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW

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


If your backpack doesn’t have convenience pockets for your camera and snacks, here is a good way to add them.

Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters SPOTLITE REVIEW

Elegant in their simplicity and functionality, they’re like putting your socks on in the morning.

New Balance 872 Off Road Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW

A superb shoe for ultralight backpacking on-trail. Off-trail, they performed exceptionally well, except for one weakness.

Tarptent Contrail (Sneak Preview) SPOTLITE REVIEW

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

Trail Designs Vari-Vent Windshield Spotlight Review

A neat solution to windshields getting out of control.

Dunham Waffle Stomper Alcatraz Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW

Really lightweight shoes for water sports and hiking in wet conditions, but they tortured my toes on steep downhills.

Danner Agitator 230 XCR Trail Shoe SPOTLITE REVIEW

This low-cut trail shoe performs like a boot – really tough, supportive, and stable.

TechSpun Environmental Sock System SPOTLITE REVIEW

TechSpun makes some strong claims for these socks; is it hype, or do they really work? We tested them in summer and winter to find out.

Outdoor Research Flex-Tex Gaiters SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight, durable, breathable, water-resistant, and stretch to fit a variety of footwear – but we had a couple of problems with the snaps and sizing.

Headsweats Race Hat SPOTLITE REVIEW

Way cool hiking hat that really manages the moisture and stays put, but snags fairly easily.

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sacks (Production) SPOTLITE REVIEW

The lightest dry sacks, but also the leakiest (compared to lightweight dry sacks from four other companies) when subjected to harsh conditions.

Outdoor Research HydroLite Dry Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW

The lightest dry sack available - almost.

Cascade Designs SealLine Storm Sack Dry Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW

Top performing lightweight dry sack with roll top closure and taped seams.

Granite Gear Drysack SPOTLITE REVIEW

Fairly lightweight dry sack with roll top closure and taped seams.

Pacific Outdoor Equipment WXtex Pneumo Lightweight Dry Sack SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight dry sack with a twist - purge/inflate valve and welded seams.

GoLite DriMove Long Sleeve Top SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight, good fit, very comfortable, really wicks moisture away, but snags easily.

Jetboil Group Cooking Sytem SPOTLITE REVIEW

The second generation Jetboil stove system - efficient, but speed of heating can vary wildly.

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