Black Diamond Shadow 55L Backpack REVIEW

A solid - read, heavy - and well-designed climbing pack with a unique Y-frame capable of carrying a lot of weight.

GoLite Rodeo Backpack REVIEW

Lightweight and versatile snow sports pack with nice features, but falls short in some areas.

Petzl MYO XP LED Headlamp REVIEW

Three-watt collimated LED headlamp with rear-mount battery pack that misses perfection by just a couple of features.

Vaude Lightwing Ultralight Tent REVIEW

Two-person, three-season, double wall tent with a high price but a sturdy build.


Wrist-mounted 2.7 oz GPS unit targeted at done-in-a-day activities, tested with Topo! 4.0 mapping software.

MSR Hubba Hubba Tent REVIEW

Double wall tent for two that weighs just over 4 lbs and has a unique pole hub system that makes it a breeze to pitch.

Hilleberg Akto Tent REVIEW

A four-season solo tent that weights just 3 pounds, offers excellent usable space, is very durable, and provides full storm protection...does the Hilleberg Akto have a down side?

Redfeather Alpine 30 Snowshoe REVIEW

A heavy, all-purpose snowshoe with an excellent crampon system.

Mountainsmith Fusion 35 Backpack REVIEW

An all-day, off-piste or hut-to-hut snow sport pack with features that might just validate the weight.

EMS StarLight II Tent REVIEW

Not the lightest two-person double wall tent we've seen, but a good value nonetheless.

Dunham Cloud Contrail-Mid Boot REVIEW

Lightweight, comfortable, and supportive - yes. Live up to all the manufacturer's claims - no.

Redfeather Trek 30 Snowshoe REVIEW

Lightweight snowshoes at a great price, but there are issues.

MontBell Monoframe Shelter Hexagon Tent REVIEW

Two-person double wall tent that nearly breaks the 3-pound barrier but gives up some features.

Lightwave zrO cylq Tent REVIEW

Double wall tent that weighs 3 lbs, fits 1.5 people and does well keeping rain out, but...

Vaude Hogan Ultralight Tent REVIEW

Two-person semi-freestanding double-wall tent that weighs less than 4 lbs but sacrifices in some areas to achieve that weight.

MSR Lightning 30 Snowshoe REVIEW

Wanna be Spider Man on snow? Here’s part of your outfit.

Lightwave t1 cylq Tent REVIEW

Although trim in usable space, this lightweight 4-pound tent is capable of handling a storm as well as many four-season tents.

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Tent REVIEW

Double-wall, two-person tent with a minimum weight of 3.5 lbs, good usable space, and an innovative design with some nice features but also a couple of drawbacks.

Vaude Taurus Ultralight Tent REVIEW

Lightweight double wall three-season, two-person tent that can handle a serious downpour, but its cramped interior may cause cabin fever.

Vaude Ferret 1 Ultralight Tent REVIEW

Two-person, double wall tunnel tent with one small door, good usable space, and high quality construction at just over 4 lbs.

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