Weatherproof, lightweight, breathable. Might the windshirt be the ultimate tool in the lightweight backpacker’s arsenal?
State of the Market Reports
State of the Market Reports offer an in-depth assessment of an entire product category, with a comparison summary of notable products in that category, and an evaluation of their applications, technologies, features, and performance. Heavy emphasis is placed on a technology overview of the product category, a discussion of performance comparison criteria, and a performance comparison (with ratings) of each product presented in tabular format. Performance is to be based on evaluation of the products in the field.
Weatherproof, lightweight, breathable. Might the windshirt be the ultimate tool in the lighwieght backpacker’s arsenal?
A critical look at seven lightweight rain pants to keep you dry this spring.
In Part 2 of our exploration of Lightweight Bikepacking, Dave reviews some notable packs and examines their utility for bikepacking.
Part 3 of this tutorial gives the details on the seven tunnel tents included in this report.
Part 2 of this tutorial examines the specifics of tunnel tent design and functionality and lists the commercially available tents.
How tunnel tents work, why they can handle extreme weather, and how to pitch them under extreme conditions.
Part 2: Details on the ten jackets in the report.
Part 1: Why should you buy a WPB rain jacket? And why would you buy one that weighs more than 8 ounces (227 g)?
Investigating the lightest-weight options on the market and assessing ease-of-use, reliability, fuel efficiency, and time to boil.
Further discussion on the four individual categories, a review of the products tested within the context of each category, and a brief conclusion of ways in which various alternative rainwear products can be combined, both with each other and with WPB garments, to suit various hiking environments and conditions.
An unruly, heterogenous group, Dave divided it into four categories: simple poncho-tarp, complex poncho-tarp, alternative upper-body wear, and alternative legwear.