Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware

As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices.

ISPO 2014, Munich

The ISPO features sports business and their latest products. Despite the big emphasis on winter activities, it is exciting to see what is coming down the pipeline.

How Packs Work

The evolution of the frameless backpack and an analysis of current technology and features of four lightweight packs: the Golite Jam, Mountain Hardwear Thruway, Black Diamond Demon, and the authors MYOG Black and White pack.

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or not? Supplement 1: The MSR Reactor

Roger Caffin revisits the carbon monoxide emissions performance of a production model MSR Reactor stove.

Master Index to ‘Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or Not?’ Series

This page is the Master Index to the series on ‘Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide - Deadly or not?’. It lists all the files in the series and all the stoves tested, with links to the appropriate files.

Stoves, Tents and Carbon Monoxide – Deadly or not?
Part 6: Measurements on Liquid Fuel Stoves

A range of liquid fuel stoves are surveyed at different power levels to assess their carbon monoxide emissions.

Explorations into Candle Stoves

Wax has a reasonably high energy density and unlike other fuels it does not spill (when cold): can you make an adequate DIY stove with it?

Backcountry Water Quality: Technologies, Trends and Paranoia?

A close look at ways backcountry users can treat their water: what works, what should concern us, and what is hyperbole.

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