Back injuries and poor sleep patterns lead the author to purchase an expensive mat: will it be worth it? A trial of the Exped DownMat UL 7.
SpotLite Gear Reviews
A SpotLite is a short-form gear review that is based on preliminary or limited field use. It goes beyond the scope of a Flash Review with additional field use that allows us to identify both strengths and limitations of the product. SpotLites are focused on an objective presentation of product features, specification, and design, along with author commentary reflecting limited field use rather than the comprehensive performance testing associated with Performance Gear Reviews.
The author tests out the water resistance and warmth of the MEC Uplink Vest with a friendly price point from a Canadian company.
The Altra Lone Peak Neoshell: light, zero-drop, wide toebox, waterproof-breathable. An ultralight backpacker’s shoe for the fringe season?
This Tarptent Stratospire 1 Review highlights one of the most livable and stormworthy lightweight solo tents available.
The Universal TrailPix, two trekking poles, and one additional pole make a tripod capable of holding a compact or small DSLR camera. The TrailPix consists of a triangular and mostly flat piece of aluminum with three holes in it for trekking poles. Thumbscrews secure the poles in place.
The JepPaks Alpine pack combines durable materials with a slim, lightweight design yielding a pack that is well-suited for efficient and fast alpine travel.
The Ruta Locura Lone Peak Tent with the wood-burning WiFi stove offers luxury winter camping accommodations at a relatively paltry weight.
Designed for remote lakes and streams, the PackLite Kayak is well-suited for those environments and is a lightweight complement to your backpacking adventures.
These t-shirts are made from ‘directional fabric’ that allows you to heat up or cool down to meet the weather conditions.
A lightweight kettle with a wide base.
GEO is a single-serve, disposable pourover filter containing freshly roasted artisan coffee.
A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack.