This Katadyn BeFree Review features a video discussing the highlights of this water bottle filter technology that’s both ultralight and fast.
Flash Gear Reviews
Flash Reviews provide a brief overview of a new product, or perhaps a piece of backpacking gear that may not appear in our performance / field review pipeline. The purpose of a Flash Review is to introduce you to new gear and give you an overview of its features and specifications. Typically, Flash Reviews include some author commentary about how the reviewed piece of gear fits into the overall style of lightweight backpacking, and perhaps a brief statement of observed performance based on one-time or otherwise short-term field use.
This Patagonia Airshed Pullover Review features a new type of wind shirt that focuses on maximizing the air permeability of the fabric.
This Hanchor Marble backpack review addresses how well Hanchor succeeded at rethinking several key components of a traditional backpack.
This Patagonia Nano Air Light Hoody Review takes an first look at a lighter iteration in the popular apparel category of “active insulation”.
The Patagonia Sun Stretch Shirt is a lightweight nylon-polyester blend shirt. I use it as a trekking base layer or insect-protection layer in camp. This review reflects my long term experience with this shirt – more than two years and hundreds of miles of use.
The Soccoro ladies shirt can be used in the field or while traveling, and makes for a nice gift.
Petzl Ultra Rush Headlamp, Benchmade Osborne Knife, Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema Duffel Bag, MSR Carbon Core Stakes, La Sportiva Stratos Cube Boots.
Introductory Reviews of the Trail Designs Toaks 850ml Ti Pot + Fissure Ti-Tri Bundle, Fenix EO5 Keychain Flashlight, and the Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultralight Towel.
Introductory Reviews for Backpacker’s Pantry Organic Yakisoba Noodles, All-Ett SoftTech Nylon Wallet, and the MyCharge Portable Device Charger.
Introductory Reviews of the Potable Aqua Pure- Electrolytic Water Purifier, Stio Men’s Divide Tech Tee, and Hanz Waterproof Socks.