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An internal frame panel loading pack with a polished design, plenty of features, and rock solid performance. The Lexus of small volume panel loaders? Perhaps.
Panel-loading single-compartment 3000 cubic-inch (50 L) internal frame backpack.
Single wall, low-profile, and built for altitude: the Summit Extreme belongs on a high mountain ridge.
Roomy two-person mountaineering tent with fire retardant waterproof/breathable canopy fabric of pre-stretched polyester.
Two-person bomber tent constructed of eVENT - waterproof, very breathable, and now rarely available in tents.
Technical day pack that keeps loads close (SUL'ers take note: you might be able to eke an overnight out this one...).
Small, dense, heavy loads carry well in this durable internal frame pack.
Light materials with rugged durability, convenient gear access, and comfort for fastpacking.
Single wall? Double wall? With eVENT and silnylon, the Sarvis may offer the best of both.
"Flyin'" Brian Robinson reviews the seminal work about foot care for hikers, backpackers, adventure racers, and other outdoor athletes.
Product performance review of the Moonbow Gearskin frameless pack - a unique harness/compression system that acts like a pack.
Performance review of one of the lightest and most innovative external frame packs on the market.
Big loads carry well and redefine what it means to control your center of gravity.
A product performance review of the Mont-Bell Lightweight Alpine 60 internal frame pack.
A durable and effective load carrier with an innovative back panel that keeps your back cool.
A lightweight classic for many years: does it still have what it takes to compete with the new breed of frameless packs on the market?
Product performance review of the Komperdell Carbon Duolock/REI Peak UL Trekking Poles, lightweight poles for backpacking.
Product performance review of the MSR Overland Carbon Trekking Poles, lightweight poles for backpacking.
Product performance review of the Leki Ultralite Ti COR-TEC Trekking Poles, lightweight poles for backpacking.
Product performance review of the EMS Women's Ridge Lite Trekking Poles, lightweight poles for backpacking.